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Comment Re:This is Apple's most successful FUD astroturf (Score 0, Flamebait) 315

It has little to do with Apple. People are used to having their software up to date when they use smart phones. Android has plenty of defects in the earlier iterations that you need to develop work arounds for. The newer versions give much better functionality and performance, but if you are not able to develop your application for the newer platform, none of the benefits will pass on to the end user. While the iPhone apps keep getting better, Android developers will be catering to the least common denominator.


Woman Claims Wii Fit Caused Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome 380

Amanda Flowers always liked her Wii Fit but now she can't get enough of it. Amanda claims a fall from her balance board damaged a nerve and has left her suffering from persistent sexual arousal syndrome. From the article: "The catering worker said: 'It began as a twinge down below before surging through my body. Sometimes it built up into a trembling orgasm.' A doctor diagnosed her with persistent sexual arousal syndrome due to a damaged nerve."

Submission + - Nintendo escapes patent troll in appeals court (engadget.com)

suraj.sun writes: Nintendo escapes patent troll in appeals court — thanks to Sony:

About four years ago ( http://www.engadget.com/2006/08/04/microsoft-and-nintendo-keep-up-with-sony-get-sued-for-controlle/ ) — a little Texas company called Anascape sued Nintendo and Microsoft for ostensibly violating its controller patents. Microsoft settled. Nintendo didn't. Anascape won. One $21 million judgment, two years and countless legal bills later, Nintendo has finally emerged victorious over the patent troll.

This week, a Federal Circuit Court overturned two earlier decisions, ruling that Nintendo's GameCube, WaveBird and Wii Classic Controllers don't violate Anascape's six-degrees-of-freedom patent, because Anascape only added that 6DOF claim to its patent in 2000... making Sony's original DualShock controller — released in 1998 — prior art. Game, set, match.

Engadget : http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/14/nintendo-escapes-patent-troll-in-appeals-court-thanks-to-sony/


Submission + - S Korea Announces Daily MMO Blackouts for Youths (koreaherald.co.kr)

eldavojohn writes: Via GamePolitics I heard that South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced two new policies that will force underage gamers to pick a six hour block of time (midnight-6 a.m.,1-7 a.m., or 2-8 a.m.) where they will not be able to play nineteen online role playing games. While it targets most popular MMORPGs, some popular games like "Lineage" were left off the list.

Comment Re:IBM is not suing the project. (Score 4, Informative) 359

From Ars Technica

"In many ways, the project arguably benefits IBM by encouraging interest in the mainframe platform. That is largely why IBM has shown no hostility towards Hercules in the past. In fact, IBM's own researchers and System Z specialists have lavished Hercules with praise over the years after using it themselves in various contexts. The project was even featured at one time in an IBM Redbook. What brought about IBM's change in perspective was an unexpected effort by the TurboHercules company to commercialize the project in some unusual ways.

TurboHercules came up with a bizarre method to circumvent the licensing restrictions and monetize the emulator. IBM allows customers to transfer the operating system license to another machine in the event that their mainframe suffers an outage. Depending on how you choose to interpret that part of the license, it could make it legally permissible to use IBM's mainframe operating system with Hercules in some cases.

Exploiting that loophole in the license, TurboHercules promotes the Hercules emulator as a "disaster recovery" solution that allows mainframe users to continue running their mainframe software on regular PC hardware when their mainframe is inoperable or experiencing technical problems. This has apparently opened up a market for commercial Hercules support with a modest number of potential customers, such as government entities that are required to have redundant failover systems for emergencies, but can't afford to buy a whole additional mainframe."

Comment IBM is not suing the project. (Score 1) 359

IBM is suing TurboHercules who are out to make money out of the Hercules project.

From the TurboHercules website.

"The TurboHercules Niche
TurboHercules is looking to carve out a commercial niche that complements—not competes with—the IBM mainframe.

The niche we see for TurboHercules is to focus on ancillary workloads such as mainframe education, training, demonstrations, pre- and post-processing, data preparation, archiving, development and testing. However, IBM has restricted the use of its operating system software to IBM mainframes only.

But, there is an exception. The worldwide IBM Customer Agreement clearly states that “if the designated machine is inoperable, the customer may use another machine temporarily.” Disaster recovery / business continuity is an ideal fit for TurboHercules since the backup and related communications occur without the need to run any IBM software on the TurboHercules machine.

For an overview of our disaster recovery offerings, please visit our DR Solutions page."

The Media

Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings 1671

linguizic writes "Today Wikileaks released a video of the US military firing large caliber weapons into a crowd that included a photojournalist and a driver for Reuters, and at a van containing two children who were involved in a rescue. Wikileaks maintains that this video was covered up by the US military when Reuters asked for an official investigation. This is the same video that has supposedly made the editors of Wikileaks a target of the State Department and/or the CIA, as was discussed a couple weeks ago." Needless to say, this video is probably not work safe (language and violence), and not for the faint of heart.

Pluto — a Complex and Changing World 191

astroengine writes "After 4 years of processing the highest resolution photographs the Hubble Space Telescope could muster, we now have the highest resolution view of Pluto's surface ever produced. Most excitingly, these new observations show an active world with seasonal changes altering the dwarf planet's surface. It turns out that this far-flung world has more in common with Earth than we would have ever imagined."

Comment Re:Talk about overreacting (Score 1) 687

As a kid I played killing people. It was either cowboys and indians or police and robbers. But now apparently kids need to be cocooned till they are 18 and then must know everything at once. No time to learn what is right and wrong.

Of course, if they allowed people to get smart, the army wouldn't get recruits for the war on terror.


Submission + - AT&T Glitch Connects Users to Wrong Accounts (boston.com) 2

CAE guy writes: "The Boston Globe reports: 'A Georgia mother and her two daughters logged onto Facebook from mobile phones last weekend and wound up in a startling place: strangers' accounts with full access to troves of private information. The glitch — the result of a routing problem at the family's wireless carrier, AT&T — revealed a little known security flaw with far reaching implications for everyone on the Internet, not just Facebook users.' Who needs to worry about man-in-the-middle attacks when your service provider will hijack your session for you?"

Submission + - THX Caught with Pants Down over Lexicon BD player (audioholics.com)

SchlimpyChicken writes: Lexicon and THX apparently attempted to pull a fast one on the consumer electronics industry, but got caught this week when a couple websites exposed the fact that the high-end electronics company put a nearly-unmodified $500 Oppo Blu-ray player into a new Lexicon chassis and was selling it for $3500. AV Rant broke the story first on its home theater podcast with some pics of the two players' internals. Audioholics.com then posted a full suite of pics and tested the players with an Audio Precision analyzer. Both showed identical analogue audio performance and both FAILED a couple of basic THX specifications. Audioholics also posted commentary from THX on the matter and noted that both companies appear to be in a mad scramble to hide the fact that the player was ever deemed THX certified.

Submission + - Android Game Development From The Trenches

rbgrn writes: As the Android platform becomes more adopted, game developers begin to speculate and wonder if the platform will see the same sort of gaming gold rush as the iPhone experienced. Pro game developers are generally unwilling to share their best tricks with the amateurs but one of the top downloaded Android game series, Light Racer, now comes with a development journal which is full of code, graphics and tutorials actually used to build the game. Ever wanted to code your own mobile game? Here's a good kick-start.

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