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Comment Re:I may not be reading this right, but... (Score 1) 479

No, the $75 is the maximum overage charge you can get per month at any tier. At the lowest tier (the new lowest one - $15.95/mo for 758Kbps and 1GB cap) you can hit that $75 faster because it's $2/GB overage fee.

However, they've structured their tiers so that the less you pay the slower your connection is and the lower your cap as well.

Comment And that's the problem - they don't understand (Score 5, Informative) 479

I'm one of the fortunate few to be in Rochester, NY and fall under the tyranny of Time Warner Cable. I've talked to their customer service reps. I've read their statements. And yesterday I had the opportunity to hear some of their low-level execs try and defend the plan at a town hall meeting with our congressional representative (who's on our side BTW).

They simply don't acknowledge that access (bandwidth) is not at issue here, limiting the use of that bandwidth in terms of some arbitrary amount of data is the issue.

If you look at their 2008 SEC filings (linked by their corporate site timewarnercable.com then you'd see their costs went down about 12% from 2007 and their revenues and new customers both rose about 10% over 2007. Clearly usage is not really an issue.

The issue they're not admitting to (except in their SEC filing) is Internet video like Hulu and Netflix is their primary threat and the way to mediate this threat is to make it more expensive to watch videos on the Internet than to pay Time Warner for cable and Video on Demand services.

The Internet

Submission + - Is consumption-based billing infringement?

StringBlade writes: "Recently in my area Time Warner Cable is trying to impose data caps on our rather isolated city — that is, there are no other high-speed broadband cable or fiber providers available. The move has caused a lot of anger and it caused me to think about billing for use instead of access. If Time Warner (or Comcast or AT&T) bills me for the data I consume in addition to, or instead of simply billing me for my access connection speed, is that not effectively billing me for the data itself? Since no one owns everything on the Internet nor do cable providers have a license to distribute everything on the Internet, aren't they infringing the copyright of the content owners by collecting money for content that isn't theirs? Doesn't that imply that data caps are quite simply illegal altogether?"

Submission + - SPAM: A 3G Linux phone for sub $US100

WirePosted writes: "NXP Semiconductors and Purple Labs have introduced a reference design for 3G Linux phone offering video telephony, music playback, high-speed Internet browsing and video streaming that they say will cost operators less than $US100."
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Hardware Hacking

14-Year-Old Turns Tram System Into Personal Train Set 380

F-3582 writes "By modifying a TV remote a 14-year-old boy from Lodz, Poland, managed to gain control over the junctions of the tracks. According to The Register the boy had 'trespassed in tram depots to gather information needed to build the device. [...] Transport command and control systems are commonly designed by engineers with little exposure or knowledge about security using commodity electronics and a little native wit.' Four trams derailed in the process injuring a number of passengers. The boy is now looking at 'charges at a special juvenile court of endangering public safety.'"

Submission + - PS3 Unreal Tournament 3 Delayed 2

Dr. Eggman writes: Gamasutra breaks the bad news from over at Midway. Midway states that Epic Games' Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3 has been delayed into the first quarter of 2008. No official reason has been give as to why the delay, as only CEO David Zucker of Midway has released information. The PC version is still on track for a November release.

Submission + - Apple to shut current users out of boot camp

aws910 writes: It looks like Apple is going to shut current boot camp users out when they release OSX 10.5(leopard), according to this article. The boot camp homepage corroborates this, saying(on the right sidebar) "To continue previewing Boot Camp after September 30, click the Download Now button above to install the latest version of Boot Camp Beta. You do not have to reinstall Windows. This new beta license will allow you to continue using Boot Camp until Mac OS X Leopard is available (expected October 2007).". I do respect Apple for this, though... unlike their rival, at least they properly labeled their beta as "beta".
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Hangs Tough On iPhone Bricking

An anonymous reader writes: Two other shoes have dropped in the Apple iPhone bricking controversy. Apple iPhone spokeswoman Jennifer Bowcock has responded to InfoWeek blogger Alex Wolfe's Sunday posting, asserting that " Apple's position has not changed since we issued our statement last week." (The statement is the one is which Apple said unauthorized apps or unlocking "will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable.") In addition, California lawyer Damian Fernandez has launched a Web site through which he's actively soliciting iPhone users to join a suit against Apple.
Operating Systems

Submission + - New Open Source Operating System (not linux) (losethos.com) 1

losethos writes: "LoseThos version 3.08 has been released. It's an open source, 64-bit, free, PC operating system written from scratch with no GPL or GNU code. It's target demographic is amateur programmers wishing to write games. This version solves the 2 Gig memory limit. x86 chips have a 32-bit limitation on branches and calls in code, even in 64-bit mode. LoseThos separates code from data with this version by allocating from separate heaps. The code heap is limited to 2 Gig, but this should not be a problem, if you think about it, because a million lines of code might have 20 bytes a line and that would only be 20 Meg. Data, such as graphics, are what consume memory. Techically, you need to recompile the kernel to enable this feature. See the help discussion under "memory"."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Major Linux hardware donor is a CNN "hero" (archive.org) 1

christian.einfeldt writes: "James Burgett of the Alameda County Computer Resource Center calls himself a "tattooed freak" and a recovering drug addict, but CNN is calling him a hero (video) for diverting tons of computers from landfills, installing Ubuntu Linux on them, and giving them out to schools, non-profits, and poor people. Burgett's filmed interview is currently leading a CNN contest among videos of "ordinary people" whom CNN considers every day heroes, narrowly edging out the video of a man who is saving gorillas from extinction. In his CNN interview, Burgett points out that the people working for him are also recovering drug addicts or recovering mental illness patients."
The Courts

Submission + - How should I have responded to RIAA lawyer? 10

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA's lawyers are a bit jumpy these days since their standard "making available" boilerplate was rejected by the Court in Interscope v. Rodriguez. But I still never expected, when I initiated a dismissal motion in Elektra v. Schwartz, that they would be reaching out to me , of all people, for help. But so they did, asking me "in the interest of efficiency... what precisely Defendant contends is lacking from Plaintiffs' Complaint for Defendant to consider it sufficient. Perhaps Plaintiffs may be able to satisfy these alleged deficiencies and spare both parties additional and unnecessary motions practice." Unfortunately my response was not very helpful; I couldn't think of anything better than to say, more or less, that "Plaintiffs have no case whatsoever against Ms. Schwartz, and their case against her was frivolous in its inception. Accordingly, there are no facts they can allege that will satisfy the plausibility standard." On reflection, I'm feeling kind of guilty that I didn't give them a more creative, and helpful answer, and I thought to turn to my friends at Slashdot, who are (a) almost always helpful, and (b) always creative. What would you have said?"

Submission + - MoveOn.org Becomes Parody of Self

An anonymous reader writes: The L.A. Times has an opinion piece about MoveOn.org in which they discuss attempts by MoveOn.org to squelch dissenting speech that incorporates their trademarks. T-shirts with phrases critical of MoveOn.org and that include the name MoveOn.org were demanded removed by MoveOn.org because they supposedly infringed on their merchandising rights. I hope MoveOn.org doesn't send a cease-and-desist letter because this post includes the name MoveOn.org.

Submission + - Bringing Patients Back from the Dead (msn.com) 1

FattyBoeBatty writes: Interesting article claiming that patients generally don't die from lack of oxygen — but from the rapid reintroduction of it. Cells without oxygen can conceivably live for upwards of an hour without any damage. While this idea is already proving successful in small ER trials, this may change the way emergency medicine is delivered around the world.

Submission + - 20 Yet Unreleased Gadgets for Geeks (autopartsplace.com)

ipodwheels writes: "The following are the devices that I feel will be a part of the future's digital lifestyle. From infrared keyboards, to edible music media, these will surely have you drooling. The following has been a compilation of gadgets still under development at NEC. This story later inspired the "List of Gadgets not Sold in the US" on the Auto Parts Blog which on the other hand listed gadgets that are "banned" for distribution in the US."

Submission + - Converting from XP to Ubuntu (ittoolbox.com) 1

madgreek writes: "Here is a short story about my switch to Ubuntu from XP at work. I have been Microsoft free for 3 months now at a Microsoft heavy shop. Few people know I am using Open Office and Linux. I create countless documents that people open using Word, Excel, PPT and nobody can tell that they were created using Open Office. http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/eai/madgreek/archives/o pen-source-and-microsoft-free-17339"

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