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Comment: Re:sure (Score 1) 467 467

Suppose you have several pirates in different markets with different accounts that all buy the ebook and diff those. If done once, it's really hard to narrow it down to any one of them. If they keep using different accounts for future purchases and add their own alterations to the pirated copy (to confuse the detector), it makes them practically impossible to trace.

NASA

NASA's New Bag Turns Urine Into Sports Drink 182 182

An anonymous reader writes "NASA's Atlantis shuttle is set to launch this Friday, and its crew will be testing an innovative device that can recycle human urine into a sugary sports drink. The bag uses forward osmosis technology and features a semi-permeable membrane capable of isolating water from virtually any liquid. Recycling urine in this way has a significant effect on a ship's payload, and considering that a single pound adds $10,000 of cost, that slight weight difference can translate to serious savings." CT: I'm at Kennedy Space Center now, tweeting as @cmdrtaco. And I think I'll stay away from the sports drink.

Comment: Flashy but not secure (Score 2) 242 242

The metallic reflective layer is NOT where the information is stored, it just aids in the information retrieval. In other words, this method might not destroy the data at all. It's true that it's pretty hard to get the data back, but depending on various conditions it may not be impossible.

Editorial

Why IP Laws Are Blocking Innovation 348 348

DrJimbo passes along this quote from Groklaw: "The White House is asking us to give them ideas on what is blocking innovation in America. I thought I'd give them an honest answer. Here it is: Current intellectual property laws are blocking innovation. President Obama just set a goal of wireless access for everyone in the US, saying it will spark innovation. But that's only true if people are allowed to actually do innovative things once they are online. You have to choose. You can prop up old business models with overbearing intellectual property laws that hit innovators on the head whenever they stick their heads up from the ground; or you can have innovation. You can't have both. And right now, the balance is away from innovation."

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