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Submission + - Race Pits Pigeons Against Poor UK Rural Broadband (ispreview.co.uk) 2

Mark.JUK writes: Rural internet access in the United Kingdom, like many other countries around the world, is slow. So slow in fact that Trefor Davies, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at business ISP Timico, has decided to pit a typical rural broadband connection against homing pigeons (with attached memory cards) to see which can get 200MB of HD video data across an 84 mile trip the fastest. Meanwhile a farmer will attempt to upload the same video file to YouTube before the pigeons can complete their journey. The comical stunt is designed to raise awareness of the often woeful broadband speed experienced by many people who live in remote and rural parts of their country.

However Davies does admit that "there isn't a benchmark for pigeon data speeds", yet.

Submission + - Secure Storage Underneath Kansas: An Interview (needcoffee.com)

Widgett writes: After hearing about the Johnny Carson archives being kept in a salt mine in Kansas, I got curious. So I pinged the company, Underground Vaults, and interviewed one of their managers. I wanted to know: Why a salt mine? Why Kansas? And what else have they got under there?
NASA

Submission + - Super-volcano erupts in outer galaxy 1

An anonymous reader writes: A galactic super-volcano is erupting in massive galaxy M87 and blasting gas outwards, and NASA scientists view that the huge volcano in M87 is very similar to the recent Icelandic volcano that caused heavy air traffic disruptions across Europe. According to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, M87 is relatively close to the Earth at a distance of about 50 million light years and lies at the center of the Virgo cluster, which contains thousands of galaxies.
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - 25 Best Hangman Words (wolfram.com)

davidjames writes: A detailed analysis of 15 million games of hangman reveals the hardest words to guess for each variation of the game.
Games

Submission + - Australia considering iPhone app censorship (theaustralian.com.au) 4

srjh writes: Having raised concerns about "the classification of games playable on mobile telephones", the Australian government has now "put the wheels in motion to address this". Under current Australian legislation, video games sold in the country must pay between $470 and $2040 to have the game classified, and due to the lack of an 18+ rating in Australia, if it is not found to be suitable for a 15-year-old, it is banned outright. This is the fate met by several recent titles, such as Left 4 Dead 2 and Fallout 3. Over 200,000 applications are available for the iPhone, many of them games, and developers have raised concerns about the prohibitive costs involved, with many announcing an intention to drop the Australian market altogether if the plan proceeds. However the current loophole constitutes a loss of millions of dollars in revenue for the government, which is currently attempting to have "refused classification" content such as banned video games blocked at an ISP level.
Cellphones

Submission + - Xinhua, China Mobile announce search venture (yahoo.com)

suraj.sun writes: The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Thursday it will launch its own search venture, giving Google a new, well-financed rival following the closure of its China-based Web search engine.

In a two-sentence dispatch, Xinhua said it signed a framework agreement Thursday with China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone carrier by subscribers, to set up a search and international media company. It said work has reached a "substantive operation" stage.

The communist government is trying to build up Chinese technology industries and at the same time is giving Xinhua and other state media billions of dollars to expand their presence in foreign markets.

The venture might be a new threat to Google Inc.'s China market share, which has declined since the U.S. company closed its mainland search engine in March to avoid cooperating with Beijing's Web censorship.

Reuters: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100812/ap_on_hi_te/as_china_search_battle

Submission + - Julian Assange in TV interview (svtplay.se)

SwedishCoward writes: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in an exclusive interview in swedish TV on thursday, meeting some of the recent criticisms. Published on the web was also some extra material from the interview concerning the legal issues of publication in Sweden.

Main interview: http://svtplay.se/v/2105005/rapport/assange_om_kritiken_fran_hjalporganisationerna
Extra material: http://svtplay.se/v/2104836/rapport/wikileaks_julian_assange_i_kvall_i_aktuellt

Submission + - Indefinite borrowing is for common thieves! (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Call me holier that thou, self opinionated or whatever, but if you are an ill-mannered social misfit, I will strive to polish you. Borrowing without returning what you have borrowed makes you a common criminal. So read how you can become a better human!

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