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Comment Living in KC (Score 4, Informative) 88

Austin may be the third city to get Google Fiber, but that doesn't mean Kansas City is all up and running. I live in Kansas City and I'm still waiting for my Google Fiber connection to be hooked up. The fiber is now on the utility pole behind my house, but they haven't run the fiber to my house yet. A recent email from Google stated that it might be as late as spring 2015 before my neighborhood is hooked up.

In the mean time, I plan to improve my latency by hiring Lorenzo Cain to run my external HDs to/from whom ever I'm trading files with.

Comment Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 1) 335

perhaps, but with google fiber (the tv+internet plan) a 2tb network drive is provided to store tv shows, pics, music, etc. and according to the tos, the network drive (among other devices) belong to the customer and do not need to be returned to google when/if the customer decides to switch providers.

most people (myself included), would ask: "why would I want to pay for cloud storage when I have a 2tb drive right here?" and keep in mind that google fiber will allow residential customers to run servers for non-commercial purposes so if you wanted to, you could access your drive remotely and hence, no cloud storage needed.

Submission + - Slashdot beta sucks 9

An anonymous reader writes: Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken.

Comment Re:Kansas City, MO (Score 1) 821

Also in KCMO. Arrived at 4pm and the line could have moved faster but wasn't too bad. There were three different lines to sign in depending on what the first letter of your last name is. The p through z line was about empty and the h through o line(the one i was in) had about 25 people in it when I got there. There were two electronic voting machines and scantron sheets. I was asked which method I wanted to vote(I assume no one was asked by a poll worker to use one or the other). By the time I left an hour later, the line was out the door.

Comment I live in Kansas City (Score 5, Informative) 118

I live in Kansas City although not in one of the first phase of fiber hoods. On a local forum we had a discussion about this site already and I brought up the terms of service for residential fiber service.

...Unless you have a written agreement with Google Fiber permitting you do so, you should not host any type of server using your Google Fiber connection...

... or use your Google Fiber account to provide commercial services to third parties (including, but not limited to, selling Internet access to third parties).

and hereis the page containing those rules. So without a written agreement you can't run a server. The "providing commercial services" part most likely means no sharing your gigabit connection, not "you can't work from home". I don't think google wants their residential fiber service to be used to start the next They want those entrepreneurs to pay a more for the business service. Whenever google fiber was first announced and what we heard on the local news was something to the effect of it's going to be an experiment by google to see what people will do with a giga-bit connection. At first that sounded like (to me anyway) that they would let us run our own web servers from home, but now it looks more like they just want to offer a web browsing only service for residential customers(like Time Warner).
My question to anyone who has an answer: How could someone use google fiber residential service to get their startup off the ground without breaking the terms of service?

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Activision CEO Warns Sony That the PS3 Needs a Price Cut 149

Bobby Kotick, President and CEO of Activision, one of the largest game companies in the world, has come out with a none-too-subtle warning to Sony that they need to seriously consider a price drop on the Playstation 3. Rumors have been circulating for months that such a drop was forthcoming, but Sony has staunchly denied that they had any plans to drop prices, Kotick said, "The PlayStation 3 is losing a bit of momentum and they don't make it easy for me to support the platform. It's expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better. ... They have to cut the price, because if they don't, the attach rates [the number of games each console owner buys] are likely to slow. If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony." While it's unlikely that Activision would follow through with such a threat, it definitely adds to the pressure Sony is feeling to lower the PS3's price. Sony issued a brief response which said nothing of consequence.

Comment Re:Really Cool things happened. (Score 4, Informative) 223

The weird part is that there are a couple of stations still broadcasting analog and normal programming

The countless number of PSAs that aired concerning the DTV transition stated that low power stations would not be affected. Are these couple of stations you speak of major network affiliates for a large metro area or a local community college station?


Daydreaming Is Really Complex Problem-Solving 138

beefsprocket writes "ScienceDaily reports that 'A new University of British Columbia study finds that our brains are much more active when we daydream than previously thought. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (abstract), finds that activity in numerous brain regions increases when our minds wander. It also finds that brain areas associated with complex problem-solving — previously thought to go dormant when we daydream — are in fact highly active during these episodes. "Mind wandering is typically associated with negative things like laziness or inattentiveness," says lead author, Prof. Kalina Christoff, UBC Dept. of Psychology. "But this study shows our brains are very active when we daydream — much more active than when we focus on routine tasks."'"

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