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Astronaut Sues Dido For Album Cover 264

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-me-off-that-thing dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Astronaut Bruce McCandless is suing Dido for her album cover that uses a famous NASA photograph of a tiny, tiny, tiny McCandless floating in space. McCandless doesn't own the copyright on the photo, so he's claiming it's a violation of his publicity rights ... except that he's so tiny in the photo, it's not like anyone's going to recognize him."

Comment: Light bulbs and batteries (Score 1) 364

by LinuxFan (#28710163) Attached to: Low-Budget Electronics Projects For High School?

Firstly, don't knock light bulbs and batteries as they teach the basic concepts of series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits and digital logic (AND, OR, NOR, etc), secondly for $5 dollars you won't be doing much with modern electronics as they require FPGAs, ASICs, DSPs, etc. A silicon diode has a 1V/degree celsius response and as such makes a handy temperature gauge. I have used this as a college lab where students take a temperature reading, apply heat and then take a reading with the diode thermometer and calculate the change in temperature. This helps the students understand the role of components as well as the effect of temperature on electronic components.

The Internet

Malcolm Gladwell Challenges the Idea of "Free" 206

Posted by kdawson
from the crying-out-from-a-world-of-hurt dept.
An anonymous reader brings us another bump on the bumpy road of Chris Anderson's new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price, which we discussed a week ago. Now the Times (UK) is reporting on a dustup between Anderson and Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. Recently Gladwell reviewed, or rather deconstructed, Anderson's book in the New Yorker. Anderson has responded with a blog post that addresses some, but by no means all, of Gladwell's criticisms, and The Times is inclined to award the match to Gladwell on points. Although their reviewer didn't notice that Gladwell, in setting up the idea of "Free" as a straw man, omitted a critical half of Stewart Brand's seminal quote.
Media

Streaming March Madness On Linux? 120

Posted by timothy
from the when-you-can-snatch-this-pebble-from-my-hand dept.
neersign writes "March Madness is here and NCAA.com is streaming all of the games over the internet for free. The downside is they are using Microsoft technologies to do so. The standard player lists Windows XP/Vista, IE6, and WMP 9 as the base requirements. The High Quality Video Player requires Silverlight 2. So my question is: how would a Linux user be able to work around these requirements and watch the games?"

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