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+ - Brian May Successfully Defends Thesis->

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DynaSoar
DynaSoar writes "Brian May http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_May, lead guitarist for Queen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_(band) has successfully defended his astrophysics thesis at London's Imperial College http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20424659/. He still must resubmit his written thesis after making required corrections, but this is pro forma. He is to formally receive his doctorate in May 2008, nearly 40 years after turning from his studies to become a professional musician. The subject of his thesis, entitled "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud," is based on work he did in Tenerife in the 1960's. He has two prior scientific publications on this topic, in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (166, 429 — 448 (1974)), and in Nature (240, 401 — 402 (15 December 1972))."
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The Media

+ - UK charme offensive to extend copyright protection

Submitted by
benesch
benesch writes "An ageing UK star lineup tries to charm parliament into exending copyright protection of their songs: "Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Cliff Richard are among the artists who will see the current 50-year limit on their early sound recordings expire soon. The House of Commons culture committee said people had a "moral right" to keep control of their creations while alive. The copyright term for sound recordings should be extended to at least 70 years, the committee recommended. That would allow ageing performers to continue to benefit from their early recordings throughout their lifetimes.""
Media

+ - Should Copyrights Last as Long as ideas?

Submitted by The_Rook
The_Rook (136658) writes "In an opinion piece in the New York Times, "A Great Idea Lives Forever. Shouldn't Its Copyright?" Mark Helprin, author of "Winter's Tale," equates copyrights on written works like novels, etc. with physical assets like houses, flour mills, travel agencies, and newspapers. Apparently 70 years after his death is not enough for Mr. Helprin. He wants his descendants to own the copyright on his works forever.

On the way he laments that the Constitution says copyrights are to be granted for "limited times" and is thankful that congress can and has periodically extended the length of copyrights.

Lost on Mr. Helprin is that the entire value of an idea is it's usefulness to others and that public domain enriches more than "stockholders of various businesses."

The essay is not particularly well thought out and is perhaps beneath the attention of the Slashdot community. But it needs to be refuted on the grounds that is perpetuates the fallacy that intellectual property is the same as physical property and that authors have always had right to their intellectual property (which the nasty government has seen fit to take away) rather than the real situation where intellectual property is a fiction created by the government to encourage the creation and publication of creative works.

The article can be read here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/opinion/20helpri n.html?pagewanted=1"
United States

+ - Limited Rights Art

Submitted by qeorqe
qeorqe (853039) writes "An art exhibit titled "To Get to The Other Side" opened 5/11/07 at CMU's Regina Gouger Miller Gallery. One of the art pieces had an interactive computer component dealing historically with government violation of The United States Bill of Rights. The interactive component is available at limitedrights.us. Beware it uses flash.

It shows the Bill of Rights. When an era is selected some phrases become obscured. Scrolling over the Bill of Rights magnifies that portion. Clicking an obscured portion produces an explanation of the violation.

Below is an example from the Civil War era.

Article the Sixth
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a xxxxxx xxx xxxxxx trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

The x's represent "speedy and public". Clicking would reveal "1861 President Abraham Lincoln suspends Habeas Corpus and 13,000 people are held without trial.""
United States

+ - Limited Rights Art

Submitted by qeorqe
qeorqe (853039) writes "An art exhibit titled "To Get to The Other Side" opened 5/11/07 at CMU's Regina Gouger Miller Gallery. One of the art pieces had an interactive computer component dealing historically with government violation of The United States Bill of Rights. The interactive component is available at limitedrights.us. Beware it uses flash.

It shows the Bill of Rights. When an era is selected some phrases become obscured. Scrolling over the Bill of Rights magnifies that portion. Clicking an obscured portion produces an explanation of the violation."
Encryption

+ - AACS New Media Key Block Hacked Before It's Releas

Submitted by mrneutron2004
mrneutron2004 (1003975) writes "It's ironic that after all of these years, licensing authorities like the AACS still don't understand the tenacity of hackers, programmers, and consumers intent on doing as they see fit with the content they pay for. A week before the official rollout of new "MKB's" designed to protect new high-definition media, Slysoft releases an update to AnyDVD-HD that can already bypass it. http://www.fastsilicon.com/latest-news/aacs-new-me dia-key-block-hacked-before-its-released.html"
Censorship

+ - ABC - takes Gravel and Paul out of running

Submitted by isotope23
isotope23 (210590) writes "After leaving Ron Paul out of their online poll for "who won the Republican debates"? ABC now has left both Paul and Gravel out of their list of candidates running for president in 2008 How exactly does ABC "overlook" including the two staunchly anti-war candidates (both of whom were in nationally televised debates) in their list? Does ABC stand for "Already Been Chosen" at this point? Update after pressure from Digg users, ABC has listed Paul in their poll and restarted it, however both Gravel and Paul are still not listed in the PDF."
AMD

+ - AMD Nearly Out Of Cash

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Following a horrible quarter and market share losses, AMD is within two quarters of running out of cash, according to EETimes. "AMD lost approximately $883 million in free cash flow in the last quarter, worse than expected, and putting the company within two quarters of running out of cash," EETimes quotes Wall Street analyst Chris Caso as saying. It gets even worse for AMD. After losing significant market share in 2006, Intel struck back in the first quarter of 2007, gaining 4.5 percentage points in the microprocessor market. Intel now holds 80.2 percent of the global chip market. Can AMD dig itself out of a hole? Maybe, maybe not. "AMD will look to lessen the capital needs of its models by outsourcing production and partnering up, though we believe this could take much longer than investors anticipate," analyst Doug Freedman of American Technology Research told EETimes."

Comment: Re:M4 + anything (Score 1) 139

by nick8325 (#15583041) Attached to: Manual Writing Tools?
tex4ht seems to do a pretty good job - it can handle complicated macros, because it runs LaTeX itself to produce a DVI file, and converts that to HTML. (I think it fiddles around with the styles to put \special commands in the DVI file, so it can recover the structure of the document.)

A good-looking Postscript file isn't the same as a good-looking HTML file, though, so in my experience the output isn't quite so pretty as a hand-written HTML file (it indents paragraphs, for example, as that's what the style says to do, even though most HTML files don't do that). I suppose changing the style a bit could fix that, but I haven't got round to trying...

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