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+ - A Monopsony for the Music and Movie Industry?->

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SocialWorm
SocialWorm writes "Over at Original Cin, I've written some musings on how it may be possible for a group of technologists to form a gatekeeping nonprofit to wield monopsony power against the music and movie industry, and other copyright holders: "...given that current copyright law gives monopoly power over information for a very long time, how can this be done? I suspect that some clever contracts, marketing, and technology can combine to effectively force the information monopolists to submit to the public good.""
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+ - MacGyver Physics

Submitted by counterfriction
counterfriction (934292) writes "This month's issue of Symmetry, a magazine jointly published by SLAC and Fermilab, is featuring an article that points out the sometimes extemporaneous and unconventional solutions physicists have come up with in (and out of) the laboratory.
From TFA, 'Leon Lederman ... used a pocket knife, tape, and items on anyone's grocery list to confirm that interactions involving the weak force do now show perfect mirror symmetry, or parity, as scientists had long assumed.'"
Censorship

+ - Please sign the petition to free Keith Henson

Submitted by AmberH
AmberH (1103009) writes "This story, http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/10/13 49237 that was posted on May 10th, is about my father, Keith Henson. If you do not support the abuses committed by Scientology, please do not let them follow through on the death threats they've sent to my dad. Please sign this petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/freekeithhenson

Thank you,
Amber Henson

www.operatingthetan.com for more information"
Censorship

+ - Why Did Nominet Pull The Plug On Deleting.co.uk?

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Anonymous Reader
Anonymous Reader writes "Nominet the .uk internet registry on Tuesday shut down www.deleting.co.uk the only UK drop list service. A statement on the website reads "the site was found to be in breach of the Domain Availability Checker (DAC) contract". However the decision has caused an outcry in the secondary domain name market community. One upset Nominet member has wrote on his blog "I'm surprised and saddened by the action taken by Nominet to close down the service"."
Privacy

+ - Identification through Reverse DNS?

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An anonymous reader writes "I've recently noticed that the reverse DNS name given to my IP from my ISP contains my mac address. It seems to me that regardless of IP address/dhcp logs that this could serve as a permanent unique identifier for a person. How many other ISPs do this? Are we clearing our google cookies periodically for nothing? Is this a privacy hole that should be closed up? I can see the ISPs internally being able to recognize their clients uniquely, but to the rest of the Internet is it a security violation for people to be tracked by an unchanging hostname?"
Biotech

+ - Promissing cancer cure at University of Alberta

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dsieme01
dsieme01 writes "Human trials will start in the near future is the goal. It's exciting to see research that should provide for a low cost, simple method. Unfortunately big drug companies appear not to be interested.

Quoting from http://www.depmed.ualberta.ca/dca/

DCA is an odourless, colourless, inexpensive, relatively non-toxic, small molecule. And researchers at the University of Alberta believe it may soon be used as an effective treatment for many forms of cancer.

Dr. Evangelos Michelakis, a professor at the U of A Department of Medicine, has shown that dichloroacetate (DCA) causes regression in several cancers, including lung, breast, and brain tumors.

Michelakis and his colleagues, including post-doctoral fellow Dr. Sebastian Bonnet, have published the results of their research in the journal Cancer Cell.

Scientists and doctors have used DCA for decades to treat children with inborn errors of metabolism due to mitochondrial diseases. Mitochondria, the energy producing units in cells, have been connected with cancer since the 1930s, when researchers first noticed that these organelles dysfunction when cancer is present.

Until recently, researchers believed that cancer-affected mitochondria are permanently damaged and that this damage is the result, not the cause, of the cancer. But Michelakis, a cardiologist, questioned this belief and began testing DCA, which activates a critical mitochondrial enzyme, as a way to "revive" cancer-affected mitochondria.

The results astounded him.

Michelakis and his colleagues found that DCA normalized the mitochondrial function in many cancers, showing that their function was actively suppressed by the cancer but was not permanently damaged by it.

More importantly, they found that the normalization of mitochondrial function resulted in a significant decrease in tumor growth both in test tubes and in animal models. Also, they noted that DCA, unlike most currently used chemotherapies, did not have any effects on normal, non-cancerous tissues.

"I think DCA can be selective for cancer because it attacks a fundamental process in cancer development that is unique to cancer cells," Michelakis said. "One of the really exciting things about this compound is that it might be able to treat many different forms of cancer".

Another encouraging thing about DCA is that, being so small, it is easily absorbed in the body, and, after oral intake, it can reach areas in the body that other drugs cannot, making it possible to treat brain cancers, for example.

Also, because DCA has been used in both healthy people and sick patients with mitochondrial diseases, researchers already know that it is a relatively non-toxic molecule that can be immediately tested patients with cancer."
Google

+ - Microsoft Attacks Google on Copyright

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loid_void
loid_void writes "In remarks prepared for delivery on Tuesday to the Association of American Publishers, New York Tims reports that the associate general counsel of Microsoft, Thomas Rubin, argues that Google's move into new media markets has come at the expense of publishers of books, videos and software. Mr. Rubin's comments echo arguments at the heart of a 16-month-old copyright lawsuit against Google brought by five book publishers and organized by the Association of American Publishers, an industry trade group. David Drummond, Google's senior vice president for corporate development and its chief legal officer, said in response that Google worked with more than 10,000 publishing partners to make books searchable online and had recently added the BBC and N.B.A. as YouTube video partners."
Security

+ - Second Life bugs led to John Edwards attack

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destinyland
destinyland writes "This article identified the group who attacked John Edwards' virtual headquarters in Second Life. Apparently they've been attacking the service since last 2006, with Linden Labs unable to successfully stop them. (Though the group believes Linden Labs actually identified their hardware.) It's an interesting example of communities collididing. The group claims to have successfully designed "unbanning" tools, argue that they're protesting Linden's restrictive in-world guidelines, and insist that their attacks weren't specifically directed against John Edwards. But their past "attacks" have involved "grey goo" server flooding with an army of Nintendo's Mario — which they then uploaded the footage to YouTube as a music video."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft gets ownd by its own Windows OneCare

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "Microsoft has launched a marketing campaign that lets any student from an Australian university buy the Ultimate edition of Office 2007 (usually costs $1150) for only $75. A discount of about 93%. But when users go to the site, Microsoft Live OneCare pops up saying the site is a potential phishing scam.

From the article: When entering the site, some users have reported receiving a warning from Windows Live OneCare advising that the www.itsnotcheating.com.au site is a suspicious website.

The warning reads: "Phishing filter has determined this might be a phishing website. We recommend that you do not give any of your information to such websites. Phishing websites impersonate trustworthy websites for the purpose of obtaining your personal or financial information."

A Microsoft spokesperson said the company was unaware of the warning but pledged to amend it as soon as possible."
Wii

+ - The Wii Sips While the Others Slurp Electricity

Submitted by IEEE1394
IEEE1394 (309900) writes "Have you ever wondered how much of a burden on the electrical grid your gaming system was? Well, this article breaks it down. What they found was that the Nintendo Wii was by far the most power conscientous. The Wii only costs around 1.00 a month to run with WiiConnect24 running, and 0.20 cents a month without. The glutenous pigs turn out to be the Xbox 360 and the SONY PS3, not surprisingly."
The Internet

+ - RegisterFly issues official statement

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kimvette
kimvette writes "Moments ago RegisterFly issued an official statement regarding the domain registrar's dire situation. All blame is placed on Kevin Medina's alleged misconduct. This statement is posted at the RegisterFly customer advocate site, RegisterFlies.

Here is the introductory paragraph from the statement:

We at Registerfly.Com would like to offer our sincere apologies to all that have been affected by the actions of our former CEO / President, Kevin Medina. We cannot change the past but will make every effort to change the future of RegisterFly.com. As a result of Mr. Medina's actions many of you have lost your domains, experienced problems with your Hosting, Renewals and Registrations. For this reason Mr. Medina's our "Board of Directors" had no recourse but to take action against Mr. Medina and fire him.


Clearly the remaining principles are placing 100% of the blame on Mr. Medina's shoulders, however this only leads to further questions: If Mr. Medina was locked out of the servers as of Monday, why is RegisterFly still having problems regaining control of their network? Why did they not fire Mr. Medina and address customer support issues sooner? Why did it take a threat from ICANN to motivate them to respond? When do they expect to give customers control over their domains once again? What will they do to regain customer domains they have already lost?"
The Internet

+ - A Dating Site for Researchers and Guinea Pigs!

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Volterys
Volterys writes "Researchers setting up clinical trials always have problems in finding suitable volunteer subjects. Stories in the media about the risks of being a "guinea pig" have had a disastrous effect on recruitment, with repercussions throughout medical research.

However, among the incurably sick there is often a desperate desire to try anything — even an experimental cure — that promises some relief or the distant prospect of cure. Patient groups and the Internet are helping to put these sufferers in touch with researchers, but formal channels are few and far between.

Volterys (www.volterys.org) is the brain-child of Dr. Laurent Hermoye, a Belgian researcher who specialises in magnetic resonance imaging of the brain. His goal is to increase public awareness of the important role of the volunteers in clinical research and to facilitate contacts between volunteers and medical researchers. The legal and ethical aspects of arranging these introductions are in the hands of legal specialists, de Wolf & Partners who are party to the initiative.

It is a unique concept. volunteers sign up, free of charge, filling in a medical questionnaire which is anonymous but traceable. The researchers interrogate the database of anonymous volunteers to match them to the inclusion criteria of their trials. It is not dissimilar to on-line contact dating! The two sides are only put in direct touch with each other when a match has been made and the two parties have agreed upon a specific research project. The recruitment is managed by the researcher's laboratory and conforms to the ethical guidelines laid down by the Helsinki declaration and the European directive of 4 April 2001.

Volterys volunteers have a unique opportunity to contribute to the advance of medical knowledge and also benefit from new treatments before they are available to the public at large. For some studies there is monetary reward. Researchers who avail themselves of the service reduce the time and effort entailed in the cumbersome business of enrolment of adequate numbers of subjects for meaningful clinical trials, all for a very reasonable fee. Volterys offers a free service to researchers doing work on so-called 'orphan drugs' or treatments for rare diseases, where recruiting suitable volunteers is even more difficult.

In the 9 months since the website was launched in France and Belgium, more than 9.000 volunteers have registered. Volterys is now extending its service to Europe and hopes eventually to expand throughout the world."

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