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Comment: Re:Multicast? (Score 4, Informative) 249

by Ochu (#22515032) Attached to: BBC iPlayer Bandwidth Explosion Bodes Ill For ISPs
The BBC iPlayer is a Youtube-style service. It contains every in-house and second-party programme broadcast in the last week, and selected shows older than that; mainly previous episodes of series that are ongoing.
This is distributed in two ways: the first is a flash video player, modelled on youtube, that shows the videos low-res in a browser window. The second is a via a kontiki P2P system, which allows users to download DVD quality DRMed videos onto their (currently Windows, Mac soon, Linux almost certainly never) computer.
The BBC also do multicast via several ISPs, but this is almost completely unpublicised, and apart from news, nigh-on content free.
Media

Annals of Improbable Research Goes Free Online 50

Posted by Zonk
from the inconceivable-they're-gaining dept.
prostoalex writes "The Annals of Improbable Research, a scientific publication that hosts the annual Ig Nobel awards, has decided to offer its publication free online, News.com reports. According to the journal Web site, visitors can view HTML articles with low-res images or download low-res PDFs for free. High-resolution PDFs and 'traditional on-the-toilet-readable paper-and-ink' issues are still available for a subscription fee."
Businesses

Selling Homeowners a Solar Dream 279

Posted by Zonk
from the not-like-a-d&d-solar-that-would-be-inefficient dept.
slugo writes to mention a Wired article discussing a unique business looking to capitalize on interest in solar power. The Citizenr company will install a solar generator on your roof, completely for free. You then buy power from it, instead of a regular power company, at a fixed rate that's likely to be lower than the usual power fees. The company will make money on these usage fees, as well as credits from the federal government for spreading the use of solar power. If it sounds too good to be true to you, you're not alone. A number of financial analysts have warned people away from the company. "The naysayers are finding lots to say nay to. Much of the criticism is clinging to the company's multilevel marketing scheme. So far, more than 700 people have enlisted as independent Citizenr sales agents -- what the company calls 'ecopenuers' -- or about one sales representative for every 10 customers, with significant overlap. Heading that sales army is 42-year-old Styler, a veteran of multilevel marketing and a colorful figure in his own right." Pyramid marketing and shady business or not, it's an intriguing idea.

Why the iPod is Losing its Cool 563

Posted by Zonk
from the totally-unhip dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Guardian Unlimited has a provocative article on the recent decline in iPod sales: 'Analysts warn that the iPod has passed its peak. From its launch five years ago its sales graph showed a consistent upward curve, culminating in a period around last Christmas that saw a record 14 million sold. But sales fell to 8.5 million in the following quarter, and down to 8.1 million in the most recent three-month period. Wall Street is reportedly starting to worry that the bubble will burst.'"

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