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Submission + - Da Vinci Chess Mystery (

Anaid9 writes: Who was Da Vinci? A scientist, an inventor, an artist, and possibly...a chess master? A recent discovery of a chess journal by Luca Paccioli who was a friend and a collaborator of Da Vinci's point to the fact that some of the chess puzzles in the journal may have been drawn by Da Vinci. In fact, some of the references in Da Vinci's own manuscripts had chess references. Should that surprise us?

Submission + - Judge orders Gizmodo search warrant unsealed (

gyrogeerloose writes: The same judge who issued the warrant to search Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's apartment has ordered it unsealed, ruling against the San Mateo County (California) district attorney's office which had argued that unsealing the documents may compromise the investigation. Several media organizations have sought to have the documents unsealed in order to determine whether the county had a legal basis for the warrant, stating "Otherwise, there is no way for the public to serve as a check on the conduct of law enforcement officers, the prosecutors and the courts in this case."

Submission + - Google's Nexus One Web store fails, Google says it

DigitalReverend writes: Today, Google announced that it is going to end its online-only sales of the Nexus One smartphone, start selling the Android-powered device through retail channels, and eventually stop selling phones in its Web store altogether.

Betanews reports: "While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. It's remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it's clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from," Andy Rubin, Google's Vice President of Engineering said today.

Submission + - Facebook Founder Called Users "Dumb F***s" (

Stoobalou writes: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called the social network’s earliest users at Harvard "dumb f***s" for trusting him with their data.

The revelation comes in the form of an instant messenger transcript published at Business Insider. The social networking giant hasn't disputed the transcript's authenticity.


Submission + - Singer in grocery store ordered to pay royalties (

yog writes: An assistant at a grocery store in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, was ordered by the Performing Right Society (PRS) to obtain a performer's license and to pay royalties because she was informally singing popular songs while stocking groceries. The PRS later backed down and apologized. This after the same store had turned off the radio after a warning from the PRS. We have entered an era where music is no longer an art for all to enjoy, but rather a form of private property that must be regulated and taxed like alcohol. "Music to the ears" has become "dollars in the bank".

Comment Re:125 MORE years until the US gets time... (Score 3, Informative) 429

French is a useful and underrated language. It's the most predominant language on the European continent in areas without good English speakers. In my experience, native Italians are ok at English, the Spanish and Portuguese are great, but the French are very poor (I'm less sure about Eastern Europe). German is practically English already.

It's also an official language of international diplomacy (it comes *before* Spanish translations on US Passports), and is spoken in a lot of North African and Caribbean nations, so you have more places available to comfortably vacation =)

Comment Re:So? (Score 0) 239

That's nice, but here we're not talking about letters to your Congressional representative, we're talking about comments to be filed as part of a formal FCC rulemaking process.

They're both communications with a rule-making body of the government. I fail to see any difference between them.


Submission + - White House ditches YouTube (

An anonymous reader writes: Responding to complaints by privacy activists, the White House has quietly abandoned YouTube as the provider of the embedded videos on the president's official home page. With the release of the latest weekly video address, the White House has shifted to a Flash-based video solution using Akamai's content delivery network. The White House's decision to move away from the Google-owned video-sharing site will likely be met with praise by privacy activists and could mark the beginning of a real backlash in response to Google's insatiable thirst for detailed data on the browsing habits of Web surfers. Ironically, the decision by the White House comes days after YouTube began to roll out its own new policies to better protect the privacy of visitors who view videos embedded into federal government Web sites. The move by YouTube may prove to be too little, too late.

Submission + - New way to make stem cells from skin

KillerBob writes: Canadian researchers have discovered a way to safely create stem cells from skin cells, as reported Sunday. From the article: "The ethical debate over embryonic stem cell use may soon be moot, thanks to a Canadian team of researchers who, together with a team out of Scotland, has found a safe way to grow stem cells from a patient's own skin."

Submission + - Jury Finds Single Mother Guilty, Awards RIAA $222K 2

RIAAnonymous Coward writes: Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury.

In proving liability, the industry did not have to demonstrate that the defendant's computer had a file-sharing program installed at the time that they inspected her hard drive. And the RIAA did not have to show that the defendant was at the keyboard when RIAA investigators accessed her shared folder.

Also, the judge in the case ruled that jurors may find copyright infringement liability against somebody solely for sharing files on the internet. The RIAA does not have to prove that others downloaded the files.

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