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Comment Re:That's odd (Score 1) 415

Dear EU Committee,

I wish to complain in the strongest possible terms about the vote which you have just taken, about the smartphones. Many of my best friends are members of the Council and only a few of them are smarter than their phones.

Yours faithfully, Brigadier Sir Charles Arthur Strong (Mrs.)

PS I have never kissed the editor of the Radio Times.

Comment What do you really need? (Score 1) 402

There's a rack that will fit your situation. Browse some manufacturer's sites: http://www.lowellmfg.com/, http://www.middleatlantic.com/ and http://www.chiefmfg.com/Racks/ to name a few.

They have racks that wall mount, floor mount, mount in custom woodwork and built into desks. They have fans to deal with heat and power strips too.


Submission + - p2pnet news: RIAA extortion company identified? (p2pnet.net)

maciarc writes: A p2pnet reader thinks he/she may have identified the RIAA's Settlement Center by looking up their phone number off of p2plawsuits.com and running it through CNAM and doing some google searches. I'm sure there are some defendants and lawyers out there that would love to see this verified. Is there anyone in Overland Park, KS that could swing by for a look?

Submission + - Vista CD Burning.... 3

impish500 writes: "I have run in to an issue wit Windows Vista and CDs that have been burned. Apparently CDs that have been burned under Vista will NOT show up as readable by any other OS. Why Microsoft would choose to do this is completely insane. How can anyone share files with other Operating Systems (Mac OS X or Linux OSes), if the other OS'es cant even read the disc. I have a MacBook running OS X (10.4.10), the disc showed up as unreadable by my computer, not even File Salvage (by Sub Rosa Soft) could recover anything (I got an error showing that two blocks back-to-back were bad). I found out which OS the friend had used, loaded my copy of Vista and the CD showed up fine. Vista security problems are bad enough, but damn, not allowing another OS see the disc as readable is absolutely INSANE!!!"
The Courts

U.S. Court Denies Webcasters' Stay Petition 264

Michael Manoochehri writes "Reuters reports that a "federal appeals court has denied a petition by U.S. Internet radio stations seeking to delay a royalty rate hike due July 15 they say could kill the fledgling industry." This royalty rate hike, put forth by the US Copyright Royalty Board, will increase royalty rates for webcast music tremendously, in some cases to more per year than many webcasters bring in from revenue. Save Net Radio, a coalition of webcasters, is telling listeners that "We are appealing to the millions of Internet radio listeners out there, the webcasters they support and the artists and labels we treasure to rise up and make your voices heard again before this vibrant medium is silenced.""

Submission + - An argument for the "Fourteen Year" Copyri

westlake writes: "Cambridge PhD candidate Rufus Pollack — no stranger to this particular controversy — makes an economic and social argument for an "optimal" limit to copyright of fourteen years. As Ars Technica describes it, "Pollock's work is based on the promise that the optimal level of copyright drops as the costs of producing creative work go down. As it has grown simpler to print books, record music, and edit films using digital tools, the production and reproduction costs for creative work have dropped substantially. An optimal copyright term of 14 years [balances] the incentive to create new work and the social welfare that comes from having work enter the public domain (where it often inspires new creative acts)" Conspicuously absent is any distinction between the "analog" artist and the new "digital" enterprise. Harry Potter remains J.K. Rowling's creation, not Time-Warner's. What the public domain most often inspires in the producer is the safe, profitable, 100th re-make of The Three Musketeers — he won't gamble on an original story unless he must."

Submission + - Hologram Reproduces 100-frame Video Images (nikkeibp.co.jp)

JagsLive writes: "'Tech On' reports: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20070 712/135920/ Dai Nippon Printing and Sony's Hologram Reproduces 100-frame Video Images: " With the new hologram, moving images such as animation and live action can be played back by changing the viewing angle. It is targeted for authentication stickers, etc. used as measures against counterfeit products. The companies have already started receiving orders. Although the production cost of the Lippmann hologram is higher than that of the embossed hologram, which uses a die to transfer interference patterns, the Lippmann hologram has an advantage that it makes counterfeiting more difficult. ""

Journal Journal: Court declines to postpone Internet radio royalty hike

Ars technica carries the bad news handed out by US Court of Apppeals for the DC Circuit:

[the court] denied a motion to postpone the onset of the new royalty regime. In a brief order, the court said that the issues raised by the webcasters did not satisfy its "stringent standards."

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