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Submission + - Flash Player 'Square' Adds Native 64bit Support

An anonymous reader writes: Adobe Flash Player 'Square' is a preview release that enables native 64-bit support on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems, as well as enhanced support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta. We have made this preview available so that users can test existing content and new platforms for compatibility and stability."
Data Storage

Need Help Salvaging Data From an Old Xenix System 325

Milo_Mindbender writes "I've recently gotten ahold of an old Altos 586 Xenix system (a late '80s Microsoft flavor of Unix) that has one of the first multi-user BBS systems in the US on it, and I want to salvage the historical BBS posts off it. I'm wondering if anyone remembers what format Xenix used on the 10MB (yes MB) IDE hard drive and if it can still be read on a modern Linux system. This system is quite old, has no removable media or ethernet and just barely works. The only other way to get data off is a slow serial port. I've got a controller that should work with the disk, but don't want to tear this old machine apart without some hope that it will work. Anyone know?"

Microsoft Sends Flowers To Internet Explorer 6 Funeral 151

Several readers have written with a fun followup to yesterday's IE6 funeral. Apparently Microsoft, in a rare moment of self-jest, took the time to send flowers, condolences, and a promise to meet at MIX. The card reads: "Thanks for the good times IE6, see you all @ MIX when we show a little piece of IE Heaven. The Internet Explorer Team @ Microsoft."
The Internet

Submission + - Adobe releases 64-bit flash alpha on Linux/Unix (

cyberjessy writes: "After being the subject of dozens of threads on Slashdot, Adobe releases an alpha of the Flash 10 player for 64-bit Linux/Solaris systems. Will flash (along with web-based services) become the next write-once, run-anywhere promise for Rich Internet Applications? As a side note, Adobe's competition Silverlight 2.0 already runs natively on 64-bit Windows platforms. Moonlight 2.0 (its Mono re-implementation) is chugging along quite well, with an alpha expected soon. Interesting times ahead."

Submission + - Google Releases Maps for Flash

ozzee writes: While the Web2.0/javascript interface that Google Maps gives is a fantastic step forward, Google has now released a version of the API for Flash developers. This should lead to some very cool and interactive maps applications. Google's blog post points to the announcement that includes a demo flash application. If only we could get that kind of interaction in a regular web browser so we didn't need closed source solutions!

Submission + - Symbian's Groundbreaking Features (

eweekhickins writes: "Symbian CEO Nigel Clifford just introduced a new IP networking architecture in its OS called FreeWay, providing broadband speeds on pocket devices, including the capability for super-fast download speeds, high-quality audio/video streaming and crystal-clear VoIP calling. It also introduced a new graphics architecture that it said gives users big-screen effects in their pockets and helps stretch out battery life. Clifford called the new features "groundbreaking," but maybe the biggest news for developers is that Google has made available a free, native Symbian C++ version of Google Maps."
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Officially unlocked iPhones, native iPhone SDK (

LKM writes: "When Apple chose Orange as their partner in France, they forgot to put a small detail into the press release: The iPhone will be available unlocked in France.

Apple said Tuesday that it had signed France Télécom's wireless unit, Orange, to be the U.S. company's exclusive seller of the iPhone in France, agreeing for the first time to sell a version of the device that consumers can use on any network.

The move, which ended a month of speculation, is a concession to a French law that forbids bundling the sale of a mobile phone and a mobile operator. Orange plans to sell both a version of the iPhone locked to its network in France for 399, or $560, and an unlocked version, which will cost more, an Orange spokeswoman, Béatrice Mandrine, said.

In other interesting iPhone news, Apple has announced a real SDK:

We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers' hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we're trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once — provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task.

Only one question remains: What will we complain about now?"

Wireless (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone to come unlocked in France

zerojoker writes: It has been speculated already , , now the german newsticker reports [Google Translation] that due to French consumer-laws the iPhone is going to be released in France without SIM-Lock. Apparently an agreement with Orange, one of France's largerst mobile telcos has been reached. What will this mean for the hacker-community? Going to France to buy an iPhone?

Submission + - Knight Rides again 2

Penguinshit writes: Though Knight Rider, the movie, has remained stuck in neutral for the better part of the naughties, Knight Rider, the TV show, is revving into high gear.

The premise of the show will essentially remain the same as the original, which centered on a mulleted man righting wrongs with the help of a particularly chatty and souped-up automobile. No word yet on who will play the hero this time around, but the Peacock is looking for some new blood (and Hoff is busy with America's Got No Shame^W^WTalent).
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Bioshock: did the reviewers mess up? (

mr_sifter writes: "With a whopping average review score of 96% it's clear that the press can't heap enough praise on Bioshock — yet some are beginning to wonder just how it managed to get such high scores. In this column one gamer argues that far from being a masterpiece, Bioshock is derivative stuff, and its high review scores represent a serious lapse by the games press. "The underwater city of Rapture is a thing of beauty, but most of the locations you actually see in the game are repetitive and dull. It's all dripping corridors and small, dark rooms, with only the occasional port hole to provide a view of some kelp and corpses to lighten things up. The enemies, aside from the Big Daddies are uninspiring. Mostly you've got a horde of maudlin zombie types, called Splicers, and gun turrets; pretty much the same sort of stuff anybody who played through System Shock 2 has killed enough of to last a lifetime.... the boring enemy design is further weakened by poor AI: the splicers' basic tactic is just to run at you, weaving around and cackling. You may recognise this behaviour from, ooh, most PC games of the past fifteen years, and also schoolchildren at playtime. "Then there are the game's primitive controls; Bioshock completely lacks modern innovations such as the ability to lean around corners or aim down the gun sights, and your character moves at a fixed pace — a pace more suited to viewing paintings in a gallery rather than evading gun turrets or, heaven forbid, fighting.""

Submission + - How to silence free speech silently ( 1

quizzicus writes: "The Washington Post writes today about a sensitive White House document detailing how to screen for, silence, and remove protesters who show up at the President's public appearances. Obtained by an ACLU subpoena in the Rank v. Jenkins case, the Presidential Advance Manual (pdf) lays out strategies such as searching audience members at the door for hidden protest material, strategically placing "rally squads" throughout the crowd to intercept and shout down hecklers, and forcefully removing dissenters who cannot be squelched. The manual advises, however, that staff should "decide if the solution would cause more negative publicity than if the demonstrators were simply left alone.""

Submission + - Wii caught the xbox 360

LucidLion writes: As reported here and according to the vgchartz, in less than a year the Wii has overtaken the XBox 360 and has become the fasted selling console ever. From the article:

The news marks the first time that Nintendo has been the leader in both the home console and handheld markets since 1994 when the company's Super NES and Game Boy lines reigned supreme. Currently, the DS and Wii are the top two selling system's in the industry.
With the way it's selling, any drought in Wii games probably won't last long.

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