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+ - MSNBC Poll: libertarian Ron Paul won GOP Debate

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SonicSpike
SonicSpike writes "The libertarian leaning US Congressman Ron Paul finished first in the MSNBC poll following the GOP primary debate held at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Dr. Paul received 43 percent, beating the second-place finisher by five points, and crushing the rest of the field. "Americans met Ron Paul and loved what they heard," said Ron Paul 2008 campaign chairman Kent Snyder. "Dr. Paul's message of freedom and limited government resonates with Republicans hungry for a return to their party's core values. Americans saw that," continued Snyder. "The campaign looks forward to further debates and opportunities so even more Americans will discover Dr. Paul's message of freedom, peace and prosperity." Dr. Ron Paul ran for President in 1988 as a member of the Libertarian Party."
Republicans

+ - MSNBC Poll: Libertarian Dr. Ron Paul won GOP Debat

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SonicSpike
SonicSpike writes "Libertarian leaning US Congressman Ron Paul finished first in the MSNBC poll following the GOP primary debate held at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Dr. Paul received 43 percent, beating the second-place finisher by five points, and crushing the rest of the field. "Americans met Ron Paul and loved what they heard," said Ron Paul 2008 campaign chairman Kent Snyder. "Dr. Paul's message of freedom and limited government resonates with Republicans hungry for a return to their party's core values. Americans saw that," continued Snyder. "The campaign looks forward to further debates and opportunities so even more Americans will discover Dr. Paul's message of freedom, peace and prosperity." Dr. Ron Paul ran for President in 1988 as a member of the Libertarian Party."
Sony

+ - Ken Kutaragi steps down from Sony

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The Trek Collective
The Trek Collective writes "Possibly helped along by the problems with the PS3, Ken Kutaragi inventor and main man behind the Playstation console is to step down from his executive position at Sony.

From the article:
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) and Sony Corporation (Sony) have jointly announced today that Ken Kutaragi, Representative Director, Chairman and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., will retire from his executive position at SCEI effective June 19, 2007, when SCEI's annual shareholders' meeting will take place. Mr. Kutaragi will pass on the torch to the next generation, stepping back from his executive management responsibility of the company to serve as Honorary Chairman of SCEI."
United States

+ - FCC says congress can regulate violence on cable

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omeomi
omeomi writes "The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the FCC has released a report stating that Congress is within its constitutional authority to regulate violence and sexually explicit programming on Cable and Satellite TV, mediums that are usually considered untouchable under the free speech provisions of the first amendment, as they avoid broadcast over public airwaves. According to the FCC, "a correlation exists between bloodshed on television and violence in real life""
The Internet

+ - RIAA Wins In Court Against U of Wisconsin-Madison

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Billosaur
Billosaur writes "A judge has ordered the University of Wisconsin-Madison to turn over the names and contact information for the 53 UW-M students accused of file sharing over the university's networks by the RIAA. "U.S. District Judge John Shabaz signed an order requiring UW-Madison to relinquish the names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and Media Access Control addresses for each of the 53 individuals." The ruling came as no surprise to the university, which had previously rejected the request of the RIAA to hand out their settlement letters to alleged copyright violators on their campus. The school feels the RIAA will have a hard time tracking down who did the file-sharing anyway, as the IP addresses the RIAA has for the violations may be mapped to computers in common areas, making it difficult to determine just which people may have made the downloads."
Encryption

+ - First AACS Blue-Ray/HD-DVD key revocation

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Thomas Charron
Thomas Charron writes "An update posted for Intervideo WinDVD 8 confirms that it's AACS key has been possibly revoked. WinDVD 8 is the software which had it's device key compromised, allowing unfettered access to Blue-Ray and HD-DVD content, resulting in HD movies being made available via many torrent sites online. This is possibly the first known key revocation which has taken place, and little is known of the actual process used for key revocation. According to the release, "Please be aware that failure to apply the update will result in AACS-protected HD DVD and BD playback being disabled. ", which pretty much confirms that the key revocation has already taken place for all newly released Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs."

AACS patch for WinDVD, HD DVD and BD players: update or never watch movies again->

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Filed under: HDTV, Home Entertainment

In case DRM hasn't caused you -- the honest consumer -- enough pain already. Check it, you've got some required software updating to do now that Corel has introduced a patch to their cracked InterVideo WinDVD software. Best do it pronto too. According to Corel, "failure to apply the update will result in AACS-protected HD DVD and BD playback being disabled." That means no more HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc films for you, Mr. assumed criminal. Thing is, this is no ordinary patch since WinDVD exposed the hardware specific device key to video pirates. So not only are you required to update their janky WinDVD software, you also have to track down and install the paticular AACS patch for the HD DVD or BD player you own. Of course this only patches one flaw in the massively compromised DRM boondoggle. Just think, you can repeat the whole process again after hackers circumvent this latest attempt at "content protection." Isn't DRM nice?

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Microsoft

+ - Apple iPOD missing from Staples stores

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geoskd
geoskd writes "I was in a Staples store for unrelated buying yesterday, and noticed that although the iPOD displays were still posted, and all the iPOD accessories were still for sale, the iPOD's were nowhere to be found. After asking one of the sales people where they went, they told me that the iPOD is not offered for sale by Staples. I checked http://staples.com/, and sure enough, under the mp3 players category, there was a heading for Apple, but no products were listed. I have noticed in a number of other stores that I have been in recently, including Best Buy, and Circuit City that the iPOD displays that used to take a fair amount of room, have been removed and replaced with Microsoft displays, featuring the Zune, and the other playsforsure devices, but the iPODs have been relegated to tiny/hidden shelf space. Is this just normal practice for a new product entering the marketplace, or is there something larger (read: more sinister) going on?"
GNU is Not Unix

+ - Torvals "pretty pleased" With Latest GPL v

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Novus Ordo Seclorum
Novus Ordo Seclorum writes "According to c|net, Linus Torvalds is "pretty pleased" with the current GPL v3 draft. After his earlier criticism, some had questioned whether such controversies would lead to rifts in the community, especially if the kernel ended up under a different license than the GNU tools. But now, thanks to the latest revisions, Linus will entertain moving the kernel over to the GPL v3."
Portables (Apple)

+ - The world's first iPod - made in 1924

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surburban
surburban writes "The Mikiphone was the grandfather of portable music players and was billed as an orchestra of music in the palm of your hand. The player was made in Switzerland and marked a trend for portable players. It comes in a silver tin and can play 10in records. But before you can listen to your favourite tracks, you have to assemble together the Mikiphone which was tricky without the manual. Instead of batteries, the Mikiphone is a wind up gadget, and instead of headphones or speakers, a resonator is used to play the sounds."
Censorship

+ - Wikimedia Foundation, others sued for defamation

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An anonymous reader writes "Barbara Bauer, a literary agent, filed a defamation suit in the Superior Court of New Jersey on March 23. Among the plaintiffs are the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., the Nielsen Haydens, and the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization which runs Wikipedia and its sister projects. The suit's docket number is L-001169-07 in Monmouth; it can be viewed on the court's website.

Since the filing, Bauer's article on Wikipedia has been deleted by Doc glasgow, citing Wikipedia's policy on biographies of living persons. The deletion has since been brought up for discussion at deletion review. Discussion of the matter has also occurred on the Wikimedia mailing lists."

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