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Movies

Submission + - Germany bans Tom Cruise

psysjal writes: The BBC reports that Germany has banned Tom Cruise from filming at military sites in the country. The reason for the ban is Tom's "religion"; Cruise has "publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult".
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - How to get videos from YouTube on Apple iPod? (flvsoft.com)

jumpjump writes: "Many friends ask me that Some video files that are downloaded from these online video hosting sites may be in the format of Flash Video (.flv). For whatever reasons, such as prefer to view and store the videos in mp4.wmv format, and want to play the offline video clips in portable player such as Mobile Phone,PSP and iPod,zune,or simply don't like to view it with FLV Player, then there is a need to convert the .flv video format to another format such as .avi, .mov, .wmv and .mpg. .mp4, 3GP,this is a sample of converting youtueb video to play on ipod step by step,
What is FLV?
FLV, or Flash Video, is a preferred file format that is designed for web playback, offering high rates of compression to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player (formerly known as Macromedia Flash Player) version 6, 7, 8, or 9. Yet FLV files cannot be played back directly and they must be embedded in an SWF file. The most common approach is to use an SWF file that functions as a media player with screen and playback controls. Notable users of FLV are YouTube, Google Video, Myspace, Metacafe, Dailymotion, iFilm, Music, eVideoShare, StreetFire, etc.
Note: Unlike other conversion tools, Moyea FLV to Video Converter will enable you to convert particular FLV files including On2 vp6 video FLV, Nelly Moser audio FLV into the proper video format for playback on your iPod player without the need to install extra codecs or other additional system or third party components for some functionalities.
Launch Moyea FLV to Video Converter Once Moyea FLV to Video Converter is installed, launch the converter program.
Add File Click on the "Add" button on the tool bar to import FLV files into the FLV to Video Converter and the standard file open dialog appears. Select "FLV File" in its "Files of type" combo box. Select the file you want to convert and click "Open". The file will be added into the conversion file list.
As Moyea FLV to Video Converter supports batch encoding by default, you can edit the file list by clicking the buttons upon the file list: click "Add" button to import the files you want to convert, and you can also open the import file dialog box by double-clicking the blank field of the file list; click "Del" to delete the selected files and click "Del All" to clear the file list.
At the same time, Moyea allows you to view the play-back effect of the source FLV files in the preview panel on the right by checking a specific file:
Crop the video and add watermark to the video Click on "Crop" button and you can crop the size of the video to determine what content is to be shown:
more information,you can view below link:
http://www.flvsoft.com/flv_to_ipod/ "

Feed The Register: When acquisitions are bad news (theregister.com)

Vae victis

Acquisitions may or may not be good deals for the purchaser, but at best they pose serious questions for the users of the acquired company. In my recent article TIBCO acquires Spotfire: why?, I discussed the possibility that TIBCO was likely to be focusing the Spotfire BI solution in a different direction from previously, which might serve its best interests but not necessarily those of existing users of the Spotfire software. However, they are likely to be much better off than the users of one, and possibly two, other acquisitions that have recently been announced.


The Internet

Submission + - Silence on the net (savenetradio.org)

javipas writes: "Today has been declared "Day of Silence" by many webcasters all around the US. This represents a formal protest against the industry initiative to increase severely the royalties that these webcasters must pay. Online radio stations services such as Pandora were affected by this measure that made this service unavailable outside the US but the danger is even more present for dozens of other services — complete list here in PDF — that could even dissapear for good. Let's hope the idea will be able to change something."
Enlightenment

Submission + - How US tech firms place job ads no-one will apply (theinquirer.org)

m3x writes: So they can hire cheap foreign workers. US Americans are expensive. They eat more food, use more petrol and create more greenhouse gas than the rest of us. So when they go to work they need a hefty salary. Not so Indians or Chinese, or Filipinos. Or Cubans or Iraqis come to that. You can get three or four of most of these for what you might have to pay an American. This is why tech firms are keen to ship workers into the States to get them to work for them, rather than some equally-qualified but expensive hamburger-muncher from down the road. But immigration laws pertaining to the hiring of foreign workers in the States are tight. And firms have to prove that they can't find anyone in their back yard to do the jobs they need to fill, before casting their gaze abroad. This is why U.S. firms hire consultants to publish classified job ads in local U.S. papers, with goal of not finding any applicants. At least that's what a report on the Information Clearing House" alleges. Here, you'll find a nice little video in which immigration attorneys from a firm, Cohen & Grigsby, explain how they help employers post job ads that no-one will apply for so that the firms can then use these in evidence when helping bring in workers from abroad. "Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and thousands of other companies are running fake ads in Sunday newspapers across the country each week," it claims.
Portables

Submission + - MacBook Killer?

An anonymous reader writes: It looks like Samsung's new Q45 could be a real competitor to Apple's MacBook. The Samsung is finished in glossy black like the Apple, but weighs only 1.83kg compared the MacBook at 2.31kg. But when you consider that the Q45 is around the same price as the entry level MacBook and has 2GB RAM, DVD writer, PCMCIA slot and pretty much all the features that the Apple has, it begins to look very attractive. OK, so you're getting Vista instead of Tiger, but you're also getting a smaller, lighter, better featured and cheaper laptop! http://www.trustedreviews.com/notebooks/review/200 7/06/26/Samsung-Q45/p1
Media

Is the CD Becoming Obsolete? 645

mrnomas writes "What's to blame for the declining CD sales? Is it that manufacturers are putting out more and more 'safe' (read: crap) music while independent musicians are releasing online? Is it because iTunes is now the third largest music retailer in the country? Or is it just that CDs are becoming obsolete?" Quoting: "Forbes.com [ran] an article showing that CD sales are expected to be down 20% in 2008 (slightly higher than the 15% drop initially predicted). Why such a drop? What's truly happening is a gradual shift away from physical media to downloadable formats. What this indicates, so far, is that US sales of digital music will be growing at an estimated rate of 28% in 2008, however physical sales will drop even further, resulting in a net overall decline.""
Microsoft

Google Calls For More Limits On Microsoft 270

teh_commodore writes "Scientific American is reporting that Google is now asking a Federal judge to extend the government's anti-trust oversight of Microsoft, specifically with regard to desktop search software. Microsoft had already agreed to modify Vista to allow rival desktop search engines, but Google says that this remedy will come too late — specifically, after (most of) the anti-trust agreement expires in November. What makes this political maneuver interesting is that Google went over the heads of the Department of Justice and US state regulators, who had found Microsoft's compromise acceptable, to appeal directly to the Federal judge overseeing the anti-trust settlement." Update: 06/26 17:20 GMT by KD : The judge is unwilling to play along with Google; she said she will likely defer to an agreement on desktop search forged between Microsoft and the plaintiffs in the case: i.e. Justice and the states.
Power

The British Steam Car Challenge 184

Van Cutter Romney sends us word of a British steam-powered car that will attempt to set a world record speed of 200 mph. The car, constructed on a tubular chassis, holds four boilers that deliver four megawatts of power, producing 300 bhp. The current record of 127.659 mph was established in 1906. More photos and specs at the Steam Car Club of Great Britain's site.
Censorship

Citizen Journalism Combating Chinese Censorship 86

teh_commodore writes to tell us that Breitbart has a look at how Citizen Journalism is shining a whole new light on China. "Recognizing the threat of China's growing online community, Chinese President Hu Jintao called in January for the Internet to be 'purified', and the government has since launched a number of online crackdowns. [...] 'One cannot truly say that the Internet in China is becoming more and more free, because at the same time as the development of citizen journalists, the government finds ways of blocking or censoring content,' Pain said."
Space

X Prize Foundation Announces Lunar Lander Competitors 97

Raver32 writes to tell us the X Prize Foundation has announced eight of the nine groups planning to compete in this year's Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. "The ninth team requested to remain confidential, lending an air of controversy to the announcement. Space bloggers have surmised the ninth team is Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, but sources told SPACE.com that information was wrong. Their confidentiality period ends 60 days before the start of the competition at which time the X Prize Foundation will announce the team's name."

Mono Coders Hack Linux Silverlight in 21 Days 409

Etrigoth writes "After the recent announcement of Silverlight by Microsoft at their Mix event in Vegas, Miguel de Icaza galvanised his team of developers in the Mono group at Novell to create a Linux implementation, a so-called 'Moonlight'. Remarkably, they achieved this in 21 Days. Although they were first introduced to Silverlight at the Las Vegas Mix, de Icaza was invited by a representative of Microsoft France for a 10 minute demonstration at the Paris Re-Mix 07 keynote conference, should they have anything to show.
Joshua, a blogger for Microsoft has confirmed that the Mono team did not know anything about Silverlight 1.1 before its launch. Other members of this team have blogged about this incredible achievement, Moonlight hack-a-thon. It's worth noting from a developer perspective that Moonlight is not Mono and doesn't require Mono to work"

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