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Television

+ - Television's Mr. Wizard dies at 89->

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RickTheGeek
RickTheGeek writes "FTA: LOS ANGELES — Don Herbert, who as television's "Mr. Wizard" introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science, died Tuesday. He was 89. Herbert, who had bone cancer, died at his suburban Bell Canyon home, said his son-in-law, Tom Nikosey.

As a young child in the 80's, I watched Mr. Wizard as often as I can... I wanted to not only try the experiments, I wanted to be one of the kids on the show. Too bad there aren't any shows like that on TV now! Apparently, there are a few DVDs of Mr. Wizard's world available at the web site Mr. Wizard Studios."

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Media

+ - Lawsuit Invokes DMCA to Force DRM Adoption

Submitted by TechnicolourSquirrel
TechnicolourSquirrel (1092811) writes "Forbes.com informs us that Media Rights Technologies is suing Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, and Real Networks for not using its DRM technology and therefore 'failing to include measures to control access to copyrighted material,' alleging that their refusal to use MRT's X1 Recording Control technology constitutes a 'circumvention' of a copyright protection system, which is of course illegal under the Digital Millenium Copryight Act. I would say more, but without controlling access to this paragraph with MRT's products, I fear I have already risked too much..."
Announcements

+ - 100Mbps mobiles coming soon?

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DownintheUpside
DownintheUpside writes "While today's 3G connectivity seems positively zippy at 1.8Mbps, some of the biggest names in telecoms are clubbing together to work on a standard that could boost mobile speeds to 100Mbps. Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, Orange and its parent company France Telecom, T-Mobile and Vodafone have all announced their intention to work together on promoting LTE (long term evolution), a super high speed version of 3G. Hmm, just think of the possibilities for video telephony and movie streams."
Biotech

+ - Inventgeek.com - Photo Bio Reactor

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atldjrob
atldjrob writes "http://www.inventgeek.com/Projects/photo-bio-react or/overview.aspx I quote from the site, I have wanted to do this a project for a long time and with earth day this year it kinda just fit timing wise. Its really a simple and quick build, yet getting the level up in bio-friendly-geek makes this all the more fun. Now I admit that I have a lacking of unquenchable aspirations to being a hugger of trees or a crusader of tofu and hemp. But I do believe in making changes so that the poor saps that come along after me might have the world a little less badly off for them. Let's face it, we kind of effed up the whole earth thing... but watching the rhythmic bubbling in 12 clear pipes with green goo floating in them makes me forget it all. But in all seriousness, once we get a good strong colony established we will be doing some testing of the amount of carbon these can remove from our environment with a C02 PPM meter. Now just myself doing this project all alone will have a minuscule effect I realize. But there cheap enough to build that some variant should be able to be installed in every house hold. The cumulative effect would be far greater obviously. But more over it would have a far greater effect on the environment than not doing it... (Until everyone starts dumping huge quantities of plankton down there drains and into our local water drainage, lakes, rivers and oceans.)"
Privacy

+ - NJ police union head threatens talk show hosts

Submitted by dlaur
dlaur (135032) writes "The New Jersey State Police have recently been the subject of criticism following the 91MPH crash that injured NJ Governor Corzine. Two NJ radio talk show hosts exposed inflammatory online posts allegedly made by NJ State Troopers threatening to crack down on highway speeders in response to the criticism. In a televised press conferemce, the head of the state police union threatened to expose personal information about the two talk show hosts, and went as far as to hold up documents containing their home addresses and other information for the cameras.

http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2007/05/04/talk-sh ow-hosts-in-hiding-after-police-threat/

http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?Art Num=186154
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Biotech

+ - Grid.org distributed project shut down

Submitted by
MCW
MCW writes "The Grid.org distributed project, which ran computational chemistry programs in an effort to fight cancer, smallpox, and anthrax, among other things, has closed its doors after approximately 5 years. Their website says that "Grid.org announced it has completed its mission to demonstrate the viability and benefits of large-scale Internet-based grid computing, and will be retiring its famous efforts to support critical health research."

A message posted in the Grid.org forums to its users stated that there were various reasons why efforts to keep the project running fell through. So much for corporate philantrophy."

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