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+ - SPAM: Resomation is a greener version of cremation

Submitted by marmaladeboy
marmaladeboy (1807766) writes "It is obvious that the greening of technology is catching on when someone comes up with a greener alternative to cremation. Resomation is a new technology developed to deal with the bodies of cattle that had mad cow disease. Once it was found to be successful it was decided to give it a go on humans. As opposed to cremation it uses water and pressure to destroy the body at a lower temperature, and thus release less greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. What will they think of to make a greener alternative for next?"
The Almighty Buck

RIAA Paid $16M+ In Legal Fees To Collect $391K 387

Posted by kdawson
from the world's-smartest-executives dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In a rare outburst of subjectivity, I commenced my blog post 'Ha ha ha ha ha' when reporting that, based upon the RIAA's disclosure form for 2008, it had paid its lawyers more than $16,000,000 to recover $391,000. If they were doing it to 'send a message,' the messages have been received loud & clear: (1) the big four record labels are managed by idiots; (2) the RIAA's law firms have as much compassion for their client as they do for the lawsuit victims; (3) suing end users, or alleged end users, is a losing game. I don't know why p2pnet.net begrudges the RIAA's boss his big compensation; he did a good job... for the lawyers."
Security

+ - SPAM: Advertiser collecting just a wee bit too much data

Submitted by marmaladeboy
marmaladeboy (1807766) writes "Advertising firm Phorm have gone beyond the realm of collecting data via cookies to placing their data collection at the ISP level and using deep packet inspection to collect information on all of the users of that service. Great Britain got wind of this when it was being tested with British Telecom, and the national company, as well as two other ISPs, have now said they will not be using the service. While it may not be taking off there, apparently at least one ISP in Brazil is considering using the service."
Government

+ - Free movie site Movies-Links siezed->

Submitted by Gary Perkins
Gary Perkins (1518751) writes "It appears that free movie linking site movies-links.tv has been siezed by the federal government. Nevermind that they don't actually host any movie files... although, I can see there being a case if they're pulling them off of torrents and uploading them to the various sites they link to, maybe?"
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The Courts

RIAA Calls YouTube-Viacom Decision Bad Public Policy 260

Posted by timothy
from the manufacturing-outrage dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "The Recording Industry Association of America voiced its opposition to the recent decision in the YouTube-Viacom copyright infringement case, stating that 'the district court's dangerously expansive reading of the liability immunity provisions of the [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] upsets the careful balance struck within the law and is bad public policy.' Cary Sherman, RIAA president, also wrote in a blog post, 'It will actually discourage service providers from taking steps to minimize the illegal exchange of copyrighted works on their sites.'"
The Courts

+ - RIAA Outraged by YouTube-Viacom Decision 1

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) voiced its opposition to the recent decision in the YouTube-Viacom copyright infringement case, stating that "the district court's dangerously expansive reading of the liability immunity provisions of the [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] DMCA upsets the careful balance struck within the law and is bad public policy." Cary Sherman, RIAA president, also wrote in a blog post, "It will actually discourage service providers from taking steps to minimize the illegal exchange of copyrighted works on their sites.""
Cellphones

+ - SPAM: Use your wellies to power your cellphone - TECH.BL

Submitted by marmaladeboy
marmaladeboy (1807766) writes "Who needs an outlet to charge their cellphone when they have the right water proof ("wellies") boots on? From the post:

Orange Power Wellies: the Orange being the mobile phone company, the Power being a reference to what they produce, the Wellies being a reference to the Wellington boots that all outdoor-types have owned and worn at one point or another.

Yep, you can just plug your phone into your boots and get power. What will they think of next?"
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The Internet

+ - SPAM: New book lists funniest slurls (Slur URLs) - TECH.

Submitted by marmaladeboy
marmaladeboy (1807766) writes "Apparently some people don't take a good look at what their URLs could be read as before purchasing them, and then building a site around them. From the post

Now, I’m spending far too much time searching the Web for examples. The reason is a new book titled Slurls: They Called Their Website What?! which gives the details behind the absolute worst Internet domain names that have ever been chosen.

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Google

+ - SPAM: More people now Google themselves to manage online

Submitted by marmaladeboy
marmaladeboy (1807766) writes "Apparently a lot of people have gotten into the habit of searching Google for their names to better manage their online reputations.

57 percent of the 2,253 U.S. adults surveyed admit to Googling themselves (essentially entering their own name in the search engine). In 2006, this figure was just 47 percent.

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Apple

+ - SPAM: More evidence for the “iPad kills netbooks&r

Submitted by marmaladeboy
marmaladeboy (1807766) writes "There have been a lot of theories on how the iPad is killing off netbooks already, but not there is even more evidence for the "iPad kills netbooks" camp. From the story:

[a new surveys]uggests 70 percent of people who'd been planning to buy a netbook had delayed doing so because of the iPad's announcement, with 30 percent eventually plumping for the iPad.

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Supercomputing

+ - NSF Gives Supercomputer Time For 3D Model of Spill->

Submitted by CWmike
CWmike (1292728) writes "Scientists have embarked on a crash effort to use one the world's largest supercomputers to create 3D models to simulate how BP's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill will affect coastal areas. Acting within 24 hours of receiving a request from researchers, the National Science Foundation late last week made an emergency allocation of 1 million compute hours on a supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Cente to study how BP's gusher will affect coastlines. The computer model they are working on 'has the potential to advise and undergird many emergency management decisions that may be made along the way, particularly if a hurricane comes through the area,' said Rick Luettich, a professor of marine sciences and head of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, who is one of the researchers on this project. Meanwhile, geographic information systems vendor ESRI has added a social spin to GIS mapping of the BP oil spill."
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