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Submission + - Comcast has major outage for Internet subscribers (

An anonymous reader writes: Comcast is currently experiencing a major Internet outage over locations across the US. Many major cities are reporting outages of Internet and VOIP service. Some subscribers are reporting issues with cable television service such as missing channels or pixelation.

Calls to business support indicate there is an outage but Comcast's twitter accounts haven't acknowledged the problem for customers, often claiming it's their modem.


Submission + - Internet Pioneer Unveils Flow Router (

No_Weak_Heart writes: From this article in the Globe and Mail: "Lawrence Roberts, once part of a group that developed the world's first major computer packet network in the 1960s, started up Anagran Inc. in 2004 with the aim of developing a router that can better handle Internet traffic. The FR-1000 Flow Router, Anagran's first product, uses what the company calls behavioural traffic control, instead of existing methods of delivering data "packets" across networks, to ensure online video and voice services are delivered without interruptions."

Submission + - MSNBC caves in to pressure from China 1

An anonymous reader writes: Two days ago I found a news story about recent arrests of protesters in China via searching for "Tibet" on MSNBC. Today I went back to look at it again, and there is no evidence such a story ever existed on MSNBC, yet the story is easily found on other news sites:

Never mind whether you care about the Tibet issue, this apparent quiet censorship by Microsoft/NBC, no doubt as a result of China's constant pressure to paint a happy picture for the Olympics makes MSNBC a sham as a news organization. Maybe it's a bad idea for a media outlet to be in bed with a large US corporation that sees China as a huge growth market? Ya think?

Amusingly, I also just noticed you also cannot create a Hotmail account with the phrase "tibet" in it.

Submission + - Jonathan Schwartz of Sun weighs in Litgation

RichMan writes: This is under politics and patents because that is where the real subject is. Sure Microsoft is threatening Linux but the real deal is the approach to customers and business strategy fostered by the consumer environment.

Jonathan Schwartz shares his thoughs on Sun's history with open development and customer relations. Sure it reads a bit like PR but some good history and points and lots of good quotes.

With business down and customers leaving, we had more than a few choices at our disposal. We were invited by one company to sue the beneficiaries of open source. We declined. We could join another and sue our customers. That seemed suicidal. We were offered the choice to scuttle Solaris, and resell someone else's operating system. We declined. And we were encouraged to innovate by developers and customers who wanted Sun around, who saw the value we delivered through true systems engineering.

Submission + - OIN Comments On Microsoft Article In Fortune

nadamsieee writes: Jerry Rosenthal, chief executive officer of Open Invention Network, issued the following statement today: "A recent article in Fortune Magazine raises — or more precisely, re-raises — tired, old allegations about the Linux operating system for the sole purpose of perpetuating unwarranted fear, uncertainty and doubt among current and potential Linux users and distributors... We stand ready to leverage our IP portfolio to maintain the open patent environment OIN has helped create." Groklaw, as always, provides perspective.
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Submission + - Scientists uses electricity to increase HDD speed

vinitM writes: "Researchers at University of Hamburg in Germany has announced a new breakthrough in hard drive technology that makes use of electricity to increase the capacity, speed and reliability of hard drive. Guido Meier and his colleagues used nanosecond pulses of electric current to push magnetic regions along a wire at 110 meters per second — a hundred times faster than was previously possible. es_electricity_to_increase_hard_drive_speed_and_ca pacity.php"

Submission + - Depletion Levels in Ghawar

Prof. Goose writes: "

Ghawar is the largest conventional oil field in the world. The field is entirely owned and operated by Saudi Aramco, the nationalized Saudi oil company. Relatively little is known about Ghawar because the company and Saudi government closely guard field performance information and per-field production details. Available information is predominantly historical (pre-nationalization), from incidental technical publications, or anecdotal.

The reason to understand Ghawar is simple: If Ghawar is in decline, it is very highly likely that world supply has plateaued.

In this post, Stuart Staniford has put together what may end up being the definitive piece of research on the world's largest field. It is an amazing tome, bringing together his fascinating original research and the extant research on Ghawar. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is written in an accessible style."

Submission + - Hubble Finds Ring Of Dark Matter

An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a ghostly ring of dark matter that was formed long ago during a titanic collision between two massive galaxy clusters, ScienceDaily reports. It is the first time that a dark matter distribution has been found that differs substantially from the distribution of ordinary matter.

Submission + - OpenSEA vows enterprise-grade Open Source 802.1X

galimore writes: "A new consortium called OpenSEA (Open Secure Edge Access) aims to bring a high-quality Open Source networking projects to enterprise standards. Their first sponsored project is the Open1X supplicant, Xsupplicant, and efforts are underway to add support for Windows and a cross-platform UI. This is interesting considering the recent acquisitions of Meetinghouse by Cisco and Funk by Juniper. A note on the Open1X homepage also mentions OpenSEA. The consortium boasts a number of well-known industry faces such as Symanetc, Extreme Networks, and Tipping Point. There is also a fair bit of University interst through UKERNA, which is kind of like the Internet2 for Europe."

Submission + - WaterField Designs Custom HP Laptop SleeveCases

Heidi writes: "WaterField Designs Announces Custom Laptop SleeveCases for HP models Introduced at Last Week's HP Mobility Summit SleeveCases available for eleven new HP laptop models; additional two available in June San Francisco, CA, May 15, 2007 — WaterField Designs announces custom-fitting laptop SleeveCases for 13 new notebook models announced at last week's HP Mobility Summit, including a sleek, ultra-light Tablet PC and the company's first 20-inch diagonal entertainment notebook. Because all design and manufacturing are done in San Francisco, WaterField Designs is able to offer custom-sized sleeves for new models almost immediately. The SleeveCase is a slim, durable covering made of a ballistic nylon shell and a high-grade neoprene interior that is customized for a snug fit. It is available in a vertical or horizontal orientation making it easily accessible from either a briefcase or backpack. Customers can choose to add a front flap for added protection or a strap for carrying the SleeveCase by itself. They can also opt for a "Piggyback," a detachable accessories pouch to carry power adapters and other gear. These sleeves for the new HP models add themselves to the list of over 40 custom laptop cases available from WaterField Designs for the Mac and PC market. Frequent flyers can insert their SleeveCase into a wheelie or larger bag to comply with the carry-on limit. At airport security, the SleeveCase can be quickly retrieved and reinserted into the WaterField Cargo, Cozmo or Vertigo bags to help speed the process. "The first step to protecting your laptop is to have the correct-fitting case to cushion it while in transport," explained Gary Waterfield, company founder. "Our SleeveCases hug your computer and the neoprene inner shell provides shock-absorbing qualities. People eager to purchase HP's new laptops can protect their new investment safely and stylishly with one of our new SleeveCases." Availability & Pricing The basic SleeveCase price is $39.00-$41.00. Optional accessories: adding a front flap ($15.00), a suspension shoulder strap and D-rings ($18.00), the Piggyback ($22.00). Specific sizes for the new HP models are listed on the WaterField Designs custom sizing chart: hp.htm About WaterField Designs WaterField Designs manufactures custom-fitted, high-quality cases and bags for a full-range of laptop computers, iPods, and other digital gear. More information is available at"

Submission + - Digital music bit rates voice your lifestyle

applechips writes: An article running on CNET is generating huge controversy in the UK, by claiming that someone's lifestyle can be determined simply by looking at which bit rate is most common in a their digital music library.

Responses to the article such as, "Scarily accurate...", "some of the stuff said in these is spookily accurate" and "Very accurate indeed. I'm up at 320, and 90% of the paragraph applies to me", have highlighted how bizarrely predictable most digital music users actually are.

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