Hot News of the Week: Good Friday Edition

Time Warner Cable Bandwidth Caps

It’s been a week of turmoil for Time Warner Cable internet customers. While the company had said in 2008 that it was playing around with the idea of a tiered and capped system, it’s finally becoming a reality with test programs set to launch this summer. Understandably, customers were hugely upset at a top-tier service capped at just 40 GB. Time Warner Cable COO Landel Hobbs responded to the backlash by revealing a 100 GB service. Going a step further, the company has revised nearly all of its plans in response to its “passionate feedback” from customers.

Wall•E PC Case Mod

Is this the best PC case mod ever? We think so.

Now, who’s going to mod a Mac Mini into an Eve case? Maybe then we’ll finally achieve peace amongst the PC and Mac world.

PETA Hits WoW to Protest

We all love PETA right? No? Yeah, me neither. But I do love pets and I do love baby seals. Sometimes I wish I could have a baby seal for a pet. Anyway, the animal rights advocacy group this week announced that they’d be taking another avenue in the fight against the Canadian seal slaughter. According to the group’s blog, this Saturday World of Warcraft players will have the chance to combat a team of four Horde seal killers. Will you be joining in?

Google Street View Car Gets Hassled

It’s been a weird week for Google and its Maps Street View team. One crowd of British folk who had a problem with the idea of having their streets photographed for the internet decided to take the matter into their own hands. Instead of just requesting the pictures be removed after it had been taken and used on Google Street View, they community physically forced the Google Street View car out of the area in order to stop the photos being taken in the first place.

It seems that residents aren’t the only ones who have had a bone to pick with the Google Cars. Last summer, while a Google Car was busily snapping the streets of Bradford, England, a British traffic cop attempted to stop the car for what we presume to be a Bicycles/Buses/Taxies Only lane violation. But instead of pulling over, the Google car sped off, with the police car tearing after it complete with lights and sirens. The cop eventually caught up and the Google Car did pull over. The best part about all this? It was photographed on Street View.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Leaks Out

An early, unfinished version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine hit the internet to the surprise of many, as the film isn’t set for release until May 1. The leaked version is termed a “workprint” copy, which means it is unfinished some special effects are still missing, and may not contain the final cut of the film.

Nevertheless, the movie is reportedly still very watchable, with visual and audio quality being much better than the usual camcorder-recorded bootlegs for in-theater movies.

Understandably, 20th Century Fox is taking the matter very seriously and has called the feds in to investigate the matter. SNIKT!

Swedish Internet Traffic Down 33% after IPRED

A new Swedish law--based on the European Union's Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED)--actually allows copyright holders to force ISPs (internet service providers) into coughing up IP addresses of users sharing copyrighted material via a court order. To signify as to what kind of impact this law already made, Swedish internet traffic actually dropped from 120 Gbps to 80 Gbps on the very day the new law went into effect. Read all about it here.

Our Two AMD Overclocking Champions

After two months of intense overclocking, two champions have emerged victors of the AMD Virtual Overclocking Contest.

We set the battlegrounds in February, and today we have our chart topping overclocker of the AMD Phenom II X3 720. Congratulations Chris Morrel, AKA Gomeler, of Atlanta, Georgia with an overclock to 5.16 GHz.

In March we had our first winner -- Travis Jank, AKA V2-V3, of Dalton Gardens, Idaho who was able to take his AMD Phenom II X4 940 (3 GHz) to a chart-topping 5.6 GHz.

We’ll be flying both overclockers out to Los Angeles for a weekend and the chance to recreate their performances. Stay tuned for on-site reporting of this event as it happens the very first weekend in May.

Thanks for reading and have a good Easter, everyone!

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • fausto
    time warner can kiss my ass
  • fausto
    wall-e mod is cool as hell, it's in contention to some of the best i've seen.
  • garborg
    I used to work for Compuserve customer service back when service was charged per min. I can't tell you how many phone calls I had to deal with 1000 dollar bills cause a modem hang up connected all month.

    So what garentee is Time Warner going to give that they are only metering actual usage and not some virus, malware or hell even the data all the ads take up?
  • tommysch
    We DO NOT kill baby seal in Canada since 1980, get over it. You can only hunt the adults.
  • lukeiamyourfather
    A cap of 40GB per month is a joke. At that rate the United States Postal Service provides more bandwidth than Time Warner with all the Netflix discs they deliver.
  • salsoolo
  • LordConrad
    I want to join the Horde.

    PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals