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Submission + - Pay-as-you-go electrical meters and conservation (

rrwood writes: This article details how the pay-as-you-go electrical meters that the Woodstock Ontario public utilities company has made available have resulted in a 15% reduction in power consumption on the part of the program participants. The original purpose of the program was to allow customers to pay in advance and avoid costly and annoying disconnection/reconnection charges, and the power company says that they did not expect that a reduction in power usage would result. The Oil Drum article neatly ties together some interesting ideas on interface design, human psychology, energy conservation, and more.
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Lawyer Asks RIAA To Investigate Bush Twins 529

tanman writes "After reading an article in the Miami Herald that said "[President] Bush's twin daughters gave him a CD they had made for him to listen to while exercising," a Florida lawyer calculated statutory damages of $1.8 million and has sent a letter to the RIAA asking that they 'display the same vigor in prosecuting this matter and protecting the rights of your rights-holders that it has displayed in enforcing those rights against other alleged violators.' From the letter: 'This is a serious violation of copyright. As you know, whichever of your member organizations that are right[s]-holders for the copied musical works may be entitled to statutory damages of $150,000.00 per musical work copied.'" Update: 06/22 18:55 GMT by KD : The lawyer in question has retracted his analysis and now says no laws were broken, probably.

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