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Comment Re:Movies (Score 1) 277

I am with the other poster: I don't think catharsis was what that was all about at all. It was more about scaring the SHIT out of people (and kids like me.) I was in junior high at that time and the threat of nuclear war with the USSR felt very real to me. Maybe not to all kids, but definitely to me. The Day After was really scary IMO. It didn't make me think "war is a bad thing" it made me think "we're all going to die!!"

Comment 100Mbps? I'd settle for 10! (Score 1) 121

I'd like to see 10Mbps at my house, to be honest. Charter makes all kinds of claims but we had to give them up due to down-time and horrible network performance. So we're stuck with Verizon DSL, which is at best 3Mbps. 100Mbps, I dunno what I'd DO with that bandwidth. Well, I guess I'd find something.

Yahoo!

Submission + - SPAM: Yahoo

Techfacts writes: Yahoo Inc will sell as much as half of its 40 percent stake in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Group for $7.1 billion
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Open Source

Submission + - Invasion of the Tiny, Linux-Powere (linuxinsider.com)

jrepin writes: "Bigger may be better if you're from Texas, but it's becoming increasingly clear to the rest of us that it really is a small world after all. Case in point? None other than what one might reasonably call the invasion of tiny Linux PCs going on all around us. Where's it all going? That's what Linux bloggers have been pondering in recent days."
News

Submission + - The Words That Could Land You on Homeland Security's Watch List (homelandsecuritynet.com)

HSNnews writes: "www.homelandsecuritynet.com

The Department of Homeland Security monitors thousands of websites for suspicious activity, including social networks like Twitter and Facebook. As part of a freedom of information request made by the watchdog group Electronic Privacy Information Center, DHS was recently forced to publish a list of hundreds of words and terms that it looks out for on social media sites."

The Media

Submission + - Fox News Ties 'Flame' Malware to Angry Birds (foxnews.com)

eldavojohn writes: The title of this hard-hitting piece of journalism reads 'Powerful ‘Flame’ cyberweapon tied to popular Angry Birds game' and opens with 'The most sophisticated and powerful cyberweapon uncovered to date was written in the LUA computer language, cyber security experts tell Fox News — the same one used to make the incredibly popular Angry Birds game.' The rest of the details that are actually pertinent to the story follow that important message. The graphic for this story? Perhaps a map of Iran or the LUA logo or maybe the stereotyped evil hacker in a ski mask? Nope, all Angry Birds. Describing LUA as "Gamer Code," Fox for some reason (popularity?) selects Angry Birds from an insanely long list in their article implying guilt-by-shared-development-language. I'm not sure if explaining machine language to them would alleviate the perceived problem or cause them to burn their desktops in the streets and launch a new crusade to protect the children.
Media

Submission + - Windows 8 Release Preview Download Availability on May 31st – Hinted By Ac (pureinfotech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that is going to be available for download earlier than expected. The original Microsoft’s plan was to release Windows 8 Release Preview the first week of June, but now in a poorly timed from Microsoft MSDN blog post (that was quickly removed) hinted the Release Preview availability for May 31st.

Submission + - Implantable Chemical Circuits to Build Computer Chips That Directly Interface Wi (neurogadget.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Swedish bioelectronic engineer Klas Tybrandt has developed an implantable chemical chip that might one day control and regulate the signal paths of cells in our human body. Why is it good for us? Because these transistors that traffic in neurotransmitters will enable us to build computer chips that directly interface with the cells in our body. And yes, these implantable chips will one day create a Brave New World populated by supernatural cyborgs.
Entertainment

Submission + - Sky Broadband blocks access to The Pirate Bay ahead of 1 June deadline (techworld.com) 1

concertina226 writes: Internet service provider Sky Broadband has blocked access to The Pirate Bay, following similar moves by Virgin Media and Everything Everywhere.

High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold ruled in April that UK internet service providers (ISPs) must block access to the file-sharing website, on the basis that it “infringes copyright on a massive scale” by providing magnet links to movies, music and other media content.

ISPs were reportedly given different time limits for complying with the order. Sky has acted ahead of its 1 June deadline. O2 and TalkTalk said they are still working to implement the ban and BT, which asked for extra time to make the necessary arrangements, is expected to act within the next fortnight, according to BBC News.

Intel

Submission + - Intel unleashes dual-core Ivy Bridge chips, updated ultrabooks incoming (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "Intel may have officially launched its new 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs last month, but this morning’s ultrabook announcement is the chip’s real debut. The new dual-core IVB processors are at the center of the company’s ultrabook plans, and the various OEM partners like Dell, HP, Asus, and Lenovo have readied a full range of product SKUs. Intel’s new dual-core, Hyper-Threaded Ivy Bridge processors retain the same core/thread configuration as their Sandy Bridge-based predecessors. At the upper end of the market, the replacement cycle starts now; Intel delayed the introduction of mobile IVB until now to give OEMs time to clear stocks of older parts. Ivy Bridge’s greatest advantage over Sandy will be in GPU-centric workloads, but the higher clock speed will deliver 12-28% higher CPU performance as well. Interestingly enough, battery life is one area Intel isn’t pushing upwards this refresh. That’s not to say we won’t see Ivy Bridge systems with better battery life, but the company has put its focus on other improvements."
Microsoft

Submission + - Next Generation Xbox and Playstation Consoles Will Have Optical Drives (wsj.com)

dintech writes: The Wall Street Journal reports that while Sony conisidered online only content distribution for its next generation Playstation, the manufacturer has decided that the new console will include an optical drive after all. Microsoft is also planning to include an optical disk drive in the successor to its Xbox 360 console as the software company had concerns about access to Internet bandwidth.
The Internet

Submission + - German Cable ISP First to Deliver 4700Mbps Internet Connection (ispreview.co.uk)

Mark.JUK writes: "It's enough to make grown IT workers cry. German cable operator Kabel Deutschland claims to have become the "first" provider to successfully achieve a real-world internet connection speed of 4700Mbps (Megabits per second) after they hooked up to a local Schools test account in the city of Schwerin. The ISP, which usually delivers more modest speeds of up to 100Mbps to home subscribers, used its upgraded 862MHz network, channel bonding and the EuroDocsis 3.0 standard to achieve the stated performance. But don't expect to get this kind of speed tomorrow, right now there's no demand for it among home users and you probably couldn't afford the bandwidth anyway."

Submission + - Kaspersky Antivirus Use Linux To Rescue Windows (unixmen.com)

dgharmon writes: What you see in the above image is a Gentoo based live cd with KDE, that Kaspersky calls Rescue Disk. This tool is dedicated to the restoration of Windows operating systems by scanning and removing viruses, Trojan and malware from infected PCs.
Microsoft

Submission + - Windows 8 pricing "to kill netbooks" (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "Windows 8 pricing will be the final nail in the coffin of netbooks, a leading PC manufacturer has told PC Pro.

The absence of a Windows 8 Starter edition will add around $100 to the cost of selling netbooks, an executive at an unnamed top-tier manufacturer told PC Pro. The executive added that the company would like to continue making netbooks, but that would no longer be feasible in a declining market that has been savaged by the emergence of tablets.

Netbook manufacturers could stay on Windows 7 or turn to Linux, although high return rates of early Linux netbooks has deterred some manufacturers from installing open-sources OSes."

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