andyring writes: Lincoln, Neb., in the heart of silicon prairie is getting gigabit fiber to every home and business in the next four years. It's a wet dream for anyone in the tech world. No install fees, no contracts, no modem rentals, guaranteed minimum of 100 mbit, no throttling, etc. It'll provide phone and TV as well. I've read the entire franchise agreement and it's a very good arrangement for the city. Interestingly enough, it's largely possible because back in the 1970s, a public works guy had the brilliant idea to install conduit to all the city's traffic signals. So there's more than 300 miles of conduit already installed and leasable.
A local company, Nelnet, bought a western Nebraska company, Allo Communications apparently because the top Nelnet guy couldn't get fiber to his home very easily. So he figured, heck, I'll just buy the company and get fiber to the whole city.
andyring writes: According to Bloomberg News, the Time Warner/Comcast merger of raw evil is dead. Comcast plans as early as tomorrow to withdraw the merger proposal, "after regulators decided that the deal wouldn’t help consumers, making approval unlikely" according to the story.
andyring writes: With Christmas fast approaching, and me being notoriously hard to buy for, I thought a camera drone would be great to suggest for Christmas. But the options are dizzying, and it's nearly impossible to find something and know it'll be decent. What are/.ers suggestions/recommendations/experiences with a basic camera drone in the $100-150 range? Looks like all of them do video but I'm more interested in high-res stills although that may be a moot point. Your ideas?
andyring writes: "According to the Los Angeles Times, a patent for a computerized method for using weather to predict commodities prices and energy costs was rejected by a federal appeals court. The court imposed a new standard — that the invention must involve a machine or a physical transformation. That would seem to exclude the whole concept of software patents. The case has been appealed to the Supreme Court."
andyring writes: "Apple just issued a press release stating that the planned release of Mac OS X 10.5 will be pushed back to October instead of the planned June WWDC release. Although extremely rare for Apple to make a statement such as this, the say the iPhone is the cause. "iPhone contains the most
sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on
time has not come without a price — we had to borrow some key software
engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team, and as a result we
will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference
in early June as planned." according to the press release."
andyring writes: "A group of students at the University of Arkansas took the time to create a computer case appropriate for Halloween, a computer built inside a pumpkin. It is indeed a fully functional computer, utilizing a Dell Latitude D410 laptop board, 1.6 ghz Pentium M, wireless networking, 60GB disk and more. I suppose this could be the ultimate in earth-friendly computer cases, although the case's longevity may be in doubt."
andyring writes: According to IHT, Boeing will cancel it's in-air high-speed wireless Internet service due to low usage and lack of demand. Currently, 156 aircraft on 12 airlines are outfitted with the service, and usage amounted to "low single digits" per flight despite expectations that the service would be a big hit. Airbus does plan to have it's own similar service when they deliver the first massive A380s to Singapore Airlines by the end of the year. What would it take for this service to be successful?