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Comment: Re:WD HD Live (Score 1) 516 516

The WD Live and WDTV HD do not. For Netflix streaming you need the WDTV Live Plus. It's about twice what the Seagate Theater+ costs. I got one of the Theater+ units as well and it plays almost everything I can throw at it. The Netflix streaming is HD. Windows shares are no problem. It even played a ripped DVD ISO with menus over the network. Very impressed with the bang for the buck I got.

+ - Internet Forum Sued by Shady Dive Shop->

Crispin Glover writes: This is second hand to me, but apparently a dive shop in the Maldives sold a bad scuba tank mixture to some divers. These divers died after using the bad mixture and an investigation turned up that the store was at fault. The owners closed shop and then reopened under a new name. A Florida diving culture internet forum found out about this and some of their members posted messages to this fact. Now the dive shop is trying to sue the internet forum (and the first 100 posters in the thread) for assault, libel, and slander. The thread in question is here: http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/accidents-incidents/235144-air-testing-maldives-bad-air-diver-death-thread-split-thread.html
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Communications

+ - Phone Patent Battle Hurts Millions of Consumers->

CorinneI writes: "The patent battle, brewing since May 2005 when Broadcom Corp. filed suit against Qualcomm for infringing upon 10 Broadcom patents related to wired and wireless communications, has resulted in a International Trade Commission's decision to ban the import of new models of cell phones containing Qualcomm 3G broadband chipsets. This strikes a serious blow to consumers hoping to buy any one of Verizon's and Sprint's high-speed models and many AT&T phones. Collateral damage from this legal dirty bomb will hit Motorola, Samsung, LG, and HTC, all of whom use some Qualcomm components."
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Displays

+ - Thin flourescent-like foil lamps->

ookabooka writes: "Lamps the diameter of a human hair, made with foil and tiny plasma arrays, are being developed for use in residential and commercial lighting and some biomedical applications.
'Built of aluminum foil, sapphire and small amounts of gas, the panels are less than 1 millimeter thick, and can hang on a wall like picture frames,' said Gary Eden, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, and corresponding author of a paper describing the microcavity plasma lamps."

Article goes on to explain that the efficiency is higher than incandescents (10-17 lpW) at 15 lpw, and are expected to reach about 30 lpw. Conventional fluorescent lighting ranges from 50-100 lpW. Still the dimensions ("the diameter of a human hair") allow the device to replace cold cathodes in LCDs or any number of interesting applications.

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Television

+ - Isaiah Washington is MAD AS HELL; fired from Greys->

iheartkiiki writes: "Earlier in the season, he called one of his cast-mates a "faggot". It seems this country has become more about speaking with political correctness and going to rehab and GLAAD meetings if you don't. I mean, isn't this America? We aren't free to say whatever we want, I mean c'mon. Get smart!"
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Networking

+ - SPAM: Marriott IT exec shares network "horror story

alphadogg writes: Neil Schubert is only partly kidding when he calls Marriott International's move toward a converged network a "horror story." "I'm here to tell you a terrifying tale of network design, support and administration," he said at an IT conference in Boston, referring to a major bandwidth crunch caused by guests wielding Slingboxes and other network devices that overran the hotel chain's outdated network. [spam URL stripped]b ert-marriott.html
Networking

+ - Time Warner Cable Implements Packet Shaping->

RFC writes: "Time Warner announces introduction of packet shaping technology.

"Packet shaping" technology has been implemented for newsgroup applications, regardless of the provider, and all peer-to-peer networks and certain other high bandwidth applications not necessarily limited to audio, video, and voice over IP telephony. Road Runner reserves the right to implement network management tools for other applications in the future."

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