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Comment Re:N64 cartridges (Score 2, Interesting) 185

Optical discs as a storage medium suck. They're fragile, slow to read in non-sequential order and make the machines noisy and more prone to failure. They can't die fast enough.

I always find it a bit sad that game consoles have almost entirely gone from the switch it on and play instantly to the PC's wait-half-an-eternity-to-install-and-patch routine (I'm looking at the PS3 in particular).

Comment Re:I've uninstalled AVG Free after using it for ye (Score 1) 297

I use AVG8 Free fairly stripped down but this hasn't happened to me. Did you install SafeSurf/SafeSearch? I found those features useless and annoying you couldn't deselect them at install.

/REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch as a command switch to the installer will remove those two features.

I'll agree that AVG8 Free by default is pretty annoying and memory hog-ish, but if you get rid of the silly Internet Security features you're left with a reasonable on-access scanner with a UI better than Avast!'s IMO.

Submission + - OpenDocument Foundation ODF da Vinci plugin ended (

samwire writes: Not sure how widely it's been picked up, but I noticed that the OpenDocument Foundation's site has had a small note quietly appended. 'Note: All work on ODF da Vinci has ended. Without OASIS approval of our five generic eXtensions, known as the iX enhancements, we can not effectively convert existing Microsoft documents, applications and processes to ODF. The loss of fidelity and feature — business process specific information is too great. We are however able to make full, high fidelity "round trip" conversions to the W3C's CDF — meeting critical market requirements. If at some point in the future, the OASIS ODF TC does approve both our ODF iX enhancements, and, our "Universal Interoperability Framework Proposal", we will configure da Vinci to support both CDF and ODF iX.' Given this was the only MS Office plugin that was claimed would eventually provide a 100% perfect 'round trip' conversion fidelity, this sounds like a significant blow for ODF interoperability with MS Office.

Submission + - Defense Dept. insider guilty of computer fraud (

coondoggie writes: "Former DoD civilian employee and former member of the California Army National Guard, Jesse Lane Jr today pleaded guilty to defrauding the United States and conspiring with four other individuals to do the same, by accessing a government computer to set up thousands of dollars in fraudulent payments. Lane faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for conspiracy, 20 years in prison for honest services wire fraud, and three years of supervised release. Sentencing was set for Sept. 24, 2007."

Submission + - Vista not playing well with IPv6?

netbuzz writes: "Early adopters of Microsoft Vista are reporting problems with its implementation of IPv6, according to Network World. Example: "We are seeing a number of applications that are IP-based that do not like the addressing scheme of IPv6," says one user. "We will send a print job to an IP-based printer, and the print job becomes corrupted. We're seeing this with Window's Vista machines. When IPv6 is installed, this happens without fail. As soon as we remove IPv6, all of our printer functions return to normal." soft-vista-ipv6-incompatible.html"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Casino bans author of Word for being lucky

netbuzz writes: "Running a gambling operation, whether you're a casino or government, means more than merely having a license to print money: It means you can be as arbitrary and hypocritical as you please. Feeling the sting of this reality recently is Richard "Quiet Lion" Brodie, best known as the original author of Microsoft Word, who has been banned from all Harrah's casinos for, he says, having the audacity to have gotten lucky at video poker. 1"

Submission + - 644 Horsepower, 350 Mile Range Electric Vehicle writes: Zap the people behind bringing Smart cars to the US. Have made the best prototype vehicle ever." A combination of the lightweight aluminium vehicle architecture, a new efficient drive and advanced battery management systems is intended to enable a range of up to 350 miles between charges, with a rapid 10-minute recharging time. An auxiliary power unit is planned to support longer distance journeys. The good news for sports enthusiasts is the performance courtesy of a killer power-to- weight ratio. — four in-hub electric motors, deliver 161 bhp apiece, which add together for 644 horsepower in all wheel drive mode, and capable of powering the ZAP-X to a top speed of 155mph." Suck it oil.

Submission + - Microsoft eyes Yahoo

rdd writes: The New York Post has a story on a possible takeover of Yahoo by Microsoft. It comes in the wake of the Google / Doubleclick deal that has probably caused some concern within Microsoft. A takeover of Yahoo could provide them with a better position in many areas they are currently behind in. Yahoo includes strong internet names like Flickr and a healthy advertising section. They are also developing web-based office applications that could be pitted against Googles Docs & Spreadsheets.

Submission + - AACS Body Responds to Key Postings

massivefoot writes: Bloggers "crossed the line" when they posted a software key that could break the encryption on some HD-DVDs, the AACS copy protection body has said. An AACS executive said it was looking at "legal and technical tools" to confront those who published the key.
United States

Submission + - Some schools dropping laptop programs

netbuzz writes: "Dropping them like a bad habit, which is exactly what critics say they are: "After seven years, there was literally no evidence it had any impact on student achievement — none," one school official tells the New York Times. Nevertheless, the percentage of school systems giving every kid a laptop is expected double by 2011. And, of course, it's full steam ahead for the One Laptop Per Child program. Don't expect this debate to end any time soon. 6"

Submission + - Is Google logging the news you read?

An anonymous reader writes: Now I am a fan of Google like the rest of us, but recently I have noticed something disturbing about (as I am sure is probably the same with as well). Each time you click on a link, it would appear that some javascript alter's the original URL of the news article from say to a URL which goes through google servers first and then redirect's you to the original site. Is it just me, or is this not a privacy nightmare that few people have noticed?

Submission + - New mind-reading games

Lucas123 writes: "A new biofeedback device could revolutionize the way people play video games by incorporating brain wave-reading technology, according to an an Associated Press article. The new technology is being manufactured by NeuroSky Inc., and currently comes in the form of a Star Wars game — complete with Darth Vader custume. 'Behind the mask is a sensor that touches the user's forehead and reads the brain's electrical signals, then sends them to a wireless receiver inside the [light] saber, which lights up when the user is concentrating. The player maintains focus by channeling thoughts on any fixed mental image, or thinking specifically about keeping the light sword on. When the mind wanders, the wand goes dark.'"

Submission + - BBC iPlayer approved

An anonymous reader writes: As informitv reports, the BBC Trust has given final approval for the corporation to launch its iPlayer, providing video downloads of BBC programmes up to a week after transmission. A public consultation revealed an overwhelming opposition to the use of digital rights management which is currently limited to Microsoft Windows.

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