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Comment: Re:liberal? (Score 1) 239

by jipn4 (#32172434) Attached to: Hollywood Nervous About Kagan's Fair Use Views

Terms don't just have dictionary definitions, they also have political, historical, and emotional significance. The term "liberal" has a specific political meaning when applied to someone nominated for the US supreme court justice.

Basically, if you insist that "fair use" is a "liberal" cause, you are hostile to fair use rights because you are trying to associate them with the left wing of the Democratic party, which doesn't have the power to defend such rights.

If you care about "fair use", then it's important to ensure that everybody understands that fair use rights are as much a conservative as a liberal cause.

So, tell me, which is it? Are you trying to kill fair use rights? Or are you such a pedant that you insist on reciting dictionary definitions even if it hurts your cause?

The Courts

UK Man Convicted For Wi-Fi Piggybacking 659

Posted by kdawson
CatrionaMcM tips us to a BBC story reporting that Gregory Straszkiewicz, a UK resident, was fined £500 and sentenced to a conditional discharge for 12 months after being caught using a laptop from a car parked outside somebody else's house. '[H]e was prosecuted under the Communications Act and found guilty of dishonestly obtaining an electronic communications service.' A separate BBC story notes that two other people in England were arrested and cautioned for sharing Wi-Fi uninvited.
Hardware

Electrically Conductive Plastic Polymer 118

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the shock-resistance dept.
AustinSlacker writes to mention Fox news is reporting that a Dutch researcher is announcing a breakthrough in plastics. A new way of rebuilding plastics could allow them to conduct electricity just as well as the silicon wafers currently used in electronic gadgets. "Prins discovered that in plastics, the movement of electric charges was mainly hindered by the shape of the polymer, the chain-like molecular structure [that is] the basis of each kind of plastic. Prins extended the work of a German group that had reshaped a polymer to form a ladder-like structures. By bombarding the specially developed plastic with electrons from a particle accelerator, she was able to study rapid electrical reactions and demonstrate the new plastic's ability to conduct electricity much better than regular plastic and as well as silicon chips."
Power

The Coming Uranium Crisis 485

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the someone-just-invent-mr-fusion dept.
tcd004 writes "MIT reports that the world is running out of fuel for our nuclear reactors due to production limitations and an aging infrastructure. Nuclear power has gained popularity as a carbon-free energy source in recent years, but Dr. Thomas Neff, a research affiliate at MIT's Center for International Studies, warned that fuel scarcity could drive up prices and kill the industry before it gets back on its feet. Passport has pulled together some interesting numbers: there are 440 reactors currently in operation and 82 new plants under construction. The demand for fuel has driven the price of uranium up more than 40% in the last few months — 900% over the last decade. You can follow the spot price for a pound of uranium. "
The Courts

RIAA Receives Stern Letter, Folds 382

Posted by kdawson
from the turning-tide dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In SONY BMG v. Merchant, in California, the defendant's lawyer wrote the RIAA a rather stern letter recounting how weak the RIAA's evidence is, referring to the deposition of the RIAA's expert witness (see Slashdot commentary), and threatening a malicious prosecution lawsuit. The very same day the RIAA put its tail between its legs and dropped the case, filing a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal. About an hour earlier NYCL had termed the letter a 'model letter'; maybe he was right."
PlayStation (Games)

+ - PS3 Folding like crazy

Submitted by hlimethe3rd
hlimethe3rd (879459) writes "We've seen numerous articles about the Playstation 3 being a total flop as a gaming machine. But now, the machine is tearing through Folding@Home. It already accounts for almost 75% of the FLOPS for the whole project . Much in the same way as the GPU client produced amazing results, the PS3's cell architecture is ideally suited for Folding calculations. So don't buy one as a gaming console, buy one to save your grandmother."
Linux Business

+ - Is Linux on Dell a Pipe Dream?

Submitted by
Neutrino Linguino
Neutrino Linguino writes "With all the buzz surrounding Dell Linux systems for the Desktop recently, the real issue at hand has seen little, if any, coverage... What would it cost for an OEM to ship Linux to the home-user? The answer is rather surprising, and deals with Crapware Profits, the Microsoft Tax, Support Costs, and other issues.

Simply put, to cater to the lowest common denominator [the average joe], it would cost the OEM a lot more to ship Linux over Windows."

Just go with the flow control, roll with the crunches, and, when you get a prompt, type like hell.

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