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Comment: Re:Free Speech Areas (Score 1) 527

by realityfighter (#22147712) Attached to: Colleges Being Remade Into "Repress U"?
Free speech areas aren't new, they're just getting a lot of attention these days. I lived on a campus that had a huge fracas over their long-standing speech zones back in 2000-2003 and may have sparked this entire issue, and I'm inclined to say this problem is a non-starter.

The reason these areas were created, and the reason a lot of campuses still maintain them, is that in most cases the "speech" we're talking about is recruiting/issue advocacy by a student organization that wants to set up tables with a staff of a few people - at the smallest. Sometimes we're talking about something bigger, like a jump castle, a blood donations bus, or even - in one memorable instance - a giant plyboard cube that students were encouraged to graffiti. Really what we're talking about is a logistics issue, not some speech fascism on the part of the college. Trust me, other forms of organized speech - flyering especially - aren't restricted at all.

Hell, I remember more than a few war protests that began AND ended outside the "free speech area".
Communications

+ - The $100 laptop now the $188 laptop->

Submitted by RayBreezer
RayBreezer (1157741) writes "The vaunted "$100 laptop" that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers dreamed up for international schoolchildren is becoming a slightly more distant concept.

Leaders of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child that was spun out of MIT acknowledged Friday that the devices are now slated to cost $188 when mass production begins this fall. The last price the nonprofit announced was $176; it described $100 as a long-term goal.

Spokesman George Snell blamed the increase on a variety of factors, including currency fluctuations and rising costs of such components as nickel and silicon. He said the project was committed to keeping the price from rising above $190."

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Music

+ - Trent Reznor Says "Steal My Music"->

Submitted by THX-1138
THX-1138 (666) writes "A few months ago, Trent Reznor (frontman of the band Nine Inch Nails), was in Australia doing an interview when he commented on the outrageous prices of CDs there. Apparently now his label, Universal Media Group is angry at him for having said that. During a concert last night , he told this to fans, "...Has anyone seen the price come down? Okay, well, you know what that means — STEAL IT. Steal away. Steal and steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealin'. Because one way or another these mother**** will get it through their head that they're ripping people off and that that's not right."

The YouTube link contains a video recorded by a fan that shows his full speech during the concert."

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Power

+ - 12-inch Miracle Tube Could Halve Heating Bills->

Submitted by Nullav
Nullav (1053766) writes "
It sounds too good to be true — not to mention the fact that it violates almost every known law of physics.
But British scientists claim they have invented a revolutionary device that seems to 'create' energy from virtually nothing.
The device seems to break the fundamental physical law that energy cannot be created from nothing — but researchers believe it taps into a previously unrecognized source of energy, stored at a sub-atomic level within the hydrogen atoms in water.
If the technology can be developed on a domestic scale, it means consumers will need much less energy for heating and hot water — creating smaller bills and fewer greenhouse gases.
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Music

+ - Music counterpart of Project Gutenberg

Submitted by
ucy
ucy writes "Hello Slashdotters, all y'all know about project Gutenberg which is a free repository for copyright expired and other public domain books. For software, there are several, including sourceforge. What is a good, centrallized, well-maintained public repository for copyright-free music? Thanks in advance."
Upgrades

+ - DDR3 Memory Round-Up, Gaining In Performance->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "It's only four months after the launch of Intel's P35 chipset — the first desktop chipset to support DDR3 memory — and already the market is rife with high-end DDR3 memory kits that dramatically outperform the initial offerings that arrived alongside Intel's new platform. DDR3 memory kits are still substantially more expensive than even some of the fastest DDR2 kits but with the amount of innovation going on in this space, it's interesting to see just how far DDR3 system memory has come. This HotHardware look at five different 2Gig kits from Corsair, Kingston, OCZ and SuperTalent shows that performance and overall bandwidth has improved significantly now that latency is coming down and clock speeds continue to rise for DDR3."
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Security

+ - PC vendor sells laptops with 13 year-old virus

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "German PC vendor Medion gave some of its customers an unwanted blast from the past when it shipped laptops loaded with a 13 year-old virus. The Medion systems contained a boot virus known as Stoned.Angelina. The virus stores itself in the DOS boot sector of floppy disks and in the master boot record on hard disks.

The company said in a notice on its Danish website that the infected machines had been sold through Aldi retail stores in the country."

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