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Why We Need to Expand into Space

Tech.Luver what Carl Sagan & many others dreamt of (460 comments)

The quote, "We are a way for the universe to know itself", if I remember correctly is of Sagan's.

And yes, it would be a natural extention of what we did 50K years ago, to spread out from Africa to Europe, Asia & other continents.

Also if we are to survive we have to explore other Galaxies without DRM, RIAA, steve jobs Oops that last one gonna get me tons of hatemails...lol

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Blu-ray Wins Format Battle As Toshiba quits

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "Toshiba said Tuesday it will no longer develop, make or market HD DVD players and recorders, handing a victory to rival Blu-ray disc technology in the format battle for next-generation video. "We concluded that a swift decision would be best," Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida told reporters at his company's Tokyo offices. The move would make Blu-ray — backed by Sony Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which makes Panasonic brand products, and five major Hollywood movie studios — the winner in the battle over high-definition DVD formatting that began several years ago. Nishida said last month's decision by Warner Bros. Entertainment to release movie discs only in the Blu-ray format made the move inevitable."
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Tainted Pills Hit U.S. Mainland

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The first warning sign came when a sharp-eyed worker sorting pills noticed that the odd blue flecks dotting the finished drug capsules matched the paint on the factory doors. After the flecks were spotted again on the capsules, a blood-pressure medication called Diltiazem, the plant began placing covers over drugs in carts in its manufacturing areas. But the factory owner, Canadian drug maker Biovail Corp., never tried to find out whether past shipments of the drug were contaminated — or prevent future contamination, according to U.S. regulators. ( http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/PUERTO_RICO_PILL_PROBLEMS?SITE=DEWIL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT )"
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Feora 9 ( Sulphur ) Alpha Released

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "Red Hat sponsored open sourced Fedoraproject today released Alpha of its next major release, Fedora 9 (Sulphur). The Fedora 9 Alpha release notes say, the development continues on Rawhide during and after the Alpha release, leading up to the Beta (March 13, `08) and Release Candidate before the final release (April 29, `08). As always, Fedora continues to develop and integrate the latest free and open source software. The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from the last release of Fedora. For more details about other features that are making their way into Rawhide and set for inclusion in Fedora 9, please see their individual Wiki pages which detail their goals and progress. Also, throughout the release cycle there will be interviews with the developers behind key features, so keep an eye on these to get the inside scoop. ( http://techluver.com/2008/02/05/feora-9-sulphur-alpha-released/ )"
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Universal, Sony, Warner Files Lawsuit Agnst Baidu

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "Three global record companies, Universal Music Ltd, Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) Ltd and Warner Music Hong Kong Ltd, have launched legal proceedings against China's top Internet search engine Baidu.com, accusing it of violating copyright by giving access to music files, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said in a press release on Monday, Feb 04. * New legal proceedings brought against Baidu * Copyright infringement actions against Sohu and its associate company Sogou * Yahoo China in breach of copyright violation judgment After months of fruitless negotiations, legal proceedings have been filed on Feb 04, against the China's biggest internet company, Baidu. Separate actions have also been brought against Sohu and its associate company Sogou. ( http://techluver.com/2008/02/05/universal-sony-bmg-and-warner-music-files-lawsuit-against-baidu-in-beijing-court/ )"
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Yahoo Music Shuttured, Users Going to RealNetworks

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "Yahoo will cease operating its online music subscription service and switch its customers to RealNetworks' Rhapsody music service as part of a new deal between the companies that calls for Yahoo to promote Rhapsody on its site, the AP reports. Terms of the deal, to be formally announced later today, were not disclosed. The move is part of Yahoo's overhaul of its online music offerings. Yahoo's subscription rates range from $5.99 a month, if users pay for a full year in advance, or $8.99 a month. Rhapsody memberships start at $12.99 a month. ( http://techluver.com/2008/02/04/yahoo-music-shuttured-users-going-to-realnetworks/ )"
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AMD Delays Faster Quad-cores Due to TLB Bug, Again

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "AMD expects to launch its triple-core Phenom 8400 and 8600 at CeBIT 2008 along with its low-power quad-core Phenom 9100e, however the quad-core Phenom 9700 and 9900 CPUs, which were originally scheduled to launch at the same time, will be delayed for both launch and showcase to a later time. The delay of Phenom 9700 and 9900 is due to the TLB bug and AMD is still working to raise core frequencies. The company will launch Phenom 9550 and 9650 in the second quarter this year. AMD will also delay the launch of its second wave triple-core Phenom 8700, 8650 and 8450 CPUs by a month. ( http://techluver.com/2008/02/04/amd-to-display-triple-cores-at-cebit-2008-again-delays-faster-quad-cores/ )"
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Google Crying Foul Over Microsoft's Yahoo! Bid?

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "In a statement released today on Google's press center, Mr. David Drummond, Google's Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer cries foul over Microsoft's Yahoo! bid. Mr. David Drummond in his rude and venomous language falsely accuses Microsoft of making " hostile bid ". He says, "So Microsoft's hostile bid for Yahoo! raises troubling questions. Now Mr. Drummond do you even know or have any remote idea how many take overs Google have made in last five years or so ?? Mr. Drummond do you actually mean supporting rampant piracy through YouTube, when you say "Users benefit from constant innovation" ?? ( http://techluver.com/2008/02/03/is-fear-of-loosing-monopoly-makes-google-crying-foul-over-microsofts-yahoo-bid/ )"
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RealPlayer Labeled as Badware by StopBadware.org

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "StopBadware.org, the consumer protection initiative developed to combat badware, on Jan 31, released an alert about RealNetworks Inc.'s RealPlayer software application. The group found RealPlayer version 10.5 to be badware because of inadequate disclosure of advertising behavior and RealPlayer version 11 to be badware because it bundles an additional application without disclosure. RealPlayer 11 is the current version of the application, offered on Real (dot) com as an internet video and multimedia player. RealPlayer 10.5 is an older version which is still widely distributed through such sites as BBC Radio and through the Firefox web browser's "missing plug-in" capability. ( http://techluver.com/2008/02/03/realplayer-labeled-as-badware-by-stopbadwareorg/ )"
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Exxon Posts Enough Profit to Buy Yahoo Outright

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "Well Almost ! Beating its own record to rack up the largest annual corporate profit in American history, Exxon Mobil said Friday it earned $40.6 billion for the year, reaping the benefits of crude-oil prices around $100 a barrel. The annual profit was enough, at $3 a gallon, to buy nearly four 15-gallon fill-ups for the roughly 243 million registered passenger vehicles on American roads. Put another way, it's almost equal to what Microsoft has offered to buy Yahoo outright. ( http://techluver.com/2008/02/01/exxon-chevron-post-record-profits/ )"
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700 MHz Airwave Auction Exceeds $4.6 Billion

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "Although a major auction of prime public airwaves, the 700 MHz, is far from finished, there already appears to be a big winner: the US consumer. A bid on the largest portion of public wireless airwaves, now being auctioned by the US government, reached $4.7 billion Thursday, surpassing a threshold price that would trigger so-called open-access rules that would allow any legal mobile device or software program to use those airwaves. While bidding was anonymous, analysts speculated that Google and Verizon Wireless, were the likely bidders on that swath, or about one-third of the total spectrum being auctioned. ( http://techluver.com/2008/02/01/700-mhz-airwave-auction-exceeds-46-billion-a-win-for-consumers/ )"
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Sweden Hits Pirate Bay with Legal Action

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TechLuver writes "Four men who run one of the most popular file-sharing sites in the world have been charged with conspiracy to break copyright law in Sweden, the BBC reported on Thursday. "It's not merely a search engine. It's an active part of an action that aims at, and also leads to, making copyright protected material available," public prosecutor Hakan Roswall told Reuters. "It's a classic example of accessory — to act as intermediary between people who commit crimes, whether it's in the physical or the virtual world." In an interview with the BBC's technology programme Click last year Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde said: "I think it's okay to copy. They get their money from so many places that the sales is just one small part." ( http://techluver.com/2008/02/01/sweden-hits-pirate-bay-with-legal-action/ )"
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NYPD to Go Green, Trial All Electric Scooter

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "New York Police have found a way to help save the planet and perhaps sneak up on bad guys at the same time: an all-electric, ultra-quiet scooter. The New York Police Department will begin road testing four of the plug-in Vectrix scooters early next month _ part of a broader campaign to make the nation's largest police department a greener one as well. The 36,000-officer NYPD has been looking for ways to retool its massive motor fleet to guzzle less gas and inflict less harm on the environment. A handful of NYPD hybrid cars and so-called flex-fuel vehicles, which can run on both gasoline and ethanol, are already on the road. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/25/nypd-to-go-green-start-road-testing-all-electric-ultra-quiet-scooters-in-january/ )"
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BitDefender Warns Of GoogleTextAd Hijacking Trojan

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "BitDefender announced that BitDefender antivirus analysts have detected a new trojan, which hijacks Google text advertisements, replacing them with ads from a different provider. The threat, which is identified by BitDefender as Trojan.Qhost.WU, modifies the infected computers' Hosts file (a local storage for domain name / IP address mappings, which is consulted before domain name servers and is considered authoritative). The modified file contains a line redirecting the host "page2.googlesyndication.com" which should point to an IP of the form 6x.xxx.xxx.xxx to a different address, of the form 9x.xxx.xxx.xxx, so that the infected machines' browsers read ads from server at the replacement address rather than from Google. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/19/bitdefender-detects-new-trojan-that-hijacks-google-text-advertisements/ )"
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CableLabs Awards First DOCSIS 3.0 Qualifications

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "In a major milestone for the cable industry, CableLabs has awarded qualification status for Data over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.0. DOCSIS 3.0 specifications enable downstream data rates of 160 Mbps or higher and upstream data rates of 120 Mbps or higher. To achieve these higher data rates DOCSIS 3.0 describes a methodology for channel bonding in both the upstream and downstream directions. A minimum of four channels, each with throughput of 40 Mbps, is specified. DOCSIS 3.0 also incorporates support for the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/19/cablelabs-awards-industry-%E2%80%98first%E2%80%99-with-docsis-30-qualification/ )"
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MPAA Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against TorrentSpy

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TechLuver writes "In a significant victory for the major Hollywood studios, a federal judge in Los Angeles has terminated an ongoing lawsuit against the operators of TorrentSpy.com in favor of all six of the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) member companies. The District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper of the Central District of California found that the defendants, Justin Bunnell, Forrest Parker and Wes Parker, had lied to the court and had systematically destroyed evidence. She also found that TorrentSpy is responsible for copyright infringements. A further court session next year will determine what penalties will be imposed — the extent of damages and any other sanctions, such as closure of the TorrentSpy website. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/19/mpaa-wins-copyright-infringement-lawsuit-against-torrentspy/ )"
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Time Names Vladimir Putin Person of the Year 2007

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "In a year when Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize and green became the new red, white and blue; when the combat in Iraq showed signs of cooling but Baghdad's politicians showed no signs of statesmanship; when China, the rising superpower, juggled its pride in hosting next summer's Olympic Games with its embarrassment at shipping toxic toys around the world; and when J.K. Rowling set millions of minds and hearts on fire with the final volume of her 17-year saga — one nation that had fallen off our mental map, led by one steely and determined man, emerged as a critical linchpin of the 21st century. Says Time Magazine, about its Person of the Year 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/19/time-names-russian-president-vladimir-putin-person-of-the-year/ )"
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EU to Reduce CO2 Emissions in PassengerCars by2012

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "The European Commission today proposed legislation to reduce the average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars to 120 grams per kilometre by 2012. The proposed legislation is the cornerstone of the EU's strategy to improve the fuel economy of cars, which account for about 12% of the European Union's carbon emissions. A manufacturer must ensure that by 2012 measured fleet average emissions are below the limit value curve, when all vehicles manufactured and registered in a given year by the manufacturer in question are taken into account. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/19/eu-proposes-legislation-to-reduce-co2-emissions-of-new-passenger-cars-to-120-gramskm-by-2012/ )"
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Google Introduces Flight Status Check Feature

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "On Tuesday, Dec 18, Nick Weininger, Software Engineer at Google introduced a new "Flight Status Check Feature" on Official GoogleBlog. For the latest information on a flight's status, simply search for an airline and flight number, and the first result will tell you whether your flight is on time or delayed as well as the estimated departure and arrival times. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/19/google-introduces-flight-status-check-feature/ )"
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Paul Allen to Bid in 700 MHz Wireless Auction

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "A venture led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has applied to bid in an upcoming auction of 700 MHz wireless airwaves, according to FCC's "Accepted Applications" list released on late Tuesday. Allen and Vulcan Spectrum were on a list of scores of potential bidders who filed applications ahead of a December 3 FCC deadline. The auction applicants also included, Google, AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/18/paul-allen-to-bid-in-700-mhz-wireless-spectrum-auction/ )"
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IBM Intros Atlas SocialNetworking Tool forBusiness

Tech.Luver Tech.Luver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tech.Luver writes "IBM today announced the availability of IBM Atlas for Lotus Connections, a corporate social networking visualization and analysis tool. Developed by IBM Research, Atlas has four Web 2.0-based components — My Net, Find, Reach and Net. These components help users spot the important connections and the relationships between various groups and navigate their personal and corporate networks. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/18/ibm-launches-atlas-to-help-businesses-visualize-social-networks/ )"
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