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Comment Re:RPI Alum here... (Score 1) 94

On the contrary, as soon as Watson becomes self-aware one of his first courses of action will be to hack the 'Tute's outdated IT infrastructure and replace every single GM (sorry Dillon, Julia) with their rightfully elected inflatable counterpart. That's the good news. The bad news is he may also reallocate the Union's budget to building a robotic army.

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Submission + - Child pornography's 'other victims'

netbuzz writes: "Standing falsely accused of any crime — especially one as stigmatizing as possession of child pornography — is one of those frightening prospects we'd all rather not contemplate. That gets more difficult, however, as examples keep piling up. The latest case involves a British investigation that tied some 7,000 credit-card holders to distributors of child pornography. It's now believed that at least several hundred of those accounts were stolen and that the account holders were falsely accused. 5"
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HBO Exec Proposes DRM Name Change 544

surfingmarmot writes "An HBO executive has figured out the problem with DRM acceptance — it's the name. HBO's chief technology officer Bob Zitter now wants to refer to the technology as Digital Consumer Enablement. Because, you see, DRM actually helps consumers by getting more content into their hands. The company already has HD movies on demand ready to go, but is delaying them because of ownership concerns. Says Zitter, 'Digital Consumer Enablement would more accurately describe technology that allows consumers "to use content in ways they haven't before," such as enjoying TV shows and movies on portable video players like iPods. "I don't want to use the term DRM any longer," said Zitter, who added that content-protection technology could enable various new applications for cable operators.'"

Submission + - RealID May Still Be Stopped

MagusSlurpy writes: "The EFF, amongst others, is alerting readers to the fact that the Real ID Act, snuck through Congress in 2005, may still be stopped. The Department of Homeland Security is accepting comments (keyword DHS-2006-0030) through 5 p.m. EST today, May 8th, on the Act, and with both growing grassroots and Congressional opposition, the Act could be stopped. Let the DHS know how you feel about Real ID!"

Sun Completes Java Core Tech Open-Sourcing 141

MsManhattan writes "A year after announcing its plans, Sun Microsystems has made almost all of the core technology in Java available as open-source software under the GNU general public license version 2 (GPLv2). However, some of the code remains 'encumbered'; that is, Sun doesn't have sufficient rights to release it under GPLv2, and the company is requesting the open-source community's help in resolving these issues. Rich Sands, community marketing manager for OpenJDK community at Sun, would not say what percentage of Java's 6.5 million lines of code are encumbered, but explained that it is largely Java 2D graphics technology, such as font and graphics rasterizing."

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