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+ - Windows 8 Snags Early Thumbs-Up From Tweeps Etc->

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CWmike
CWmike writes "Microsoft's long-awaited deeper look at Windows 8 on Tuesday has piqued consumer interest, says a firm that scores online news and social media trends. Interest in Windows 8 exploded Sept. 12, the day Microsoft demoed it, said NetBase Solutions, which tracks online coverage and social media comments about brands and products for a wide range of industries. The percentage of positive mentions about Windows 8 quickly climbed starting Tuesday, said NetBase, ending at above 60% by the close of Wednesday. Negative comments made up about 20% of the total. Not surprisingly, the mentions and comments garnered by Windows 8 crystalized around the usual Microsoft versus Apple argument. 'Windows 8 will be the death of the iPad!' crowed one of the Twitter messages NetBase highlighted. Negative commenters climbed on OS soapboxes as well. 'Remember, the people who think Windows 8 just killed the iPad are the same who thought Windows ME was the best OS ever,' said a tweet, referring to the abused Windows Millennium of 2000. 'Dislikes for the Windows 8 tablet focus around how it does not support Adobe Flash and how it's not that easy to use ... but there are many more positives than there are negatives,' noted NetBase."
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NIN's Music Experiment Sells Big Numbers 452

Posted by Zonk
from the take-that-publishers dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It looks like Trent Reznor's new Nine Inch Nails album experiment is a success. Among the various options he gave fans, the most expensive was the $300 Limited Edition Ultra Deluxe Package. It took just over a day for that package to completely sell out, earning Reznor $750,000 in revenue from just that option alone."
Programming

Psychologist Beating Math Nerds in Race to Netflix Prize 205

Posted by Zonk
from the must-calculate-harder dept.
s1d writes "An almost-anonymous British psychologist named Gavin Potter has suddenly risen to the top of the Netflix prize charts. With his very first attempt, he got a score which took the BellKor team seven months to reach. Currently at a score of 8.07, he has only five teams ahead of him now in the race for the ultimate Netflix algorithm. 'Potter says his anonymity is mostly accidental. He started that way and didn't come out into the open until after Wired found him. "I guess I didn't think it was worth putting up a link until I had got somewhere," he says, adding that he'd been seriously posting under the name of his venture capital and consulting firm, Mathematical Capital, for two months before launching "Just a guy." When he started competing, he posted to his blog: "Decided to take the Netflix Prize seriously. Looks kind of fun. Not sure where I will get to as I am not an academic or a mathematician. However, being an unemployed psychologist I do have a bit of time."'"
Space

Probe Captures Avalanche on Mars 69

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from the not-a-recommended-vacation-spot dept.
mdekato writes "MSNBC reports that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an avalanche on Mars' surface as it happened. Very good still images show what must have been an awesome sight. 'The full image reveals features as small as a desk in a strip of terrain 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) wide and more than 10 times that long, at 84 degrees north latitude. Reddish layers known to be rich in water ice make up the face of a steep slope more than 2,300 feet (700 meters) tall, running the length of the image. Mars' north pole is covered by a cap of ice, and it even snows there. The scientists suspect that more ice than dust probably makes up the material that fell from the upper portion of the scarp.'"
Movies

Lessons From the HD Format War 308

Posted by Zonk
from the don't-go-down-the-dark-path-forever-will-it-dominate dept.
mlimber writes "The New York Times' Freakonomics blog asks a panel of experts, 'Is the battle between HD-DVD and Blu-ray really over? What can we learn from it?' The panel suggests, among other things, that Sony achieved a Pyrrhic victory because high-def DVDs will be outmoded before they reap enough profits to make up for what they (and Toshiba) paid out for both product development and bribes to win the support of content providers."

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