I have to hand it to Microsoft, if there’s one thing about the company I admire is it’s consistency. Their console is outright faulty, yet it remains on shelves and now they’ve gone ahead and made the peripherals get in on the action.
Microsoft will send out replacement parts for its Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel after 50 reports that the video-game controllers overheated and released smoke when plugged in, the software maker said Thursday.
So, overheating controllers are not cool. Luckily there have been no reports of people being hurt by the controller and we can only hope that continues to be the case.
Microsoft really needs to dump whoever it is building their stuff as well as do some more R&D to find out why their stuff is faulty as well as how to overcome this.
In this video tutorial Chad shows you how to remotely access your iPhone via SSH and permanently place the Launcher.app shortcut on your “button bar” (dock) of the iPhone.
1. in this tut you’re using the ROOT account via command line, make sure you are typing what you mean to type, because a slip up could potentially brick your phone and require a factory restore.
2. if you are installing SSH for this tutorial and have no plans to use it again, I suggest you uninstall it afterwards. If you do plan on keeping it running in the background on the phone change your root password! Otherwise you’re just begging to get hacked.
3. if you do uninstall SSH from the iPhone then later decide to attempt to install and use it again, you WILL recieve a known host error (man in the middle) due to mismatching RSA keys on the remote machine (iphone). To fix this you’ll need to manually edit or delete the known_hosts file located in .ssh of your home directory.
Besides the streaming copy above, we also made available a high resolution download, for your hacking pleasure.
As a long-time Pandora (music genome project) fan / user, I was ecstatic to find out that I could literally take all of my favorite playlists with me on my iPhone or iPod with PandoraJam. Bitcartel Software, creators of ComicLover and RadioLover, have created yet another sure favorite for recording streaming audio from Pandora.
PandoraJam enables fans of the fantastic Pandora.com music service to easily listen, record and stream tunes to an Airport Express. With support for scrobbling tracks to Last.fm, PandoraJam is essential software for net music lovers everywhere.
I’ve been running the software for the past few days enjoying my customized playlists while online and off.
Everyone wants to cash in on the emoticon rage. Cingular has previously sucessfully filed for a patent on using emoticons on cell phones and Microsoft recieved much backlash for trying to patent the smiley face.
Now we have plush squishable pillows out of the harbinger of all things fluffy and cute, Germany.
The cushions come as a set of 6 smileys, each has a diameter of 13.5cm. The following smileys are included: :-) :-( :-| :-D :-/ :-P (The tongue of this one really sticks out).
Available for 19.24 € (~$20 US) they ship for cheap in Europe but tack on 29.41 € (~$30) for shipping to the US and they aren’t worth it. :-(
Avaliable Now at getdigital.de/
Until this morning, I was sure that Blockbuster was gunning for Netflix in the home movie rental delivery service. What with Blockbuster advertising the ever so attractive deal of 3 movies delivered to your home + unlimited in-store rentals, it seemed as though Netflix was on the losers side of the fence. But like I said, I had assumed all that until this morning.
Arnold emailed Blockbuster support inquiring about recent changes to his plan:
I have been a Blockbuster subscriber for over 7 months. Prior to that, I was at Netflix. My Netflix account is currently suspended (meaning I don’t pay anything, but I still have my account history and I can turn the account back on at anytime).
I do not agree with the recent email from your company telling me about my plan changing. In January 2007, I signed up for Unlimited Online DVDs up to 3 at a time plus UNLIMITED in-store exchanges plus one coupon for game/video rental. I want to keep my current account as-is without changes. Please let me know if you can accomodate this request.
Joyce (Blockbuster Online Customer Care) writes:
I’m very sorry if you feel that way about our new plans, Arnold. Like all retail businesses, we must periodically review our pricing structure. In introducing a wider range of subscription plans, we considered a number of factors related to online memberships including in-store activity on a given account. We’re giving our most frequent renters like y ourself the option of either continuing with similar great benefits at a higher price point or moving to a new plan if you’d like to continue your membership at a lower price point and agree to limited in-store exchanges. Additionally, our envelopes are now valid for discounts on in-store game rentals. Unfortunately, eCoupons are no longer available.
Essentially, what Blockbuster is saying is that anyone who rents too many videos can either choose to upgrade their plan (pay more) to do so, or slow down their rental activity. Boo on that Blockbuster.
The video above has been floating around various sites the past few days, all of them excited about the fantastic idea of using graphite from an ordinary pencil as an emergency lantern. The claim is that if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and you don’t have a flashlight, you can use a pencil connected to your car battery as a light source.
The number of ways that this idea fails to be a good one is astounding. Aside from the obvious (at least to me) danger of playing with bare wires connected to your car battery, people seem to have failed to actually think this through. To make one of these lights, one must split a pencil down the middle, remove the graphite, break said graphite into small pieces, and then use the pieces to complete a circuit with your car battery. How they expect people to do this in the dark is beyond me, and actually sounds a good deal more difficult than fixing many common causes of car breakdowns. This is all of course assuming one has the necessary tools to complete the project just sitting in their car.
Wouldn’t it be easier just to tell people to put a flashlight in their glove-box and be done with it?
X-SEED 4000: World’s largest structure will house 1 million people, obstruct the Sun and possibly be the future of all humankind
The building boom in Dubai might seem miniscule in comparison to this super-mega-ultra-über structure. Being designed by Tansai Construction Corperation , this mega structure is designed to be 7 times as tall as the worlds tallest completed existent building (Taipei 101), contain 800 stories and have a footprint of 6 kilometers and be located on Tokyo harbor.
“Designed by Taisei Construction Corporation as an “intelligent building,” the futuristically-named X-Seed 4000 would maintain light, temperature, and air pressure in response to changing external weather conditions.”
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Fighting with your co-workers?
Pro Thumb Wrestling is a full-size, officially sanctioned professional thumb wrestling ring. All contenders must insert their thumbs through the opposite corner holes and come out wrestling.
I don’t know about you, but I think this finally brings some level of professionalism to the sport. And it’s ‘officially sanctioned;’ that’s enough for me!