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Comment: Re:Visual medium = psychological effects (Score 1) 215

by bibi-pov (#27791787) Attached to: Cameron's <em>Avatar</em> a 3D Drug Trip?

You know I agree with you. I remember seeing a documentary in 3D years ago and unlike other films where you remember seeing something about it, that one gave me memories. The kind you have of places you've been. It was really surprising afterwards even though it wasn't mind blowing during the screening.
So clearly it's PR and everything but I wouldn't say it's bullshit either...

Comment: Re:Offset? (Score 1) 295

by bibi-pov (#24507877) Attached to: Dutch Town Lays Air-Purifying Concrete

Problem is 4mpg doesn't mean much. Is that 4mpg starting from 15 mpg (26%) or 4 mpg starting from 45mpg (8.9%). mpg gains diminishe as you go higher and higher, meaning that going from 15 to 17 (+11% efficiency) mpg yields a greater gain in efficiency than going from 45 to 49mpg (2x the mpg, but only a 8% gain in efficiency).

Television

Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Others Fined Over Digital TV Notices 171

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the caught-with-your-pants-down dept.
Ian Lamont writes "The FCC has fined 11 retailers and television manufacturers for violating rules relating to the 2009 digital TV transition. Best Buy, Circuit City, Target, Sears, Kmart, and Wal-Mart supposedly failed to place notices near analog-only TV sets warning customers that the sets did not have digital tuners. In part, the required notice reads: 'This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products.' The fines total $6.6 million."
The Internet

Canadian TV to Adopt DRM-Free BitTorrents 229

Posted by Zonk
from the would-love-that-from-pbs dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Canada's public broadcast network, CBC, is to adopt DRM free BitTorrent distribution of one of its major primetime shows, Canada's Next Great Prime Minister. The effort has already been hailed by Canadian copyright guru Michael Geist, who expects the decision to add fuel to Canada's net neutrality debate. A CBC producer behind the show told CNET that the motivation for the move was that CBC 'wanted the show to be as accessible as possible to as many Canadians as possible, in the format that they want it in.' As for DRM, she said 'I think DRM is dead, even if a lot of broadcasters don't realize it.' She added that 'if it's bad for the consumers, its bad for the company.'"

Engadget: How would you change the Sony Reader?->

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Filed under: Handhelds


So we were noodling around the laptop section at Best Buy the other day, semi-shocked at the relatively frenzied activity at the big box retailer, when we happened to glance over and notice a very lonely device being ignored by the throngs of shoppers. That poor, unloved gadget was none other than the Sony Reader, which saw a fair amount of hype prior to its (perpetually-delayed) release, but now seems to have basically slipped off most people's radar. Are people buying this thing? Has it developed a following? Is there a community devoted to software and hardware hacks? We're honestly not sure, which lead us to wonder how Sony could have changed things up to make the Reader -- in general, a solid concept -- a more desirable purchase for the mass market. Since it's surprisingly format agnostic for a Sony product, we don't expect to hear too many suggestions in the compatibility department, although there will understandably be some folks seeking support for WMA, non-BBeB protected content, native DOCs, and the like. That being said, should they have loaded it up with more flash, or at least made it compatible with memory cards bigger than 4GB? Would out-of-the-box support for Mac and Linux users help? How about a non-crippled RSS reader? (Hey, at least they hooked you up with Engadget, though). Help us out here, people, what would it take to send you home with a brand new Sony Reader?

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Science

FAA Plans to Clean Up the Skies 249

Posted by samzenpus
from the fly-the-clean-and-friendly-skies dept.
coondoggie writes "On top of its recently announced plan to reduce flight delays, Federal Aviation Administration officials today launched what they hope will be pan U.S. and European Union joint action plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. Specifically the group announced the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions or AIRE — the first large-scale environmental plan aimed at uniting aviation players from both sides of the Atlantic."

Verizon Says Vonage Should Have Cited Obviousness Issue Before Supreme Court Eve->

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As the Verizon/Vonage patent trial moves onto the next phase, Vonage is clearly trying to use the Supreme Court's new ruling on patent obviousness to get Verizon's patents tossed out. Vonage lost in its request to have a retrial at the district court level, but they're still using the new Supreme Court rules at the appeals court. However, Verizon is claiming that this is unfair and that since Vonage didn't bring up these issues at the lower court level it can't use the new obviousness test in the appeals court either. It is true that the appeals court is supposed to focus on the arguments that were made at the lower court, but the situation gets trickier when the fundamental rules have changed in between the cases. Still, it's amusing to have Verizon claiming that Vonage should have known about this new obviousness ruling before the Supreme Court even made the ruling. Verizon's suit claims that there was plenty of publicity about the KSR case, which is true, but that doesn't mean that Vonage (or anyone) had any idea how the Supreme Court would rule. Of course, even without the ability to use the new obviousness test, it seems like all the new prior art that's coming to light should raise questions about Verizon's VoIP patents. Verizon's filing also asks the court to bring back the injunction while whining about how many customers it's losing to Vonage. What they don't explain is that they might be losing customers because Vonage offers a better cheaper service and Verizon doesn't want to compete -- but that probably doesn't play as well in court.
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Security

+ - Reading cartoons make you secure?

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An anonymous reader writes "Phishing is an increasing threat to Internet users and service providers alike. There is regulation stating what banks should do, there are laws, and lots of technical countermeasures. Still, phishing remains a problem. Now, there is also something for the common user to do: read cartoons! Anti-phishing cartoons, that is."
The Internet

Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! Now Support GeoRSS 26

Posted by Zonk
from the i-seee-you dept.
Lord Satri writes "This week, Microsoft announced their new Live Maps, in addition to supporting Firefox on Windows for 3D, now supports the GeoRSS standard. They join Google which recently announced the support of GeoRSS and KML mapping in their Google Maps API. In short, GeoRSS is a standard supported by the Open Geospatial Consortium that incorporates geolocation in an interoperable manner to RSS feeds. The applications are numerous. With Yahoo!'s support of GeoRSS, all the major players are in and the future looks bright for this emerging standard. As for KML, Google Earth's file format, this new Google Maps integration is not unrelated to the recent announcement of internet-wide KML search capabilities within Google Earth. From the GeoRSS website: 'As RSS becomes more and more prevalent as a way to publish and share information, it becomes increasingly important that location is described in an interoperable manner so that applications can request, aggregate, share and map geographically tagged feeds. To avoid the fragmentation of language that has occurred in RSS and other Web information encoding efforts, we have created this site to promote a relatively small number of encodings that meet the needs of a wide range of communities.'"
Hardware Hacking

Water Cooling Computers With A Swimming Pool 241

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the take-your-pc-for-a-dip dept.
guzugi writes "This is a project I have been working for several months and been hypothesizing for much longer. The basic idea is to shortcut the need for an air conditioner when cooling multiple computers. Swimming pool water is pumped into the house and through several waterblocks to effectively cool these hot machines. This greatly reduces noise cooling requirements."

Blu-ray's Hardware Woes Stacking Up 196

Posted by Zonk
from the hard-to-find-a-primary-color dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The bad news just keeps on coming for Blu-ray. First, Sony halved its U.S./Japanese launch shipments of its Blu-ray powered PlayStation 3, blaming a shortage of blue lasers. Then, in the last two weeks, both Sony and Pioneer delayed the releases of their new Blu-ray players, refusing to cite reasons. And this week, at Blu-ray backer LG's annual dealer show, a previously announced LG Blu-ray player was nowhere to be found. LG product development director Tim Alessi had this to say: 'We will provide an announcement when the time is right.'"

Apple Unveils MacBook Pro with Core 2 Duo 673

Posted by Zonk
from the wonderful-toys dept.
daveschroeder writes "Apple has just announced the upgraded MacBook Pro (15.4- and 17-inch models) with the Intel Core 2 Duo ("Merom") 64-bit dual core processor. The standard hard drive sizes have been increased, a FireWire 800 port has been added to all models (again, reaffirming that FireWire, and specifically FireWire 800, is not dead, and that Apple responded to customer requests to add it to the 15.4-inch model), and the optical drive is now dual-layer-write-capable on all models."

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