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Transportation

+ - Unaided Tasman Sea Kayak Crossing Underway

Submitted by JonathanR
JonathanR (852748) writes "Two Australian kayakers have departed Sydney on their journey across the Tasman Sea, paddling a high-tech composite double kayak, kitted out with a myriad of telecoms and safety gear. The 2200km (1370 mile) journey is expected to take some forty to fifty days. When they arrive in Auckland, their crossing will hit the record books as the first kayak to cross the Tasman Sea and the longest unassisted two man trans-oceanic kayak journey, amongst other record permutations. The detailed planning and safety preparations, not to mention the kayak design and construction, have been completed over the last five years. An audacious adventure in anybody's book."
Music

+ - P2P Downloads Increase CD Sales

Submitted by JonathanR
JonathanR (852748) writes "A study conducted by Industry Canada and the University of London confirms what we all suspect; that P2P music downloads contribute to an increase in CD sales. Of course the Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) general manager, Sabiene Heindl, had to insist to the media that the results did not translate to Australia. She goes on to quote figures suggesting 57% of people who download music using P2P don't go on to purchase legitimate media.

"It's not rocket science", she says. I agree that it isn't, however I'm not quite sure what the other 43% of P2P music-downloaders do. Perhaps the not-so-rocket-science corollary would suggest that they go on to contribute the music industry coffers. Is it these sort who found there way into the Canadian study results? It's amusing how the music industry can make such absolute statements, whereas other mortals have to conduct studies in order to discover the facts."

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