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SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."
An anonymous reader writes "Many companies offer trials of their applications. After the 30 days trial, the application locks down. Is it illegal for me to delete from MY computer the trial information of that application and use it again? No reverse engineering, no cracking, no patching.
And most importantly, if I develop an application that does this kind of cleaning, can I get in trouble?"
AndrewGOO9 (1251062) writes "Visitors of the Oswego Public Library may be slightly surprised that Mario and Sonic will soon be finding themselves nestled near Machiavelli and Socrates. In the wake of multiple suggestions from library-goes, officials have finally set in motion the necessary action to add video games to their shelves. “We had done a survey last year for new technology as well as the (survey) we’ve just put on our website and a gaming collection is one of the things often requested,” said Sarah Skilton, the library district's director. Following the creation of a committee composed of library officials, they set out to determine just how large they wanted their initial video game collection to be. Setting a budget of $1,000, the decision was made to purchase 75 video games for their children’s department as well as 75 for their adolescent section. The games will be split between the Oswego Libraries two locations." Link to Original Source
That is assuming that it's families who are pirating films, which I don't really think is the case.
Personally, I pirate films every now and then for the sake of ease. Going to the cinema is a large use of time (and money), which I'd prefer to spend on something at least marginally more productive.
As you said, the prices at the cinema in the uk are quite ridiculous at the moment. I think a drop in prices would probably bring in more money than at the current state but probably wouldn't reduce piracy.
Motor (104119) writes "As has long been expected — we are now beginning to see governments pushing for the use of so-called 'trusted computing'. Chips installed in all computers that effectively remove control of the PC from its owner. While there may be security advantages to some of the ideas — few can doubt that it represents a fundamental shift in the IT world. A radical move away from an open technology landscape and towards a system that denies all access unless you have the right credentials. Governments will demand the right credentials to access their services — meaning approved software stacks (i.e Windows) with the right digital signatures. Vernor Vinge had it right ." Link to Original Source