I visited Universal Studios just before Season 3 started, and they were handing out "Battlestar Galactica: The Story Thus Far" DVDs to everyone as they left the park (if you don't remember, that was a 1-hr special designed to get new viewers up to speed that Universal aired on NBC, SCI-FI, USA, Bravo, Universal HD, and Sleuth, and which they made available online for free).
Yes, of course the EFF would help you sue Cory Doctorow, who is a former EFF staff member, recipient of EFF's 2007 Pioneer Award, and a current EFF fellow.
I don't even see why this is news. I had an HP printer with "HP Instant Delivery" 12 years ago (in 1998), which could print out a customized newspaper each morning based on your preferences. You would choose the types of stories, the sources it would pull from, and the length. And yes, the newspaper included small ads. It was actually quite handy for reading during the morning commute.
I just finished my taxes last week, and in one of the last steps after e-filing TurboTax offered to post a "I just finished my taxes with TurboTax and I'm getting a $XXX refund!" message to my Facebook profile.
188.8.131.52 and their ilk are free and non-redirecting. You can use 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.52
They are run by L-3 and sitting on major backbones, and the ip addresses are pooled, so that you will likely get a server that is geographically near you when you use one of those addresses.
Actually, they often wouldn't even bother with consultants. I got to tour the set of Voyager while it was shooting (S01E13, "Cathexis"), and many of the shooting scripts would simply says [TECH] instead of the technical term, and it was up to the ACTORS to fill in the blank. For example, you'd see a line like: "We've got to [TECH] the [TECH] before the [TECH] [TECHS]". They just relied on the actors using a consistent set of gibberish to fill in the blanks.
I know it's Slashdot and we don't read the articles, but at least read the first sentence of the summary:
Beneath the 5-inch, 800 x 480 pixel touch panel (with stylus)
That's bull. You cannot recover lost wages incurred by appearing in small claims court. The only lost wages you can sue for in small claims court are those lost because the defendant physically prevented you from working (i.e. Sony came to your house and smashed your fingers, preventing you from working as a coder). Suing someone is voluntary. To quote the website of one cities small claims court:
3. THE AMOUNT OF YOUR CLAIM: You may ask for money only. No other recovery is permitted in the Small Claims Division. You may not recover "punitive damages", nor lost wages, traveling expenses, costs of obtaining evidence, baby-sitting and the like, incidental to your filing, preparing, or trial appearance. You may recover court fees and interest from the defendant if you win your case.
Waterworld is probably the best example of that in recent memory (and yes, it was Sci-Fi). It cost $175 Million in 1995, making it the most expensive film ever made at the time. The movie was terrible, and only made back $88 million.
Truth is free, but information costs.