/. mentions a Sci Fi Wire article that says Star Trek producers have finally agreed that Star Trek fans are oversaturated with the show, and are planning to provide a break. This does not mean they won't bring something new to the screen; they will just wait a few years. They are convinced the ratings dropped due to the show competing against other Trek re-runs.
Here is another USB story, titled "The ins and outs of USB" like the The USB Vision: 10 Years Later story. It tells how USB was developed and discussed the pros and cons of the standard. The USB specification may be an example of that hybrid de jure or de facto standard, one that clearly earned wide acceptance through its technical merit...
According to ghost16825's Broadband Reports security forum thread and F-Secure's Weblog, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer remarked that Microsoft might indeed ship Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP before Longhorn/next Windows major version comes out.
Viral Videos & Ads recently posted four new television/TV spots/commercials/advertisements. Two of them were funny:
Dmusic mentions a MSNBC story on children revealing more online than parents know. Thousands of parents around the country are discovering teenagers are among the most active Internet bloggers, and many are posting pictures, names, addresses, schools, even phone numbers, almost always without their parent's knowledge. Provocative photographs (e.g., butt in the air, with their thongs sticking out of it; squeezing their elbows together to make their breasts/boobs look bigger), a list of friends, personal information, etc.
This CNN story reports a new trike bike could take fear out of junior's first solo ride. Three Purdue University industrial designers, who tapped into memories of their own childhood cycling misadventures, have built a bike that ditches the training wheels but keeps rookies stable. The bike is called SHIFT that slowly transforms from a tricycle to bicycle configuration as the rider pedals faster. Then, it returns to trike formation as the rider slows down.
This Dilbert cartoon shows how we computer geeks usually talk to others who don't know computers. [grin]
Worth1000 shows 53 modern products and display them in a vintage light, through advertisements, packaging or even the product itself.
This New York Times article (no registration required) says anywhere else in the world, a train running 90 seconds late would perhaps be considered on time. But in Japan, 90 seconds would foil commuters who depend on trains' connecting to one another with balletic precision, often with only a couple of minutes to spare...
Karl Bode's Broadband Reports article says that last year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO)'s study (PDF) shows that the prices are cheaper. This is when consumers have a choice of more than one cable provider since they typically pay from fifteen to forty percent less for cable TV, and between two and thirty-eight percent less for broadband. The GAO also found that when satellite competition is present, local cable companies on average wind up offering a 5 percent broader selection of networks than they would otherwise. More recent FCC data indicates that cable rates rose on average 3.6% in regions with competition, and 5.6% in regions without.