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+ - BBC Deem Mac/Linux Users Not Worth Supporting

Submitted by
SpeedyRich
SpeedyRich writes "The BBC have admitted they will be very unlikely to supply a version of its iPlayer video download/P2P for Mac and Linux users; currently they are focussing on a pan-platform streaming service (Flash), then they will "need to look long and hard at whether we build a download service for Mac and Linux", bearing in mind "It comes down to cost per person and reach at the end of the day". The BBC Trust, the BBC's governing entity, said not very long ago, "Officials reiterated that the BBC Trust is fully committed to users of both the Linux and Mac operating systems having full use of the BBC iPlayer. However, the trust is aware that achieving this is dependent on the actions of third parties outside the BBC's control. It was a condition of approval for the BBC's on-demand services that platform neutrality be achieved within a reasonable period." There was to be a six-monthly check on the BBC's progress."
Television

+ - Gumby on YouTube

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In celebration of the 50th birthday of the first Gumby television serries, YouTube is airing the very first episode. From the article:

"The original TV episodes from the '50s and '60s have been digitally remastered by Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator Art Clokey. The '50s episodes have also been restored to their original eleven-minute format, having been previously re-edited to create two six-minute shorts. All 223 installments, complete with restored soundtracks, will roll out over the digital channels during the next few months."
Viewers can find the first episode on the DMGI YouTube Channel."
Nintendo

+ - February Console Sales Released

Submitted by pionzypher
pionzypher (886253) writes "So far it looks like the Wii is still going strong according to this story on ars.

From the article:
While next-generation hardware is helping to keep consumer interest in gaming high, Nintendo is definitely leading the charge. The DS and the Wii are dominating the top two slots in sales with 820,000 systems sold between them. This is even more impressive when you consider that in many areas of the US, the Wii is still nearly impossible to find, so demand may be higher than even these numbers indicate.

One has to wonder what story Sony has ready for the media if they don't make the six million.
Things aren't quite as bright for the PS3 though
The only console the PlayStation 3 was able to outsell was the Nintendo Gamecube, and Sony's 127,000 systems pale in comparison to its two competitors.

PS2 sales are still strong though. Time will tell if the Home Online Service SCEA is rolling out, combined with the European launch will be enough to make the six million mark they've set for themselves."
Software

Selling Open Source Solutions to Upper Mgmt? 34

Posted by Cliff
from the making-your-case-to-PHBs dept.
An anonymous reader asks: "I am the single member of the IT department at a small nonprofit. We were looking to replace our commercial content management system with a custom combination of open source solutions (Lucene, Jackrabbit, etc). However, since I was the sole developer, progress was slow and we have little resources to recruit potential volunteers. Recently, we had a closed source, commercial vendor demo their version of a content management system, and immediately upper management was willing to go along with their proposal, even at the expense of project requirements. Although I understand and accept the decision (and am quite relieved I am not expected to deliver as the sole developer), I am interested to know if there are resources for promoting open source software in a manner like closed source, commercial software. If not, is this a challenge within the OS community? It seems that OS solutions are primarily promoted to technical implementors rather than upper management. Of course, many technical implementors do not have the marketing skills to promote open source, but are there resources to help us do so?"
The Almighty Buck

+ - Tech Entrepreneurs Strike Back

Submitted by sleeper555
sleeper555 (1076835) writes "A new web site, TheFunded rates venture capitalists, giving entrepreneurs more information about whether or not to take money from a particular VC This is a very useful service to have, because the venture process is still secretive, and there is little public and objective review information about venture capital firms and their partners. TheFunded, lets its "members" rate a venture firm (using a scale of 0 to 5) on each of the following criteria: its track record, operating competence, pitching efficiency, favorable deal terms, and execution assistance. Notably, you have to become member to submit ratings and leave comments, and you can't be a member if you are partner or an agent of a firm. Also, you can only become a member if you are invited by another member or somehow convince TheFunded that you should be a member."
Data Storage

+ - Nanoscale "Optical Antennas" enable 3.6TB

Submitted by
K7DAN
K7DAN writes "How would you like to be able to put your entire DVD, music, video and picture collection plus more on a single disc? An article in MIT's Technology Review (http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18295/)r eveals that Harvard University electrical engineers Kenneth Crozier and Federico Capasso have found a way to achieve a data density of 3.6 terabytes on a single DVD-like disc using nanoscale "optical antennas" added to a commercially available laser. That's equivalent to 750 of today's 4.7-gigabyte recordable DVDs. The development of this technology seems perfectly timed to enable easy storage of large video files in HD format leaving Blu-ray and HD DVD in the dust."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Proof that someone is watching over Linux?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The recent delivery to http://www.kernel.org/ of a kickbut server from HP had some serious shipping trouble... but the amazing thing is that it booted right up after going through this. http://userweb.kernel.org/~warthog9/damaged_server /

It almost makes me think that it was routed through Redmond first. Just maybe someone up stairs really does use Linux!"
Mars

Mars Rovers Moving After Winter Hibernation 82

Posted by Zonk
from the kicking-the-dust-off dept.
jcasman writes to mention an article at Astronomy.com discussing the now on-the-move Mars rovers, which have been effectively in hibernation over the long Martian winter. Spirit has been stationary in the Columbia Hills area, just barely powered up and taking the finest panoramic shot of the planet to date. On the other side of the world, Opportunity has been skulking around the Victoria crater. Scientists have been getting to know the area before attempting to send Opportunity into the geographical feature itself. "Opportunity now is traversing Victoria's rim, and mission scientists are naming features they find after places visited by Ferdinand Magellan and his crew during the first circumnavigation of Earth. (Victoria Crater itself is named after the lone ship that completed Magellan's quest.) [Steve Squyres of Cornell University] and his team are committed to driving Opportunity into the crater eventually, if they're sure the rover will be safe -- in other words, that they can get it out again. Squyres is confident they can, and he thinks it will be sooner rather than later."
The Internet

+ - Web Spider Sued By Colorado Woman

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Internet Archive is beind sued by a Colorado woman for spidering her site. Suzanne Shell posted a notice on her site saying she wasn't allowing it to be crawled. When it was, she sued for civil theft, breach of contract, and violations of the Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations act and the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. A court ruling last month granted the Internet Archive's motion to dismiss the charges, except for the breach of contract claim. If Shell prevails on that count, sites like Google will have to get online publishers to "opt in" before they can be crawled, radically changing the nature of Web search."

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