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Submission + - Nokia claims Ogg format is "proprietary" 2

a nona maus writes: Several months ago the WHATWG workgroup of the W3C decided to include Ogg/Theora+Vorbis as the recommended baseline video codec standard for HTML5, against Apple's aggressive protest. Now, Nokia seems to be seeking a reversal of that decision: they have released a position paper calling Ogg "proprietary" and citing the importance of DRM support. Nokia has historically responded to questions about Ogg on their internet tablets with strange and inconsistent answers, along with hand waving about their legal department. This latest step is enough to really make you wonder what they are really up to.

Japan Launches Lunar Orbiter Mission 121

Sooner Boomer writes "In a historic event, Japan today launched its first lunar probe. The mission is nicknamed Kaguya after a fairy-tale princess from Japanese myth. The news media is calling it the 'latest move in a new race with China, India and the United States' to explore the moon (don't forget Google). From the article: 'The rocket carrying the three-metric ton orbiter took off into blue skies, leaving a huge trail of vapor over the tiny island of Tanegashima, about 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo, at 10:31 a.m. (9:31 p.m. EDT) as it headed out over the Pacific Ocean. The mission consists of a main orbiter and two baby satellites equipped with 14 observation instruments designed to examine surface terrain, gravity and other features for clues on the origin and evolution of the moon. China has plans to launch an orbiter later this year, with unmanned rover lander mission scheduled for 2010. India and the US also have orbiter missions scheduled for next year.'"

Submission + - Sony is going to release the 1st HD Video Walkman (hdtvinfo.eu)

DaMan1970 writes: "Sony has scheduled the release of the 1st HD Video Walkman, the GV-HD700E across Europe this September. http://www.hdtvinfo.eu/content/view/83/1/ HD videos can be played on a 1.2 megapixel 7" widescreen (800x480 pixels) & can record HD videos in 1080i. The GV-HD700E supports the following media formats: HDV, DV SP & DV LP."
Wireless Networking

KisMAC Developer Discontinues Project 213

mgv writes to let us know that the lead developer of KisMAC, a passive wireless network discovery tool for Mac OS X, is discontinuing the project. Michael Rossberg lives in Germany and that country has recently passed laws that would make his participation dangerous. He urges visitors to take a copy of KisMAC and its source as long as the site is up, so that development might be continued outside the US or EU. From the website: "There has not been a lot of time for KisMAC lately. However the motivation for this drastic step [lies] somewhere different. German laws change and are being adapted for 'better' protection against something politicians obviously do not understand. It will become illegal to develop, use or even posses KisMAC in this banana republic [i.e., Germany]."

Submission + - Website dedicated to find the truth on Medison (blogspot.com)

Truth Seeker writes: "Press Release: New website dedicated to find the truth on Medison Celebrity FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sweden July the 29th 2007 The website "Medison Scam" has just been created to battle the probable scam consisting of the US$150 laptop Medison Celebrity. The creator of the site, Truth Seeker, says: — "We don't believe that the laptop actually exists. After trying to communicate with involved parties for several days, we decided to take it up on our self to get the truth out." The site promises to work hard to bring light out on this issue. Media, especially in Sweden, has done a crap job on this. As late as of yesterday one of the largest newspapers in Sweden, Expressen, published an article almost looking like an advertisement for the computer, not saying one word about the criticism that the company has received from experts, users and websites around the world for several days. Media in other countries has been more careful and in most cases actually warning potential buyers on the risk of a probable scam. Truth Seeker continues: — "As it looks now very many things points at that the whole thing is illegitimate. It is highly unlikely that anyone will ever receive the actual computer, and I'm prepared to say that I'll eat my hat if the computers actually get delivered according to specification!" However, one could argue on if Truth Seeker actually has any hat or not. More information can be found on the website http://medisonscam.blogspot.com/ Any comments or questions can be directed directly to Truth Seeker himself on medisonscam@gmail.com. Regards, The team behind medisonscam.blogspot.com"

Submission + - Live WiiKey Install (wiihacks.com)

An anonymous reader writes: At 8:00pm today there will be a live broadcast of the installation of a WiiKey Into a Nintendo Wii.

Submission + - Memory (RAM) Buying Guide for both n00bs and gurus (techarp.com)

crazyeyes writes: "We all know RAM is important for your PC. Experts will tell you that there is NEVER enough RAM. But with so many brands and models of memory modules in the market, what should you buy? Join Empire23 as he goes through the intricacies of the memory module and breaks it down into the key issues you need to know before you pick up a new memory upgrade. If this can be challenging to even seasoned PC hardware enthusiasts, it can be quite impossible for a newbie. Here's a quote from the article :-

"Frankly, the performance of your memory modules does not really matter unless you are into hardware tweaking and/or overclocking. The performance difference between different memory modules is really insignificant. It is certainly far less important than the quantity of RAM. It's better to have lots of slow RAM than a smaller quantity of faster RAM."


Submission + - How To Properly Archive Data On CD/DVD/Bluray

An anonymous reader writes: Patrick McFarland, the well-known Free Software Magazine author, goes into great detail on CD/DVD media over at the Ad Terras Per Aspera site. McFarland covers the history of the media, from CDs through recordable DVDs, explaining the various formats and their strengths and drawbacks. The heart of the article is an essay on the DVD-R vs. DVD+R recording standards, leading to McFarland's recommendation for which media he buys for archival storage. Spoiler: it's Taiyo Yuden DVD+R all the way.

Submission + - Intel accused of acting unfairly against oppositio (tvbydemand.com)

mitchstein writes: "http://www.tvbydemand.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=721&F ORUM_ID=20&CAT_ID=7&Topic_Title=Intel+accused+of+a cting+unfairly+against+oppositio&Forum_Title=Intel The European Union has accused Intel of unfair practices to stifle competition. AMD was named as one of the specific targets. The European Union appears to be doing what the US Government is failing at doing... Protecting it's citizens from Big business and thier bad practices."

Submission + - gPod Musical Vibrator is Newest Japanese Joystick (inventorspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The gPod, a product of Japanese sex goods company Joymind , consists of a handset that can connect to a music player, television or mobile phone. The sounds it receives are then detected by low, medium and high music frequency sensors and sent on to a distinctly phallic — wait for it — joystick. Read about all of its features at http://inventorspot.com/articles/gpod_musical_vibr ator_sex_5965

Submission + - $150 Linux laptop - too good to be true? (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: From zdnet — Medison Celebrity is a high quality laptop for the everyday user. It is adapted to functionality that does not demand the highest performance, but rather to everyday tasks such as e-mailing, surfing the Web, word processing and working with spreadsheet programmes. Built-in Wireless and slim design makes this a truly flexible and mobile laptop for the active user. The computer is shipped completely set up and ready-to-use with Linux pre-installed — no complicated installations or adjustments are needed -within 4-6 weeks. The Medison Celebrity also consists of components approved for the American and European markets as an environmental friendly product according to new laws taken by them.
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Submission + - Sex Hacks: Technology can be very stimulating

First Person writes: Kudos to those engineers who challenge social conventions, pushing technology into places it has never been (and probably should never go). Consider these recent achievements from the 'Sex Hacks' conference as described in The Register. One might wonder "How could our society advance without access to Fourier-modulated sex toys, platform shoes for trollops, or appliances for interfacing ambient noises with various bodily orifice?" Thankfully, we need not wonder, as all these technologies are available today.

The Trouble With TiVo 369

BobCratchit writes "Multichannel News has an interesting take on TiVo: The DVR company has incredible mindshare but is totally dependent on cable providers to survive. Cable does not have many good reasons to let TiVo thrive. As a result, TiVo is destined to fade away unless it can carve out a niche as the cool kids' DVR (a la Macintosh) with products like the $299 HD DVR it just announced. From the article: 'TiVo has long been a darling of consumer-tech reviewers -- check out, for example, these happy hosannas from BusinessWeek, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. These guys are constantly befuddled that TiVo hasn't been more successful. Yes, TiVos make cute little popping noises when you click the remote. And they definitely provide cool features, like suggesting shows you might be interested in. But the cognoscenti enamored with TiVo's whizziness ignore a certain reality. It's easier to get a DVR from your cable company. And most people prefer to rent, not own, a set-top.'"
Input Devices

Submission + - Replaceing the keyboard on your Acer Aspire laptop

zukae writes: If you ever manage to spill some liquid on your laptop keyboard, you will in most cases need to remove and replace the keyboard on your laptop. Service manuals are hard to come by, and they usually cost money.Here is a nice article describing this procedure on Acer Aspire 5610z laptop: http://zuka.blogspot.ba/2007/07/26/removing-raplac ing-the-keyboard-from-acer-aspire-laptop/

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