By Soulskill from Slashdot's nobody-knows-you-when-you're-down-and-out department
writes "With HP spinning off its PC business, rivals will be looking for a way to get a bigger piece of the hardware pie. HP's PC unit news, among other industry-rattling announcements, including pulling out of the tablet market and shuttering webOS, rocked the hardware industry since HP is by far the dominant maker in the world. So while HP decides what to do, rivals should be plotting their next move, say industry analysts. Who could benefit the most from any change-up in PC sales? The obvious suspects: Dell, which passed Acer in the second quarter of this year; and Acer is looking to make up some lost ground and could see HP's shake up as an opportunity. And don't forget Lenovo, which holds the third-largest market share. Despite the general downshift for PCs, Lenovo is riding some great momentum right now, reports Gartner. In the second quarter of 2011, the company saw 22.5% growth in its PC shipments."
A related article ponders the fate of webOS
, looking at a number of potential buyers as well as the unlikely possibility that HP will open source it.Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's step-in-the-less-wrong-direction department
We recently discussed
Ubisoft's plans to bring back their controversial always-connected DRM for their upcoming racing game Driver: San Francisco
. Gamers raised their voices in protest, and it seems Ubisoft listened, scaling back (but not removing) the DRM
. Instead of requiring a continuous connection, the game will now require a connection only when the game launches. Unfortunately for Ubisoft, complaints are now arising that the company misled players
with regard to the DRM implemented in the PC port of From Dust.Read Replies (0)
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it department
writes "Addison-Wesley publishers has released The Python Standard Library By Example, another Python book that strategically fits in between programming cookbooks and library reference manuals. It brings the Python standard library that much closer to Python programmers and helps make them more proficient in their trade."
Read below for Ahmed's first Slashdot review. The Python Standard Library by Example
author Doug Hellmann
publisher Addison-Wesley Professional
rating 8 of 10
reviewer Ahmed Al-Saadi
summary A unique guide to the Python standard library that is between a cookbook and a reference manualRead Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's arrr-me-hearties department
writes "With the latest Windows 8 build (8064) that has been delivered to Intel, it's clear that the company is taking strides to make sure that its upcoming OS isn't quit so easy to pirate. For starters, the generic volume license keys that were so easily exploited during the early days of Windows 7 leaks will no longer be an option for pirates. Product keys also won't be shipped in the prodkey.txt file included in the build packages. Instead, installers will need to retrieve a unique key from a Microsoft web page. There's also a good possibility that the recently-surfaced fast booting patent could come into play as well. If Microsoft does indeed have designs on using a remote server to push OS code to systems at boot time, that code would be a very clever place to embed activation-related programming. Even if a crack was discovered, it would be neatly undone during a subsequent start-up sequence — similar to the way Microsoft's now-idle Windows Steady State could turn back the clock an entire Widows installation after rebooting."
Microsoft has also indirectly confirmed in a recent blog post
that Windows 8 will make use of an app store
.Read Replies (0)