• Norway probing Microsoft. Everyone has to get into the act.
  • Lo-Jack for laptops? More than 600,000 laptops stolen in airports yearly. How does this happen in these “secure” airports?
  • Ad blockers worry advertisers.
  • Why does Sun Microsystems have a chief gaming officer?
  • EBay burned for allowing sales of fakes.
  • Samsung pushing OLED.
  • Look for Rhapsody to attack iTunes.
  • No more Bill Gates stories.

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  1. Jägermeister says:

    Why does Sun Microsystems have a chief gaming officer?

    Perhaps because a lot of games on mobile phones are written in Java?

  2. Floyd says:

    A guess on the laptop thefts: it’s probably done outside security, at the curb or in baggage handling (bags can’t be locked any more–convenient). I always keep my laptop in a carry on briefcase.

  3. Angel H. Wong says:

    ALL HI-TECH gear is stolen not on the ramp but when they accomodate the luggage into the airplane. They also usually steal it within foreign countries.

  4. Dlrdon says:

    My wife works for HLS at Sunport airport Albuquerque NM, she says that many people leave their laptops at the security gate and NEVER call looking for them. Yes they go unclaimed, guess people think the laptops were stolen and not left unclaimed. They tag the puter for time and which aisle they were left at waiting for someone to call and they rarely do call.

  5. Ad blockers: Do try effective one like Ad Block Plus for Mozilla/Firefox family of browsers… Difference in browsing experience is so great that you won’t be able to tolerate non-filtered pages in very short while. Hence it is much more popular than some may believe. Good things spread fast.

  6. JFetch says:

    You can thank all the big flashing ads for the popularity of ad blockers. I know I started using one when I got tired of getting yelled at by smilies every other page. I don’t believe banner ads make much of a difference when it comes to sales anyways. These days you can find whatever you need at specific sites like ebay and amazon. I don’t know anyone that clicked on an ad and randomly bought something.

    Ads embedded in content is the way to go, as long as it is geared towards that content’s audience. GoDaddy and Audible are perfect examples.

  7. it's just an expression says:

    Do you really think that airport security cares about laptops? That’s not their job dude.

  8. Jeanne says:

    There is no such thing as American airport security. It is only security theater. Airport workers — baggage handlers, airplane restockers, etc. do not get checked before or after leaving the tarmac. These jobs are contracted out and the contractors hire people who are willing to work for the least wage. I think high-price items are just too much of a temptation for them to ignore.

  9. Likes2LOL says:

    Over 1,643 laptops stolen per day / 68 per hour / 1 per minute? Seems a bit high… this must be worldwide.

    Still, if I was in the business of selling laptops, this would seem to be good news, wouldn’t it?

  10. Nth of the 49th says:

    Silly people, Homeland Security are the ones stealing the laptops.

  11. Elwood Pleebus says:

    #11 Yep. Then they can scan the laptops for incriminating evidence!

  12. QB says:

    Sun has been throwing a lot people in different directions over the last couple of years to open new markets. Chris Melissinos main job is convince game developers that Java is the way to go, especially for massive online games. And of course if they go that route than Sun big metal should follow.

    He’s also trying to get console manufacturers to look at Java. They seem to have given up on the whole J2ME for mobile gaming thing.

    I wouldn’t want the job since game developers are firmly rooted in C++ (thank you very much) and is not about to switch to Java/OpenGL or .NET/DirectX.


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