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a) This phone is not aimed at the "average cell phone user".
b) Any "virus" that needs to be downloaded and installed manually isn't going to spread very far. I expect that any security hole that allows a worm to spread will be closed fairly quickly.
c) Symbian, Windows Mobile, and even J2ME already have the possibily of such nefarious applications being developed, but I am not aware of any such instances, despite having had Symbian-based phones for the last ~2.5 years and have recently switched to Windows Mobile.


Submission + - Having online fun at work is good for your morale (

toddatcw writes: "Wouldn't you know it? Having fun at work can be good for workers and their companies. That's the conclusion of a new study by Chicago-based outplacement consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. The study found that online fantasy football leagues can create a gridiron quandary for businesses because although they take up employee work time, they also benefit a company by increasing office morale. In a Computerworld story yesterday, a Challenger spokesman argues that while employers may not like the wasted time, all work and no play policies can backfire for employers, leaving workers resentful rather than energized."

Submission + - Why the Windows ecosystem is broken (

Christopher Blanc writes: "Windows, although a proprietary operating system, is the hub of an open computing system. Anyone can build a computer that runs it, using off the shelf parts. This open system has worked well so far; it's what has driven the growth of the personal computing industry for decades. With each successive version of Windows, hardware makers and developers must decide whether to support their older products on the new operating system. They can throw resources at writing drivers for hardware and patches for software, but as time goes on, they have more and more legacy products in the mix. As I wrote in Tuesday's entry, what Microsoft needs to do is start over. eres_why_the_windows_ecosystem_is_broken.html#more "


Submission + - IBM's Jazz May Go Open Source (

narramissic writes: IBM's Rational Software unit may put parts of its Jazz collaboration framework into open source, said Scott Rich, a member of the management committee of the Jazz project, on the sidelines at a Rational Software conference in Bangalore, India on Thursday. Rich commented that 'We might think about open-sourcing some of the very lowest layers (of the framework) so that the APIs (application programming interfaces) are available, and people could build on the kernel.' One benefit of this strategy is to make the Jazz framework 'more pervasive,' he added.
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Submission + - Chemists winning the battle against bitter coffee (

coondoggie writes: "Coffee drinkers are a varied lot to be sure but most of them can agree that bitter coffee is bad coffee. But chemists in Germany and the United States now say they have identified the chemicals that appear to be largely responsible for coffee's bitterness and they hope that discovery will lead to a better tasting brew. Using advanced chromatography techniques and a human sensory panel trained to detect coffee bitterness, Hofmann and his associates found that coffee bitterness is due to two main classes of compounds: chlorogenic acid lactones and phenylindanes, both of which are antioxidants found in roasted coffee beans. The compounds are not present in green unroasted beans, the researchers note.Everybody thinks that caffeine is the main bitter compound in coffee, but that's definitely not the case."

Submission + - UK police pick BlackBerries

spge writes: "UK police will be running around with expensive mobile phones, receiving briefings in sci-fi style reports pushed out with images of suspects and arrest warrants. The best thing is that, if a criminal steals one of the handsets, the cops can remotely zap and kill it.

On duty police pick BlackBerries 33/on-duty-police-pick-blackberries.html"

Submission + - Lunar Eclipse Next Tuesday Morning (

Raver32 writes: "Tuesday morning, Aug. 28 brings us the second total lunar eclipse of 2007. Those living in the Western Hemisphere and eastern Asia will be able to partake in at least some of this sky show. The very best viewing region for viewing this eclipse will fall across the Pacific Rim, including the West Coast of the United States and Canada, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and eastern Australia. All these places will be able to see the complete eclipse from start to finish. Europeans will miss out on the entire show, as the Moon will be below the horizon during their mid and late morning hours."

Submission + - Invasion of the jivin' nano-shrooms (

KentuckyFC writes: "A pendulum converts the constant force of gravity into an oscillation — a useful trick by anyone's standards. But nanotechnologists have yet to match it — they just haven't been able to build nano-oscillators. Now reports that a group at the University of the Madison have made mushroom-shaped nanopillars that oscillate in a constant DC field, like metronomes."
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Submission + - Is open source and freeware hurting your future?

An anonymous reader writes: Is open source and freeware hurting your future?

I've been reading Slashdot for year now. Nice read, excellent way of informing oneself and also of procrastinating. But all this reading got me thinking (better later than never): is giving stuff for free actually hurting us, programmers?
Ok, free is good, ideals are good and the greater good is good too. But while we do nice things like giving everyone free browsers, free OS, free whatever; we are hurting us, IT people, and a lot. People take software for granted. And why wouldn't they? You can get pretty much everything for free. The thing is, if we don't value our work then who will? In the real world where ideals mean squat and it's about money, position, influence and title, the value of your work is your value as an individual. People value lawyers not because they appreciate their work, but because of the rates they command and their perceived influence and social position. The status of IT people has gone down from weird guys with a cool, incomprehensible job to asocial geeks that are just above plumbers. And it will go down even more because it is about perception.
I read posts from people very proud they saved that much money for the business by getting this and that for free. What they forget is that they do this for a business and that business is about making money as much as the software vendors. They simply transferred value from one shark to another. The business will not give some of what they produce for free to make up for what they got. They will pocket the money, and some managers will get a fat bonus. And next time, they will expect you to get them free stuff so that they can pocket more money. Think IBM, FileNet, MySQL, VMWare or banks starting using freeware. Do you think that the deal pushers getting the big bucks respect you because you contributed to their success or do they perceive you as suckers who gave their valuable assets for free?

It is true that everyday people will get stuff for free, but how important is that? Everyone on Slashdot reckons that Joe six pack is happy with whatever he gets for his minimal needs. In the mean time businesses use your work to make money. As a side result, if you, as a small guy have an idea of product, you might find out that there is some free alternative. It might be worse that what you are thinking to build, but it is free. And if you try to build your thing, you will compare to that alternative. Managers value money and the value of your proposal is smaller because someone else is doing it for free and that's all it matters for them. Not ideals, greater good or the perfect architecture.
Let's say you are a twenty something full of ideals, enthusiasm and lots of time. And you build cool stuff and give it away for free. Some company spot it and builds a commercial product around the idea and make money out of it. You might get a well paid job with them or you might get the same treatment as the nDoc guy. Years pass and you are almost forty, family, kids and a hefty mortgage. You look back and somehow you think you should have tried to make a better life for you and your family instead of being a corporate whore by day and a cool code cowboy by night. You get fifty and your kids wonder what you do. You are still are a programmer most likely senior, fat and burned out. Your daughter tells you to get rid of the pony tail because you embarrass her. And you try to convince your kids and yourself that you built whatever great stuff and what a great achievement that was. But that was long time ago and it is not relevant anymore. What is painfully relevant is that you struggle to make ends meet. Your neighbour is a manager, lawyer or has a small business and can buy his kids the latest iPod 10TB or the latest fashion clothes and a red car. He is connected, has a shiny smile, straight posture and a fancy title that everybody respects.
You look back again and realized that while you've had a decent life you could have had a bit more and somehow you screwed your family, yourself and your fellow programmers in the process.

Submission + - Wordlogic Patented Predictive Interface 1

Packetl055 writes: "Have any of you heard anything about this new high tech company (Wordlogic) with a soon to be granted/issued patent with 117 claims for predictability software? They recently received the patent approval/allowance letter from the U.S. Patent Office see link. Their patent application was submitted in March 2000. If I read this correctly any software that gives you any prediction after you type something is infringing on their patent (e.g. vehicle navigation systems, cellular telephones, PDA's, Google with their "Did You Mean" when using Google for a search, the new Apple I-Phone, Blackberry, Sony Playstation-3, etc. etc.). If true, this is going to be huge. Lawsuits after lawsuits because of infringements."

Submission + - India shows thumbs-down to Microsoft's OOXML (

kdrlx writes: "India on Thursday gave Microsoft a thumbs-down in the war of standards for office documents. "We unanimously agree on the disapproval of OOXML with comments. The same will be submitted to ISO," National Informatics Centre head and BIS technical committee chairperson Nita Verma said after a marathon meeting that lasted over six hours. _India_shows_thumbs-down_to_Microsoft/articleshow/ 2305780.cms"

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