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Comment: New(ish) Lined Cans (Score 1) 229

by dorath (#37365552) Attached to: Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal Using Only a Beer Can

A can of beer is one thing, a decent can of beer is another! These days there are many breweries putting out cans of beer with a special lining inside to protect the deliciousness from the aluminum. Is there anyone out there who can testify to the effect such a lining might have on the do-it-yourself project in question?

Or at least speculate?

Worst case I suppose I'll have to get a sixer of High Life and a sixer of Brew Free or Die. You know, for science.

Google

Intel Considers Hardware Acceleration For Google's WebM Format 139

Posted by timothy
from the those-guys-will-do-anything-for-money dept.
CWmike writes "Intel is considering hardware-based acceleration for Google's new WebM video file format in its Atom-based TV chips if the format gains popularity, an Intel executive said on Thursday. Announced last Wednesday at Google I/O, WebM files will include video streams compressed with the open-source VP8 video codec, which was acquired by Google when it bought On2 Technologies in February. 'Just like we did with other codecs like MPEG2, H.264 and VC1, if VP8 establishes itself in the Smart TV space, we will add it to our [hardware] decoders,' said Wilfred Martis, a general manager at Intel's Digital Home Group."

Comment: Re:Club Of Rome Fascism (Score 2, Insightful) 599

by SirSlud (#32178552) Attached to: Ultrasound As a Male Contraceptive

I would tend to imagine that the number of people who have never wasted some sperm in their lives is close to absolute 0.

So between that and no contraception, what's the difference?

If God gave us wet dreams, he gave us the right to waste sperm in little rubber containers. Or spray it all over the wall, for all he cares. I mean, it's a little hard to believe that God expects us to be chief financial officer for little dudes we create in the billions.

I would expect it is simply much more logical to assume those religious beliefs were codified in times where we really didn't have a clue how all the plumbing worked.

Between more effective methods of avoiding creating real world problems and assuming that those beliefs reflect the true will of God, I know which side I fall on. Pluck a person who's never been exposed to the teachings of the church, and they would have never ever even considered such a theological limitation. People get it from their churches, who got it from older folks, who got it from older folks ... there are some notions that, even if I accept the possibility of a theology, are far more likely simply to be a spiritual case of broken telephone.

Comment: Re:Oh No! (Score 1) 269

by Zaphod The 42nd (#32178232) Attached to: Ball Lightning Caused By Magnetic Hallucinations
I love how mixed up people are these days, and the mere idea of hallucinating is associated with the most harmful of effects any chemical could have on your brain. When in reality, there are several natural, human made substances (like DMT, check it out) that cause you to hallucinate (near-death experiences anyone?). If magnetic fields do cause people to hallucinate, there aren't inherently any health problems. There may be health problems with hanging out in that much magnetic field, but if there's not, then this would be really awesome, and there's no reason on earth why we should "think of the children"
I know you were being sarcastic, but people really do think that way :P

Comment: Theft? (Score 1) 280

by dorath (#30209682) Attached to: Recession Pushes More Workers To Steal Data

When a music/video piracy article pops up here it seems like somebody always points out that copyright infringement isn't theft. Nobody is being deprived of something, blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda, you know the arguments.

It seems like there's no stealing or theft involved here either; it's just a copy and nobody is being deprived of anything. Don't recall anybody pointing that out before in this context.

Case A) Copying bits, but it's not theft it's copyright infringement.
Case B) Copying bits, but it *is* theft.

It would seem that there might be a distinction, and I'm curious where people draw the line.

The Courts

+ - RIAA Sued for Fraud, Abuse & Legal Sham->

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "It's been a rough week for the RIAA as massive layoffs are about to cost many employees their job. On top of that, the anti-piracy outfit is being sued in North Carolina for abusing the legal system for its war on piracy, civil conspiracy, deceptive trade practices, trespassing and computer fraud, in SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Moursy. Named along with the record companies as defendants on the counterclaims are Safenet (formerly known as MediaSentry) and the RIAA. This case first started out as 'LaFace Records v. Does 1-38' until the court required the RIAA to break it up into 38 separate cases, then it morphed into 'SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Doe'. Only after the RIAA finally got its 'expedited' discovery did it become SONY v. Moursy. And from the looks of things, it has a long, long way to go. The RIAA hasn't even filed its answer to the counterclaims, yet, but is making a motion to dismiss them on the grounds of legal insufficiency. Sound like a good investment of record company resources, anyone?"
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Comment: Re:What's IT? (Score 1) 752

by dorath (#23922913) Attached to: New Grads Shun IT Jobs As "Boring"

What's IT?

Great question. It's such a broad field, and so often every facet of it is just lumped together under the generic label of IT.

Imagine this exchange: "What do you do?" "Oh, I work in cars." Cars (like IT) covers a heck of a lot of ground. You can assemble cars, create individual bits of cars, service cars, sell cars, drive cars, wreck cars, write about cars, and wash cars. There are many different types of cars too.

But nobody (that I've ever heard, anyway) says that they "work in cars." These days I try to avoid the generalization of IT and make a point of being a bit more specific, unless I don't want the conversation to go that direction. Mostly because I think that IT sounds about as general as 'cars'.

Microsoft

+ - Microsoft to alter Vista to address search concern->

Submitted by
mytrip
mytrip writes "Microsoft plans to make changes to Windows Vista to try to assuage concerns from Google that its desktop search product is disadvantaged by the operating system, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified source. Google complained about Vista's desktop search arrangement more than a year ago, but the issue has come back into the forefront in recent weeks, with the Connecticut Attorney General saying he would look into the matter."
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The Almighty Buck

+ - IRS to go after eBay sellers

Submitted by
prostoalex
prostoalex writes "Fed up with numerous violations of tax law by individuals and businesses selling goods on eBay, Amazon Marketplace, uBid.com, etc., IRS is pushing Congress to make online marketplaces responsible for reporting the sales information to the tax man, in order to prevent under-reporting of the income. eBay's "own statistics suggest that there are 1.3 million people around the world who make their primary or secondary source of income through eBay, with just over 700,000 in the United States", News.com.com.com says."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Who/what should a hero fight?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Due to a weird radioactive accident in my lab a few months ago, I have acquired some superpowers that people usually only dream of. I always thought that what I saw in comics were just fiction, but now I know better. Being a nerd and a nice guy, I followed the lesson from the heroes in comics, and started to fight crime in my region. Everything is going nicely, but the more I fight crime, more it seems that the world is getting worse and worse. Poor people are poorer, people keep dying of hunger and people keep on killing each other. So, I decided to ask Slashdot: since I have power enough to change the world and fight injustices, what should I do to make this world better? Also, heroes cannot work alone, since the world is so big and there is a lot to fight, so who should I unite with? I think you can understand why I'm not signing this summary."
Music

+ - RIAA Can't Have Defendant's Son's Desktop

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The RIAA's attempt to get Ms. Lindor's son's desktop computer in UMG v. Lindor has been rejected by the Magistrate Judge. The judge said that the RIAA

"offered little more than speculation to support their request for an inspection of Mr. Raymond's desktop computer, based on ... his family relationship to the defendant, the proximity of his house to the defendant's house, and his determined defense of his mother in this case. That is not enough. On the record before me, plaintiffs have provided scant basis to authorize an inspection of Mr. Raymond's desktop computer."
Decision by Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy. (pdf)"
America Online

+ - What Constitutes OpenID 'support'?

Submitted by
new-black-hand
new-black-hand writes "Recently some companies, including the likes of AOL and Microsoft, amongst others, have come out with support for OpenID. Supporters of OpenID were all happy to hear about these announcements, and generally these companies were praised for their adoption of the open identity format. It turns out though, that most of these recent announcements and updates have been about applications becoming providers of OpenID identities, rather than consumers of OpenID. There haven't been any significant updates recently to the list of applications that support OpenID. This story talks about how we are now stuck with millions of OpenID accounts that have nowhere new to go, and attempts to outline the criteria for what an application that supports OpenID should look like."

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