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Comment Re:It should be the ISPs that pay (Score 1) 249

Why does the average slashdot user replying to these topics seem to show so much hate towards the ISPs for offering you 20mbps but not intending you to use it all? Have you all thought of the other possibility - the ISPs become honest and ignores their competition overnight, as you want them to, and we all get completely unlimited 512kbps connections for our £20 per month. Newsflash: your monthly broadband fee does not cover the ISPs cost if you use it 24/7. Why is it particularly evil for ISPs, when competing with each other, to have presumed residential connections won't be used to stream multimedia files to the rest of the internet 24/7?

Yes the ISPs should be more clear and include fair use clauses or even limits in their contracts, but then what happens when they do - we all complain that they are cutting our service back. You may want 20mbit for $20 per month, but if that isn't possible, *something* has to give.
The Internet

Submission + - phpBB3 Gold Released (

Jamie writes: "phpBB, the leading open source forum and online collaboration system, announced today the availability of phpBB Version 3.0. This release includes enhanced collaboration features, better security and delegated administration features, extended support for open source and commercial database management systems, and optimisation for mobile devices and search engines.

From the article, "Today we begin a new chapter in the history of phpBB. After five years, over 200,000 lines of new and altered code, and many a long night phpBB Group is very proud to announce the release of phpBB3 "Olympus".""

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Submission + - isoHunt Forced to Shut Down

werewolf1031 writes: "One of the world's most well-known torrent indexing sites has been shut down under orders from its ISP's lawyers, according to the temporary page currently being served at From the site:
"Lawyers from our primary ISP decided to pull our plug without any advance notice, as of 14:45 PST. No doubt related to our lawsuit brought by the MPAA, but we don't have more information at this time until people responsible comes to work tomorrow. We will be back in operation once we sort out this mess with our current ISP, or we get new hardware ready at our new ISP."
Although operated outside the United States, the servers hosting the site were physically within the US, apparently providing adequate legal grounds for the shutdown. The site administrators had been trading legal barbs with the MPAA for two years before the ISP's lawyers took matters into their own hands. Presently, the site's temporary front page is being hosted by a Canadian ISP, pending recovery of their servers in the U.S.

At a time when the movie industry is attempting to harness the distribution powers of the BitTorrent protocol, are they in the end biting the hand that feeds by preemptively alienating many of their potential future customers?"

Submission + - Flash Player 9 for Linux Released

Ryan writes: "Flash Player 9 for Linux has left beta and is now available on Adobe's site. Tinic Uro, a member of the team behind the Flash player made the announcement and also added some inside information about the player development:
Alright, so far so good... That does not mean that this is a release which I consider feature complete. We do however consider this version to be vastly better than any previous Flash Player for Linux. Since customers were starting to ask for a final version we decided to feature freeze what we have. So two months ago we moved the Flash Player 9 for Linux code into a separate code branch for stabilization.

Vendor Bundles featuring AMD chips with ATI graphics discounted

AMD has a special deal for you. They are offering bundles featuring AMD chips with ATI graphics at a discounted price. The strategy will help AMD sell more CPUs and graphic cards while giving consumers a price break. "This is the way to compete with Intel and Intel has been able to do this for years. Why not attack it where it hurts the most - right in its beloved platformace business? Centrino and Intel desktop platfor

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