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Comment Re:Capped. (Score 1) 328

> There is precious little data to suggest tethering users actually use more data.

There is data, though no carrier would publish those.

You wouldn't fire up HD videos on the small screen of the handset, even if the bandwidth would be available. With a large screen and a real keyboard you have more opportunities using up the available bandwidth. Also there is little motivation downloading ISOs (legitimate or otherwise) on your handset. Even with OTA phones usually don't get 100 MB of OS-patches a week (there are even features to throttle the bandwidth to the Windows and Apple update servers during peak-hours, I kid you not).

Also "flat"-rates which are only intended to be used with handsets are made cheaper so that selling a new smartphone along with a new contract is made easier. As I once saw in a presentation from a large Performance Enhancement Proxy vendor: "Bandwidth is a gas". Give the users the possibility to use it, and they will certainly use it until all capacity is maxed out. Especially in times where carriers are investing buckets full of money to set up 4G networks they are afraid of one thing: That subscribers will use the extra capacity to go to online movie rental shops who're going to make the profit - and extra capacity doesn't necessarily lead to new subscribers... That latter will most probably happen, I saw it happen a few times after large mobile network expansions. (Adding more GGSN to the network, therefore distributing the subscriber's traffic over more internet handovers points than before)

Future tariffs will be
* different bandwidths (256k, 2M, 5M, something along those lines)
* different caps

The whole anti-tethering thing is not greed, but Angst. Sure, mobile phone carriers have a problem with their business models. But a mobile phone carrier ain't just another ISP: They have to run a mobile network only to be ALSO an ISP. And that's expensive. Really, really expensive.


Comment Crazy figures (Score 1) 151

I wonder how a small firm like TomorrowNow with 400 service-contracts - and a net profit of ~50 mio. USD in the time frame in question - can make a such a damage.
A, maybe it's because Oracle bought the companies who made the software TomorrowNow was offering services for...


Submission + - A Better Rice For The World (

yalla writes: I had the chance to ask Dr. Ram Samudrala, the head of the "Nutritious Rice For The World Project", a couple of question.
The Rice-project is a distributed computing project — run by IBM through their World Community Grid program — which wants to find the most promising strains of rice which are most nutritious and give farmers hints which varietes to cross. It does this by simulating protein-folding, starting with nothing but the plain genome, finally figuring out the actual geometric form of the expressed protein. Geometrical form defines function, so knowing how proteins look like gives hints what function the proteins actually have.
The Rice-project is now over and I talked to Dr. Samudrala about his experiences with the World Community Grid, BOINC, his project and what the next steps are.


Submission + - Scientific R&D At Home

An anonymous reader writes: Hello, I'm currently on the cusp of getting myself a new hobby and making some investments. There's a few areas that interest me greatly, from playing with EEG/ECG and trying to put together a DIY sleep lab, to astronomy etc. I'm somewhat hesitant to get into some of these areas because (despite the potentially short lived enjoyment factor) I'm not convinced that they are areas that would lend themselves to making new discoveries in the home and with home equipment, which is what I'd rally like to do. I've also read quite a number of articles on 'bio hacking' and the subject seemed interesting but it also seemed futile without an expensive lab (not to mention years of experience!). The question I'm trying to ask is what R&D hobbies do slashdotters have that provide them with opportunities to make interesting discoveries and potentially chart new territory in the home? Do such hobbies exist?

Submission + - Air Force sets date to fly Mach-6 scramjet (

coondoggie writes: The US Air Force said it was looking to launch its 14-foot long X-51A Waverider on its first hypersonic flight test attempt May 25. The unmanned X-51A is expected to fly autonomously for five minutes, after being released from a B-52 Stratofortress off the southern coast of California. The Waverider is powered by a supersonic combustion scramjet engine, and will accelerate to about Mach 6 as it climbs to nearly 70,000 feet. Once flying the X-51 will transmit vast amounts of data to ground stations about the flight, then splash down into the Pacific. There are no plans to recover the flight test vehicle, one of four built, the Air Force stated.

Submission + - Valve discusses appeal of PS3 development (

An anonymous reader writes: Valve’s resistance towards developing PS3 games is routinely portrayed as the studio harbouring an agenda against Sony’s flagship console, yet studio boss Gabe Newell suggests the issue is far more complex than it seems.

Newell confessed that he can’t explain why Valve isn’t yet making PS3 games “without having to detail this pretty long process about how we evaluate those kinds of decisions.” However, in a wide-ranging interview, the company’s co-founder appeared positive about the potential of the PS3.

”There are a lot of interesting things about the PS3, and easily the most interesting thing is the number of [Steam-user] customers who have PS3s,” he said.

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