Andy_R writes "In a statement released after the stock market close, Apple admits "will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned", blaming the need to move software engineering and QA resources over to the iPhone project, which it says is still on schedule to ship in "late June" as planned. Developers will still get their hands on Leopard at the WWDC but it will only be a "near final" version, not the finished product." top
Andy_R writes "For over 25 years, Apple (the computer company) and Apple (the Beatles record label) have been arguing over the right to use of the name. Today, the dispute is officially over, with the computer company taking control of the name, and licencing it back to the record company for them to use. The BBC report has some quotes from both sides, which seem to hint that the music of the Beatles which has never before been licenced for download sales may soon be available through iTunes." top
Andy_R writes "Sony have finally committed themselves to a European launch date for the PS3, after disappointing European fans by not having the promised worldwide simultanious launch, then missing the lucrative Christmas period. The BBC are reporting that the console will arrive on the 23rd of March. We'll only be getting the 60Gb version at first, and it will be priced at 599 Euros or 425 pounds in Britain. At today's exchange rates, that's a wallet-busting $835.99!"
Starting from the premise that what mods are doing is editing the replies with the objective of making the reader experience better rather then simply 'grading' posts...
+1&-1, unintentionally redundant
Quite often, 2 excellent posts say the same things, and appear moments apart. Clearly the posters put a lot of thought into writing them, and might also have been insightful, etc, and it's sheer bad luck that someone wrote the same sort of thing at the same time. The post is of no use to readers, so 'redundant' should be used, but it's not the poster's fault, so when I'm modding, I hesitate to use a karma-hitting mod point. What I would like is a modding option that gives the poster karma for their good intentions, but demotes the actual post out of the way of readers.
-1, sense of humour failure
All too often I see posts made at +2 that pick logistical flaws in posts that are clearly intended to be funny. They don't add anything to the discussion, and are not really useful to anyone reading the story, but there isn't really a good way to mod them down. I occasionally use "overrated", but it doesn't really fit well or get the message through to the poster.