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+ - Slashdot User Cries about Windows 7 DRM 1 1

AnimusF6 writes: Slashdot recently ran a story about the horrible DRM included with Windows 7. Fortunately ArsTechnica was able to swoop in with a more realistic perspective.

What was claimed? Well, some guy decided that he wanted to crack his (legally purchased, no doubt) copy of Photoshop on his Windows 7 install. Windows 7 then sprung into life to break his crack, defend Photoshop's virtue against his unwelcome advances, protect a load of random DLLs from deletion, and open up the firewall so that Adobe could see that he was up to no good. Yup yup. To add insult to injury, Windows 7 then crippled the dude's sound card. Or something. As is so often the case with this kind of story, the truth is more prosaic.


+ - b-side giving away a drm free film download->

JoeB writes: "For a limited time, b-side, an independent film distributor, is promoting their new online community for independent film by giving away a free download of an film from their site. Users simply need to sign up at and will receive and email with a gift certificate code for a free download.

All films on are DRM FREE, and can be easily burned to a DVD for later viewing. b-side also makes it easy to "upgrade" to a DVD without losing money already paid for downloads of the same film.

You can read more about the program here."

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+ - Do Black Webpage Backgrounds Save Energy?

i_like_spam writes: The Climate Change blog at Nature Magazine describes an on-going debate about the energy savings associated with the color of the background used by high-traffic websites such as Google and the NYTimes. Some back of the envelope calculations by Mark Ontkush indicated an energy savings of 750 Megawatt hours per year if Google switched their background from white to black. Google responded by creating Blackle. However, tests by the Wall Street Journal suggest minimal energy savings. Slashdotters, who do you think is correct in this debate?

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