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FCC Seeks Comment In Comcast P2P Investigation 82

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "The FCC has officially opened proceedings investigating Comcast's use of Sandvine to send RST packets and 'throttle' P2P connections by disconnecting them. The petitioner, Vuze, Inc. is asking the FCC to rule that Comcast's measures do not constitute 'reasonable network management' per the FCC rules and to forbid Comcast from unreasonably discriminating against lawful Internet applications, content, and technologies. If you want to weigh in on these proceedings, you can use the Electronic Comment Filing System to comment on WC Docket no. 07-52 any time before February 13th."

Sun Buys MySQL 588

Krow alerted me that MySQL has been bought by Sun. Right now there is only a brief announcement but it discusses what the acquisition will mean for the core developers, community etc.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Police Busted When Tracking Device Found On Car 367

uh oh notes a story from Down Under where a police investigation came to a screeching halt as a man being investigated by the police found tracking devices in two of his cars, ripped them out, and listed them on an auction site. "Ralph Williams, of Cromwell, said he found the devices last week in his daughter's car, which he uses, and in his flatmate's car after the cars were seized by police and taken away for investigation."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Sony caught editing Halo 3 Wikipedia entry (vnunet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Sony has been caught out editing the Wikipedia entry for Microsoft's highly anticipated shooter Halo 3.

The original entry stated: 'Halo 3, the third game in the best-selling Xbox game franchise Halo, is a highly anticipated first-person shooter video game under development by Bungie Studios for the Xbox 360 and is expected to "set a new high water mark" for next-generation games.'

However, a sentence had been added which reads: 'Although it won't look any better than Halo 2.


Submission + - Dog pees on server rack and shuts down business (funtechtalk.com)

Funny Finder writes: After taking her small lap dog to the vet on her day off Stint stopped by Action Tools to pick up her first paycheck. She sat her dog down to talk to another employee in the back office. While the dog was unattended it walked over to the company's small floor computer rack server and did its business all over the set up. Dog pee story

Submission + - Modchip Stores Raided in US

EvilGoodGuy writes: "ICE partners with industry to launch largest enforcement action of its kind targeting importers and distributors of illegal devices used to circumvent anti-piracy technology in top gaming consoles 32 search warrants executed in nationwide intellectual property rights investigation." Link
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - $73 million and counting: the downfall of Phantom (arstechnica.com)

Ghost in the Machine writes: Ars Technica has a story on Phantom Entertainment (formerly Infinium Labs), the company behind the never-released Phantom console and lapboard. So far, the company has burned through over $73 million in cash without earning a cent of revenue. 'Amazingly, Phantom lives on, a testament to just how long a company can survive without cash when it simply stops paying creditors. The company is down to three full-time employees but still hopes to launch its Phantom Wireless Lapboard in September — if it survives that long. When Phantom's outside auditors prepared its most recent financial statement for the year ended on December 31, 2006, they "expressed substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern."'

Submission + - 5 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOUR CELL PHONE,COULD DO (befit4free.com)


There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies.Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool forsurvival. Check outthe things that you can do with it:

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourselfout of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is anemergency,dial 112 andthe mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergencynumber for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even ifthe keypad is locked. Try it out.

Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote k ey less entry? This may come in handy someday.Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and thespare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from yourcell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and havethe person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near themobilephone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having todrive your keys to you.Distance is no object. You couldbe hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other"remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car overa cell phone!"

Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#Your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when yo u chargeyour cell next time.

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digitson your phone: *# 0 6 # A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is uniqueto your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phoneget stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code.They will then be able to blockyour handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone willbe totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at leastyou know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody doesthis, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.And Finally....

Free Directory Service for Cells
Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411informationcalls when they don't have to. Most of us do not carry a telephonedirectoryin o ur vehicle,which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to usethe 411 information option, simply dial: (800) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phonenow.This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so pass iton to your family and friends."


Submission + - CS professor named new Harvard Dean (thecrimson.com)

mclove writes: "Michael D. Smith, a computer hardware professor, was just named Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard, in charge of the college and the non-professional graduate schools. A bit suspicious that this is happening the same week Bill Gates is getting an honorary degree, but a great sign for the future of CS in academia."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - MacBook Displays: Class-action against Apple

l3mr writes: Another class-action suit has been filed against Apple. Allegedly, MacBook- and MacBook Pro displays are only capable of displaying 18 bits of color information instead of the usual 24 bits. This would invalidate the claim that they show millions of colors. Customer complaints about the quality of the displays have been heard since the release of Intel-based MacBooks, and the suit states that Apple has deleted threads regaring this matter on their forums.

The Pirate Bay To Create YouTube Competitor 232

Jared writes "The Pirate Bay has confirmed that is working on a streaming video site with user-generated content. A spokesman said the site will be modeled after YouTube but there will be 'no censorship': The Pirate Bay 'will not be the moral police' and determine what content stays or goes as is oftentimes the case with YouTube. He added that 'the community will have to do that.'" The site will be at thevideobay.org, but nothing is up there for the public yet.

Submission + - Super Smash Bros. Brawl News Coming Monday

HullBreach writes: "For the past week, smashbros.com has been counting down the days to when the new website will be live. This will hopefully reveal all we would ever want to know about Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the sequel to the GameCube's best seller Super Smash Bros. Melee and, arguably, the best party game ever.

Will it be playable online? Will the Wii Remote be a usable controller? Will Sonic the Hedgehog or other highly-anticipated 3rd party characters appear?
Also... When is the RELEASE DATE?"
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Second Life Seeks Sensitive Data About Residents

deviantphil writes: Linden Labs, the company that runs Second Life, is seeking to roll out a new age verification mechanism which among others things may require residents to turn over their Social Security Number, government ID, or other sensitive personally identifying data in order to access content which is "explicitly sexual or excessively violent in nature". This would be equivalent to requiring a person to give out their Social Security Number before purchasing a game rated "M".

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