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Submission + - Nintendo opens up the Wii (theglobeandmail.com)

Raver32 writes: "Nintendo Co. has opened its blockbuster Wii game system to independent video-game developers for the first time, the company announced Wednesday. Nintendo said it will let individuals and outside game studios create and sell downloadable Wii games with a tool called WiiWare. Gamers will be able to purchase the games through the console's Wii Shop channel starting in early 2008. Perrin Kaplan, a Nintendo spokeswoman, said the game-creation kit is designed for people with at least some knowledge of computer programming. Developers can start designing games using a PC but must complete them on the Wii console, Kaplan said. "Independent developers armed with small budgets and big ideas will be able to get their original games into the marketplace to see if we can find the next smash hit," said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, in a statement."

Submission + - OpenMoko - Not Only an Open Phone Platform

An anonymous reader writes: The OpenMoko open phone project has announced the release dates of not only their first hardware releases (October for $450 for the public release), but also that they will be forming a company which designs and sells hardware and Free software in conjunction with FIC and the Open Source community. It appears that hackers will get first crack at the Neo1973, with widespread release before the end of the year including Wi-Fi and accelerometers. 'Hacker Lunchboxes' will be available for those hardcore projects that need a bit more access to the hardware inside.

With the Neo1973's release, other, more iexpensive, iclosed, itouchscreen phones will have some competition. My bet is on the ilocked phone to win... initially.

OpenMoko wiki http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Main_Page
Announcement http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/announce/2007- June/000013.html
XBox (Games)

Submission + - A Tale of 11 Broken Xbox 360s (1up.com)

hctimo787 writes: Over the past several years, the console wars have heated up considerably, with many pundits hailing the increased competition in the industry as generally good for the consumer. But when deadlines are met with haste, and competition forces product out the door faster than ever, the consumer can still be burned. 1up.com's Philip Kollar writes about Justin Lowe's experience: A Tale of 11 Broken Xbox 360s.

Submission + - Google Solar Power Monitoring Site (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google is now showing how much power that their solar panels are making. It's live! Well, within the last hour, anyway. It goes well with certain other green announcements that they are making today.
The Internet

Submission + - Google Harnesses Wind to Power Iowa Data Center (datacenterknowledge.com)

1sockchuck writes: "Wind turbines will contribute about 18 percent of the power for Google's new data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which was officially announced this morning. Iowa utility MidAmerican Energy can generate up to 460 megawatts of electricity with its 323 wind turbines, and is planning to more than double that capacity. The use of wind power from MidAmerican fits Google's ongoing emphasis on green computing and energy efficiency, which just activated solar panels on its Mountain View campus and recently announced a push for high-efficiency computer power supplies. The Iowa data center is the fourth $600 million facility Google has announced this year."

Submission + - Google pushing 100mpg car (cnn.com)

Kram_Gunderson writes: Google's philanthropic arm, Google.org, is offering millions in grants to the development of a plug-in electric car capable of getting 70-100 miles to the gallon. Additionally, they hope to develop a system that would allow electric car owners to sell stored electrical power back to the national grid during peak usage. From the article:

"Since most Americans drive less than 35 miles per day, you easily could drive mostly on electricity with the gas tank as a safety net," Dan Reicher, director of Climate and Energy Initiatives for Google.org, wrote on the organization's Web site. "In preliminary results from our test fleet, on average the plug-in hybrid gas mileage was 30-plus mpg higher than that of the regular hybrids."

Wireless Networking

Submission + - Open sensor mote : SquidBee

David Gascon writes: "Libelium, a SpinOff of the University of Zaragoza (Spain) has developed SquidBee (http://squidbee.libelium.com) an Open Hardware and Source wireless sensor device. The goal of SquidBee is getting an "open mote" to create Sensor Networks. The main concepts behind SquidBee are:
  • Self-powered
  • Wireless Comunications
How does SquidBee work?
  • 1. Acquires values from environment parameters: temperature, humidity, lightness, presence, pressure...
  • 2. Operates with these values, when required
  • 3. Transmits these values using a low power comsumption wireless technology (ZigBee)
  • 4. Sleeps until next timeout and repeats from the first stept
SquidBee tries to set a common device for the Universities and Research Centers which are developing Sensor Networks. It is also a teaching platform because students can study and change any part of it."

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 + - NYT Shines a Light on Firefox's Financial Sucess

NewsCloud writes: "Noam Cohen raises the issue of Mozilla's amazing financial success with Firefox's Google relationship.:

"Thanks to the Google agreement, the Mozilla Foundation went from revenue of nearly $6 million in 2004 to more than $52 million the next year [similar revenue is expected in 2006]...In 2005, the foundation created a subsidiary, the for-profit Mozilla Corporation,...mainly to deal with the tax and other issues related to the Google contract...By creating a corporation to run the Firefox project, Mozilla was committing to be less transparent. In part, that is because Google insists on the secrecy of "its arrangement and agreements," said board member Mitch Kapor.
The article compares this approach to Wikipedia's ongoing fundraisers and raises the issue of transparency in open source projects. i.e. should Firefox's 1,000 to 2,000 developers and 80,000 evangelists have full knowledge of how revenue is spent as well as the extent to which Google is able to influence strategy vs. other stakeholders."

Submission + - USPS Says Boba Fett Sucks! Rates 7th in Star Wars.

Joshua Lane writes: "http://app.uspsjedimaster.com/main/vote/view_resul ts.html The USPS is having a contest to see what Star Wars stamp will get its own sheet. Boba Fett currently ranks 7th on the list, with many unimportant stamps ahead of him. Every geek knows that Boba Fett rocks the Star Wars universe, yet ignorant voters choose the only two characters they know: Yoda and Vader. Take 1min out of the next seven days to make a difference in this country. Your vote will change American stamp history. Let's show the world what happens when geeks unite. Boba Fett pwns."

Submission + - Ripping the water

VincenzoRomano writes: "The American Insitute of Physics is proving details about an interesting experiment where two scientists prove you can actually rip a fluid (well, not actually water but an undrinkable mixture of water, soap, and certain salts).
The result is that if you drag a cylinder fast enough, the fluid gets ripped into several parts, with separate surfaces, which take as long as a few hours to close up.
Nice photos of the experiment are provided for the sake of curiosity."

Submission + - What is the deal anyway? whats news vs. whats not

An anonymous reader writes: I'm so angry! -that I don't know where to start. I read slashdot a few times per day, 'almost' every day. I've tried to submit a story several times about some new hardware that revolutionizes both home and office. A drastically different piece of hardware than anything else out there. But My story got tossed I don't know how many times. I re-wrote it different ways, each time making sure it was not an "advertisement" for a company, but an awareness article. -all to no avail.

THEN I see stories on the FRONT page of slashdot, such as "what is your favorite way to make coffee?" (just to pull out a recent one) and I about lost it!

For years I have thought that slashdot was for latest breaking news about software, hardware, issues, and for news surrounding computers, IT, security etc.. but I cannot understand why my story of a powerful and unique piece of hardware cannot make the news.. but "how I like my coffee" can..

I give up... I'm beginning to think that concerned readers/posters, who are truly concerned about what slashdot has always been about, have all left the building. And, that I'm beginning to wonder what the people are like who are reading this now. How can a question of 'How I like my coffee' or 'what is my favorite soda' make the front page.. but not something revolutionary in the computer industry... I just cannot understand..

so my question is.. what is most important for you to read about in slashdot?
What is missing in slashdot? -I hope to see this question come online, because I really want to know.

Submission + - The Most-Wanted Linux Software

Susie writes: Photoshop, AutoCAD and iTunes are three of the most-demanded programs for the Linux desktop, but what else does the community want? Linux Format is running Make it with Mono, a voting system to determine what type of programs the Linux world needs. Get voting — the number-one entry on May 2nd will be written in Mono and released as open source!

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