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The Day The Interwebz Fell

posted Sunday Oct 17, 2010 by Scott Ertz

The Day The Interwebz Fell

We love the Internet and all of its insane glory but there are people out there that think it is a problem. You might be wondering, "Who are these madmen?" The answer, in short, is the FCC.

At their meeting in November, the 5 member board of the FCC could vote and elect themselves Internet Overlords and usurp Google's God-given right to rule the digital universe. There are a number of problems with this. First, the FCC members are hired bureaucrats, not elected officials, so allowing them to elect themselves in charge of anything is not only offensive but unconstitutional. Also, why do we want the government to have this kind of hand in controlling the sector of our economy that produces almost 1/5 of the country's income?

Hit the break for more on the FCC's attack on the Interwebz.

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Microsoft Boasts Sales Numbers Amid NPD Report Changes

posted Sunday Oct 17, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Microsoft Boasts Sales Numbers Amid NPD Report Changes

The NPD has recently decided to limit the sharing of game sales numbers to the press. We will still receive comparison across manufacturers and a top ten list of software, but how much hardware or software sold will no longer be disclosed. Also, with that top ten, we will only see sales figures for the top five. We will also no longer be privy to digital subscriptions, mobile games or rentals sold for a specific time period.

This means we now have to rely on the gaming manufacturers to give us somewhat accurate figures to report to our readers and listeners. As of right now, only Microsoft has decided to boast how awesome they are, while Nintendo and Sony haven't said a peep or tweet.

To see what Microsoft had to say, check after the break.

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Netflix on PS3 Goes Disc-Free

posted Saturday Oct 16, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Netflix on PS3 Goes Disc-Free

PS3 owners - are you ready for some disc-free, HD Netflix? Well, your time has come. Microsoft's exclusivity deal has finally run out and it is time for you PS3 owners to join in on the fun. But you won't just be joining the full Netflix family, you will be taking over as the head of household.

PlayStation 3 owners will soon be able to watch their Netflix movies in full 1080p while Xbox 360 owners have to sit through 720p. You will also get full surround sound provided through Dolby 5.1 while the rest of us listen in glorious 1982 stereo sound. You can also turn on subtitling for a large portion of the catalog. Color me jealous.

For more on Netflix on the PS3 and a video from Sony, hit the break.

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Final Fantasy XIV Devs Adress Some Issues, Chocobos Still Sick

posted Saturday Oct 16, 2010 by Jon Wurm

<i>Final Fantasy XIV</i> Devs Adress Some Issues, Chocobos Still Sick

We have some follow up news since our review a few weeks ago and it looks like Square Enix has heard the players' "vocal" suggestions and/or screams about several key problems that were making more than the Chocobos sick with distress. On the 15th of this month the developers released some pre-patch notes cluing us in on what to expect come November.

Hit the break to find out how they intend to alleviate some problems.

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Final Fantasy XIV: The Lodestone:Ask the Devs!

Brain Cancer is NOT From Phones

posted Saturday Oct 16, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Brain Cancer is NOT From Phones

Anyone who knows anything about energy knows that the belief that cell phones can cause cancer is nonsense and yet no one in the know has ever come out and said, "You people are idiots." That is until now.

In an effort to dismiss reports like the Time Magazine report that claimed, "a growing band of scientists are skeptical, suggesting that the evidence that does exist is enough to raise a warning for consumers—before mass harm is done," a group of physicists wrote about the hard and firm reasons why cell phones could never cause cancer.

For more information about the report, hit the break.

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T-Mobile to Finally Start Data Throttling

posted Friday Oct 15, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

T-Mobile to Finally Start Data Throttling

T-Mobile mentioned months ago that they were finally going to prefer data throttling over data capping. They even had a rough date of April to begin implementation of the new limitations. We guess something happened inside their headquarters because an internal memo went out this week letting T-Mobilers know that they finally decided to move forward with data throttling starting October 16th.

The usage you'll have to hit at which slower speeds will occur? 5GB. And how slow the browsing will become will be handled by the handset the user has. Don't worry, T-Mobile says this change will only affect 1% of its customers and that, as we could have guessed, the usage tracking resets after each billing cycle, which customers can monitor at my.t-mobile.com

To read the full memo which we have gotten a hold of, follow the break.

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