News spreads like wildfire on the internet. However, print publications and news agencies, which spend their precious human and financial resources on accumulation of news stories, are forgotten in this rapidity. Though many major websites do compensate news agencies, a lot of the websites don’t even bother with properly crediting them. The Associated Press has now adopted a more stringent approach towards unauthorized reproduction of its content.
Dean Singleton, the man who heads the news cooperative, delivered a stern warning to websites that unlawfully reproduce content owned by it. Singleton threatened intransigent offenders with legal action at the cooperative’s annual meeting in San Diego. You will have to make the jump to read Google's riposte.
Netbooks and Linux were supposed to be a match made in heaven. However, Linux has failed to capture the imagination of netbook users. Microsoft is elated to have made short work of Linux’s challenge in the netbook segment. Brandon LeBlanc, who earns his bread blogging on the official Windowsteamblog, reviewed the past year that saw Windows become the most popular netbook OS.
He imputed Windows emphatic surge on netbooks in the past year to its ease of use and people’s familiarity with the OS besides a host of other factors. Since the time Windows first appeared on netbooks, it has nearly wiped out all competition and now sits pretty with more than 90% market share.
“Looking forward, we can confidently say that no matter how netbook PC hardware evolves, we’re gearing up to ensure that Windows 7 will run great on them,” a sanguine LeBlanc wrote on the Windowsteamblog.
That's the message that Microsoft announced today on its Engineering Windows 7 blog, Cnet's Ina Fried reports.
While Microsoft says you can upgrade from Win7 Beta to RC when it becomes available, it prefers that you upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 RC. Why? As the E7 blog entry points out:
The RC...is about getting breadth coverage to validate the product in real-world scenarios. As a result, we want to encourage you to revert to a Vista image and upgrade or to do a clean install, rather than upgrade the existing Beta. We know that means reinstalling, recustomizing, reconfiguring, and so on. That is a real pain. The reality is that upgrading from one pre-release build to another is not a scenario we want to focus on because it is not something real-world customers will experience.
This reasoning makes sense from Redmond's standpoint, but since the same blog post acknowledges that millions of users (including, I bet, a lot of Maximumpc.com fans) are using Windows 7 Beta as their "full time" operating system, Microsoft has outlined a way to bypass the usual installer checks. Join us after the jump for the details.
Love it or hate it, there’s no looking over the big possibilities that the stimulus package holds for the future of our nation’s broadband infrastructure – and starting tomorrow the folks at the FCC are going to start discussing just how they’re doing to divvy the cash up.
With $7.2 billion of the total $787 billion allocated from the package, the FCC will begin looking for ways to outfit those living in rural areas with access to high speed Internet. They’ll also start looking at ways to improve the speeds of existing broadband infrastructure.
This is quite the undertaking, no doubt about it! Good thing they’ve got until next February.
The Dock Station is a (you guessed it) dock that features compatibility for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA drives, as well as space for up to two USB 2.0 devices. It also has USB audio, three-watt speakers and volume control right on the surface. And, while the speakers may not blow away of the audiophiles in the audience, it is a nice multitasker that can help assist a laptop user’s music experience, as well as provide a healthy dose of external storage.
If you’re looking to snag one of these, you can get it off of Brando’s site for $59.
For many, Twitter is a great way to let their friends and family know what they’re up to at any given moment, or keep track of their favorite public figures. But, a few towns in Minnesota have decided to use the micro-blogging service as a way to keep their inhabitants up to date on local affairs.
The towns of Falcon Heights, Minnetonka and Edina, Minnesota have all become “suburban government pioneers” by employing Twitter’s ease of use to inform locals of everything from snow emergencies to sewer backups.
According to the Falcon Heights parks department, using Twitter and Facebook to post notices is more efficient than traditional methods. And, for those in Eden Prairie, MN the use of YouTube for posting video bulletins (including a city promotional 13 different languages) has become common practice.
“Everybody's trying to figure out how to best do this, similar to when websites first became prevalent,” stated Justin Miller, Falcon Heights’ city manager. “Who can post? Who can publish? What's appropriate to put out there? These are the types of questions we think about.”
While to many the news isn’t that important (one such tweet reads “Today is NOT recycling day”), it is a neat first step towards putting even the localest of local news online. But, will it catch on?
HP's sexy 12-inch DV2 laptop sports an even sexier price tag, assuming you don't mind going mobile with AMD inside. In this case, it's AMD's Neo MV-40 processor (1.6GHz) that's inside, which the company previously stated would foucs on ultrathin notebooks and fill a gap between low-powered netbooks and higher priced notebooks.
Measuring less than an inch thick and checking in at under 4 pounds, other specs stuffed in the 12-inch chassis include 4GB of DDR2 memory, AMD's ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 graphics card, a 320GB 5400RPM hard drive, 8X DVD burner with LightScribe, 802.11a/b/g/n, 3 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, and Altec Lansing speakers.
Twenty years ago, Crocodile Dundee would have been the first thing we thought of when someone mentioned Australia. Eight years from now, we'll be thinking of crazy fast broadband when talking about our friends from down under. That's because Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced an ambitious $43 billion project to build a high-speed, fiber-optic broadband network that would bring up to 100Mbps to 90 percent of the country's population.
"It's time for us to bit the bullet on this," Rudd said when announcing the decision. "The initiative announced today is a historic nation-building investment focused on Australia's long-term national interest."
According to Rudd, the broadband proposal would provide 37,000 jobs at the peak of construction and help boost the economy. The Government would be responsible for an initial investment of $4.7 billion, and up to 49 percent of the funds to be from the private sector. Under the project, homes not benefiting from the fiber-optic rollout will still have access to 12Mbps via wireless and satellite.
Before someone asks, the answer is 'yes,' we don't doubt the Atlas Folder can handle Crysis. But despite outfitting his server with 23 -- TWENTY EFFING THREE! -- gual-GPU GeForce GTX 295 videocards, Jason Farqué, who goes by the username Atlas Folding, has a more important goal in mind:
"The reason that my father in enrolled in [a clinical trial] is the same as the reason I run my folding farm. To fight back, to do something," Farqué wrote on his blog. "To help science overcoming Huntington's Disease so that people as yet unborn wont' have as hard a time as he and others do. Because my father wants the human race to succeed, to get better, to overcome our bodies' inherent frailties by using our minds."
Farqué's father suffers from Huntington's Disease, and if Stanford's Folding@Home distributed computing project leads to a cure, then it will be hard to imagine a better use for such a gluttony of high powered videocards. Among the setup are 9 MSI-brand 295s, 14 EVGA-brand 295s, and and a single GTX 260 and 9800GT thrown in for good measure.
And if you think that's impressive, Farqué has been mulling a similar setup with Nvidia's 300 series once it launches.
Check out a video of the super Folding server here, a Maximum PC forum post on how Farqué handled the configuration here, and see how you can both help the cause and lead Maximum PC to victory in this year's Chimp Challenge here.
Any long-time Maximum PC reader should be familiar with PC Power & Cooling, whose power supplies have been chosen for use in a number of Dream Machine configurations. PC Power & Cooling arguably stands in a class of its own, and so it makes sense that the company would venture into the world of Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS), which it has done with the introduction of its Pro-Source 1500VA UPS.
"“PC Power & Cooling has a long history of delivering premium power management solutions to enthusiast and commercial customers, and the Pro-Source continues that tradition by addressing customers needs for superior UPS," commented Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management for the Group. "The Pro-Source protects your investment by delivering a pure sine wave output for uninterrupted power to even the most demanding pc configurations in the event of an extended power disruption."
PCP&C claims its Pro-Source UPS will keep your rig powered for 10 minutes during a power outage, assuming a "typical load (600W)." The company also says its new UPS utilizes a pure sine wave as opposed to the "step" sine wave found in some lower quality units, making it the first pure sine wave, high output UPS retailing under $300. End-users can keep tabs on input/output voltage, frequency, load, backup time, and temperature with the included software, which can also send remote alerts.
The Pro-Source UPS is available now direct from PCP&P for a penny under $300.