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Submission + - Stephen Fry Admits Bittorrent "Piracy" ( 1

Airw0lf writes: Stephen Fry (British comedian/entertainer and self-proclaimed tech addict) admitted during an Apple iTunes festival that he had used Bittorrent to download episodes of "24" and "House" (The latter happens to star his old comedy partner Hugh Laurie.) More tellingly, he pointed out that the Digital Britain report represented the views of "industry insiders" instead of the general public. He also said that "making example of ordinary people is the stupidest thing the record industry can do." So in all it's an interesting example of someone in the content industry who actually gets technology and understands that the industry must adapt to new content delivery methods instead of just trying to shut the stable doors after the horse has bolted.

NASA Taking Ethernet Into Deeper Space 77

coondoggie writes "While Ethernet technology has gone places no one would have envisioned 36 years ago, NASA today signed an agreement with a German Ethernet vendor to build highly fault-tolerant networks for space-based applications. TTTech builds a set of time-triggered services called TTEthernet that is implemented on top of standard IEEE802.3 Ethernet. Its technology is designed to enable design of synchronous, highly dependable embedded computing and networking, capable of tolerating multiple faults, the company said."
The Internet

Sweden Sees Boom In Legal Downloading 121

Quantos writes with word that in Sweden, in addition to a drop in traffic following the introduction of the IPRED anti-file sharing law, the country also saw a doubling of legal downloads. "The sale of music via the Internet and mobile phones has increased by 100 percent since the Swedish anti-file sharing IPRED law entered into force last week, according to digital content provider InProdicon. '...I don't know if this is only because of IPRED, but it is definitely a sign of a major change,' said managing director Klas Brännström. InProdicon provides half of the downloaded tunes in Sweden via several online and mobile music services." Meanwhile The Pirate Bay's anticipated VPN service has seen over 113,000 requests for beta invitations since late last month; 80% are from Sweden. Traffic numbers may begin to rise again once the service goes live.
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Home of the Underdogs is back on-line. Twice (

KingofGnG writes: "The phoenix of abandonware hasn't had the time to rise again from its ashes, that it has soon split in two separate parts with no communication between them. The efforts of the community gathered around the discussion group Home of the Underdogs Revival Project have actually led first to and, some weeks later, to Both sites claim to be the "official" home of the new Home of the Underdogs, and plan to pursue its "mission" in different ways, rather difficult to conciliate in a unitary approach."

Submission + - good PDF reader device with internet browsing? 2

ranjix writes: Hello everybody. I ask the collective intelligence to help me with this one. I need a handheld device which would allow me to read ebooks and/or browse the internet while actively and intensely laying in the hammock (and yes, I do have a hammock in my mom's basement). I'll try to sum the basic requirements: (good) PDF reader (and ebooks of whatever sort), WiFi connectivity and Internet browser, screen minimum 4.5", readable in sunlight etc, fairly responsive, at least 4-5 hours battery. Obviously I looked at the usual suspects: Kindle/Amazon tries to grab one into the proprietary formats and their own network (while other ebook readers don't really browse the internet), laptops/netbooks are pretty hard to hold, and the UMPC arena seems a hodge-podge of "to be released" (Viliv S5? Aigo whatever?) with "seriously expensive" (Sony, OQO) or plain "we recommend you don't buy" (Samsung Q1Ex). Is there anything else I could use in given circumstances?
Social Networks

Submission + - Social Networks Blurring The Line Into Citizen Jou

An anonymous reader writes: "In 2006, Israel sent forces into Southern Lebanon during what is now known as the 2006 Lebanon War. Israel had security concerns about missiles harming its civilian population, but what it didn't bargain for was military citizen journalism." In this article the case is made that whether you are cop, a juror, or even the state of Israel, your privacy is at risk, and the way you handle yourself, even on social networks, has got to change.

Submission + - Graphic Artists Condemn UK Ban on Erotic Comics

mdwh2 writes: Graphic artists, publishers and MPs have condemned the UK's Coroners and Justice Bill, which will criminalise possession of sexual depictions that appear to show someone under 18 (the age of consent is 16 in the UK), as well as adults where the "predominant impression conveyed" is of someone under 18, and even if they are merely drawn as being present whilst sexual activity took place between adults. The definitions could include Lost Girls, Watchmen, and South Park. The Comic Book Alliance has launched a Petition against the law.

Submission + - The Global Warming Heretic

theodp writes: "In The Civil Heretic, the NYT Magazine takes a look at how world-renowned scientist Freeman Dyson wound up opposing those who care most about global warming. Since coming out of the closet on global warming, Dyson has found himself described as "a pompous twit," "a blowhard," "a cesspool of misinformation," "an old coot riding into the sunset" and "a mad scientist." Dyson argues that climate change has become an obsession for "a worldwide secular religion" known as environmentalism. Dyson has been particularly dismissive of Al Gore, calling him climate change's chief propagandist and accusing him of relying too heavily on computer-generated climate models and promoting "lousy science" that's distracting attention from more serious and more immediate dangers to the planet. "Greens are people who never had to worry about their grocery bills," he adds."

Submission + - Lossless video codec? 1

regular_gonzalez writes: "There are several lossless audio formats to choose from when ripping CDs to ensure mathematically lossless compression (flac, lossless wma, etc). Is there a truly lossless video codec with equivalent compression (that is, on the order of 50%) so that I can rip movies and ensure they look identical with no compression artifacts, while saving some room?"

Submission + - Mac Keyboards 2

An anonymous reader writes: I've just purchased an iMac for the family to use at home. Everyone is happy. Even me. Except for one thing. The keyboard. I'd like to have a Mac full-keyboard that is wireless. Unfortunately Apple only makes a full-keyboard (wired) or a cut-down keyboard (wireless). I can't really understand this particular segmentation. Nonetheless — what wireless keyboard (and mouse) do you recommend for a programmer using Apple?

Submission + - Daling with your advisor 1

warrior_s writes: I think there are many graduate students as well as professors who read slashdot on regular basis. My question is about honesty of professors in academia.
What can a (new/junior) graduate student do when his advisor his passing on his work as the work of the more senior graduate student or a postdoc. I understand that senior graduate students are in need of good academic publications. But passing a junior student's work as someone else's work in unacceptable.
On the other hand, a junior student needs the help of faculty later on when he will be graduating. So, it is difficult to oppose this injustice. Specially in this economy, when just leaving the school is not an option for all. And changing the advisor (especially the one who is highly reputed in academia) is not seen as good thing in the department.
How can one deal with such advisors?

Submission + - Dealing with pirated software at work. 1

LoneAdminOK writes: I started working for a small company in the middle of January as their IT Manager. I am the first actual 'IT Guy' that they have had, before me it was someone that performed another job within the company and just handled the IT on the side. They have gotten large enough that they needed a full-time IT person to handle things.

The problem that I am running into is that most of the software I am finding in the network and on people's computers isn't owned by the company. The person before me would just 'get it' from somewhere and install in on the computers as needed. This is putting me in an bad position when I have to reinstall the program or find it to install on someone elses computer. Often I am telling people that we don't have it or we have to buy another license and they get mad at me because the other guy said that we had it. I can't even tell where the versions of Windows Server that they are running came from. The only one I know is legit is the one that is installed on an HP Server with the OEM sticker on it.

How have any of you handled a situation like this. I don't install 'borrowed programs' in a production environment because I know that if the BSA got wind of this it would all fall on me when they stormed in. I'm to pretty for prison.

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