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Submission + - What happens to your digital inheritance?

ron-l-j 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.

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

houghi 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 76

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.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Slashdot Most Overrated Blog According to TIME-> 16 16

Amit Agarwal writes: "In their annual list of Top 25 blogs, the TIME magazine has added Slashdot to the category of most overrated blogs. The review says — Reading Slashdot these days is like visiting the IT guy at work. He's infuriatingly smug and cares passionately about stuff you don't care about, and views your lack of interest as further confirmation of his intellectual superiority."
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Space

Submission + - Pentagon backs plan to beam solar power from space

north.coaster 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

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

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 235 235

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).

Feed Protein's Role In Multiple Sclerosis Clarified->

A protein found primarily in the lens of the eye could be the critical "tipping point" in the spiral of inflammation and damage that occurs in multiple sclerosis, researchers report. This protein - alphaB-crystallin - is not normally found in the brain, but develops in response to the injuries inflicted on nerve cells by multiple sclerosis.
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Feed Daddies' Girls Choose Men Just Like Their Fathers->

Women who enjoy good childhood relationships with their fathers are more likely to select partners who resemble their dads, research suggests. In contrast, the team of psychologists revealed that women who have negative or less positive relationships were not attracted to men who looked like their male parents.
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