BigSes writes "After being bombarded nearly non-stop with commercials for new online bidding sites, such as Quibids, Beezid, and others, I was curious if anyone has used these sites? Would anyone care to elaborate on their experiences, found "deals" or horror stories? Since the commercials make them seem like they are such a value, whats the secret? I can't help but get a Groupon vibe from these." top
BigSes writes "Mark Perrson, better known as Notch, is stepping down as Minecraft Lead Developer. Now that Minecraft is "completed" and has been released, Notch is planning to step away from game development for a time. The lead role will be handled by long-time Mojang team member Jens Bergensten. Notch plans to continue to contribute to Minecraft, but what is to be expected without its founder at the helm?" Link to Original Source top
Ask Slashdot: Best EEPROM Programmer for a Hobbyis
BigSes writes "I had been in the amusement repair industry (video gaming, pinball, jukeboxes, etc) for more than a decade, but have recently taken a new career path. I still greatly enjoy tinkering with all the electronics, and collect many arcade games and pinball machines for my home. I always had access to EEPROM / PROM / PIC / GAL programmers on the job, but never owned one personally. I'm finding it difficult to work within my chosen hobby without one, and ordering pre-programmed chips can be cost prohibitive for some projects. I would love it if some of you professionals or other hobbyists out there could recommend a great programmer that supports a large number of chip formats for me to use. Id like it to be something USB, more modern than Serial or Parallel port (usually what we had in the old days) and preferably sub-$300, new or used. There are tons of Chinese import types on eBay, but I'd hate to spend $80+ if I am unsure of the quality. I appreciate it in advance guys!" top
Netflix Drops Quickster Plan, Serivces to Remain o
BigSes writes "The title essentially explains it all. It seems as though Netflix has decided to pay attention to the customer's desires, and has opted to drop the Quickster plan. The DVD rental service will maintain the Netflix name, and the DVD content will stay on the website alongside the On-Demand items." Link to Original Source top
BigSes writes "It's very obvious looking at the photos taken today by TMZ, that the declining health of Steve Jobs played a large role in his resignation. Be aware, these are a bit unsettling." Link to Original Source top
BigSes writes "A 23-year old man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game "Frogger." Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck Monday evening. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends. Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled "go" and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway.
Has it come time to ban some of the classics before someone else goes out and breaks a few bricks with their heads after eating a large mushroom? Wait, I'm betting that has already happened." Link to Original Source top
BigSes writes "McDonald's famous McRib sandwich returns to over 14,000 US locations on November 2nd. This marks the first nationwide release of the sandwich in more than 15 years, and it is also the first time the sandwich has been available in nearly 3 years. Knowing its large cult following, I'm sure many Slashdotters are huge fans. I'm already set to devour its saucy, processed, pork patty goodness!" Link to Original Source top
BigSes writes "A Buffalo man, Gary Korkuc, was arrested by police for running a Stop sign. What they found upon opening the trunk was shocking. A live black cat was found marinating in a sauce made of red chilis, salt, oil and other ingredients. Korkuc, 51, claims the he was not going to eat the cat, but that he was on his way to return it to the animal shelter, and that the cat had miscarried and thats what the substance was. Further review deterimed that the cat is indeed a 4-year old neutered male. The suspect denies all charges and also claims that the police were in the process of fire-bombing a nearby building when they decided to stop him." Link to Original Source top
BigSes writes "A judge will take a few days to decide upon approving the name change of a Pittsburgh area man. The man would like to change his name to "Boomer the Dog" after the short lived television series. He is also a strong suppporter of the anthromorphic movement. Should a name change be such an issue?" Link to Original Source top
BigSes writes "As I attempted to check the amusement collectibles on my Atlantic Broadband newgroups tonight, I was suprised to find that my server now requires authentication. After attempting to use my email login and being denied, I email customer service. Much to my dismay, I found out that Atalntic Broadband has followed suit with Comcast, and has discontinued newsgroup service due to low interest. Of course, this move was made with absolutely no warning, and no offered refunds or reduced prices for service. They aren't even pulling the same card that Comcast did, offering a discount to a large newgroup provider, they are offering nothing. They didn't even feel the need to send out a heads-up to their customers, or post any sort of message on their website. Could the age of included Usenet newgroups truly be coming to an end?" top
BigSes writes "The English town of Huddersfield is attempting to plan a 200th anniversary celebration of the Luddite movement. The town iteself features many historical sites where many of the murders, ambushes and acts of sabotage took place against various people and places associated with industry. The article also sheds a bit of light on the ways that the movement help in forming founding principles of democracy and organized labor. Questioning the real legacy of Luddism? Violence as a weapon against technology or as a weapon against unfair treatment?" Link to Original Source top
BigSes writes "The groom, calling himself SAL9000, married a character from the Nintendo DS game Love Plus. The bride was read her vows as she was displayed to him on the screen of his Nintendo DS. The event itself was broadcase live from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the reception included a disco.
Soon afterwards, the new bride and groom headed off to their honeymoon in Guam. Although the groom feels as though he has reached a "major milestone" in his life, he has yet to inform his parents of the wedding." Link to Original Source top
"Ted Williams was a baseball legend and spent his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. According to the book, "Frozen", authored by Larry Johnson, who is a former executive from Alcor, Williams's body was mutilated by workers at the organization. He reports that the decapitation of the head from the body was not performed in a surgical manner, and that Ted's head was used for batting practice."" Link to Original Source top
BigSes writes "TOKYO — Microsoft Corp began selling its latest operating system, Windows 7, to business customers worldwide Tuesday, and said it received strong pre-orders in Japan topping its predecessors. Microsoft aims to sell 10 million units of Windows 7 in Japan by the end of 2010 and expects about 60% of major companies to be using the upgraded operating system in three years.The new operating system, on sale now only to large businesses with volume licensing deals, will be available to the wider public Oct 22 as PC makers pin hopes on Microsoft's long-awaited product to lift sales ahead of the year's end. So far, the company has received record-high pre-orders from 163 companies in Japan including Astellas Pharma Inc and Yamato Transport Co, compared with orders from 18 companies before the launch of Windows Vista in January 2007.
Doesn't anyone think that a corporate adaptation rate of 60% within three years seems lofty? Japanese IT deparments must see things differently." Link to Original Source top
BigSes writes " From the article:
' DENVER — A federal appeals court on Monday reversed a judge's decision that granted the copyright of the Unix computer operating system to Novell Inc. Novell, a software and computer infrastructure company, has been locked in a yearslong legal battle with The SCO Group Inc. of Lindon, Utah, over ownership to the copyright.'
'SCO filed for bankruptcy protection in 2007, drained by unsuccessfully filing lawsuits claiming its software code was misappropriated by developers of the open-source Linux operating system. "For us it's a case of survival, of protecting what we own." SCO chief executive Darl McBride told The Associated Press. McBride said the development and distribution of Linux has caused the company's revenues to drop from $250 million a year to $15 million, forcing the company to file for bankruptcy. "There are 20 million versions of Linux running around the world," McBride said, referring to his estimate of company servers using Linux. "Linux at the end of the day is a knock off of our Unix."'
'Trial dates for SCO's lawsuits against Novell and IBM have not been set. Both cases are pending in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.'" Link to Original Source