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+ - Australia's Telstra tracking mobile Internet use->

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jcl-xen0n
jcl-xen0n writes "Australia's largest telco, Telstra, has been accused of tracking the Internet use of its Next G mobile phone users and sending their internet history to a company in the United States.
Telstra says it is collecting the information for use in a new internet filter product which will be opt-in, but the current data gathering is apparently not.
One of the telco's customers discovered that when he visited a website using his Next G network in Australia, a server in the United States would visit the same address almost instantly."

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Comment: Re:WHAT!?!?!?! (Score 1) 637

by jcl-xen0n (#37163304) Attached to: Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games

If I put the game down for a weekend or a week or two due to Real Life, and then come back and there's no way to get back into the character and remember what was going on in the story, then I'm done with the game.

This actually brings up an interesting thought for me. I wonder how well it would go over that, if you saved and walked away from a game, when you came back, it gave you one of those TV-esque 'Previously, on [game]...' intros (skip-able, of course). That might be a way to do a quick refresh of what was going on when you saved, perhaps what quests you were on or the point in the main story where you were at. So far I haven't seen any of that in games, and I know it would have helped me in quite a few instances to get back into the groove.

Lost Odyssey does something very similar - when you load a game it gives you a text run-down of recent events. Star Ocean TLH has a full text summary of everything that's happened so far available to read, which certainly comes in handy. Tales of Symphonia had a similar system. So they are out there, just need to see more of it. I guess part of it is the game devs assuming the player will just be playing their game from start to finish, without any distractions whatsoever in between - something that's just not very likely to happen.

Comment: Re:What secrets do the Swiss have? (Score 3, Insightful) 152

by jcl-xen0n (#34120206) Attached to: Nuclear Bunker Houses World's Toughest Server Farm

Ah, there's your mistake; "Nazi" stands for "National Socialist", so the Nazis were left-wing, not right. Of course, the current crop of lefties would VERY much like us all to forget that part.....

Hoping you're trolling, but anyway - National Socialist was just a _name_ as the Party was born out of the German Labor movement, indeed like a lot of left-wing parties. That's where the connection begins and ends however - you certainly can't call many of the Nazi policies "left wing": - extermination of disabled / homosexuals / Jews / Gypsy(Roma) - promotion of idea of _one_ perfect race - class system that discriminated against particular groups ... and that's just for starters. Pray tell, apart from having the word "Socialist" in their name, how on Earth can you describe the Nazis as being left-wing?

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+ - CSIRO uses old TV channels for wireless internet->

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jcl-xen0n writes "Australia's CSIRO has invented new wireless technology to deliver faster Internet access to remote areas, using frequencies freed up by the move from Analog to Digital TV.
The CSIRO says the technology can reach speeds 100 to 200 times the speed of dial-up internet and hopes to eventually combine four analog TV channels and provide a wireless connection speed of 100 megabits per second, but for the moment it is staying at 12 megabits per second. CSIRO's Dr Ian Oppermann says that is faster than it sounds, because up to six customers can log on at the same time and get the top speed. According to the article, users will be able to use their existing TV antenna to connect.
Also of note, the development was funded by proceeds of CSIRO's $205 million settlement of the invention of WiFi, which has already been covered on /. previously."

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+ - Times UK paywall loses 4m readers, makes money

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Mr_Silver (213637) writes "TechCrunch is reporting that The Times (a UK based newspaper, owned by News Corporation) lost 4 million readers since introducing the paywall in June 2010. However this isn't bad news as Erick Schonfeld speculates that their revenue would have increased from $200,000 to $800,000 per month thanks to the reduced visitors generating 2 to 4 times more revenue in subscription fees than the ad revenue ever did. Looks like a paywall could be a viable business case after all."
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+ - SPAM: Gigabit Wireless Will Link Smartphones To TVs

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judgecorp (778838) writes "More progress for WiGig, the proposal for 3Gbps wireless links on 60GHz radio waves. The WiGig group has signed a deal with VESA, the display standards group, to include WiGig as a fast wireless option in VESA's DisplayPort standard. As well as letting you use a TV as a display for your phone, without having to connect a cable, it will also make synching and file transfer quicker."
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+ - Kindle allowing Chinese unfettered access to Web?->

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jcl-xen0n
jcl-xen0n writes "Apparently, some Chinese Kindle owners have discovered that they are able to access banned sites such as Twitter and Facebook without a problem. The article speculates that Amazon may be operating a local equivalent to Amazon Whispernet with a Chinese 3G provider. Professor Lawrence Yeung Kwan, of the University of Hong Kong's electrical and electronic engineering department, told the paper that mainland internet patrols might have overlooked the gadget (due to them considering it as solely a tool to purchase books). How long before Kindle traffic is locked down?"
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Comment: Re:Buying for the devs? (Score 4, Informative) 87

by jcl-xen0n (#34086082) Attached to: Facebook Buys a Private File Sharing Service

What's the problem? Can't Facebook get attract good developers the regular way anymore? Hmm. Maybe all the smart ones know Zuckerberg is a jerk and the company culture is rendered uninhabitable by the swarms of junior-grade developers writing junior-grade PHP, and demand more money than they could negotiate this way.

On this topic, an Australian newspaper article about devs leaving Google for Facebook

Comment: Re:Asians (Score 2, Interesting) 299

by jcl-xen0n (#34077954) Attached to: South Korean Cartoonists Cry Foul Over Edgy Simpsons Intro

I haven't seen it, but I'm curious as to why virtually all cartoons these days are colored in South Korea. Strikes me that depicting it in such an allegorical way is somewhat appropriate. Being a colorist is not easy, but it's hardly in the same league creatively with the folks that do the writing and modeling for the series. It sounds like it's away of pointing out that it's like working in the salt mines of the cartoon industry.

Interestingly, a lot of Japanese animation (which, in the past, was traditionally outsourced to Korea) is now being outsourced to places like Vietnam. Not sure if that indicated the Koreans have their hands full doing American animation, or if the other countries are simply cheaper.

Comment: Re:What do you expect? (Score 1) 470

by jcl-xen0n (#34069962) Attached to: IE6 Addiction Inhibits Windows 7 Migrations
It makes me think that in order to move large organizations away from XP, M$ is going to need to offer a pre-Cut-Down version of Windows 7 - with all the flashy extras turned off by default in order to run on the bare minimum. Mind you, if someone is using their workstation solely to access a web-based app, perhaps this is a good time for that organization to move to something lighter anyway - not a lot of point throwing processing power at such basic needs.

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