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  1. The RIAA's Latest PR Strategy: Gibberish

    News.com sat down for an interview with Cary Sherman and Mitch Bainwol, the president and chairman, respectively, of the RIAA, who did little to improve their maligned reputations. When asked if they regret suing people like 12-year-old girls and grandmothers, Sherman says yes, and that they're "feeling pretty good", then goes on with some lines that pay lip service to the idea that they're interested in coming up with new business models, rather than just using litigation as the cornerstone of their strategy. The most egregious comment, though, comes from Bainwol, who says "nobody" has any problem with DRM and copy protection. While consumers might not know what DRM is, they know when they songs they've purchased won't play on their new MP3 player, because it's not compatible, or when they can't burn a CD to their computer because a record label thinks they're a criminal, or when the copy protection on a CD opens their computer up to hackers. People understand the restrictions copy protection and DRM impose on them and content they've legally bought, even if they are unfamiliar with the term. Bainwol's belief that "nobody" has a problem with DRM fuels his efforts to mandate the use of copy protection by law, and it's a belief that [will] ultimately undo the music industry.

  2. Symantec AntiVirus Worm Hole Puts Millions at Risk

    By Ryan Naraine ~ eWEEK.com

    A gaping security flaw in the latest versions of Symantec's anti-virus software suite could put millions of users at risk of a debilitating worm attack, Internet security experts warned May 25.

    "This is definitely wormable. Once exploited, you get a command shell that gives you complete access to the machine. You can remove, edit or destroy files at will," said eEye Digital Security spokesperson Mike Puterbaugh.

    "We have confirmed that an attacker can execute code without the user clicking or opening anything," Puterbaugh said.

    Symantec's anti-virus software is deployed on more than 200 million systems in both the enterprise and consumer markets, and the threat of a network worm attack is very real.


  3. right click folder and in Properties > Attributes > [check] Hidden

    and make sure in Folder Options  ~  Hidden files arn't shown.

    Grandma won't see it and you can just go back to Folder Options

    and set it to view hidden file when you need to . .

    remember to set it back when your done.

  4. Getting Fiber to Homes Faster

    By Kate Greene

    A new circuit that combines electrical and optical components could speed the deployment of fiber-optic networks to homes, which would usher in a host of new services, including Internet-protocol television. The technology is currently being developed by a handful of companies in both the United States and Japan.

    Today, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is available in only about 15 U.S. cities, as well as some urban areas in Japan, Korea, and China, in part because it takes a huge investment of time and money to build all the infrastructure: to dig new trenches, to lay new fiber, and to install the fiber utility box on homes.

    But there's another hold up: it's expensive to manufacture and deploy all the individual optic-fiber devices, called "triplexers," that must be affixed to houses. These triplexers, which come into play where the fiber connects to the home, contain the electrical and optical components that guide and collect the data-carrying photons that become Web pages, telephone calls, or video.

    Today's triplexers are made in two separate steps: optical waveguides are deposited on a chip, and then separately housed lasers and detectors must be carefully aligned and attached to the waveguides. Since much of the alignment must be done manually, manufacturing is costly and time-consuming, says Mario Dagenais, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland. The new triplexer PLC technology is able to integrate optical and electrical components onto a single chip, Dagenais says, by borrowing well-honed processes from semiconductor chip manufacturing.

    As of February 2006, 3.6 million homes in the United States had the capability for a direct fiber connection, yet there were only about 548,000 subscribers, according to the Fiber-to-the-Home Council and Telecommunications Industry Association.

    Technology Review Inc. MIT


    House panel votes for Net neutrality

    "update WASHINGTON--A bill that seeks to prevent broadband providers from offering an exclusive high-speed lane for video and other services has taken a step closer to becoming law."

    "By a 20-13 vote Thursday that partially followed party lines, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would require broadband providers to abide by strict Net neutrality principles, meaning that their networks must be operated in a "nondiscriminatory" manner."

  5. Dell to Sell PCs With Google Software, Person Says (Update2)

    May 25 (Bloomberg) -- Dell Inc., the world's biggest maker of personal computers, will sell PCs installed with Google Inc. software, dealing a setback to Microsoft Corp.'s long-time control of the desktop, according to a person briefed on the deal.

    Under the three-year agreement, Google will pay Dell to install its PCs with Google programs for searching hard drives and e-mail as well as its Web browser tool bar, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the agreement is confidential. The deal may be announced today, the person said.

    The pact is a victory for Google, the world's most-used search engine, putting its software before 100 million new PC owners over the life of the deal. Until now, Microsoft's Internet browser and services have been the default settings on Dell PCs and the agreement may derail Microsoft's attempts to draw users to its search services with its new Windows operating system.

  6. Microsoft has unveiled a new photo format called "Windows Media Photo." This new file format, designed specifically for digital photographs or all continuous-tone still images, surpasses the limitations of existing image formats.

    Senior program manager for WMP, Bill Crow, said that Windows Media Photo will easily enable 25:1 compression ratios for most uses of digital photography, compared to a maximum of about 12:1 for consumer JPEG images before images visibly degrade. If true, this will allow current memory cards and hard drives to store twice as many photographs ~ at the same quality level.

    Windows Media Photo Version 0.9 will ship with Windows Vista and WinFX Runtime Components Beta 2. Microsoft will also release tools to support WMP on existing Windows XP systems.

    Windows Media Photo supports a wide range of features including:

    Multiple color formats for display or print

    Fixed or floating point, high-dynamic-range image encoding

    Lossless or high-quality lossy compression

    Extremely efficient decoding for multiple resolutions and sub-regions

    Minimal overhead for format conversion or transformations during decoding

    [related stories; Microsoft shows off JPEG rival, Microsoft beats JPEG with new photo format for Vista]

  7. Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael Copps has said the FCC is authorized under Title 1 of the Communications Act of 1934 to create agency rules to combat breaches of net neutrality. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Copps suggested that the FCC would be protecting the public interest by writing and enforcing clear agency rules designed to prevent broadband service providers from accepting money from content providers in exchange for preferential bandwidth treatment, or from interfering with the content of competitors. In contrast to the approach advocated by Copps, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin in August 2005 succeeded in passing a set of broad net neutrality principles for service providers to abide by, favoring a more deregulatory approach than Copps.

    Legal precedent suggests that the FCC may have the authority to draft strict net neutrality regulations. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing in 2004 for the majority in National Cable & Telecommunications Association vs. Brand X Internet Services, said that Internet service providers can be subjected to FCC-imposed "special regulatory duties" under Title 1.

    The House Judiciary Committee is currently marking up the Network Neutrality Act of 2006 [PDF text], sponsored by committee chairman Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), that would apply federal antitrust law to alleged neutrality violations. A sister bill, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act [PDF text] is currently in the Senate Commerce Committee. That proposal, sponsored by Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Daniel Inouye (D-HI), would amend the Communication Act of 1934 to obligate internet service providers to not "block, interfere with, discriminate against, impair or degrade" access to any internet content, or from bargaining with content providers to provide faster service.

    [source: Copps: FCC Can Impose Net Neutrality]


    [side Note: Fastest Internet Ever Coming Your Way]

    "Much of the research for Internet2 is based around its high-performance backbone, called Abilene, that currently runs at up to 10 Gbps. But the Internet2 group is planning to upgrade Abilene to 80 separate channels of 10 Gbps each, using different wavelengths transmitted over fiber-optic cable. These channels could produce a mind-boggling 800 Gbps of bandwidth."

    With these high-capacity networks practically asking to be used "as much as possible," when will the general public see the next-gen Net?

    In part, we already are. According to the Internet2 consortium, there are about four million people -- including students in grade schools and colleges, and researchers in university, corporate, or government labs -- using extremely high-speed networks. The students in particular are expected to hasten the technology's mainstream adoption. "They're going to graduate and move into the world, and that's going to drive demand in the marketplace," says Internet2's Rotman.

    Many of the next-gen Net projects are accessible to the public in formats that allow viewing on DSL or cable modem. The University of Washington, for instance, runs ResearchChannel, a consortium of 30 universities and organizations. Immersion Presents regularly makes taped videos of its expeditions available at its Web site.

    Commercial uses of the next-gen Net are beginning as well. For example, Ruckus Networks in Herndon, Virginia, uses high-speed local area networks to deliver legal versions of movies and music from college-situated servers to students. Recently, it began using Internet2 to deliver new offerings to the University of Idaho.

    But when will we have, say, 40 to 100 Mbps or more in the home? "Internet speed is only as good as the last mile," notes Sowmyanarayan Sampath, an analyst at the Boston Consulting Group, a technology research firm. The main backbones of the old, familiar Internet are already fiber optic; it's that last leg to your home that's the problem, as transmission usually comes over on slower phone or cable lines.

    "It will be three to four years before very high speed connections start really moving into homes in the U.S.," he says, as either fiber or as new upgrades of DSL or cable. He expects that fiber itself will probably add between one and two million homes each year.

  8. Planet shine 'to aid life search'

    By Jonathan Amos ~ BBC News science reporter

    Earth-like planets around distant stars may be too far away to be reached by spacecraft but scientists could still investigate whether they harbour life.

    Telescope technologies are being developed that will probe the very faint light from these objects for tell-tale signs of biology.

    These are the same "life markers" known to be present in light reflected off the Earth - so-called "earthshine".

    They include signatures for water, and gases such as oxygen and methane.

    "This gives you some information on habitability," said Wesley Traub, chief scientist on the US space agency's (Nasa) Navigator Program which specialises in the search for far-off worlds.

    "These are only signs of life; they are only indicators. You can't actually detect the life itself crawling or sliming around on the surface of the planet," he told the American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly here in Baltimore, US.

    In the glare

    Traub is hopeful Nasa will approve the funds necessary to launch a Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) mission some time in the next decade.

    It will comprise two space-borne observatories which will hunt down and study Earth-sized planets orbiting stars at distances where liquid water could exist and sustain life.

    Europe has a similar, ambitious mission under consideration known as Darwin.

    Essential to these observatories' success will be a new generation of instrumentation capable of seeing past the blinding glare of the parent star to pick out only the faint light reflected off the distant world's surface.


  9. From The Wall Street Journal Online Should the Net Be Neutral?

    The "net neutrality" debate has reached a fever pitch as Congress mulls legislation that would allow Internet service providers to charge Web sites for preferred delivery of digital content.

    Net neutrality advocates, including Internet giants like Google and Amazon.com, are lobbying Congress to preserve the status quo in which all Web content is treated the same. Phone and cable providers such as AT&T and Comcast say they should be able to sell premium tiers of service since they are investing billions to build broadband networks.

    Congress is considering several competing pieces of legislation. One bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R., Texas), embodies the phone company view, while another bill recently introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R., Wisc.) supports net neutrality. Both the House and Senate will hold hearings this week.


  10. . . .here's another one on the way!

    Island-hopping virus' ferocity exposed 23 May 2006; Helen Pearson

    Joint-crippling disease threatens to spread across the globe.

    Scientists have found clues as to why a little-known virus is disabling hundreds of thousands of Indian Ocean island dwellers, in an outbreak that threatens to spread further around the world. It seems the virus has adopted a genetic change that may make it more efficient at invading the mosquitoes that carry it from person to person.

    The chikungunya virus has infected around one-third of the population (about 250,000 people) on the French island of R

  11. New Samsung Notebook Replaces Hard Drive With Flash

    By Mark Hachman ~ ExtremeTech 

    Samsung Electronics said Tuesday that it will launch two mobile computers in early June that will do away with hard drives altogether, replacing them with 32 gigabytes of NAND flash memory. The notebooks will be the first to use flash memory as the main storage device.

    <img src="http://imagehouze.com/uploader/files/126/SamaungFlash.jpg" alt="SamaungFlash.jpg" />

    The use of flash memory will allow the computers to enjoy several advantages, according to Samsung. Perhaps the most significant, according to the company, is that the Q30-SSD will operate in complete silence, lacking the quiet chatter of the hard drive or even a processor fan. The Q30 will include a 1.2-GHz Intel Celeron M 753, which will likely be passively cooled.

    In addition, the two devices will boot approximately 25 percent to 50 percent faster, reading and writing data at 53 Mbytes/s and 23 Mbytes/s, respectively, significantly faster than a typical 4,200-RPM hard drive. But faster magnetic hard drives, such as Seagate's 5,400-RPM Momentus drive, offer burst transfer rates of 57.6 Mbytes/s.

    The NT-Q30-SSD will include the Celeron 753, a 12.1-inch WXGA (1280x768) display, 512 Mbytes of RAM, an Intel GMA 900 integrated chipset, an ultraslim optical drive, 56K modem, IEEE 802.11g Wi-Fi, internal sound, a DMB digital TV tuner, and either a 3-cell or a 6-cell battery, all in a 1.14-kg (2.51 pounds) chassis. The notebook will measure 287.7 x 197.5 x 18.0 to 23.8 mm.

    The NT-Q1-SSD, meanwhile, will weigh just 751 grams. Inside the case the ultraportable will house a 900-MHz Celeron M 353 microprocessor, a a 7-inch 800 x 480 TFT-LCD, 512 Mbytes of RAM, a GMA 900 integrated chipset, a 10/100 Fast Ethernet connection as well as IEEE 802.11b/g wireless LAN, internal sound, a DMB TV tuner, and either the 3-cell or 6-cell battery. The NT-Q1-SSD will measure 227.5 x 139.5 x 24.5 to 26.5 mm, Samsung said.


  12.             Tim Berners-Lee

    <img src="http://imagehouze.com/uploader/files/126/TimBernersLee.jpg" alt="TimBernersLee.jpg" />

    British inventor of the World Wide Web

    Born in London in 1955

    Read physics at Queen's College, Oxford

    Banned from using university PC for hacking

    Built own computer with old TV, a Motorola microprocessor and soldering iron

    Created web in late 1980s and early 1990s at Cern

    Offered it free on the net

    Founded World Wide Web Consortium at MIT in 1994

    Named by Time magazine as one of the top 20 thinkers of the 20th century

    Knighted in 2003

      Sir Tim created his hypertext program while he was at the particle physics institute, Cern, in Geneva.  The computer code he came up with let scientists easily share research findings across a computer network. In the early 1990s, it was dubbed the "world wide web", and is still the basis of the web as we know it. The famously modest man never went on to commercialise his work. Instead he worked on expanding the use of the net as a channel for free expression and collaboration.

    Web inventor warns of 'dark' net

    By Jonathan Fildes

    BBC News science and technology reporter in Edinburgh 

    The web should remain neutral and resist attempts to fragment it into different services, web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said.

    Recent attempts in the US to try to charge for different levels of online access web were not "part of the internet model," he said in Edinburgh.

    He warned that if the US decided to go ahead with a two-tier internet, the network would enter "a dark period".

    Sir Tim was speaking at the start of a conference on the future of the web.

    "What's very important from my point of view is that there is one web," he said.

    "Anyone that tries to chop it into two will find that their piece looks very boring."

    The World Wide Web Consortium, of which Sir Tim is the director, believes in an open model.

    This is based on the concept of network neutrality, where everyone has the same level of access to the web and that all data moving around the web is treated equally.

    This view is backed by companies like Microsoft and Google, who have called for legislation to be introduced to guarantee net neutrality.

    The first steps towards this were taken last week when members of the US House of Representatives introduced a net neutrality bill.

    But telecoms companies in the US do not agree. They would like to implement a two-tier system, where data from companies or institutions that can pay are given priority over those that cannot.

  13. One Laptop Per Child



    Laptop Prototype Unveiled

    By BetaNews Staff, BetaNews

    May 23, 2006, 4:11 PM

    The One Laptop Per Child foundation unveiled the first working prototype of its $100 laptop at the Seven Countries Task Force Meeting on Tuesday. The device runs Fedora Linux and features a color screen, Wi-Fi, a 500MHz processor, and 1GB of flash memory.

    The prototype unit, decked out in yellow and orange, has "horns" that flip up to function as Wi-Fi antennae and cover the USB and audio ports when not in use. The keyboard sports recessed buttons much like Apple's new MacBook, and a handle on the back is designed to make transport easier.

    . . .still looking for the crank, but now we know it has "horns" at least!!

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