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Submission + - New Search Engine - Human Driven - AnthroPilot (x10hosting.com)

Chris writes: "AnthroPilot is a new internet search facilitation device that incorporates real human intelligence. The increasing corporatisation of the internet and popular search engines has impeded the ability to efficiently access information via the internet and left those less savvy amongst us unable to access the benefits of smaller and often more capable operators. Many are unaware of and unable to utilize such developments as the 'open source' movement or waste too much time being mislead while attempting to access the information they need. The new search engine's emphasis will be on social networking, giving people the tools to connect in a focused way, then leaving it to them to work it out. By enabling people with skills and knowledge to connect in a transparent way with people that require those skills and that knowledge, in real-time, it is intended that mutually beneficial social interactions and the transfer of information will occur across multiple levels. When a search is conducted using the new search engine human minds will be integrating with traditional search methods to achieve more efficient information access for all.
So here it is — AnthroPilot — a forum where you can ask people to help you find what you're looking for on the internet or, where you can help others find what they are looking for."

Submission + - SPAM: Underage Poker Players

hotauschick writes: There are many families worldwide that enjoy a casual game of poker. These families are not necessarily right into the poker scene either. Everyday country lifestyles even make for a game of cards. With these games comes the thrill of a win for children; underage poker players. We hear many stories of playing for pennies and dimes and others just for entertainment. I myself was a child subjected at a young age to the game of draw poker.
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Submission + - Suddenlink Communications hits 40Mb/s in east Tx

An anonymous reader writes: Suddenlink Communications has recently upgraded the east Texas area (Tyler/Longview) to DOCSIS 3.0. I purchased the 20Mb/s Down and 2Mb/s Up Package today and was pleasantly surprised to find that my Motorola Surf Board 5101 was topping out at 19Mb/s Down and 2Mb/s Up. However, the Sales Rep. informed me of a little secret. A DOCSIS 3.0 certified Modem would give early adopters higher download speeds until it becomes standard, and boy, he was not kidding!!! I purchased a Motorola Surf Board 6120 at Best Buy for approximately $80, called Suddenlink again to set-up the new modem, and ran some speed tests. I live in an apartment complex in Tyler, and I am getting approximately 45Mb/s Down and 1.85Mb/s Up. I am not sure why I cannot hit 2Mb/s Up with the new modem, but I think the download speed is newsworthy.

HandBrake Abandons DivX As an Output Format 619

An anonymous reader writes "DivX was the first digital video format to really win mainstream acceptance, doing for movies what MP3 did for music (both good and bad). Eventually even Sony, the king of proprietary formats, caved into pressure and added DivX support to its DVD players and the PlayStation 3. Now HandBrake's developers have made an interesting choice for version 0.9.4 — they ditched support for AVI files using DivX and XviD. Your only option now is to convert DVDs and other media to MKV or MP4 files, with the option to save as Apple-friendly M4V files. So why is HandBrake ditching AVI and XviD support when it's a format that's won such widespread acceptance? In the words of the developers, 'AVI is a rough beast. It is obsolete.'"
The Almighty Buck

NY Times To Charge For Online Content 488

Hugh Pickens writes "New York Magazine reports that the NY Times appears close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access to its website, according to people familiar with internal deliberations. After a year of debate inside the paper, the choice has been between a Wall Street Journal-type pay wall and the metered system in which readers can sample a certain number of free articles before being asked to subscribe. The Times seems to have settled on the metered system. The decision to go paid is monumental for the Times, and culminates a yearlong debate that grew contentious, people close to the talks say. Hanging over the deliberations is the fact that the Times' last experience with pay walls, TimesSelect, was deeply unsatisfying and exposed a rift between Sulzberger and his roster of A-list columnists, particularly Tom Friedman and Maureen Dowd, who grew frustrated at their dramatic fall-off in online readership. The argument for remaining free was based on the belief that nytimes.com is growing into an English-language global newspaper of record, with a vast audience — 20 million unique readers — that would prove lucrative as web advertising matured. But with the painful declines in advertising brought on by last year's financial crisis, the argument that online advertising might never grow big enough to sustain the paper's high-cost, ambitious journalism — gained more weight."

Submission + - The weird science of tossing stones into a lake (arxiv.org)

Interoperable writes: Researchers in Spain and the Netherlands add another piece to a centuries-old puzzle in physics: the dynamics of an object falling into water. This common occurrence has a complex anatomy that includes a thin "crown splash" around the perimeter of the impact, a deep cavity of air following the impactor and a high, narrow jet of water that results from the collapse of the cavity. The new research, recently published in Physical Review Letters, demonstrates that airflow through the neck of the collapsing cavity reaches supersonic speeds despite low relative pressures between the air in the cavity and ambient pressure. Such an effect has no analogue in aerospace engineering or other sciences because of the highly dynamic nature of the collapsing nozzle structure.

Wii Balance Board Gives $18,000 Medical Device a Run For Its Money 422

Gizmodo highlights a very cool repurposing effort for the Wii's Balance Board accessory. Rather than the specialized force platforms used to quantify patients' ability to balance after a trauma like stroke, doctors at the University of Melbourne thought that a Balance Board might serve as well. Says the article: "When doctors disassembled the board, they found the accelerometers and strain gauges to be of 'excellent' quality. 'I was shocked given the price: it was an extremely impressive strain gauge set-up.'" Games controllers you'd expect to be durable and at least fairly accurate; what's surprising is just how much comparable, purpose-built devices cost. In this case, the Balance Board (just under $100) was compared favorably with a test platform that costs just a shade less than $18,000.
Data Storage

Submission + - USB 3.0 Performance Tested, Impresses (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: Despite claims that Intel is purposefully holding back the adoption of USB 3.0 because its own chipsets don't support the technology natively, motherboards are already being released with USB 3.0-ready connections on them. A new ASUS offering includes both USB 3.0 as well as SATA 6G support but it is the updated USB specification that is really impressing. Current USB 2.0 hard drives are limited to around 35 MB/s in most real world testing but this performance evaluation at PC Perspective was able to see speeds as high as 150 MB/s on a USB 3.0-ready hard drive dock with an Intel SSD behind it. ASUS will also apparently be offering an add-on card that will include USB 3.0 and SATA 6G connectivity for under $30. Now we need those USB 3.0 accessories and we can all live in a faster world.

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