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+ - How DRM can be a good thing

Submitted by Underholdning
Underholdning (758194) writes "So, DRM is coming to HTML5, and various activists are on the fence about it. But — it's not a bad thing. Ars has an article claiming that DRM in HTML5 is a victory for the open web, not a defeat. . Reason being, that if HTML5 does not support DRM, then content providers will move their content away from the web and into native apps — abandoning the web."

Comment: We will also have a shortage of gasoline (Score 3, Insightful) 589

by Underholdning (#41427771) Attached to: Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons
"When you see that we're literally just letting it float into the air, and then out into space inside those helium balloons, it's just hugely frustrating". Well, it's a good thing we're not burning fossil fuel by letting cars run around in a circular track, round and round, just for the heck of it.
Space

+ - Amargeddon happens - on Jupiter->

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Underholdning
Underholdning writes "Remember the 1998 movie Amargeddon? We now get a rare glimpse of what would happen if the meteor actually hit the planet. An amateur astronomer was filming Jupiter, when all of a sudden something massive hit Jupiter. The astronomer posted his observation at the Cloudy Nights forum. There is more information at Space.com. What would have happened if this was on Earth instead of Jupiter?"
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Science

+ - Germ-killing copper

Submitted by ACXNew
ACXNew (2639799) writes "While disease-causing organisms can lurk on stainless steel surfaces for two weeks, according to a recent University of Arizona research study, 99.9 percent die within two hours on surfaces that contain at least 60 percent copper.
Surfaces at the Ronald McDonald House were swabbed and tested for bacteria for ten weeks before new copper alloy products were installed. Follow-up tests on the items converted to copper showed they carried 94 percent fewer bacteria. They are now trying to recreate the Charleston project at other Ronald McDonald Houses around the world to create a safer living and working environment for the children, families and staff. Before we started using stainless steel weren't we using copper vessels? The ancients knew this one better!"
Piracy

+ - How The Pirate Bay can be an asset to game developers->

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Underholdning
Underholdning writes "It's been 5 years since Radiohead brought the pay what you want model to the public with their successful sale of their "In Rainbows" album. Now here's a fresh example of how a game developer is making The Pirate Bay work for him by offering his game for free and letting people pay what they want. Currently TPB has more than 5000 applicants wanting to do the same."
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Piracy

+ - Anti-piracy agency sues 14 out of 1.150.000 potential pirates->

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Underholdning
Underholdning writes "In 2010, an agency called Hadopi was instated to enforce copyright protection on the Internet in France. Of 3 million IP addresses "identified" by Hadopi, 1.15 million were found to be pirating content and sent a warning letter. Of those 1.15 million, 102,854 were given a second warning, and of those, 340 received a third strike. As of July 1, only 14 offenders have had a case filed in court, and none have yet been to trial. So, the question to Slashdot is this:
Does this mean that the system is working? Or does it mean that it is not working. Arguments can be made for either case"

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+ - Why Nokia Lumia 920 Disappoints? ->

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SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings writes "Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia's first Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone, failed to impress investors, as Nokia's shares fell immediately after the announcement by 13 percent. Why exactly Nokia Lumia 920 disappoints? Well, because it has the same design the N9 had, Nokia has already made a big advertising mistake faking the first Lumia 920 ad and with the specs that it has been released, it's really a mystery whether it can score similar sales as Galaxy S3."
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+ - Iphone 5 scheduled for September 12th launch->

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Underholdning
Underholdning writes "Apple has called in for a media event on the 12th of September. No agenda is given, but if you take a closer look at the shadow, it's obvious that it marks the launch of the new iPhone. Whether Apple will use this event to present the rumored iPad mini remains to be seen. The buzz Apple can create by being artfully vague might just be one of their strongest marketing schemes, and the intertubes are already glowing."
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+ - Openleaks launched

Submitted by Underholdning
Underholdning (758194) writes "Ars technica leaks the story of OpenLeaks launching. OpenLeaks is an alternative to WikiLeaks, with a few differences. "OpenLeaks will not accept or publish documents on its own platform, but rather create many 'digital dropboxes' for its community members, each adapted to the specific needs of our members so that they can provide a safe and trusted leaking option for whistleblowers". Time will show if this will live next to WikiLeaks, or they will compete. For more information, check out the OpenLeaks website"

+ - Court rules bypassing dongles not a DMCA violation-> 2

Submitted by tcrown007
tcrown007 (473444) writes "MGE UPS makes UPS systems and software that are protected by hardware dongles. After the dongles expired, GE bypassed the dongles and continued to use the software. MGE sued, won, and now lost on GE's appeal. Directly from the court's ruling, "Merely bypassing a technological protection that restricts a user from viewing or using a work is insufficient to trigger the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision...The owner’s technological measure must protect the copyrighted material against an infringement of a right that the Copyright Act protects, not from mere use or viewing." Say what? I think I just saw a flying pig go by."
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+ - Invisibility cloak revisited

Submitted by Underholdning
Underholdning (758194) writes "A recurring theme here on Slashdot is invisibility cloaks, so here's the next chapter. According to Physorg, Elena Semouchkina, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Tech has found a way to use Magnetic Resonance to capture rays of visible light and route them around objects, rendering those objects invisible to the human eye. Her invisibility cloak uses metamaterials, which are artificial materials having properties that do not exist in nature, made of tiny glass resonators arranged in a concentric pattern in the shape of a cylinder. The “spokes” of the concentric configuration produce the magnetic resonance required to bend light waves around an object, making it invisible"

+ - Scientists Create Equation for a Perfect Handshake

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Discover Magazine reports that despite the average person shaking hands nearly 15,000 times in a lifetime, one in five (19 per cent) admit they hate the act of the handshake and are unsure how to do it properly, regularly making a handshake faux pas such as having sweaty palms, squeezing too hard or holding on too long while over half the population (56 per cent) say they have been on the receiving end of an unpleasant handshake experience in the past month alone. But help is at hand as scientists have developed a mathematical equation for the perfect handshake taking into account the twelve primary measures needed to convey respect and trust to the recipient. “The human handshake is one of the most crucial elements of impression formation and is used as a source of information for making a judgement about another person," says Professor Geoffrey Beattie, Head of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester, who devised the formula. "A handshake reveals aspects of the personality of the person giving it – for example, a soft handshake can indicate insecurity, whilst a quick-to-let-go handshake can suggest arrogance – so it is surprising that up until now there has not been a guide showing people how they should shake hands." The research was performed at the behest of Chevrolet as part of a handshake training guide for its staff and is meant to offer peace of mind and reassurance to its customers. A full guide to the perfect handshake is available on Flickr."

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