Starting in January 2009, French users bittorrenting the latest film or music from singer Carla Bruni can get the guillotine -- from the Internet at least. That's the plan approved by the French presidential cabinet last week. It goes to a vote in the French Parliament later this year.
Under the 'three strikes plan', individuals who do not cease their illegal downloads after 2 (very official) warnings will be have their broadband service disconnected for 1 year. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said "There's no reason that the internet should be a lawless zone."
According to Wikipedia, Scotland occupies the northern third of Great Britain and shares a land border to the south with England. Looking at a map confirms this. Wikipedia also indicates Scotland consists of over 790 islands with a varied flora incorporating both deciduous and coniferous woodland. All true and not a bit slanderous. So what's Scotland's beef with Wikipedia? Read on to find out.
Playing the waiting game often means your proposed upgrade stays stuck in a perpetual limbo, except for those rare times when the next best thing truly is right around the corner. It appears we've reached one of those junctures, and a trifecta of new Nehalem procs already have one foot nudged out the door and ready to run. Keep reading to find out what Intel has planned, and when.
Handheld gadgets continue to get more powerful and expand upon their capabilities, but don't let anyone try and tell you PCs are dead. On the contrary, over 1 billion computers are being used worldwide, and according to research firm Gartner, that number is expected to double by early 2014. So why shouldn't PC fans celebrate just yet? Click through to find out.
Nvidia has reiterated that it won’t provide open source drivers for Linux. They claim that there is no need for it. It does however provides binary Linux drivers and has open sourced a few drivers.
According to ZDnet Nvidia said in a statement: “NVIDIA supports Linux, as well as the Linux community and has long been praised for the quality of the NVIDIA Linux driver. NVIDIA’s fully featured Linux graphics driver is provided as binary-only because it contains intellectual property NVIDIA wishes to protect, both in hardware and in software,”, which was in response to developers’ direct criticism of hardware vendors that produce just closed source drivers.
Sony's decision to slap a Blu-ray player into its Playstation 3 console helped seal HD-DVD's fate as the modern day Betamax, but the costly hardware also helped contribute to a whopping $3 billion loss in hardware sales, according to a Kotaku report. Sony's fiscal 2008 annual report also pinpointed "the large-scale investment required during the development and introductory period" as a contributing factor. Throwing salt into the financial wound, the now ancient PS2 sold more hardware than the PS3 in fiscal 2008, and nearly three times as much software. Ouch.
Solid State Drives are here to stay! The folks at Tom’s Hardware recently spoke to a source at Intel saying the company is sticking with the technology, despite reports to the contrary. Intel has announced some initiatives, and suggested that it would help mass produce SSD drives to help bring down prices. I myself can’t wait for reasonable capacity drives priced within my budget. There are definitely performance gains to be had with these (especially when drivers mature for them), but they have to arrive at a lower price point to be somewhat competitive with traditional hard drives. Not so easy given how cheap hard-drives are per gigabyte.
Some concept computer designs should stay as designs. The “B-membrane” by Korean designer Won-Seok Lee is one such design. It looks more like some sort of turbo Roomba vacuum cleaner than a PC. I could see it sucking up the tiles off my floor before I could imagine using this thing for a computer.
LCDs and DLPs and plasmas, oh my! Choosing a television used to entail picking out the biggest sized screen you could afford, and then convincing your significant other that she too will appreciate the extra real estate. Those were simpler times, and today there exist a myriad of technologies to wade through before purchasing your next high definition television set. Even if you've kept up with the fast paced HDTV arena, there's one more type of display you might never have heard about but could be worth waiting for. Keep reading to see what it is.
The veneer that embellished Dell’s Mini PC has quite literally been blown away. This was revealed in a leak of the revamped design of the petite desktop. The refined wooden case has made way for a streamlined Plexiglas covering. It has also been rechristened Studio Hybrid. The leak shed some light over its vital specs but the processor still remains shrouded in mist.
However, it is known that an Intel processor will serve as the powerplant. The other specs have been revealed to be 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, WiFi, DVD+R drive, five USB ports, an HDMI port, S/PDIF, DVI, and a memory card reader. The leaked photograph of the desktop is not as promising as the specs - which seem reasonable for a desktop priced between $500 and $700 – as the cameraman clearly didn’t do a great job during his surreptitious photo shoot featuring the Studio Hybrid.