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Australian Prime Minister’s Spoof “Apocalypse” Speech Goes Viral In China

December 14th, 2012 12:21 admin View Comments

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brindafella writes “Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, recorded a spoof speech about the Mayan calendar apocalypse several days ago, for radio station “Triple J“. Gillard said in part, ‘Whether the final blow comes from flesh eating zombies, demonic hell beasts or from the total triumph of K-pop, if you know one thing about me it is this: I will always fight for you to the very end.’ The speech has been picked up in China on Sina Weibo (China’s Twitter) and has achieved well over 23,000 repeats, without anyone picking up the irony.” This comes on the heels of the online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper picking up an Onion story about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un being named the “Sexiest Man Alive.”

Source: Australian Prime Minister’s Spoof “Apocalypse” Speech Goes Viral In China

Australia Attorney General Proposes New Laws To Stop Twitter Trolls

September 13th, 2012 09:00 admin View Comments

Australia

CuteSteveJobs writes “Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has flagged new laws to end anonymous trolling via Twitter: ‘Twitter should reveal the identities of the anonymous trolls who are breaking the law by abusing others online.’ The new laws were proposed after trolls attacked Footballer Robbie Farah. Farah was later granted a meeting with the Prime Minister to to discuss social media abuse. Ironically today it was revealed that Farah himself had trolled the Prime Minister telling her to ‘Get a Noose’ on her 50th birthday.”

Source: Australia Attorney General Proposes New Laws To Stop Twitter Trolls

PAX Prime: An Extra Day In 2013, and Plans For Australia

September 1st, 2012 09:31 admin View Comments

Australia

PAX Prime, probably by far the largest ongoing event spawned by a web comic, is in progress right now in Seattle, with an attendance of 70,000 gamers (and a smaller number of dancing stormtroopers). Two big announcements about future PAX events were announced on Saturday. The first is that next year’s event will be a four-day gathering rather than the thus-far usual three; the second is that, some time next year, PAX will make its first international foray, with an event in Australia — exact time and place to be determined.

Source: PAX Prime: An Extra Day In 2013, and Plans For Australia

50th Anniversary of the Starfish Prime Nuclear Weapon Test Today

July 9th, 2012 07:17 admin View Comments

The Military

The Bad Astronomer writes “50 years ago today, the US detonated a nuclear weapon 240 miles above the Pacific Ocean. Called Starfish Prime, it was supposed to help US scientists and the military understand how the Soviets might try to stop incoming nuclear missiles. What it actually did was blow out hundreds of streetlights in Hawaii 900 miles away, damage a half dozen satellites, and create artificial aurorae and intense radiation zones above the Earth. It taught the world what an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) was, and what the effects might be from a powerful solar flare, a nearby supernova, or a gamma-ray burst.”

Source: 50th Anniversary of the Starfish Prime Nuclear Weapon Test Today

Japan Restarts Two of Its 50 Nuclear Reactors

June 16th, 2012 06:54 admin View Comments

Japan

Darth_brooks writes “Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered the restart of two idle nuclear reactors Saturday, amid split public response. The Japanese government is trying to fill a summer power shortfall. According to the article, the two reactors supply power to the Kansai region near Osaka, where local officials were predicting a 15% shortfall in power capacity during July and August.”

Source: Japan Restarts Two of Its 50 Nuclear Reactors

Ask Slashdot: All-In-One PC For Kitchen?

May 5th, 2012 05:27 admin View Comments

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New submitter brabq writes “Now that I have a couple of CableCard tuner devices in the house (including the network-based HDHomeRun Prime), I’m thinking of buying one of those all-in-one touchscreen PCs for our kitchen (yeah, something I’ve always sworn against for future repair reasons). The idea is that it would be used primarily for (1) watching TV, via the aforementioned Prime and WMC, and (2) light web surfing (recipes, some sort of video chat possibly). Does anyone have any experience with these types of devices in a kitchen-like setting (where I’d like to use a touchscreen over having a keyboard/mouse on a kitchen counter)? I keep hearing that Windows 8 is going to have some added benefits to this type of setup — is it worth waiting for its release? My end goal is it has to have a high WAF … if my wife doesn’t like its appearance on the counter or finds it useless, then the whole thing will be a waste.”

Source: Ask Slashdot: All-In-One PC For Kitchen?

Amazon Prime Needs More Digital Benefits

February 14th, 2012 02:29 admin View Comments

kindlefire150x150.jpgBloomberg has “three people familiar with the matter” reporting that Amazon has fewer than half as many Amazon Prime subscribers as analysts thought.

Prime is a $79-per-year program that offers two-day shipping on all orders, as well as streaming digital video. Analysts thought it had 10 million or more subscribers, but Bloomberg’s sources say it’s more like 3 to 5 million.

That’s a bummer for Amazon analysts and investors, who were already let down by its quarterly earnings miss last month. But Amazon Prime is right in the midst of changing drastically as a product, so it’s too early to cast judgment.

What started as a convenient plan for shipping physical products has just in the past week become a competitive digital TV offering. Don’t count out Amazon Prime yet. It’s too important.

Digital & Analog Convenience

amazon-shopping-cart.jpgAmazon is all about convenience. It makes buying things so convenient that we do it more often. It’s certainly more convenient than getting off our lazy butts and going all the way to a store. That was the first appeal of Amazon Prime; for $79 a year, you could add instant gratification to the convenience of shipping your purchases straight to your home.

But packing and shipping things is still expensive. It’s dragging on Amazon’s operating costs. Even though Amazon’s fulfillment and distribution of its brown boxes are amazingly efficient, it’s still working to shake up the way it ships physical products, including the possibility of opening its own stores.

Prime makes shipping more expensive for Amazon. But Amazon is building new digital businesses – with insignificant operating costs – and it’s adding those benefits to Prime membership to make it more enticing.

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Kindle As A Service

Kindle devices are Amazon’s portable digital content stores. In addition to being a place to watch, read, listen and play, the Kindle Fire is a store where Amazon users can buy books, magazines, games, movies and TV shows (and anything else from Amazon.com, for that matter).

Prime membership has huge benefits for Kindle Fire owners, because they can stream its digital media straight to their devices. Last week, Amazon announced a deal with Viacom, adding 10,000 new videos to Amazon Prime from MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, BET, Nickelodeon and more. Amazon needs enticing content offerings to sell more Fires, and Fire owners buy more digital content (with no shipping costs). The Fire’s Silk browser will load Amazon.com’s whole store at blazing speeds, too, so Fire users can buy physical stuff from their couches as well.

That’s why it makes sense for Amazon to add digital benefits to Prime membership. If it works out, as more Kindle Fires are sold, more Prime memberships will be sold, too.

Amazon’s Poker Face

How many Kindle Fires have been sold? Amazon doesn’t say. We know it ordered 5 million Fires from manufacturers, but it won’t say how many of those have left the warehouse and arrived in the living room.

bezos-kindle-fire-150x150.jpgThe annoying thing for us spectators is that Amazon is notoriously cagey about giving away real numbers. Bloomberg says its sources are anonymous because the numbers about Amazon Prime are private. No kidding. Amazon doesn’t even admit how many Kindles it sells, even for the quarter that introduced the Kindle Fire and a whole new line of Kindle e-readers.

Instead, it gives us growth percentages. Kindle sales were up 177% over… well, whatever they were last year… over the 2011 holiday season. But Amazon is just getting busy disrupting the way products are bought and sold. As long as it’s growing, no one should write it off.

Do you have a Kindle device? Which one(s)?

Source: Amazon Prime Needs More Digital Benefits

Watch Out Netflix: Amazon to Stream Everything From Spongebob to Jersey Shore

February 8th, 2012 02:46 admin View Comments

Amazon’s on-demand streaming video offering just got a whole lot more attractive. The company announced today that they signed a deal with Viacom, allowing them to offer thousands of new videos from sources like MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, BET and Nickelodeon, among others.

In total, Amazon Prime will have over 15,000 videos available for streaming, including some very popular television shows. Amazon launched its video streaming service about a year ago with 5,000 videos. With today’s announcement, that number is now tripled.

The move comes just as Netflix struggles to rebound from a rough 2011. One of the ways it’s hoping to do so is by launching original, Web-only TV content like the new series “Lilyhammer.” That strategy is only in its infancy so it remains to be seen how it will play out. In the meantime, Amazon Prime is slowly emerging as a serious potential competitor to Netflix.

Wired’s Tim Carmody argued recently that Amazon is particularly well-positioned to emerge as a such a competitor, not only to Netflix but to cable television as well.

Amazon Prime still has some growing to do, and for now the service is tied to Amazon’s free shipping service of the same name. GigaOm’s Ryan Lawler argues that unbundling the two and launching a stand-alone streaming service could make the service an even stronger contender for Netflix’s throne as king of this space.

It’s worth keeping in mind that Amazon Prime Instant Video only launched in February of last year. Netflix has been around since 1997 and launched its Watch Instantly streaming feature in 2007. Amazon is rising fast, and its clear that digital content is a growing priority for the company, especially now that its also sells its own media tablet.

Source: Watch Out Netflix: Amazon to Stream Everything From Spongebob to Jersey Shore

Watch Out Netflix: Amazon to Stream Everything From Spongebob to Jersey Shore

February 8th, 2012 02:46 admin View Comments

Amazon’s on-demand streaming video offering just got a whole lot more attractive. The company announced today that they signed a deal with Viacom, allowing them to offer thousands of new videos from sources like MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, BET and Nickelodeon, among others.

In total, Amazon Prime will have over 15,000 videos available for streaming, including some very popular television shows. Amazon launched its video streaming service about a year ago with 5,000 videos. With today’s announcement, that number is now tripled.

The move comes just as Netflix struggles to rebound from a rough 2011. One of the ways it’s hoping to do so is by launching original, Web-only TV content like the new series “Lilyhammer.” That strategy is only in its infancy so it remains to be seen how it will play out. In the meantime, Amazon Prime is slowly emerging as a serious potential competitor to Netflix.

Wired’s Tim Carmody argued recently that Amazon is particularly well-positioned to emerge as a such a competitor, not only to Netflix but to cable television as well.

Amazon Prime still has some growing to do, and for now the service is tied to Amazon’s free shipping service of the same name. GigaOm’s Ryan Lawler argues that unbundling the two and launching a stand-alone streaming service could make the service an even stronger contender for Netflix’s throne as king of this space.

It’s worth keeping in mind that Amazon Prime Instant Video only launched in February of last year. Netflix has been around since 1997 and launched its Watch Instantly streaming feature in 2007. Amazon is rising fast, and its clear that digital content is a growing priority for the company, especially now that its also sells its own media tablet.

Source: Watch Out Netflix: Amazon to Stream Everything From Spongebob to Jersey Shore

Transformer Prime To Get ICS On January 12, Boot Unlocker Coming

January 3rd, 2012 01:05 admin View Comments

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symbolset writes “ASUS, maker of the popular Transformer Prime Tegra 3 tablet, announced via their Facebook page that Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be available January 12th. In addition they are developing a boot unlocker which will void the warranty and break Google movie rentals, but will allow modding. They said, ‘based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community. Please do note that if you choose to unlock your device, the ASUS warranty will be void, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no longer protected by security mechanism.’ They also announced an intermediate software update to improve the camera and touch experience, and they’re dropping GPS from the feature list for poor performance.” Another article argues that the Transformer Prime is an example of ASUS struggling while breaking into a new market.

Source: Transformer Prime To Get ICS On January 12, Boot Unlocker Coming

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