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Comment: Re:Steal, huh? (Score 1) 224

by duane_robertson (#42009391) Attached to: Verizon To Throttle Pirates' Bandwidth

How in 2012 are people still unable to distinguish between theft and copyright infringement and how does it get passed slashdot moderators?

For the same reason people have trouble with the difference between "passed" and "past." When written communication is quick and cheap, people don't spend much time on grammatical niceties, assuming that the reader will interpret their meaning.

Microsoft

+ - Microsoft moves Live Spaces to WordPress->

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Microsoft announced today through an email to current Widows Live Space account holders that their service will be closing. To preserve their content, users are given the option to migrate their blogs to WordPress.com. The following was sent in the email to current customers:
"Dear Windows Live Spaces customer,

You are receiving this note as a follow-up to our communications notifying you that Windows Live Spaces will soon close. If you haven't taken an action yet, please read on to learn how to preserve the content of your space. On March 16th, 2011 your space will be closed. However, you can still preserve the content of your space if you take action now.

We are collaborating with a premier and innovative blogging service, WordPress.com, to enable Windows Live customers to migrate their Windows Live Spaces blog to WordPress.com where you will get a number of enhancements to your blogging experience. We'll help you migrate your current blog to WordPress.com or download it to save for later. On March 16th, 2011 your current space will be closed and you will no longer have access to the content on your space unless you take action. Click here to begin the migration of your space.

With the new release of Windows Live services, we've made a series of changes and improvements across the products. We chose to partner with WordPress.com to provide Windows Live users with a fantastic blogging solution. However, we realize they will have an impact on you, so the information in this email aims to clarify what to expect. We thank you for your continued support of Windows Live.

Why is this happening?
Our customers have asked for richer blog functionality including an integrated statistics system, continuous saving of drafts and improvements to spam-fighting technology. To deliver the best possible blogging experience, we are collaborating with WordPress.com to provide their free service to you. For those of you that already have a blog on Windows Live Spaces, we will make it easier for you to get started while helping you keep what you've already built up on Windows Live Spaces.""

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Privacy

+ - Beijing to track citizen's cell phones->

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wan9xu
wan9xu writes "This is a real Orwellian development. Purportedly to help alleviate Beijing's traffic congestion, the new initiative, literally translated as "Platform for Citizen Movement Information" proposes to track individual citizen's movement in real time via cell phone signals. Cell phones will be automatically registered at cell towers as soon as they are switched on. The rest is just like the phone tracking you see every week on CSI."
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Medicine

+ - Virtual Autopsy Looks Inside Dead Without Surgery

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Conventional post-mortem examinations require cutting open the body so the vital organs can be inspected, a procedure that can be distressing for the family and is opposed by some communities on religious grounds. Now BBC reports that a team at the the University of Leicester has developed a non-surgical autopsy technique which could remove the need to open up the body to determine a cause of death. The process involves making a small incision in the neck, so that a catheter can be fed down towards the coronary arteries. First air, and then a white dye, are injected, and the CT scanner used again to look for detailed evidence of heart disease. ""We were the first Unit in the world to our knowledge to propose targeted angiography as the way forward, and are now the first to describe the development, methodology and protocols involved for cadaver cardiac CT angiography," says Professor Guy Rutty, Chief Forensic Pathologist to the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit. "Other groups have done whole body angiography which is time consuming and expensive and is unlikely to be implemented in the UK for everyday autopsies""
Government

+ - Should Cyber Vigilantes Be Cheered or Feared->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Ted Samson raises several challenging questions in the wake of HBGary, first and foremost being, should the cyber vigilante acts of 'hacktivists' such as Anonymous be embraced? No doubt the alleged HBGary plot is troubling, Samson writes, 'but also troubling is how quickly some members of Congress seek to use illegally acquired information to further their own political agenda.' The underlying message seems to be that cyber vigilantes may have more leeway than those who engage in equally illegal, though decidedly nontechnical methods to expose their targets."
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Science

+ - Scientists confirm cold atoms act like lasers->

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An anonymous reader writes "A beam of helium atoms has been shown to have properties similar to a laser light beam, according to Australian scientists who have confirmed — for atoms — a theory first developed for light nearly 50 years ago."
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Hardware

+ - Asus Motherboard Box Doubles as PC Case-> 1

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itwbennett
itwbennett writes "Taiwan's Asus has a novel idea to cut down on shipping waste: What if the shipping container became the PC case? That's the idea behind a box the company will begin using to ship one of its Mini ATX motherboards. It holds the motherboard snug for shipping and is constructed so additional components required to make a PC can be added, said Debby Lee, a spokeswoman for the Taipei-based company. An example of the box is showing at this week's Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany."
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Image

Medieval Copy Protection 226

Posted by samzenpus
from the thou-shall-write-your-own-book dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In medieval times a 'book curse' was often included on the inside cover or on the last leaf of a manuscripts, warning away anyone who might do the book some harm. Here's a particularly pretty one from Yale's Beinecke MS 214: 'In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. In the one thousand two hundred twenty-ninth year from the incarnation of our Lord, Peter, of all monks the least significant, gave this book to the [Benedictine monastery of the] most blessed martyr, St. Quentin. If anyone should steal it, let him know that on the Day of Judgment the most sainted martyr himself will be the accuser against him before the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.'"
Image

Russian Scholar Warns Of US Climate Change Weapon 415

Posted by samzenpus
from the hurricane-cannon dept.
According to Russian political scientist, and conspiracy aficionado Andrei Areshev the high heat, and poor crop yields of Russia, and other Central Asian countries may be the result of a climate weapon created by the US military. From the article: "... Areshev voiced suspicions about the High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program (HAARP), funded by the US Defense Department and the University of Alaska. HAARP, which has long been the target of conspiracy theorists, analyzes the ionosphere and seeks to develop technologies to improve radio communications, surveillance, and missile detection. Areshev writes, however, that its true aim is to create new weapons of mass destruction 'in order to destabilize environmental and agricultural systems in local countries.'"
Cellphones

World's First Voice Call From a Free GSM Stack 83

Posted by timothy
from the but-it-takes-more-than-a-pdf-exploit dept.
zycx writes "As Dieter Spaar has pointed out in a mailing list post on the OsmocomBB developer list, he has managed to get a first alpha version of TCH (Traffic Channel) code released, supporting the FR and EFR GSM codecs. What this means, in human readable language: He can actually make voice calls from a mobile phone that runs the Free Software OsmocomBB GSM stack on its baseband processor. This is a major milestone in the history of the project."
Image

Man Patents Self-Burying Coffin 159

Posted by samzenpus
from the ashes-to-ashes-righty-tighty dept.
disco_tracy writes "A California inventor has filed a patent for a coffin that screws into the ground vertically. The reason? It greatly reduces excavation labor and burial costs, decreases land use, and opens up more space for burials in unused areas of a cemetery. Writer Clark Boyd also lists 5 other unconventional burial options, including lye, ecopods, GPS devices that track bodies buried without headstones, cryogenics and — my favorite — getting buried in the sky."

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