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Submission + - Hundreds of Black Holes Roam Loose in Milky Way (

sciencehabit writes: From Science: "Astronomers suspect that hundreds of medium-sized black holes are roaming loose in the Milky Way. These rogues, according to a new study, are the orphaned central black holes of the many smaller galaxies that the Milky Way has swallowed over its billions of years of existence."

Submission + - Atari emulation of CRT effects on LCD's ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: A group at Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a fun little open source program to emulate the CRT effects to make old Atari games look like they originally did when played on modern LCD's and digital displays. Things like color bleed, ghosting, noise, etc. are reproduced to give a more realistic appearance.

Submission + - Domain Stock Exchange Rings Opening Bell

Reservoir Hill writes: "The world's first Domain Stock Exchange has opened providing domain name owners a way to monetize their names and generate cash flow without having to relinquish the domain itself. The exchange is analogous to the stock market where buyers can buy shares in premium domain names and get part of the sales when the domain is eventually sold. The sale of several domain names for multi-million dollar prices demonstrated that domain names are now big business but the lack of liquidity in the market has made it difficult to valuate domain names and attract investment from the financial community. "For the first time, Domainers can get immediate and significant liquidity without having to give up control over their domains", said Xavier Buck, CEO of EuroDNS. "At the same time, Fusu brings full transparency and reliability, as well as the financial tools and security to the market. These formerly missing elements will in turn attract more investment from the financial community.""

Submission + - MST3K To Be Made Available Online

DrEnter writes: All 198 episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be made available on both DVD and online, from Shout! Factory. Exciting news for those of us who have been unsatisfied with the Rhino collections. For those not in the know, the show is centered around a hapless man trapped on a space station by mad scientists who force him to watch bad movies with his robot companions. It won a Peabody award for writing in 1994, and two Emmy nominations over its 11 season run.

Feed Techdirt: AMD Finally Admits That ATI Acquisition Didn't Work Out As Planned (

Over the summer, we wrote about problems with the merger between AMD and ATI, and folks in the comments insisted we were being too harsh and not giving the deal nearly enough time (along with some words bizarrely suggesting that we were "in bed" with Intel for suggesting any problems at AMD). Turns out that AMD actually agrees with our assessment that the merger has been something of a mess. The company has admitted that it's going to do a material write-down on the merger, though it hasn't yet figured out how much. Either way, it's yet another reminder that merging two big companies isn't a particularly easy process.

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The Courts

Submission + - RIAA protests Oregon AG discovery request ( 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA is apparently having an allergic reaction to the request by the State Attorney General of Oregon for information about the RIAA's investigative tactics, in Arista v. Does 1-17, the Portland, Oregon, case targeting students at the University of Oregon. See The Oregonian, December 1, 2007 ("UO suspects music industry of spying") and p2pnet, November 29, 2007 ("RIAA may be spying on students: Oregon AG"). Not only are the record companies opposing the request (pdf), they're asking the Judge not to even read it. (pdf)"

Submission + - Activision blocks Rock Band guitar patch

An anonymous reader writes: While Xbox 360 owners can use any Xbox 360 guitar to play Rock Band, PlayStation 3 owners only other option (the Guitar Hero 3 guitar) was not compatible when Rock Band launched. Harmonix created a patch to fix this, only to have Activision block the patch. According to a Harmonix employee on the official Rock Band forums:

"Two weeks ago, Harmonix created a software patch for the Sony PLAYSTATION 3 version of Rock Band that allowed for guitar compatibility and support for third party peripherals, including enabling use of Activision's Guitar Hero III controller with Rock Band. The compatibility patch was submitted, approved and had been scheduled for release by Sony on Tuesday, December 4. Unfortunately, Activision objected to the compatibility patch's release. The patch remains with Sony, but we have been told that it will unfortunately not be released due to Activision's continued objection."

Submission + - Strange new space weather phenomen discovered ( 1

kfz versicherung writes: "Something strange is happening in the atmosphere above Africa and researchers have converged on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the phenomenon. Researchers liken the plumes to smoke billowing out of a factory smokestack — except instead of ordinary ash and dust, ion plumes are made of electrified gas floating so high above ground they come in contact with space itself. "The plumes appear during geomagnetic storms and they can interfere with satellite transmissions, airline navigation and radio communications," says Fuller-Rowell. Indeed, it is their effect on GPS signals that led to the discovery of plumes over North America just a few years ago."

Feed Techdirt: Sprint Realizes That People Hate Forced Contracts, Early Termination Fees (

It's become quite clear that people absolutely hate the forced two year contracts and early termination fees from mobile operators. It appears that some of the operators are finally getting the message. In discussing how it's going to offer its eventual WiMax offering, Sprint is now saying that there will be no mandatory contracts with early termination fees -- instead, it will be voluntary, based on a sliding price scale. In other words, if you're willing to take a longer contract, it'll be much cheaper. If you don't want a contract, that's fine, but you'll pay more per month. That seems perfectly reasonable and fits with typical pricing systems that lets the customer figure out how much the flexibility is worth to them. It's about time someone started offering this. Hopefully the other operators take the hint and start offering something similar for their regular phone service.
The Internet

Submission + - MediaDefender Source Code Leaked (

Pride Goes Before a Fall writes: It hasn't been a good week for the anti-P2P company MediaDefender. Fresh after the devastating leaks of their internal emails, their Gnutella tracking database, and their phone call with the New York Attorney General over an anti-child pornography project, now Wired reports that MediaDefender's source code is on the Pirate Bay for anyone to download. Given that MediaDefender joked about their own inability to put a dent in online copyright infringement, one wonders why companies trust these folks to fight copyright infringement when they can't even stop the torrent with their own worst secrets in it?

Submission + - Open source developers sue to enforce GPL (

pete314 writes: "Two developers behind the BusyBox open source project have filed a lawsuit against device maker Monsoon Multimedia, demanding that the firm abides to the General Public License version 2. The case marks the first time that developers are asking courts in the US to enforce the license, although the GPL-violations project has previously successfully enforced the license in Europe."

Submission + - Cure for cancer may be ready in two years (

GnarlyDoug writes: Dr Zheng Cui has, through a stroke of luck, found that the granulocytes from some mice are up to 50 times better at fighting cancer than others. He has cured mice with simple transfusions of granulocytes. These cells seem to recognize almost all cancer lines, are extremely effective even in advanced cases, and and the resistance seems to last for the life of the mouse. So not only does this treatment cure many cancers, but it also provides resistance to future cancers as well.

Evidence suggests that this should hold true for humans as well. Because this is based on blood transfusions, a technology already long established, this could be ready to so very soon. The go-ahead for a human trial has already been given, and if it pans out then this could be available in as little as two years time. Some simple tests to find people with the resistant strain of blood and then a system of transfusions is all that is needed to get this started.

If it pans out, we may be looking at a general cure for cancer within a few years time.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson