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Submission + - RIAA Backs Down Again in Chicago

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA seems to have a problem making things stick in the Windy City. It has once again backed down in BMG v. Thao, after suing a misidentified defendant. Same thing occurred last October in Elektra v. Wilke. In the Thao case, the RIAA based its case on information that the cable modem used to partake in file sharing was registered to Mr. Thao. However, it turned out that Mr. Thao was not even a subscriber (pdf) of the ISP (pdf) at the time of the alleged file-sharing, and therefore did not have possession of the suspect cable modem at that time."

Submission + - Nanotubes Improve Solar Energy Harvesting

eldavojohn writes: "Scientists are hoping that the 'coaxial cable' style nanotube they developed will resolve energy issues that come with converting sunlight to energy. The plants currently have us beat in this department but research is discovering new ways to eliminate inefficiencies in transferring photons to energy. Traditional methods involve exciting electrons to the point of jumping to a higher state which leaves 'holes.' Unfortunately, these electrons and holes remain in the same regions and therefore tend to recombine. The new nanotubes hope to route these excited electrons off in the same way a coaxial cable allows a return route for electrons. End result is fewer electrons settling back into their holes once they are elevated out of them yielding a higher return in energy."

Feed Everyday Life In Pompeii Revealed (

Until recently archaeologists working on Pompeian artefacts have tended to concentrate on examples of art, some of it erotic, from the town that was suddenly destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August 79 AD. Now archaeologists are gaining new understandings of everyday life in Pompeii.

Feed Stanford Scientists Make Major Breakthrough In Regenerative Medicine (

Findings described in a new study by Stanford scientists may be the first step toward a major revolution in human regenerative medicine -- a future where advanced organ damage can be repaired by the body itself. Scientists show that a human evolutionary ancestor, the sea squirt, can correct abnormalities over a series of generations, suggesting that a similar regenerative process might be possible in people.

Submission + - Votes are in: The Biggest Tech Flop of All Time

jcatcw writes: "Computerworld outlined the top 21 tech flops, but readers & dotters took exception to the list and the criteria. The biggest Hey, You Idiots Forgot was Y2K. The first write-in candidate at Computerworld was Vista, but early dotters went with Zune. Philosophical objections ranged from the comingling of products and technologies to media hype about media hype. But most everyone seems to agree about The Biggest Loser: Bob."

Submission + - Netcraft shows RNC ran Ohio election servers

goombah99 writes: Netcraft is showing a very hard to explain event happened in the Ohio 2004 presidential election. The Ohio Secretary Of States website address, which normally is directed to an Ohio based IP address and handles all the election reporting, was transferred on election night to the Smarttech Corp owned servers out of state. According to the American Registry on Internet Numbers Smartech's block of IP address — encompasses the entire range of addresses owned by the Republican National Committee block of IP addresses. This includes hosting the recently notorious used in the Whitehouse. Can Slashdotters suggest any good explanations for this seemingly dubious transfer?

Submission + - Sun asks China to merge its doc format with ODF

christian.einfeldt writes: "Sun's Chairman Scott McNealy has asked the world's most populous nation to merge its Uniform Office Format with the Open Document Format. Tech lawyer Andy Updegrove thinks that McNealy would not have flown to China and taken this chance of rejection if McNealy didn't think that there was a good likelihood of success."

Submission + - Online Demand for Workers on the Rise

MonsterGolum writes: Monster Worldwide Inc. said Thursday its local employment index, which measures online recruitment activity in top U.S. markets, rose in 26 of 28 metro areas as the demand for workers remained robust. "'The March findings of the Monster Local Employment Index illustrate a solid pick-up in online recruiting in major U.S. cities in the final month of the first quarter,"' said Steve Pogorzelski, group president of Monster Worldwide, which operates job search Web site
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - PS3 vs. Wii - PS3 is Fat Chick, Wii is HOT

Bob Slidell writes: " wii-spoof-of-mac-vs-ps3-commercial-ps3-is-fat-chic k-wii-is-hot/
It just keeps getting worse for the PS3: it's a spoof of those Mac vs. PC commercials except this time the PS3 is a fat unattractive girl in the slacks and sweater and the Wii is the hot blonde chick in, essentially, her underwear."

Submission + - What is the best notebook for programmer?

javaObject writes: I am going to pass my 2.5 year-old IBM T42 (Pentium M, 14") notebook to my wife soon. That means I can spend some money to get a new notebook ;) I am a programmer. And have been pretty happy with my T42. I really like it for the following reasons:

. keyboard layout
. big "backspace", "\", "enter" key
. ThinkPad System Update (find updates for drivers and ThinkPad-related software automatically)
. the ports layout
. the business-look of the notebook (yeah, I am an uncool kind of guy)
. non-wide screen

What is the criteria for you Slashdotters-programmers' notebook ? And fellow Slashdotters, what do you think is the best notebook for programmers?

Submission + - Ubuntu Studio revealed

lukeknipe writes: "Ubuntu announces the April release of the Ubuntu Studio. An exceptionally ambitious project, it is described by Ubuntu as a "multimedia editing flavor of Ubuntu for the Linux audio, video, and graphic enthusiast or professional who is already familiar with the Ubuntu-Gnome environment.""

Submission + - Fujitsu could be sued for backup disaster

An anonymous reader writes: According to leaked internal documents, a large utility company in Australia is scrambling to recover business critical data missing for several months. What makes this really hilarious is neither the company (Energy Australia) nor its contractor Fujitsu realised how bad things were until a few months later. Seemed like some mysterious software glitch was screwing up the backup process. Will Fujitsu get sued? Energy Australia's answer was interesting: "EnergyAustralia is still investigating this matter so that is not something we are looking at, at this stage".

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