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Comment Hold on a sec, Programmer's day is Oct 31st! (Score 4, Informative) 241

One reason for people's apathy could be that the actual "Programmer's Day" is Oct 31st, also known as Programmer's X-mas because, as you're all aware, 31 Oct == 25 Dec. This has been celebrated in Sweden for a long time, since the 18th century in fact, and considered so important that Oct 31st is Edit's name day[1].


Comment I think you're going to pick for them? Eheheheh (Score 1) 285

If you think for a moment you will be able to control what games your kids will be playing, you probably either live alone in the desert with no other kids within 100 miles, or you're just not a parent yet and still think you can control these things.

Take it from me, been a gamer since the Atari 2600 was new. I have two kids. I thought I'd influence my son with my interest in games. However, I had a brutal awakening. My son started playing Angry Birds when he was 3. Because his (older) kindergarden friends were . Oh sure, we've done the occasional de-tour into classicaly inspired games like New Super Mario Bros, but in general, he plays what his friends are playing and if I don't let him play that, he'll go play with his LEGOs instead. Daddy can keep his strange old games.

Submission + - Htc Hero to be released in Ireland

An anonymous reader writes: Irish network Meteor has issued internal memo regarding upcoming release on HTC Hero this with Vodafone's release of iPhone finally ends 02's monopoly on smart phone market and potential end of "idiot" tax for users.

Submission + - Google Latitude arrives for iPhone - as a web app (

An anonymous reader writes: After months of waiting, the Google Latitude social maps service finally arrived for the iPhone ... but thanks to an Apple rejection of the natively developed app, it's a web app. Says Google on their blog, "We worked closely with Apple to bring Latitude to the iPhone in a way Apple thought would be best for iPhone users. After we developed a Latitude application for the iPhone, Apple requested we release Latitude as a web application in order to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone". But it gets worse for iPhone users: "Unfortunately, since there is no mechanism for applications to run in the background on iPhone (which applies to browser-based web apps as well), we're not able to provide continuous background location updates in the same way that we can for Latitude users on Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile." Latitude has been sprouting new features lately and is an interesting take on social networking, but it looks like Apple is determined to ensure its users only get a seriously crippled implementation compared to the Android and WinMo versions. PC World put it less politely than Google did, saying "Google's new Latitude Web app for iPhone is so hamstrung that Apple customers may be wishing they had a BlackBerry or Android handset instead."

Linus Calls Microsoft Hatred "a Disease" 634

Hugh Pickens writes "In the aftermath of Microsoft's recent decision to contribute 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux community, Christopher Smart of Linux Magazine talked to Linus Torvalds and asked if the code was something he would be happy to include, even though it's from Microsoft. 'Oh, I'm a big believer in "technology over politics." I don't care who it comes from, as long as there are solid reasons for the code, and as long as we don't have to worry about licensing etc. issues,' says Torvalds. 'I may make jokes about Microsoft at times, but at the same time, I think the Microsoft hatred is a disease. I believe in open development, and that very much involves not just making the source open, but also not shutting other people and companies out.' Smart asked Torvalds if Microsoft was contributing the code to benefit the Linux community or Microsoft. 'I agree that it's driven by selfish reasons, but that's how all open source code gets written! We all "scratch our own itches." It's why I started Linux, it's why I started git, and it's why I am still involved. It's the reason for everybody to end up in open source, to some degree,' says Torvalds. 'So complaining about the fact that Microsoft picked a selfish area to work on is just silly. Of course they picked an area that helps them. That's the point of open source — the ability to make the code better for your particular needs, whoever the "your" in question happens to be.'"

Comic Artist Detained For Script Containing 9/11 Type Scenarios 441

Comics writer Mark Sable was detained by security at Los Angeles International Airport because he was carrying a script for a new issue of his comic miniseries, Unthinkable. Unthinkable follows members of a government think tank that was tasked with coming up with 9/11-type "unthinkable" terrorist scenarios that now are coming true. Sable wrote about his experience saying, "...I was flagged at the gate for 'extra screening.' I was subjected to not one, but two invasive searches of my person and belongings. TSA agents then 'discovered' the script for Unthinkable #3. They sat and read the script while I stood there, without any personal items, identification or ticket, which had all been confiscated. The minute I saw the faces of the agents, I knew I was in trouble. The first page of the Unthinkable script mentioned 9/11, terror plots, and the fact that the (fictional) world had become a police state. The TSA agents then proceeded to interrogate me, having a hard time understanding that a comic book could be about anything other than superheroes, let alone that anyone actually wrote scripts for comics. I cooperated politely and tried to explain to them the irony of the situation. While Unthinkable blurs the line between fiction and reality, the story is based on a real-life government think tank where a writer was tasked to design worst-case terror scenarios. The fictional story of Unthinkable unfolds when the writer's scenarios come true, and he becomes a suspect in the terrorist attacks." It's too bad that the TSA can't protect us from summer blockbuster movies and not just graphic novels.

Standard Cellphone Chargers For Europeans 257

k33l0r writes "The European Commission is confident that all major cellphone companies have reached an agreement on a standard cellphone charger for consumers within the EU. 'People will not have to throw away their charger whenever they buy a new phone,' said EU Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen. Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Apple, LG, NEC, Qualcomm, Research in Motion, Samsung and Texas Instruments have all signed the agreement."
Data Storage

Submission + - Samsung Builds New Mini-SSD for Netbooks (

Lucas123 writes: "Samsung today said it has released for sampling by netbook manufacturers a new mini-SSD that has the form factor of a PCI express card but serial ATA connectivity. Samsung said it is lobbying JEDEC to standardize its new SSD form factor and its pin layout specifications for netbooks. The drive, only 3.5mm thick, offers netbook manufacturers the opporunity to build even thinner machines while maintaining performance superior to the 2.5" hard disk drives used today."

Submission + - Lenovo Launches ThinkPad T400s With Roll Cage (

MojoKid writes: "Today Lenovo took the wraps off their new ThinkPad T400s notebook, a thin and light model that's designed to give users a blend of portability and performance, with a bit more horsepower than the Macbook Air and only slightly more bulk. This notebook is the company's thinnest and lightest T Series model, weighing 3.91 pounds and measuring just 0.82 inches thick. The ThinkPad T400s incorporates many features from Lenovo's best selling notebook, the T400, and combines it with the some of the traits of the ThinkPad X300 ultralight line of machines. To help protect critical system components from accidents or jolts, the T400s includes a ThinkPad Roll Cage. This magnesium alloy frame surrounds internal parts and helps to absorb shocks, reduce failures, and improve durability and reliability."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Can We Beam Broadband Internet Into Iran? (

abenamer writes: "Some reporter at a recent White House press briefing just asked the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, this question: Was "the White House....considering beaming broad capability into Iran via satellite so the opposition forces would be able to communicate with themselves and the outside world"? "Gibbs said he didn't know such a thing was possible. (Is it?) But he said he would check on the technological feasibility and get back with an answer." I'm not sure what the reporter meant by beaming broadband into Iran? Do they even have 3G? Would we bomb the Iranians with SIM cards that would allow them to get text messages from the VOA? Or somehow put up massive WiFi transmitters from Iraq and beam it into Iran? How would you, as a Slashdotter, beam broadband into Iran?"

Submission + - Developmental Dynamics Of Terrorist Organizations (

snydeq writes: Researchers are claiming that empirical analysis of terrorist activity may suggest a 'fundamental law for the dynamics of terrorism and a new approach to understanding political conflicts.' Analyzing the frequency and severity of 3,143 fatal attacks from 1998-2005, including those attributed to the Taliban, FARC, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and al Fatah, the researchers found that the time between an organization's attacks decreases according to a power law similar to per-item production cost curves found in manufacturing. Moreover, their analysis suggests that this acceleration in attacks is governed more by organizational factors related to group development — growth, learning, recruitment, turnover, coordination — than to ideological or political motivations. In other words, 'terrorist organizations may be best understood as firms whose primary product is political violence' and that 'studies of event-driven, non-terrorist organizations' — such as nonprofits, political activism groups, and commercial firms — 'could shed additional light on the dynamics of terrorist groups.'
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Submission + - John Hodgman asks Obama: Are You a Nerd?

Hugh Pickens writes: "Watch a video of comedian John Hodgman speak after Barack Obama at the recent Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner in DC and discuss the central question of our age: "how we can heal the great and shameful division that has plagued our nation for so long — the age old conflict between jocks and nerds" and ask Obama: Are you now, or have you ever been, a nerd?"

Submission + - Detroit Spammer Pleads Guilty (

Czmyt writes: "Five individuals pleaded guilty today in federal court in Detroit for their roles in a wide-ranging international stock fraud scheme involving the illegal use of bulk commercial e-mails, or "spamming." Alan M. Ralsky, 64, of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Scott K. Bradley, 38, also of West Bloomfield, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and to violate the CAN-SPAM Act. Ralsky and Bradley also pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering, and violating the CAN-SPAM Act. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Ralsky acknowledges he is facing up to 87 months in prison ...."

Submission + - Congress to ban VOIP on airplanes

Ececheira writes: The U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee has taken Representative Peter A. DeFazio's (OR) bill from the last Congress (HR.5788) and inserted it as a section into the FAA Re-authorization Act of 2009 (HR.915) in this Congress, that if enacted into law, would permanently ban all inflight voice communication services and prevent passengers from using their own mobile devices to send and receive calls. The proposed provision (Section 423) would permanently ban aircraft passenger voice communications service using a mobile or wireless device and would deny passengers the convenience and choice of connectivity that consumers in other countries enjoy today.

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