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Television

Submission + - UK could finally get terrestrial HDTV

SoLongAndThanks writes: When the UK opted to implement digital TV via terrestrial transmission the decision was taken not to allow HD, instead it went for increased channel choice in standard definition. Now OFCOM (the government off-shoot that allocates the spectrum) has indicated that it now wants to allow HD via the system (known as Freeview), but some changes will need to be made to make this possible. Cnet.co.uk has a story explaining the OFCOM proposal which includes moving some channels to MPEG-4 and changing the modulation scheme. It also mentions the BBC's MIMO trial which could be implemented at the same time to increase the amount of data carried per multiplex.
Software

Submission + - Skype blames Microsoft Patch Tuesday for Outage (skype.com)

brajesh writes: "Skype has blamed its outage over the last week on Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. FTA — "The abnormally high number of restarts affected Skype's network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact." Previsously, it was speculated that Skype outage may have been caused by a Russian hack attempt. Further FTA- "The issue has now been identified explicitly within Skype. We can confirm categorically that no malicious activities were attributed or that our users' security was not, at any point, at risk." Butterfly effect?"
Censorship

Submission + - Austalia to force ISP filtering

Phurge writes: http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/veto-for-parents-on -web/2007/08/09/1186530535350.html "Internet service providers will be forced to filter web content at the request of parents, under a $189 million Federal Government crackdown on online bad language, pornography and child sex predators" "Today Mr Howard will hail the ISP filtering measure as a world first by any Government, and is expected to offer funding to help cover the cost. Parents will be able to request the ISP filter option when they sign up with an ISP. It will be compulsory to provide it."

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