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The Rocky Road To Wind Power 281

Posted by timothy
from the must-save-many-megawatts-to-outweigh dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times has an interesting story on the logistical problems involved in transporting disassembled towers that will reach more than 250 feet in height from ports or factories to the remote, windy destinations where the turbines are erected. In Idaho trucks laden with tall turbine parts have slammed into interstate overpasses requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs. In Texas the constant truck traffic is tearing up small roads in the western part of the state where the turbines are being rapidly erected. And in Maine a truck carrying a big piece of turbine got stuck for hours while trying to round a corner near Searsport."
Censorship

+ - Firm sues forum to silence critics->

Submitted by izz0
izz0 (955667) writes "In a move that could set a nasty precedent for Australian website operators and their users, a software firm is suing a community website over comments published on its message board. The firm, 2Clix, is suing the owner of the popular broadband community site Whirlpool, Simon Wright, for "injurious falsehood", asking for $150,000 in damages and an injunction requiring Whirlpool to remove forum threads highly critical of 2Clix's accounting software. Dale Clapperton, chairman of the online users lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, said 2Clix was using the law to silence its critics. He said if Wright lost "it might mean the end of criticising companies' products and services online", as "any company will be able to demand that people's criticisms of them be deleted off websites, and if they don't comply they'll sue". Amanda Stickley, a senior law lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, said if 2Clix won there would be severe consequences for website operators as they would have to be "very vigilant in checking material on the website and remove anything that could cause injury to someone's business reputation". In a statement of claim filed with the Supreme Court of Queensland, 2Clix said the comments, published in two threads between between late last year and July this year, led it to sustain "a severe downturn in monthly sales". It specifically referenced more than 30 comments by Whirlpool users, many strongly advising people to avoid the software at all costs and complaining that advertised features were not actually available in the product. One of the comments cited by 2Clix read: "The software became such a problem that we threw it out recently ... We stuck with it for over two years but in the end the many hundreds of lost hours of work and high stress levels was not worth it." 2Clix claimed the statements were both false and malicious, and said it contacted Whirlpool about the matter this year but Whirlpool refused to take the forum threads down. Wright did not respond to requests for comment, while a 2Clix spokesman this morning declined to comment. But Stickley said it would be very difficult for 2Clix to successfully sue Wright for injurious falsehood over comments made by Whirlpool users. It would have to prove the statements were false, that they were made in malice, that 2Clix actually suffered damage in the form of monetary loss and, critically, that Wright had intended to cause 2Clix monetary loss by allowing the material to remain on the website. "I don't think you could actually prove that for a web operator, that they personally intended the damage because of their malicious intention, especially when it's posted by a third party that they've got no relationship to," Stickley said."
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The Internet

+ - Legal Case Threatens Internet Freedom of Speech

Submitted by Jumbled
Jumbled (1155473) writes "An Australian ISP, 2Clix Australia Pty Ltd, has launched a legal case against a respected online forum, Whirlpool Broadband News, attempting to claim damages for negative reviews posted on the forum by users. 2Clix have described reccommendations that broadband customers avoid their service as "false and malicious." Whirlpool's founder, Simon Wright, intends to fight the accusations. He has observed that the case could have huge consequences, potentially threatening the rights of internet users to engage in free discussion. A more detailed report has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald."
Communications

+ - Why Apple Won't Become a Phone Company->

Submitted by Baltasar
Baltasar (666) writes "Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs has a problem: He's taken Apple into the phone business with the iPhone. Yet he has to rely on partners such as AT&T and Starbucks to provide the wireless connections he needs to make those phones useful. For a control freak like Jobs, that's not a pleasant situation.

The solution: For a few billion dollars, Apple (nasdaq: AAPL — news — people ) could get into the phone business itself, buying the spectrum it needs to offer not just voice service for all those iPhone users, but to build the broadband wireless links it needs to offer next generation, network-centric computing, communications and entertainment. Little wonder, then, rumors have cropped up that Jobs is eyeing a bid for a prime piece of wireless spectrum due to be auctioned off by the U.S. government this January.

So will he do it? Not a chance. Here's why:

http://www.forbes.com/technology/2007/09/11/apple-iphone-motorola-tech-cx_bc_0911apple.html"

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Censorship

+ - Software companies sues popular Australian forum-> 3

Submitted by Pugzly
Pugzly (441999) writes "In a recent announcement on the Whirlpool front page, it appears that accounting software maker 2clix is sueing the founder of the forums as the founder "allowed statements 'relating to the Plaintiff and its software product that are both false and malicious' to be published on the Whirlpool forums."
Hopefully sanity will prevail, but it is the legal system..."

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Announcements

+ - Intel to launch cheaper quad core

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Tommy Kino
Tommy Kino writes ""On January 21st, Intel will launch their first mainstream quad-core processor — the Core 2 Quad Q6600. Like the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, it is made up of two Conroe dies sitting on a single package.

As such, its 8MB Level 2 cache is not completely shareable between all four cores. Rather, it's split into two separate 4MB caches, each of which is shareable between their respective core pairs.

According to Intel, we will not see a true quad-core (four cores on a die) processor until the second half of this year. Codenamed Yorkfield, it will debut in the new 45nm process and come with a fully-shared 8MB L2 cache."

Full report at http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=379& pgno=0"
Classic Games (Games)

+ - Sega to Discontinue GDroms - Death of Dreamcast

Submitted by Croakyvoice
Croakyvoice (986312) writes "The Dreamcast games Last Hope , Karous and Trigger Heart Exelica will the last officially licensed Sega games for the Dreamcast because from february Sega Japan are to stop production of GDRoms, the death of GDroms will mean no more Dreamcast or Naomi Arcade games. The Dreamcast Community have sent emails to Sega Japan to ask for a rethink on this issue."
PC Games (Games)

+ - Procedural Hot Coffee Mod

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a.d.venturer
a.d.venturer writes "Amidst the news that Brian Eno is producing procedural music for Spore, I find myself a little worried. When are we going to get our first procedural hot coffee mod? All it will take is a generated nipple or chorused voices repeating one of six banned words, and one offended parent, teenager (or younger) to record it. How is the ESRB supposed to review content that hasn't been generated yet, and potentially may never be?"

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