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Multicast is.. not dead! Seems the BBC's running a quiet trial, ostensibly limited to UK folks, and subscribing to a participating multicast-aware ISP. Even then, only some routers are IGMP-aware. If you'd like to give it a shot, wander over this way for potential live availability of several TV and radio channels from both the BBC and ITV. (How long until someone hacks up a suitable proxy? =:)

And on that note, it's apparently been confirmed: Doctor Who's next season begins in the UK on April 15, and everywhere else about four hours later..

A valuable weblog for anyone interested in learning languages online, bizarrely titled Languages Online. It reviews sites' offerings (ideally free), noting first impressions, depth of course, and the media available.

There's a new Moog in town: "Little Phatty". ^_^

Well, I know one (other) film I need to see this year: Farce of the Penguins, as rubberskunk pointed out, narrated by Samuel L Jackson.

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Haven't tried it, but BestSharing seems like a good addition to or replacement for YouSendIt. 125MB maximum file size, deleted 45 days after last download, by default.

Potentially promising: InPhase's holographic storage. The company's claiming they'll be shipping drives and discs later this year, with the first generation offering 300GB. 70x the capacity of current DVD-R? I can go for that. I'd only need about four discs for everything, backed up however many times. (Although at a 20MB/s write speed, that'd mean about four hours per disc)

As one /. commenter notes, though, holographics in storage has been a promising - and promised - method for some time, as Tamarack Storage Devices demonstrated, amongst others. Indeed, this press release from InPhase hopes for "delivery in limited volume by the end of 2003, with volume shipments targeted for 2004".

Remember the City of Tuttle city manager and his valiant battle with the default Apache page? He's feeling set upon, defending himself with "I only got help after threatening to contact the FBI." So, if you feel your website experience exceeds his, bear in mind you too could earn in excess of $60k. But you'll have to live somewhere like Tuttle, Oklahoma. (nb His 22 years in computing? At Raytheon.. so, just a different branch of government =:)

A woman's suing a Chicago hotel after waking up with some five hundred bed bug bites. (Caution: photos included) Regrettably, the reporter couldn't resist noting, "When the couple reported to hotel officials that their room was infested, the officials offered two free nights but Fox and Cohen declined, Schnurman said, because they were just itching to leave."

For OS X geeks: how to make any OS X system into a NetBoot server, including all the necessary protocol configurations, and how to create a suitable NetBoot image, leaving the new server visible to any other OS X system as a valid boot disk option in the Startup Disk prefs.

Kewl! New Sam & Max comics are indeed getting posted by His Steveness. (The other one) Point your mouse over a given panel, and the words will appear before your very eyes.

If you're feeling set upon by work, I'd like to offer this posting in customers_suck. It's not that the incidents described are exceptional, but it is quite deliciously written. And hey, bunny icon too. ^_^

Fujitsu's due to ship a 200GB 2.5" drive in May, albeit 4200rpm, compared to the more commonplace 5400, with some 7200rpm models available.

I don't follow Dell's corporate goings-on, as it's not a company that interests me - but does anyone have insight as to why they'd acquire Alienware? It's hardly for their financial input, given the comparative sizes involved - the panache of the brand, maybe? (Maybe even seeing the mark used on lesser equipment?)

Speaking of computer companies, I'll be curious to see if the rumored Apple 30th anniversary event actually takes place this Saturday. There's been no confirmation of any such thing, so it may well be an analyst's half-baked suppositions, repeated in the rumor echo chamber. (Something a little more innovative than a boom box, please)

If I said "haddock" to you, would you know what I was referring to?
 
 
 
 
 
 
From what ive heard PART of the reason for the purchase of Alienware is to allow dell to distribute PCs using AMD processors and components. Other than that im not sure. But that is a huge chunk of PC users thta demand one brand of CPU over another. In fact its why i never have bought a Dell as im fiercely AMD loyal.
Of course, from my side of it - Dell just insured that I'll never buy Alienware now.
Lack of affection for Mr Dell, or a disinclination towards AMD?
Love AMD, dislike Dell.
I'll be quite interested to see if any future MacBook Pros (MacBooks Pro? *sigh* Still don't care for the name.. I appreciate they wanted a new name to go with the architectural change, but "MacBook Pro" sounds too much like something aimed at the Mars Attacks! aliens; and one of Tim Burton's best films, to my mind =:) use an AMD offering. Gods only know what agreements exist between Apple and Intel, of course - they may have some commitment. Still, it would seem like a feasible option now, should they so choose. How are AMD faring in the laptop offerings? The Core Duo seems to be stacking up remarkably well on the power consumption front, despite being a dual core chip - battery life seems much the same between the single core MPC7447A PowerBooks and the Core Duo MBPs, at around four hours of moderate usage.

Last AMD I used was probably an AMD7910, a fairly revolutionary chip at the time. ^_^
Mm.. both companies seem to have their merits. AMD's certainly come up with some more worthwhile augmentations to the underlying architecture, and despite essentially being reliant on Intel for their market and IA32 itself, they've come up with more recent offerings that certainly outpace Intel's in certain segments. But Intel came up with the 8086, one of the least worthy second generation processor architectures, which spawned the seething mess that underlies IA32, with a handful of architected registers, the bulk being usable only through architectural behavior rather than directly addressable; thankfully at least segmented memory was jettisoned long ago.

(After all, the 4004 was worthy of the attention, and the 8080 wasn't so bad - but Zilog easily beat them with the Z-80, and Mostek's copy, the MK3880. Not a bad selection of registers for its generation - certainly superior to the 6502's spread, but that pursued the alternative reasoning of using all of zero page as, effectively, 16-bit index registers. Not that I was much impressed by Motorola's entry to 16 bits, for that matter - I was much more taken by the ARM-2, with a nicely pure RISC architecture, yielding considerably greater throughput than equally clocked 80386s and 68030s, for piddlingly low power consumption. Pity no more of Acorn's legacy lives on than ARM, and within some of the STB market, RISC OS)

Intel does seem much more active in the support chips area, though - I could easily be mistaken but my impression is Intel's much better for OEMs wanting a complete set, rather than only processors. Wouldn't mind seeing Intel put some real effort into ARM, though.. Xscale seems to've lain all but stagnant in the past five years. (Meanwhile, there was the bizarre Itanium effort.. still, I suppose hindsight is 20/20. But relying on compilers to take care of all efficiency considerations put it in a similar position to Sony's Cell, a potentially very nifty chip, but I'll wager it'll be some time before programmers can really exploit it, given the Cell is, as I recall, strictly in-order execution)
We can also look forward to Samuel this year in the wonderfully titled Snakes On A Plane.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417148/

OOoooh, I want that Moog.

It should be noted that Farce of the Penguins is written/directed by none other than Bob Saget. Might be worth the price of admission to hear Samuel L. Jackson reading Bob Saget's lines.

It is rather a beautiful little creature, ne? ^_^ If I had the money, I might even be tempted by the $1500 edition, with the authentic wood cheeks and BM's facsimile signature - but the $1000 regular version probably sounds just as good. =:)

Now, what has the eternal Mr Saget done? (We'll do him the honor of forgetting that viewer clips show he finds himself taking to the bank each week) Noticed he was in The Aristocrats, which I really should get around to watching at some point. ^_^; I'm certainly looking forward to SLJ in a comedic role, especially if he doesn't ham it up - his voice would be so good for lending apparent authenticity to ludicrous lines. (Witness Look Around You season 1)
Well - after reading the specs, I'm no analog purist but $1,000 is much more than I'd pay for a monophonic synth. It's a gorgeous looking device, though. I think I'd rather spend that money upgrading a dead analog synth with an embedded PC running Linux with DSSI running a series of VSTi plugins, treating knobs and sliders as parameter inputs.

Bah! Next thing I know, you'll be forsaking V1500 tapes for those new-fangled dependable video discus things.
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a participating multicast-aware ISP

BT not being one, I was of course astonished to discover. Still, the other box in the corner of the room seems to do quite a good job of showing those channels... =:P

If I said "haddock" to you, would you know what I was referring to?

Tintin? =;)
A device dedicated to showing interlaced video? It'll never catch on.

(Actually, I do have such a device in the room, but first, I'll have to find the remote for it, or the IR codes - while I was away one time, it seems The Horde™ managed to engage the child lock on it, so it's effectively useless until I can enter what I think is the override. On the other paw, I don't have a means of supplying it with a signal - and I'd sooner go for a digital signal, which'd mean having to get something mounted outside. Simpler to download =:)

I was a bit surprised to see them not on the shortlist, although that doesn't absolutely mean you wouldn't be successful, especially if you only have a plain DSL modem and nothing in the way. Can't hurt to try, though, if only for geek merit points. ^_^
Oh, I tried. No go, though.