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+ - How Google Fiber Could Do Some National Good, or At Least Scare the Carriers->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Within hours of Google announcing that Austin, Texas would be the next lucky recipient of its Google Fiber initiative, AT&T released a statement indicating that it was willing to build a high-speed broadband network in the city, too. “AT&T announced that in conjunction with its previously announced Project VIP expansion of broadband access, it is prepared to build an advanced fiber optic infrastructure in Austin, Texas, capable of delivering speeds up to 1 gigabit per second,” read the statement. But there’s a not-so-slight catch: AT&T wants whatever conditions Google received from the city of Austin. Google itself has provided precious little guidance about its future plans. “We are still in the very early stages of it,” Google CEO Larry Page told media and analysts during the company’s Jan. 22 earnings call, according to a transcript. “Obviously, we are going to a small number of people and so, but we are excited about the possibilities.” But if Google Fiber keeps expanding, it could compel AT&T and other infrastructure providers to boost their broadband service and offer it on more reasonable terms—nothing like some competition to make things a little better for the collective customer base. In that sense, even if Google Fiber doesn’t expand into a national program (and imagine the costs of that), its existence will still do some larger good."
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Comment: Re:Simpler, cheaper solution (Score 2) 240

Yes, but it was the rule changes instituted between 1905 and 1909 that brought down the injuries and deaths, not the introduction of modern padding. It used to really be trench warfare with gang tackling, no distance between the players at the start of each play, eye gouging, etc... I will grant that the number of injuries will not decline, but I would argue that the type of injuries will be different and easier to treat.

Comment: Simpler, cheaper solution (Score 1) 240

Eliminating the "protective" equipment worn by the players would massively decrease the quantity of brain injuries. Players hit at speed and tackle head-up and in front of the runner (vs the rugby style) because from Pop Warner on they are "up-armored" like a Hummer in Jalalabad. Everything about how you are taught to hit in football (everything I was taught through high school anyway) becomes impractical when you take away shoulder pads and the facemask, especially at the higher speeds in college and the pros. Go to the soft helmet and no shoulder pads and the blood will fly but the concussions will drop dramatically. Since we have made good strides in treating lacerations and broken bones but can't fix brain injuries, I would vote for a trip in the way-back machine to early years of football.
Government

+ - Romney Campain Accidentally Launches Transition Web Site->

Submitted by stevegee58
stevegee58 (1179505) writes "The Mitt Romney presidential campain accidentally launched a transition web site the day after the election. Sporting a "President Elect" seal and a catchy new tagline ("Smaller, Simpler, Smarter") , the site was up briefly before the gaffe was discovered and the site taken down.

Fortunately an alert blogger, Taegan Goddard, found the errant site and published some screen shots."

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Intel

+ - Intel's Eight-Core, Heavily-Updated Poulson Itanium Processor Unveiled->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Intel's Itanium 9500 family, codenamed Poulson, was announced today and it's the most significant refresh Intel has ever done on the Itanium family. Just moving from 65nm to 32nm technology would've substantially reduced power consumption and increased clock speeds, but Santa Clara has overhauled virtually every aspect of the CPU. Poulson can issue 11 instructions per cycle compared to Tukwila's six. It adds execution units and rebalances those units to favor server workloads over HPC and workstation capabilities. Its multi-threading capabilities have been overhauled and it uses faster QPI links between the CPUs. The L3 cache design has also changed. Previous Itanium 9300 processors had a dedicated L3 cache for each core. Poulson, in contrast, has a unified L3 that's attached to all its cores by a common ring bus."
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Data Storage

+ - A year after Thailand flooding, hard drive prices remain high-> 1

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crookedvulture writes "Last October, Thailand was hit by massive flooding that put much of the world's hard drive industry under water. Production slowed to a crawl as drive makers and their suppliers mopped up the damage, and prices predictably skyrocketed. One year later, production has rebounded, with the industry expected to ship more drives in 2012 than it did in 2011. For the most part, though, hard drive prices haven't returned to pre-flood levels. Although 2.5" notebook drives are a little cheaper now than before the flood, the average price of 3.5" desktop drives is up 35% from a year ago. Prices have certainly fallen dramatically from their post-flood peaks, but the rate of decline has slowed substantially in recent months, suggesting that higher prices are the new norm for desktop drives."
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Space

+ - Just how do you find an exoplanet?->

Submitted by bdking
bdking (1938328) writes "Astronomers continue to discover planets outside our solar system, with the latest being located in the constellation Pictor, about 42 light years from Earth. This comes two weeks after an exoplanet was found "just" 4.4 light years from our planet. What are the various techniques scientists use to identify exoplanets?"
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Businesses

+ - Does crowdfunding work?->

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Barence
Barence writes "Is it really practical to fund a business from hundreds of small donations harvested over the internet? With Kickstarter grabbing the headlines with some high-profile projects, it's all too easy to assume crowdfunding is great, the obvious solution for a business that needs investment. But just how feasible is it for most businesses? This feature looks at several lower-profile examples and investigates the positives and negatives of this new way to raise money."
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Comment: Google doesn't want to pay a human for this... (Score 5, Insightful) 130

by crypTeX (#41494017) Attached to: Google Blocks Author's Ads For Offering Torrent Of His Own Book
Copyright enforcement by software: the speed camera of the internet...if the traffic ticket were set to eliminate your whole wage. Actual people could review this stuff...or we could all accept that if you use the tools a giant corporation provides to you at essentially no cost, you are totally at their mercy.
Government

+ - 14 Amazing DARPA Technologies On Tap->

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gManZboy
gManZboy writes "DARPA draws a lot of attention for far-out research projects like the world's fastest robot and a plan to capture and recycle space junk--but electronics, communications, and IT have always been core to its mission. DARPA recently revealed it had successfully tested a camera with 1.4 gigapixel resolution. To achieve that resolution--the equivalent of 1,400 megapixels--the camera builds a panoramic image from more than 100 micro cameras. DARPA's newest development, called the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS), blends mind and machine to help soldiers on the battlefield respond more quickly to deadly threats. It includes a 120-megapixel camera, radar, computers with cognitive visual-processing algorithms, and brainwave scanners worn by soldiers. Check out these and 12 other interesting DARPA technologies in the works."
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Facebook

+ - Privacy Watchdogs Want Facebook, Datalogix Deal Probed->

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Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) want the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to examine the new alliance between Facebook and Datalogix.

According to the Financial Times, Facebook and Datalogix have teamed up to measure the effects of some 45 marketing campaigns so far, with the two companies matching consumer information from loyalty-card programs to the identifiers (such as email addresses) used to set up Facebook accounts. Combining those datasets could offer insight into whether consumers are actually heading out and buying certain products or services advertised on Facebook.

While the two companies apparently strip personal information from the datasets, EPIC and CDD nonetheless have significant concerns over how that data is handled, and by whom.

“Facebook is matching the personal information of users with personal information held by Datalogix,” EPIC wrote in a Sept. 27 posting on its Website, hinting that such a deal could violate the social network’s previous agreement with the FTC prohibiting it “from changing privacy settings without the affirmative consent of users or misrepresenting the privacy or security of users’ personal information.”"

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Comment: Power Projection and Platform Debate Continues (Score 1) 718

by crypTeX (#41379833) Attached to: Why Aircraft Carriers Still Rule the Oceans
Not sure why this is on Slashdot, but its certainly something that I have been interested in for a while. There is a large body of government, DoD and think-tank level research about this already, and a good source for it comes from the Center of Strategic and Budget Assessments" (I'm not affiliated). For example, they have a writeup on AirSea Battle that describes some of the tactics and vulnerabilities of carrier based operations in a joint forces framework. They also discuss the vulnerabilities of carriers in some of the possible operating environments of the future, namely the Western Pacific and the Strait of Hormuz . This question is also at the heart of the big debate about how China would optimally compose its growing navy (carriers vs. subs), and the practical US military response to such behavior.

Comment: Re:That's not the issue. (Score 1) 285

by crypTeX (#37078914) Attached to: Airline Pilots Allowed To Dodge Security Screening
If the issue is impersonation, then the headline of Schneier's post should have been "Counterfeit TSA agent IDs and Uniforms Will Now Be Sufficient to Bypass Airport Security". Every TSA agent has access to the "secure" areas of the terminal and passes through security unchecked throughout the day. The assumption that counterfeit pilots will have access more than counterfeit TSA agents at a large airport is a little silly. What happened to Schneier's desire for intelligence based screening? If we assume that everyone has to be verified, aren't we back to strange child pat downs and removing the Depends of senior citizens. I suspect what Schneier thought but didn't want to say is that he thinks that people with the "background" to require strict scrutiny may be allowed through in a pilot uniform because the program creates a situation that removes the discretion of the security personnel.

Comment: Good luck with that (Score 5, Insightful) 130

by crypTeX (#29632449) Attached to: SFLC Tells SCOTUS, "Software Patents Are Unjust"
This is one where I believe that no amount of logic and reasonable precedent will matter. The court will simply not invalidate the basis of an existing industry and it has nothing to do with corruption. No quantity of shine can alter the fundamental nature of this complaint. It won't happen, don't get excited.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.

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