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Submission + - NY judge: Film can use John Lennon song

General Lee's Peking writes: I guess John Lennon should have written ``imagine no possessions except intellectual property'' or is Yoko Ono going to sue me for even daring to paraphrase that just oh so wonderful (yawn) political jingle? Even if you completely disagree with Ben Stein and think he's nutty for doing this, c'mon, isn't this still extreme? If Yoko Ono disagrees with his point of view, why doesn't she just excerpt what she feels is most objectionable about his work and criticize that in her own movie or on a website? Or maybe I completely misunderstand and this is all really just about the money.

Submission + - Radiohead to Prince: Unblock 'Creep' cover videos

General Lee's Peking writes: From the article:

In a recent interview, Thom Yorke said he heard about Prince's performance from a text message and thought it was "hilarious." Yorke laughed when his bandmate, guitarist Ed O'Brien, said the blocking had prevented him from seeing Prince's version of their song. Yorke: "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song."

Submission + - Papa John's surpasses $1 billion in online pizza's

General Lee's Peking writes: From the Associated Press article:

In the past seven years, Louisville-based Papa John's International Inc. has made a lot of dough from online ordering — more than $1 billion. [...] its U.S. online sales have been growing at an average clip of more than 50 percent per year.

Submission + - Reiser Found Guilty Of First-Degree Murder

General Lee's Peking writes: I found this article at when searching Yahoo! for platypus, the Australian animal. What I found was an article on Hans Reiser being found guilty of murder in which they compared him to that same animal. What the...?

After less than three days of deliberations, a jury of five women and seven men Monday found Oakland computer expert Hans Reiser guilty of first-degree murder in the disappearance and death of his estranged wife, Nina.
The Internet

Submission + - anti-Scientology protesters threaten wrong guy

General Lee's Peking writes: According to this article, the people from mistakenly identified some poor soul as the one who cracked into a server hosting a web site for organizing protest against the Church of Scientology and published his contact information including his wife's social security number. If you think you've found someone illegally breaking into a system, shouldn't you just contact the authorities with your information instead of taking things into your own hands? The article isn't very clearly written so maybe I'm misunderstanding something because I just don't know how someone could do something like this and would think essentially ``oops'' is an appropriate response.

Submission + - Gartner Highlights Key Predictions for IT

General Lee's Peking writes: Among the predictions by Gartner is that by 2012, 80% of all commercial applications will include open source technology and 1/3 of business application software spending will be as service subscription instead of as product license; by 2011, Apple will double its market share in the western world; and more.
Data Storage

Submission + - Paramount to drop Blu-ray high-def DVDs

General Lee's Peking writes: From the article:

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will offer next-generation DVDs in the HD DVD format and drop support for Blu-ray. [...] Movies directed by Steven Spielberg, however, will continue to be released in both formats. [...]
Input Devices

Submission + - New Apple Patent Hints at Multi-Touch iBooks

General Lee's Peking writes: From the article:

[...] Apple's patent proposes [...] a combination of sensors and intelligence to monitor a user's hands. When typing, a tounchpad (or touchpad bar that runs the width of the keyboard) "sees" nothing but the wrists or arms of the user. When a touchpad is being used, the touchpad "sees" the circular impression of a finger.

Submission + - Comcast Software

General Lee's Peking writes: A friend mine got a Comcast broadband connection recently. He allowed the cable guy to install the Comcast software. My questions are

I've heard the Comcast software is essentially spyware. Is that true?

If it is spyware, how do you remove their software?

Comcast installed their own Internet Explorer. Even if they don't install spyware, to me it seems this would get in the way of Microsoft's updates to MSIE. Is it reasonable to install Microsoft's own Internet Explorer over what Comcast has installed, and how do you set things up so they look the same to the user?

the General

Submission + - Wikipedia falsely reports Sinbad's death

General Lee's Peking writes: From the article:

Actor-comedian Sinbad had the last laugh after his Wikipedia entry announced he was dead, the performer said Thursday. Rumors began circulating Saturday regarding the posting, said Sinbad, who first got a telephone call from his daughter.

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.