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Submission + - Award winning Ad in Australia taken off air

bol_kernal writes: "An Award winning advertisement on Australian TV for the new Hyundia 4WD has been pulled from being broadcast after they received 80 complaints from concerned parents. The ad consists of a small child (aged around 2yrs) cruising down the road, window down, arm out the window, in his new Hyundai 4WD, sees a girl of the same age standing on the side of the road, pulls over picks her up and they go to the beach together. All in all it's cute, funny and very well done. This ad has won advertising awards and doesn't air until later in the evening (8:30pm or later) but it has been pulled due to concern from parents about the copycat risk. More details can be found here. What I want to know is where has the responsibility of parents gone? Is the world becoming so serious that fantasy is no longer allowed?"
The Internet

Submission + - RegisterFly issues official statement

kimvette writes: "Moments ago RegisterFly issued an official statement regarding the domain registrar's dire situation. All blame is placed on Kevin Medina's alleged misconduct. This statement is posted at the RegisterFly customer advocate site, RegisterFlies.

Here is the introductory paragraph from the statement:

We at Registerfly.Com would like to offer our sincere apologies to all that have been affected by the actions of our former CEO / President, Kevin Medina. We cannot change the past but will make every effort to change the future of As a result of Mr. Medina's actions many of you have lost your domains, experienced problems with your Hosting, Renewals and Registrations. For this reason Mr. Medina's our "Board of Directors" had no recourse but to take action against Mr. Medina and fire him.

Clearly the remaining principles are placing 100% of the blame on Mr. Medina's shoulders, however this only leads to further questions: If Mr. Medina was locked out of the servers as of Monday, why is RegisterFly still having problems regaining control of their network? Why did they not fire Mr. Medina and address customer support issues sooner? Why did it take a threat from ICANN to motivate them to respond? When do they expect to give customers control over their domains once again? What will they do to regain customer domains they have already lost?"

Submission + - Alcatel-Lucent wins $1.52 billion from Microsoft

veeeee writes: A federal jury found that Microsoft infringed upon Alcatel-Lucent's audio patents. Microsoft plans to ask the judge to lower the $1.52 billion ruling and also to appeal the case. Microsoft claims to have properly licensed the MP3 pantents from a German company called Fraunhofer.
The Internet

Submission + - The World's first national Internet election

InternetVoting writes: Expanding on the limited 2005 Internet voting pilot successes, the small European nation of Estonia will become the first country to allow voting in a national parliamentary election via the Internet. From the article:
"Just under 10,000 people voted via the Internet in local elections in October 2005. Computer specialists have estimated 20,000 to 40,000 of 940,000 registered voters will vote via the Internet from February 26 to 28, ahead of the March 4 election day."
Fresh off the new of France's successful primary election using Internet voting and the announcement of 12 new UK election pilots, is Europe leaving the U.S. behind?

Submission + - Wii Boxing Gloves Released

Croakyvoice writes: The Nintendo Wii already has accessories that include a Steering Wheel, Tennis Rackets, Golf Club and today has seen the release of the Wii Boxing Glove, the Gloves look like the real thing and should give an added realism to any Boxing games on the Nintendo Wii.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Linux Performance Metrics

Robert Stinnett writes: "In this months issue of MeasureIT from the Computer Measurement Group (CMG) they present an interesting article on virtualizing Linux servers on a zSeries system. The author shows how you can recapture idle CPU cycles by growing and shrinking the Linux footprint as needed to do away with otherwise wasted cycles and give them back to other virtual sessions running on the system. An interesting read at how to approach topics such as virtualization in your organization by looking at the capacity planning and metrics behind it — even if you don't use a zSeries (mainframe)."

Submission + - Steve Jobs Publishes Reaction To Open DRM

An anonymous reader writes: Steve Jobs has published an essay on the State of DRM, and Apple's public stance on the issue of opening FairPlay DRM, licensing it to other online music retailers. In it, he examines three possible options: continuing as the industry currently operates, licensing FairPlay, or abolishing DRM altogether. From the article: "Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat."

Submission + - SPAM: Action video games sharpen vision 20 percent

FiReaNGeL writes: "Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that people who played action video games for a few hours a day over the course of a month improved by about 20 percent in their ability to identify letters presented in clutter — a visual acuity test similar to ones used in regular ophthalmology clinics. In essence, playing video game improves your bottom line on a standard eye chart. "Action video game play changes the way our brains process visual information," said the researcher. "After just 30 hours, players showed a substantial increase in the spatial resolution of their vision, meaning they could see figures like those on an eye chart more clearly, even when other symbols crowded in." Shouldn't we all have X-ray vision at this point?"

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