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Submission + - Cablevision suing Viacom over cable bundling (latimes.com)

aws910 writes: In an article by LA Times, Cablevision (a huge cable network) is suing Viacom (owner of MTV, nickelodeon, etc), alleging they are violating US federal anti-trust laws by requiring programming packages to be bundled. If they are victorious, it would be a tiny step closer to "a la carte cable", but not much — Cablevision just wants to make their own bundles, and not give the customer the freedom to choose which channels they get. Where can I get my "kill your tv" bumper sticker from?

Comment Re:Fragmentation (Score 2) 152

It's why in 2007, every feature phone could get games, but there were only a handful. They were mostly copies of old arcade games and often cost $3/mo or so. No one developed more ambitious things because of the porting effort and size of the individual markets. A few bigger games would be made (I remember there was a God of War cell phone game), but it would only be on one carrier and maybe 2-3 phones.

We already have 3 platforms (4 if BBOS can survive), plus there are a few other little ones. We have choice and competition.

We don't need 8 or 15 options.

Comment Re:Effectiveness of "Do Not Call"? (Score 5, Informative) 235

The Do Not Call list works very well for what it was intended to do. It stops legal calls from businesses you have no association with. Do you remember the "would you like to change long distance providers" calls? What if Dish Network could call you every week to ask you if you wanted to switch off cable?

The problem is that the DNC list does *nothing* to stop the following groups:

  • Political organizations - law doesn't apply
  • Charity solicitation - law doesn't apply
  • Surveys - law doesn't apply
  • Scams - they're already breaking the law

Congress chose to allow the first 3 for their own benefit, and no law can stop the fourth, only really tough enforcement and holding phone companies accountable.

Comment Re:Scaling is the Key! (Score 4, Interesting) 365

Coal is 84% carbon, 10% oxygen, 4% hydrogen, and 2% nitrogen (or so). Short of nuclear fission or fusion, you're going to get carbon and oxygen out of it no matter what you do.

The question is how much energy you get out. If this process were twice as efficient (in terms of CO2 per MW) then it would still be a worthwhile improvement wouldn't it?

Comment Are they teaching real CS? (Score 3, Insightful) 168

Sounds find to me, as long they teach real CS, and don't just teach Word and Excel and Powerpoint. It constantly frustrated me that my little sister's computer classes where never anything more than "Make a presentation in Powerpoint". Microsoft should work to put an end to that being the end-all of computer education. That should only be a small part.
Piracy

Submission + - WTO Approves Antigua's Pirate Website (torrentfreak.com) 1

hydrofix writes: On Thursday TorrentFreak broke the story (verified by BBC) that the government of Antigua and Barbuda, a tiny island nation on the Caribbean, was planning to launch a legal "pirate" website selling movies, music and software without paying a penny to U.S. copyright holders. Now, the World Trade Organization has given its final approval for the Antigua government to launch the website. The decision follows from long-running trade dispute between the countries, related to online gambling, which was ruled in Antigua's favor in 2005. After the United States refused to compensate, the WTO granted Antigua the right to "suspend" U.S. copyrights for up to $21 million annually.

Comment Re:Unclear on the Concept. (Score 2) 414

People are mad because (say) 500,000 manufacturing jobs were replaced with workers overseas. If 1,000 jobs are created here to manage those robots, that still leaves 499,000 people mad because their job doesn't exist any more.

And the truth is that there is a large difference between people making portable DVD players and people running the robots to make the portable DVD players. It's quite possible that very few of those 1,000 "saved" jobs would even be people in that original pool.

Facebook

Submission + - Open Compute "Group Hug" Board Allows Swappable CPUs in Servers (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: "AMD, Intel, ARM: for years, their respective CPU architectures required separate sockets, separate motherboards, and in effect, separate servers. But no longer: Facebook and the Open Compute Summit have announced a common daughtercard specification that can link virtually any processor to the motherboard. AMD, Applied Micro, Intel, and Calxeda have already embraced the new board, dubbed “Group Hug.” Hardware designs based on the technology will reportedly appear at the show. The Group Hug card will be connected via a simple x8 PCI Express connector to the main motherboard. But Frank Frankovsky, director of hardware design and supply chain operations at Facebook, also told an audience at the Summit that, while a standard has been provided, it may be some time before the real-world appearance of servers built on the technology."

Comment Re:ABS solid doodles are STRONG. (Score 1) 70

It's been done, but I'm having trouble finding links.

  • ABS strikes me as a bad idea because of the fumes.
  • PLA has been used to do casting. It's a bioplastic based on corn so I don't believe it's toxic when burned like ABS is.
  • PVA seems like it might be ideal. PVA dissolves in water, so you could make your mold and then just flush the positive out of it with hot water.

I know I've seen this on Thingiverse. I believe I've also seen people make negative molds on a Makerbot, use that to make a was positive, then use that to make a negative and cast from there.

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