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Comment Re:DVD is poor by comparison, but is "good enough" (Score 1) 895

Perhaps a better comparison is between Audio tape and CD with VHS and DVD. You'll notice that SACD and DVD-A went nowhere, and mp3s rule the day. The video analogy is of course on-demand or Digital download. They days of removable media are gone and done. Blu-ray was as much a dead fish as HD-DVD.

Announcements

Submission + - Superconducting heat spreader to obsolete CPU fans

vinsci writes: R&D company Novel Concepts, Inc. has announced its new IsoSkin heat spreader material that dissipates heat 20 times more effectively than copper, according to the company. The thin (down to 500 microns) IsoSkin spreaders could eventually be used to replace the outer "skin" of portable electronics, thereby eliminating the need for heat sinks and fans that cool notebooks and PCs, ExtremeTech reports.
Google

Submission + - Google Losing Its Favourite Game?

An anonymous reader writes: Data sources are not reliable at all but early results from Alexa and Compete show that Google is significantly impacted by Microsoft's new Vista — Live initiative. Vista pushing Live, the question is will the average user Joe come back to his old good Google or will he sacrifice a little search quality difference for uninterrupted and frictionless experience?
Puzzle Games (Games)

Submission + - Old islamic tile patterns show modern math insight

arbitraryaardvark writes: "Reuters reports Medieval Muslims made mega math marvel.
Tile patterns on middle eastern mosques display a kind of quasicrystalline effect that was unknown in the west until rediscovered by Penrose in the 1970s.
"Quasicrystalline patterns comprise a set of interlocking units whose pattern never repeats, even when extended infinitely in all directions, and possess a special form of symmetry."
It isn't known if the mosque designers understood the math behind the patterns.
page 2 of story."
Television

Submission + - Award winning Ad in Australia taken off air

bol_kernal writes: "An Award winning advertisement on Australian TV for the new Hyundia 4WD has been pulled from being broadcast after they received 80 complaints from concerned parents. The ad consists of a small child (aged around 2yrs) cruising down the road, window down, arm out the window, in his new Hyundai 4WD, sees a girl of the same age standing on the side of the road, pulls over picks her up and they go to the beach together. All in all it's cute, funny and very well done. This ad has won advertising awards and doesn't air until later in the evening (8:30pm or later) but it has been pulled due to concern from parents about the copycat risk. More details can be found here. What I want to know is where has the responsibility of parents gone? Is the world becoming so serious that fantasy is no longer allowed?"
Novell

Novell May be Banned from Distributing Linux 553

Hymer writes "Reuters is reporting that Novell may be banned from selling Linux. In the wake of the (much maligned) Novell/Microsoft deal, the Free Software Foundation is reviewing Novell's right to sell the operating system at all. The foundation controls the rights to key parts of the operating system, and council for the organization said that 'the community wants to interfere any way it can' with the Novell business arrangement. No decision has yet been reached, but one should be made in the next two weeks." Is this a measured response, or an over-reaction to the Novell/Microsoft arrangement?

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