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Submission + - Google Fiber rolls out synchronous gigabit broadband 2

droopus writes: I had to read this a few times before I discovered it was not a misprint. Google Fiber has arrived in Kansas City, promising, get this...synchronous 1000Mbit to the home. Google says there will be no monthly bandwidth caps, and no overages. It even comes with 1TB of cloud storage through Google Drive.

I personally use Optimum Ultra and thought I was hot with 100/15. When Fios started offering 300Mbit downstream I thought that was crazy fast but gigabit both ways?

Now here's my question: other than running HD streams to a dozen 60" monitors, what could a single user possible do with gigabit Internet?

Submission + - Apple announcement - The Beatles? (

droopus writes: According to the WSJ, the fallout from the EMI-Citigroup mess seems to involve Apple who apparently have finally snagged The Beatles for iTunes.

It's a big announcement, but what is the real business positive here? The remastered mono and stereo Complete Collection has been out for a while, and there are lossless flac and ogg torrents anywhere people choose to look. Is it really such a big deal?


Submission + - Is a curveball an optical illusion? (

droopus writes: We've all seen great curveballs, even from AJ Burnett once in a while. The average curveball hurls toward a batter at around 75 mph, accentuated by a 1500-rpm spin. From the moment the ball leaves the pitcher's hand, it travels a smooth, consistent, parabolic arc. There's no disjointed change in its motion from beginning to end.

Yet as the ball nears home plate, the batter observes a sudden jump in its trajectory, the notorious break. A new study in PLoS ONE argues that the discrepancy between the physics and the perception of the curveball may be all in the mind, more specifically, an optical illusion created by the batter's eyes and brain.

Baseball has always been a game of statistics and illusions but now maybe we're seeing why a well-pitched baseball is so damn hard to hit. Video too!

In addition, there's a link to researcher Arthur Shapiro's lab website which has lots of nifty optical illusion things to play with.

Submission + - Supreme Court Eyes RIAA ‘Innocent Infringer& ( 1

droopus writes: The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing into the first RIAA file sharing case to reach its docket, requesting that the music labels’ litigation arm respond to a case testing the so-called “innocent infringer” defense to copyright infringement.

The case pending before the justices concerns a federal appeals court’s February decision ordering a university student to pay the Recording Industry Association of America $27,750 — $750 a track — for file-sharing 37 songs when she was a high school cheerleader. The appeals court decision reversed a Texas federal judge who, after concluding the youngster was an innocent infringer, ordered defendant Whitney Harper to pay $7,400 — or $200 per song. That’s an amount well below the standard $750 fine required under the Copyright act.

Harper is among the estimated 20,000 individuals the RIAA has sued for file-sharing music. The RIAA has decried Harper as “vexatious,” because of her relentless legal jockeying.

Submission + - Touchscreen Voting Machine Hacked to Play Pac Man (

droopus writes: It turns out paperless touch-screen voting machines are actually good for something after all. Two computer security researchers recently hacked this Sequoia AVC Edge to play the classic arcade video game PacMan. They picked up the machine after it was decommissioned in Virginia in a statewide purge of paperless voting machines.

J. Alex Halderman, of the University of Michigan, and Ariel J. Feldman from Princeton University simply swapped out the PCMCIA card in the machine where the voting software is stored and replaced it with one loaded with PacMan. They pulled this off without disturbing the tamper-evident seals on the machine; they simply unscrewed the compartment where the card is housed, and slipped in their home-brewed version.

Of course, ES&S and Dominion still insist the machines are "totally foolproof."

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