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March 14, 2011

AT&T to cap internet usage across America

AT&T will cap DSL and U-Verse internet, impose overage fees (update) -- Engadget
Ladies and gentlemen, the days of unlimited broadband may be numbered in the United States, and we're not talking wireless this time -- AT&T says it will implement a 150GB monthly cap on landline DSL customers and a 250GB cap on subscribers to U-Verse high speed internet starting on May 2nd. AT&T will also charge overage fees of $10 for every additional 50GB of data, with two grace periods to start out -- in other words, the third month you go over the cap is when you'll get charged. DSLReports says it has confirmation from AT&T that these rates are legitimate, and that letters will go out to customers starting March 18th. How does AT&T defend the move? The company explains it will only impact two percent of consumers who use "a disproportionate amount of bandwidth," and poses the caps as an alternative to throttling transfer speeds or disconnecting excessive users from the service completely. Customers will be able to check their usage with an online tool, and get notifications when they reach 65 percent, 90 percent and 100 percent of their monthly rates.

March 13, 2011

Deep Sea--the scariest game ever

Deep Sea: The scariest game ever | Joystiq
The Independent Propeller Award finalist is daunting from the outset: first, the player is helped into the gas mask contraption seen above, with blacked out eyes. Then, noise-canceling headphones are lowered onto your face, and your hand is guided to a flight-stick style joystick. The game is simple: you use recorded audio direction from an AI character, and directional audio cues, to locate enemies underwater, then "ping" them with your sonar to target them. You'll get feedback from the AI commander character when you ping: things like "It's far to the left," essentially. And that's it! What makes it terrifying is the combination of instant claustrophobia due to the oppressive mask, and the helplessness of total sensory deprivation. Being scared to death actually makes the game harder, as it tracks your breathing and plays exaggerated "breathing" sound effects over the audio, drowning out commands. I've never considered myself a claustrophobic person, but panic set in immediately upon playing this game.

March 09, 2011

World's largest singing Tesla Stage

World's largest singing Tesla Stage by Arc Attack and Nexus by Justin Wagner — Kickstarter
Arc Attack (as seen on America's got Talent) and Nexus (one of the largest sound camps on the Playa) are teaming up to bring you the world's first Singing Tesla Coil stage! This will not only break records, but establish a world's record! 9 Tesla Coils streaming 12 million volts of electricity all hitting a 30 ft geodesic dome. There will be two 16ft Coils throwing out 22ft arcs of lightning, four 8ft coils throwing out 13 ft of lightning, and three 6ft Coils energizing the inside of the dome! The best part, YOU get to be inside! Ever wonder what it would be like to get struck by lighting? To see what we see when we are in the suit? Well, now you get too! We desperately need your help to make this possible. Please watch the video, Google Nexus Burning Man and Arc Attack. Thank you for your support!

March 07, 2011

How Facebook is Killing Your Authenticity

How Facebook is Killing Your Authenticity - steve's blog
This latest push by Facebook to tie people to one identity across the interwebs is very troublesome. The problem with tying internet-wide identity to a broadcast network like Facebook is that people don’t want one normalized identity, either in real life, or virtually. People yearn to be individuals. They want to be authentic. They have numerous different groups of real-life friends. They stylize conversations. They are emotional and have an innate need to connect on different levels with different people. This is because humans are born with an instinctual desire to understand the broader context of their surroundings and build rapport, a social awareness often called emotional intelligence. In the beginning, Facebook catered to this instinct we all have. But FB in its current form, a big graph of people who may or may not know anything about one another, does not. And forcing people to comment – and more broadly speaking to log-on – with one identity puts a massive stranglehold on our very nature. I'm not too worried about FB Comments in isolation, but the writing is on the wall: all of this off-site encroachment of the Facebook graph portends where FB is really going in pushing one identity. And a uniform identity defies us.
*Thanks, Blaine*

Fuck Yeah Nouns!

Okay, this is sort of genius. Inspired by the endless parade of FUCK YEAH tumblrs (Fuck Yeah Sharks, et al) this site takes any word you search for and slaps the text FUCK YEAH [your word] on it. Simple and awesome. FUCK YEAH NOUNS *Thanks, Blaine!* More after the jump.

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