falconwolf writes "In Kansas City Google Fiber will offer broadband internet access as well as TV service with gigabit speeds for less than Comcast's new 305Mbps service. Gigabit+TV costing $120 a month offers a "full TV lineup" and uses the Nexus 7 tablet as the remote. Another $70 pays for Gigabit internet access. Together net access and TV will cost $190, more than $100 less than Comcast's $299 offering. A $10 pre-registration fee website has been opened by Google." Link to Original Source top
falconwolf writes "Skylifter an Australian aeronautical firm is developing flying saucer shaped lifting balloons as a method to transport heavy cargo including possibly buildings and ships. The flying saucer shape has advantages over other dirigibles such as blimps. The cigar shape of blimps means they have to be pointed in the direction of travel whereas a saucer can travel in any direction. They can go where trains don't. And they don't need traffic cops for wide loads on the road." Link to Original Source top
falconwolf writes "Sen. Jay Rockefeller alarmed technology and telecommunications firms last year when he announced a plan for the president to seize "emergency" control of the Internet. Now the West Virginia Democrat is trying again with a new version that aides hope will be seen as less extreme.
During a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill on Wednesday attended by about a dozen industry representatives, CNET has learned, Rockefeller's staff pitched a revised version of his controversial cybersecurity legislation.
It says that after the president chooses to "declare a cybersecurity emergency," he can activate a "response and restoration plan" involving networks owned and operated by the private sector. In an attempt to limit criticism, instead of spelling out the plan's details, the latest draft simply says that it must be developed by the White House in advance.
There is no requirement that the emergency response plan be made public, meaning it could still include a forcible disconnection of critical Web sites from the Internet--which is what the March 2009 version of the legislation had proposed.
Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, whose members include Verisign, Verizon, and Raytheon, says no disconnection language is explicitly in the bill: "We are pleased that the 'kill switch' allowing for the government to shut down private sector access to the Internet has been eliminated."
But, Clinton said, "We think the bill still has a long way to go." If the private sector is expected to help out with national security, he said, there ought to be liability protections, insurance breaks, and tax credits for small businesses.
A spokesman for Rockefeller did not respond to repeated requests for comment on Wednesday. Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, is a co-sponsor of the legislation." Link to Original Source top
"It's not every day that you see a major tech company being called a "jealous and arbitrary feudal lord." Today, Apple holds that distinction. "
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights advocacy group, has started a very public fight against Apple's notoriously controlling ways. The organization obtained a copy of Apple's license agreement for iPhone app developers — a document that, by the EFF's description, is carefully guarded from ever entering public view. "
"Knowing Apple's history of control — the company's methods are sometimes satirically compared to those of a communist regime, after all — the details of the developer agreement aren't entirely surprising. But seeing such strong remarks from a highly regarded rights organization is certainly something that grabs your attention. "" Link to Original Source top
falconwolf writes "The couple, from New York, said "iDo" at the city's Apple store on Fifth Avenue, at 12.01 on Valentine's Day in a ceremony dominated with the company's products and references to them.
The pair, who met in the Apple store, had their priest dressed as Steve Jobs, the company's chief executive, read their vows from their iPhones, while the rings were tied to a ribbon wrapped around a first generation iPod." Link to Original Source top
falconwolf writes "March 18 (Bloomberg) — International Business Machines Corp. is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems Inc., aiming to take out a smaller rival to gain a greater share of the computer- server market, according to people familiar with the situation." Link to Original Source top
falconwolf writes "Dell has confirmed it. After over one hundred thousand responses to the survey, they listened, they questioned, and now they are going to provide. Dell will offer the Linux operating system on new laptops and desktops. More than seventy percent of survey respondents said they would use a Dell system with a Linux operating system for both home and office use. The hardware was selected and both laptops and desktops were picked, the customers have spoken and they want Linux no matter what they buy.
Support wise, the respondents to the survey said that existing community-based support forums would meet their technical support needs for a tested and validated Linux operating system on a Dell. They also indicated that improved hardware support for Linux is as important as the distribution(s) offered. In fact, most of the comments were centered around the drivers and hardware support on the recent Direct2Dell blog post.
Many who commented on the Linux proposal said that free software and drivers were important.Dell responded to that, "For device types where a choice exists between a component with a non-Free driver and one with Free driver availability, in our Linux offering we'll opt to bundle the component with the Free driver."
Addressing GPL based drivers Dell said, "Dell recognizes the importance of open source, GPL-licensed drivers which are maintained upstream in kernel.org. They allow users the widest choice of Linux distributions, effectively taking the specific hardware and distribution out of the decision-making process and let you focus on solving your business problems. We will work with our hardware partners to develop, test, and maintain Free drivers, and continue to make progress towards that goal for all drivers."
As the first OEM to mainstream Linux to the public, not just to the business world, other OEMs such as HP and Lenovo as well as Gateway, will be watching. This will either make or break Dell. However, with the support Linux has, then the venture might just be a viable one for Dell as it struggles to recover form several years worth of declining sales.
While Dell has mentioned several flavors of Linux as possible pre-installed operating systems, they have remained noncommittal on the subject. The rumor is that it will be Ubuntu as the distribution of choice while market watchers say Red Hat or SuSe Linux. The odds are in favor of Ubuntu or Debian. The last question really is price. Just how much will the new Linux computers cost? That is unknown at the moment, but they will likely be cheaper than the current Windows offering. Dell has said that they will seek customer feedback on the future open source projects.
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falconwolf writes "Mac Envy
Are Apple computers better than Windows PCs? The guy who led development of Microsoft's new versions of Windows apparently once thought so.
In a January 2004 e-mail to Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT — news — people ) chiefs Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, Vista boss Jim Allchin said he would buy a Mac if he wasn't working at Microsoft.
Allchin, who is now a co-president of Microsoft, was complaining to Gates and Ballmer that Microsoft had lost its way in developing Vista and lost sight of what customers wanted.
The e-mail has become public since it was cited by attorneys in Iowa who are pursuing an antitrust case against Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft.
Allchin oversaw development of Vista, the new version of Windows. The new operating system looks a lot like Apple (nasdaq: AAPL — news — people )'s OS X operating system. This hasn't escaped the notice of Apple executives who delight in pointing out similarities.
On Monday night, after reporters began making inquiries about the e-mail, Allchin published an item on a Microsoft blog in which he claimed the e-mail statement was being taken out of context.
He said that he'd made the comment about buying a Mac "for effect," that the e-mail was nearly 3 years old and that he was trying to shake things up at Microsoft. "We needed to change and change quickly," Allchin writes. Today, he says, "Vista has turned into a phenomenal product, better than any other OS we've ever built, and far, far better than any other software available today."
Allchin has announced plans to retire from Microsoft after the commercial version of Vista ships at the end of January. Note to employees of Apple retail stores in Bellevue, Wash., and Seattle: On or around Feb. 1, be on the lookout for a white-haired man wearing a Groucho mask, furtively purchasing an iMac."