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+ - TorrentSpy ruling a 'weapon of mass discovery'->

SwordsmanLuke writes: A California judge has declared that TorrentSpy must generate log files of the IP addresses of visitors to their site so that these logs may then be turned over to the MPAA. In a bizarre move, the judge ruled that anything stored in a computer's RAM is "electronically stored information" and as such, must be turned over for examination in a lawsuit. Besides demonstrating such a gross lack of technical savvy in our courts, this case also has heavy privacy implications. The judge is, in essence, requiring the creation of documents for the *sole* purpose of supplying a plaintiff (in this case the MPAA) with the data it requires to "discover" illegal file-sharing.

FTA:

"There's never been a requirement that (defendants) must create documents that they wouldn't ordinarily maintain for the purpose of satisfying some (plaintiff's) discovery requests," said Withers.

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+ - Space station oxygen, water computers fail

An anonymous reader writes: HOUSTON, Texas (AP) — Russian computers that control the international space station's orientation and supply of oxygen and water have failed, potentially extending the space shuttle's mission — or cutting it short.

Russian engineers aren't sure why the computers stopped working. A failure of this type has never occurred before on the space station.

The station is operated primarily by the Russian and U.S. space agencies, with contributions from the Canadian, European and Japanese space agencies.

"We have plenty of resources, so we have plenty of time to sort this out," said Mike Suffredini, NASA manager of the space station program.

http://64.236.16.20/2007/TECH/space/06/14/space.sh uttle.ap/index.html

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