writertype writes: Last month, Microsoft began talking about PlayReady 3.0, which adds hardware DRM to secure 4K movies. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are all building it in, according to Microsoft. Years back, a number of people got upset when Hollywood talked about locking down "our content". So how important is hardware DRM in this day and age?
I feel like going out to eat tonight... perhaps at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Anyone want to join me? Perhaps we can talk about investing, and that Warren guy... what's his name...Oh, yes. Buffett.
And then it's off to Margaritaville for a nightcap...
writertype writes: "Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday that the company plans to completely overhaul its consumer inkjet printer cartridges this year, adding an "XL"-sized printer cartridge that will hold about the double the ink of the standard cartridges. The motivation is the 80-20 rule, analysts said: 20 percent of customers use 80 percent of the ink, and HP's losing money to the third-party refillers. We've got estimated pricing and page counts at PC Magazine."
writertype writes: "As has been previously reported, AMD is planning a corporate restructuring, tied to a significant price cut on its high-end processors. The problem is a complex one, analysts say: AMD needs profits to secure financing to build new fabs, but it lacks a truly competitive architecture to command premium revenues. But there's precedent: AMD faced a similar outlook in 2001, and came up with an interesting strategy that set it up for its successful run during the Athlon 64 years. Here's how AMD can be fixed."
writertype writes: Kicking someone's butt on the playground is so twentieth-century. These days, humiliating someone online and via mobile phones is the new rage. And not surprisingly, the person with the most skills (and in some cases, the most motivation) is the poor dweeb that gets picked on. You know, us, or at least us back in our school days. The problem is, those geeks are taking their power to extremes and becoming bullies themselves.
writertype writes: You might recall the secret Silverbrook startup that launched a week or so ago after ten years of developing an advanced consumer inkjet printer. Now, PC Magazine has talked to executives at Memjet, a licensed Silverbrook spinoff that will sell components to OEMs to manufacture their own printers. Amazingly, they think they can design a consumer inkjet printer (current price target: about $200) which can print 360 pages per minute, a sixfold improvement over their current design. There's also talk about who the customers could be (Dell?) and how they'll deal with refills.
And for more fun reading, check out the over 1,400 patents founder Kai Silverbrook has had assigned to him.
writertype writes: "Are you a slob? Do you pile papers on top of folders on top of game boxes? Here's the thing that those anal neat people can't even conceive of: you're more productive than they are. That's the conclusion of "A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder," by Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman, a new book that argues neatness is overrated, costs money, wastes time and quashes creativity."
Matthew Sparkes writes: "Philips has come up with a way to change the size and shape of clothes by weaving "muscle wires" into the fabric. The wires are made of shape-memory alloys that change length according to the small current passed through them. The idea is that you can try on a pair of trousers and change the length of the wires in the fabric until the trousers have the correct waist size, inside leg and width — then simply try the real trousers in exactly that size. Dynamic pants could also be useful for those Slashdotters with dynamic waist measurements..."
Matthew Sparkes writes: "A team has mapped a 57-dimensional structure called E8 and the results take up 60 gigabytes of data. The shape, called E8 (pronounced E-eight), is a Lie group. A Norwegian mathematician invented Lie groups in the 19th century to study symmetry. A Lie group underlies objects like balls, cylinders or cones that are symmetrical when rotated by small amounts. The team solved the problem in a four-year project using a supercomputer at the University of Washington in Seattle."