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Rumors Flying About New iPhone Capabilities 289

Jumping on the completely unconfirmed rumor bandwagon, it seems that there have been photos leaked for the new iPhone, which include things like an auto-focus camera, video capture, and a compass. The photos were originally displayed (and then quickly removed) on a Chinese forum, and quickly spread to many other sites, including a complete human translation on the MacRumors forum. Looks like Apple security may have to break a few more pocket protectors to keep employees in line.

Comment Re:Most of these rules are. (Score 1) 554

Except that english is not doing well on it's own. In 1950 quebec city (800 000 people ) was 50 % english, now it is down to 2%. Similar stats for many smaller towns. Montreal (3.7 million people ) was 16 % english in the 1050s, it is down to about 8 % now and is not expected to survive this generation. Quebec has lost about 400 000 english speakers since the 1970s.

I am a web developer from english canada ( BC ) that has been living here for 4 years. My website must be in french only because I am doing business in quebec. If I pass out a business card in english, i am subject to a $1400 fine. If I put an english sign on my balcony I will be forced to take it down by the police. Inspectors come into my work on a regular basis to check that my documentation is in french and to check that I have signed the appropriate documents to have my computer in english. My friends from the US are not allowed to send their kids to school in english. If I want to see a movie that is not available in french, it is only allowed to be played in one movie theater in the province for a maximum time period as a "film festival" exception to the language laws. Go rent it? All films must be approved by the goverments and have a sticker approving it, blockbuster is not allowed more than one copy. That is if the movie is available, trailers for english only movies are also illegal on TV. And that is just the law, never mind the attitudes of the people I have to deal with all the time. My first christmas dinner at my boyfriend's house was turned into a buffet because his brother refused to have his children sit next to an english person. I can rarely have a conversation in english in a bar in my neighbourhood ( the plateau ) without getting harassed.

Before I moved here, I went to bilingual school in BC, and was proud to be bilingual. If I would have known what I know now, I would not have wasted my time learning about a language and culture that does not respect mine as equal.


OpenOffice.org 3.0 Is Officially Here 284

SNate writes "After a grinding three-year development cycle, the OpenOffice.org team has finally squeezed out a new release. New features include support for the controversial Microsoft OOXML file format, multi-page views in Writer, and PDF import via an extension. Linux Format has an overview of the new release, asking the question: is it really worth the 3.0 label?"

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