Hollywood's Secret War With Google
Not anymore. The ISPs got rid of that pesky problem by bribing FCC officials with cushy jobs and fat salaries after their terms ended to change them from Telecoms to Information Services, which have no such "draconian" restrictions on them.
Hollywood's Secret War With Google
It's the MPAA pushing for this. Google has recently decided that they will cease any and all cooperation with this entity, and instead work on more feasible and sane measures with the individual studios.
French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus
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Mind you, this is a fresh installation of ABP for Chrome, essentially. Only one month old. On my venerable Firefox installation, I am over 20 million ads blocked. I also use a HOSTS file, so there's quite a bit filtered at the gate so to speak.
I block any and all ads, I don't care what site it is. Too many incidences of malware infestations and remote pwning via malicious scripts in ads for me to make any other choice.
Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present
Usually only when it involves an nvidia or AMD GPU driver :)
First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released
To prevent what we saw happen to Luke's hand in The Empire Strikes Back, that's why. Also, the Sith took pride in and had more individuality when it came to designing their hilts.
I just hope Abrams and Disney at least tosses us fans a few bones with the crystal colors of the sabers though. There were more than just Blue, Green, and Red.
Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust
The problem with nuclear, is that for the foreseeable future, it will generate quite a bit of radioactive waste, and we only have so many places to put said waste, especially when NIMBY gets applied at every turn.
Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games
Wut...even their most mainstream members like Dworkin and McKinnon were like this, so to sit and say "It is only an obnoxious minority", is being very dishonest.
I am still awaiting the great whitewashing and angry denial that will come when the mainstream really looks into the origins of Feminism and find out how classist, racist, etc the entire thing has been from the beginning. Then the cherry on top will be when they start reading about the avid support for eugenics and eugenics programs their most prominent members and supporters have espoused over the years. Yes, Eugenic Feminism is/was a thing, and had monetary and other support from such well-known people as Andrew Carnegie, Margaret Sanger, and John D. Rockefeller.
ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption
I haven't heard of it being deprecated, but I have heard of many, many ISPs blocking self-run email services, no matter what ports you attempt to use. These blocks magically disappear however, if you upgrade to their business class service.
Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads
Do Not Track is useless anyhow, as I don't know a single website that actually obeys it.
As for tracking people, that's pretty much becoming trivial, and if more ISPs decide to copycat what Verizon is apparently doing with planting identifiers in the headers of packets coming from your machine, anyone and their mother will be able to know it's you.
Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials
If that shocks you, you should read archives of her (now deleted) Tweets on Twitter. Implying black men are nothing but "hood men" (while saying in the same/related Tweet that she wanted to say "something worse") and black girls are "hood rats" is only the start of it. She also gloats about ruining the careers of aspiring devs and female journalists.
We won't even get into her wish to have someone make a Nazi Dating Sim.
She's all around one of the most shitty people I've ever come across online.
P.S. - If you see anyone decrying the decision of Intel - take it with a grain of salt. They aren't a corporation full of stupid idiots too dumb to do research into the entire situation before making decisions to remove advertising or parrot stupid nonsense due to being too lazy to actually look into matters.
Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials
Oh, there was at least one petitioner who received a response from Intel directly. They stated that they were concerned with the tone and politicization of the editorial content on Gamasutra and that they would no longer advertise there.
Which makes perfect sense, since Intel is a corporation with a brand to protect, and they would be remiss in protecting that brand, if you have game industry sites basically telling your clientele that they are "dead", "shitbags", and "should be removed from the earth" and then don't remove your advertising support.
Also, the President of Intel is a woman, so in before "MAHOGANY!"
AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough
With the vast uptake of mobile devices, this is coming much sooner than most people realize. I have a 64 GB micro-SD card in my Galaxy, but I still find myself sending photos and whatnot to my Google Drive account on a regular basis just to make room for more (I take lots of pics with my phone - mainly work related, when I need quick snapshots of off-the-truck damaged merchandise or improperly shipped hazmats to send to corporate and to my LP supervisor).
My wife has it a bit easier - her Nikon camera sends her photos automatically back to her computer over cell service (or wifi if wifi is available). She's been pestering me to setup a Google Drive account for her so she can do the same with her LG Optimus - she only has a 16 GB micro SD card.
California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews
You need remedial reading comprehension. It was a grocery store selling loss leaders as a part of sales for actual family grocery shoppers, not "We're selling loss leaders so this greedy-assed restaurant owner can come clean out all of the sale items for her restaurant." Which is what they said to begin with.
I'd have banned her and her family after the first time she tried sending one of her kids in, let alone more than one of them.
Hell, I work for a major corporation that sells things, and we have policies in place banning exactly this kind of thing from "customers". Extreme couponers are also another one who are banned by policy.
Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
It's a mixture of FTTN, coax, and regular "DSL type" POTS copper lines. The dirty secret of Uverse, is that it is really just a mish-mash of what was already present, with them "maybe" upgrading a few things here and there. This allows them to get away with charging people more than what they would for normal DSL, and also get away with the "up to" disclaimer nonsense for their speeds.
It's part of the reasons results for Uverse can vary even more widely within a same-service area than cell phone coverage.
Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"
Except in PA, where Verizon is required by the Commonwealth to roll out and offer DSL even in the most rural of areas if enough of the neighbors get together and decide they want it.
Results vary in other States/Commonwealths, of course.
And of course, we also have Comcast and Time Warner, with Comcast having their headquarters in Philadelphia.
Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched
I differ, in that I would make sure it had a top-rated and reliable power supply (Corsair or Seasonic) and a powerful GPU (currently the best price to power ratios are the 750 GTX Ti and the R9 270 series from everything I've been reading) before it had an SSD any day of the week.
Why? I've had SSDs bite the dust more than once, very early into their supposed life cycles at rates that should be an absolute embarrassment to the engineering teams at the manufacturers in question.
Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?
If you can get even 45 mbps out of them on a claimed 100 mbps, I'll eat a hat.
Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
They're illegal, but happen all of the time anyhow. It's only a matter of getting caught or not.
A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting
I found out from some local members of the Amish community that the reason they reject grid power is that it would put them in ongoing debt - which is very much against their religious beliefs. This is also partially why they reject the use of automobiles (some communities are more permissive and allow the hiring of vehicles to drive them long distances) - purchasing one can A) put you into debt which is against religious beliefs and B) goes against their beliefs of being good stewards of the earth (ongoing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution).
They don't reject use of things like some modern power tools, etc for use in their outside work for the 'English', especially when it comes to roofing contracts, building RVs, sheds, furniture, etc.
What's interesting to note - the debate is still ongoing in Amish communities about solar power panels and if they will be formally allowed - on the one hand it will give them electricity and whatnot in a 'clean' manner in compliance with their beliefs, on the other, there is objection to some of the materials used in those devices and how those materials are resourced.
Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix
I remember reading about flaws, exploits, etc that broke Tor anonymous browsing/data transfer as far back as 2005 or so. Some of these issues are still there because they honestly can't be fixed without a complete overhaul of how the entire thing is coded and works. Instead they have fixed what they could, and coded in mitigations for the rest.
It goes without saying though, that Tor, like many other things online, is, was, and always will be vulnerable to MITM attacks.
Author David Eddings Has Passed Away, Age 77
thejynxed writes "From the source article:
Eddings was famously old-fashioned, never using a typewriter or computer (he wrote out his scripts in long-hand) and was well-known for being self-effacing, once remarking, "I'm never going to be in danger of getting a Nobel Prize for literature."
From another article:
David Eddings, the acclaimed fantasy novelist and author of such series as The Belgariad and The Malloreon, has died at the age of 77. David Eddings was predeceased by his wife and writing partner Leigh two years ago.
It's a shame really, as The Belgariad is one of the better series out there, IMHO. I spent many hours of class time during my junior and high school years reading his novels."
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US Patent Office decimates Amazon's 1-Click Patent
thejynxed (831517) writes "The USPTO has finally come to a decision and made an Amazon 1-Click Patent Ruling.
From the article:
Most of the claims in Amazon's controversial patent for shopping with a single mouse click have been rejected by the US Patent Office. It follows a campaign by a New Zealander who filed evidence of prior art with funding from readers of his blog.
There are 26 claims in Amazon.com's patent for Method and system for placing a purchase order via a communications network, better known as its 1-Click patent. Only five of the claims — numbered six to 10 — have been deemed "patentable and/or confirmed". Twenty-one others were rejected.
Peter Calveley from Auckland has previously told OUT-LAW that he has no business interest in revoking Amazon's most famous asset of intellectual property.
He worked as a motion capture performer and appeared as part of the evil armies in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy before he began his Amazon.com campaign over 18 months ago. He said at the time that it was a simply a hobby borne of an interest in patents and a frustration with an order for a book from Amazon that took too long to arrive.
Amazon applied for its famous patent in September 1997, naming founder and CEO Jeff Bezos as one of three inventors. What's really funny, is that one of the patents used as prior art belongs to...Jeff Bezos. A patent filed by him and granted in 1995 was found to nullify one of the claims in Amazon's 1-Click Patent. You would think he would have known this or at least sub-licensed his personal patent to his company..."
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Japanese firm tests brain-controlled toys
thejynxed (831517) writes "From the article:
HATOYAMA, Japan (AP) — Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity.
The "brain-machine interface" developed by Hitachi analyzes slight changes in the brain's blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals.
A cap connects by optical fibers to a mapping device, which links, in turn, to a toy train set via a control computer and motor during one recent demonstration at Hitachi's Advanced Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, just outside Tokyo.
"Take a deep breath and relax," said Kei Utsugi, a researcher, while demonstrating the device on Wednesday.
At his prompting, a reporter did simple calculations in her head, and the train sprang forward — apparently indicating activity in the brain's frontal cortex, which handles problem solving.
Activating that region of the brain — by doing sums or singing a song — is what makes the train run, according to Utsugi. When one stops the calculations, the train stops, too.
Underlying Hitachi's brain-machine interface is a technology called optical topography, which sends a small amount of infrared light through the brain's surface to map out changes in blood flow.
Although brain-machine interface technology has traditionally focused on medical uses, makers like Hitachi and Japanese automaker Honda Motor have been racing to refine the technology for commercial application.
Hitachi's scientists are set to develop a brain TV remote controller letting users turn a TV on and off or switch channels by only thinking.
Honda, whose interface monitors the brain with an MRI machine like those used in hospitals, is keen to apply the interface to intelligent, next-generation automobiles."
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thejynxed (831517) writes "http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/04/26/mit.dean.a p/index.html?eref=rss_latest
To stressed-out parents and students, MIT admissions dean Marilee Jones was a rare voice of reason in the high-pressure world of college admissions. With colleges demanding kids who play sports, run student government and take the heaviest course load they can, Jones shouted back the opposite: daydream, stay healthy, and don't worry so much about building a resume just to impress an elite college.
Yet it turns out that Jones was susceptible to pressure herself. She falsely bolstered her credentials to get a job with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and over the course of her career claimed to have earned degrees from three schools. MIT officials say now they have no evidence she ever graduated from college at all.
The school announced Thursday that Jones had resigned after acknowledging she had misrepresented her education when she started working at the university 28 years ago, and declined to correct multiple incorrect claims since then.
A senior MIT official said that by claiming degrees she had never earned, Jones could no longer lead an admissions office that occasionally rescinds the acceptance letters sent to applicants who are untruthful about their own accomplishments.
"We have to uphold the integrity of the institution, because that's what we've been trying to sell and she's our chief spokesperson on that," MIT Chancellor Phil Clay said. It's "regrettable, ironic, sad, but that's where we are." A poseur is still a poseur. She lied on her resume, and continued to lie, and didn't bother fixing her lie. Now she got caught out, and is gone. Kudos to MIT for finally fixing their error, but I have to ask: "What took them so long to confirm the credentials of a Dean?" Is it normal for corporations and schools to screw up this badly, especially in a day and age when confirming you are who you say you are is rather important? (28 years??? Yeesh)"
thejynxed (831517) writes "http://www.cnn.com/2007/BUSINESS/04/26/microsoft.p rofits.reut/index.html?eref=rss_latest
Microsoft posted a 65 percent rise in quarterly profit Thursday, topping Wall Street estimates due to better-than-expected demand for its new Windows Vista operating system.
Shares of Microsoft rose 5 percent after the announcement, in which the world's biggest software company also forecast 2008 profit at the mid-point of a range of analyst estimates.
"The strength of Vista is really driving this," said Kim Caughey, analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group. She added that the company had set "manageable expectations for the full year 2008, which generally allows them some headroom."
Microsoft posted a net profit of $4.93 billion, or 50 cents per diluted share, in its fiscal third quarter ended March 31 versus a profit of $2.98 billion, or 29 cents per share, in the year-ago period.
Excluding tax benefits and a legal charge, Microsoft earned 49 cents per share, beating the average analyst forecast of 46 cents, according to Reuters Estimates.
Revenue rose 32 percent to $14.4 billion. Analysts, on average, had forecast revenue of $13.89 billion, with estimates ranging from $13.73 billion to $14.09 billion, according to Reuters Estimates.
Microsoft deferred about $1.7 billion in revenue from its second quarter to its third quarter to account for upgrade coupons given to customers prior to the January launch of Vista and Office 2007.
Microsoft expects the latest versions of its two flagship products to underpin profit growth over the next few years. Those two product lines alone account for more than half of Microsoft's total revenue and a majority of its profits.
Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said consumer sales of Vista surpassed the company's own expectations by $300 million to $400 million.
"There is very good acceptance from a launch perspective for the product. It's early days, but we're encouraged by it," Liddell said in an interview with Reuters. Now, is it just me, or are they seriously counting OEM installs as "consumer sales"? I would have thought they had enough sense to know and say the difference between selling a copy to Dell or HP and selling a copy directly to the consumer. Especially since they all pay at different price points. I am starting to think they just pull these numbers out of their asses and everyone on Wall Street falls for it. Still, this is the largest gain that MS has posted in quite awhile. Should make the shareholders happier."
thejynxed (831517) writes "http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/04/12/obit.v onnegut.ap/index.html
Kurt Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle," died Wednesday. He was 84.
Vonnegut, who often marveled that he had lived so long despite his lifelong smoking habit, had suffered brain injuries after a fall at his Manhattan home weeks ago, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz.
The author of at least 19 novels, many of them best-sellers, as well as dozens of short stories, essays and plays, Vonnegut relished the role of a social critic. He lectured regularly, exhorting audiences to think for themselves and delighting in barbed commentary against the institutions he felt were dehumanizing people.
"I will say anything to be funny, often in the most horrible situations," Vonnegut, whose watery, heavy-lidded eyes and unruly hair made him seem to be in existential pain, once told a gathering of psychiatrists.
A self-described religious skeptic and freethinking humanist, Vonnegut used protagonists such as Billy Pilgrim and Eliot Rosewater as transparent vehicles for his points of view. He also filled his novels with satirical commentary and even drawings that were only loosely connected to the plot. In "Slaughterhouse-Five," he drew a headstone with the epitaph: "Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.""
thejynxed (831517) writes "Nvidia has announced that they are purchasing PortalPlayer, Inc. one of the main designers of microchips for the iPod and other music players for $357 million USD.
From the article on CNN.com:
You can read the full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2006/BUSINESS/11/06/nvidia.deal .ap/index.html"
Analysts said the acquisition reflects growing consumer demand for video-capable digital music players and the increasingly competitive and lucrative market for supplying the chips to power those devices.
Santa Clara-based Nvidia said it would pay $13.50 in cash for each outstanding share of San Jose-based PortalPlayer, a 1 percent premium over PortalPlayer's closing price Friday. Nvidia said the deal has been approved by the boards of both companies.
Nvidia's stock rose 3 percent to close Monday at $33.59, while PortalPlayer's shares were down a penny to close at $13.35, both on the Nasdaq.
"Modern mobile devices are miniaturized yet powerful multimedia computers," Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's chief executive officer, said in a statement. "With the products created through this combination, we intend to drive the next digital revolution, where the mobile device becomes our most personal computer."
PortalPlayer is best known for providing chips that power Apple Computer Inc.'s wildly popular iPod digital music players.
But the company suffered a major setback earlier this year when Apple chose to use Samsung Electronics Co. chips instead of PortalPlayer's for the flash memory-based iPod Nano line, and PortalPlayer's stock price plummeted.
However, PortalPlayer's technology was included in recent versions of Apple's video iPods, and analysts said the relationship with Apple and other mobile device makers made PortalPlayer a lucrative target for Nvidia, which is accelerating its push into portable music players and other handheld devices.
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