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The Courts

+ - Civil rights activists attack Intel

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "Intel has come under attack from US civil rights activists over its backing of attempts to change Californian class action law.

The moves, which are being made via a California ballot initiative, would "devastate the class action system as a tool for civil rights enforcement", according to a letter sent to Intel chief executive Paul Otellini today. "Your initiative removes vital class action protections specifically intended to allow US citizens to defend their civil rights. We must view this initiative as an attack on the civil rights of Californians," the letter states (PDF).

The ballot measure would, according to the activists, limit civil rights, worker and consumer protections by rigging the playing field in favour of big businesses by requiring evidence of wrongdoing before a case can move forward."
The Internet

+ - Will Web TV be the death of the Internet? 1

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "Analyst groups and Cisco have come out saying that the internet is heading for a crash unless it increases its bandwidth capabilities which are being strangled by the increased use of Web TV.

Stan Schatt, research director at ABI said: "Uploading bandwidth is going to have to increase, and the cable providers are going to get killed on bandwidth as HD programming becomes more commonplace." He added that the solution to the problem is to change to digital switching and move to IPTV. "They will be brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century," he said.

Cisco weighed into the argument, adding that it had found American video websites currently transmit more data per month than the entire amount of traffic sent over the internet in 2000."
Quickies

+ - at&t's Class Arbitra. Waiver Ruled Unconsciona->

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Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "Consumerist reports, " Like many many companies, Cingular has a little thing in their contracts saying that if you use their service, you void your right to a class action lawsuit and instead have to go through "mandatory binding arbitration," which is basically an extra-judicial corporate court exempt from many of the basic rules and laws and procedures and rights of real court. Well, today, that clause was ruled "unconscionable" by the 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals. Therefore, lawsuits can proceed against Cingular and go to real court, not monkey court. Hooray! ""
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Graphics

+ - Inserting your virtual copy in a game

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "French researchers have developed a new system to enable users to insert virtual copies of themselves into video games or on the Web. This system combines high performance video acquisition, computation and graphics rendering. It was introduced last week at SIGGRAPH 2007. This system is called GrImage (for 'grid' and 'image') — a French word which also means 'make-up' for actors — a pretty bad choice in my opinion. Anyway, it could be used to control your realistic avatars not only in games, but also in video conferences. But read more for additional references and a picture showing how GrImage captures your image."
The Internet

+ - The IT industry's Red Shift Theory

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "Sun Microsystems' CTO, Greg Papadopoulos has come out with a Red Shift Theory for IT which posits that an elite group of companies are consuming inordinate amounts of IT infrastructure, well beyond most other businesses, and that their demand is growing exponentially. This trend, Papadopoulos maintains, has implications not just for IT's most insatiable consumers, but for the structure of the computing industry itself. It's not just about how many CPU cycles a company uses. Papadopoulos argues that red-shift companies will enjoy exponential business growth in the coming years. Blue-shift companies — those whose processing needs aren't exploding — will grow at about the same rate as GDP, he says.

He uses red shift to describe the rapidly expanding universe of computing demand as data processing requirements — not only from Web companies like Google, YouTube, MySpace, and Salesforce.com, but also from large conventional users of high-performance computing like pharmaceutical, financial, and energy companies — exceed the ability of Moore's Law to keep up.

This in depth article takes a look at what Papadopoulos's theory is about and its impact on the wider IT community."
Hardware Hacking

+ - ESA Altered Wikipedia Entries on Mod Chips->

Submitted by sesshomaru
sesshomaru (173381) writes "Game Politics is reporting that the Entertainment Software Association has been editing Wikipedia entries on modchips and abandonware so that they will be more favorable to their point of view. In other words, they've edited them so that any discussion of legal or moral gray areas are removed and the Wikipedia entries say that these things are illegal, period. Here's a link to the Game Politics article:

ESA Altered Wikipedia Entries on Mod Chips, Abandonware

Links to the alterations made in the article can be found in the article, and thanks to Wikipedia Scanner for uncovering this scandal."

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