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Python

+ - Emotiv EEG DRM Cracked->

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Cycon
Cycon writes "Earlier this week, one of the original iPhone jailbreakers Cody Brocious (aka "Daeken") announced the Emokit Project, an Open Source library written in Python which cracks the DRM encryption on the raw EEG signals transmitted by the Emotiv EPOC EEG headset. Raw EEG access is necessary to build and use software without passing through Emotiv's App store. At issue is Emotiv's business model which sells consumer-only versions of its headset for $300, and charges $750 for developer access to the raw EEG signals. Emotiv has responded that they "strongly oppose this kind of action" because they are a start-up and it places their business model at risk. Notably their competitors at NeuroSky do not distinguish between consumers and developers and provide development toolkits and full raw EEG access by default. What does the Slashdot community think about cracking DRM, potentially killing a product or company, as opposed to large corporations such as Apple or the MPAA?"
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Businesses

+ - Convincing your company to go Open Source 1

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Cycon
Cycon writes "No doubt asked previously, but what are today's most compelling arguments (pro or con) for a small company to release its software under an Open Source license, in particular the GPL? Current and future fund raising may be jeopardized or at least complicated. There may be fears competitors will more easily absorb your unique features, or a larger entity will leverage your work and push you aside. On the positive side is ethical merit — which beyond as its own end may offer community benefits such as code contributions, constructive testing and feedback, and perhaps some good press. Lawyers may be required for the finer points, but what should any realistic business consider?"
Sci-Fi

+ - Favourite Predictive Science Fiction?

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Cycon
Cycon writes "William Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer popularized the term cyberspace, and predicted as much as influenced directions taken by the modern internet (and of course much of the plot and setting of The Matrix was lifted directly). Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash in 1992 has arguably led to everything from use of the word "avatar" to MMOs such as Second Life and interfaces such as Google Earth. Many space-related ideas explored by Arthur C. Clark's such as a Space Needle are being actively investigated, and one can find many parallels between Star Trek's tricorder and communication and modern smart phones.

What other favourite authors or works can the Slashdot community recommend which stand as not only great writing, but as examples of ideas or concepts which were later developed, or could realistically be produced in the next twenty years?"
Google

+ - New Android SDK Available, Phones Predicted Nov 10->

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Cycon
Cycon writes "Google has announced, "we're releasing a beta SDK. You can read about the new Android 0.9 SDK beta at the Android Developers' Site, or if you want to get straight to the bits, you can visit the download page." A new Development Roadmap has also been released to help developers understand the direction the software is taking (as this is still only a Beta release).

In addtiona the FCC has approved the HTC Dream, and it is believed Google will launch the phone on November 10, since a confidentiality request attached to the application asks the FCC to keep details secret until that date."

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Movies

+ - Lucas Researching Concept for New Indianna Jones->

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Cycon
Cycon writes "According to George Lucas, "The franchise really depends on me coming up with a good idea," Lucas said. "And that series is very research-intensive. So we're doing research now to see if we can't come up with another object for him to chase ... hopefully we'll come up with something." Lucas "scoffed at the possibility of passing the famed fedora from Ford to Shia LaBeouf" instead stating "if [Harrison Ford] wasn't in it, you'd have to call it 'Mutt Williams and the search for Elvis.'"
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Portables (Apple)

+ - Apple slashes iPhone to $400, Drops 4GB, & Ref

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Cycon
Cycon writes "Apple has announced they will be dropping the price of the 8GB iPhone to $399 (plus contract), will be dropping the 4GB model, and in response to frustration from early-adopters, and will offer a refund in the form of $100 store credit to early adopters. "Our earlier customers trusted us and we must live up to that trust with our actions in moments like this," says Steve Jobs."

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