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Netflix Streaming Arrives For the Wii 171

Grant,thompson writes "As announced in January and mentioned here on Slashdot, Netflix is sending out discs today to enable streaming on the Nintendo Wii. 'Netflix has sent out emails to customers who pre-ordered the Wii's instant streaming disc, indicating that the disc will arrive in mailboxes tomorrow, and that the service will likely start within the next day.'"

Sony Begins Selling HD Movies On Its PSN 153

itwbennett writes "Sony on Tuesday 'rolled out the ability to buy HD movies from the PlayStation Network,' writes blogger Peter Smith. Sony claims they're the first service to offer HD titles to own from all six major movie studios. Smith runs the numbers on 'standard' pricing for titles ($19.99 for new releases; $17.99 for older movies), file sizes (ranging from 4 GB for Zombieland to 7.5 GB for 2012), and resolution (720P as far as he can tell)."

Italy Floats Official Permission Requirement for Web Video Uploads 131

An anonymous reader writes with some bad news from Italy, noting that new rules proposed there would "require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web." Understandably, some say such controls represent a conflict of interest for Silvio Berlusconi, "who exercises political control over the state broadcaster RAI in his role as prime minister and is also the owner of Italy's largest private broadcaster, Mediaset."

Comment That's kinda silly. (Score 3, Interesting) 300

My WRT54G is $100 less than runs custom DD-WRT just fine. If I had gigabit network cards and wireless N i might upgrade, but for a home network not doing much filesharing locally I don't see the point. I think they're just trying to capitalize on the face the code is open-source. And forcing people to pay a premium for it. The WRT310N is $70 new, has practically the same specs, and can be flashed. So what's the benefit?

Comment If you want unlimited, be prepared to pay for it. (Score 1) 135

I have a server at and pay for an actual "unlimited" plan. There are other dedicated hosting providers that do the same. As long as the bandwidth is for legit purposes - aka you're not hosting a warez site or torrenting everything under the sun - it really is unlimited. I can push 100mbps all month long if I wanted to, as long as the bandwidth is there. Shared hosting plans offering this always have some sort of a caveat. Don't believe it, even 1&1's terms and conditions page has nothing about it. Either get the facts straight from the horses mouth or expect to be disappointed.
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Judge Thinks Linking To Copyrighted Material Should Be Illegal 390

An article at TechCrunch discusses a blog post from Richard Posner, a US Court of Appeals judge, about the struggling newspaper industry. Posner explains why he thinks the newspapers will continue to struggle, and then comes to a rather unusual conclusion: "Expanding copyright law to bar online access to copyrighted materials without the copyright holder's consent, or to bar linking to or paraphrasing copyrighted materials without the copyright holder's consent, might be necessary to keep free riding on content financed by online newspapers from so impairing the incentive to create costly news-gathering operations that news services like Reuters and the Associated Press would become the only professional, nongovernmental sources of news and opinion."

Submission + - Opera 10.0 released, ready to "Unite" the ( 1

sherl0k writes: "Opera 10.0, dubbed Opera Unite, has been released. Built into the web browser is a full fledged web server, complete with nifty little gadgets such as a "fridge" where people can post notes onto, a chat room, ability to stream your music library anywhere, and a built-in file-sharing mechanism. It also scores 100/100 on the Acid3 test."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Sitcom for geeks: Out of Office (

mikey_boy writes: "In a blatant act of self-promotion, I thought I'd submit a sitcom I've written and co-produced called Out of Office. Jason is a programmer who has gone into business with his sales friend David. They've set up
a virtual office, maintaining a permanent video conference as they try to build their company. With the line between private and work life more blurred than ever before, Jason's girlfriend Helen (Sarah Coyle) has to find ways to keep Jason's attention where it belongs: on her."


Submission + - Siebel system found to damage eyesight (

Beedubs writes: We always knew working in a call center was bad for your sanity, but now it appears it's also bad for your eyesight. The Australia's Tax Office (ATP, the downunder version of the IRS) has commissioned a report that found the tax office's Siebel-based CRM system produces fonts so small that it causes eyesight problems for users.

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