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+ - IP Cameras and Net Neutrality?

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An anonymous reader writes "With new sites like Viditotus.com popping up every day, the population of Internet Protocol (IP) cameras streaming video over the Internet is growing at a dramatic rate. Thus, alarms are being raised due to the large amount of bandwidth these devices use when transmitting their video streams. Any concern about IP camera bandwidth should not be lost on those having an interest in net neutrality legislation. Consider the impact that net neutrality or the lack there of might have on the use of IP cameras. For instance, will the reasonable compression and frame rates of today be replaced with impractical frame rates and compression in the future? Or will there be incentives for large Telecoms to improve Internet infrastructure to accommodate the expected huge growth in the use of IP cameras? Alternately, will the small guy that invests in IP camera technology today be able to afford the bandwidth charges of the future?"
Software

+ - FLICKR downtime caused havoc in bloggerworld

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petercasier
petercasier writes "Recent FLICKR server problems caused havoc in the blogger world and beyond. Most users saw their pictures being replaced by others. This caused funny, obscene, frustrating, obscure, incredible,.. results. The FLICKR forum went nuts with people going nuts. A funny snapshot of the problems cause, you can read in: How a 30,000 Ton Ice Breaker was Replaced by a Flowerpot"
Nintendo

+ - Five things Nintendo did right in 2006

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Reinhart
Reinhart writes "The early results are in, and they're looking pretty damn good for Nintendo: their Wii console sold some 436,000 units in the U.S. in January, compared to 294,000 for Microsoft's XBox 360 and 244,000 for the Playstation 3. Wii Software did well too, with both Wario Ware Smooth Moves and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess charting in the Top 10 titles for the month.

Even more telling than all that data, however, is that it's three months past launch and it is still impossible to find a Wii. People still line up in front of Best Buys when new shipments are announced, and for the impatient (like me) the only way to get your hands on one is through craigslist scalpers (like I did). I'd compare it to similar sold-out-everywhere phenomena like Tickle-Me-Elmos or that robot pet that blinked and plotted your demise, except for one thing: it's January.

Consumer chaos, huge line-ups and shipment sell-outs are something that happen over Christmas, not in January. We expect them in December. It's that wonderful time of year where everyone goes nuts and decides that what their bachelor apartment really needs in a 50 Plasma Television and so much IKEA furniture that the excess multitools can be melted down into a cube and exhibited in a museum as some sort of post-modern critique of consumerism and giant cubes. Everyone loses their shit in December, and so sales from that month are largely irrelevant. What's hot in December is in the bargain bin in January, as generally kids wake up and realize that the thing they wanted — whether it was that version of Battleship that actually talked to you or some sort of voice-activated water pistol that attached to your finger — actually really sucks.

But that didn't happen with the Wii. Their sales in January 2007 were the highest January sales for any console ever.

So how did Nintendo do it? I certainly didn't think they would. My expectations with the Wii started low, and only got lower as Nintendo seemingly made moves that were, not to put too fine a point on it, really stupid. It's only twice as powerful as the Gamecube! It can't output to High Definition! It has a controller that looks like a television remote! They named it "Wii"!

They looked doomed.

And now here we are, with Nintendo for the first time in a decade looking like they might actually have a chance of winning the worldwide 'war' for console userbase supremacy. How they did it exactly is anyone's guess, but here are five moves Nintendo made in 2006 that, in retrospect, seem really brilliant. Original Link: http://www.wiipals.net/index.php?categoryid=1&p2_a rticleid=9"

Comment: Re:Article ignores politican context (Score 1) 507

by Quilted Porcupine (#18187178) Attached to: Canada Rejects Anti-Terror Laws
This has absolutely nothing to do with moral objection, as many Liberal members broke rank from their party and actually voted *for* the bill. This is true. Well, it is if by 'many' you mean 'one' (of the members present one voted for the measures, one abstained and the rest voted against keeping the measures). While the Liberal party did introduce the measures, they also built in a sunset clause in to the measure. So now, five years later, most of them feel the clauses are not necessary and they allowed them to expire.
Microsoft

+ - Vista Strongly Recommended Against by BECTA

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Dracul (598944) writes "BECTA — the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency — have just released a report which analyses whether Vista should be adopted by UK schools

The recommendations of the report basically say it all:

The enhancements in Vista add value but do not justify its early deployment in the educational environment Early deployment [of Vista] is considered high risk and strongly recommended against
I expect higher education world wide is going to try to adopt a similar position. It will be interesting to see how hard Micro$oft fights back. The report estimates that upgrading would cost the UK schools £167 million — universities are going to be spending billions on this..."
Space

+ - Power-generating spacesuits

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Maggie McKee
Maggie McKee writes "Could piezoelectric sensors help power future space missions? From the article: "Astronauts' spacesuits may one day be covered in motion-sensitive proteins that could generate power from the astronauts' movement, according to futuristic research being conducted by a new lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US. Such 'power skins' could also be used to coat future human bases on Mars, where they could produce energy from the Martian wind." Eventually, the biologically derived suits might even be able to heal themselves."
Software

+ - Forecasting Keywords via Microsoft Prototype App

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digitalsanctum
digitalsanctum writes "Although it may come to a shock to some of you, Microsoft has actually put together a cool web application called Keyword Forecast. Using it you can compare up to four keywords and it will spit out some pretty graphs forecasting the impression count vs. time, keyword age distribution, and keyword gender distribution. Do you think a tool like this can or will be accurate?"
Databases

+ - Master Boot Record Guided Tour

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IdaAshley (666) writes "This article explores the Linux boot process from the initial bootstrap to the start of the first user-space application. Along the way, learn about other boot-related topics such as the boot loaders, kernel decompression, and the initial RAM disk. Also take a look at a scheduled chat about the Linux desktop and how it is evolving, including improvements in application interoperability, and desktop graphics."
The Internet

+ - Citizendium failing to gain traction?

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An anonymous reader writes "Despite the two recent Slashdot articles about Larry Sanger's Citizendium, it appears that the site is having difficulty converting good publicity into new content. Although the project saw impressive spikes in the number of new user registrations on both occasions, neither of them resulted in a general increase in the number of edits made to the site; even the number of article edits for the last 24 hours are lower than pre-Slashdot levels. What does this mean for the budding Wikipedia competitor?"
Republicans

+ - Truth in Ratings Act reintroduced

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dropgoal (666) writes "Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas (and GOP presidential candidate) has reintroduced the Truth in Ratings Act. Like the previous version that failed to pass last year, Sen. Brownback's bill would make the FTC responsible for overseeing the video game ratings system and possibly result in a unified ratings system for games, movies, and TV. The ESRB would also have to review all game footage before issuing a rating: 'Currently, the ESRB hands out ratings after viewing a reel with representative content prepared by the developers. Sen. Brownback thinks that's not enough: "Video game reviewers should be required to review the entire content of a game to ensure the accuracy of the rating," he said. "The current video game ratings system is not as accurate as it could be because reviewers do not see the full content of games and do not even play the games they rate."'"

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