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+ - HD-DVD processing key and massive censorship

Submitted by
Rudd-O
Rudd-O writes "After successful discovery of the HD-DVD processing key, massive unprecedented amounts of censorship, in the form of DMCA takedown notices (by the MPAA), have begun to circulate around the Internet. For example, Spooky Action at a Distance was killed. More disturbingly, my story got Dugg twice, with the second wave hitting 15.500 votes, and today I found out it had simply disappeared from Digg. How long until the long arm of the MPAA gets to my own site (run in Ecuador) and the rest of them holding the processing key? How long will we let rampant censorhip go, in the name of economic interest?"

Comment: Maybe he was taking the party line (Score 4, Interesting) 317

by Salvance (#18475291) Attached to: Bill Gates Talk From 1989 Surfaces
To the computer enthusiasts of the time, it would have been even more laughable had Bill Gates said "in the next two decades, Microsoft software will completely destroy OS/2, will render Apple a shell of its former self by stealing all its innovations, and will demand 1 GB of RAM." So even if he had his world domination plans set in 1989, he couldn't exactly let the world know without being laughed at.
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Apple and Sony Partner for new iPod Killer

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An anonymous reader writes "After conceding defeat in the gadget wars, Sony has teamed up with Apple to create the newest must-have gadget — the WalkPod. This combination iPod and cassette tape Walkman bridges the gap between older generations and today's kids, while tailoring to the recent trend towards retro designs. According to this satirical article Sony has grand plans for the WalkPods, and "expects to sell 'hundreds' of these devices within the first year, effectively doubling their music player sales"."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal: Apple and Sony Partner for new iPod Killer

Journal by Salvance
After conceding defeat in the gadget wars, Sony has teamed up with Apple to create the newest must-have gadget - the WalkPod. This combination iPod and cassette tape Walkman bridges the gap between older generations and today's kids, while tailoring to the recent trend towards retro designs.
Music

+ - Warner rejects Jobs on DRM.

Submitted by
massivefoot
massivefoot writes "Warner Music has rejected the suggestion from Steve Jobs that DRM should be removed from music downloads. In an open letter this week, the Apple boss had said that removing such software would also allow greater usability for customers, as any online music store would be able to sell songs that would work on all players. "This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat." said Mr Jobs. Warner Music, the world's fourth largest record company, seems far from convinced."
PC Games (Games)

+ - Top 100 Mods of 2006 Voting

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Mod of the Year Awards began 30 days ago on the Mod DB with 4,000 eligible mods. Now, after 40,000 nominations gamers have narrowed the field to the TOP 100 mods of 2006. The TOP 100 consists of an interesting mix of incumbents and rising stars. Returning for a 4th year in a row are Natural Section, ESF and Sven Coop. While rising stars include World of Padman, Empires, Iron Grip and many more. Once again Half-Life mods stole the show, however, this year the top mods originate from over 21 games and all have a chance to be recognized as the best of the best, the Mod of the Year! Gamers are now being called to play some mods and to vote for their favorites, as the ultimate winner is decided in the next 15 days. And this winner will be joining an elite tier past winners, which includes the incredibly successful Garrys Mod, Red Orchestra and Natural Selection."
HP

HP's Windows Bundle Trouble 697

Posted by Zonk
from the i'm-sorry-please-enter-your-option-again dept.
narramissic writes "A French consumer group has filed 3 lawsuits against HP, saying the company's practice of selling consumer PCs with Windows pre-installed violates a French law that 'prohibits linking the functionality of a product to another product' — not to mention that consumers wind up paying for an unwanted OS. For its part, HP contends that it is not in violation of the law because the OS is integral to the PC. 'The PC without an OS is not a product because it doesn't work,' said Alain Spitzmuller, legal affairs director for HP France. 'We believe the market is for products that work.'"
Power

+ - Hydrogen Storage for Green Cars

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "Many people predict that one day we'll drive cars powered by hydrogen. These 'green' cars would only release water after combustion of the hydrogen, which would be good for our planet. But there is a big hurdle: we really don't know how to store safely this hydrogen. Now, researchers in the U.K. and Canada say they've discovered — almost by accident — a new material which could be used to safely store hydrogen at room temperature. This new material, a rhodium-hydrogen compound, can store and release hydrogen with a simple switch. And the researchers hope to have an hydrogen tank prototype ready within two to three years. Read more for additional references and a diagram showing the molecular structure of this new material."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft sued for adding language support

Submitted by
Salvance
Salvance writes "In an odd twist to the never ending stream of Microsoft lawsuits, a tribe in Chile is trying to sue Microsoft because the Redmond based company added support for the Chilean tribe's language. The Mapuche' tribe contends that Microsoft did not own the language, and did not receive permission from the 400,000 member strong tribe's leaders to release the language pack in their native tongue.

If the lawsuit is successful (which is possible given the Mapuche's strong influence in Chile), what does the future of localization and language support look like for Microsoft and other software vendors?"
Privacy

+ - MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations

Submitted by carlmenezes
carlmenezes (204187) writes "The MPAA is lobbying congress to push through a new bill that would make unauthorized home theaters illegal. The group feels that all theaters should be sanctioned, whether they be commercial settings or at home. "Just because you buy a DVD to watch at home doesn't give you the right to invite friends over to watch it too. That's a violation of copyright and denies us the revenue that would be generated from DVD sales to your friends". Do you think they're going too far? Full story here"
Space

+ - Carbon emissions show sharp rise

Submitted by
gollum123
gollum123 writes "from an article on the BBC, The rise in humanity's emissions of carbon dioxide has accelerated sharply, according to a new analysis ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6189600. stm ). The Global Carbon Project says that emissions were rising by less than 1% annually up to the year 2000, but are now rising at 2.5% per year. It says the acceleration comes mainly from a rise in charcoal consumption and a lack of new energy efficiency gains. The finding parallels figures released earlier this month by the World Meterorological Organisation showing that the rise in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 had accelerated in the last few years. At these rates, it certainly sounds like we'll end up towards the high end of the emission scenarios considered by the IPCC, The "high end" of IPCC projections implies a rise in global temperature approaching 5.8C between 1990 and the end of this century."
Wii

+ - Wii sells 600,000 in 1 week! 75 percent get Zelda

Submitted by
Wowzer
Wowzer writes "Nintendo today announced the Wii sold through more than 600,000 units in the Americas in just its first eight days of availability. That's a rate of nearly one per second continuously since the November 19 launch! From the article: "Including just first-party software and accessory sales, Wii instantly has become a $190 million business in the Americas. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, a favorite of avid gamers, already has achieved sales of more than 454,000 units in the Americas." What games did you get?"

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