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Submission + - It could become illegal to resell your iPhone 4, car or family antiques (blogspot.com)

quantr writes: ""Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4.
At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products.
Under the doctrine, which the Supreme Court has recognized since 1908, you can resell your stuff without worry because the copyright holder only had control over the first sale.

Put simply, though Apple Inc. (US:AAPL) has the copyright on the iPhone and Mark Owen has it on the book “No Easy Day,” you can still sell your copies to whomever you please whenever you want without retribution.
That’s being challenged now for products that are made abroad, and if the Supreme Court upholds an appellate court ruling, it would mean that the copyright holders of anything you own that has been made in China, Japan or Europe, for example, would have to give you permission to sell it.""


Submission + - Cloud-based email versus one's own servers: what's best for an organization? (uclouvain.be) 1

Peter Van Roy writes: "Our university, Université catholique de Louvain, currently manages all its email (domain uclouvain.be) through a couple of big servers. They want to replace that by cloud-based email. What are the pros and cons? There are strong opinions both ways: some doubt cloud security and reliability, others see great simplification. Do any Slashdotters have experience with that? The university has around 30000 email addresses, including all staff and students."

Submission + - Want to go to jail over a Facebook posting? Move to the UK then. (guardian.co.uk)

plasm4 writes: 21 year old Liam Stacey has been charged with inciting racial hatred after making comments on twitter about football player Fabrice Muamba who collapsed on the pitch during a game. He will be sentenced Monday and potentially faces a year in prison.

Last week another young man was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence after emotionally commenting on Facebook about 6 British soldiers who died in Afghanistan. The comments suggested that we should also mourn the thousands dying in Afghanistan, and suggested that the soldiers would burn in hell. It's also interesting that most of the websites I've read haven't actually published the comments which don't seem racist at all. The Guardian has a screenshot of his Facebook page.

These aren't the first cases of people arrested over Facebook and Twitter postings. Where do you think the current trends will lead to? If today you can be arrested for trolling in Britain, and given the total lack of public concern over it, what do you think the situation will be like in ten years?


Submission + - Microsoft Bans Internal Purchases of Mac and iPad (tekgoblin.com) 1

tekgoblin writes: "A Microsoft internal email has surfaced which shows that Microsoft will not be allowing their Marketing and Sales groups to purchase the Apple iPad and Mac. SMSG short for Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, & Operations Group may be putting a policy in place that will block employees from using internal funds to purchase Apple products.
The change makes sense to not allow internal Microsoft funds to be used on competitor products, but why the change now?"


Submission + - Why Aren't We Finally Rid Of Patch Cables? (infoworld.com) 1

snydeq writes: "Deep End's Paul Venezia suggests it's high time we drastically reduce the number of patch cables in the data center. 'I suppose laypeople are impressed when they see an aggregation switch overflowing with hundreds of patch cords that run from RJ45 modules to RJ45 patch panels in the same rack, but all I see is a pain in the ass. It's difficult to trace out bad cables, it's difficult to run new cabling if the cable management trays are overrun with existing wires, and god help you when you need to replace a failed module when all 48 Ethernet interfaces need to be disconnected and reconnected to the exact same port on the new blade in order to maintain VLAN membership and other individual configuration elements.'"

Submission + - GNOME 3 -Beauty to the Bone?

someWebGeek writes: According to the GNOME design crew, as reported by Allan over at As Far as I Know, GNOME 3 will represent A New Approach to GNOME Application Design. The design patterns being developed and employed may effect a new, prettier interface, but more importantly a new mindset about the entire project, a mindset intended to encourage greater deep beauty in the application layers below the user interface. Maybe...for now, I'm sticking to the sinking ship of KDE in the Ubuntu ocean.

Submission + - The Thief series and the horror games by Trilobyte land on GOG.com (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) continues to delight old and new gamers’ taste by releasing true gems of the past equipped with compatibility fixes for the latest Windows OSes. During the last days the digital store has practically ran wild in that regard delivering the first two chapters of the Thief series and announcing the coming of the historical Full Motion Video horrors made by Trilobyte.

Submission + - Tapeheads and the Quiet Return of VHS

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Joshua Phillips writes that something was lost when videos went from magnetic tape and plastic, to plastic discs, and now to digital streams as browsing isles is no more and the once-great video shops slowly board up their windows across the country. Future generations may know little of the days when buying a movie meant you owned it even if the Internet went down and when getting a movie meant you had to scour aisles of boxes in search of one whose cover art called back a story that echoed your interests. Josh Johnson, one of the filmmakers behind the upcoming documentary “Rewind This!” hopes to tell the story of how and why home video came about, and how it changed our culture giving B movies and films that didn’t make the silver screen their own chance to shine. “Essentially, the rental market expanded, because of voracious consumer demand, into non-blockbuster, off-Hollywood video content which would never have had a theatrical life otherwise,” says Palmer. While researching the documentary Palmer found something interesting: there is a resurgence taking place of people going back to VHS because a massive number of films are “trapped on VHS” with 30 and 40 percent of films released on VHS never to be seen again on any other format. "“Most of the true VHS fanatics are children of the 1980s," says Palmer. "Whether they are motivated by a sense of nostalgia or prefer the format for the grainy aesthetic qualities of magnetic tape or some other reason entirely unknown, each tapehead is unique like a snowflake.""

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