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Submission + - Verizon Ruins Android Marketplace

nacturation writes: Verizon is gearing up to launch its own app store for Android phones. This app store, called V CAST Apps, is completely separate from Android’s existing Market for apps. In other words, it’s Verizon kicking their partner Google in the man region. The idea of Android is supposed to be an OS ecosystem that works across a range of carriers. In the U.S., Apple isn’t doing this, Android is. And that gives the carriers less power. The problem is that Verizon is now using Android’s openness to ruin that approach.

Submission + - Worlds first coal based fully synthetic jet fuel (

thetitandthistle writes: Sasol, a South African petrochemical company, launched a 100% synthetic jet fuel at the Africa Aerospace and Defence Show at Ysterplaat Air Force Base near Cape Town. The fuel is produced using a coal-to-liquids (CTL) process. "To launch the new fuel, Sasol, in partnership with private aviation group National Airways Corporation (NAC), yesterday flew four aircraft in to Ysterplaat Air Force Base to demonstrate the use of the new product. These included a Boeing 737, laden with guests from Johannesburg, a King Air, a PAC 750 and a Hawker 4000 private jet."

Submission + - Evolution Of A Linux User (

mix77 writes: During the past year, the scientists in Humorix's Vast Research Lab Of Doom have studied the behavior and attitude of the typical Windows and Linux user. They have found that the average Linux user goes through ten stages of development from a "Microserf" to an "Enlightened Linux User". An eleventh stage, "Getting A Life", has also been observed, but only on extremely rare occasions.

The 11 stages of evolution are summarized below. Note, however, that this life cycle is not universal. Many pundits, Microsoft stock holders, and PHBs never advance beyond Stage 0 ("Microserf"). Moreover, many extreme Slashdot addicts are stuck between Stages 6 and 7 ("Linux Zealot") and never evolve to Stage 9 ("Enlightened Linux User"). And, unfortunately, far too many people are unable to leave Stage 8 ("Back to Reality") and achieve Geek Self-Actualization due to problems outside of their control.

Comment Re:Banned from PSN... (Score 1) 322

I personally think that you should be able to save your games to HD to avoid using the bluray all the time. Of course this would still need the disk to check you have it, but would then run off HD. It sucks that if the bluray dies, your're stuck with the downloaded games (which are limited).

Surely if the Bluray dies it won't be able to check you have the disc...


Piracy and the Nintendo DS 261

Graffitiwriter writes "With the average DS game weighing in at about 30-60MB (well within the reach of anyone with a half-decent broadband connection) gamers now have an alarmingly easy route to free games — a fact that Nintendo is all too aware of. Pocket Gamer takes a look at how piracy affects the Nintendo DS console, along with the reasons so many gamers turn to piracy to play their games — including the slew of inferior games, availability of flash carts and industry greed."

Ubisoft Testing PC Prince of Persia Without DRM 254

Ars Technica reports that the upcoming PC version of Ubisoft's Prince of Persia will not feature any sort of copy protection. (Not including Steam downloads, of course.) After the backlash in recent months over the DRM in games like Spore and GTA IV, Ubisoft is giving gamers the chance to demonstrate that DRM actually increases piracy. One of Ubisoft's community reps had this to say about their decision: "You`re right when you say that when people want to pirate the game they will but DRM is there to make it as difficult as possible for pirates to make copies of our games. A lot of people complain that DRM is what forces people to pirate games but as PoP PC has no DRM we`ll see how truthful people actually are. Not very, I imagine. Console piracy is something else entirely and I`m sure we`ll see more steps in future to try to combat that."

Comment Realistically (Score 2, Insightful) 151

It'll most likely be peripheral improvements:

- Wireless sensor bar (many people myself included have made one.)
- Light gun attachment (seen at last years E3 but never released.)

Or how about a Wii WebCam (eToy type device) that would fit with the big N's new ways to play philosophy.

I doubt Nintendo will add DVD playback as it makes the console less of a console more of a home entertainment system (PS3) which isn't what Nintendo wants, they have no devision telling them to include video + music playback like Sony do. Hard drive... probably not, I just can't see Nintendo releasing a separate device that plugs in, besides a 4gig card works fine it's not like you can't add any extra space.

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