Alan writes: "From the Mercury News article: Apple said on Thursday that it was delaying Leopard, the fifth update of its OS X operating system, because it had to pull some of its engineering and quality assurance personnel from that project to help out with the iPhone..."
dido writes "In his most recent column, Robert X. Cringely observes that network neutrality may have never really existed at all. It appears that some, perhaps all, of the major broadband ISPs have been implementing tiered service levels for a long time. From the article: 'What turns out to be the case is that some ISPs have all along given priorities to different packet types. What AT&T, Comcast and the others were trying to do was to find a way to be paid for priority access — priority access that had long existed but hadn't yet been converted into a revenue stream.'" Cringely comes to this conclusion after being unable to get a fax line working. His assumption that the (Vonage) line's failure to support faxing is due to Comcast packet prioritizing is not really supported or proved. But his main point about the longstanding existence of service tiering will come as no surprise to this community.
forgethistory sends us to PhysOrg for a summary of new research suggesting that the near instantaneous energy transfer achieved by photosynthesis may rely on quantum effects. From the article: "Through photosynthesis, green plants and cyanobacteria are able to transfer sunlight energy to molecular reaction centers for conversion into chemical energy with nearly 100-percent efficiency. Speed is the key — the transfer of the solar energy takes place almost instantaneously so little energy is wasted as heat. How photosynthesis achieves this near instantaneous energy transfer is a long-standing mystery that may have finally been solved."
driehle writes "In an article published in IEEE Computer magazine I recently looked at the economics of open source. I argue that large system integrators will do best and that open source startups will keep struggling. For developers, open source creates independence and new career paths as committers, while non-committers will fall on hard times. The race is on!"
from the can't-make-this-stuff-up dept.
SorryTomato writes "The Tamil Tigers Liberation Front a separatist group in Sri Lanka, which has been classified as a terrorist group in 32 countries has moved up from routine sea piracy to a space-based one. They have been accused of illegally using Intelsat satellites to beam radio and television broadcasts internationally. Intelsat says that they will end the transmissions 'within days.' Intelsat has been accused of having business links with Hezbollah before, but claim that they are blameless this time and LTTE was using an empty transponder."
from the a-little-hair-of-the-irony-dontcha-think dept.
caffiend666 writes "According to a Dallas Morning News article, any 'Dallas police officer in a marked squad car who is captured on the city's cameras running a red light will have to pay the $75 fine if the incident doesn't comply with state law ... Many police officers are angry about the proposed policy. The prevailing belief among officers has been that they can run red lights as they see fit.' Is this a case for or against governments relying on un-biased automated systems? Or, should anyone be able to control who is recorded on camera and who is held accountable?"
After rejecting an earlier proposal to create the XXX tld for pornographic sites, it appears ICANN has now relented and is laying out a plan to create the tld. However, it looks like the policing will be stepped up as part of the revived plan."
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC are carrying a story about how the rules governing the Official Music Sales Charts have been changed to allow the downloads of singles to influence the top 75 songs on the chart. Previously, the downloads were only counted for the week prior to the CD release.
Marcion writes: "While other platforms will have to deal with upgrade issues involving Vista and OS X Jaguar, for the Linux desktop, 2007 promises to be a year of consolidation and expansion, a year where many of the long standing problems get resolved. My blog article covers 3D effects, a resurgence of Java in the open source world, improved wireless support, refugees from Windows Vista and whether Adobe will open source Flash."
An anonymous reader writes: The Wii seems to be susceptible to the same Opera SVG vulnerability as Windows and Linux as shown here. Right now it just crashes the system but hopefully this will yield a route for code execution and maybe eventually home brew software.