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Submission + - Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa (level3.com)

Barryke writes: Verizon has blamed Netflix for the streaming slowdowns their customers have been seeing. It seems the Verizon ">blog post defending this has backfired in a spectacular way: The chief has clearly admitted that Verizon has capacity to spare, and is deliberately constraining capacity from network providers. The Level3 blog posted in reply to Verizon show a diagram visualising underpowered interconnect problem, and offer a free upgrade for Verizon hardware: the interconnect network cables and ports to plug them in. "(..) these cards are very cheap, a few thousand dollars for each 10 Gbps card which could support 5,000 streams or more. If that’s the case, we’ll buy one for them. Maybe they can’t afford the small piece of cable between our two ports. If that’s the case, we’ll provide it. Heck, we’ll even install it." It seems there isn't much more to say, although i am very curious to the response of the ISP about this straight forward accusation of throttling paying users.

Submission + - QuakeNet addresses government sponsored attacks on IRC networks (quakenet.org)

Barryke writes: Like FreeNode, it seems more and more legitimate businesses or non-profit organisations are being targeted by government subsidiaries, in attempts to disrupt and spy their users. One of those tactics applied by governments is the DDOS which (perhaps not so) coincidental is what their (criminal?) suspects are accused of. Is this irony or hypocritical?

Submission + - NSA Information Dominance Center looks like Startrek Enterprise bridge (theregister.co.uk)

Barryke writes: National Security Agency director Keith Alexander apparently sold the concept of surveillance to members of Congress using an operations centre styled on the bridge of the starship Enterprise from much-loved sci-fi series Star Trek.

The PDF seems down, but pictures are here http://www.dailypaul.com/299358/nope-your-eyes-are-not-lying-to-you-nsa-chief-alexander-is-a-star-trek-captain-dr-strangelove-wannabe.

Well, at least its not the Death Star.

NASA

Submission + - LEGO announces a new MINDSTORMS EV3 platform (lego.com)

Barryke writes: Today LEGO announces the new mohawk (NASA's turf) sporting MINDSTORMS EV3 platform, press release:
http://aboutus.lego.com/en-us/news-room/2013/january/new-smarter-stronger-lego-mindstorms-ev3/ (we all like the source)

And with details on its features and innards a story (dutch) at http://tweakers.net/nieuws/86473/lego-kondigt-nieuwe-mindstorms-robotkit-aan.html which in short comes down to:
"Its intelligent brick sports an ARM9-soc running Linux on 64MB RAM and 16MB storage memory, and supports SD cards. There are also four ports, which allow four other 'Bricks' can be connected. The intelligent brick can be reached by WiFi, USB and Bluetooth, and supports control via Android and iOS devices. It comes with 3 servo's, two touch sensors and an IR sensor to track other robots at upto six meters. It also includes 17 build plans, shown in 3D using Adobe Inventor Publisher."

NASA

Submission + - LEGO announces a new MINDSTORMS EV3 platform! (lego.com)

Barryke writes: Today LEGO announces the new mohawk (NASA's turf) sporting MINDSTORMS EV3 platform, press release:
http://aboutus.lego.com/en-us/news-room/2013/january/new-smarter-stronger-lego-mindstorms-ev3/ (we all like the source)

And with details on its features and innards a story (dutch) at http://tweakers.net/nieuws/86473/lego-kondigt-nieuwe-mindstorms-robotkit-aan.html which in short comes down to:
"Its intelligent brick sports an ARM9-soc running Linux on 64MB RAM and 16MB storage memory, and supports SD cards. There are also four ports, which allow four other 'Bricks' can be connected. The intelligent brick can be reached by WiFi, USB and Bluetooth, and supports control via Android and iOS devices. It comes with 3 servo's, two touch sensors and an IR sensor to track other robots at upto six meters. It also includes 17 build plans, shown in 3D using Adobe Inventor Publisher."

Microsoft

Submission + - bigger Surface Pro

Barryke writes: "The current trend towards smaller machines is hitting me in the Windows 8 touch lineup, where i would really like to buy a 18" touchscreen device. However understandable, the current lineup of devices is all about 7" tablets and 10" netbooks or convertables. I find it hard to developing software or do other creative things on such small screens, to me they are for media consumption only. However windows getting decent touch hardware should turn things around and allow me to have the best of both worlds. Is there a device out there that basically is a Surface Pro XL?"

Submission + - SmartSim, a new digital circuit designer and simulator (raspberrypi.org)

Barryke writes: shley Newsom is a sixth-form student from Oxford. Alex Bradbury and Rob Mullins from the Raspberry Pi Foundation met him at the University of Cambridge Computer Lab open day, where hecame over with an SD card ready to show off a demo of SmartSim, his home-grown circuit design and simulation package. It was, said Alex, hugely impressive – I’ve had a play too now, and couldn’t agree with him more. Ashley’s now polished it off andreleased it for public consumption under the GPLv3.

Submission + - Off the shelf Home Automation with Webinterface + Voice?

Barryke writes: "My tech-savvy girlfriend and i will be moving to our first house soon. Since we have to redo the central heating boiler, meter, doorbel, fridge, light switches, window curtains, and other things, we consider domotics. We wonder if there is a home automation solution that sports a web interface (so its usable on any hardware), and allows future DIY extensions or voice control. Any first hand experience is welcome, as we're not sure yet what route to take or what products to look into."

Submission + - Timothy: error in title article Dutch Hotels ISP (slashdot.org)

Barryke writes: Due to title and text of this article, I see all kinds of people assuming this is required by dutch law, but it is not.

There exists no law or other statute that requires Hotels with Wi-Fi to register as ISP. Its just OPTA suing 10 hotels for being an ISP .. they are testing a vague law.

Please see my post here which explains better.

As for why the OPTA sues 10 hotels: the law is vague and the OPTA decided to trial this so it (the law) gets less vague.

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