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+ - Great Scott! Back to the Future showing gets cancelled, social backlash ensues->

Submitted by girlmad
girlmad (2404748) writes "Secret Cinema, the darling of quirky movie experiences, has seen exactly how frightening a bunch of angry hipsters can be after it cancelled the opening night of its latest show, Back to the Future. The short notice and lack of explanation from the 'immersive cinema experience' company led to a huge backlash on social media, with angry fans taking to Twitter and Facebook to share their frustrations at the handling of the whole thing. Cue much blaming of the Libyans and flux capacitor breakdowns."
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Comment: There might be some confusion. (Score 2) 194

by Restil (#46964035) Attached to: Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

Please let me know if I'm wrong, as it's certainly possible. What the proposal allows for is that say Netflix, or Youtube, or any other content provider that would utilize a lot of bandwidth, would be allowed to purchase direct physical lines to individual large ISPs for that ISP's customers instead of sending data over the Internet backbone. The end result would be a faster connection for that provider and those end users, for ultimately less cost.

So what we're dealing with here is a content provider that adds extra bandwidth to the Internet (albeit for a specific purpose), and pays for it, for the intended purpose of saving money for all parties involved while improving the end customer experience. Can someone please tell me why this is a problem? Or am I reading it incorrectly?

I do agree that from a technical point of view, the provider is purchasing a higher tier connection from the ISP for an improvement in throughput, but this in no way impacts any other service. I can envision the standard net neutrality argument that would allow an ISP to possibly extort a content provider, although I can't imagine why they would ever want to do so, considering peering agreements favor the consumer of data. Even so, tweaking the rules to disallow the restriction of data would make more sense than forbidding a willing provider to selectively choose to improve the experience for a specific group of customers above and beyond what is currently possible through the Internet for the same cost.

+ - Dell's workstation of the future will eliminate a need for keyboards and mice->

Submitted by llebeel
llebeel (2761081) writes "The workstation of the future will enable engineers and designers to work from systems powered by the data centre, PC maker Dell has claimed, liberating desktop machines to take completely different forms and eliminating the need for a keyboard and mouse. Dell has developed a mock-up of what such a device might look like in the future and it is all about panels, screens and glass, because the power provided on the back end means the design is unbounded by thermals and space."
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+ - Council dumps Microsoft Windows XP for Google Chromebooks, saves £400,000->

Submitted by girlmad
girlmad (2404748) writes "Google has scored a major win on the back of Microsoft’s Windows XP support cut-off. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has begun moving all its employees over to Samsung Chromebooks and Chromeboxes ahead of the 8 April deadline. The council was previously running 3,500 Windows XP desktops and 800 XP laptops, and is currently in the process of retiring these in favour of around 2,000 Chromebooks and 300 Chromeboxes. It estimates the savings at around £400,000, no small change."
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+ - Siemens' tube of the future aims to ease sardine-like commutes->

Submitted by llebeel
llebeel (2761081) writes "London Underground's "next generation" tube train could to do away with sardine like commutes. The body is working with potential suppliers for these trains on a regular basis to work out what they will look like and how they will solve some of the overcrowding problems in the Tube network due to its ever growing number of passengers.

One contender in the bidding to provide that next gen train is German electronics firm Siemens, who has built a "tube train of the future" mock-up, the Inspiro metro train, which rests at the Crystal in the Royal Victoria Dock in East London. If London Underground choose the Inspiro, passenger numbers will be increased by around 10 percent."

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Comment: Re:2 Words (Score 1) 810

by janimal (#45501445) Attached to: Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

This is ridiculous. You might need more power to maintain speed, but peak power is consumed while accellerating, which cannot be brisk on snow or ice. And peak power is what we're talking about here; not cruising power.

You cannot use more peak power in the winter. Even on clear pavement, you get less traction with most tires, end of story.

+ - RIAA wants 21 sites shut down in piracy axe fall-> 1

Submitted by souperfly
souperfly (2436052) writes "The has a list of 21 sites that the RIAA is looking to get shutdown by ISPs this week. The list includes sites filestube, Bomb-Mp3, Mp3skull, Bitsnoop, Extratorrent, Torrenthound, Torrentreactor and Monova, and at least one ISP — Virgin Media in the UK — has confirmed the number of targetted sites.

Before it was thought that only six sites were lined up for a chop."

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+ - Microsoft warns Windows XP is six times less secure than Windows 8->

Submitted by TinTops
TinTops (2954063) writes "Businesses still running XP should switch to Windows 8 as soon as possible, as Microsoft details its own findings into the relative security of its operating systems:

"If you look at the infection rate on Windows systems you can see older versions are infected more than newer machines. Windows XP is six-times more likely to be infected than Windows 8, even though it has the same malware encounter rate," said Mike Reavey, GM of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, at the RSA Conference in Amsterdam.

He added: "The downward rate is a sign of secure development practices," he said. "In pretty much every service in Microsoft we have people devoted purely on security, focused on what's going on in the marketplace and what's needed to secure it.""

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Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.