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Submission + - Turbotax.com locks out Linux users (pastebin.com)

whtmarker writes: Despite supporting kindle fire and chromebook http://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/online/system-requirements_thickbox.jsp, linux users are finding themselves locked out of the turbotax website. Even two weeks ago, there when was an option to continue into the website, despite using linux thus not meeting the minimum requirements for the site. Dozens of linux users are frustrated http://pastebin.com/JhTAnnxA but this illustrates a general problem of cloud services. You can be locked out of your data and denied service on a whim.

Submission + - Netflix to start streaming in canada (www.cbc.ca)

whtmarker writes: Netflix is launching its streaming service in Canada this fall. It will likely feature a different set of content due to different broadcasting rights in each country. This will be the first time Netflix has offered its services outside the U.S. They have been selling netflix enabled devices up there for some time. This allows netflix to gain market share on hulu, while amazon VOD and apple TV are still drowning in the pay per download model, which while successful for MP3s is not as successful as a subscription service.

Submission + - Obama, MediaTech, Inauguration & Clogged Inter (technewsworld.com)

whtmarker writes: "The Inauguration showcased some new technologies, interesting but not life changing.
From technewsworld.com: Yes They Can — but So What?.

Barack Obama has made it as clear as a 1080p high-definition image that he intends to be the Digital President.... The intense interest in the [inauguration] clogged the Internets right around the time Obama placed his hand on Abraham Lincoln's Bible, raising new questions about whether streaming media was ready for prime time... Yeah, it's kind of cool to finger-flick from a photo of Obama... but audiences raised on "CSI" software fantasies weren't likely to be overwhelmed by 2-D turned into 3-D turned back into 2-D on your TV, even if your TV is HD.

During inauguration coverage, GeoEye was also featured, which will be a google maps supplier later in 2009."


Submission + - Olympics Opening Ceremonies Fireworks a CG Fake (sky.com)

whtmarker writes: In the build up to the olympic opening ceremonies, I heard, You won't believe your eyes. Turns out they weren't kidding.

The global television audience of more than three billion people watched in amazement as a series of giant footprints outlined in fireworks proceeded through the night sky from Tiananmen Square to the Bird's Nest stadium — except they were watching a computer animation. Even the giant television screens within the stadium itself broadcast the fake images.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Sleep Talker Online - Rising Internet Star (nateatnight.com) 3

whtmarker writes: As early as he can remember, Nate has been a sleep talker. He is quite audible, and even shouts sometimes. He is simply hilarious and his recordings are post online. From quoting monty python "He's already got one!", back to the future, to singing, or talking with an accent, Nate is a more interesting person at night than in the day, and a burgeoning internet star.

Submission + - new lung disease caused by microwave popcorn fumes (www.cbc.ca)

popcorn popping on the apricot tree writes: "The Associated Press brings us,

A pulmonary specialist at Denver's National Jewish Medical and Research Center has written to federal agencies to say doctors there believe they have the first case of a consumer who developed lung disease from the fumes of microwaving popcorn several times a day for years.
As the first consumer case, does this mean this happens all the time before in industrial settings?"


Submission + - subtract DRM, add 256kpbs tracks = Apple iTunes+

whtmarker writes: "iTunes will continue to offer its entire catalog, currently over five million songs, in the same versions as today — 128 kbps AAC encoding with DRM — at the same price of 99 cents per song, alongside the higher quality iTunes Plus versions when available. In addition, iTunes customers can now easily upgrade their library of previously purchased EMI content to iTunes Plus tracks for just 30 cents a song and $3.00 for most albums."

Submission + - HP Recruiting using Second Life

virtualJobsGetPaidVirtualMoney writes: A Computer Science student graduating with a bachelor's degree looking for a full-time position has been contacted by HP for an virtual interview.

Representatives from Hewlett Packard have released the following opportunity. HP will be interviewing in the virtual world for real-world jobs! This is a first for HP and encourage students to try it out, especially if they are already Second Life players.
Interviewing is already so subjective, would this method of interviewing truly yield a qualified candidate?

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