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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 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

Level 3's spat with Comcast over fees for bandwidth traffic will be looked into by the Federal Communications Commission. - Level 3 Communications has accused U.S. cable provider Comcast Communications of imposing an unfair fee on bandwidth traffic. As a provider of fiber-based communications services, Level 3 helps stream Netflix's television shows and movies to consumers. Now U.S. regulators are getting involved. ...

FCC to Investigate Comcast, Level 3 Spat over Broadband Traffic Fees

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

Hoping to pique the interest of the cloud-curious enterprise, data-integration software provider Informatica has unveiled a low-cost, cloud-based data integration service, called Informatica Cloud Express. Pricing for the service, which will be available in January, will start at $99 per month, and will allow up to 250 integration jobs per day.

Informatica debuts pay-as-you-go data integration service

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/3/2010 | 0 Comments

If you need to ask what kind, you aren't allowed to know

Emulex is offloading encryption to its HBAs and working with Compellent, EMC, HDS and Big Blue to integrate them with storage arrays and key managers.…

Emulex encrypts data before it gets into the array

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/3/2010 | 0 Comments

Oracle announced late Wednesday that it has taken a 10.2 percent stake in Mellanox Technologies, maker of Infiniband interconnects for servers and storage systems.

Oracle takes stake in Infiniband vendor Mellanox

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/3/2010 | 0 Comments

Intel is working with a group of Taiwanese companies and a government research center on a project that aims to slash the cost of a data center by nearly half.

Intel joins bid to halve the cost of data centers

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 10/26/2010 | 0 Comments

Today in “Old media versus the Internet,” the Wall Street Journal is reporting that major studios ABC (owned by Disney), CBS (part of CBS Corp) and NBC (owned by GE) have joined Hulu in blocking Google TV from accessing the available television episodes on their websites.

Various timeworn concerns such as lack of a viable business model for content owners, content being cannibalized by the Internet as well as Google’s as of yet unknown position on piracy led to each individual network’s decision to opt out.

A Google spokesperson told the WSJ:

“Google TV enables access to all the Web content you already get today on your phone and PC, but it is ultimately the content owners’ choice to restrict their fans from accessing their content on the platform.”

ABC, CBS And NBC Shut Out Google TV: Fox And MTV Still Available

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 10/26/2010 | 0 Comments

Click here to read Netflix Streaming Video Is 20 Percent of Peak US Internet Traffic

A recent study says that 20 percent of all downstream internet traffic during peak times in the US is Netflix streaming. No wonder Netflix is considering disc-less, streaming-only subscriptions. More »

Netflix Streaming Video Is 20 Percent of Peak US Internet Traffic [NetFlix]

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

The possible buyers eyeing F5 Networks include International Business Machines Corp, Dell Inc, Hewlett-Packard Co, Oracle Corp, Juniper Networks Inc and Cisco Systems Inc. CALIFORNIA: Shares of F5 ...

Tech giants eye F-5 Networks acquisition

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

The Microsoft pedigree of senior executives at Juniper Networks has infused a new software centrism within the routing and switching company.

The Microsofting of Juniper Networks

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 9/12/2010 | 0 Comments

Cisco says the 'Here you are' worm accounted for between 6 and 14 percent of all spam for a few hours Thursday.

Cisco: 'Here You Have' Worm Caused Brief Havoc

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

At VMworld, 10 Gigabit Ethernet is touted as a complement to I/O-intensive virtual environments.
Virtualization, 10 GbE meet at VMworld 2010

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 8/31/2010 | 0 Comments

Cisco has fixed a bug in its IOS (Internetwork Operating System) router software that contributed to a brief Internet blackout last week, thought to have affected about 1% of the Internet.

Cisco patches bug that crashed 1% of Internet

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 7/12/2010 | 0 Comments

Exclusive Microsoft's $14bn server and tools unit has undergone a major shake up in order to squeeze money from the Windows Azure cloud without cannibalizing Windows Server and tools. The unit has ramped up product and business development executives

Major Microsoft re-org to avert Windows' cloud cannibalization

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 6/24/2010 | 0 Comments

Trying to describe Juniper's UAC is difficult, because Juniper's NAC strategy has its tendrils in virtually every security product the company makes, from firewalls to switches to SSL VPNs.

Juniper NAC: Powerful, complex

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