Talking of the start..ray guns!

..looks like the start of the ray gun..

the Department of Defense’s Active Denial System, which is designed to disable hostile individuals with nonlethal force. The system, jointly developed with Raytheon, uses a focused microwave beam to rapidly heat the surface of the skin, causing pain that induces targeted individuals to seek cover. Apparently, development has gone well, because the system has made it out of the labs and into the hands of the Raytheon marketing department—they’ve termed it Silent Guardian™.

Doesn’t sounds too practical right now but I’m sure we’ll see it shrink soon enough…[via]

The start of the end for the Record Industry

According to reports, Madonna has signed a $120million deal with L.A. based concert promotion firm Live Nation to distribute three studio albums, promote concert tours, sell merchandise and license Madonna’s name.

Whilst the deal differs from Nine Inch Nails in that Madonna is not offering direct-to-public albums, Live Nation isn’t a record company. The deal shows that even for a world famous act, a record company is no longer required in the days of digital downloads and P2P music sharing.

The only real question now is how fast will the music industry model come tumbling down. When Radiohead led the way in offering their music directly to fans many predicted that the move was the beginning of the end; Madonna may well be the tipping point from where we will now see a flood of recording artists dumping record labels and where todays model will shortly become a footnote in Wikipedia.

Great news for the consumer, I wonder what it’ll mean for the RIAA when they have no record industry to ‘protect’. I think this is all very interesting and great to see people listening to what consumers want. with iTunes and Amazon selling DRM music I’m sure music will become more popular as a result and there will be money to be made for sure, but in a fair and just way for all, the consumer and the artist.

Jamie Thomas isn’t the reason why CD sales have slumped, let’s be real about this.

The rest of the story is here

OEM pricing for Windows Home Server comes into focus at below $200

This is great news, but I wonder if it’ll be the same price over here in the UK, I tried to join the beta but was a little too late. I have our old machine setup in the closet with a wireless card ready for this software. I’ve ordered a new Socket A silent fan to make it as silent as possible and got half a TB of storage on it now too. [via]

I’m trying to figure how much I can strip the box down to and can I get a smaller case for it.

I have one question, if you’re not attaching a monitor do you really need a graphics card? I intend to leave it in there to start with for setup and then rip it out. I want he box to be as small and as silent as possible and the graphics card currently has a fan.

What’s the smallest case available for an ASUS AMD Socket A motherboard?

Or is it easier just to buy a new silent pc box…hmm.

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Nokia being given a lesson

Nokia recently announced Ovi it’s own music service to compete with iTunes. This launch also included some new phones such as the N81. But it looks like Nokia as run into a few stumbling blocks, namely the UK mobile carriers.

Ovi not only competes with iTunes but the carries own walled garden music services. Therefore the carriers see this as competition for it’s revenue and decides the easiest thing to do is to close out Nokia by not including the N81 in their line ups.

In the UK the model is that the handset is subsidised by the carrier, therefore the consumer is used to paying very little for a handset which has a true value of several hundred pounds.

Therefore the average UK consumer would baulk at the cost of a new handset unlocked, so this causes a problem for Nokia, no way for Nokia to get it’s music service into the hands of the average UK consumer.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a subsidised Nokia handset with some sort of monthly access to Ovi with Napster rental style DRM, or Nokia just pushes the cost of the N81 down to iPod prices or near cost with Nokia looking to gain the revenue from Ovi instead.

Downloading the Ovi tunes over wi-fi would mean a real kick in the teeth for the carriers as they would be providing the thin margin voice/text services only with none of their own value add services being included.

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