Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas
Are you crazy? The Northeast will never, ever, ever see this.
Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas
Wouldn't this just open the newly-managed Comcast up to the shareholder action for not maximizing the value of their investment? I'm sure they'd have little trouble proving in court that the monopoly status they've enjoyed for so many years is critical to their shareholder value, and you'd have taken pretty obvious, deliberate steps to erode that market advantage and therefore that value. For the good of everybody else, sure, but the remaining 49% of shareholders will probably be pissed.
Levitating and Manipulating Objects With Sound
Here comes the 'I told you so' from the 'Survivors of Atlantis used sound to build the pyramids' peanut gallery.
You know, like that couple from 'An Idiot Abroad' Egypt episode.
Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?
Finger me for my public key!
Sound Engineer and Entrepreneur Amar Bose Dead At 83
Bose makes marketing agreements with their retail partners. Notice how Bose has its own exclusive section in any retail electronics store? That's because it's so good, right? Nope, that's because it's part of the agreement Bose reaches with the big box stores like Best Buy in order to limit the customers' ability to compare other equipment with Bose. Bose understood early on that a combination of clever marketing and a slick exterior form-factor would allow the company to charge significantly more than their competitors in the home-theater market.
Entenmann's has reached an agreement with grocery stores the world over in order to limit the ability of customers to compare other coffee cakes to Entenmann's
Giant Robotic Jellyfish Unveiled by Researchers
"NO! I designed the Giant Robotic Jellyfish of Death to help mankind, not destroy it!" --Dr. Death
Too Much Gold Delays World's Fastest Supercomputer
I'll bet all the gold makes the processor run terribly :(
Congress Takes Up Online Sales Tax
Surprise! The Congressman representing (3rd District, encompassing Bentonville, where Wal-Mart's HQ is located) the largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the world is pushing for sales tax on sales made by their main competitors.
Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?
The satellite TV at this hotel is all ballsed up due to Sally, you insensitive clod.
Ok, the article wasn't just about advertising, though. I'll grant you that Web advertising isn't as intrusive or compulsory as 'traditional' media. Though I'll toss out the quote "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. (Jeff Hammerbacher, ca. 2011", which I feel is pretty accurate. Ads, or high frequency trading algorithms, either one, really.
The bit that's been bothering me is the " and although some of the outcomes are positive a disturbingly high number of them are negative: the erosion of privacy, of consumer rights, of the public domain and fair use, etc" part. For every piece of technology (or corporate policy, or law) that contributes to "the erosion of privacy, of consumer rights, of the public domain and fair use, etc", somebody had to come up with it, and get past the fact that they're selling out their fellow members of society for a quick buck because 'fuck them, I want to get paid.' It's this willingness to occasionally make life and society suck just that tiny little microscopic bit more, erode freedoms just that little bit more, push policies and laws that nobody but other corporations actually wants, that make Silicon Valley (in this case, or prevailing corporate or legislative attitudes in general) open to these charges of moral bankruptcy or 'toxicity'.
Worst part? These people usually have a lot of other people to help them implement it, who are probably smart enough to know what they're doing is wrong or counterproductive, but do it anyway because "Meh, paycheck". Believe me, I understand 'meh, paycheck' but there's something wrong when capable people feel locked into a situation enough to go against their morals and better judgement.
Site Offers History of Torrent Downloads By IP
"This means you are using a private torrent tracker or, of course, you may not be a torrent user at all! It happens."
Yeah, sometimes people just happen to not pirate movies and things (and, alright, haven't needed an Ubuntu installer in a while)..just how things work out sometimes!
Mostly wanted to see if anybody else around here was up to something.
Watch the Fiery Re-entry of Progress Module
The long-term residents of Space already view us 'terrestrials' with disdain. To them, Earth has become nothing more than a dump!
Angry Birds Downloads Pass Half-Billion Mark
That assumes all downloads are played once a day.
Also apparently Angry Birds phones home about your usage habits.
Hobby Inspired Electric Multicopter Makes Manned Flight
I assume the plans will be for sale in the rear couple pages of Popular Mechanics?
Google Street View Moves Indoors
That'll be useful next time I want to visit J.C. Penny! .....Bazinga.
Patent Reform Bill Passes Senate
Kernel.org Attackers Didn't Know What They Had
Why would the attacks have to look different? Because if somebody wanted to mess with the source, they'd be more sophisticated and use more sophisticated exploits? Like Kaspersky pointed out, if they wanted to mess with the source code, a lot of what they did would have been unnecessary, but whatever initial exploit they used would have still worked! I think the real point is here 'they got in'. Better attackers just mean they wouldn't have discovered the break-in as quickly, and actual damage might have been done. Whether or not the attackers knew what they had is immaterial: the real message here is kernel.org needs to wake up and get serious about security, if any random script kiddie can root them.
Solar Company Folds After $0.5B In Subsidies
What's kind of surprising is the outright hostility to the idea of alternative fuels. You guys have 401(k)s heavily invested in oil or something? Good chunk of this thread just doesn't seem to WANT this to work.
Ugandan Seeks To Build Backyard Space Shuttle
Sanka last seen observing local high school science class Egg Drop day with great interest.
Acer CEO Declares a Tablets Bubble
Oh yeah? Well...I declare an Acer Bubble!