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Think-Tank Warns of Internet "Brownouts" Starting Next Year 445

Posted by timothy
from the malthus-was-right dept.
JacobSteelsmith writes "A respected American think-tank, Nemertes Research, reports the Web has reached a critical point. For many reasons, Internet usage continues to rise (imagine that), and bandwidth usage is increasing due to traffic heavy sites such as YouTube. The article goes on to describe the perils Internet users will face including 'brownouts that will freeze their computers as capacity runs out in cyberspace,' and constant network 'traffic jams,' similar to 'how home computers slow down when the kids get back from school and start playing games.' ... 'Monthly traffic across the internet is running at about eight exabytes. A recent study by the University of Minnesota estimated that traffic was growing by at least 60 per cent a year, although that did not take into account plans for greater internet access in China and India. ... While the net itself will ultimately survive, Ritter said that waves of disruption would begin to emerge next year, when computers would jitter and freeze. This would be followed by brownouts — a combination of temporary freezing and computers being reduced to a slow speed.'"

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 177

by yyttrrre (#27767117) Attached to: Viability of Mobile Broadband For Home Use?

Sprint is the primary Internet connection for my laptop. You can run a webserver on a cellular card but only other sprint cellular users will be able to access it. Sprints cellular data network blocks port 80 inbound from other networks but not inside their own network.

Get a business account if you can. They are fairly lenient about hosting servers and using lots of bandwidth.

Comment: Re:Just think about ENFORCEMENT. (Score 1) 1235

by yyttrrre (#26616607) Attached to: New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"
Ever drive in a massively populated area? Driving at a safe distance is nearly impossible. Try it and watch how many nuts nearly kill you as they swerve around and cut you off. Driving in NYC or probably any other major city is a good example of this. Its not smart to ride the bumper of the car directly in front of you but, it isn't always possible to drive one car length per 10 miles or whatever consensus is the appropriate distance.

Whats worse is people who stop dead in the road and side swipe you when you attempt to pass them. Also slow drivers in the fast lane and anyone who doesn't use a blinker. Included are people who drive way below the speed limit and refuse to allow the 10 cars behind them to pass. Some people drive way to slow for the road. This encourages tailgating. I say if your gonna drive slower than the posted limit than at least let everyone else pass. One does not have a right to drive slow and if you obviously aren't in a hurry then get out of the way.
Anime

Keanu Reeves To Star In Cowboy Bebop 439

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the mushroom-samba dept.
It excites me incredibly to know that a Cowboy Bebop movie is happening. But it makes me scared to think that Keanu is getting the lead in what might be my single favorite Anime series of all time. I'm very skeptical that he can pull off this role. For now we'll have to wait and speculate who the rest of the cast will be. I'm mostly curious who will get Faye Valentine. And we can only cross our fingers and hope that the soundtrack remains intact.
Google

Automated News Crawling Evaporates $1.14B 546

Posted by kdawson
from the who-shall-watch-the-watchers dept.
cmd writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that Google News crawled an obscure reprint of an article from 2002 when United Airlines was on the brink of bankruptcy. United Airlines has since recovered but due to a missing dateline, Google News ran the story as today's news. The story was then picked up by other news aggregators and eventually headlined as a news flash on Bloomberg. This triggered automated trading programs to dump UAL, cratering the stock from $12 to $3 and evaporating 1.14 billion dollars (nearly United's total market cap today) in shareholder wealth. The stock recovered within the day to $10 and is now trading at $9.62, a market cap of $300M less than before Google ran the story." The article makes clear that Google's news bot only noticed the old story because it has been voted up in popularity on the site of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper. The original thought was that stock manipulation may have been behind the incident, but this suspicion seems to be fading.
Quickies

+ - Your laptop/notebook is lying to you.->

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Ant writes "Dan's Data reports your cellular/cell/mobile phone is lying to you. So is your laptop/notebook. And not just when they whisper to you in the night. Mobile phones, and most modern laptops, have signal strength and battery life displays. One or both of these displays has probably been the focus of all of your attention at one time or another. Neither display is actually telling you what you think it's telling you. The signal strength bars on a mobile phone or laptop do, at least, say something about how strong the local signal is. But they don't tell you the ratio between that signal and the inevitable, and often very considerable, noise that accompanies it... Seen on Blue's News."
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Input Devices

Computer Mouse Heading For Extinction 625

Posted by timothy
from the how-much-would-you-like-to-bet dept.
slatterz writes "The computer mouse is set to die out in the next five years and will be usurped by touch screens and facial recognition, analysts believe. Steven Prentice, vice president and Gartner Fellow, told the BBC that devices such as Nintendo's MotionPlus for the Wii and Apple's iPhone point the way to the future, offering greater accuracy in motion detection."
Transportation

Tesla Motors Is Delivering Cars 520

Posted by kdawson
from the year-late-but-hey dept.
jamie found the news that Tesla Motors is delivering roadsters in California. (We've been following developments on the Tesla front for a couple of years now.) According to a letter from the CEO, "9 production Roadsters have arrived in California, another 3 arrive this weekend, and they will keep arriving at the rate of 4 per week... In fact, currently there are 27 Roadsters in various stages of assembly." The early owners must be proud, but there could be complications.
The Courts

Hans Reiser Leads Police To Nina's Body 1523

Posted by kdawson
from the removing-all-doubt dept.
jlmcgraw was the first to alert us that Hans Reiser has led police to the location in the Oakland Hills where he buried the body of his wife Nina. (We discussed the rumor that he would do so last month.) SFGate.com reports that remains were recovered but have not yet been identified. Reiser is to be sentenced on Wednesday. CBS5 claims that Reiser made a deal for a reduced sentence, to 15 years, in exchange for revealing the body.
The Internet

YouTube Must Give All User Histories To Viacom 778

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the stay-classy-viacom dept.
psyopper writes "Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users' names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday. Although Google argued that turning over the data would invade its users' privacy, the judge's ruling (.pdf) described that argument as 'speculative' and ordered Google to turn over the logs on a set of four terabyte hard drives." Update: 07/03 18:05 GMT by T : Brian Aker, now of MySQL but long ago Slashdot's "database thug," writes a journal entry on how companies could intelligently treat such potentially sensitive user data.

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