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Media (Apple)

Looming Royalty Decision Threatens iTunes Store, Apple Hints 279

eldavojohn writes "You may recall us discussing some legislation about online music. More decisions are being made that may affect how much money Apple must impart to labels and musicians. Right now, it's 9 cents a track — which adds up, when you sell 2.4 billion tracks each year. The Copyright Royalty Board is asking for 15 cents a track (66% increase) and Apple isn't going to agree." Reader scorp1us points out a similar article at CNN; both stories mention that Apple has intimated such a change might cause a complete shutdown of the iTunes Music Store. Update: 10/02 21:03 GMT by T : According to CNet, the rate has been officially frozen at 9.1 cents per track.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Wubi: new Ubuntu secret weapon?

An anonymous reader writes: There is a new Ubuntu installer out there that might bring about a small revolution in the Linux world. Think about an installer that allows you to install and uninstall Linux as any other application. An installer that does not require you to burn an ISO, that does not change your partitions, that does not change your bootloader, and still gives you a normal dual-boot setup, with full hardware access. Impossible? Enter Wubi. Wubi sits between a demo and a full installation, bringing you the best of both words. It works like a real installation but it is easy and safe to install and remove like a demo. Wubi was born as an independent (GPL) project, but it will become an official Ubuntu installer in Gutsy. Caveat: it is still in beta.

Submission + - Germany bans Tom Cruise

psysjal writes: The BBC reports that Germany has banned Tom Cruise from filming at military sites in the country. The reason for the ban is Tom's "religion"; Cruise has "publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult".
United States

Journal Journal: Jonestown 2

I saw the recent Jonestown documentary on Sunday.

I knew Jim Jones was screwed up, but I had no idea how much. He made boyloving Catholic priests look almost normal. He said he was the only heterosexual on the planet, and offered sex to the men in his group, you know, if they wanted it, no big deal. He would at one time preach from the Bible and then say the Bible is useless nonsense.


Submission + - Univ. Akron to Provide Free Music Downloads

while1noop writes: From

"The University of Akron through the efforts of Associated Student Government and Information Technology Services has just partnered with the online music service Ruckus Network to provide UA student population with unlimited download access to a library of over 2.5 Million songs."

I imagine that this is meant to cut piracy and stem the RIAA.

Submission + - Put Linux on an Indy 500 car!

Mark K writes: How would you like to tune into the Indy 500 and see the Linux penguin prominently displayed on a car. The Tux 500 project was started to raise enough money to sponsor an Indy 500 car this year in the name of Linux. If $25,000 is raised they will be an associate sponsor of the car, if they reach $350,000 then the whole car will have Linux all over it. The amount of visibility depends on the money raised. Overnight they passed $6000 and there is some good rivalry between the different distributions on the stats page. There is also a contest to determine a design for the car.

Submission + - Bot on Bot Action

Dausha writes: The Tech Web news site reports a story about Botnet turf wars. Botnets have been around for a while, and are increasing in severity. The latest innovation finds Bots capturing and securing host computers from other bots. Security includes installing software patches, shutting down ports, etc.

Feed Alcohol boosts health benefit of fruit (

Strawberry daiquiris all round

Researchers from Kasetsart University in Thailand and the US Department of Agriculture Research Service have rather agreeably found that alcohol boosts the antioxidant properties of some fruit, the BBC reports.

Feed Human error to blame for demise of Mars orbiter (

So says NASA's report

Human error was the most likely cause of the loss of the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft. That is the conclusion of NASA's preliminary investigation into the disappearance of the craft, which lapsed into radio silence late in 2006.


Submission + - Another DVD format lawsuit

An anonymous reader writes: Toshiba's effort to convince Chinese DVD player bring HD DVD players to market stalled, and Toshiba is now taking many of these companies to court for infringing Toshiba's patents covering the legacy DVD format. If Toshiba wins the suit, it could impact MPlayer and other open source projects which are may be covered by the patents in question.

Submission + - Why high level languages are potentially dangerous

insane_coder writes: "The Insane Coding Blog has a nice story up about wether one can trust their applications. An interesting point from the article: "Not using a high level compiler or virtual machine gives us a layer of security in that it would be harder for one to pass out an 'evil compiler' that would understand what the developer was trying to do and instead have it do something malicious." If you're wondering where your 'evil compiler' would come from, "If you're using a Linux distro which offers binary packages, what really stops a package maintainer from compiling a modified application and putting that in the distro's repositories?""

Leveraging always beats prototyping.