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Government

+ - Porn Industry in Financial Turmoil?

Submitted by CapedOpossum
CapedOpossum (953156) writes "Rarely do I laugh out loud at a CNN news story!

"Another major American industry is asking for assistance as the global financial crisis continues: Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis said Wednesday they will request that Congress allocate $5 billion for a bailout of the adult entertainment industry."

""The porn industry has been hurt by the downturn like everyone else and they are going to ask for the $5 billion. Is it the most serious thing in the world? Is it going to make the lives of Americans better if it happens? It is not for them to determine.""

Anybody interested in being the pr0n czar??"

Comment: Re:Patents should be eliminated (Score 1) 202

by CapedOpossum (#21129761) Attached to: SanDisk Sues 25 Companies for Patent Infringement
So if patents provide a shield against big companies, how come the patent you mentioned did not protect Woz and Apple from IBM (IIRC IBM-PC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM-PC came out 1981, only 4 years after said patent was granted). Or were patent lifetimes that much shorter then?
Sci-Fi

+ - Scientists:Artificial life likely in 3 to 10 years->

Submitted by CapedOpossum
CapedOpossum (953156) writes "Let the voices chanting apocalyptic visions once again be heard! Playing God? Hell, we're re-inventing the concept! From the article: "Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer. Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of 'wet artificial life.' ... 'It's going to be a big deal and everybody's going to know about it,' said Mark Bedau, chief operating officer of ProtoLife of Venice, Italy, one of those in the race. ... Bedau said there are legitimate worries about creating life that could 'run amok,' but there are ways of addressing it, and it will be a very long time before that is a problem.""
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Music

+ - Court acquits allofmp3.com site owner

Submitted by CapedOpossum
CapedOpossum (953156) writes "From the article: "A Russian court found the former boss of music download Web site www.allofmp3.com not guilty of breaching copyright on Wednesday in a case considered a crucial test of Russia's commitment to fighting piracy." ... "Denis Kvasov, head of MediaServices which owned the site, " ... "always said he was within the law because the site paid part of its income to ROMS, a Russian organisation which collects and distributes fees for copyright holders. The judge agreed with his defence.""

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