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+ - Who has the best US high definition broadcast

Submitted by mhollis
mhollis (727905) writes "Gizmodo is featuring a subjective HDTV quality test from the five networks that were sending an HD signal of the President's State of the Union speech. This speech was broadcast using a pool feed, so everyone was deriving their signal from exactly the same source.

According to Gizmodo, CBS won the contest with the highest quality signal. Fox lost, as they did not have an HD feed at all — just widescreen — so their picture looked fuzzy as compared to the other networks. Also judged was sound quality.

And you thought NTSC standard definition television stood for Never Twice the Same Color!"
The Internet

+ - How Digg Combats Cheaters

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Aryabhata
Aryabhata writes "This article disucsses how Digg uses visualization tools to identify illegitimate use of the system, especially people who are try "game" the system to try to increase a story's chance of getting into the main page. Certain data-visualization tools can be used to detect suspicious activity easier. "By representing user activity graphically, we can start to see patterns that wouldn't be normally apparent by other means," says Eric Rodenbeck, founder of Stamen, the design firm that provides visualization tools for Digg Labs."
United States

+ - U.S. Pennies to be Worth Five Cents?

Submitted by Z-MaxX
Z-MaxX (712880) writes "As a result of the sky-high copper prices, the U.S. one-cent coin can be worth more when melted down and sold as copper metal. New regulations against the melting down and exporting of coins have recently been passed, but Francois Velde, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, thinks these measures will not be enough. He suggests "rebasing" the penny to be worth five cents."

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