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Music

+ - One million CC albums downloaded with BitTorrent

Submitted by
lkratz
lkratz writes "Jamendo, a free music community, has distributed freely and legally more than one million albums using the popular peer to peer technology BitTorrent. The music is Creative Commons Licensed and is coming from everywhere in the world. Inspired by Chris Anderson's theory, this online music platform helps volunteered artists promote themselves in search engine like mininova or torrentz.

Music is free, but supporting these artists is ok too !"
Television

+ - TV DRM freezes LG TV sets in Australia

Submitted by
knorthern knight
knorthern knight writes "According to this story, tens of thousands of LG customers [ in Australia ] will require a software upgrade for their televisions after the company identified the cause of a mystery glitch that is causing them to freeze. LG says it will need to send technicians to every affected home to perform a "simple software upgrade" but will not be in a position to begin the mammoth task for at least a week.

Several readers of the www.smh.com.au website have written in speculating that the malfunction was caused by Channel Nine switching on encryption — to prevent copying — when screening shows in the high definition (HD) or wide screen formats. This could explain why many readers who reported experiencing the glitch said it happened when they were watching prime time programs broadcast in the HD format, such as CSI."
Wine

+ - Alcohol more harmful than LSD or ecstacy.

Submitted by
ozmanjusri
ozmanjusri writes "Professor David Nutt and colleagues have used a comprehensive 9-category matrix of harm to suggest commonly used drugs such as alcohol and tobacco are more damaging than many illicit drugs such as LSD and ecstacy. According to Professor Nutt, in a press release from the Bristol University,

"Drug misuse and abuse are major health problems. Our methodology offers a systematic framework and process that could be used by national and international regulatory bodies to assess the harm of current and future drugs of abuse."
While a sensible framework to assess harm from recreational drugs is helpful, I would be wary of wider adoption of such a scale, since it doesn't take into account the benefits of each drug.

If they could integrate a 9-category of positives; well I'd drink to that..."
Novell

+ - Novell spoofs "Get A Mac" ads

Submitted by
Raterman
Raterman writes "At Novell's BrainShare 2007, Novell showed off three ads spoofing Apple's famous "Get a Mac" ads, but with a surprising penguin-friendly twist: "PC and Mac" are just as you'd expect, but Linux is... well, not a penguin, but something just as pleasant to a geek's eyes. Could this be the next Linux mascot? (Note: You must scroll down a little in the video listing to find them as "PC Mac Linux")"
Software

+ - Nature mandates opening source code

Submitted by
vincefn
vincefn writes "Nature Methods has clarified its policy towards software associated to novel methods: "Such software, or the underlying algorithms, must be made available to readers upon publication." While they do not mandate for the software to be open-source, it is encouraged as, "by doing so, authors not only provide accessibility and transparency, they also allow the community to build upon their own developments and make continuous improvements to the tool".

"The algorithmic components that constitute integral parts of new methods must be made available and in a format that will facilitate the method's adoption." So the most efficient way to encourage the adoption of a new algorithm is to open the source code, not file a patent for it ?"
Nintendo

+ - EA Announces Boogie

Submitted by
mattox
mattox writes "EA has just announced a new music/rhythm based game called Boogie for the Nintendo Wii!

Montreal, Canada — March 23, 2007 — Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that Boogie(TM) — an all new intellectual property in development at EA Montreal will be released exclusively for the Wii(TM) worldwide in 2007.

Boogie is a unique music/rhythm-based game that takes advantage of the innovative Wii controls to get gamers off their couch, playing and dancing to a new beat.

http://ea.gamespress.com/link.asp?i=752&r=8410&r2= 6371"
Censorship

Judge Strikes Down COPA, 1998 Online Porn Law 348

Posted by kdawson
from the one-for-free-speech dept.
Begopa sends in word that a federal judge has struck down the Child Online Protection Act. The judge said that parents can protect their children through software filters and other less restrictive means that do not limit others' rights to free speech. This was the case for which the US Department of Justice subpoenaed several search companies for search records; only Google fought the order. The case has already been to the Supreme Court. Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr. wrote in his decision: "Perhaps we do the minors of this country harm if First Amendment protections, which they will with age inherit fully, are chipped away in the name of their protection."
Software

+ - Server virtualization gotchas

Submitted by
johannacw
johannacw writes "Vendors tout virtualization as the Next Big Thing. It probably is, but not every single application can or should be virtualized. Adopters from The Hartford and other large shops, and consultants, talk about mistakes to avoid. (Note: this story was submitted at 10:11 AM today by Tony Troup, but there was no link to the story. Thanks for trying, Tony!)"
United States

+ - Think of the Childrens' futures!

Submitted by
azuredrake
azuredrake writes ""Perhaps we do the minors of this country harm if First Amendment protections, which they will with age inherit fully, are chipped away in the name of their protection," writes Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr. in a case striking down a 1998 internet porn law. He goes on to say that there are easier ways for parents to protect their children, such as cheap and omnipresent parental access control software, than chipping away at fundamental rights. The whole story is available from the AP at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070322/ap_on_hi_te/in ternet_blocking (Sorry for the proprietary link, but I couldn't find it on the AP's own site.)"
Books

+ - Australia discovered, again

Submitted by
1Liner
1Liner writes "Australia is continually being discovered, according to *The Wise One* by "China, Portugal, France, Spain and even Phoenicia".

Now Australian author Peter Trickett in his book "Beyond Capricorn" claims to have found a definite proof, that is, for the Portuguese discovery theory.

To quote:

"A 16th century maritime map in a Los Angeles library vault proves that Portuguese adventurers, not British or Dutch, were the first Europeans to discover Australia..."

"The book ... says the map, which accurately marks geographical sites along Australia's east coast in Portuguese, proves that Portuguese seafarer Christopher de Mendonca lead a fleet of four ships into Botany Bay in 1522 — almost 250 years before Britain's Captain James Cook."
Education

+ - Online Higher Education in Second Life

Submitted by
XxtraLarGe
XxtraLarGe writes "As both a technician for my college's Distance Learning program and as an avid gamer, I have been tasked with investigating Second Life as a possible way for us to extend and enhance our online classes. I've done a lot of research, reading about what other schools have done. While I personally think it is a really cool idea, I am somewhat skeptical of the actual practicality and value of what seems to be a glorified chat room. I'd like to hear from other Slashdotters about their education experience in Second Life particularly if you've been involved in setting up any online classes or taken any online classes. What sort of training would be required for faculty, etc., and is it really worth it?"
Robotics

+ - Dancing robot has better social skills

Submitted by
Will
Will writes "A robot blob that dances "soulfully" to different tunes could pave the way for machines that interact more naturally with human beings. Marek Michalowski of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Hideki Kozima of the National Institute of Communications Technology in Japan programmed the squishy, yellow robot, called "Keepon", to pick out the beat in a piece of music and move along in time. It can also track the rhythmic motion of a person or another object and move in time to that. Psychologists have shown that people are more engaging when they synchronise their movement to their voice or to the voice or movement of another person. Michalowski argues that robots will need a sense of rhythm if people are to accept them too."

Polymer physicists are into chains.

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