So it appears that the RIAA is once again striking fear into the hearts of college students. In an article on CNN http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/02/21/downloading.music.ap/index.html, the RIAA details its "Complaint Letters" being sent out to college students, and shows which colleges are being hit the hardest. I personally find it funny that the author continually refers to the RIAA as "complaining".
Zatoichi007 writes "The NYT is reporting that Wikipedia is now being banned as a source for research at Middlebury College. It seems that the last straw for the college occured when students in a Japanese history class wrongly asserted that the Jesuits aided in the Shambara Rebellion, using Wikipedia as the reference point. Is Wikipedia a valid source for "serious" research or just a starting point to find out what might be interesting about a particular topic?"
Engineer Chris writes "An interesting look at some of the numbers behind console sales, and it's not looking good for Sony.
"The three points of the triangle are cost, installed base and games. If you don't have two of them, the third will never happen, and if you do have two, the third will come for free. Basically it is a feedback loop, you will excel at all three and ramp up the numbers or you will be in a death spiral quicker than you can say comprehensive Blu-Ray crack. There is no middle ground.""
Anonymous Coward writes "The UK government has rejected an e-Petition calling for a ban on DRM. In a response posted to the e-Petitions site, they claim that DRM gives users "unprecedented choice". BBC News reports on the response: "It said DRM acted as a policeman in that it protected digital content, but, it added, the technology also improved choice and the price consumers wished to pay." The response did, however, recognise that "the needs and rights of consumers must also be carefully safeguarded.""
John3 writes "The Graffiti Research Lab has posted video of laser graffiti they created on a Rotterdam building. The effect is very cool, and a complete guide on how they did it is posted on Theodore Watson's website. All you need is a laptop, LCD projector, and laser and you too can graffiti buildings without any permanent damage (unless you fry the retinas of a curious late night janitor). The GRL site states they are "dedicated to outfitting graffiti artists with open source technologies for urban communication" and there are several other examples of previous high-tech graffiti experiments, including drive-in GIF theater."
Julie188 writes "I'm always on the lookout for cool open-source technologies and I hadn't heard about several of the ones listed in this story before. Some of the projects are just beta code, but interesting all the same. The open-source projects in the article do automated server provisioning, intrusion detection, something called "grid storage" (hard to explain, you have to read about it), network-attached storage, a "messaging framework" for SOAs and secure telephony (interesting because it helps get around encryption laws that allow governments to spy on VoIP calls). http://www.networkworld.com/supp/2007/ndc1/021907
jamestheprogrammer writes "There are many different views on the common geek. Some people see them as targets for bullying, others see them as great help with that hard math homework. However, even with the rise in the population of tech-types, there remain many misconceptions of the geek, such as this one found by a father of his own son. What makes people think this way? How can they be convinced otherwise?"
IdaAshley writes "This article explores the Linux boot process from the initial bootstrap to the start of the first user-space application. Along the way, learn about other boot-related topics such as the boot loaders, kernel decompression, and the initial RAM disk. Also take a look at a scheduled chat about the Linux desktop and how it is evolving, including improvements in application interoperability, and desktop graphics."
njkid1 writes "Ubisoft may not rival the scale of an Electronic Arts or Activision, but the French company has amassed a number of top brands in recent years and is arguably one of the premier publishers in today's video game market. In this exclusive, Ubisoft North America President Laurent Detoc explains the company's journey and where it's headed. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=152
An anonymous reader writes "Tech Crunch has an article about YouTube identifying and handing over a user's information after a request from Fox. 'Three weeks after receiving a subpoena from the U.S. District Court in Northern California, YouTube has reportedly identified a user accused by 20th Century Fox Television of uploading episodes of the show 24 a week prior to their running on television. That user, named ECOTtotal, is also alleged to have uploaded 12 episodes of The Simpsons, some quite old. Apparently Google and YouTube were willing and able to identify the owner of the username ECOTtotal, according to a report on InternetNews.com.'"