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+ - Pope Comes Out Against Over-Zealous IP Restriction

frank_adrian314159 writes: In his latest encyclical, Benedictine XVI comes out against overly aggressive IP restrictions. In it, he attacks "excessive zeal for protecting knowledge through an unduly rigid assertion of the right to intellectual property, especially in the field of health care." He doesn't seem to be that into a lot of today's capitalism, either — must be that whole uphold-the-downtrodden thing.
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RIAA Wants Student Deposed On School Day 369 369

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In a Houston, Texas, case, UMG v. Hightower, the RIAA has served a subpoena on the defendant's son, a high school student, on one day's notice, telling him to be at a lawyer's office at 9:00 a.m. the next day, a school day, for a deposition. The defendant's lawyer objected (PDF)."

Comment: TV board.. (Score 1) 686 686

I've never had a problem like this with my computer, but a TV that I have would work and then suddenly turn off. The only way to turn it back on was to lift the cable line or wiggle it around. Obviously, some sort of connection inside was messed up.

Eventually, it stopped working so I opened it up and didn't see a problem, but it worked when I flexed the mainboard. So, I just left the screws off the back (holding the board to the case) and every few months had to shove another piece of cardboard inside to flex the board more and get the TV to work. Needless to say, eventually this process didn't work so a friend of mine and I opened the TV again and played with flexing the main board while the TV was powered (bad idea) until there was a small explosion on the board. We then saudered the connection where the explosion occurred and amazingly the TV has never given me trouble since.

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