It seems that in Britain, burglars aren’t bothering to steal CDs and DVDs. Why?
The reason is the falling value of physical media products. The average price of a CD album in Britain fell from £10.77 to £7.32 between 2001 and 2010, according to the BPI, a trade group—almost a halving, in real terms. And the dishonest get their music and films free, via the internet. DVDs are under pressure not just from piracy but also from video-on-demand services.
Instead they’re stealing computers, purses, jewelry, and anything else that has greater value. Technology has disrupted traditional thievery as well.
How companies can save money and “go green(er)” by simply lowering the air conditioning in data centers.
In a strange turn-about, AdBlock Plus will now allow “acceptable ads.” Why?
Starting with Adblock Plus 2.0 you can allow some of the advertising that is considered not annoying. By doing this you support websites that rely on advertising but choose to do it in a non-intrusive way. And you give these websites an advantage over their competition which encourages other websites to use non-intrusive advertising as well. In the long term the web will become a better place for everybody, not only Adblock Plus users. Without this feature we run the danger that increasing Adblock Plus usage will make small websites unsustainable.
It’s an interesting idea. It allows users to support their favorite sites, without having to deal with obnoxious advertisements. This also encourages sites to only choose these acceptable or not-obnoxious ads.
(hat tip: Linear Fix)
The controversial V-22 Osprey, the Marine Corps’ hybrid helicopter/airplane just got its first taste of combat… and performed well.
“Smart Gadgets are Like Sleeper Cells in Your Kitchen: Most people don’t know their gadgets can already talk to one another, and even be controlled remotely by their utility company.”
GE has been shipping appliances for the past three years that are “smart.” Smart meaning that they are equipped with ZigBee wireless capabilities so that your appliances can communicate with each other—and more ominously, with your utility company or anyone over the Internet. Most of the ZigBee capable appliances aren’t even labeled as such.
This is potentially a huge privacy breech. It seems that few of these appliances communicate back… yet.
(hat tip to the blogfather)
The fax machine is one technology that is past its time, but refuses to die. Some people like the convenience of the fax, while others perceive a fax to be more secure than e-mail. Doctors’ offices rely on fax and refuse to use e-mail because of the security concerns.
After hoping to be rid of faxes forever, I came to the realization that they’re here for the foreseeable future. I signed up for HelloFax and have been quite satisfied with the customer service and the convenience of it thus far. I was able to get a fax number in the 646 area code, and it integrates well with Dropbox. It also lets you easily add a saved signature to a document without printing it out, signing it, and then scanning it before sending it. Thumbs up from me.
Because you needed to find a use for those old 3.5″ floppies.
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