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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:21pm
KindMind writes: At Wired, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has posted his take on net neutrality. He lays the problem at the feet of the large ISPs. Hastings says, "Consider this: A single fiber-optic strand the diameter of a human hair can carry 101.7 terabits of data per second, enough to support nearly every Netflix subscriber watching content in HD at the same time. And while technology has improved and capacity has increased, costs have continued to decline. A few more shelves of equipment might be needed in the buildings that house interconnection points, but broadband itself is as limitless as its uses. We'll never realize broadband's potential if large ISPs erect a pay-to-play system that charges both the sender and receiver for the same content. ... It's worth noting that Netflix connects directly with hundreds of ISPs globally, and 99 percent of those agreements don't involve access fees. It is only a handful of the largest U.S. ISPs, which control the majority of consumer connections, demanding this toll. Why would more profitable, larger companies charge for connections and capacity that smaller companies provide for free? Because they can."

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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:40pm
mpicpp sends word of a $125,000 settlement for a man who was arrested for photographing members of the New York Police Department. On June 14th, 2012, the man was sitting in his car when he saw three African-American youths being stopped and frisked by police officers. He began taking pictures of the encounter, and after the police were done, he advised the youths to get the officers' badge numbers next time. When the officers heard him, they pulled him violently from his car and arrested him under a charge of disorderly conduct. The police allegedly deleted the pictures from his phone (PDF). Rather than go to trial, the city's lawyers decided a settlement was the best course of action.

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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:58pm
Lasrick writes: Yale's Jason Parisi makes a compelling case for fusion power, and explains why fusion is cleaner, safer, and doesn't provide opportunities for nuclear smuggling and proliferation. The only downside will be the transition period, when there are both fission and fusion plants available and the small amount of "booster" elements (tritium and deuterium) found in fusion power could provide would-be proliferators what they need to boost the yield of fission bombs: "The period during which both fission and fusion plants coexist could be dangerous, however. Just a few grams of deuterium and tritium are needed to increase the yield of a fission bomb, in a process known as 'boosting.'" Details about current research into fusion power and an exploration of relative costs make fusion power seem like the answer to a civilization trying to get away from fossil fuels.

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Supercuts Supercut

Ant's Recent Latest VideoSift Submissions - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:43pm

"When I first heard the term 'Supercut', I thought they were talking about the salon chain..."

From http://www.reddit.com/r/Supercuts/comments/1xo86b/supercuts_supercut/ ...


The TV Guest

Ant's Recent Latest VideoSift Submissions - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:39pm

"This is the greatest television guest of All Time."


Pillars of Eternity Backer Beta Begins

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:54pm
A Project Eternity Kickstarter update introduces the backer beta for Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian's crowd-funded RPG (thanks nin). They offer instructions for backers on how to redeem their beta...

Arena: Cyber Evolution Early Access

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:54pm
Spearhead Games announces the beginning of early access to Arena: Cyber Evolution (ACE), a game formerly known as Project Cyber which they are describing as "the world?s first MOSA" (Multiplayer...

One Hour of The Evil Within on Video

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:54pm
This video recaps a twitch session where Pete Hines of Bethesda Softworks endures the terrors of playing The Evil Within alone in a darkened room for more than an hour, all without an underwear...

Toren Trailer

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:54pm
A new trailer from Toren offers a look at this recently announced adventure game from indie Brazilian developer Swordtales. This description may or may not help understand what it is we are seeing...

John Carmack's Son's Game

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:54pm
It sounds like Ryan Carmack is a silicon chip off the old block, as John Carmack tweets that we can now play Angry Face, a game designed by his nine year-old son. Word is:My name is Ryan and I'm 9...

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:54pm
Engauge! by Toastie Republic ? Kickstarter. "Engauge is a 2-D action platformer set in a vibrant world of buzzing machinery." Nefarious by Josh Hano ? Kickstarter. "Be the villain! A traditionally...

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:54pm
Detective Grimoire on Steam. Save 30%. F1 2013 on Steam. Save 75%. Humble Flash Bundle: Rhythm on Humble Bundle. Screamer 4x4 on GOG.com. Save 60%. Secrets of Rætikon on Steam. Save 50%. World of...

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:54pm
Riot Games isn't worried about Valve's $10M Dota 2 prize pool, here's why.

Evening Previews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:54pm
Elite Dangerous on Kotaku. Thanks nin.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:54pm
The San Andreas Flight School Update Coming Tomorrow, August 19th to GTA Online. Dreamfall Chapters gets PS4 trailer.

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:54pm
Can Smartphones Break Out of Their Rut? Thanks Ant via OS news.
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