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+ - What happens to your digital inheritance?

Submitted by ron-l-j
ron-l-j (1725874) writes "The last few months a digital inheritance idea has been floating around in my head, and I am sure the thought has crossed your mind as well.With Google talking about the inactive account program it made me wonder, will my children get my iTunes, and amazon movies? I have plenty of mp4 movies on my server that will just set itself to admin with no password after I do not log in within a 6 month time frame.

  But what about the millions of dollars spent on digital content?
We all know your favorite DVD will become scratched, and will be worthless after a few years. But the possibility of your purchases lasting a long time is more relevant today with more reliable storage. Will it be the case of my boring 2D movies being laughed at by my kids and their 3D holographic displays? I do have a collection of written material, photos, home video, and a database I would like my descendants to have access to.

I can see the lawyers now grabbing for a fee, and the government digging in to tax your digital life in an inheritance tax."

+ - Guantanamo Bay defense lawers emails are read and files are removed

Submitted by houghi
houghi (78078) writes "The defense lawyers of Guantanamo prisoners are ordered to stop using government computers for sensitive information.
They are also asked as can be read on politico.com, that they are asked to stop using e-mail as well. It is stated there as well that 7 GB of information is gone for good.
The Washington Post quotes that there is no proof, but when you can read between the lines, it is clear that they believe they have been hacked.
One News from New Zealand says "In another case, system administrators were searching files at prosecutors' request and were able to access more than 500,000 defense files, including confidential attorney-client communications, [...]". There were also bugs placed.
Due to all this, hearings are postponed as can be read on reuters"

Comment: mucho strange (Score 1) 76

by d_beep (#29239023) Attached to: Oracle To Sell Sun's Hardware Business To HP?

This is mucho strange. Why would HP want to support a competing platform when it can just sit back and watch it die. Perhaps to get to Sun customer base, or to get hold of hardware patents etc. If so will SPARC come with Solaris ? HPUX for SPARC ?

As per Wikipedia the latest PA-RISC processor was released in 2005 ?. thatâ(TM)s like 400 years ago.....
hmm interesting rumor.

Space

+ - Pentagon backs plan to beam solar power from space

Submitted by north.coaster
north.coaster (136450) writes "New Scientist reports that a National Security Space Office led study group has released a proposal calling for the use of earth orbiting satellites to produce power that would be beamed down to earth using microwaves or a laser, which would be collected in antennas on the ground and then converted to electricity. While solar power satellites have been discussed for many years, what is different this time is the idea that this could replace the need to transport fuel into war zones and other dangerous places, saving both lives and money. This latest proposal may jump start efforts to make this concept a reality."
Businesses

+ - Ready or not, here comes user PC choice->

Submitted by
johannacw
johannacw writes "Do you think it's a good idea to allow end-users to buy their own PCs, laptops, PDAs and other devices? Some companies are taking steps in this direction, and IT is preparing for employee-owned devices by adopting virtualization and baseline PC requirements to help keep up with support demands in a less standardized world."
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The Almighty Buck

Critic of Software Patents Wins Nobel Prize in Economics 235

Posted by Zonk
from the wise-man-in-multiple-ways dept.
doom writes "You've probably already heard that the Nobel Prize for Economics was given to three gents who were working on advances in mechanism design theory. What you may not have heard is what one of those recipients was using that theory to study: 'One recent subject of Professor Maskin's wide-ranging research has been on the value of software patents. He determined that software was a market where innovations tended to be sequential, in that they were built closely on the work of predecessors, and innovators could take many different paths to the same goal. In such markets, he said, patents might serve as a wall that inhibited innovation rather than stimulating progress.' Here's one of Maskin's papers on the subject: Sequential Innovation, Patents, limitation (pdf).
Networking

+ - How to deal with an abusive web host?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I recently sent a DMCA takedown notice to a hosting company, regarding a customer who was blatantly posting copyrighted material from my website, along with attacks against me based on sexual orientation. I was told that, because they agreed with the person's attacks, the offending content would not be removed. They also claim that copyright is irrelevant, because they agree with their customer's "comments." I couldn't believe this response, but upon Googling the name of this host, I found dozens of webmasters and ISPs complaining about legal threats and spam attacks originating from this company. What is the correct way to deal with this issue?"
Portables

+ - Your neck bone's connected to your cellphone->

Submitted by
stevedcc
stevedcc writes "New Scientist are running an article about using sound waves to communicate between different devices attached to a user's body, avoiding the potential interception issues of wireless signals. From the article:

They want to use the human skeleton to transmit commands reliably and securely to wearable gadgets and medical implants. Their research, funded by Microsoft and Texas Instruments, could also lead to new ways for people with disabilities to control devices such as computers and PDAs.
"

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Software

+ - The 40 Fastest-Growing Software Companies->

Submitted by morningside
morningside (1112395) writes "The biggest software makers continue to rely on acquisitions for growth, according to this article (with rankings) in Baseline. "While the software industry has matured, M&A is still letting stalwarts like Oracle, Adobe and Symantec post top-line growth in excess of 20%. Here's our list of the company's with the best year-over-year revenue rise.""
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Music

Jobs to Labels- Lose the DRM & We'll Talk Price 459

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the ten-bucks-a-gig dept.
eldavojohn writes "Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been talking smack about DRM and has recently issued a verbal offer to major music lables stating that if they are willing to lose the DRM, he'd be willing to raise his 99 cent price for those iTunes songs. These tracks (such as the recent EMI deal) would also have better sound quality & cost about 30 cents more."

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.

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