from the for-whom-the-bell-tolls dept.
Slatterz writes "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, better known in the industry as 'Woz,' believes that the iPod is on its way out and has revealed his discomfort with some aspects of the iPhone. Wozniak said that the iPod has had a long time as the world's most popular media player, and that it will fall from grace due to oversupply. Wozniak also commented on the iPhone's proprietary nature and locked service provider, and compared it to Google's open Android platform. 'Consumers are not getting all they want when companies are very proprietary and lock their products down,' he said. 'I would like to write some more powerful apps than what you're allowed.'"
narramissic writes "In response to overwhelming user demand for Linux, Dell has posted a survey on a company blog that asks 'PC users to choose between Linux flavors such as Fedora and Ubuntu, and to pick more general choices such as notebooks versus desktops, high-end models versus value models and telephone-based support versus community-based support.' Votes will be collected through March 23, and Dell plans to use the feedback to begin selling Linux-based consumer PCs." The poll is pretty minimal. Wonder how much it will really guide Dell's choices.
An anonymous reader writes: Texas Instruments has just unveiled its next generation of graphing calculators the weekend with the TI-Nspire. TI calculators are famous not only in the educational arena but also with the hobbyist hacker crowd around the world because of the ease (or some would say complexity) of which it is to develop for them. The TI-Nspire comes in both CAS (computer aided algebra) and non CAS flavors, and as an added bonus, the non CAS models even includes a fully functioning TI-84+ compatibility mode using a replaceable TI-84+ keypad (which is sure to come as a delight to 84 hackers and gamers everywhere). It packs 20MB of storage and 16MB of memory, an ARM based processor, a 320x240 grayscale LCD, and a USB port. The TI-Nspire should be out in the fall to specific dealers, and in retail stores by early 2008, just in time for back to school in 2008.
from the retroactive-blacklist dept.
Nurgled writes "The EFF, reportedly the only consumer rights organization to be granted membership of the Digital Video Broadcasting consortium, reports that TV and movie industry representatives have been pushing for DRM in the DVB technologies. This in itself is not entirely unexpected, but these talks have been going on in closed meetings. The EFF itself has been blocked from reporting on this until now as a condition of being allowed to attend. The proposed technologies allow rights-holders and broadcasters to severely hamper your ability to make use of broadcast television content, including the ability to retroactively blacklist any devices that consumers may already own that act in ways undesirable to the rights-holder or broadcaster. The EFF concludes that public interest and consumer rights advocates must fight back."
Gibson writes: A new University of Florida study concludes that mandating network neutrality would result in increased infrastructure investment. Using game theory, the researchers created an analytical model and concluded that the end of net neutrality would also mean fewer service upgrades and infrastructure improvements. '"The whole purpose of charging for preferential treatment to content providers is that one content provider gains some edge over the other," said researcher Subhajyoti Bandyopadhyay, a professor in the University of Florida's decision and information sciences department. "But when the capacity is expanded, this advantage becomes negligible."' ISPs requiring content providers to pay for preferred access could ultimately find themselves losing customers.
iplayfast writes: "Whilst France is currently in the throws of a vicious election campaign, it seems that quietly in the background another victory has taken place. The victory isn't just for freedom, it seems that the victory is for free software. Story here"
WSJdpatton writes "The much-hyped notion that Linux would be a viable alternative to Windows to run desktop and notebook PCs for corporate users seemed dead on arrival a few years ago. But the idea is showing some new vital signs as companies look for cheaper alternatives to Microsoft products. The Wall Street Journal outlines several firms that are reaping savings and stability on their workplace desktops by rolling out Linux distributions. 'Auto maker PSA Peugeot Citroën last month said it will start using Linux on 20,000 of its workers' PCs. Novell Inc., which sells a version of Linux and is supplying it to Peugeot, says it has recently signed up several large U.S. financial institutions that are installing Linux on some employee PCs. Sales of Linux PCs are showing a really nice uptick at Novell, says Ronald Hovsepian, chief executive of Novell.' Not everyone is a convert, though. 'The State of Illinois recently consolidated its IT systems onto Microsoft software -- and has no interest in using Linux, says Paul Campbell, director of the state's Central Management Services department. "We don't have time for science projects in state government," he says.'"
Phoe6 writes: With Linux requests gaining high hits at Dell IdeaStrom, Dell has crafted a survey (www.dell.com/linuxsurvey) requesting customers to tell what they want, as Dell plans to expand the Linux options. The survey has questions on usage, hardware, application suite, support options and distribution. Survey closes on Friday, March 23.
An anonymous reader writes: You may have noticed that packaging or advertisements for your anti-virus program carries a certificate from Checkmark. Computer Shopper has an interesting article explaining how AV companies achieve those certifications. Basically, they just pay Checkmark to provide them with a certificate. The author explains how samples are provided before testing, and the products retested until they pass. In his words "It is hard to imagine circumstances where an anti-virus product could fail this test."
from the maybe-they-need-to-hire-professional-wooers dept.
Rob writes "OpenOffice.org project members have written to Dell (pdf), hoping to persuade the company to adopt OpenOffice in response to customer demand. John McCreesh, OpenOffice.org marketing project lead, writes 'Let's have a conversation about how we could build an OpenOffice.org supplied by Dell product to give your customers what they are asking for.' Demand for open source products on Dell's IdeaStorm web site prompted the letter. A somewhat obvious question is raised: why isn't OpenOffice already available by default on new PC's and Workstations?"
nbauman writes: "The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint in Nebraska charging 3 Indian nationals with a fraudulent scheme to manipulate the prices of at least 14 securities with other people's online brokerage accounts. Between July and November 2006, Jaisankar Marimuthu, Chockalingam Ramanathan and Thirugnanam Ramanathan hijacked online brokerage accounts using stolen usernames and passwords. They acquired securities positions in their own accounts, placed buy orders at above-market prices in the hacked accounts, and sold the positions in their own accounts at inflated prices. They made profits of at least $121,500. Online broker-dealers lost at least $875,000. Securities fraud carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. The government will seek extradition to Nebraska. http://www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2007/lr2 0037.htm SEC v. Jaisankar Marimuthu, Chockalingam Ramanathan and Thirugnanam Ramanathan, Civil Action No. 8:07CV94 (D. Neb.)"
An anonymous reader writes: Veterans officials have put Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system, Vista, through its paces in the past nine months. De Sanno said Vista's security features are significant enough to call for an immediate agencywide upgrade.
marcellizot writes: "Modding hardware and writing homebrew applications is a bloody-minded activity at the best of times; it's all about the square pegs and the round holes. But in the Texas Instruments (TI) range of scientific calculators, the modding/homebrew community has found its Everest. It's hard not to admire this sort of absurd stubbornness, so in homage to this noble gaming pursuit Pocket Gamer has explored the TI scene and rounded up some key TI homebrew games, mods and resources to shed a little light on the modding/homebrew world's most shadowy precipice."