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+ - Microsoft Acknowledges Xbox scratches DVD's

Submitted by morie
morie (227571) writes "After the dutch TV show "Kassa" (dutch link) brought up complaint from over 1.000 Xbox users, Microsoft acknowledged that normal frequent use of the XBox 360 can cause scratches on DVD's and CD's. Earlier, Microsoft claimed that the scratches were the users fault.

Microfoft NL: "Als gevolg van regelmatig gebruik is het mogelijk dat er krassen op discs kunnen ontstaan." (regular use can possibly cause scratches on the discs). So, how are your disks?"
Communications

+ - Record High Frequency Achieved

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eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "Researchers at UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science managed to push our control of frequencies to another level when they hit a submillimeter 324 gigahertz frequency. As any signal geek out there might tell you, this is a non-trivial task. From the article, "With traditional 90-nanometer CMOS circuit approaches, it is virtually impossible to generate usable submillimeter signals with a frequency higher than about 190 GHz. That's because conventional oscillator circuits are nonlinear systems in which increases in frequency are accompanied by a corresponding loss in gain or efficiency and an increase in noise, making them unsuitable for practical applications." The article also talks about the surprising applications this new technology may evolve into including seeing through clothing. While one might dream up more perverse situations to use this in, it is unsurprising that this is instead targeting military/security applications for seeing hidden explosive devices and/or weapons."
Media

+ - Enforced ad-watching coming to Flash video players

Submitted by Dominare
Dominare (856385) writes "The BBC is reporting that Adobe is releasing new player software which will allow websites that use their Flash video player (such as YouTube) e.g. to force viewers to watch ads before the video they selected will play. From TFA:

But the big seller for Adobe is the ability to include in Flash movies so-called digital rights management (DRM) — allowing copyright holders to require the viewing of adverts, or restrict copying. "Adobe has created the first way for media companies to release video content, secure in the knowledge that advertising goes with it," James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research said.

This seems to have been timed to coincide with Microsoft's release of their own competitor, Silverlight, to Adobe's dominance of online video."
The Internet

+ - Characteristics of traffic to the blogosphere

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virgilio almeida
virgilio almeida writes "Traffic to the blogosphere is less influenced by search engines than traffic to web sites is. This is one the several findings about blogosphere reported in the study, "*Traffic Characteristics and Communication Patterns in Blogosphere*," published in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, held in March 26-28, 2007, in Boulder, Colorado. The study concludes that the intensity of traffic directed to a blog through search engines (which use traditional page-rank algorithms) does not seem to correlate with the "real" popularity of the blog, and suggests that social-network-based navigation may be playing an increasingly important role in web navigation in general, and blogosphere navigation in particular. On that count the authors note that in blogspace, the popularity of a blog is more a reflection of its owner's social attributes (e.g., celebrity status, reputation, and public image) than a reflection of the number and rank of other blogs or web pages that point to it. This highlights the need for the development of page-rank algorithms that take into consideration the social attributes of blogosphere actors (as opposed to solely on the topology of the underlying blogspace), possibly using inference techniques. The study has also analyzed the nature of interactions between users and blogs. This more-interactive nature of the blogosphere leads to interesting traffic and communication patterns, which are different from those observed in traditional web content. They have observed different levels of "conversation" in the blogosphere. Access to objects in blogspace could be conceived as part of an interaction between an author and its readership. As they show in the study, such interactions range from one-to-many "broadcast-type" and many-to-one "registration-type" communication between an author and its readers, to multi-way, iterative "parlor-type" dialogues among members of an interest group. The study is available at: http://www.icwsm.org/program.html"
Encryption

+ - full disk encryption, xen, windows, linux - ?

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "I'm in an industry that, more or less, requires full disk encryption. We use pointsec on windows currently. For the past 8 years, I've been running linux on my work laptop, and this is the first time I'm running in a windows only environment. I am interested in changing that, because I want to use linux as my main platform, and only drop in to windows if at all necessary (and use crossover if at all possible). I'm also interested in xen. Has anyone used pointsec for linux, with xen? My thought is that as long as pointsec is in dom0, and I use virtual disks for the windows vm, I should be covered, but I'd also like a machine that is usable, as opposed to waiting for months, as the virtual memory, virtual machine, pointsec, xen all thrash around while starting an app, or something."
The Internet

+ - DNS stressed from financial maneuverings

Submitted by jcatcw
jcatcw (1000875) writes "The Domain Name System is showing signs of being out of control. Automated software systems are being used to re-register large batches of expired domain names. In addition, speculators are using a loophole in the registration process that lets domains be tested for their potential profitability as pay-per-click advertising sites during a free five-day "tasting" period."
Technology

Researchers Chill Mirror to Near Absolute Zero 202

Posted by samzenpus
from the barely-moving dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Physicists have managed to cool a dime-sized mirror to within one degree of absolute zero. This is the lowest laser-induced freeze yet achieved with a visible object. Laser cooling involves firing pulses of light at a specific frequency that exactly matches an atom's motions."
Biotech

+ - Stem-cell bill faces veto -- again

Submitted by
gollum123
gollum123 writes "cnn reports The Senate approved a measure that would roll back President Bush's 2001 limits on embryonic stem-cell research Wednesday afternoon, but the margin was short of the two-thirds needed to override a promised veto ( http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/11/stem.cells/ index.html ). In a statement issued after Wednesday's 63-34 vote, he said he would veto the new bill as well, saying it "crosses a moral line that I and many others find troubling." Fourteen Republicans supported the bill, while two Democrats voted against it. One of the best statements was by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a staunch opponent of abortion rights — "I'm hopeful that the president won't veto this, because I think he can see — anybody can see — that it's just a matter of time until we get this through""

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