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+ - Movie Studios Conflicted Over Red Box Pricing

Submitted by apok04
apok04 (630953) writes "According to the AP:

Hollywood studios are split over Redbox, the $1-per-night DVD rental kiosk company: They could supply it with cheap wholesale discs and ride its massive growth, or starve it in the hopes of preserving higher-priced purchases. News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox fell on the side of starvation this week, joining General Electric Co.'s Universal Pictures, whose withholding of discs prompted a lawsuit. On the flip side, Sony Corp.'s movie division signed a five-year deal just last month to supply Redbox. As part of the deal, Redbox would get discs more cheaply but would have to destroy copies after their rental lives ended rather than sell them as "previously viewed" for $7 apiece, as it had done in the past.

My favorite line is this one:

Redbox can still obtain DVDs without a studio's cooperation. The "first sale" legal doctrine gives it the right to use the discs as it sees fit after buying them, just as someone buying a book at a retail store can resell it, lend it or simply throw it away (The law is different for intangible property like movie and music downloads).

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Music

+ - Band Sues Showtime over "Californication"->

Submitted by apok04
apok04 (630953) writes "According to the AP:

The Red Hot Chili Peppers on Monday sued Showtime Networks over the name of the television series "Californication," which is also the name of the band's 1999 album and a single on it.

The lawsuit alleges unfair competition, dilution of the value of the name and unjust enrichment, claiming the title is "inherently distinctive, famous ... and immediately associated in the mind of the consumer" with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The creator of the show claims that he first heard the slogan in Oregon. A google search reveals that he is probably telling the truth. I'm not sure that the Chili Peppers have a claim here. I don't see them meeting the burden of mistaken identity that is required in these cases."

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Music

+ - The New Da Vinci Code?->

Submitted by apok04
apok04 (630953) writes "For those that can't get enough Da Vinci conspiracy stories, Discovery News reports that Giovanni Maria Pala, an Italian musician and computer technician has discovered new meaning in Da Vinci's "The Last Supper". In a book (Google Translation) due to be released today in Italy, Pala describes how he discovered a "hymn to God" composed of the hands and bread loaves in the famous painting. When he first played the notes, they sounded terrible. It wasn't until he realized that they should be played right to left (a common Da Vinci writing style) that they sounded "like a requiem". In addition to the music, Pala found what appears to be a sentence written in ancient Hebrew: "bo nezer usbi," which means "with Him consecration and glory.""
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Google

+ - USC Deploys Google Apps For Students

Submitted by apok04
apok04 (630953) writes "A new partnership between USC and Google will bring convenience and new opportunities for online collaboration to USC students. The tools provided to students include Gmail (2 GB), integrated chat and applications for calendaring and document and spreadsheet production. The program is called Google Apps For Education, and is hosted by Google.

Is Google making a play for an environment traditionally controlled by Microsoft? Maybe. Are there privacy concerns since the service is being controlled by an outside organization? Of course.

But as a USC grad student in engineering (among the first to try these out), I must say I am glad to have platform-independent collaboration tools for use in my group projects."
Programming

+ - Adding a web interface to a C++ application

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "One thing that is always sort of a pain is setting up a graphical user interface. This is especially true if you are making an embedded application or something that functions more as a system service or daemon. In this case you probably end up creating some simple network protocol which you use to control your application via some other remote piece of software or just telnet if you are feeling especially lazy. Another option is to create a web interface and this article shows via a simple example how you can do that in C++ in just a few lines of code."
PHP

+ - Open source Timekeeping software

Submitted by sujit
sujit (657307) writes "Can the slashdot community throw some light on some simple and open source web-based timekeeping software that allows employees to keep track of their Shifts, apply for time-offs, and other features that would be useful? I've looked for some modules and plugins that could be added to Joomla or Mambo or Drupal but came up with nothing. I wouldn't mind writing one from scratch, but I'd like to find out if there's anything available on the internet that I could use."
United States

+ - Switching your Linux systems to the new DST

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editingwhiz
editingwhiz writes ""Spring forward; Fall back." That's the way the saying goes. Some years I get it backwards, but I eventually catch on. I've never had to worry about my PCs getting it wrong before, though. Now, with the recent changes in the Daylight Savings Time (DST) rules, I do. Fortunately, there are ways to make sure that both my Linux computers and I get the new rules right. Explanation at Linux-Watch.com."

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350

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