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Submitted by Maximum Prophet
Maximum Prophet (716608) writes ""In the last year and a half, a broad alliance of high-tech companies and Hollywood studios has been trying to address this problem through an organization called the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem, or DECE.
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The group is setting out to create a common digital standard that would let consumers buy or rent a digital video once and then play it on any device."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/technology/04video.html?8dpc

That is, any newly purchased from them device. And the alliance doesn't include Apple, so eliminate the iPod, and iPhone."

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Movies

+ - SPAM: 'Avatar' soars into $1-billion territory

Submitted by Suki I
Suki I (1546431) writes "From the LA Times: 'Avatar' soars into $1-billion territory
"Strong foreign ticket sales help make the science-fiction movie the fifth in history to pass the watermark."

"One of the riskiest movies of all times is now officially one of the most successful at the box office.

When "Avatar" opened, its solid but far from stellar results left 20th Century Fox uncertain about whether the $430 million that it and two financing partners had invested to produce and market the 3-D film would pay off.""
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+ - VMware Workstation vs. VirtualBox vs. Parallels->

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy takes an in-depth look at VMware Workstation 7, VirtualBox 3.1, and Parallels Desktop 4, three technologies at the heart of 'the biggest shake-up for desktop virtualization in years.' The shake-up, which sees Microsoft's once promising Virtual PC off in the Windows 7 XP Mode weeds, has put VirtualBox — among the best free open source software available for Windows — out front as a general-purpose VM, filling the void left by VMware's move to make Workstation more appealing to developers and admins. Meanwhile, Parallels finally offers a Desktop for Windows on par with its Mac product, as well as Workstation 4 Extreme, which delivers near native performance for graphics, disk, and network I/O. 'There's some genuine innovation going on, especially in the areas of hardware support and application compatibility,' Kennedy writes. 'All support 32- and 64-bit Windows and Linux hosts and guests, and all have added compelling new VM management capabilities, ranging from automated snapshots to live VM migration.'"
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Handhelds

+ - Pandora Console at Mass Production->

Submitted by Busshy
Busshy (907448) writes "The Pandora Console was announced late last year. Sadly they hit one snag after another first with Banks playing up and then the usual manufacturing problems but now they are at Mass Production stage and the Worlds most powerful open source Linux based Handheld is at Mass Production Stage and its looking awesome. The build quality in the video is right up there with the likes of consoles from Nintendo and Sony. The Console thanks to the excellent homebrew community will have the usual fullspeed Snes, Nes, Genesis, 32X, GBA and PSX emulators but what makes it more special and the real eye opener is that Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast Emulation are for the first time available on an handheld, infact i was told today that F-Zero X, 1080 Snowboarding, Starfox 64, Mario Kart 64, Super Mario 64 are all at full speed and the Dreamcast Emulator will make jaws drop.The Console will ship shortly after Xmas"
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Comment: Re:Simply put (Score 1) 528

by rovolo (#30357364) Attached to: Will Tabbed Windows Be the Next Big Thing?
Letting the number of workspaces dynamically expand and contract would probably lead me to frustration. Currently I have 2 desktops that are static (web browsing and music) and 2 that are dynamic (for any two projects I'm working on at the moment). Whenever I want to look something up or change my music I know which space they're in, kind of like muscle memory. To use the desktop metaphor, I have a spacial picture of where things should go (i.e. soda is always in the same place.) Adding additional workspaces is just enough work that it isn't easy enough to accidentally do, and not hard enough to be adverse to doing. Frankly, I'm never working on more than two things at one time though. However, what would probably be the best would be the ability to save workspaces and then load them up again, much like OmniWeb and Opera allow you to do with browsing sessions.

Comment: Re:They believe it because it's true (Score 1) 928

by FlyingBishop (#30357360) Attached to: How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

You misunderstood my argument on several points.

I didn't say that most women failed to reproduce. I said most women died before 30. I overstated a bit, but the point remains the same. Wikipedia puts the historical count at 1 in 100 births, which works out to about 10%, assuming the average woman had 10 pregnancies. In many cases it was likely as high as 30% of women dying in childbirth.

On the case of oppression, I said nothing about oppression. This is a division of labor issue. On the male side, as I said, there are a lot of high-risk jobs. But if you educate a man, you don't want to risk him in such an occupation, and it's fairly easy to keep him safe, and he can still procreate.

On the womens' side, you've got around a 10-30% chance that the woman will die shortly after finishing her education if you want her to procreate and serve in some serious administrative capacity. So it makes sense to train men in these roles, and keep them out of harm's way. Prior to the 20th century, however, you could not so easily mitigate the survivability challenges of women.

Comment: Re:Woah? What?!? (Score 1) 407

by Stradivarius (#30357290) Attached to: Ambassador Claims ACTA Secrecy Necessary

wait, what? who said anything about saving us anything on health care? I though the goal was just to get everyone health care

My recollection was that Obama talked extensively (and correctly!) about the need to reduce the cost of health care. After all, that's the root cause of so many people not having insurance. (He won points in the debate against Hillary when he said he thought people lacked insurance because they couldn't afford it, not because they didn't want it). Reducing the costs over the long run is key to being able to sustainably provide universal coverage.

If we limit ourselves to the (worthy but insufficient) goal of ensuring coverage to those without means (via government subsidy or government insurance), without "bending the cost curve", then we've committed ourselves to a death spiral. Double-digit percentage yearly increases in costs of care will require more and more people over time to receive government subsidies. Eventually everyone will require subsidies if we don't do something (and even then costs won't be controlled).

We may be spreading the pain more evenly, but the pain is still getting worse for everyone. That's why Obama spoke so eloquently about addressing costs, and why it's so regrettable that Congress has been busy watering down the parts of the health reform bill that have actual potential to lower costs significantly.

Comment: Re:Makes me wonder... (Score 1) 246

by clone53421 (#30357054) Attached to: Salon.com Editor Looks Back At Paywalls

Same here.

RefControl takes care of that nicely, though.

Set the referer for experts-exchange.com to forge “http://www.google.com/”. Then set these filters for AdBlock Plus:

experts-exchange.com#div(blurredAnswer)
experts-exchange.com#div(relatedSolutionsContainer)
experts-exchange.com#div(sectionFour)
experts-exchange.com#div(startFreeTrialEcho)

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Comment: Sonar... (Score 1) 201

by hazydave (#30357050) Attached to: How To See Through an Invisibility Cloak

The question was how to see through an invisibility cloak based on the current research... essentially, bending various wavelengths of light/RF/EM around itself in some way. The "perfect" cloak would be the one to bend all such forms around itself.

So I'd use sonar... I'mn not using any electromagetic energy, but physical waves, not included in the "perfection" of the cloak. And we already know how to build ultrasonic imagers, so it doesn't even take new technology.

Comment: Re:How is this ethical? (Score 1) 168

by mea37 (#29682041) Attached to: 2009 Nobel Ribosome Structures — Patented

"Either you've done the research and are making it publicly available to all of mankind - or you are keeping it for yourself and only offering the benefits of the research to the select individuals who can afford it."

By patenting the invention, you are (1) motiviating a company to fund the research, (2) publishing the designs for your inventino, and (3) ensuring that after about 20 years anyone will be free to follow those designs with or without your approval or profit.

That may not do as much for mankind as you would like to think we would get were everyone an altruist, but in the real world the alternative is that the invention waits uninvented. (You are not going to create a bioengineered cancer drug without expensive equipment - i.e. without deep pockets funding you.)

Now specifically talking about medical research in the U.S., I do firmly believe the system is broken - but that would be the healthcare system, not the patent system. The wide disparity between brand and generic pricing for drugs is a symptom of a broader problem, and trying to skip the brand phase for new medicines will only change symptoms without addressing the root cause.

(And no, I'm not suggesting that a so-called public option solves it either... but I digress.)

The Nobel Prize should recognize and honor the acheivement, end of story. The acheivement will further mankind in due course.

Comment: Re:After reciving an e-mail that appeared... (Score 1) 360

by mabhatter654 (#29681981) Attached to: Why the FBI Director Doesn't Bank Online

I'd agree, it demonstrates a classic misunderstanding of the problem by one of the leading law enforcement agents in the country.

"Online banking" is here to stay whether you personally go on the internet or not. If you write a paper check at a department store, it's electronically presented via ACH while you are in line. If you have Direct Deposit the transactions to pay you go online from your employer and they can be "broken" to take money "back" quite easily. IF you use a credit card for anything but the old stamped paper, it's transmitted over the internet by people you don't know from adam. Sure these are encrypted to various degrees, but things like ACH don't know Walmart from a 419 scammer with your checkbook.

You're already out there, "not using the internet" in no way means you're not at risk.. you're just ignoring the risk. Unless you use cash-only at which point you're automatically suspect (cash=criminal according to the FBI because you're hiding something from them)

I suppose you could use only cash + money orders/Cashier's checks for large/mail purchases but you're paying a premium and many places won't accept those payments from "customers".

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