Thursday, April 28, 2005

Dutch plans for iPod tax could kill MP3 industry | The Register

This is a horrible thing. But what if it could be used for good?

What if the cost of music players did jump to 700 dollars and the "music industry" would sell these to you and you could load them with as much music you want from whatever they have license to?

Howabout putting the cost of the music in the device that plays it, not the files (media) themselves?

Dutch plans for iPod tax could kill MP3 industry | The Register: "Or the Dutch could just become a nation without iPods. I wonder how happy that would make them?"

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Fuel cell pulls hydrogen out of bacteria | CNET News.com

Back To The Future's "Mr. Trash" comes closer to reality

Fuel cell pulls hydrogen out of bacteria | CNET News.com: "Researchers at Penn State University and Ion Power
have developed a process for fuel cells that can harvest the hydrogen
produced when bacteria consume organic matter. The process can yield
four times more hydrogen than the ordinary fermentation process."

Monday, April 25, 2005

Visiting the Pirate's Lair - Where to buy fake DVDs in Shanghai? Try a fake restaurant. By Henry Blodget

A very good point.


Visiting the Pirate's Lair - Where to buy fake DVDs in Shanghai? Try a fake restaurant. By Henry Blodget: "On tables in the center were piles of loose DVDs. I picked up Shark Tale, an authentic-looking box emblazoned with an odd blurb from the Chicago Tribune: "Dated … and only intermittently funny." Shark Tale was a movie I would not have paid to see and would not have bought for full-price. At $1, however, why not? This, of course, reveals one of the two fallacies in the media industry's assertion that file-sharing and DVD piracy are the same as 'stealing': Some of the supposed damages from 'lost sales' would never have been sales in the first place. The other fallacy is that the 'theft' of digital property is the same as the theft of physical property—which it isn't. When someone steals a physical product—a car, say, or a DVD from the shelves of Blockbuster—the owner has lost more than a potential sale; he or she has lost inventory. When someone buys a copy of a digital product, however, for which the owner of the copyright has paid nothing, the owner has lost only a potential sale. This doesn't make file-sharing or DVD piracy OK—there must be some way for producers and packagers to get paid—but it does explain, in part, why millions of people who would never shoplift are so eager to collect pirated DVDs."

Friday, April 22, 2005

Link List: Programs which record streaming audio

This is conglomeration from engadget's post which users responded to:

They recommend these programs:
http://ripcast.com/
http://www.bitcartel.com/radiolover/
http://www.wmrecorder.com/rm_recorder.php
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/video_capture_tools/streambox_vcr_suite.cfm
http://www.replay-radio.com/
http://www.mp3-mac.com/AppsDload/iNet.html
http://www.bitcartel.com/irecordmusic/
http://www.highcriteria.com/
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
http://www.quinnware.com/

Bluetooth -- USATODAY.com - Making sense of life without wires

A great description of bluetooth for the common man.

USATODAY.com - Making sense of life without wires: "I'm guessing that Danish King Harald Blatand said little or nothing
about wireless networking during his reign in the 10th century. And
that he probably didn't imagine his name would be associated with a
21st century wireless technology."

Thursday, April 21, 2005

How-To Hacks finalist: Controlling your home with your PSP - Engadget - www.engadget.com /

Uhm, I want to control my home with my PSP!

How-To Hacks finalist: Controlling your home with your PSP - Engadget - www.engadget.com /

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Verizon customer service ranked highest

Man, that's the truth....

But T-mobile sucks and get rated really high. I hate T-mobile.

I love Verizon. And, yes, they're customer service is pretty good.



Welcome to RCRNews.com: "Verizon Wireless achieved an 'A' ranking in caller satisfaction and a 'B' ranking in call completion, just edging out previous quarter winner T-Mobile USA Inc.'s pair of 'B' rankings in both categories. Verizon Wireless' scores were the same as the previous ranking, while T-Mobile USA saw its caller satisfaction ranking fall from 'A' in the previous quarter to 'B' during the most recent report."

Congress legalizes ClearPlay - Engadget - www.engadget.com /

Anyone know exactly how bad this is?



Congress legalizes ClearPlay - Engadget - www.engadget.com /

Peerflix: No DVD Rentals! Trade Your DVDs

Awesome.

Peerflix: No DVD Rentals! Trade Your DVDs

Stop downloading because it "morally" wrong

Once again, IPAC hits it on the head with p2p and copyright debate.

The RIAA and the MPAA can no longer say it's illegal to file share so they've been forced to re-state the reasons people should not download and share movies. It's MORALLY wrong.

IPac - Blog: "I find that approach utterly fascinating, more than a little infuriating, and outright hilarious -- all at once. The Recording Industry must be hellbent on getting into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most hypocritical, disingenuous, cynical, and intellectually dishonest arguments in the history of mankind."

Monday, April 18, 2005

Intel to release WiMax chip | CNET News.com

Great news for the acceptance fo WiMax.

Hello my dream.

Intel to release WiMax chip | CNET News.com: "The world's largest chipmaker sees in WiMax
a potential profit source that it hopes will become as popular as its
shorter-range cousin, Wi-Fi. Intel also believes it will stimulate
computer sales in emerging markets where high-speed Internet access is
unavailable or prohibitively expensive."

California gives up on trying to regulate and tax VoIP - Engadget - www.engadget.com /

There is logic and reason in the world yet.

California gives up on trying to regulate and tax VoIP - Engadget - www.engadget.com /

War Living

Hehe. It's articles like this that make me feel not smart at all, but not as big of a geek as I think I am.

;-)


PBS | I, Cringely . April 14, 2005 - A Cup of Bandwidth: "What I haven't tested, and might, is how the array would work in other
modes, supporting WDS mesh networking, for example, or acting as a sort
of super-repeater. Using channels 1, 6 and 11, my total possible
throughput was amazing. Since the Sveasoft firmware supports it, I
might have been tempted to use the Japanese WiFi channel 14 to get four
frequencies that don't step on each other at all. But in the U.S. at
least, doing that would have been illegal."

Friday, April 15, 2005

Toshiba putting 4GB, 0.85-inch mini hard drive into mass production - Engadget - www.engadget.com /

Now that's getting small!
Check out the size of this 4gb HD!

Toshiba putting 4GB, 0.85-inch mini hard drive into mass production - Engadget - www.engadget.com /: "Toshiba putting 4GB, 0.85-inch mini hard drive into mass production"

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Grimwell Online ::

Advertising in games.

Free ad-enabled MMORPGs... the future of gaming and advertisement?

Talk about your target market/catered advertising/demographic profiling/direct content piping.

ETC
ETC
ETC

Grimwell Online ::

Friday, April 08, 2005

Magnetic heat exchanger will cool down your CPU

Perhaps the future of cooling.

Quiet. No power. Me likey.

Magnetic heat exchanger will cool down your CPU

Friday, April 01, 2005

US keeps on sueing, China keeps on rising

The mire of US Legislation from the entertainment industry futily attempting to quell piracy but underminig technological innovation and creating a lawyer-watch dog, intellectual property police state will only expedite China's (as well as India and Brazil's) inevitable climb to world dominance.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4400373.stm

If banks, venture capitalists and company directors are worried about being sued for marketing a cool toy that can be used in unanticipated but illegal ways then they will play safe.

The inventiveness that created the TiVo hard drive recorder, the MP3 player, and the dual-layer DVD writer will go into developing expensive games for locked-down consoles, new forms of keyword advertising for search engines and better ways around spam filters, or other equally useless activities.

Pro-technology protesters
Pro-technologies argue the case will impact innovation
In 10 years' time this may not matter much because China, India and Brazil will be leading the next wave of technological innovation, based around open source development and their own manufacturing capacity.