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Copyright Cutback Proposed As RIAA Solution 709 709

An anonymous reader writes "InfoWeek blogger Alex Wolfe proposes a novel solution to the ongoing spate of RIAA lawsuits over alleged music copying. He suggests legislation which cuts back corporate copyrights from 120 years to 5 years. 'We should do what we do to children who misbehave,' he writes. 'Take away their privileges.' Wolfe says this is regardless of the misunderstanding surrounding the latest case, which apparently isn't about ripping CDs to one's own computer. As to those who say copyrights are a right: "That's simply a misunderstanding of their purpose. Copyrights, like patents, weren't implemented to protect their owners in perpetuity. They are part of a dance which attempts to balance off societal benefits against incentives for writers and inventors. You want to incentivize people to push the state of the creative and technical arts, but you don't want give those folks such overbearing protections that future advances by other innovators are stifled." What do you think; is it time to cut off the record industry?"
Security

California Testers Find Flaws In Voting Machines 167 167

quanticle writes "According to Ars Technica, California testers have discovered severe flaws in the ES&S voting machines. The paper seals were easily bypassed, and the lock could be picked with a "common office implement". After cracking the physical security of the device, the testers found it simple to reconfigure the BIOS to boot off external media. After booting a version of Linux, they found that critical system files were stored in plain text. They also found that the election management system that initializes the voting machines used unencrypted protocols to transmit the initialization data to the voting machines, allowing for a man-in-the-middle attack. Altogether, it is a troubling report for a company already in hot water for selling uncertified equipment to counties."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Apple Bends to the iPhone Plankowners->

Rentiak writes: Early iPhone users have gotten a door prize from Steve Jobs this week. In the wake of the 2007 keynote address that launched the new iPod touch and dropped the price of the iPhone by $200 early adopters have been upset that the price has dropped so soon. After addressing these concerns to Apple an open letter was posted on Apple.com addressing anyone who owns an iPhone already. As a concession Apple will be providing a $100 store credit (online or in store). Now you can buy those 100 songs you've always wanted to play on your expensive iPhone.
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Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Jobs offers $100 Credit to All iPhone Owners

macs4all writes: In an open letter to iPhone owners, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that all iPhone owners that have not received other compensation, would be given a $100USD credit as a gesture of good-will.

This should help quell the bad press that early adopters of the iPhone have been generating, and is a sign that Apple does listen to, and value, its customers.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Jobs' Open Letter to iPhone Customers

An anonymous reader writes: Good news for early adopters who are upset at iPhone's price drop 2 months after the introduction. Steve Jobs has posted an open letter to iPhone customers. Acknowledging that Apple received complaints over the aggressive price cut, Jobs promised $100 rebate in the form of store credits to those who are illegible for refunds or other considerations. Details to follow next week.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Jobs offers $100 to early iPhone customers

thefickler writes: At yesterday's media event, Steve Jobs announced that Apple would be lowering the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, and while even as of this morning he said "no" to rebates, he has now blinked. In an open letter to iPhone customers, Steve Jobs has announced that Apple will give $100 credits in Apple stores for future purchases to those who paid $599 for the 8GB iPhone. You must not have received any other consideration (as some reported they have) to qualify.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - An Open Letter to iPhone Owners from Steve Jobs->

Ostar23 writes: "Steve Jobs has decided to offer every customer who purchased an iPhone before the price drop $100 Apple Store credit." "We have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on Apple's website next week. Stay tuned. Steve Jobs Apple CEO"
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User Journal

Journal Journal: Apple gives $100 back for early iPhone adaptors

Steve Jobs announced that Apple is giving $100 back for those who purchased iPhone before the price drop announced yesterday. According to Steve, "... we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. ... We want to do the right thing for our valued iPhone c
Robotics

Robots Teach Autistic Kids Social Skills 171 171

posys writes "Wired Magazine has an article showing how the eternal patience of robots lends itself well to teaching new social skills to autistic children. 'The researchers hope that the end result is a human-like robot that can act as a "social mediator" for autistic children, a steppingstone to improved social interaction with other children and adults. "KASPAR provides autistic children with reliability and predictability. Since there are no surprises, they feel safe and secure," Robins said, adding that the purpose is not to replace human interaction and contact but to enhance it. Robins has already tested some imitation and turn-taking games with the children and his preliminary findings are positive.'"
The Almighty Buck

Monkey Business and Freakonomics 182 182

marct22 writes "Stephen J Dubner, co-writer of 'Freakonomics' said there will be a second Freakonomics book. One of the items that will be covered is capuchin monkeys' use of washers as money, buying sweets, budgeting for favored treats over lesser treats. He mentioned that one of the experiments had similar outcomes as a study of day traders. And lastly, he watched capuchin prostitution!"

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