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Submission + - New Video Surfaces of Concordia Captain's Ineptitude (

astroengine writes: "Dramatic video footage has emerged from the Costa Concordia's command deck showing the relaxed reaction of the cruise ship's captain in the crucial hour after it struck rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio. 17 people were killed and another 15 are missing, presumed dead. According to maritime experts, these casualties may have been avoided if Captain Francesco Schettino had shown some urgency during the incident. Alas, as the 9 minute video allegedly shows, he didn't appear very concerned for the safety of his passengers or crew."

Mark Twain To Reveal All After 100 Year Wait 298

Hugh Pickens writes "The Independent reports that one of Mark Twain's dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published one hundred years after his death. Twain, the pen name of Samuel Clemens, left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century, but in November, the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain's three-volume autobiography. Scholars are divided as to why Twain wanted his autobiography kept under wraps for so long, with some believing it was because he wanted to talk freely about issues such as religion and politics. Michael Shelden, who this year published Man in White, an account of Twain's final years, says that some of his privately held views could have hurt his public image. 'He had doubts about God, and in the autobiography, he questions the imperial mission of the US in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines,' says Shelden. 'He's also critical of [Theodore] Roosevelt, and takes the view that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel. Twain also disliked sending Christian missionaries to Africa. He said they had enough business to be getting on with at home: with lynching going on in the South, he thought they should try to convert the heathens down there.' Interestingly enough, Twain had a cunning plan to beat the early 20th century copyright law with its short copyright terms. Twain planned to republish every one of his works the moment it went out of copyright with one-third more content, hoping that availability of such 'premium' version will make prints based on the out-of-copyright version less desirable on the market."

Submission + - The UK Digital Economy Bill : what's yours is ours (

An anonymous reader writes: The UK govt is about to nationalise orphans and ban non-consensual photography in public.
The Digital Economy Bill is now expected to become law within the next 6 weeks. It introduces orphan works usage rights, which — unless amended, which HMG says it will not — will allow the commercial use of any photograph whose author cannot be identified through a suitably negligent search. That is potentially about 90% of the photos on the internet.
In addition, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) proposed new code for personal information online has "commonsense" new rules that in effect will prohibit photography in public places where anyone who's in the photograph might be unhappy about being photographed. A photo, taken in public, is now deemed private data, y'see...


Submission + - Delicious Details of Open Source Court Victory (

jammag writes: Open source advocate Bruce Perens tells the inside story of the recently concluded Jacobsen v. Katzer court case, in which an open source developer was awarded $100,000. Perens, an expert witness in the case, details the blow by blow, including how developers need to make sure they're using the correct one for legal protection. The actual court ruling is almost like some kind of Hollywood movie ending for Open Source, with the judge so unequivocally siding with the underfunded open source developer.

Submission + - The Bloom Box: The Working Low Cost Fuel Cell (

MBCook writes: "Last night, 60 Minutes aired a 13 minute piece on Bloom Energy and their Bloom Box, a new kind of fuel cell. Able to run on natural gas, biogas, or hydrogen, the devices have been in production testing for months at Google, eBay, FedEx, and Wal-Mart. The version to power an American house is smaller than a bread box, and a unit large enough to power a Starbucks costs about $800k."

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