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Submission + - ATI to go opensource ?

BESTouff writes: As seen on Chris Blizzard's blog: The ATI marketing guy on stage (Henri Richard) at the Red Hat Summit just committed to fixing the ATI problems with open source. To paraphrase "most people are worried about what they will lose...IP, etc...we're worried about what we can win." They know it's a problem and they are committed to fixing it.
Privacy

Submission + - Chips on DVDs could prevent theft

Kiralan writes: New technology designed to thwart DVD theft makes discs unplayable until they're activated at the cash register. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_hi_te/te chbit_dvd_theft From the story: "A chip smaller than the head of a pin is placed onto a DVD along with a thin coating that blocks a DVD player from reading critical information on the disc. At the register, the chip is activated and sends an electrical pulse through the coating, turning it clear and making the disc playable." This appears to be a decent use of security technology, but what is the potential of this being the new DIVX?
The Internet

Submission + - VA Tech Shooting Spurs Domain Exploiting

eldavojohn writes: "I just read an article about a guy who registered the following domain names shortly after the VA Tech incident: CampusKillings.com, VirginiaTechMurders.com, SlaughterInVirginia.com & VaTechTheMovie.com. Fred McChesney was hoping to make a quick buck by offering these domain names after the incident — although he hasn't sold any so far, he has donated a memorial domain to the students. He likened his entrepreneurial endeavor to "rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic." It's interesting because some of these domains were revoked: "Jeremiah Johnston, chief operating officer for domain name broker Sedo.com, said his company has shut down domains named after the victims as well as dozens of others related to the tragedy, including BlacksburgBloodbath.com and SchoolSlaughter.com." While these domain names may be seen as socially sick or unkind to the families, is it really ok to revoke the right to select a domain based on this? Will this lead the way for politicians to force down domain names that are negative political commentary? Where does one draw the line? Will this happen for every widely publicized news event?"
Media

Submission + - C-SPAN Liberalizes Copyright Policy

bigmammoth writes: "Today, C-SPAN has steeped into the digital age and announced the liberalization of their copyright policy. Now online bloggers, citizen journalists, and any non-commercial entity with something to say about their representative can post federally sponsored events as covered by C-SPAN online without fear of copyright reprisals.
From C-SPAN.org

C-SPAN is introducing a liberalized copyright policy for current, future, and past coverage of any official events sponsored by Congress and any federal agency- about half of all programming offered on the C-SPAN television networks-which will allow non-commercial copying, sharing, and posting of C-SPAN video on the Internet, with attribution.
C-SPAN's liberalized copyright policy is good news for sites like metavid and anyone that is posting C-SPAN's coverage of our government online."
United States

Submission + - Digital Fair Use bill introduced to US House

An anonymous reader writes: Ars Technica reports that "US Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA) and John Doolittle (R-CA) today announced the Freedom And Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship Act of 2007 (FAIR USE Act). The bill's aim is to help put an end to the madness circulating around the general imbalance that has befallen copyright in recent years."
User Journal

Journal SPAM: 184.8 Remember that book? 7 7

I'm making plans to visit a friend of mine this summer, and in a recent e.mail, she said that she's especially looking forward to reading the latest revised and/or completed draft of my novel.

Whoops.

She was one of the people who read the first draft, the 50K version I wrote for NaNoWriMo, and generally liked it.

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