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Submission + - Minn Jury Awards $1.92 Mil to RIAA in Jammie Case ( 1

suraj.sun writes: MINNEAPOLIS — A federal jury in Minneapolis has ruled a Minnesota woman violated several music copyrights in the nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial.

The jury found that Jammie Thomas-Rasset "committed willful violation" of the copyrights on 24 songs. The jury awarded the recording companies $1.92 million, or $80,000 per song.

It was a retrial for Thomas-Rasset, who was also found in 2007 to have illegally shared music files. The new trial was ordered after the judge in the case decided he had erred in jury instructions.
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The second outcome was worse for Thomas-Rasset. In the first trial, the jury awarded recording companies just $222,000.

An attorney for the recording industry, Tim Reynolds, said the "greater weight of the evidence" showed that Jammie Thomas-Rasset was responsible for the illegal file-sharing that took place on her computer. He asked the jury to hold her accountable to deter others from a practice he said has significantly harmed the people who bring music to everyone.

Defense attorney Joe Sibley said the music companies failed to prove allegations that Thomas-Rasset gave away songs by Gloria Estefan, Sheryl Crow, Green Day, Journey and others.



Submission + - Classpath hell just froze over (

An anonymous reader writes: At last week's JavaOne, Mark Reinhold declared "the classpath is dead". The blog post "Classpath hell just froze over" summarizes some of the presentations and discussions at JavaOne regarding project Jigsaw which aims to modularize the now very large JDK in the next release of Java (version 7 due in 2010). It also highlights some of the controversies and unanswered questions, mainly around native module distribution (you can install java modules as rpm packages) and issues with the OSGi alliance.
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Finding a Personal Coding Trifecta 188

jammag writes "For Seinfeld's George Constanza, his dream of the ideal moment was having sex while watching TV and eating a pastrami sandwich. He called this Nirvana state 'The Trifecta.' Developer Eric Spiegel adapts this concept of Nirvana to the act of writing your best possible code. He examines all (or most) of the possible things that might contribute to the 'The Trifecta' for developers — food, beverages, time of day. Spiegel also describes his personal Trifecta."

Submission + - Mars Rovers Seriously Threatened by Dust Storms (

mrcgran writes: " is reporting a new potentially deadly weather condition threatening the Mars rovers: 'The first and largest dusty squall has reduced direct sunlight to Mars' surface by nearly 99 percent, an unprecedented threat for the solar-powered rovers. If the storm keeps up and thickens with even more dust, officials fear the rovers' batteries may empty and silence the robotic explorers forever. "This thing has been breaking records the past few days. The sun is 100 times fainter than normal. We're hoping for a big break in the storm soon, but that's just a hope." '"

Comment Re:Wake up, Bill (Score 2, Informative) 464

Yes but the issue is all the performance doesn't matter if your researchers aren't using it to solve problems. See for more info on this. This is the big HPC push that IBM, Cray, and SUN are participating in. Also a company that I think is kinda cool is working on a very common use of HPC tools by non-computer people. They are very focused on providing easy to use ultra low maintainance computational tools primarially for the bio-informatics community. One of the founders of the company worked an LANL on green-desitiny (or something like that) which was designed to be a low power low maintainance super computing resource at LANL. After all that, the short answer is yes performance is important but there is a lot of work and interest in making sure that this performance can actually be used by the people that are actually solving problems. Mark

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