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Submission + - MS MinWin Demoed--33MB Memory, 100 Files (tgdaily.com)

eldavojohn writes: "Possibly the most exciting thing I've seen Microsoft do in a while was the demonstration of Windows 7 called 'MinWin' last week. It was the core operating system of Windows 7 and was viewed through a browser with no graphics engine. Obviously has the capability of being a stable, reliable web OS & might even be the answer to slimming down Windows to a sane degree. Modular UI for Windows? Customizable selection of components? Reasonable pricing? Maybe not now, but hopefully for Windows 7."
Books

Submission + - Rowling Outs Dumbledore (yahoo.com) 2

eldavojohn writes: "Fans of the Harry Potter are receiving surprises long after the series has been finished. J.K. Rowling, author of the series, outed Dumbledore as being gay last night to an audience at Carnegie Hall. From the article, 'She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. "Falling in love can blind us to an extent," Rowling said of Dumbledore's feelings, adding that Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down."' Witchcraft AND homosexuality?! Well, that latest development should put the books on the super banned booklist of most Christian groups."
IBM

Submission + - IBM Seeking 'Patent-Protection-Racket' Patent 2

theodp writes: "Wikipedia defines a protection racket as an extortion scheme whereby a powerful non-governmental organization coerces businesses to pay protection money which allegedly serves to purchase the organization's 'protection' services against various external threats. Compare this to IBM's just-published patent application for 'Extracting Value from a Portfolio of Assets', which describes a process by which 'very large corporations' impress upon smaller businesses that paying for 'the protection of a large defensive patent portfolio' would be 'a prudent business decision' for them to make, 'just like purchasing a fire insurance policy.' Sounds like Fat Tony's been to Law School, eh? Time for IBM to put-their-money-where-their-patent-reform-mouth-is and deep-six this business method patent claim!"
Movies

Submission + - Fair Use or DMCA Violation? (movielandmarks.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A friend and I came up with a very cool idea for a Google Map mashup. Movie filming locations combined with YouTube video clips and photos of the precise filming location. We setup up shop at MovieLandmarks.com and we've been banging away at the code and adding landmarks for the last month. It is almost ready to 'go public', but we've run into a snag.

YouTube just pulled some of our short video clips for DMCA violations. These clips were of specific filming locations, and were less than a minute long in most cases. Similar clips, from the same movie of over 5 minutes are still available on Youtube! What gives?

Our goal is to create a Movie Landmark search engine, linking fan sites and filming location information from around the web in one location, using Google Maps to present it in a unique way (ie. no cartoon bubbles!). We've implemented photo caching so that hits to our site don't unexpectedly suck up the bandwidth of sites being linked to, and we always provide links to the sources for the material we display.

So what do you think? Is this fair use of these Movie clips? And even if it is (I think so, but I'm biased), what can we do about it? We're just 2 guys with a great idea, not the means to take on the film industry. In the long run this benefits them — we are promoting their films, and hopefully selling a few through our Amazon Associate account. But they obviously don't see it that way.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Facebook Goes 64 Bit: Expects to Grow Quickly (idealog.us) 1

NewsCloud writes: "Facebook announced to developers today that they are moving to a 64 bit user ID in November (see below). At 32 bits, the current ID allows nearly 4.3 billion user accounts. Yet, despite having only 47 million users today, Facebook's move to 64 bits will allow it to have more than 18 quintillion (18,446,744,074,000,000,000) user accounts. Of course, there are currently only about 6.5 billion people in the world. Is Facebook setting their sights beyond Earth or just trying to avoid what happened when Slashdot ran out of space for comment IDs last year. Perhaps they are planning to implement personas. Anyway, do you have any idea how much Facebook would be worth with 18 quintillion user IDs? Sextillions..."

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