Auto-tuning data

BBC News reports that an EU-funded endeavor which includes researchers from the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre has come up with a viable way to improve data integrity (and therefore throughput) over long-reach fiber-optic cables, by essentially “auto-tuning” the data. Essentially, devices interpret a noisy signal a shorter distance down the pipe and “clean […]

Diaspora — which is NOT a Facebook-killer — is coming soon

The people behind an open-source “privacy aware” alternative to Facebook say the system will launch on September 15. But it still remains unclear whether Diaspora can compete with major social networks — or indeed, what competing means. The project is the work of four students who responded to the controversy over Facebook’s often-confusing and frequently-revised […]