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Portables (Apple)

+ - iPhone on Linux->

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okibi writes "After months of struggling to find any program to get the iPhone to work with Linux, I've decided to write one. Currently, the application has three modes, Photos, MP3s, and Ringtones. You can get photos off the phone, add and remove MP3s, and add and remove Ringtones! Check out the screen shots on the link provided to see how easy it is! Also, it will have the ability to activate and unlock the iPhone... all from within Linux!

The program is currently beta, but will be available for download next week."

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Journal: Hawking weightless in space

Journal by vakibs
Noted physicist Stephen Hawking is given the opportunity to try zero gravity. This experience will be doubly nice for the great scientist as he has suffered for a long time from paralysis. I wish space science has already developed to something nicer, such as to be able to offer him a weekend vacation in the Andromeda galaxy :)

0wning Vista from the boot->

From feed by registerfeed
The VBootkit authors speak out

Interview Federico Biancuzzi interviews Nitin and Vipin Kumar, authors of VBootkit, a rootkit that is able to load from Windows Vista boot-sectors. They discuss the "features" of their code, the support of the various versions of Vista, the possibility to place it inside the BIOS (it needs around 1,500 bytes), and the chance to use it to bypass Vista's product activation or avoid DRM.

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It Takes A Court To Explain That Downloads Aren't Public Performances?->

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It's no secret that copyright law is a bit out of step with the times these days, and probably could use a massive rewrite. The problem is that Congress is continually retrofitting it with changes and additions that tend to lead to even more problems and certainly don't make the system any better prepared to deal with ongoing changes in the content marketplace. Take, for example, the latest court battle, where performing rights organization ASCAP tried to claim that music downloads from online services should count as "public performances." Why? Because copyright law allows for performance rights, meaning that if downloads are performances, ASCAP can collect more royalties for each download. This is mainly because performance rights can be negotiated (or denied), while other rights are compulsory. Luckily a federal judge had a bit of common sense and pointed out that downloads are not public performances, though there will likely be a series of appeals on this issue. The key point is that the inability of copyright law to flexibly deal with digital music and networks means we're only going to see more attempts like this one where stakeholders try to squeeze more money out of the system through legal loopholes, rather than through providing more value to music consumers.
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+ - Fair use in scientific blogging?

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GrumpySimon writes "Recently, a well-read science blog, Retrospectacle posted an article on a scientific paper. This blog post reproduced a chart and a table from the original article and everything was fully attributed. When the publishers, the mega-science publishing house Wiley found out, they subsequently threatened legal action unless the chart and table were removed. Understandably, this whole mess has stirred up quite a storm of protest, with many people seeing this as falling under fair use, and calling for a boycott of Wiley & Wiley's journals."
Linux Business

+ - Linux to sponsor a car at the Indy 500

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Davidian1024 writes "Tux, the cherubic penguin mascot of the Linux computer operating system has just taken up residence on the front nose of the Chastain Motorsports Panoz / Honda Indy car. Driver, Stephan Gregoire, and team owner, Tom Chastain, applied the ceremonial first decal yesterday to the distinctive two-tone blue, 225 mph Indy racer that Gregoire will pilot for this year's 91st running of the famed Indianapolis 500 mile race on May 27, 2007."
Technology (Apple)

+ - Apple slip exposes eight-core Mac Pro

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An anonymous reader writes "Apple may be about to equip its Mac Pro desktop with Intel four-core Xeon processors, if an inadvertent posting on the company's UK online store is to be believed. The Mac maker's taken the offending entry down now, but not before a number of websites spotted it overnight. A search for 'Mac' yielded a number of entries, one of which mentioned the Mac Pro now with "quad-core or eight-core processing power". ses_eight-core_mac/"

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