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Intel shows off "metro notebook" concept->

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It looks like Intel has more than just wearable computers and newfangled UMPCs in mind for our future, with the company also recently showing off this slightly less far fetched "metro notebook," apparently aimed primarily at women. One of the most most conceptey elements here is the SideShow-esque e-ink display embedded in the laptop's lid, which promises to let you view your email, calendar, and other information even when the laptop's powered down. What's more, Intel also sees the entire laptop acting as a charging pad for your other gadgets, though it seems you'll still have to charge the laptop itself the old fashioned way. Even without those less-than-imminent additions, however, the laptop appears to be a pretty decent unit, measuing just 0.7 inches thick and packing a Core 2 Duo processor, along with Bluetooth, WiFi, and WiMAX connectivity.

[Via Tech Ticker, thanks Benaam]

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More Evidence That Obscurity Is A Bigger Threat To Content Creators Than Piracy->

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There's an interesting, if not altogether surprising, article written by a professor who recently did a study on "cumulative advantage" which suggests, effectively, that popularity begets more popularity. On its own, this shouldn't surprise anyone. We all know that once something starts to get popular, word of mouth discussions and just the fact that people tend to hear or see that thing more often tends to expand the market even further. The study done by the researchers suggests that there's quite a bit of randomness involved. They found that hit songs tend to become hits almost by accident (which probably won't make the folks at Hit Song Science very happy). Basically, once a song catches on, it tends to snowball into popularity -- whether or not it's actually any good. As the author notes, this has many different implications.

One implication that isn't discussed in the article is that this actually supports the idea that giving away content for promotional purposes is a very important strategy in developing a brand. The results of the study suggest that obscurity is a major force in killing the prospects of just about any creative work -- and the real trick is to promote the hell out of content until it starts to catch on. So, if you're trying to grab attention, why not give away the content to build up the name and make it easier for the content to gain the necessary popularity to hit that tipping point where popularity snowballs? At that point, plenty of new business models are apparent, because now, as the creator of a "hit" you're in demand, and there's only so much of you to go around (basically, access to the hitmaker is a scarce resource, while the content the hitmaker makes is not).
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Media

+ - Ethical, Open Source DRM?

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morlock_man
morlock_man writes "Why hasn't the open source community embraced the possibilities inherent in DRM technology as a means to show corporate interests how it's really supposed to be done? DRM has the potential to create new business models for independent publishers and artists, new ways to distribute physical media, and the means to share profits with the average consumer who chooses to share their purchased media. However, the Open Source community has remained firmly against the DRM concept, even though they have the ability to create much more ethical and cross-platform versions. Why haven't the Free Software or Open Source communities yet banded together to create their own DRM models for independent publishers? What's wrong with Media Shareware?"
Space

+ - Experiment Confirms Relativity Claims

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scubamage
scubamage writes "On the 14th of April, Stanford University scientists announced the completion of the experimental phase of Gravity Probe B, a test of Einstein's theory of relativity and gravity. To quote, "One way to think about space-time is as a large fishing net. Left unperturbed and stretched out flat, it is straight and regular. But the minute one puts a weight into the net, everything bends to support that weight. A weight that was spinning would wreak even more havoc with the net, twisting it as it spun. The mass-energy of the planet earth represents a "weight" in our net of space-time, and the daily revolutions of the earth, according to Einstein's theory, represent a twisting of local space-time. GP-B will search for this twisting effect, which has never before been measured." The tests so far have shown that Einstein was correct at least in the fact that there is a distortion. The actual drag created on time space is still being calculated. The stanford article can be found here. The official press release in PDF format can be found here."
The Internet

Journal: Guess google's storage strategy

Journal by hdare
Looks like email messages generated in a gmail account lasts forever! Can anyone guess the way in which the storage nodes for gmail is geographically located. Does google employ administrators around the globe for the maitenance of these storage nodes?
Censorship

+ - Kasparov Arrested!

Submitted by geddes
geddes (533463) writes "World chess champion turned opposition leader Gary Kasparov was arrested this morning while leading an march through Moscow in opposition to Russian President Vladamir Putin. Kasporov is a leader of the "Other Russia" coalition which has been banned by the government from appearing on TV, and had been denied a marching permit. From the New York Times:

Essentially barred from access to television, members of Other Russia have embraced street protests as the only platform to voice their opposition ahead of parliamentary elections in December and presidential elections next March. Early this month, Mr. Kasyanov's and Mr. Kasparov's Web sites were blocked, though it was unclear by whom.
Should Kasparov's courage in the face of Government repression be an example nerd-turned-political activist for us all? Which other "nerds" can we look up to who have abandoned their careers (Kasparov resigned from professional chess to fight for democracy in Russia) to fight for social justice?"
Music

Internet Blackout Threat for Music Thieves in AU 244

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from the that-seems-a-little-harsh dept.
An anonymous reader writes "News.com.au is reporting that the ARIA [Australia's Version of the RIAA] is making plans to have ISPs cancel or terminate the accounts of those who download music illegally. If the user is on dialup, that's not a problem: their telephone line will be disconnected. 'Fed up with falling sales, the industry — which claims Australians download more than one billion songs illegally each year — has been discussing tough new guidelines with internet service providers (ISPs) since late last year. The music industry is lobbying for a three strikes and you're out policy to enforce their copyright. Under this system, people who illegally download songs would be given three written warnings by their Internet service provider. If they continued to illegally download songs, their internet account would be suspended or terminated.'"
The Internet

+ - CPUShare: Grid Computing Cheaply

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Diablo-D3
Diablo-D3 writes "Andrea Arcangeli, known for his kernel hacking, has decided to take on all the grid computing systems out there and has created CPUShare. As he describes it, "CPUShare allows the home users to profit from the significant power of their hardware that otherwise would be wasted every day," allowing us geeks with a thousand idle computers to profit for other people's need of CPU power."
Censorship

+ - MySpace Sued for Arbitrarily Deleting Profiles

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An anonymous reader writes "A Joplin, Missouri man named Brian Mora has filed a federal lawsuit against MySpace for allegedly violating his freedom of speech rights by repeatedly deleting his accounts 'because an administrator ... simply disliked something displayed' in his profile, Wired.com reports. The company changed its terms-of-service Wednesday to 'expressly reserve the right to remove your profile and/or restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to any part of MySpace Services if MySpace determines, in its sole discretion, that you pose a threat to MySpace and/or its Users.'"
Google

+ - Google home page replaced by Network Solutions?

Submitted by marklar1
marklar1 (670468) writes "Don't know if this is news, but from FireFox as well as Safari when trying to get to Google.com keep getting:

Network Solutions

This Site Is Under Construction and Coming Soon.

This Domain Is Registered with Network Solutions

Is this a mistake, is Google / somebody pwned?"
Censorship

+ - AMD's New DRM

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DefectiveByDesign
DefectiveByDesign writes "Remember how AMD said they'd make use of ATI's GPU technology to make better technology? Well, not all change is progress. InfoWorld is reporting that AMD plans to block access to the framebuffer in hardware to help enforce DRM schemes, such as allowing more restricted playback of Sony Blu-Ray disks. They can pry my print screen key out of my cold, dead hands."
NASA

+ - Did NASA Accidentally "Nuke" Jupiter?

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An anonymous reader writes "Title: Did NASA Accidentally "Nuke" Jupiter? Source: Enterprise URL Source: http://www.enterprisemission.com//NukingJupiter.ht ml Published: Apr 11, 2007 NASA's decision to finally terminate Galileo in September 2003 via a fiery plunge into Jupiter, was designed to prevent any possible biological contamination of Europa from a future random collision with the spacecraft, once its fuel was exhausted. An engineer named Jacco van der Worp claimed that, plunging into Jupiter's deep and increasingly dense atmosphere, the on-board Galileo electrical power supply — a set of 144 plutonium-238 fuel pellets — would ultimately "implode"; that the plutonium Galileo carried would ultimately collapse in upon itself under the enormous pressures of Jupiter's overwhelming atmosphere and go critical. Noone listened. One month later ... October 19, 2003 — an amateur astronomer in Belgium, Olivier Meeckers, secured a remarkable image, a dark black "splotch" showing up on the southern edge of Jupiter's well-known "North Equatorial Belt," trailing a fainter "tail" southwest (image center). Richard Hoagland http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?Art Num=183496 has now calculated that, given the slow fall through a highly pressurised atmosphere, it is possible that the splotch is the result of about 50lb of plutonium going critical 700 miles below. Way to go, NASA!"

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