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Comment Footprints in the Sand (Score 3, Funny) 290

(Adapted from the widely overused 'Footprints in the Sand' poem.)

One night I dreamed I was sitting in front of my computer next to Sony.
Many scenes of past contact with Sony products flickered across the screen.
In most scenes I noticed some form of DRM helping me managing my digital rights,
but in some there appeared to be none at all.

This bothered me because I couldn't understand why Sony wouldn't care for some of its intellectual properties.
Especially music CDs seemed to be completely unprotected. So I said to Sony,

"You promised me, that if I bought your products, you would always help me protect my digital rights.
But I have noticed that especially IP in dire need of protection, like music CDs, has had no protection at all.
Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?"

Sony replied, "The times when you didn't notice any kind of DRM, my child, is when I rootkited you."


Hoover Dams For Lilliput: Does Small Hydroelectric Power Have a Future? 302

New submitter MatthewVD writes "Boing Boing's Maggie Koerth-Baker, author of Before The Lights Go Out, writes that the era of giant hydroelectric projects like the Hoover Dam has passed. But the Department of Energy has identified 5,400 potential sites for small hydro projects of 30 MWs or less. The sites, in states as dry as Kansas, represent a total 18,000 MW of power — enough to increase by 50 percent America's hydro power. Even New York City's East River has pilot projects to produce power from underwater turbines. As we stare down global warming and peak oil, could small hydroelectric power be a key solution?"

Patent Troll Going After Alzheimer's Researchers 116

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from Nature News: "The website of the Alzheimer's Institute of America (AIA) doesn't reveal much about the organization, but portrays it as committed to supporting research and patients. Among people who study Alzheimer's disease, however, the AIA, based in St Louis, Missouri, is best known for filing lawsuits against companies and researchers — a practice that scientists say could hamper the progress of research into combating the dreaded disease."

Opera Supports Google Decision To Drop H.264 336

An anonymous reader follows up to yesterday's Google announcement that they would drop H.264 support from Chrome. "Thomas Ford, Senior Communications Manager, Opera, told Muktware, 'Actually, Opera has never supported H.264. We have always chosen to support open formats like Ogg Theora and WebM. In fact, Opera was the first company to propose the tag, and when we did, we did it with Ogg. Simply put, we welcome Google's decision to rely on open codecs for HTML5 video.'"

Submission + - Outrage over 'Pedophile's Guide' on Amazon->

pickens writes: A self-published guide giving advice to pedophiles that is for sale through online retailer Amazon is stirring up controversy on the internet, with some threatening to boycott the website. Amazon says it does not promote criminal acts, but also avoids censorship. "Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions." Before authors are able to sell a work on the site, they are asked to read a set of guidelines, which bans offensive materials but Amazon does not specifically state on its website what material it deems offensive, instead saying "probably what you would expect".
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Baumgartner's Daredevil Parachute Jump From Space Put On Hold 248

Velcroman1 writes "For years, an Austrian daredevil named Felix Baumgartner has been planning to take a 23-mile plunge from the edge of space — and in the process, become the first parachutist to break the sound barrier, plummeting toward the ground at 760 miles per hour. The engineers and scientists behind The Red Bull Stratos project, an effort to break the record for the highest freefall ever, billed the jump as more than a stunt. The leap from 120,000 feet was to yield volumes of data that would have been used to develop advanced life support systems for future pilots, astronauts, and even space tourists. But a promoter feels that the jump was his idea, and filed a lawsuit in April to prevent the event from taking place. And now Red Bull has pulled the plug on the project, FoxNews.com reports. 'Due to the lawsuit, we have decided to stop the project until this case has been resolved,' Red Bull said."

Comment Re:What is up with this site lately? (Score 1) 161

FTFA: "Why is Slashdot almost irrelevant to the social media community? It used to be the biggest driver of traffic to tech web sites, but now it hardly delivers any traffic at all to them."

That's because:

a) half of the readers hardly even read the headline before commenting, much less click on the link
b) the other half doesn't want to click through a 10 pages article cluttered with annoying ads
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA:MediaSentry attacks based on "fictional&#

yerktoader writes: Ars Technica is reporting the recent events in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset vs. RIAA Battle Royale:

"As P2P file-sharing defendant Jammie Thomas prepares for her retrial this month, her lawyer has sough to have the main evidence against her thrown out. In its response, the recording industry says that the complaint is based on an "entirely fictional set of facts and law.""

I hate to say it — and this is in large part because iANAL — the RIAA's argument in TFA make sense. Some educated and spirited debate here would be appreciated in helping to dissect said argument — I really don't want the RIAA to win this case, if only because Mrs. Thomas-Rasset is a great example of standing up to corrupt big business.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.