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Submission + - Viacom Stumbles: Failing to Forecast Device Releva (broadbandconvergent.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Yes, this seems to be a major stumble on behalf of Viacom (NYSE: VIA.B) in their seemly lack of foresight in predicting the major contribution of device availability and acceptance within its markets. Specifically, the trend in viewing content on Apple’s, and other innovative products has been around for quite some time, and their inability to factor this important technology into existing agreements seems lacking in predicting where the video market was headed.

Pi Calculated To Record 2.5 Trillion Digits 432

Joshua writes "Researchers from Japan have calculated Pi to over 2.5 trillion decimals using the T2K Open Supercomputer (which is currently ranked 47th in the world according to a June, 2009 report from Top500.org). This new number more than doubles the previous record of about 1.2 trillion decimals set in 2002 by another Japanese research team. Unfortunately, there still seems to be no pattern."

Facebook VP Slams Intel's, AMD's Chip Performance Claims 370

narramissic writes "In an interview on stage at GigaOm's Structure conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Jonathan Heiliger, Facebook's VP of technical operations, told Om Malik that the latest generations of server processors from Intel and AMD don't deliver the performance gains that 'they're touting in the press.' 'And we're, literally in real time right now, trying to figure out why that is,' Heiliger said. He also had some harsh words for server makers: 'You guys don't get it,' Heiliger said. 'To build servers for companies like Facebook, and Amazon, and other people who are operating fairly homogeneous applications, the servers have to be cheap, and they have to be super power-efficient.' Heiliger added that Google has done a great job designing and building its own servers for this kind of use."
The Courts

Pirate Bay Retrial Denied, Judge Declared Unbiased 331

bonch writes "A Swedish court has ruled that the judge in the PirateBay trial is unbiased and there will be no retrial. Stockholm District Court defended the judge's membership in copyright organizations as a necessity to 'keep up with developments in the field' and that merely endorsing the idea of copyright law was not grounds for a mistrial. The defendants must now rely on the appeal process, while one defendant has written on his Twitter account that the PirateBay will also be suing Sweden for human rights violations."

Google Releases Chrome V2.0 381

RadiusK writes "Google has released the second major version of the Chrome browser. This version features more speed improvements thanks to a newer version of V8 JavaScript engine and WebKit. JavaScript-heavy web pages will now run about 30% faster. Other new features include form autofill, fullscreen mode, and improved New Tab page. If you're already using Google Chrome, you'll be automatically updated with these new features soon. If you haven't downloaded Google Chrome, you can get the latest version at google.com/chrome." A version for Linux or OS X would be nice.

Submission + - Old 3D Realms buisness deals quite Mafia'esque

An anonymous reader writes: Charlie Wiederhold, currently working with Infinity Ward on the next Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game, used to work for 3D Realms in the past. Now that Duke Nukem Forever likely wont ever see the light of day, Charlie's made a post on his blog to shed some light on a seriously f'd-up business deal for 3D Realms. The negotioans included assault and theatening him with a pointy stick...
User Journal

Journal Journal: PS3 media Server Installed and working.

Installed PS3 Media Server on PC. I am finally able to play and copy over AAC's on my PS3 over the network. Windows Media Player just wasn't cutting it. Best past of it all, I am able to both play .mkv's and some AVI's that did not get detected properly. Can't use best quality over wireless for HD content as the bitrate is just too high for wireless.

The Media

Copyright Decision In Australia Vindicates 3d-Party EPG Provider 66

angry tapir writes "In a landmark decision, the High Court of Australia has ruled that Electronic Program Guide (EPG) vendor IceTV has not violated the copyright of Channel 9 by reproducing programming information in its third-party EPG. This case has been running since May 2006, when the Nine Network alleged that IceTV's electronic program guide infringed the copyright of Channel 9's television schedule."

Achievements and Optimizations 294

This week's code refresh has added a number of really irritating story display bugs that we're working on. But, it also added a number of cool optimizations that should improve performance for a lot of readers. Tap that link below to read a brief description of them, and also a few serious notes about the achievement system we launched last Wednesday.

Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch Provokes Bomb Scare 186

Bomb disposal teams were called in and a nearby pub evacuated after water company engineers mistook a Monty Python film prop for a hand grenade. After nearly an hour of examination by bomb experts, they counted to three. No more. No less. Three was the number they counted, and the number they counted was three. Four they did not count, nor two, except to proceed to three. Five was right out. Once the number three had been reached, being the third number, they declared that the grenade was actually a copy of the "Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch" used in the film Monty Python And The Holy Grail. A police spokeswoman confirmed that the device was a toy and that it had been no danger to the public.

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