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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

Lucas123 Warning: Snarky comment (75 comments)

Over the past four decades, we've seen squat in the form of treatment for diabetes other than improving the delivery of insulin delivery for diabetics, which has been around since the 1920s. Honestly, it almost seems as if the insulin market is just too lucrative to allow a real cure for Type 1 diabetes. We march on continuing to watch little children struggle with this disease through adulthood and often succumb to an early death because of it. C'mon scientific community. Get your collective heads our of your arses and curse this.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

Lucas123 Actually, a gun is a useful machine (490 comments)

As the company Solid Concepts discovered, 3D printing metal guns demonstrates the ability to create fined machine parts that are also durable.

about 2 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

Lucas123 Honestly? (323 comments)

This is the best idea the lead engineer on the NASA JPL's Curiosity rover mission could come up with? Find worm holes or send 3D printers to other planets. Ugh.

about 2 months ago
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Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

Lucas123 Prototype? (166 comments)

You don't sell prototypes to the public. That's called a production model.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

Lucas123 Rocky V (403 comments)

Another Star Wars sequel shouldn't be made in the first place. You can only take a movie story line so far and then you're just milking nostalgia for the sake of box office returns with no art or soul. The first three movies were perfection. Enough already.

about 2 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Lucas123 Wouldn't that be a shame (626 comments)

So no more end-of-the-month speed traps by police departments to balance their budgets? Whatever will our police departments do for money? Reminds me of the outcry when The National Maximum Speed Law was eventually disregarded by almost every state and they raised their respective speed limits back up to 65mph on most highways -- because lowering it to 55mph did nothing to reduce accidents. Oh, the funds staties lost.

about 2 months ago
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Loses Deep Sea Vehicle

Lucas123 I'll find it, but it ain't goin' to be cheap (93 comments)

Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', an' down you go... If you want to get your deep sea vehicle back, then ante up. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's just too many captains on this island. $10,000 for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.

about 3 months ago
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Star Cluster Ejected From Galaxy At 2,000,000 MPH

Lucas123 For the last time (133 comments)

Don't come back!

about 3 months ago
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Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

Lucas123 Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (399 comments)

I don't believe most people will want technology in their watches. They wear them for time telling and fashion, not connectivity. Thinks about G-Force watches. How many people do you see wearing those these days? Same goes for eyeglasses. They won't be a big seller because people simply don't want to walk around with a heads-up screen in front of their face. Having that technology in your pocket is good enough. I have all the latest technology in my home, but I wear a Swiss watch because of its fine craftsmanship, great looks, and because it's one of the few things around me NOT dependent on the WWW.

about 3 months ago
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How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?

Lucas123 Re:Bill Nye is creepy and weird (220 comments)

In fact, his only actual degree is a Bachelors of Science in mechanical engineering.

about 4 months ago
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Origins of Blarney Stone Revealed

Lucas123 It always amazed me (47 comments)

People are willing to allow a complete stranger to hold them while they slide over the side of a 90-foot wall in order to share in the bacteria and viruses of thousands of others on the oft change they'll be given the ability deceive people without offending them.

about 4 months ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

Lucas123 Re: I'm still incensed (152 comments)

Actually, I'd prefer the CIA keep tabs on Feinstein.

about 4 months ago
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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

Lucas123 100 years later (269 comments)

Einstein's theories continue to astound.

about 4 months ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

Lucas123 I'm still incensed (152 comments)

Spying on citizens is one thing, but to think the CIA was spying on Dianne Feinstien and her Senate Select Committee on Intelligence really crosses the line.

about 4 months ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Lucas123 The Russian Embassador (878 comments)

There were those of us who fought against this. But in the end, we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. And at the same time, our people grumbled for more nylons and washing machines. Our Doomsday scheme cost us just a small fraction of what we'd been spending on defense in a single year. But the deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a Doomsday gap.

about 4 months ago
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Ford replacing Microsoft Windows with Blackberry's QNX in new vehicles

Lucas123 Ford hasn't announced anything (1 comments)

I hate these misleading submissions.

about 5 months ago
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How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)

Lucas123 Google Glass or not (124 comments)

"The device featured photos, video, email, and other data that, in the wrong hands, could seriously upend her life." She's carrying data around on a mobile device that could seriously upend her life? I don't even store that kind of data on my home laptop in the clear. It never ceases to amaze me that people store sensitive information unencrypted on small mobile device. One word: TrueCrypt.

about 6 months ago
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Unofficial front page discussion of why /. BETA is bad

Lucas123 Why not a different discussion (2 comments)

Instead of a bitch session, how about how a discussion about how the new site can be improved.

about 6 months ago

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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' CD-R Ability To Rip Music To Hard Drive

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  2 days ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies is suing Ford and General Motors for millions of dollars over alleged copyrights infringement violations because their vehicles' CD-Rs can rip music to infotainment center hard drives. The AARC claims in its filing that the CD-R's ability to copy music violates the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992. The Act protects against distributing digital audio recording devices whose primary purpose is to rip copyrighted material. For example, Ford's owner's manual explains, "Your mobile media navigation system has a Jukebox which allows you to save desired tracks or CDs to the hard drive for later access. The hard drive can store up to 10GB (164 hours; approximately 2,472 tracks) of music." The AARC wants $2,500 for each digital audio recording device installed in a vehicle, the amount it says should have been paid in royalties."
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Jobs in Solar Inudstry Skyrocketing, But R&D Investments Plummeting

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "The number of jobs in the solar power industry now outnumbers those in the coal mining industry.. That's good news for renewable energy proponents, but investments in new solar technologies that could increase efficiency and spur sustainable growth is down — way down. Investors simply see R&D as too risky because of past start-up failures and because the price of current solar cells continue to drop precipitously because China has flooded the market, meaning there's less profit to be made in the technology. The only thing driving jobs now appears to be new, relatively inefficient solar power plants. The total global investment in renewable power (excluding large hydroelectric projects) fell for the second year in a row in 2013, reaching $214 billion worldwide — 14% lower than in 2012 and 23% below 2011 levels, when there was a record high in renewable energy investments"
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about three weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A DARPA-funded project has successfully developed a .50 caliber sniper round capable of maneuvering during flight in order to remain on target. The self-guiding EXACTO bullet, as it's being called, is optically guided by a laser that must remain on target for the bullet to track. The EXACTO round is capable of accurately tracking a target up to 1.2 miles away, DARPA stated. The technology, which is being developed by Teledyne Scientific and Imaging, is targeted at helping snipers remain at longer distances from targets as well as improving night shots. While DARPA's tracking bullet is the first to use a standard, small-arms caliber round, in 2012 Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) successfully demonstrated a prototype self-guided bullet that was more like like a four-inch dart."
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Chinese Company "3D Prints" 10 Buildings in One Day

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A company in China has used additive manufacturing to print 10 single-room buildings out of recycled construction materials in under a day as offices for a Shanghai industrial park. The cost: about $5,000 each. The company, Suzhou-based Yingchuang New Materials, used four massive 3D printers supplied by the WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. Each printer is 20 feet tall, 33 feet wide and 132 feet long. Like their desktop counterparts, the construction-grade 3D printers use fused deposition modeling (FDM), where instead of thermoplastics layer after layer of cement is deposited atop one another. The cement contains hardeners that make each layer firm enough for the next. Yingchuang's technique builds structures off site in a factory one wall at a time. The structures are then assembled onsite. The technique is unlike U.S.-based Contour Crafting, a company whose 3D printing technology to form the entire outer structure of buildings at once, The Yingchuang factory and research center, a 33,000 square foot building, was also constructed using the 3D printing manufacturing technique. It only took one month to construct."
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A new report authored by several environmental groups say data shows more than half of Fortune 100 companies collectively saved more than $1.1B annually by reducing carbon emissions and rolling out renewable energy projects. According to the report, 43% of Fortune 500 companies, or 215 in all, have also set targets in one of three categories: greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energy. When narrowed to just the Fortune 100, 60% of the companies have set the same clean energy goals. Some of the companies leading the industry in annual clean energy savings include UPS ($200M), Cisco ($151M), PepsiCo ($121M) and United Continental ($104M)."
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White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Katherine, a 14-foot, 2,300lbs. Great White Shark has become so popular with visitors to a research site tracking her daily movements that the site's servers have crashed and remained down for hours. The shark, one of dozens tagged for research by the non-profit global shark tracking project OCEARCH, typically cruises very close to shore up and down the Eastern Seaboard. That has attracted a lot interest from the swimming public. Currently, however, she's heading from Florida's west coast toward Texas. OCEARCH tags sharks with four different technologies to create a three-dimensional image of a shark's activities. On average, we're collecting 100 data points every second — 8.5 million data points per day."
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Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Won't Work On Nearly All Devices

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Starbucks today announced that after beta-testing wireless charging in several locations, it will roll it out to all of its cafes in the U.S. Unfortunately, the Powermat wireless chargers they chose to use doesn't support the overwhelming number of mobile devices that are enabled for wireless charging using the Qi standard. Of the 20 million consumer devices estimated to have shipped in 2013 with wireless charging capabilities, nearly all were built with the Qi specification, according to IHS. The majority of the Qi technology was built into devices such as the Google Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones, Google's Nexus 7 second-generation tablet and a number of models in Nokia's Lumia smart phone range. The battle between the three wireless charging consortiums is expected to continue to adversely impact adoption of the technology."
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What It's Like To Train The H-1B Visa Worker Who Replaces You

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "In a company where 220 IT jobs have been lost to offshore outsourcing over the last year, one IT worker recounts what it was like to actually train the H-1B worker who replaced him. "I think once we learned about it, we became angrier toward the U.S. government than we were with the people that were over here from India... because the government is allowing this," said the worker in an interview with Computerworld. The employee, whose real name was not used, said the IT workers at his firm first learned of the offshore outsourcing threat through rumors. Later, the IT staff was called into an auditorium and heard directly from the CIO about the plan to replace them, but the process still took months after that. Many younger IT workers found jobs and left. Mainframe workers were apparently in demand and also able to find new jobs. But older workers with skills in open systems, storage and SAN faced a harder time."
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Robotics Engineers: "We don't want to replace humans. We want to enhance humans.

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Scientists developing smart robotic prosthetics say the lines between robots and humans is beginning to blur and that someday soon people will be able to improve their body. For example, Robotic prosthetics, using a built-in computer, 100 sensors and 17 motors can take natural cues from a user's residual limb, giving him or her the dexterity and grace to play a piano. Robotic exoskeletons have helped people suffering from paralysis walk again and the U.S. military is just weeks away from testing a new exoskeleton, or Iron Man-like suit. And, more than six years ago, a University of Arizona researcher who had successfully connected a moth's brain to a robot predicted that by 2022 we'll be using "hybrid" computers that run a combination of technology and living organic tissue. "By utilizing technology, you're able to improve your body beyond anything you could do in the past," said Daniel Wilson, an engineer with degrees in machine learning and robotics from Carnegie Mellon University."
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Driver study: people want fewer embedded apps, just essentials that work easily

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A study released at the Telematics Detroit 2014 conference revealed the obvious: Most people don't want more distracting embedded apps in their cars; they just want essential apps like navigation and music to be intuitive to use and reliable. Part of the study involved a focus group of 46 people who were asked to evaluate infotainment systems from three luxury car makers and four "mass consumer" car makers. The drivers were asked to do three things: Navigate home, find a pizza shop and find a radio station. Only 40% were able to complete all three tasks. Not surprisingly, the highest rated infotainment system was Tesla because its icons were "large" and it was easy to figure out."
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Inside Ford's 3D Printing Center Where More Than 20K Parts Are Made Each Year

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Ford has been using 3D printing for rapid prototyping since the mid-1980s, but in recent years it has ramped up its efforts adding new machines and materials. A tour of the facility revealed shows four different methods of 3D printing being used to prototype parts. For example, Ford uses Nylon 11 and laser sintering to make parts that can be retrofitted to working vehicles and tested over thousands of miles. The center also binder jet printing to form molds for metal prototypes by laying down layers of sand that are then epoxied together. Just one of its five 3D prototyping centers churns out more than 20,000 parts a year. Today, Ford could not meet new vehicle deadlines without 3D printing."
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3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Cody Wilson, the 26-year-old former law school student who published plans for printing 3D guns online, disputed claims by universities and government agencies that his thermoplastic gun design is unsafe. Wilson claims the agencies that tested the guns did not build them to spec. In a Q&A with Computerworld, he also addressed why he's continuing to press regulatory agencies to allow him to offer the plans again for upload after being ordered to take them down, saying it's less about the Second Amendment and more about the implications of open source and the digital age. "If you want to talk about rights, what does it mean to respect a civil liberty or civil right? Well, it means you understand there are social costs in having that right; that's why it deserves protection in the first place," he said. Wilson is also planning to release other gun-related project, though not necessarily a CAD design."
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Solar Roadways Project Blows Past $1M Crowdfunding Goal

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "It appears an Idaho-based company that created prototype panels for constructing roads that (among other features) gather solar power, will be going into production after it exceeded it's crowdfunding goal of $1M. With two days left to go, Solar Roadways' Indiegogo project has already exceeded $1.6 million. The hexagonal-shaped solar panels consist of four layers, including photovoltaic cells, LED lights, an electronic support structure (circuit board) and a base layer made of recyclable materials. The panels plug together to form circuits that can then use LED lights to create any number of traffic patterns, as well as issue lighted warnings for drivers. The panels also have the ability to melt snow and ice. Along with the crowdfunding money, Solar Roadways received federal grant money for development."
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Curved TVs Nothing But A Gimmick

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Currently, the hottest trend from TV manufacturers is to offer curved panels, but analysts say it's nothing more than a ploy to pander to consumers who want the latest, coolest-looking tech in their home. In the end, the TVs don't offer better picture quality. In fact, they offer a degraded view to anyone sitting off center. Samsung and LG claim that the curve provides a cinema-like experience by offering a more balanced and uniform view so that the edges of the set don't appear further away than the middle. Paul Gray, director of European TV Research for DisplaySearch, said those claims are nothing by pseudo-science. "Curved screens are a gimmick, much along the same lines as 3D TVs are," said Paul O'Donovan, Gartner's principal analyst for consumer electronics research."
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Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "After using Google Glass for several weeks, Computerworld columnist Matt Lake had plenty of reasons to explain why he returned them, not the least of which was that they made him cross-eyed and avoid eye contact. Google Glass batteries also drain like a bath tub when using either audio or video apps and they run warm. And, as cool as being able to take videos and photos with the glasses may be, those shots are always at an angle. Of course, being able to do turn-by-turn directions is cool, but not something you can do without your smart phone's cellular data or a mobile hotspot. The list of reasons goes on... Bottom line, if Google Glass is in the vanguard of a future class of wearable computers, the future isn't the present."
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "When two gun stores attempted to sell the nation's first integrated smart gun, the iP1, gun advocacy groups were charged in media reports with organizing protests that lead to the stores pulling the guns from their shelves or reneging on their promise to sell them in the first place. But, the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation say they do not oppose smart gun technology, which they call "authorized user recognition" firearms. "We do oppose any government mandate of this technology, however. The marketplace should decide," Mike Bazinet, a spokesman for the NSSA, wrote in an email reply to Computerworld. However, the argument for others goes that if stores begin selling smart guns, then legislators will draft laws requiring the technology."
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Syrian Electronic Army Wastes an Attack to Cyberbully a Tech Writer

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "The Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group dedicated to supporting Syria's dictator, wasted an attack vector on trying to embarrass a tech writer at the recent RSA conference. The attack was in response to a talk the writer gave about SEA's tactics and ways to prevent attacks. The most surprising thing is that SEA would hack a notable website and compromise some widely followed Twitter accounts. These people purport to be servants of the genocidal dictator of Syria, but they used their resources on what amounted to cyberbullying one person. Nonetheless, it's interesting how the SEA had been able to exploit the Lucky Orange website associated with the RSA Conference. SEA had redirected the domain through Lucky Orange's DNS provider, probably after compromising the log-on credentials of a company executive. So the question becomes, will the Syrian Electronic Army's handlers in the Syrian intelligence services approve of such immaturity?"
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "The USB SuperSpeed+ spec (A.K.A v3.1) offers up to 10Gbps throughput. Combine that with USB's new C-Type Connector, the specification for which is expected out in July, and users will have a symmetrical cable and plug just like Thunderbolt but that will enable up to 100 watts of power depending on the cable version. So where does that leave Thunderbolt, Intel's other hardware interconnect? According to some industry pundits, Thunderbolt withers or remains a niche technology supported almost exclusively by Apple. Even as Thunderbolt 2 offers twice the throughput (on paper) as USB 3.1, or up to 20Gbps), USB SuperSpeed+ is expected to scale past 40Gbps in coming years. "USB's installed base is in the billions. Thunderbolt's biggest problem is a relatively small installed base, in the tens of millions. Adding a higher data throughput, and a more expensive option, is unlikely to change that," said Brian O'Rourke, a principal analyst covering wired interfaces at IHS."
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Court Orders Marvell to Pay Carnegie Mellon $1.5B for Patent Infringement

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A U.S. District Court has ruled that Marvell Technology must pay Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) $1.54B for infringing on two hard drive chip patents. Marvell was also ordered to pay interest at 0.14% annually, and 50 cents for each chip sold that uses the intellectual property. While Marvell did not comment on the case, CMU said it "understands" that Marvell will again appeal the ruling and the school "will look forward to the federal circuit court" upholding the lower court's ruling. The latest decision by a U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania ends for now a five-year legal battle between the two. In 2012, a jury found Marvell had violated CMU's patents, and the chip maker then appealed that ruling."
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Sony Warns Demand for Blu-ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Sony has warned investors that it expects to take a hit on expected earnings, due in part to the fact that demand for Blu-ray Disc media is contracting faster than anticipated. In two weeks, Sony will announce its financial results. The company expects to post a net loss. Sony's warning is in line with other industry indicators, such as a report released earlier this year by Generator Research showed revenue from DVD and Blu-ray sales will likely decrease by 38% over the next four years. By comparison, online movie revenue is expected to grow 260% from $3.5 billion this year to $12.7 billion in 2018, the report states. Paul Gray, director of TV Electronics & Europe TV Research at market research firm DisplaySearch, said consumers are now accustomed to the instant availability of online media, and "the idea of buying a physical copy seems quaint if you're under 25.""
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