Ok, so here’s the deal – Comcast, whom we all love dearly, has decided they want to charge Level 3, the company that helps stream Netflix, to deliver content to their own customers. Wait, what? Yup. Check it:
“On November 19, 2010, Comcast informed Level 3 that, for the first time, it will demand a recurring fee from Level 3 to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast’s customers who request such content. By taking this action, Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content. This action by Comcast threatens the open Internet and is a clear abuse of the dominant control that Comcast exerts in broadband access markets as the nation’s largest cable provider.”
Grasping straws are we, Comcast? This is kind of the opposite of what we were worried about when the whole net neutrality debate started, but it’s equally disturbing.
Run for your lives!!! NetFlix is going to destroy the internet!! Their streaming awesomeness will shake the webbertubes until they burst, so says The Slate. I mean, look at the numbers – 10% of Canadians visited netflix.com in the first week of its launch! PANIC!!!1!!!!!
You’re not buying this, are you? I even put ‘panic’ in all capital letters, just for you. I also put in numbers and stuff, you know like percentages. Ok, fine, NetFlix will not destroy the internet and I’ll tell you why after the jump.
Chances are if you’re a geek meets nerd, semi-anti-social, A&E broadcast family addict – that is to say, anything like myself – you probably enjoy a little bit of ‘ye olde paranormal musings’. If, for no other reason, the stories seem to be well thought-out. It’s September, which, according to my local Walgreens, means it’s almost Halloween. Let’s have a little spooky fun. We’re going to thrash the transmission by skipping the clutch and slamming it into reverse warp!
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I watched one of the most amazing videos I’ve seen in a while – It’s of a “multitouch-like hand gesture interface” that uses only a standard webcam. I could describe it for you, but really, you need to see it for yourself . I can only imagine how this will affect even just the design aspect of computing, among many others. Amazing, even for being in early development.
Watch the video here!
Stick around after the jump to hear about a new Nvidia Quadro graphics card with 4gigs of ram and how vmware is wanting to bring virtualization to your cell phone.