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Submission + - Infinite Macbook Air commercials

Cyborganism writes: Dear slashdotters,

I live in Canada and my girlfriend and I are sick of the Macbook Air commercial. That ad is playing in every commercial break on almost all of our channels, and sometimes more than once, even twice in a row! Honestly, we can't take it anymore because we can't watch TV for a minute without hearing Feist's song and it sticks in our minds every time.

Now I know Apple paid a lot of money for their ad to play so much and the TV companies are just doing their end of the deal by showing it. But I can't help but feel like I'm being brainwashed. Isn't there a way to decrease the number of times that these ads are played? Who should we contact? Apple or the broadcasters directly?
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Rick Astley Discovers the Rickroll 1

Pickens writes: "Over the last year or so, Rick Astley has watched with puzzled amazement as "Never Gonna Give You Up" has been mocked, celebrated, remixed and reprised, its original music video viewed millions of times on YouTube, all by a generation that could barely swallow its Gerber carrots when the song first topped the pop charts. "If this had happened around some kind of rock song, with a lyric that really meant something — a Bruce Springsteen, "God bless America" ... or an anti-something kind of song, I could kind of understand that," Astley said. "But for something as, and I don't mean to belittle it, because I still think it's a great pop song, but it's a pop song; do you know what I mean? It doesn't have any kind of weight behind it, as such. But maybe that's the irony of it." Astley, who will be touring the U.K. in May with a group of other '80's acts, including Bananarama, and Nick Heyward, Heaven 17, Paul Young and ABC, sums up his thoughts on his unexpected virtual fame with characteristic good humor: "Listen, I just think it's bizarre and funny. My main consideration is that my daughter doesn't get embarrassed about it.""

Submission + - RIAA Website Wiped Clean by Hackers 2

An anonymous reader writes: Apparently the RIAA forgot to hire a decent programmer. With a simple SQL injection, all the content from their website has been wiped from the site.
It started out on the social news website Reddit, where a link to a really slow SQL query was posted. While the Reddit users were trying to kill the RIAA server, someone allegedly decided to up the ante and wipe the site's entire database with just a simple SQL injection.

Submission + - Indian AI unmasked using second order turing test (

jacquesm writes: "Indian IT experts have been testing a new generation of highly intelligent bots in IRC channels. One such bot was unmasked in an irc room after failing to pass a second order Turing Test. The bot had to be tricked into accepting the challenge and tried every trick in the book to avoid detection.

The full transcript of the interaction with the bot (called 'asterix') is here : , the really interesting breakthrough I think is the fact that the bot uses 'broken english' to masquerade its lack of genuine understanding, but we have become so accustomed to that because of the outsourcing of jobs that it is no longer politically correct to accept nothing less than passable english. This psychological loophole has been used to great profit by the team involved.

It's only a matter of time before you'll have to administer Turing Tests to your chat room friends to see if they are not too tired of communicating with you face to face and have replaced their online identities with bots to keep up appearances."


Submission + - ConTEXT programmers editor open sourced? (

cpk writes: The widely popular freeware programmers editor ConTEXT is being auctioned off by the the author who no longer has time to update the application and thought an auction would be a last ditch attempt to make some money off it. The ConTEXT forum community on learning of the authors plan have organized a fund to bid for the program for the purpose of open sourcing it. The programs website is the announcement is on the main page. This forum thread is the communities reaction. This forum thread is the communities bid fund.

Submission + - Hackers using YouTube to spread latest Trojan

thefickler writes: Social engineering attacks are showing a strong rise this Summer. The latest trick is manipulating YouTube users to infect their PCs with a Trojan known as the Fake Codec. For most media, a certain codec is required to encode and decode a digital stream such as audio or video. When a user tries to view a video that requires a specific codec, they'll usually get the message, "Codec not found" or "The proper codec to play this media is not installed." Some sites will usually direct you to another website to download the codec; however, an increasing trend in late August is for hackers to direct users to download a fake codec, which will in turn install malicious software on the user's machine.

Submission + - Unforgiven: Metallica sues Red Octane, Activision, ( 1

antek9 writes: Remember Metallica? Those hairy guys that wanted to sue everyone who obtained their music minus an appropriate license? They're at it again, suing even those video game makers who legitimately licensed their music for music-centered franchises.

From the article: "[...] the counsel for Red Octane and Activision had this to say:
Our company paid a licensing fee to feature the track 'One' by Metallica in Guitar Hero III. We don't understand why Metallica would turn around and sue us, unless they've gone from insane to completely batshit insane since 2001, but we're confident that the law and our contracts will be enough to have this thrown out.

Metallica's counsel, on the other hand, explained that the band is fearful that album sales will decline because consumers can easily get hold of their songs just by purchasing video game titles. The lawyer added, "The band learned its lesson the hard way with file sharing in the late 90s. This time they want to do a pre-emptive strike before the music gets out there"."

Any lawyer using the expression 'batshit insane' is a good lawyer by default, so this should be fun.


Submission + - Film on music piracy released as Xvid torrent (

goodbye_kitty writes: "The producers of a new documentary film analyzing global music piracy have decided to "put their money where their mouth is" by releasing the film as a free Xvid download (hosted by the pirate bay, as one would expect). The film explores the blurred line between "fair use" and piracy, and includes interviews with DJ Danger Mouse (creator of the now infamous 'grey album'), Lawrence Lessig (found of Creative Commons), the lads from the pirate bay, and even some guy from the MPAA. Link to torrent here"

Submission + - Google: Patent system broken, Apple: No its not. 1

Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "Part of the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, was the panel discussion "The Patent Crisis: Crossroads for the Business of Technology." — with speakers including Google's, IBMs & Apple's patent lawyers. According to coverage from The Register, Google's head of patents believes the system is in crisis: "The Patent Office is overburdened," she said. "The volume of patents going in is huge. And the quality of patents coming out — it could be better." Apple's chief patent counsel, Chip Lutton on the other hand, said the US patent system was "not broken" and that it was "not in crisis," calling it "the best in the world"."

Submission + - Dattebayo Fansub Staff Arrested at Otakon (

An anonymous reader writes: Talk about overreaction, Dattebayo fansub reports that some of their staff was arrested on Saturday at Otakon. To make matters worse today's update describes the authorities shooting and tasering a staff member while searching his home.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison