TheSync writes: Market Ubanism reports on a new organization Tech for Housing. It was founded to organize Bay Area tech workers around supply friendly land use reform. They have started with tech focused content on housing policy, explaining at a high level 1) what’s broken, 2) why it’s broken and 3) what can be done about it. They hope to make participation in land use reform a conspicuously consumable good within Bay Area tech and want everyone within tech to identify as YIMBY (Yes in My Back Yard) by default.
TheSync writes: "During their study, Bustamante and Bischof found that when a person in Havana searched for a topic on Google, for example, the request traveled through the marine cable to Venezuela, then through another marine cable to the United States, and finally landed at a Google server in Dallas, Texas. When the search results traveled back, it went to Miami, Florida, up to the satellite, and then back to Cuba. While the information out of Cuba took 60-70 milliseconds, it took a whopping 270 milliseconds to travel back."
TheSync writes: In AWS, you can now build "virtual private clouds" as complex as your data center. But it can be a challenge to set them up using AWS best practices and reference architectures in a repeatable manner. Nucleator is a new Open Source DevOps tool to help you "stamp out" secure, scalable, and highly-available AWS environments.
TheSync writes: Calico.UK, the registrar for the.SCOT top level domain, is advertising "priority registration" ahead of general availability of the TLD just in time for the Scottish independence vote. Scotland of course has no ISO 3166-1 two-letter country code at this time, and even if it wanted one after independence, many natural choices like "SC" are already taken, but then again UK domains tend to use.UK instead of the ISO 3166-1 code "GB".
TheSync writes: Sold as AUS$43 billion gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) solution, Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) project is now the project is now years behind schedule and $30 billion over budget. The NBN has only 78,000 fiber subscribers, with a price of $93,000 per subscriber. Also most of those subscribers chose 25Mbps/5Mbps service rather than 100Mbps/40 Mbps speeds. It is unclear if NBN will be killed or changed into a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) system.
TheSync writes: VentureBeat reports that the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy, and others. These bootcamps have not yet been approved by the BPPE and are therefore being classified as unlicensed postsecondary educational institutions that must seek compliance or be forcibly shut down. Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine.
TheSync writes: Astrophysicist Jessica Werk of the University of California, Santa Cruz studied light from 38 quasars using the Hubble Space Telescope. By looking at the spectral fingerprints in this light, she found that galactic halos harbor at least 10 times, and possibly up to 100 times, as much cold gas as researchers had estimated. If her estimate is correct, it would account for the two-thirds of galaxies’ baryonic matter that astronomers have been looking for. This could go a long way to explaining where all the "dark matter" is.
TheSync writes: After several years, the ATSC A/153 Mobile DTV standard now has a useful receiver. Engadget is reporting that Elgato is shipping a receive appliance for iPhone & iPad 30-pin dock connector that can receive FOX and NBC O&O stations over the air, without using any cellular data.
TheSync writes: In the wake of Hurrican Sandy, the New York State Attorney General has subpoenaed Craigslist, demanding that the site identify more than 100 sellers whose prices on post-Sandy gas, generators and other supplies were of an “unconscionably excessive price” during an emergency. AG Eric Schneiderman said: “Our office has zero tolerance for price gouging [and] will do everything we can to stop unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives."
TheSync writes: GigaOM is reporting the launch of Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G phone on MetroPCS with Dyle Mobile TV service. It allows you to watch broadcast TV signals from FOX, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, and others for free without eating into your data plan. The phone also is a 4G mobile hotspot.
TheSync writes: Twice is reporting that Dyle Mobile TV, the consumer-facing brand launched by Mobile Content Venture, announced that they are partnering to enable MetroPCS customers to watch live, local broadcast television on their mobile phones later this year. This service uses the new ATSC A/153 Mobile DTV standard that allows existing television stations to provide mobile digital television service in addition to their existing HD signals.
TheSync writes: Computer-controlled flagellated Magnetotactic Bacteria (MTB) of 1 to 2 microns in diameter have been used to build a micro-pyramid. The Magnetococcus strain MC-1 bacteria were manipulated to build the pyramid from blocks of size 80x20x15 microns. Nanobots are here!
TheSync writes: The AP reports that Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is calling for regulation of the Internet and cracking down on false Web stories. In a televised speech, Chavez said: "The Internet can't be something free where anything can be done and said. No, every country has to impose its rules and regulations."
TheSync writes: US indie band OK Go has filmed a music video with an awesome 4-minute long Rube Goldberg Machine done in a single shot. The machine is timed to the parts of the song, and actually "does things" to the band members. The video is #1 YouTube's most-watched video of the week, with over 3.5 million views. The video was produced with MIT’s Media Lab and Syyn Labs, and contains the MAKE Magazine car from the 24 Hours of LeMons.