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Submission + - Google announces 1Gbps fiber network (

An anonymous reader writes: Kansas City, Kansas will have a new Internet provider next year, one that operates a 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home network, provides "open access" to any ISP wanting to use the pipes, and charges fees in line with current rates for much slower connections. That new Internet provider? Google.

Submission + - Apple Special event on February 20

Sabathius writes: According to Apple Recon a special event is coming up to announce (among other things) Apple's latest bid for operating system supremacy, Leopard.

If this rumor is to be believed, it would seem to confirm that Apple was waiting for Vista to be released before letting the big cat pounce.

Submission + - Help search for Dr. Gray

An anonymous reader writes: New York Times article: "as word swept through the high-technology community, dozens of Dr. Gray's colleagues, friends and former students began banding together on Monday to supplement the Coast Guard's efforts with the tool they know best: computer technology. The flurry of activity, which began in earnest on Tuesday, escalated as the days and nights passed. A veritable Who's Who of computer scientists from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, NASA and universities across the country spent sleepless nights writing ad hoc software, creating a blog and reconfiguring satellite images so that dozens of volunteers could pore over them, searching for a speck of red hull and white deck among a sea of gray pixels." Thursday's weather posed a problem for the satellite effort, as a layer cake of clouds hovered over the search area. "There definitely was a significant cloud cover," said Chuck Herring, a spokesman for DigitalGlobe. But because of the high and urgent demand for that particular strip, he said, the shot was taken. Once the satellite's images were received by imaging experts on Thursday, Digital Globe engineers worked on making them accessible to engineers at Amazon, who divided them into manageable sizes and posted them to Amazon's Mechanical Turk site (http:/// and enter "Jim Gray" in the search tab), which allows the general public to scrutinize images in search of various objects. "This is a first sift through these images," said Werner Vogels, chief technology officer at Amazon, who had Dr. Gray on his Ph.D. committee at Vrije University in Amsterdam. "If the volunteers see something, we ask them to please mark the image, and we'll take all the images that have been marked and review them." Similarly, Microsoft's Virtual Earth division, is having satellites capture high-resolution imagery in an area along the coastline and will post the images for volunteers to scrutinize. Microsoft is also collecting radar satellite images which penetrate clouds and is using them together with its Oceanview software, which can automatically detect vessels. Lt. Amy Marrs, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, said that should a volunteer find something in one of the satellite images that appeared to be a "convincing and tangible" lead, the Coast Guard would follow up. Lieutenant Marrs said it was highly unusual for there to be no trace whatsoever of a missing vessel, not even an oil slick." Amazon has something like 1835 photos (various format of satellite, high resolution and IR) that need to be looked at. Slashdotter's could scan this number several times over in porbably a few hours.

Submission + - Home Entertainment Ripoff?

rimbaldi writes: I'm considering biting the HD bullet and upgrading my entertainment center. A propsal from the local high-end AV store is off the charts. But it includes things like $100 HDMI cables and $700 "line conditioners." I know enough to know that HDMI signals are digital and a decent cable shouldn't cost that much. I also know that I've never had a separate line conditioner before and that most receivers contain similar functionality built in. I'm thinking of telling them I'll provide my own for things like that. Anyone else had a similar experience? Would they let you provide parts?

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