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Submission + - Will Monday Be The Day The U.S. Internet Died?

theodp writes: Shed a tear, writes Wired's Ryan Singel. The Age of Broadband Caps begins Monday, with AT&T imposing a 150 GB cap on DSL subscribers and 250 GB for UVerse users, and keeping the meter running after that. The move comes as AT&T's 16+ million customers are increasingly turning to online video such as Hulu and Netflix on-demand streaming service instead of paying for cable. With AT&T's Man in the White House, some fear there's a 'digital dirt road' in America's future. Already, the enforcement of data caps in Canada has prompted Netflix to default to lower-quality streaming video to shield its users from overage fees. In January's State of the Union address, President Obama told the nation: 'We need the fastest and most reliable ways to move people, goods, and information — from high-speed rail to high-speed Internet.' Curiously, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson publicly agreed Obama's speech was spot-on, but AT&T's recent actions have been less ask-what-you-can-do-for-your-country and more ask-what-your-country-can-do-for-you.'

Submission + - AMD Bulldozer will bring socket shift to PCs (

An anonymous reader writes: One of the most dreaded hurdles on the PC upgrade path is the CPU socket. If socket design changes then you'(TM)ll almost certainly need a new motherboard when you do upgrade. This is an area where AMD has historically been much better than Intel. Intel tends to change sockets with each generation of CPU — currently there are three types out there, LGA 1155 for Sandy Bridge, LGA 1156 for first generation core and LGA 1366 for the performance Core i7 processors. AMD on the other hand has always tried to keep sockets across generations. When it releases its new Bulldozer(TM) core desktop processors later this year AMD is having to make a socket shift from the current AM3 socket to a new one called AM3+. This article discusses the change, issues like backwards compatibility and what the industry is doing to prepare for the socket shift.

Submission + - RIAA/MPAA: the greatest threat to tech innovation (

TAGmclaren writes: The Harvard Business Review is running an article stating that it's not India or China that are the greatest threat to technological innovation happening in America. Rather, it's the "big content" players, particularly the movie and music industry. From the article: "the Big Content players do not understand technology, and never have. Rather than see it as an opportunity to reach new audiences, technology has always been a threat to them. Example after example abounds of this attitude; whether it was the VCR which was "to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone" as famed movie industry lobbyist Jack Valenti put it at a congressional hearing, or MP3 technology, which they tried to sue out of existence."

Comment Re:A limited reading (Score 1) 175

And using something like No Script for Firefox will disable your script and the ability to prevent the "right click copy". That doesn't change the fact that the web site owner tried to prevent you from right clicking.

That said, I've always disliked that script as I use right clicking to go back to the previous page. I could go to the back button, but I find right clicking more convenient. YMMV

Comment Re:Well not sure if this is the right approach but (Score 1) 870

I recently took a Physics course where the Professor prohibited anything but a standard (simple) calculator, no graphing calculators, no cell phones, and no laptops. Yes, it was difficult to change back to a "regular" calculator after having used a graphing calculator for three years. In the end, we all managed. Prohibit whatever you don't want them using, if they're too upset by it they'll drop the course. This is life and they need to start learning those lessons now (if they hadn't already).

Comment Re:DRM free pc games get heavily pirated (Score 1) 447

I will be interested to see how this turns out. SaaS sounds like a great idea, but it seems that the big game companies would have done that already if it was. Part of this is the nature of the game you will create. An MMO style game should see success, however I can envision others not so successful.

Also curious to see if gamers would support this model, I for one would be concerned about the playability of a game should your company go out of business.

Good Luck!

Comment Re:Why?? (Score 1) 753

Which is the reason DRM and the like is hurting these companies - you paid for the movie or tv show and you can't watch it at home on your media center computer. The box doesn't say "stand alone DVD player required" or "These disks will not play on a Media Center computer DVD drive" does it? I didn't think so (example is the recently released "Daria The Complete TV Show". My media center won't play it from the dvd drive because of copy protection. I don't own a stand alone DVD player, so without ripping it or backing it up my wife cannot watch her new disks. One I get some free time, the media center will be replaced with MythTV.

So, act responsibly, buy the movie, tv show, or game and you can't watch or play without circumventing the DRM. Great business model - you got my money and I got something I can't view. Too bad the U.S. doesn't have the product law Britain does, I might have some recourse.

Submission + - Ubisoft DRM problems remain unsolved ( 1

ocean_soul writes: "More than three weeks after the release of The Settlers 7, with the controversial "always on-line" DRM, a lot of people still can't connect to Ubisoft's DRM servers. The forum threads where people can post if they are unable to connect keeps growing daily. The reason for the lack of fixes or responses from support seems to be that the people responsible were on vacation during the Easter holiday, despite the promis of 24/7 monitoring of the servers. The moral of this story seems to be that it is a bad idea to buy a game just before a major holiday. Something to keep in mind for Christmas shopping..."

Comment Re:really? (Score 3, Insightful) 379

For me it's an easy decision - no demo, no purchase. Since the game reviewers are all in the pocket of the game companies (personal opinion - but I've yet to see someone give a game I thought had serious flaws a bad review) a demo is the next reasonable method of determining if I like a game enough to purchase.

A great example was R.U.S.E. - interesting game concept, decent single player AI, and ok multiplayer. But overall, it wasn't worth the money for me. Did the developer loose a sale because they released a demo - No, because I don't buy a game just on reviews or even word of mouth.

Just my $0.02, YMMV

Comment Re:Thomas Jefferson said it best: (Score 1) 336

Wrong on both accounts

1. Congress does not prosecute companies and if you RTFA you would see that there was actually a pretty harsh law on the books.

2. Those people who should be leveling the punishment were essentially left with only the nuclear option due to this harsh law. If Pfizer was found guilty, they were officially done.

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