Libraries that choose to filter Internet access are not engaging in censorship, according to the Washington Supreme Court. The court made its decision late last week on 6-3 vote, with the majority noting that libraries are not obligated to provide universal access to all constitutionally protected speech just because it exists. Still, the dissenting justices feel that filters should be removed at the request of an adult, and that the decision is "draconian." The case was originally brought against the North Central Regional Library (NCRL) by three patrons who found that they were unable to access certain sites on the library's computers. NCRL had implemented a use policy—as well as FortiGate filtering software across all its branches—that barred access to certain kinds of content, such as porn, gambling sites, Web chat services, proxy avoidance tools, and other "adult" content. According to NCRL's policy, sites that were erroneously blocked could be unblocked at the request of … [Read more...] about State court: Internet filtering at libraries constitutional
A new program from cable, telephone, and Internet provider Comcast will provide discounted web access, a low-cost computer, and free Internet training for qualifying low-income families in the US. The service is called Internet Essentials and is expected to help bridge the divide that poor families face regarding technology. The program comes as a result of Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal earlier this year. As part of that deal, the FCC required that Comcast make broadband subscriptions available to 400,000 poor households for less than $10 per month. Families interested in the $9.95 broadband service and $149.99 computer must meet a few criteria. First, you must be living in one of the 39 states that Comcast currently serves. Furthermore, said family must have at least one child enrolled in a free lunch program through the National School Lunch Program. You must not have subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days and finally you can’t have any … [Read more...] about Comcast offers $10 Internet for low-income families
China is expected to grow 28% this year to 120 mln, according to Xinhua news agency, which quotes an official with China's Ministry of Information Industry . In 2004 the number of Internet users grew 16% to 94 mln. IDC reports that China is the world's #2 PC market - it shipped nearly 16 mln units last year. That number is expected to grow by 13% in 2005. China is the world's biggest telecom market by number of subscribers, with 316 mln fixed-line users, and 340 mln mobile users as of January, according to Xinhua. China will have 402 mln mobile subscribers by the end of 2005. … [Read more...] about China facts – 120 mln Internet users, 340 mln mobile users, 16 mln PCs shipped in 2004
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more . tortoise and the hare Kelly Peirce 29 Apr 2021 Source: Android Central Best answer: The higher, the better! According to PlayStation, 5 Mbps is the minimum requirement to stream PlayStation Now. However, this is the minimum, and even at high speeds, players have noticed input lag and compression. If you haven't already subscribed: PlayStation Now $60/year at Amazon PlayStation Now PlayStation Now may not be the hugely popular service that Xbox Game Pass is for players. However, the subscription service has a ton of value. It offers more than 800 games spanning some of the best that PS2, PS3, and PS4 offers and adds new games monthly. However, if you're a member of PlayStation Now and find yourself ready to get rid of your subscription, doing so is incredibly easy. Check your internet speeds Sony PlayStation recommends a minimum download speed of 5 Mbps to stream … [Read more...] about What internet speeds do I need to stream PlayStation Now games?
Scientists have gotten one step closer to a quantum internet by creating the world's first multinode quantum network. Researchers at the QuTech research center in the Netherlands created the system, which is made up of three quantum nodes entangled by the spooky laws of quantum mechanics that govern subatomic particles. It is the first time that more than two quantum bits, or "qubits," that do the calculations in quantum computing have been linked together as "nodes," or network endpoints. Researchers expect the first quantum networks to unlock a wealth of computing applications that can't be performed by existing classical devices — such as faster computation and improved cryptography. Related: 12 stunning quantum physics experiments "It will allow us to connect quantum computers for more computing power, create unhackable networks and connect atomic clocks and telescopes together with unprecedented levels of coordination," Matteo Pompili, a member … [Read more...] about World’s 1st multinode quantum network is a breakthrough for the quantum internet