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"I guess they are starting to catch on... ;-)" Read more
by Jason Flowers on TN bans password shares for Netflix, sites

"This is really incredible technology to experience. If you haven't had a chance yet, take a test drive." Read more
by Jason Flowers on Microsoft Sets Guinness Sales Record with Kinect

"I remember discussing this as a general idea 7 or 8 years ago with Mark and Jeff... Are we there yet?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Exotic nanodevice could let computers ditch slowpoke electrons and run thousands of times faster

"Can I get one that looks like Anakin Skywalker's?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Human Trials Next for Darpa’s Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

"Flying Car Gets FAA Approval The Federal Aviation Administration has just removed a major hurdle from the path of a vehicle that may well be the first commercially viable flying car. The agency has agreed to classify the Terrafugia Transition as a Light Sport Aircraft, even though the vehicle is 120 pounds too heavy to qualify for that class. " Read more
by Jason Flowers on The reality of flying cars

"All of this, a 256GB SSD, and a backlit keyboard... hard to resist!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Alienware M11x gets overseas Core i3 / i5 / i7 and NVIDIA Optimus update, US version due tomorrow?

"Don't buy this hypothesis... They would very likely not have a lack for energy resources since they're traveling the stars. They solved that problem. Being that advanced, they'd also likely be able to synthesize any other resource at a molecular level. So I don't see resources as a motivation, unless humans are the resource (slaves). I could see them being nomads as he imagines, but not looking for resources. More likely just a habitual environment to live, in which case, the Hawking outcome might be the same." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

"Cool, but creepy…" Read more
by Mark Hodson on New tech sees dead people

"Does this mean we should keep searching for Bigfoot? I mean, how can you not know there is a 6 foot lizard running around!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines

"Cool, but I still want a flying car!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on It's 2010 - finally my jet pack is here!

"Interesting the technologies used considering that Microsoft is a big investor in Facebook." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Technology Explained: How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts

"iTunes is great, but pricey; Netflix is better, but only offers 12K streaming downloads (I know… ‘only’); Perhaps Wal-Mart’s entry into this space will both lower the prices & provide more streaming content." Read more
by Mark Hodson on Walmart Jumps Into Online Movie Rentals, Buys Vudu

"I’ve often found InfoWorld’s commentaries to be anti-Microsoft and often unfounded. " Read more
by Mark Hodson on Fake Windows Expert Unmasked

"They say Spring 2010.. should be good. :-)" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"I wonder when the Wizarding World will be opening??" Read more
by Jason Flowers on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"Bertie Bott's every scented flower!!!" Read more
by Mark Hodson on Custom-scented flowers may be on the way

"I agree. I notice that they do not dispute the actual findings (that it runs VERY hot), but instead complain about the inferences. Those inferences are nothing more than the viewer’s commonsense and reasoning kicking in..." Read more
by Anonymous on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"Sounds like QLogic has weak case to me. It's conventional wisdom that excessive heat is bad for electronics. The industry spends billions on cooling. Making a case that reduced heat increases reliability is logical." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"That's just wrong..." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Microsoft Refused to Sell Xbox 360s to the Military for Training

"Cool, I want to play!" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Keep your 20-sided dice, I have D&D on the Surface

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Posted by: Mark Hodson on 3/29/2011 | 0 Comments

Netflix announced last night that Canadian users will, by default, receive lower-quality—and lower-bandwidth—streaming video. The change was made to protect users, "because many Canadian Internet service providers unfortunately enforce monthly caps on the total amount of data consumed."

Fast Internet connections could previously chew through 30-70GB of data while streaming 30 hours of Netflix video in a month. Data caps for the Rogers cable operator and for Bell Canada start at 2GB per month; cable operator Shaw starts at 15GB.


Data caps claim a victim: Netflix cuts streaming video quality

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Oracle support is too costly, according to 58 percent of respondents to a recent research firm study. However, a third expect to pay Oracle more in coming years. - About 58 percent of Oracle customers are dissatisfied with their cost of support, according to a new study published by research firm Computer Economics. Some 42 percent of those customers reported dissatisfaction with the quality of Oracles support. The 109 respondents included customers of Ora...

Oracle Support Too Costly, Say Business Customers: Study

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

In an exceptionally close PC Advisor poll that asked 'What will be your next smartphone operating system?', Google Android pipped the Apple iPhone's iOS by just 0.4 percent.

Poll: Google Android edges ahead of Apple iPhone

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is in a difficult position. The nonprofit organization can't certify that its open source Java runtime implementation—called Harmony—is compatible with Java standards because Oracle has refused to make the necessary test suites available under a suitable license. Oracle's decision to block Apache's Harmony project from being recognized as standards-compliant falls afoul of the rules that govern Java standardization and has raised serious questions about the openness of the programming language.

The non-profit ASF intends to fight back by using its seat in the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee to vote against the approval of Java 7, the next major version of the programming language. The ASF is calling for other concerned Java stakeholders to cast a similar nay vote to protest Oracle's breach of protocol. If the majority sides with the ASF, it would serve as a vote of no confidence in the JCP and Oracle's stewardship of the Java language.

Apache Foundation to vote down Java 7, protesting Oracle abuses

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 10/29/2010 | 0 Comments

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison on Tuesday vowed to prove that new Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker was in on a scheme to steal large amounts of Oracle software, when Apotheker was CEO of software maker SAP.

Oracle's Ellison vows to prove new HP CEO in on scheme

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 10/14/2010 | 0 Comments

Prime-time television is shedding audience at an increasing clip, with the most recent decline due not to crap shows such as High Society or The Marriage Ref, but to Apple.…

TV numbers sink as iOS usage rises

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 10/14/2010 | 0 Comments

Sony's first Google TV-powered Internet set will start selling next week. A 24-inch set will cost $600, while the 46-inch model will go for $1,400.Sony is making its biggest push yet into so-called connected televisions, unveiling a line of Google-enhanced sets — plus a Blu-ray player — that aim to fuse TV and Web content together in the living room.

Sony unveils its connected Google TV line

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 10/5/2010 | 0 Comments

OLED over again?

Toshiba has taken the wraps off what it claims is the "world's first" 3D TV that doesn't foist special glasses on its viewers.

Toshiba outs no-glasses 3D LED TV

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 9/30/2010 | 0 Comments

Dell hopes to expand its role in data centers beyond that of a low-cost hardware provider by offering a set of products for managing a virtual infrastructure.

Dell looks for a bigger role in the virtual data center

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 9/30/2010 | 0 Comments

Microsoft has partnered with Wordpress to move the millions of blogs hosted on the Windows Live Spaces blog publishing platform, which will be closed, the companies announced Monday.

Microsoft pulls plug on Live Spaces blog platform

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 9/30/2010 | 0 Comments

Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group said Monday Apple Inc. may roll out a thinner iPad with a built-in camera and mini-USB drive by June, later than some others have projected. (AAPL)

Report says new iPad won't land until Q2

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 9/22/2010 | 0 Comments

Sony began pushing out a firmware update for the PlayStation 3 that will allow the consoles to play 3D Blu-ray Disc titles.

Sony adds Blu-ray 3D support to PlayStation 3

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 9/21/2010 | 0 Comments

For many years, the mantra of the computer industry — and computer users — was “more power!” Faster chips, faster hard drives, and as much memory as...

The Importance of Maximum I/O Performance to Virtualization and Green Computing

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 9/21/2010 | 0 Comments

Intel threatened legal action Friday against anybody who uses its proprietary crypto key -- leaked on the internet -- to produce hardware that defeats the so-called HDCP technology that limits home recording of digital television and Blu-ray. “There

Intel will sue anyone who uses HDCP crack

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 9/9/2010 | 0 Comments

District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema has granted Mircosoft a temporary restraining order giving MS license to bring down the 276 domains associated with the Waledac botnet. This is a pretty big deal, both in terms of pulling the plug on one of the most notorious botnets as well as the precedent it sets to take action against similar zombie PC rings.

Microsoft receives the go ahead to bring the pain to botnets.

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