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Microsoft CEO Signs Student's Mac Laptop 34

Liz Str8 writes "When Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, spoke at a Nashville Technology Council event held at Trevecca Nazarene University, he participated in a 'meet and greet' session with students from local colleges and universities. At that event, a Trevecca student asked Ballmer to sign his Mac laptop. In an action that Tech Flash blogger Todd Bishop described as 'a scene that will make Mac fans feel like they're watching Thomas Kinkade scribble on a Van Gogh,' Ballmer graciously agreed to do so — right across the Mac logo."

Comment I'm not really sure what good does this do (Score 1) 111

Isn't the point of the kindle to display static content really well, thus minimizing battery consumption? With games being developed for the Kindle, I can't help but wonder what that does do to the batter life expectancy of the device. On top of that, the Kindle has a monochrome screen - it'd be like shelling out $259 for a game boy all over again.
Add on the other restrictions, such as no VOIP or no generic reader software, and the whole endeavor seems kinda pointless.

Submission + - Symphony of Science ( 2

nulled writes: A mind blowing collection of music videos, featuring Carl Sagan, Stephan Hawkins and other Theoretical Physicists' plain words made musical with a technology called Auto Tune. It presents the Universe in a way that is combined with good music and video footage in helping to graps the deep notions of Time and Space, Evolution and were Human beings may be headed. This is a must see. With 2.2 million views already, these videos are surely a new way to get kids and older alike to take a deep look into how the Universe and Biology works.


Submission + - MS: upgrade to IE8, even though it's vulnerable (

Barence writes: Microsoft has issued a statement urging people to upgrade their browser to IE8, after the zero-day exploit that was used to attack companies such as Google went public. According to Microsoft's security advisory: "the vulnerability exists as an invalid pointer reference within Internet Explorer. It is possible under certain conditions for the invalid pointer to be accessed after an object is deleted. In a specially-crafted attack, in attempting to access a freed object, Internet Explorer can be caused to allow remote code execution." But, although IE6 has been the source of the attacks until now, Microsoft's advisory admits that both IE7 and IE8 are vulnerable to the same flaw, even on Windows 7.

Comment Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (Score 1) 232

How about if you lose your connection to the cloud, you lose everything. This all boils down to control. If you own your Hard Drive, you own your data.

As the many examples in history shows, exchanging a little control for convenience will eventually leave you at the mercy of the software's owners.

Comment Re:If I just happen to have 4 people over? (Score 1) 119

Girl gamers?
From my experience, they are pretty spontaneous when it comes to getting together and playing party games. While my sister's friends are staying over for a week, they literally played Mario Party non-stop for hours at a time.

Perhaps the wii is not as attractive to us teenage guys, but they do have a market in party games and casual gamers.
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Command & Conquer MMO a Possibility? 159

TheProphet92 sends along a speculative piece about the future of EA's popular RTS franchise, writing: "EA's real-time strategy games don't have the luxury of extensive funding the way some other franchises do. EA has been milking their game engines for all they're worth and then some. They have been using various versions of the 'Sage' engine for the past half-dozen or so RTS games, and they need money to make a new one. Perhaps an MMO is the way to go for EA, using none other than their famous Command & Conquer franchise."

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