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Submission + - New Amazon Kindle Tablet (techcrunch.com)

jcgam69 writes: It’s called simply the “Amazon Kindle”. But it’s not like any Kindle you’ve seen before. It displays content in full color. It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen. And it runs Android.

Comment My Experience with the BSA (Score 2) 519

First off, I am not a lawyer.... but the best option is to ignore them and hope that they go away. The BSA sends out scary letters all the time, but what can they really do? Send another even scarier letter? Don't talk to them, hang up when they call, and file their letters in a folder.

Here is how it works on the BSA side. A disgruntled employee contacts the BSA and makes the claim that a entity is using pirated software. They typically talk to the whisteblower multiple times on the phone and ask lots and lots of questions over and over before sending out the scary letter. They always run the risk that the person could be lying, crazy, or disgruntled.

In phase II, they get more legal and more specific and depose the informant and create a sworn statement. They put the informants claims in legalese and make them swear that it is true and sign it. After this happens, you will get scary letter two or three. Often times, the informant isn't disgruntled enough to perjure themselves and risk a countersuit from you company for monetary damages. The BSA will not go further without this because they don't want to be liable in a counter suit for civil damages. They need to show that they are acting in good faith that software piracy is occurring, without a specific sworn statement it amounts to hearsay. They pay a cash reward for information and they make the information work hard for the money they are never going to collect. :)

If you open the door and say, "Come on in and audit us, we've got nothing to hide." you are building a case against yourself. Even if you are legal, you're not since whatever proof you think you have will not be enough to appease them. In my opinion, the only way they can come in is if you let them in or a judge orders the audit as part of a discovery in a lawsuit. Apparently the EULA you clicked "I agree" to on install allows for auditing anytime, but no one has ever tested this legal theory. Meanwhile, do your own audit and make sure you are clean. Make it as difficult as possible on them and hope they go away. Then quit being such a jerk to your employees so they quite calling the BSA or switch to Open Source. :)

Watch this video for more details: The Bully Software Alliance

Submission + - Fermilab Scientists Discover New Particle (conceivablytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Fermilab today announced that scientists working at the CDF (Collision Detector at Fermilab) experiment confirmed the observation of a new particle, the Xi-sub-b. The Xi-sub-b is categorized as are baryon, which are formed of three quarks. Commonly known baryons include the proton as well as the neutron.
News

Submission + - Brendan Kehoe is gone (zen.org) 1

Draoi writes: "Brendan Kehoe, GNU-tools hacker and author of 'Zen and the Art of the Internet' — one of the first mainstream books on the emerging internet, has died after a battle with leukemia. He was 40 years old."
Earth

Submission + - World's Largest Visualization Analytics Display (smartertechnology.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: An 80-foot wide visualization screen at California ISO graphically displays sensor readings from thousands of smart meters as well as provides predictive analytics. By analyzing the grid and environmental inputs like where the wild fires are burning, Space-Time Insights claims its algorithms head off power outages before they can materialize, turning California ISO operators into forecasters instead of damage controllers. If it keeps the lights on and the air conditioners running, I'm all for it!
Social Networks

Submission + - Banned From Google+, Anonymous Creates Anonplus

An anonymous reader writes: Google has reportedly banned a handful of Anonymous members from Google+ (it's not exactly clear how many accounts were shut down). The hacktivist group likened Google's actions to the stories of activists being banned from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as governments blocking various websites using Internet censorship tools. As a result, Anonymous has decided to create its own social network: Anonplus.
Science

Submission + - Aluminum-Celmet Could Increase EV Range by 300% (inhabitat.com)

LesterMoore writes: Japanese company Sumitomo Electric Industries have developed a new material that they believe can improve the range of EVs by an impressive 300%. The ‘super material’ is a form of porous aluminum called “Aluminum-Celmet.” It is a light-weight metal that SEI believes can be utilized in lithium ion batteries as its 3D structure can reportedly triple battery capacity.
Google

Submission + - Google+ is even better with browser add-ons (extremetech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google+ might be the coolest thing since sliced bread — but with this collection of six browser add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins (for all of the major browsers!), Google+ can be efficient, too.

Comment Re:First (Score 2) 651

Your have a good start but things are far more complex. I would like to add 'video games' and 'professional sports' to your list of distractions.

Even after making all of these changes there still aren't any jobs for engineers, especially at the entry level. Another major culprit is free-trade agreements which constantly make the USA less competitive. While we are producing responsibly respecting the environment and worker safety, our trading partners are creating national Superfund sites (like China, the worlds #1 polluter). It is much more complicated that GOP tax-cut ideology. Just as observation, tax-cuts on the wealthy haven't helped the economy.

Submission + - Free software builds 3D models from your photos (technologyreview.com)

holy_calamity writes: "Design software company Autodesk is set to make it possible for your camera to do the work of a laser scanner, and capture highly accurate 3D models of objects and scenery. The Photofly software takes in overlapping photos taken from different angles to work out the 3D shapes shown to about 99% accuracy. The resulting model can be exported to design software, or even sent to a 3D printing service. About 40 photos are sufficient to capture a person's head and shoulders and archaeologists are already using the tool to replicate early human remains more cheaply than using a laser scanner."

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