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PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PS3 Price Drop (yahoo.com)

coop247 writes: Sony has announced a 40gig PS3 for $400 in the U.S. So between the price drop and the release of several good games around the same time, will the PS3 finally get some love. If you already own one, I recommend checking out Everyday Shooter on the PSN, easily the best game $10 can buy.
The new version of the PS3 will come with a 40-gigabyte hard drive, cost $400, and go on sale on November 2...The price of the 80-gigabyte version will be cut to $500 from $600.


Submission + - $20k Theater Box Packs A/V, Xbox, Automation, iPod (cepro.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Home theater enthusiasts spend tens of thousands of dollars to build clunky, expensive 6-foot-tall racks of A/V gear. And still they can't get the darn thing to work. Former home theater installer Mike Pyle researched home theater owners extensively and came up with a list of hundreds of things that drive them bonkers. The result: SE2 Labs and its first product, the funky-looking ITC (Integrated Theater Controller) One, which compresses a gigantic A/V rack into a compact box about 20 inches cubed. The entry-level $20,000 machine provides everything needed to run a high-end home theater. The internal boards come from elite makers of A/V and home automation gear, with no wasted cases, cables, connectors, controllers and other pieces that add so much bulk and cost to a complete home theater system. To pack it in, SE2 patented several techniques for cooling the unit while keeping it quiet — solving one of the toughest challenges facing A/V manufacturers."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - E-Gold Shut Down by Feds

An anonymous reader writes: A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C. has indicted the companies operating the digital currency business e-gold and their owners on charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. Department of Justice also obtained a restraining order on the defendants and 24 seizure warrants on over 58 accounts believed to be property involved in money laundering and operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business. Although the restraining order does not limit the EGold operation's ability to use its existing funds to satisfy requests to exchange E-Gold into national currency for customers of non-seized accounts, virtually all major e-gold exchange services have shut down operations. This effectively freezes the assets of tens of thousands of legitimate businesses, and chills innovation in electronic cash, for the supposed purpose of impeding a handful of child pornographers. I wonder if the Fed would as readily shut down Visa or MC to stop the rampant credit card fraud that costs merchants millions every year?

In his response founder Dr.Douglas Jackson states, "With regard to child pornography, the government knows full well that their allegations are false, yet they highlight these irresponsible and purposely damaging statements in order to demonize e-gold in the eyes of the public.

Submission + - DNS Complexity

ChelleChelle writes: Paul Vixie of Internet Systems Consortium provides a journey into the sublime complexity of the domain name system. Although it contains just a few simple rules, DNS has grown into an enormously complex system. This article explores the supposed and true definitions of DNS, showing some of the tension between the two definitions through the lens of the philosophy of Internet development protocol.

Submission + - CSS of DVDs Ruled "Ineffective" by Finnish

An anonymous reader writes: The CSS protection used in DVDs has been ruled "ineffective" by Helsinki District Court. This means that CSS is not covered by the Finnish copyright law amendment of 2005 (based on EU Copyright Directive from 2001), allowing the circumvention of it. Quoting the press release: "Defendant's counsel Mikko Välimäki thinks the judgment can have major implications: "The conclusions of the court can be applied all over Europe since the word 'effective' comes directly from the directive". He continues: "A protection measure is no longer effective, when there is widely available end-user software implementing a circumvention method. My understanding is that this is not technology-dependent. The decision can therefore be applied to Blu-Ray and HD-DVD as well in the future.""

Submission + - Hardware Implants Mimic Brain Cells

An anonymous reader writes: PopSci on Ted Berger, a USC scientist working to engineer a brain implant the mimics the functions of neurons. Early tests on rat brain cells have shown promise, and if successful, Berger's implant could remedy everything from Alzheimer's to absent-mindedness — and reduce memory loss to nothing more than a computer glitch
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Guest Worker Visas Hurting American Jobs

Malggi writes: "The Economic Policy Institute has released a Briefing Paper outlining the effect of high-skill guest worker visas on the job market, and the news is not good. From the paper:

This briefing paper focuses on two key policy mechanisms for high-skill labor mobility and immigration, the H-1B and the L-1 guest worker visas.1 In practice these programs not only fail to meet their policy goals, they actually work against them. And more importantly, the vast expansion of the H-1B program passed by the U.S. Senate last year will make the programs even more harmful. If these H-1B provisions were to be signed into law, the consequences are obvious: they would directly lead to more offshore outsourcing of jobs, displacement of American technology workers, decreased wages and job opportunities for those same workers, and the discouragement of young people from entering science and engineering fields.

Submission + - Lenovo tops eco-friendly ranking

bertramwooster writes: "This BBC article says "Chinese computer maker Lenovo has topped a ranking of the world's most eco-friendly electronics firms." Interestingly for slashdot readers, Nokia is second, and Apple brings up the rear in the list of 14 companies. While there has been some improvement, the campaigning group Greenpeace, that compiled the report shied away from describing any hardware maker as "green"."
United States

Submission + - FCC says "no" to mobile phones on airplane

GayBliss writes: CNN is reporting that the FCC has decided to keep a rule in place that would ban mobile phone usage on airplanes. The FAA has a similar ban, but for different reasons.

From the article:
"In an order released Tuesday, the agency noted that "insufficient technical information" was available on whether airborne cell phone calls would jam networks below."

"Unlike the Federal Aviation Administration, which bans the use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices for fear they will interfere with navigational and communications systems, the FCC's concern is interference with other cell phone signals on the ground."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Top 21 Tech Flops

PetManimal writes: "Whatever happened to Digital Audio Tape? Or Circuit City's DIVX program? Or IBM's PCjr. and the PS/1? Computerworld's list of 21 biggest tech flops is an amusing trip down the memory lane of tech failures. Some are obvious (Apple Newton), while others are obscure (Warner Communications' QUBE). Strangely, Y2K didn't make the list."

Feed Eight-core Mac Pros arrive (com.com)

Blog: Apple announced an update to its Mac Pro workstation PC this morning, moving to eight CPU cores via two, 3.0GHz quad core Intel...

Submission + - Chinese YouTube Clone Wants to Keep Mining

John Dexter writes: China has an answer to YouTube in the form of CnBoo. This may be just another Chinese video sharing site, but it's more underhand tactics of stock spamming (one of the most heavily spammed stocks at present), blatant copying of the YouTube logo, as well as it's mineral mining interests make it fairly unique and it will possibly become a haven for copyrighted material if it lasts.

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