neonsignal writes: Iconic Australian band Men at Work have been ordered to pay royalties for an instrumental riff in their song "Down Under". The notes were sampled from a well-known children's song "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree", written in 1934 for a Girl Guide's Jamboree. The Justice found the claims of the copyright owner Larrikin to be excessive, but ordered the payment of royalties and a percentage of future profits. Let's hope the primary schools are up to date with their ARIA license fees!
neonsignal writes: Royal mummies, including that of Tutankhamen, are the subject of a paper in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Co-author archeologist Zahi Hawass, says that Tutankhamen died of malaria (on top of the infection in a broken leg). The scientists involved in the study also genetically reconstructed a 5-generation pedigree of his immediate lineage.
neonsignal writes: The websites of a number of Melbourne businesses have been damaged, including the loss of data. Those responsible are protesting the series of attacks in the city against Indian students, some of which may have been racially motivated.
neonsignal writes: Opera 10 has been released. It now supports rich text email, the 'turbo' Opera proxy server feature, some HTML 5 support, XML 'pretty printing', extra skinning features, and a 100/100 score in the Acid3 test. There has been no official announcement as yet.
neonsignal writes: Raja Petra Kamarudin, a Malaysian blogger, is in court under the Internal Security Act, under which he can be detained indefinitely. He is well known for his commentary on the Malaysian government, and was arrested after a piece on the murder of a Mongolian woman, who was allegedly killed by two policeman and an associate of the deputy prime minister. RPK founded and writes for a site called Malaysia Today, which receives over 1 million hits every day.