commodore64_love writes: John Young of Cryptome.org was interviewed on the radio about Wikileaks. In the interview he discusses his role in its founding, the goal of its members, plus the smear campaign against Julian Assange to justify "locking down" the internet to prevent future leaks, and why the government will ultimately fail in that goal.
commodore64_love writes: The Comcast/NBC-owned Syfy cable channel has decided to delay Online airing of new episodes. Most of its shows (including Haven, Ghost Hunters, Sanctuary) will not be legally available online for 30 days, in an attempt to get more people watching the show live on their Cable or Dish TV subscriptions. The response from Syfy VP Craig Engler: "How soon we post video is dependent on various agreements with producers, distributors, etc. We post as much as we can as soon as we can."
The explanation given by Hulu on their Stargate Universe page: "The first 3 episodes of the new season will be available the day after their original airdates. Subsequent episodes will become available 30 days after their original airdates."
commodore64_love writes: According to a just-released Associate Press article, recent actions by FOX, ABC, NBC and CBS suggest broadcasters believe they can make more money from cable TV providers if they hold back some programming online. That could mean new limits on online viewing are coming: Broadcasters might make fewer of their shows available to begin with, or delay when they become available — say, a month after an episode is broadcast — rather than the few hours it typically takes now. FOX Broadcast already postpones viewing of its new episodes by 8 days.
It would make it tougher for viewers to drop their cable TV subscriptions. Broadcasters can then demand more money from cable and satellite TV providers to carry their stations on the lineups. Meanwhile Time-Warner and Comcast are pursing a new model called "TV Everywhere" that would allow viewers to watch shows from TNT, TBS, Syfy online, but only if they entered the required password (available to cable subscribers only).
commodore64_love writes: The latest build is now available. Mozilla SeaMonkey 2.1 Beta incorporates the latest Gecko 2.0 rendering engine (same as Firefox 4). Major new features from the previous SeaMonkey include: Personas theming, Places bookmarking, a new troubleshooting tool, "about:memory" to monitor RAM usage, support for HTML5, and a rewrite of CSS to protect your history from website peeking.. On Mac OS X, plugins supporting Core Animation now draw faster.
commodore64_love writes: Officially the Italian government is engaged in a peace-keeping and rebuilding mission for Afghanistan. But recent documents released by Wikileaks show the Italian government is engaged in black operations, despite having told the public no such actions were taking place. Source: Russia Today video
commodore64_love writes: The US Congress, through the FCC and National Telecommunications and Information Administration, has spent 35 million dollars to assist low-power stations upgrade from Analog NTSC to Digital ATSC television. An additional 9 million dollars is still available for station managers and owners. Low Power, Clear Air, Translators, and same-channel boosters may obtain up to $20,000 grants to replace their analog gear with new digital-capable equipment, such as transmitting and receiving antennas, translators, and cables (complete list here: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv/Eligible_Equipment_for_LPTV_Upgrade_Program.htm ).
There are around 7,000 of these analog stations still left in the country. Although the full-power transition happened back in June 2009, low power stations may continue broadcasting analog indefinitely. US neighbors Canada and Mexico will cease their analog operations on August 31, 2011 and 2015 respectively.
commodore64_love writes: The latest build of SeaMonkey (formerly Mozilla) is now available: 2.1 Alpha incorporates the latest Gecko 2.0 rendering engine that Firefox 4 uses. Major new features from the previous SeaMonkey include: Personas theming, Places bookmarking, a new troubleshooting tool, "about:memory" to monitor RAM usage, support for HTML5, and a rewrite of CSS to protect your history from website peeking.. On Mac OS X, plugins supporting Core Animation now draw faster.
commodore64_love writes: The latest build of SeaMonkey (formerly Mozilla Suite) is now available: 2.1 Alpha incorporates the latest Gecko 2.0 rendering engine that Firefox 4 beta uses. New features from the previous SeaMonkey 2.0 include: MailNews return receipt notifications, the ability to save emails as individual files, Personas theming, Places bookmarking, a new manager for Addons, a new troubleshooting tool, support for HTML5 video and websockets, "about:memory" shows RAM usage of different subsections, and a rewrite of CSS to block websites from reading your history.
commodore64_love writes: One year has passed since NTSC-analog television died (R.I.P. 6/12/09 — aged 68 years), and the new ATSC-digital television became standard. According to Retrovo, the transition had some successes and failures. Retailers saw this as an opportunity to sell new HDTVs and 46 million converter boxes, while cable providers advertised rates as low as $10/month. One-third of the converter boxes the US subsidized — approximately 600 million dollars worth — were never used by purchasers. Overall 51% of Americans felt the DTV transition was good, while 23% said it was not. 12% of respondents report that since the switch they have worse reception. Others received better reception, gaining 24-hour movie channels, Retro channels, foreign programming, and other new networks that had not existed under the old analog system.
For station owners in the UHF band the transition went flawlessly, however VHF station owners (channels 2-13) are still receiving complaints from viewers. In most instances the FCC has allowed VHF channels to increase their power levels 6-7 times higher than what they were just one year ago. In other cases VHF owners are experimenting with low-power repeaters to fill-in reception gaps.
commodore64_love writes: In May of this year, anti-piracy group SGAE made a visit to Juan Colone of Spain, who was running two P2P trackers. They SGAE visitors included a lawyer, a computer expert and a clerk, purporting to be officers of the court and handing-over what appeared to be a warrant. They searched through Colone's house looking for evidence and computers, and then obtained an injunction from a Spanish court to take-down Colone's P2P trackers.
Today the court reversed its initial decision, allowing the trackers to be restored to operational order, and dismissing the collected hard drive evidence. “As I said in the hearing: how can it be that an interchange between a Polish and an Argentinian would be registered in [Colone's] hard disk if not even a single bit passes through my client’s website? I explained to the judge how P2P networks function and he was convinced that this evidence is impossible and useless, so he annulled the previous resolution held by the same court.” said defense lawyer Javier de la Cueva.
What is troubling is that the court initially allowed illegally-collected evidence to be the basis for seizing a private citizen's personal property. Where is due process?
commodore64_love writes: A group of cable companies, including Comcast, Time-Warner and Cox, are colluding to eliminate online viewing of television shows. They are in negotiations with HBO, TNT, Discover, and a dozen other channels to remove videos from those respective websites, and cordon them into cable-owned centralized sites. If this happens, internet users will no longer enjoy free, ad-supported viewing of the Closer, Monk, Kyle XY, or other programs that air on these channels. The cable companies argue that they pay for the shows through subscriber fees (typically 25 to 95 cents per home, per channel), and therefore they should be able to control access online as well, and limit the programming to subscribers only.
Sam Schwartz of Comcast says the idea is not "some enormous new revenue opportunity" but a way to keep customers from leaving. Keith Cocozza or Time-Warner adds, "A TV-everywhere solution could give consumers more for their money while also helping to preserve the current business model that is generating and delivering popular branded shows viewers want." — LINK: http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0209/598054.html