Tech News Today 394

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Episode 394

Tech News Today 394: Driving A Death Machine

UMG gets deadline, TNT video restored, Facebook Timeline arrives, Microsoft tries more IE6 murder, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Judge gives Universal Music 24 hours to explain takedown spree - given till the end of TODAY
  • Universal has 'Tech News Today' episode yanked from YouTube for reporting on MegaUpload promo video
    • A federal judge has given Universal Music Group until the end of the day Thursday to respond to charges that it abused the DMCA takedown process
    • On Wednesday, Megaupload asked the court to rule quickly on the matter, arguing that UMG's takedown campaign was harming Megaupload's free speech rights. "UMG has squashed not only the video itself, but even public comment about it by others, including a 45 minute news broadcast that criticized UMG," the firm wrote. "The Court should act immediately to ensure the public that such tactics will not be tolerated."
    • In a brief order on Wednesday afternoon, Judge Claudia Wilken wrote that she would "defer ruling" on Megaupload's request for a restraining order until UMG has had an opportunity to respond. But she asked the label to file its response "on or before December 15"—that is, on Thursday.

Discussion Stories

  • Microsoft to IE6: Dead browser walking!
  • Microsoft's new automatic update plan could (finally) spell the end of IE6
  • The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown
    • starting in January 2012 Internet Explorer will, like Chrome, Firefox and Opera, no longer pester you with update notices. Instead Internet Explorer will automatically download and install updates in the background.-- starting in January with users in Australia and Brazil and "scaling up over time."
    • only apply to users who've opted into the automatic updates through Windows Update.
    • The only real change for most users in today's announcement is that you'll no longer need to mess with all those notification windows and dialogs. Instead IE will just seamlessly upgrade. You can turn off the updates and enterprises can opt out.
    • According to Microsoft IE 6 usage is currently at 8.4 percent worldwide
    • Windows XP that means you'll be updated to IE 8. Vista and Windows 7 users will move to IE 9
  • New GPS accurate within three feet
  • Lockheed testing prototype of improved GPS satellite set for 2014 launch
    • Lockheed-Martin is testing a new-and-improved Global Positioning System satellite as part of a $5.5 billion upgrade. A prototype arrived at Lockheed Martin in Colorado on Monday for final assembly and testing. The real satellites should be in orbit in 2014, with the first launches in 2013. 24 Block III satellites should be operational by 2021
    • The "Block III" satellites improve over the current Block II system with an increased lifespan from 12 to 15 years, improved upgradeability, and a more powerful signal that's more difficult to jam and easier to lock onto.
    • They will also be able to get a better fix on people who are indoors or under forest canopies.
    • Along with the military signal, each satellite will send a civilian signal. Sending two signals (military and civilian) to GPS devices will allow for better error correction.
    • support the new L1C signal, a multi-national common civilian frequency that should allow using foreign satellites and improve location accuracy to within three feet from the current ten when combined with other signals.

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"Hi Tom et al,

I just finished listening to TNT 393 (before it might be censored) and regarding the caller from New Zealand and bandwidth caps: you might have a point.

While South-Africa's last World Cup victory is a longer way off than New Zealand, we used to be crippled by bandwidth caps and speeds (usually between 1 and 3 Gb per month at 1Mbps down). Now I have both an uncapped account at 4Mbps and an account capped at 50Gb at 10Mbps. There is also talk of infrastructure upgrades giving us up to 48Mbps speeds in the next few years and this all at reasonably affordable prices.

So the verdict is out: Win a rugby world cup. Win the internet.

Rinus (rinbrand)"



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