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Intel Possibly Fading the Already Grey Line Between Netbook and Notebook

posted Saturday May 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Intel Possibly Fading the Already Grey Line Between Netbook and Notebook

Intel has tried to keep tabs on netbook sales overtaking notebook sales by placing a limitation on how large a netbook screen could be. Netbooks that used the Atom N series processor were restricted to screen sizes of 10.2" or less. Sound the rumor alert though, because word on the street is that Intel will be removing this hardware restriction sometime in the second half of this year, which will allow any netbook using the dual-core N550 processor to have larger screens.

This doesn't come as a shock to us, as Intel is trying to find a new way to keep netbook sales on the rise after seeing them level off in the past six months. Offering new models and styles will probably drum up a few percentage points in sales. It might also be that Intel is trying to keep up with Asus' move of the new EEE-PC netbooks, which offer 1080p video on a 10" screen, by combining Pine Trail and BroadcamCrystalHD to make it possible on larger LCDs.

FTC Shuts Down Less-Than-Ethical ISP

posted Saturday May 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

FTC Shuts Down Less-Than-Ethical ISP

Guess what happens if an ISP hosts and distributes spam, malware and porn? It's going to get shut down, especially if the FTC gets involved! That's exactly what happened with Internet service provider 3FN. Earlier this week, the FTC made a request to a district court judge to shut down the ISP. 3FN's servers and assets were since seized and they have been ordered to pay $1.08 million of it proceeds to the FTC.

This started back in June of 2009, when the Federal Trade Commission initially charged 3FN with actively recruiting and colluding with criminals to distribute e-content such as spyware, viruses, trojans, phishing schemes and child pornography.

The FTC alleged that the defendant advertised its services in the darkest corners of the Internet, including a chat room for spammers.

Heroes: Saving the Cheerleader Won't Save The Series

posted Sunday May 16, 2010 by Josh Henry

<i>Heroes</i>: Saving the Cheerleader Won't Save The Series

Something that us fans of NBC's show Heroes have been anticipating has actually been confirmed, that being the cancellation of the series. Yes that is right, Heroes will be no more and we will no longer be able to hear about Mohinder and his father's research, nor will we be able to see problems fixed by a little memory wipe here or a trip back in time. The cancellation of the show has been speculated for the past two years but now that it has actually been confirmed it is a bit bitter sweet. I myself along with the rest of the crew have watched the show since day one and have seen the decline of the series since its amazing first season. Now don't get me wrong, each of the seasons have had their truly great moments and glimmers of hope but to find this news unexpected or surprising is a bit naive.

LEGO Universe Pre-order

posted Sunday May 16, 2010 by Josh Henry

<i>LEGO Universe</i> Pre-order

With the closed beta going along very well, the NetDevil team has finally given us a pre-order date for the upcoming family-friendly MMO of awesomeness, LEGO Universe! They also revealed some of the bonuses you get once you pre-order the game. For those who want to jump on and get your orders in, you've been able to do so since Friday, May 14th. There's currently no information on pricing available but we do know it will be based on a monthly subscription model. Once we get some prices we will let you know.

How Many Fingers = $25M? Ask Home Depot

posted Sunday May 16, 2010 by Jon Wurm

How Many Fingers = $25M? Ask Home Depot

The type of business that Home Depot is in comes with a huge potential for high worker's compensation claims. In fact, several years ago the claims averaged $1 million per year until Michael Powell designed a device that could save countless fingers among other body parts lost and swept under the steel shelves. Powell presented the simple device and the company agreed to test it in 8 stores with incredible success that resulted in lowering claims to $7,000 the next year. Powell was willing to sell them the device for $2,000 a piece but Home Depot decided to thank Powell by giving him the finger, which they were still able to do thanks to his device. When Powell's claim on the invention was brought up at a meeting a Home Depot exec responded with,

F**k Michael Powell. Let him sue us.

Nintendo Still Hates Pirates

posted Sunday May 16, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Nintendo Still Hates Pirates

Nintendo, makers of every family-friendly mini-game collection ever, has been battling pirates for years. In 2007, they petitioned the Hong Kong High Court to help them stop came copier devices. Apparently this petition didn't do the trick because they have ramped up the process.

This week the filed suit against a company that owns and operates several websites that "sell illegal video game copiers." The company, NXPGAME, has been under investigation by Nintendo for quite some time. The investigation found that the sites were enabling users to download, play and distribute illegal DS and DSi games.

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