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WLPress writes "In this edition of The Week in WikiLeaks Press, human rights groups call on the UN to investigate cable claims that the US pushed Spain to drop plans to prosecute Bush administration officials. Sri Lankan Parliamentary Ministery admitted to shelling of safe zone. US pushed for action against Australian ISP. Romanian President promoted Foreign Minister candidate. Houses in Dominican Republic not strong enough to resist earthquakes."
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Communications

Spaceflight Formation Flying Test Bed Takes Off 64

Posted by Soulskill
from the enemy's-gate-is-down dept.
coondoggie writes "Getting complicated systems onboard a single spacecraft to operate as one integrated unit can be hard enough, but some space agencies are trying to address the challenges of getting multiple spacecraft to fly in formation and operate together as one unit. Such challenges are exactly what a new European Space Agency lab in the Netherlands is set to address. The test bed addresses crucial operational factors for formation flying, including mission and vehicle management, guidance navigation, dealing with faults and communicating between satellites."
Software

Court Says First Sale Doctrine Doesn't Apply To Licensed Software 758

Posted by Soulskill
from the make-up-your-mind dept.
An anonymous reader wrote to tell us a federal appeals court ruled today that the first sale doctrine is "unavailable to those who are only licensed to use their copies of copyrighted works." This reverses a 2008 decision from the Autodesk case, in which a man was selling used copies of AutoCAD that were not currently installed on any computers. Autodesk objected to the sales because their license agreement did not permit the transfer of ownership. Today's ruling (PDF) upholds Autodesk's claims: "We hold today that a software user is a licensee rather than an owner of a copy where the copyright owner (1) specifies that the user is granted a license; (2) significantly restricts the user’s ability to transfer the software; and (3) imposes notable use restrictions. Applying our holding to Autodesk’s [software license agreement], we conclude that CTA was a licensee rather than an owner of copies of Release 14 and thus was not entitled to invoke the first sale doctrine or the essential step defense. "

Comment: Re:iPod needs Wi-Fi (Score 1) 495

by gomezfreak (#32894742) Attached to: RIAA Accounting — How Labels Avoid Paying Musicians

I suppose you could discover new bands at home or work on a computer via pandora or last fm or some other streaming music site that does not require a wireless data plan? Maybe you have family or friends who told you about some new band that they saw at the local tavern. Or maybe you go down to the tavern and discover some new band yourself. You could purchase/pirate the bands songs/albums that you dig the most and put them on your iPod, and listen to it in your car. Depending on how much you spend on music a year, and how big your existing music catalog already is, (400+ albums in my collection) the cost in most cases is still significantly less than $700 a year. If everything was pirated, which I don't recommend, the cost is $0.

You could also purchase the hardware and a year of satellite radio for +/- $200. Then it would cost around $120 a year or so depending on the package that you subscribe to.

The internet not only allows you to discover new bands from streaming sites, but you also research your favorite artists to find out who their influences are and then you can check out that music and so on. You can be led down a rabbit hole and come out listening to a genre that you had no idea you liked. In that regard, I certainly agree that to a large extent I've discovered new music via the internet that I may not have known of otherwise. I've had a tough time trying to discover anything new on the OTA radio, what with the same 10 songs by the same 5 artists every hour like clockwork.

The point is that you can discover new bands at a cost much cheaper than streaming music over a smartphone or iPod in the car. Besides, you don't have to have the internet in the car to make 8-10 Clear Channel stations in every city irrelevant. They do a pretty good job of that all on their own.

XBox (Games)

New Xbox 360 S Uses Less Power, Makes Less Noise 176

Posted by Soulskill
from the slices-dices-etc dept.
Vigile writes "Microsoft unveiled a new Xbox 360 S console at E3 this month, and without delay the new machine has been dissected and tested. The most dramatic change is the move to a single-chip CPU/GPU hybrid processor that is apparently being built on the 45nm process technology from GlobalFoundries, AMD's spun-off production facilities. With the inclusion of the new processor, the Xbox 360 S uses much less power (about 30-40%) compared to previous generation machines, and also turns out to be much quieter as a result of a single, larger fan. This article has photographic evidence of the teardown, with comparisons between this Valhalla platform and the older Falcon system, along with videos of the reconstruction process and noise comparisons." The new console also takes measures to protect itself from overheating, so RRoDs shouldn't be a problem with this revision.
Government

FEMA and DHS Fund Disaster Hero Game 68

Posted by Soulskill
from the fifty-bonus-points-for-each-liquor-store-you-loot dept.
eldavojohn writes "The United States government has decided that children need a video game to learn about what to do before, during, and after an emergency or hazardous event. Collect an emergency kit! Create an emergency plan! Be informed of what to do! Suffer from heat exhaustion inside the Superdome! ... Wait, what? Oh, I guess FEMA omitted that last one. Disaster Hero is coming in 2011 — plenty of time before 2012."
Desktops (Apple)

StarCraft II Mac Client Beta Available 123

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-waiting-on-a-linux-client-right dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Blizzard has released the Mac client of the StarCraft II multiplayer beta. If you already have an invite for the PC beta, the Mac client is available under your Battle.net account." A recent patch also added a map editor to the StarCraft II beta, which has already led to some interesting projects.
Microsoft

Free Remote Access Tools For Windows and Mac Compared 152

Posted by timothy
from the wish-you-were-here-printing dept.
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Keith Schultz provides an in-depth comparison of seven free remote access tools for Windows, four of which offer compatibility with the Mac. 'As you read about each tool, you'll notice that I put a lot of emphasis on remote printing. I rely on remote access tools on a daily basis, and in most cases I need to be able to print to my remote PC. For someone that just wants to check their home/office email account or view documents from outside the office, all of the utilities here will work fine. But for those trying to get some serious work done, remote printing may be the deal breaker.' Many of the free tools under review offer paid or licensed versions for access to additional features."
The Almighty Buck

Activision Hit With $500m Suit From Modern Warfare 2 Devs 77

Posted by Soulskill
from the pow-right-in-the-kisser dept.
Dragoniz3r writes "Activision has been served a lawsuit from 38 plaintiffs, including present and former Infinity Ward employees, demanding up to half a billion dollars. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for 'unpaid bonuses, royalties, profit-sharing, and future profits from games such as Modern Warfare 3, and punitive damages.'"
Space

Rogue Brown Dwarf Lurks In Our Cosmic Neighborhood 188

Posted by Soulskill
from the brown-dwarf-rogue-lurks-in-ironforge dept.
astroengine writes "The UK Infrared Telescope in Hawaii has discovered a lone, cool brown dwarf called UGPSJ0722-05. As far as sub-stellar objects go, this is a strange one. For starters, it's the coolest brown dwarf ever discovered (and astronomers using the UKIRT should know; they are making a habit of finding cool brown dwarfs). Secondly, it's close. In fact, it's the closest brown dwarf to Earth, at a distance of only 10 light years. And thirdly, it has an odd spectroscopic signature, leading astronomers to think that this might be the discovery of a whole new class of brown dwarf."
Bug

Calendar Bug Disables Older PlayStation 3 Models 342

Posted by Soulskill
from the probably-just-ubisoft-drm-kicking-in dept.
JohnWilliams writes "The Sony PlayStation Network appears to be inaccessible to older ('phat') PS3 units. Players cannot play games that require a connection, even in single-player, offline mode, e.g. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Also, the system date resets to January 1, 2000. Sony is 'looking into it.' Speculation abounds that it is a bug related to 2010 being incorrectly flagged as a leap year. The newer PS3 Slim models seem to be working properly."
Games

Correlation Found Between Brain Structure and Video Game Success 110

Posted by Soulskill
from the correlation-does-not-equal-yadda-yadda dept.
kghapa writes "Still want to argue that video games shrink your brain? While video games have been previously shown to stimulate brain activity and improve coordination skills, a recently published study has directly linked structures in the human brain with video game aptitude. And yes, apparently size does matter in this case. Quoting: '... each subject received 20 hours of training to play a video game specifically created for research purposes, called Space Fortress. It's basically an Asteroids-type arcade game, in which the object is to knock down and destroy an enemy fortress while dodging space mines. However, the game has lots of extra twists that require close attention. Some of the players were told to focus exclusively on running up a high score, while others were told to shift their priorities between several goals. The result? The subjects who had more volume in an area called the nucleus accumbens did significantly better in the early stages of training. Meanwhile, those who were well-endowed in different areas of the striatum, known as the caudate nucleus and putamen, handled the shifting strategies better.'"
Games

NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List 189

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-or-less dept.
MojoKid writes "From October to December, the advertising departments of a thousand companies exhort children to beg, cajole, and guilt-trip their parents for all manner of inappropriate digital entertainment. As supposedly informed gatekeepers, we sadly earthbound Santas are reduced to scouring the back pages of gaming review sites and magazines, trying to evaluate whether the tot at home is ready for Big Bird's Egg Hunt or Bayonetta. Luckily, The New York Times is here to help. In a recent article provokingly titled 'Ten Games to Cross off Your Child's Gift List,' the NYT names its list of big bads — the video games so foul, so gruesome, so perverse that we'd recommend you buy them immediately — for yourself. Alternatively, if you need gift ideas for the surly, pale teenager in your home whose body contains more plastic then your average d20, this is the newspaper clipping to stuff in your pocket. In other words, if you need a list like this to understand what games to not stuff little Johnny's stocking with this holiday season, you've got larger issues you should concern yourself with. We'd suggest picking up an auto-shotty and taking a few rounds against the horde — it's a wonderful stress relief and you're probably going to need it."

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