Hello, Neo. The Matrix Revolutions opens today.
It’s Guy Fawkes Day in Britain. Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for trying to vote in 1872. Happy Birthday Roy Rogers, Ike Turner, and Art Garfunkel.
- As expected, the FCC has voted 5-0 in favor of “broadcast flag” rules that will require that all devices capable of receiving digital TV signals come equipped with anti-piracy protection to keep flagged programs from being copied. By July 1, 2005 all TVs, VCRs, DVD players, and PCs must include anti-copying measures that prevent redistribution of flagged material. How long before these measures are cracked and defeated? Does anyone not know how to defeat region-encoding?
- Microsoft is offering $250,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest of the creators of MSBlast and SoBig. News.com says this is the first time a company has offered a reward for the capture of cybercriminals.
- The revolution is well on its way. Legal downloads have exceeded CD single sales in the US since the end of June by nearly 2 to 1.
- Intel claims that it has saved Moore’s law with the discovery of two new chip materials.
- As we reported on the show yesterday, Novell is back in the Linux business. The company, which already owns Ximian, is offering $210 million for Germany-based SuSE Linux. IBM pitches in $50 million. With Big Blue’s backing, the #2 Linux poses a real threat to #1 Red Hat. Newsforge has the morning after analysis.
- Xbox Next will have G5 like chips from IBM inside, graphics from ATI, and a chipset from SIS. Don’t expect anything before 2005, though. Just proves that gaming is now on the cutting edge of hardware innovation.
- Speaking of gaming machines, Sony has announced a new low cost handheld for late next year that will do everything but change the baby. The dual-processor PSP is a GameBoy competitor that will include a 16:9 24-bit screen, iPod like features, and maybe even a cell phone.