Jerry Rivers (881171) writes "The CRTC, Canada's communications regulator, has approved changes to the way cable companies bundles programming to allow the purchase of selected channels while dropping others they do not want. However, they won't necessarily be paying any less." Link to Original Source top
Jerry Rivers writes "It was only ten years ago or so that Apple was in dire straights. Then, with second coming of Steve Jobs, it started a meteoric rise to where it is today — a consumer electronics all-star with over $15B in cash in the bank. The question now is what is it going to do with all that loot? Fortune (http://bigtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2007/12/07/apples-15-billion-cash-hoard/) examines the issue and points out that just letting it sit there might not be such a good thing to do. After all, Apple could, if it wanted to, "...easily buy TiVo (TIVO), Netflix (NFLX) and Circuit City (CC), and still have plenty left in the bank."" Link to Original Source top
Jerry Rivers (881171) writes "Thanks to a new medical analyzer and a piece of fossilized bone from a T.Rex, scientist have discovered the precise molecular code of a dinosaur protein — something long thought to be impossible to do. This discovery, published in the magazine Science and reported by the Washington Post(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/ article/2007/04/12/AR2007041202043.html), may mean a remapping of the evolutionary tree since the results confirm that protein is extraordinarily close to that of the modern chicken! Is this research totally without merit and has science laid another egg, or is this a monster find?" top
Jerry Rivers (881171) writes "The Onion (http://www.theonion.com/content/node/59345) has a "scoop" on a new Apple product called iLaunch, which Steve Jobs says will "revolutionize" the process of unveiling new products throughout the world. From the article, "Described in its patent filing as a 'hype-generating mechanism with fully integrated Mac compatibility,' the iLaunch is powered by Intel dual-core processors optimized to calculate a product's gravitas. Apple claims the iLaunch can garner the same amount of press attention as a major scientific discovery, high court ruling, celebrity meltdown, or natural disaster at 200 times the speed of a traditional media-fostered launch."" top
Jerry Rivers (881171) writes "A reporter over at MSNBC has written a report about his new found love — Microsoft Vista. Considering the source he might just be a shill, and he certainly doesn't avoid complaining about Mac zealots, but he does give a fairly good overview of the new OS and why he has made the switch." top
Jerry Rivers (881171) writes "As Christmas approaches, The Bearded One is preparing for his annual World Tour by making sure communications with his elves won't be interrupted by an unexpected solar flare. Enter Andrew Yau, Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary and Santa's own solar watchman, who has calculated not only if there will be any radio interference as Jolly ol' Saint Nick circles the globe, but also how all this gift giving to over a billion children is even possible. The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada explains http://www.nserc.gc.ca/news/features/2006_12_22_e. htm."