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Lord of the Rings

Submission + - Finally, The Hobbit starts shooting (eonline.com)

Tiger4 writes: Real pictures, not photoshopped (much), of Peter Jackson on the set of The Hobbit acting like a director are now available at EOnline.com. This despite the strikes, bankruptcies, contract disputes, and legal actions that have swarmed Jackson and the project since his Lord of the Rings days. Yes, this is News for Nerds and it is Stuff that Matters. Admit it, secretly you've been dying to see this happen.

Submission + - How to implement a Deadman? 1

Tiger4 writes: Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame has been rumored to have many more documents than have already been released. Further, some of these are rumored to be held back from release by a deadman's switch, a device that activates when the person controlling it has apparently died, disappeared, or stopped providing input. The question then is, how to implement a deadman? What would be the best way to reliably ensure distribution of information after you are gone?
Censorship

Submission + - Wikileaks Rehosted (google.com)

Tiger4 writes: It was widely reported, (Associated Press, Washington Post, The Guardian, etc) that Amazon.com has kicked Wikileaks off its cloud of servers. Apparently members of the US Congress brought pressure to bear on Amazon and they succumbed. The US Constitution's First Amendment, which governs official actions of the government but not private actions, was mentioned as a protection for Wikileak's recent publication of embarrassing documents.
Google

Submission + - More than faces captured on Goolge Street View (sfgate.com)

Tiger4 writes: Google admitted today that it sniffed up information from unguarded WiFi networks as it s Street View vans prowled America.

"Google Inc. has been vacuuming up fragments of people's online activities broadcast over public Wi-Fi networks for the past four years, a breach of Web etiquette likely to raise more privacy worries about the Internet search leader."

Leadership at Google says it has ceased the practice and is notifying regulators,

"Nevertheless, Google's decision to hold on to the Wi-Fi data until it hears back from regulators shows the company realizes it could face legal repercussions. At the very least, company officials concede that snooping on Wi-Fi networks, however inadvertent, crossed an ethical line. "We are acutely aware that we failed badly here," Eustace wrote.

Antoerh good reason to secure your local WiFi. Google might be looking over your shoulder.

Submission + - Font foundries opening up to the Web (latimes.com)

Tiger4 writes: A huge number of fonts are migrating from the print only world to the Web. As the browser manufacturers get on board, the WWW will be a much more interesting place (see the article illustration).

"Beginning Tuesday, Monotype Imaging, a Massachusetts company that owns one of the largest collections of typefaces in the world, is making 2,000 of its fonts available to web designers. The move follows the San Francisco-based FontShop, which put several hundred of its fonts online in February. In just a few weeks, Font Bureau, a Boston designer of fonts, will make some of its typefaces available online as well."

With any luck, the transition period to Font-richness will be more brief and less painful than the waving flag — jumping smiley — flashing text era HTML explosion

Submission + - Broadband, who says its broadband? (latimes.com)

Tiger4 writes: Columnist David Lazarus reports that the FCC is finally getting serious about measuring what you really get with a "broadband" service.

"The plan includes requiring Internet service providers to disclose average access speeds, rather than the current practice of promising speeds "up to" a certain rate. What many consumers now get "is often much less than the advertised peak speed," the FCC says.

The column goes on to say that the US currently ranks 18th among nations with broadband services. And apparently who does the measuring makes a big difference in what "they" say you have. He went to two sites recommended by the government and got 18mbit and 6mbit results. Other commercial sites varied even more, from 4mbit to 20mbit. The FCC is embarking on a 10 year plan to fix all this, but at the rate the internet changes, in 10 years it may not matter.

Submission + - iPhone app aids Haitiain survivor (cnn.com)

Tiger4 writes: CNN reports that a survivor of the Haitian earthquake, Dan Woolley, used a iPhone app for First Aide to help save his own life. Wooley was in trapped and injured in his hotel after the earthquake. The app on the iPhone helped him with patching his injuries, and then helped with fighting shock and tracking the passing time. He was rescued after 60 hours.

Submission + - Will Comcast Deal kill Hulu ? (latimes.com)

Tiger4 writes: Comcast, a major US cable TV provider, may soon be in a position to kill free access to Hulu, the online TV streaming service.

"The nation's leading cable company has made no secret of its disdain for Hulu's approach of giving away the shows that Comcast and other pay-TV distributors spend billions for — and rely on to retain subscribers. Comcast is in talks with NBC Universal about pooling their entertainment assets into a new company that would own 30% of Hulu in addition to the NBC network and cable channels such as Bravo, E! and Syfy. Comcast would control the new entity and possibly have the clout to push Hulu to begin charging for access to some of its most popular shows, including "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" or "Psych." "

However, regulatory concerns do exist

There is no guarantee that Comcast and NBC Universal will come together. The deal hinges on whether a French company, Vivendi, decides to unload its 20% stake in NBC Universal. Vivendi must decide in the next two months, and then federal regulators — already concerned about media consolidation — would have to sign off on the venture of Comcast and NBC Universal.

If the deal is completed, Comcast would own 51% and GE would have 49%. This would give the Philadelphia-based cable operator a stake in Hulu, which has experienced explosive growth during the last year. The service's online audience swelled to 38.5 million viewers in August, up from 10.2 million a year earlier, according to ComScore Video Metrix, which tracks online audiences.


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