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Submission Has RIAA expert Jacobson contradicted himself?-> 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "A year and five months after examining the defendant's hard drive in UMG v. Lindor, the RIAA's "expert" witness, Dr. Doug Jacobson, has issued a "supplemental report" which appears to contradict his earlier "reports" alluding to the hard drive inspection. In view of the superb job the Slashdot community and the Groklaw community did in helping first to prepare for, and then to vet, Jacobson's deposition, I humbly submit for your learned review the now three (3) versions of the "expert's" opinions based on the hard drive, for your analysis. As with almost all federal litigation documents nowadays, they are, unfortunately, in *pdf format: (a) December 19, 2006, declaration; (b) unsigned October 25, 2006, report, awaiting approval from RIAA lawyers; and (c) December 15, 2007, version. The initial observations of commentators on my blog are located here."
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Hardware Hacking

Submission DIY Diamond Thermal Compound->

Jayson Anders writes: Research has been done demonstrating a far superior type of thermal compound using diamond. Silver has a respectable thermal conductivity at: 429W/m K. Diamond on the other hand has a thermal conductivity of 900-2320 W/m K. So worst case scenario we double performance, and best case is roughly a 5x multiplier. The folks over at have put together a article showing you how to make your own!
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Submission Hushmail handing over user emails to police 1

Stony Stevenson writes: A court document in a drug smuggling case has shown that the private email service Hushmail has been cooperating with police in handing over user emails. Hushmail claims to offer unreadable email as it uses PGP encryption technology and a company specific key management system that it says will ensure only the sender and recipient can read the emails. However it seems the Canadian company has been divulging keys to the American authorities.

Submission Sign a petition to keep science pure

An anonymous reader writes: The Dewey Decimal system categorizes Intelligent Design ("ID") with science books in bookstores and libraries (WHAT!??). There is in the Dewey Decimal Classification, for example, Category 215 — Science and Religion — that would be more suitable. There is a petition to the U.S. Library of Congress to re-classify ID books into sections other than the hard science section.... you should check it out/ maybe sign it:

Submission Comet lights up the night sky->

DragonFire1024 writes: "Comet burst visible without telescope. If you've noticed a fuzzy yellowish object at night in the northeast sky, immediately to the left of the constellation Perseus, that's because it is the Comet Holmes which has suddenly got brighter in what scientists say is "absolutely unprecedented" in comet research."
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User Journal

Journal Journal: Gargoyles for Halloween 3

I have a running trail behind my house. We constantly have runners back there with their dogs. I decided that I needed gargoyles for my protection. So I propped up a couple of my legless tailless cats.....


Just kidding. They have legs and tails. They just like to sit there and torture the dogs that are going by.


Submission MS OneCare causing Windows PCs to reboot?

ta bu shi da yu writes: "Sometime ago, Microsoft was accused of changing Windows Update (WU) to automatically download and install updates, even if users changed the auto-update setting off. This was denied by Microsoft. Well, it appears that they were right. Windows Update doesn't automatically install patches. According to Windows Secrets the culprit is MS OneCare. It appears that it automatically switches the updates to automatic without any warning to the end user. Given the problems with OneCare (deleting mail, flunking anti-virus tests and now this issue), is it really worth the effort?"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission Officials Accidently Crash RC Boat into Wrong Boat

coastal984 writes: NBC12 in Richmond, Virginia recently reported how officials from the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, in a first-ever test of crashing two full-sized boats into each other, accidently hit the wrong boat — instead of the two remotely controlled vessels colliding, they missed, and one veered off and hit a manned chase boat. From the article: "At first the two [remote control] boats were heading straight at each other. Then something went wrong." No people were hurt, but a 225 horsepower engine is a new reef for the fishies at the bottom of the James River. The article has video showing the crash from two different angles.

Submission Google Homepage Not Working 1

jackli writes: "So I'm sitting on the couch trying to google a youtube video, but to my distress, the webpage is down! Mail and other auxillary Google outlets work, but the main page is definitely not working. Several browsers and pings later (pings work!), I'm wondering how much money Google is losing by the second. Can anyone else back me up on this?"
Data Storage

Submission Magnetic 'snakes' for storage devices?

Roland Piquepaille writes: "According to a weekly digest from the American Physical Society (APS), physicists at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have found that under certain conditions, magnetic particles could form magnetic 'snakes' able to control fluids. According to the researchers, this 'magnetic self-assembly phenomena may be used to make the next generation of magnetic recording media or transparent conductors based on self-assembled conducting networks of magnetic micro-particles.' By digging further inside ANL labs, it seems apparent that storage devices based on these magnetic 'snakes' will not appear on the market before a long time. This overview contains many additional details not present in the APS snippet, including pictures of these magnetic 'snakes.'"

Submission Is SpamHaus Dead? It's domain is an "unknown h-> 1

Panaqqa writes: "SpamHaus is not a service I use, but for some reason I decided to check into it yesterday — and it was offline. Again today, the same thing. They have been down for more than 24 hours. If you PING them you get "unknown host" back. This is quite mystifying. Has anyone on SlashDot noticed this also, and if so, is there any news about what has happened to them? All I can think of is that a major DDoS attack has taken them down. Inquiring minds want to know..."
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