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Submission + - Will SiriusXM Allow Free Streaming of Live Show

pallmall1 writes: Art Bell wants SiriusXM to allow his new show "Dark Matter" to be streamed live on the internet. He would stream the live show from and "kick butt". Art doesn't believe that live streaming will cause any loss of SiriusXM subscribers. They are hoping to get an answer from SiriuxXM bosses as soon as Monday for what Art acknowledges would be essentially a new business model. Will SiriusXM go for it?

Art makes an important announcement concerning the future of the show. He’s concerned that the SiriusXM streaming mobile app and web player are not up to the job (1001 errors) and suggests that we ( serve the program LIVE using other Internet streaming protocols (Icecast), to allow a more favorable listening experience and to allow the streaming of the LIVE program for FREE all over the world.


Submission + - Cox Business Webmail Bans iPhone

pallmall1 writes: Cox Communications business service recently "upgraded" its web based email, and it now requires that the Adobe Flash plugin be installed. That's right, Cox has "improved security" by requiring the Adobe Flash plugin be installed. There is no mention of this on their support pages, or any of their announcements touting the "improved" web interface. When asked about iphone users, Cox support replied they must use an imap client because the new webmail interface will not work on the iphone, or any other browser that does not have the required Adobe Flash plugin installed. Linux 64-bit users are similarly affected.

Submission + - Google News Users Revolt, Google Censors

pallmall1 writes: Hundreds of users of Google News have been expressing dissatisfaction with the newly redesigned Google News page. Nearly 100% of opinions are strongly negative, and have been since the redesign began testing prior to yesterday's full release in the US. Information Week compares the redesign to Coca-Cola's ill fated New Coke fiasco. Google's response has been to block searches critical of the redesign. The threads are growing fast, so get it while it's hot.

Submission + - Mono Squeezed Into Debian Default Installation

pallmall1 writes: "OS News reports that Debian developer Josselin Mouette got Tomboy accepted as a dependency for gnome in the next release of Debian (codenamed Squeeze). While that may seem like nothing big (except for the 50 MByte size of the Tomboy package), Tomboy requires Mono — meaning that Mono will now be installed by default. Apparently, Debian doesn't have the same concerns over using specifications patented by Microsoft and licensed under undisclosed terms that Redhat does. Perhaps Debian doesn't believe that Microsoft might do something like Rambus did."

Submission + - Linux Blamed for Win/Mac Only JavaFX

pallmall1 writes: "The Java.Net Editor's Daily Blog claims that poor multimedia support within the Linux operating system is the reason that JavaFX is not available for Linux or Solaris users, stating

"Would holding up JavaFX on 98% of desktops in hopes that Linux will get its multimedia act together really be in the interest of Sun or Java? If so, hold your breath and think "everything should be in Ogg" over and over again until you get your wish. The rest of us have better stuff to do."

The Editor of the Java.Net site did not clarify how this also managed to prevent the Solaris release of JavaFX."


Submission + - Sun Java's Most Ignored Bug Reaches 800 Votes

pallmall1 writes: "Java Bug 4802695, requesting 64-bit Java Plug-in and Webstart support, has reached a milestone with 800 votes and still tops the charts after being ignored for nearly 6 years. Over the years, Sun has promised to fix the bug (officially a "Request For Enhancement") in future releases, with the current promise being sometime in 2009. The java develpment community is not happy about Sun's slow response, and questions the integrity of Sun and their bug tracking system. With today's 64-bit multicore processors and RAM prices falling enough to make it affordable to equip a desktop with more memory than 32-bit systems can handle, has Sun made a mistake by claiming that 64-bit computing is only for servers?"

Submission + - Microsoft Accuses Groklaw of Being an IBM Front

pallmall1 writes: "Microsoft corporate director Jason Matusow accuses the popular website Groklaw of being a proxy site setup by IBM to smear SCO in the infamous SCO vs Linux saga. Matusow doesn't stop there, and even accuses Andy Updegrove of astroturfing.

The comment boards at Matusow's blog are lighting up, and Matusow's starting to make "updates", so get there fast before it disappears."

Submission + - One Laptop Per Child using Microsoft OS

pallmall1 writes: The One Laptop Per Child flagship XO laptop is going to roll off the assembly lines loaded with Microsoft embedded software. The recent price increase of the laptop to $173 is due in part to the hardware and licensing costs required to run the Microsoft software. According to Mary Lou Jepsen, CTO of the OLPC project, the "OLPC`s XO laptop series uses Microsoft`s embedded operating system, which requires special drivers to work. However, this increases the cost by nearly US$20 for the laptop, including US$3 for Microsoft`s operating system, and US$15 for a 2GB flash memory to drive the system".

So much for the statement from the OLPC project's President of Software and Content, which flatly denied any plans to incorporate Microsoft software by default.

Submission + - EU Rejects Microsoft Royalty Proposal

pallmall1 writes: According to MSNBC, The Financial Times has reported that the EU is going to drastically reduce or even eliminate Microsoft's proposed royalties on interoperability information required to be released by the EU's antitrust ruling issued three years ago. According to a confidential EU document, "Microsoft will be forced to hand over to rivals what the group claims is sensitive and valuable technical information about its Windows operating system for next to no compensation...". Even Neil Barrett, the expert picked by both Microsoft and the EU to oversee Microsoft's compliance with the 2004 ruling, says a zero percent royalty would be "better".

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