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Hubble Tracks Black Holes on the Internet

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Science, Software,

Black Holes MapAccording to Ethan Katz-Bassett, a University of Washington grad student, there are black holes on the Internet. Funded by the National Science Foundations, he and his advisor Arvind Krishnamurthy designed a program to find them. They make sure that the problem is not just a temporary glitch on a site and mark them on a global map. The pair is hoping that service providers will use Hubble, named after the Space telescope that charts black holes, to track down their own issues. The findings will be presented at the Usenix Symposium being held next week in San Francisco.

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Only One Chance To Watch MTV’s VMAs

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Award Shows, Music, Specials, Cable, MTV,

TimbalandI’m honestly not sure if anyone cares anymore—because I know I stopped a long time ago—but don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Unlike recent years when you could catch a rerun of the Video Music Awards for weeks on end (usually following an episode of ), the cable channel has finally smartened up and made it a more exclusive event.  Why cheapen a show by milking it to death?  Then again, this is coming from a network that has already cheapened it’s image thanks to the mere presence of Next and (

insert the name of any other MTV show here

).

So in hopes of bringing back the audience that has disappeared during the show’s premiere time slot, the channel will air 2007’s telecast one time only.  In other words, they are basically following the lead of every other high-profile awards program (e.g. The , , ) that forces people to gather in large numbers at one time.  Additionally, the network is promising to revamp the telecast overall and has even brought on uber-producer Timbaland to be the evening’s musical director.  Now if they can promise me that will make the rumored surprise appearance (and does a trash-tastic performance at that)—I’ll be there.  Better yet, I hope she cancels unexpectedly.

Take note:  The Moon Men will be handed out on September 9th from the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.

Read More | Entertainment Weekly

A Thumbless Ebert & Roeper?

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Syndication,

Roger EbertFor nearly 30 years, has been sealing his movie reviews with a signature Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.  Unfortunately, potentially-heated contract negotiations between Ebert and his distribution company have forced (temporary?) changes to the program.  Now both sides are pointing fingers at those allegedly responsible for pulling the digits.

Viewers of the most recent episode may have noticed a slight change in the program.  No thumbs!  Richard Roeper and his guest co-host made their opinions on such movies as The Nanny Diaries and Resurrecting the Champ as clear as possible without a ‘pointed’ summary.  (For the record—they disliked

both

films).

Disney-ABC Domestic Television claims the renowned critic put the copyrighted move on hold during negotiations (Ebert and the estate of the late Gene Siskel hold the rights to the critiquing method).  But through a statement posted on his website, Roger denies making that request.  In addition, he says that Disney (as of 8/24) had not gotten back to him after what he feels was an ‘offensively low’ offer.

As most you already know, health problems have kept Roger Ebert from fronting an episode of the show for over a year.  But he has been contributing in other ways and still posts through his own site.  I just pray that the distribution company isn’t trying to take advantage of his current status during their contract talks.  But then again—they wouldn’t do something like that, would they??

Read More | RogerEbert.com

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