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Journal Journal: Support Shigeru Miyamoto on Time magazine's poll!

Time is ranking the 100 most influential people in the world. Shigeru Miyamoto creator of mario and zelda is currently number 3, behind people we geeks could care less about. Support Miyamoto! by voting 100. Do you really want the king of Thailand, Bono or some Korean singer called Rain to get more votes? At the bottom you can see the Slashdot effect in full effect in real time


Submission + - Steve Ballmer laughs at the iPhone

morpheus83 writes: "In an interview with CNBC Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughed off when asked about the iPhone saying at $500 it is the most expensive phone in the world and wont appeal to business users as it lacks a keyboard. Ballmer also added that the Zune has captured 25% of the high-end MP3 market."

Submission + - RPGNow and RPGShop credit card data hacked

HyperBear writes: "Earlier this evening a thread on indicated that the credit card database for the online game stores RPGNow and RPGShop had been hacked, and that credit card information was available in the clear via a Google search. This thread has since been removed, at the request of RPGNow. In its place is another thread indicating that RPGNow asked to have the original thread removed in an effort to "mitigate damage". There is as yet no word as to how the data was taken from their site, when the data was taken, or why the data was stored on their servers unencrypted. Steve at RPGNow said, 'We have purged all credit card data from RPGNow and RPGShop servers and will remove the option for customers to have that data stored until we resolve the matter.'"

Submission + - Mozilla Foundation 2005 income: $52.9 million

zcubed writes: From the article at The Tech Zone :
Mozilla Foundation chairman Mitchell Baker on Tuesday disclosed how much money Mozilla made from their Firefox web browser in 2005: $52.9 million.
Figures were not disclosed for 2006 but Baker did say the foundation's 2003 revenue was $2.4 million and 2004 revenue was $5.8 million. You can take a guess at 2006 revenue and project 2007 revenue based on that. Now the obvious question; How does Firefox make money?
You see that little Google search box on the upper right? If you use that box to make a search and click on one of the Google ads from the results page, Firefox gets an estimated 80% of the money.
United States

Submission + - New H-1B Fight Looms

jcatcw writes: Computerworld reports that, with Democrats now in charge, anti-offshoring legislation efforts could find new life, with H-1B visas likely to be the main focal point of debate. Last year the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the 65,000 cap on H1-B visas in less than two months after it began accepting applications. It's almost certain that Congress will see legislation this year that would raise the cap.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - UFO Above Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Aglassis writes: On Nov 7, 2006 at about 4:30 p.m. several United Airlines employees including several pilots observed a 6 to 24 ft diameter flying saucer-like object above Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. After hovering for several minutes without displaying any lights it then shot straight up and punched a hole in the 1,900 ft cloud ceiling. No explanation has been given nor did the air traffic control tower detect the purported craft on radar. One controller did note that "to fly 7 million light years to O'Hare and then have to turn around and go home because your gate was occupied is simply unacceptable."

Submission + - Apple charged with iPod-iTunes music monopoly

mblase writes: An unspecified plaintiff is asking for unspecified damages from Apple in a lawsuit charging them with creating an illegal monopoly with their FairPlay DRM. Apple said that "the suit, filed in July, centers on Apple's use of a copy-protection system that prevents iTunes music and video from playing on rival devices. As well, songs bought elsewhere aren't easy to play on iPods." Apparently someone hasn't heard you can still rip music from CDs for listening on any MP3 player on the market.
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Osborne Effect to iPhone: Top 10 Apple Myths, 2006

DECS writes: What a wild ride 2006 turned out to be for Apple Computer. The company sold more Macs than ever, while delivering an entirely revamped Mac product lineup based on Intel processors.

Apple also held onto its lead in music players with the iPod, and online music sales through the iTunes Store. After expanding iTunes into video downloads, it rapidly picked up the vast majority of that market as well.

Throughout its best-ever year however, the company was also dogged by panicked rumors and misleading reports. Here's a look at the top ten Apple myths by the usual suspects: opportunist profiteers, shady shock tabloids, self appointed experts, and the incessantly pandering rumor mill. CA-4FC9-8B33-8B5759D36B27.html

1 The Register's Osborne Effect
2 Greenpeace Toxic Apple Panic
3 Apple Options Scandal and Delisting 4: The iTunes Monopoly Myth
5 The iTunes Collapse Myth
6 Microsoft's iPod Killer Myth
7 The Xbox Success Myth
8 Mac OS X Red Box Myth
9 & 10 iPhone Myth, Panic, & Threat
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Monopoly?

An anonymous reader writes: A lawsuit claims that Apple Computer Inc. has created an illegal monopoly by linking iTunes music and video sales to its iPod players. The lawsuit centers on Apple's use of a copy-protection system that prevents iTunes music and video from playing on rival devices. Is this a good approach to force companies to stop using DRM? Or just a waste of judicial resources?
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Apple faces suit over "illegal" iTunes Mon

Michael writes: "Things just keep getting better for Apple on the legal front... According to the Associated Press Apple is facing a lawsuit that claims they have built an illegal monopoly due to the copy-protection system that generally prevents iTunes music and video from playing on rival players...Likewise, songs purchased elsewhere aren't easily playable on iPods. The plaintiff is seeking unspecified damages and other relief. On the 20th of December, the court denied Apple's motion to dismiss the complaint. The case was originally filed on July 21. Does this case have merit? Click Here for the full story"
The Courts

Submission + - Saddam Hussain Executed

An anonymous reader writes: Saddam hussain was executed on December 30th for crimes aganist humanity.he was defiant to the end,refused to wear a hood,and was holding a quran when he was hanged.
Here is the BBC's article on the execution.
Here is the BBC's interview with Judge Haddad before the execution.
This is an article on his burial and a video of his final moments. From The Article:
"The extraordinary, turbulent, hugely controversial life of Saddam Hussein was brought to an end at dawn this morning, between 0530 and 0545 local time, just as the call to prayer was sounding across Baghdad........It took place in an Iraqi compound known by the Americans as 'Camp Justice', a secure facility in the northern Baghdad suburb of Khadimeya, outside the Green Zone.....He has been buried in the village where he was born 69 years ago."

Submission + - Chinese 4GB memory scam

Wight Knight writes: "Mini-iPod-clone MP3 players are selling like hot cakes on eBay, advertised falsely as containing 4GB memory when they really contain only 1Gig. See Player-Scam-On-eBay-FAQ_W0QQugidZ10000000002547758 Literally thousands of people are getting caught worldwide. What can be done to force eBay (and other sites) to close down such deliberate deception?"
United States

Submission + - Saddam Hanged!

Om writes: "I was just browsing for some info when I stumbled upon the news on wikipedia homepage. It read:
"Former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging for crimes against humanity following his trial and conviction for the mass murder of 148 Shias in the town of Dujail in 1982. He was also standing trial for the alleged genocide of approximately 180 Kurds during the late 1980s; that trial is expected to continue against the remaining defendants. Saddam was executed at 06:07 local time (03:07 GMT) on December 30, 2006 by hanging, as many Iraqis began celebrating Eid ul-Adha..."
"....Saddam's eldest daughter Raghad Hussein, under asylum in Jordan, has asked that his body be buried in Yemen temporarily until Iraq is "liberated" and it can be reburied in Iraq, a family spokesperson said by telephone"

A little more search queries and.... a video that claims to have the very execution of Saddam. [I am in office and the site is forbidden so i couldn't verify it yet :D ].

... But the question now is... Having Saddam dead, and Osama on exile; what's (or who's) next on Bush' mind???"

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