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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 6:04pm
First time accepted submitter dkatana writes Having some type of fiber or high-speed cable connectivity is normal for many of us, but in most developing countries of the world and many areas of Europe, the US, and other developed countries, access to "super-fast" broadband networks is still a dream. This is creating another "digital divide." Not having the virtually unlimited bandwidth of all-fiber networks means that, for these populations, many activities are simply not possible. For example, broadband provided over all-fiber networks brings education, healthcare, and other social goods into the home through immersive, innovative applications and services that are impossible without it. Alternatives to fiber, such as cable (DOCSYS 3.0), are not enough, and they could be more expensive in the long run. The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber.

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Team Fortress 2 Halloween Event

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Team Fortress 2 website announces a new update is live in Team Fortress 2, saying: "In preparation for Scream Fortress 2014 we've enabled all previous Halloween events." A separate post adds more...

ArcheAge "Illicit Gains" Revoked

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
The ArcheAge Forums have an explanation from Trion Worlds for why some ArcheAge players have lost some gold, revealing they've been revoking what they are calling "illicit gains" in the MMORPG (thank...

New GeForce Drivers

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
The GeForce website now offers new version 344.48 WHQL-certified "game ready" drivers for NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. These are the recommended drivers for Civilization: Beyond Earth and Lords Of...

New Kinect SDK & Adapter

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
The Official Microsoft Blog announces the release of Kinect SDK 2.0 and a new adapter kit (thanks Gamasutra). The adapter can connect an Xbox One Kinect to a Windows PC, and the new SDK allows the...

Evening Patches

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Legend of Grimrock 2 Update 2.1.13. RAGE on Steam. Save 75%. Steam Client Update Released. World of Warcraft 6.0.2 Hotfixes- October 21. World of Warcraft Select Character Services. Save 25%.

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Gray Matter on Save 75%. Lord of the Rings Bundle on Bundle Stars.

Evening Interviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Bedlam Interview on RPGWatch. Thanks Acleacius.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Voice Commander, a Microsoft Garage project, Now Available for Xbox One as a Free Download. Carve Time Out for the HaloFest Live Broadcast, Beginning November 8. Microsoft Stores' Sunset Overdrive...

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Gameloft?s Greatest Games Get Full SHIELD Support. Report: Mobile to become gaming's biggest market by 2015. Apple Pay is double charging some customers. Thanks HARDOCP. Apple's new A8X powered iPad...

Evening Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
31 communities vow to create local gigabit broadband. Thanks Ant. Google Introduces Inbox for Gmail. YouTube games channels take off- top 100 watched 4.4bn times in September. Thanks Acleacius. Pew...

Evening Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Xerox Alto Source Code. Thanks Ant via Slashdot. AMD APU Price Cuts and Bundles.

Evening Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Google offers USB security key to make bad passwords moot. Bluetooth-tracking beacon programs uncovered in LA, Chicago.

Evening Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Judge says EA executives committed ?puffery,? not securities fraud. Judge in Silk Road case gets threatened on Darknet. Handful of Virginia police agencies sharing seized phone data. Ex-spy chief's...

etc., etc.

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Call of Duty: gaming's role in the military-entertainment complex. Thanks Acleacius…

Into the Black

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Link of the Day: Cat rescue turns into burlesque -- so much fail it hurts.

Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:03pm
sciencehabit writes DNA recovered from a femur bone in Siberia belongs to a man who lived 45,000 years ago, according to a new study. His DNA was so well preserved that scientists were able to sequence his entire genome, making his the oldest complete modern human genome on record. Like present-day Europeans and Asians, the man has about 2% Neanderthal DNA. But his Neanderthal genes are clumped together in long strings, as opposed to chopped up into fragments, indicating that he lived not long after the two groups swapped genetic material. The man likely lived 7000 to 13,000 years after modern humans and Neanderthals mated, dating the mixing to 52,000 to 58,000 years ago, the researchers conclude. That's a much smaller window than the previous best estimate of 37,000 to 86,000 years ago.

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Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 4:10pm
astroengine writes Scientists have found two families of comets in the developing Beta Pictoris star system, located about 64 million light-years from Earth, including one group that appears to be remnants of a smashed-up protoplanet. The discovery bolsters our theoretical understanding of the violent processes that led to the formation of Earth and the other terrestrial planets in the solar system. "If you look back at the solar system when it was only 22 million years old, you might have seen phenomena that's a like more like what's happening in Beta Pic," astrophysicist Aki Roberge, with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., told Discovery News.

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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:30pm
An anonymous reader writes The better question may be whether it will ever be ready for the road at all? The car has fewer capabilities than most people seem to be aware of. The notion that it will be widely available any time soon is a stretch. From the article: "Noting that the Google car might not be able to handle an unmapped traffic light might sound like a cynical game of 'gotcha.' But MIT roboticist John Leonard says it goes to the heart of why the Google car project is so daunting. 'While the probability of a single driver encountering a newly installed traffic light is very low, the probability of at least one driver encountering one on a given day is very high,' Leonard says. The list of these 'rare' events is practically endless, said Leonard, who does not expect a full self-driving car in his lifetime (he’s 49)."

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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:46pm
An anonymous reader writes As many expected, Michigan Governor Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to buyers online in the state. When asked what Tesla's next step will be, Diarmuid O'Connell, vice president of business development, said it was unclear if the company would file a lawsuit. "We do take at their word the representations from the governor that he supports a robust debate in the upcoming session," O'Connell said. "We've entered an era where you can buy products and services with much greater value than a car by going online."

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