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European Parliament Blocks Copyright Reform With 113% Voter Turnout 297

Posted by samzenpus
from the vote-often dept.
New submitter mcmadman writes "In a bizarre turn of events, the legal affairs committee of the European Parliament, voted to weaken a reform of the copyright monopoly for allowing re-publication and access to orphan works. What is surprising is that the voter turnout happened to be 113%. That there were three votes too many, and that these three votes determined the outcome, was pointed out to the committee. Unfortunately, when this was done, along with formally requesting a re-vote, the re-vote was denied."

Comment: Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (Score 3, Informative) 160

by amazon10x (#37716382) Attached to: Swedish Court Finalizes Jail Sentence For Pirate Bay Co-Founder

I don't think they got rich off of TPB.

"In an investigation in 2006, the police concluded that The Pirate Bay brings in 1.2 million SEK (US$168,885.60) per year from advertisements."

"In the 2009 trial, the defense estimated the site's yearly expenses to be 800,000 SEK (US$112,590.40)"

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 179

by amazon10x (#37648866) Attached to: Kernel Bug Means Linux Power Usage Remains High

Use http://www.pendrivelinux.com/downloads/Universal-USB-Installer/Universal-USB-Installer.exe which ubuntu recommends, or use unetbootin.

You wouldn't be complaining if you've ever tried to install Windows XP from a usb drive. It's nearly impossible (I've never succeeded). I think it's better with win7 now.

Comment: Re:It is not something that can be resolved... (Score 1) 179

by amazon10x (#37648794) Attached to: Kernel Bug Means Linux Power Usage Remains High

It's the same on Windows. When the DNS servers at our ISP go down it's not as if my mother just goes "Oh, I'll just pop into the control panel here and use the Google DNS server!"

In my experience, anything beyond running a basic program on any OS is something that a non-computer literate user is not going to be able to do. Windows, Mac, and Linux are all equally difficult to use.

Intel

Kernel Bug Means Linux Power Usage Remains High 179

Posted by timothy
from the wrong-kind-of-power-user dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The significant Linux kernel power regression reported back in April, which ended up being attributed to PCI-E Active State Power Management, is still not resolved even as Ubuntu 11.10 and Fedora 16 approach. Until Linux is able to handle ASPM in a manner more like Windows or the device drivers explicitly set the ASPM flag, users of many modern laptops need to use the "pcie_aspm=force" option to regain much of their battery life. At least a power bug affecting newer Intel hardware with the "energy performance bias" feature has been fixed. There's more information in this LaunchPad bug report and in the latest power consumption testing."
Graphics

Content-Aware Image Resizing 174

Posted by kdawson
from the got-a-nice-gui-too dept.
An anonymous reader writes "At the SIGGRAPH 2007 conference in San Diego, two Israeli professors, Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir, have demonstrated a new method to shrink images. The method is called 'Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing' (PDF paper here) and it figures out which parts of an image are less significant. This makes it possible to change the aspect ratio of an image without making the content look skewed or stretched out. There is a video demonstration up on YouTube."
The Almighty Buck

Charging the Unhealthy More For Insurance 1106

Posted by kdawson
from the no-carrots-for-you-here's-a-stick dept.
Joe The Dragon sends us a BusinessWeek story, run on Yahoo, about Clarian Health and the new thing they are trying with health insurance coverage for their employees. They are charging unhealthy people more. The article goes into some depth about whether this is a good idea and whether the practice might spread. "In late June, the Indianapolis-based hospital system announced that starting in 2009, it will fine employees $10 per paycheck if their body mass index (BMI, a ratio of height to weight that measures body fat) is over 30. If their cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose levels are too high, they'll be charged $5 for each standard they don't meet. Ditto if they smoke: Starting next year, they'll be charged another $5 in each check."

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