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Anti-Product Placement For Negative Branding 130

An anonymous reader writes "Product placement to promote your brand just isn't enough any more. These days, apparently, some companies are resorting to anti-product placement in order to get competitors' products in the hands of 'anti-stars.' The key example being Snooki from Jersey Shore, who supposedly is being sent handbags by companies... but the bags being sent are of competitors' handbags as a way to avoid Snooki carrying their own handbag, and thus potentially damaging their brand."

Publishing Company Puts Warning Label on Constitution 676

Wilder Publication is under fire for putting warning labels on copies of historical US documents, including the Constitution. The label warns "This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today." From the article: "The disclaimer goes on to tell parents that they 'might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.'"

Motorola Planning 2GHz Android Phone For Later This Year 183

rocket97 writes "On Wednesday, at the Executives Club of Chicago, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha reportedly decided to chat about the relatively near future of the mobile landscape as he sees it — which, in part, includes the ultimate demise of mobile computers in favor of highly-capable smartphones. This being his vision, Jha discussed Motorola's plans for a smartphone with a 2GHz processor — by the end of this year. While Jha did not want to divulge any further information, Conceivably Tech cites another anonymous Motorola executive who was a little more chatty, talking up a device intended to 'incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today.'"

Comment Re:Can it really be cheaper than a plastic disc? (Score 1) 277

That said, the disadvantage that BOTH of them have (namely being a physical item requiring shipment)

That isn't necessarily a disadvantage. Games may take up to two or four years to develop. People anticipate a new game coming, and will pay and order it. The built in 'dongle' copy protection of a physical item being needed to play the game keeps the content paid for, and people don't mind having something to look forward to having arrive in the mail in a few days.

The instant gratification of online games has it's draw, but it's not a requirement for many customers.

The Media

C-Span Posts Full Archives Online 115

An anonymous reader sends word that C-Span has completed its project of making all of its footage available online. "The archives, at, cover 23 years of history and five presidential administrations and are sure to provide new fodder for pundits and politicians alike. The network will formally announce the completion of the C-Span Video Library on Wednesday. Having free online access to the more than 160,000 hours of C-Span footage is like being able to Google political history using the "I Feel Lucky" button every time,' said Rachel Maddow, the liberal MSNBC host."

Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking 794

lord_rotorooter writes "Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, introduced a bill that would ruin restaurant food and baked goods as we know them. The measure (if passed) would ban the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of food for all restaurants or bakeries. While the use of too much salt can contribute to health problems, the complete banning of salt would have negative impacts on food chemistry. Not only does salt enhance flavor, it controls bacteria, slows yeast activity and strengthens dough by tightening gluten. Salt also inhibits the growth of microbes that spoil cheese."
PC Games (Games)

An Early Look At Civilization V 286

c0mpliant writes "IGN and Gamespot have each released a preview of the recently announced and eagerly awaited Civilization V. Apart from the obvious new hexagon shape of tiles and improved graphics, the articles go on to outline some of the major changes in the game, such as updated AI, new 'flavors' to world leaders, and a potentially game-changing, one-unit-per-tile system. No more will the stack of doom come to your city's doorsteps. Some features which will not be returning are religion and espionage. The removal of these two have sparked a frenzy of discussion on fan-related forums."

Comment Re:Use RAID6 not RAID5 (Score 2, Insightful) 411

Just because you had some problems with Samsung means nothing about their general reliability.

A few specific models have had problems, such as the IBM "Deathstar" models, or the recent Seagate firmware problems, but there is no evidence that whole brands are less reliable.

Read the Google report on drive brands, there are no clear winners or losers across brand lines in their exhaustive real world tests.

Comment Use RAID6 not RAID5 (Score 3, Insightful) 411

I would use RAID6 not RAID5, since 2 drive failures means data loss with RAID5, while it takes 3 drive failures to loose data on RAID6.

Linux MDADM has supported RAID6 for years, it's stable.

I would mix and match drives, not buying all the same model from one maker. One Samsung, One WD, One Hitachi, One Seagate.

That gets you 4TB in 4 drives, and unlike a RAID1, any 2 drives can fail with no dataloss.

You can further ensure no dataloss by making a second copy using different brand drives for each clone.

Eight 2TB drives is around $1500. Not bad for a very safe 4TB backup.


How To Play HD Video On a Netbook 205

Barence writes with some news to interest those with netbooks running Windows: "Netbooks aren't famed for their high-definition video playing prowess, but if you've got about $10 and a few minutes going spare, there is a way to enjoy high-definition trailers and videos on your Atom-powered portable. You need three things: a copy of Media Player Classic Home Cinema, CoreCodec's CoreAVC codec, and some HD videos encoded in AVC or h.264 formats. This blog takes you through the process."

Comment Re:$199 too high! (Score 1) 217

A small flash drive may be preferable in an extra toy computer. For for those who use a netbook as a primary, 8GB (or less) is a joke.

I have the Lenovo with 160GB, and the harddrive is acceptably quick.
In fact the whole machine feels faster than my top of the line Thinkpad from a few years before.

The only thing that really drags on the Lenovo S10 is the 1.6Ghz Atom processor. Given that the $199 AA battery machine uses a MUCH slower processor, I think it would be far less acceptable as a primary machine, even if it had the same 160GB harddrive.

And I do agree on AA batteries for cameras, I try to use them exclusively. But the power demands of a netbook make me less enthusiastic about them in that platform.

Comment Re:$199 too high! (Score 3, Interesting) 217

Except four things:

The $199 price does not include WinXP. The $250 Lenovo S10 price does.
The $199 price does not include 1GB of ram (only 512mb). The $250 Lenovo S10 price does.
The $199 price does not include 160GB harddrive (only small flash drive). The $250 Lenovo S10 price does.
The $199 price does not include batteries (AA or otherwise). The $250 Lenovo S10 price does.

What does the $199 unit cost with a copy of WinXP Home, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB harddrive, and a supply of AA batteries?
A lot closer to $250 than you imply.

(and you have the much slower CPU in the AA battery unit)

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