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+ - Ask Slashdot: Pioneers of online entertainment? 1

Submitted by NKuruna
NKuruna (1851752) writes "Hi Slashdot. I'm working on a documentary about the evolution of online entertainment and people who are able to make a living doing creative work on the web. The film will have an emphasis on flash animation and games but also touches on podcasting, blogging etc. I have a decent list of of interviews in the can, but who else should I be trying to talk to? Who were the folks who in some way perpetuated the idea that regular, non tech savvy people could sit down and watch programing online like they watch their TVs? When did a bunch of web pages become "online content?" Who broke ground in making creative work on the internet into a viable profession?"
Power

+ - Debunked:Electric Cars Won't Strain the Power Grid->

Submitted by thecarchik
thecarchik (1520545) writes "Last week's heat wave prompted another eruption of that perennial question: Won't electric cars that recharge from grid power overload the nation's electricity system? A comprehensive and wide-ranging two-volume study from 2007, Environmental Assessment of Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles, looked at the impact of plug-in vehicles on the U.S. electrical grid. It also analyzed the "wells-to-wheels" carbon emissions of plug-ins versus gasoline cars. The load of one plug-in recharging (about 2 kilowatts) is roughly the same as that of four or five plasma television sets. Plasma TVs hardly brought worries about grid crashes."
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Mozilla

+ - Mozilla reveals plans for Firefox 3.2->

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Barence
Barence writes "Mozilla is planning to include simple-text commands and desktop web apps in the next version of Firefox. Firefox 3.2 will see the company build the Mozilla Labs project, Ubiquity, into the browser, allowing users to type natural language phrases into the browser to perform certain tasks, such as typing "map 10 Downing Street" to instantly see a Google map of that address. It will also include "lightweight theming" for customising the browser design, and elements of another Labs project called Prism, which allows you to turn web apps such as Gmail into pseudo desktop apps which are accessed from the Windows desktop or Start menu. "We're looking for more pure innovation than just incrementally getting better. It's nice to try stuff where we don't know if it's going to work.""
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IBM

IBM Hides the Bodies, Eyes US Government Billions 410

Posted by kdawson
from the what-layoffs dept.
theodp writes "As his company was striving to hide the bodies of its laid-off North American workers, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano stood beside President Barack Obama and waxed patriotic: 'We need to reignite growth in our country,' Palmisano said. 'We need to undertake projects that actually will create jobs.' While Sam positions IBM to get a slice of the $825 billion stimulus pie, Big Blue is quietly cutting thousands of jobs and refusing to release the numbers or locations, arguing that SEC disclosure rules don't apply since the US job cuts are immaterial in its big global picture. The layoffs included hundreds in East Fishkill, coming early in the year after NY taxpayers paid IBM $45 million not to cut additional jobs in East Fishkill in 2008. Some are questioning whether IBM incentives are worth the cost."
Cellphones

+ - Protoypes stolen from Sony Ericsson lab

Submitted by praps
praps (870215) writes "A worker at Sony Ericsson's development center in southern Sweden has been arrested on suspicion of having stolen several mobile phone prototypes each valued at around $6,000. Industrial espionage or just a greedy geek? So far police are saying very little, but they reportedly found 15 different prototypes, a laptop reported missing from the office and hundreds of other mobile phones in his home. Sony Ericsson is playing down the man's links to the company — which makes the lab's security even more suspect."
Music

At Atlantic Records, Digital Sales Surpass CDs 273

Posted by kdawson
from the trading-analog-dollars-for-digital-pennies dept.
The NYTimes reports that Atlantic is the first major label to report getting a majority of its revenue from digital sales, not CDs. Analysts say that Atlantic is out in front — the industry as a whole isn't expected to hit the 50% mark until 2011. By 2013, music industry revenues will be 37% down from their 1999 levels (when Napster arrived on the scene), according to Forrester. "'It's not at all clear that digital economics can make up for the drop in physical,' said John Rose, a former executive at EMI ... Instead, the music industry is now hoping to find growth from a variety of other revenue streams it has not always had access to, like concert ticket sales and merchandise from artist tours. ... In virtually all... corners of the media world, executives are fighting to hold onto as much of their old business as possible while transitioning to digital — a difficult process that NBC Universal's chief executive ... has described as 'trading analog dollars for digital pennies.'"
Databases

Setting Up a Home Dev/Testing Environment? 136

Posted by timothy
from the just-live-at-work dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I'm a Project Manager (hold the remarks) who recently decided that I want/need to get my dev skills more up-to-date, as more projects are looking for their PM's to be hands-on with the development. Looking around my house, I have quite the collection of older (read: real old — it's been a while) PCs — it's pretty much a PC graveyard. Nothing that would really help me set up a nice dev infrastructure for developing web/database apps. So, my question is as follows: Should I buy a number of cheaper PC's, or should I buy one monster machine and leverage (pick your favorite) virtual machine technology?"
Businesses

+ - If you could do it all over, would you choose IT?

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An anonymous reader writes "Given some of the complaints against IT and software as careers (long hours, offshoring, visa workers, ageism, boring projects, etc...), what would you do differently if you could do it all over again? Knowing what you know now, would you choose the same college major and the same career?"
Announcements

+ - DARPA Lays Out Plans for Future Iconic Programs

Submitted by
docinthemachine
docinthemachine writes "DARPA — the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency is at the core of hundreds of amazing projects with countless future-tech devices produced. Tthe agency has just announced its roadmap for 2007 and beyond. Docinthemachine.com reviews the major areas where they propelled advancement (TCP/IP protocol, Stealth, unmanned vehicles, etc) and a roadmap for their major future target projects- along with an overview of the potential medical offshoots of each. The major future thrust includes chip scale atomic clocks, molecular anti-terrorism sensors, unmanned aerial rovers, new space initialtives, high productivity computing systems, real-time language translation, biolgical warfare defenses, prosthetics, low-cost titanium, alternative energy, and high energy liquid lasers. Docinthemachine boils down the report to the essence of how our military R&D arm will change the future of military and biotech. Details are at http://docinthemachine.com/2007/02/10/darpaachieve ments/"
The Internet

+ - Groupthink in Digg: A Suggested Solution

Submitted by
Bob Caswell
Bob Caswell writes "Think digg doesn't have a severe case of groupthink? And article on the subject, was 'groupthinked' (i.e. buried) off the home page within four minutes of having enough diggs to make it there. Bottom line: diggers don't like articles on digg and groupthink, even if offering a solution to the problem... http://www.computers.net/2007/02/groupthink_in_d.h tml"
Privacy

+ - VeriSign implants 222 people with RFID chips

Submitted by
cnet-declan
cnet-declan writes "Anyone remember VeriChip, a company that came up with the idea of implanting chips in humans for tracking them? They've been behind ideas like RFID tagging immigrant and guest workers at the border, and they've persuaded a former Bush Health Secretary to get himself chipped. In this CNET News.com article, we offer an update on how successful the idea has been. It turns out that, according to IPO documents, 222 people have been implanted, with sales revenue of $100,000."

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