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Submission + - Google Rolls Out VP9 Encoding for YouTube (

An anonymous reader writes: The YouTube engineering blog announced that they've begun encoding videos with Google's open VP9 codec. Their goal is to use the efficiency of VP9 to bring better quality video to people in low-bandwidth areas, and to spur uptake of 4K video in more developed areas. "[I]f your Internet connection used to only play up to 480p without buffering on YouTube, it can now play silky smooth 720p with VP9."

Submission + - NVIDIA GTX 460 $200 GPU Tops Value Charts (

Vigile writes: While $1200 graphics cards might get a lot of attention from enthusiasts, the majority of PC gamers fall into the sub-$200 world and NVIDIA's latest graphics card fits perfectly into that niche. The GeForce GTX 460 comes in both 1GB and 768MB versions and will sell for $229 and $199 respectively. Based on a new design of the existing GPU, the GF104 chip also goes through a fairly dramatic architecture shift that includes rebalancing CUDA cores (shaders) in relation to the tessellation engines and texture units. In the end though what matters is performance and value and the GTX 460 delivers on both counts handily beating the $199 HD 5830 from AMD.

Study Finds Google Is More Trusted Than Traditional Media 155

According to a study by market research company Zogby International, people trust Google, Apple, and Microsoft more than the traditional media. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter scored lowest on the trust scale, but still soundly beat the media. From the article: "The traditional media received little sympathy from the public, with only eight percent of all adults and six percent of young adults saying they trusted them."

Submission + - "Proof of Concept" for Ajax without JavaScript ( writes: Even if Ajax was backronymed to "Asynchronous JavaScript and XML", it works with JSON substituted for XML. Here's a proof of concept that JavaScript/VBScript are not strictly necessary either. The technique, besides being used standalone, may be useful to provide a better "graceful degradation" for Ajax applications used by clients with scripting turned off.
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Submission + - Time Warner Cable to Test Tiered Bandwidth Caps (

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "According to a leaked internal memo, Time Warner Cable is testing out tiered bandwidth caps in their Beaumont, TX division as a way to fairly balance the needs of heavy users against the limited amount of shared bandwidth cable can provide. The plan is to offer various service tiers with bandwidth fees for overuse, as well as a bandwidth meter customers can use to help them stay within their allotment. If it works out, they will consider a nation-wide rollout. Interestingly, the memo also claims that 5% of subscribers use over 50% of the total network bandwidth."

Submission + - Monkey Controls Robot Using Only its Mind 1

joejor writes: Not as frightening as a telekinetic monkey but just as awesome: a monkey in North Carolina managed to make a robot all the way in Japan walk using only the power of its mind. The monkey's brain activity made the humanoid robot walk using a really complicated system of sensors and networks. This marks the first time that brain activity has been used to make a robot walk. Read all about it here.

Submission + - Is Microsoft Charging JVC For Linux Use?

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has signed a patent cross-licensing deal with JVC, under which the balance of payments flows toward Microsoft. The companies aren't releasing details, but Microsoft has previously signed Linux "protection" agreements with Linux users or distributors like Samsung, Novell, Xandros and others under which Microsoft gets paid in exchange for not suing. Microsoft, of course, has claimed that Linux violates 42 of its patents. So the thinking is that JVC may be paying Microsoft to use Linux. InformationWeek in a story about the deal notes that JVC uses Linux in its streaming video networking gear and other products.

Submission + - None more black 2

toxcspdrmn writes: Bad news for Spinal Tap fans. The BBC reports that researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, have produced the darkest known material by manufacturing "forests" of carbon nanotubes. This forms a surface that absorbs or scatters 99.9% of all incident light.

Submission + - Personal encryption tested in U.S. District Court 1

Senior Frac writes: A U.S. District Court is reviewing a case where a man has refused to give his encryption password over to authorities. This individual, from Vermont, is accused of having child porn on his laptop and is refusing to hand over his encryption password. His defense is one of self-incrimination. This ruling is one that is important beyond the child porn aspect into other, less onerous, cases, so I would encourage everyone to look past the scumbag defendant and at our own data.

Submission + - ThinkPads Now Shipping with SLED 10 (

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time ever the ThinkPad is available with Linux preinstalled. Today Lenovo started to roll out ThinkPads with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on select T61 and R61 models. The company is touting SUSE's security and stability as well as it's lower total cost of ownership over that other operating system. Lenovo's Linux-equipped notebooks will not be any cheaper than Windows models though as Lenovo will be offering direct support for buyers.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Memory goes multicore (

DJ_X-man writes: An independant cryptanalyst

claims to have found the solution to memory bottlenecks in multicore microprocessor systems. By integrating a smart controller next to the RAM chip, it should be possible to provide parallel access for several hundred concurrent processes. The design is supposedly possible to implement in RAM as well as non-volatile RAM, potentially increasing the speed in solid state drives as well. Could this be the groundbreaking technology that will skyrocket the performance of multicore processors?

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Submission + - Constitution Visitors Expelled for Caps/T-Shirts (

wonkavader writes: "On Jan 12, members of John Niremberg's impeachment march (which started over a month ago in Boston) were either denied entry to or expelled from the National Archives for wearing clothing printed with the articles of the Constitution concerning impeachment."

The National Archives bars or boots people with parts of the constitution printed on T-Shirts? Yikes. The excuse used was that the Archives security should prevent protests in the Archives, but clearly, the people were expelled because of who they were, not what they did (which was apparently nothing other than get in line to see the Constitution). Does a national resource have the right to expel anyone based on political leanings? (The audio referenced is a little shrill, but has some interesting details.)

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