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Comment Re:Doesn't the Tolkien estate... (Score 1) 211

The family can make slot machines too if they want. The books were written over 55 years ago by a guy who has been dead for 39 years. It should be ok for everyone to do whatever they want with it by now. The actual creator of the work can't profit from it anymore even if you think he still should. If someone thinks these machines or whatever else people come up with are distasteful they they can just not use them.

Comment Re:Hey Guys (Score 2) 547

Maybe the DVD store guy can start catering to perverts as well. You just don't get the same thrill when you anonymously download your stuff from the Internet. The disapproving looks and terse conversation from the person behind the counter when you go rent it really add to the overall experience. Or so I've been told.

Submission + - Google Earns Only $1.70 a Year per Android Device

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "While Apple generates more than $575 in profit for every iOS device and according to estimates in 2007 Apple earned more than $800 on every iPhone sold through ATT, Horace Dediu reports that Android generated less than $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011 earning only $1.70 per year per Andriod device explaining how Apple is sucking up two thirds of the profit in the mobile phone business. Dediu's starting point is a settlement offer Google (GOOG) made to Oracle (ORCL) of $2.8 million and 0.515% of Android revenues on an ongoing basis. His assumption is that those numbers represent Google's revenue from Android to date. "If this is the case," writes Dediu. "We have a significant breakthrough in understanding the economics of Android and the overall mobile platform strategy of Google." The primary source of Google's mobile revenue is advertising and ironically, Google seems to be getting more revenue from iOS devices than Android — by a factor of 4 to 1 according to The Guardian's Charles Arthur. Of course profitability is not the only reason Google is in the mobile phone business. "P&L considerations were not the only (or even at all) factors in investment for Google, Having a hedge against hegemony of potential rivals, having a means to learn and develop new business and having a role in defining the post-PC computing paradigm are all probably bigger considerations than profitability," writes Dediu. "My take is that [Android] is not a bad business. But it's also not a great one.""

Submission + - Record broken for energy-conversion with new tandem polymer solar cells at UCLA (

ericjones12398 writes: Researchers at UCLA’s school of engineering and UCLA’s California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) have developed a device to convert sunlight into electricity efficiently and cost effectively using organic polymers. UCLA’s Yang Yang’s research team has built a device with a new 'tandem' structure for power-conversion. In July 2011,

Submission + - Maine's "Bar Harbor Batman" arrested over Facebook Post (

An anonymous reader writes: In Bar Harbor, Maine, there is a self-styled proxy Batman who does not have a great relationship with local police. On Sunday, that relationship took a turn for the worse when Christopher Schwartz, also known as Bar Harbor Batman, posted a comment on his hero persona Facebook Page that he says was meant as an April Fools’ joke for the enjoyment of his 1,200 or so fans.

The comment that got Batman arrested and charged with "terrorizing"? “I demand payment of 1 million dollars or I will blow up the hospital,” Schwartz posted on the site. “Once the funds are secured, private message me for further instruction.”

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Submission + - USA Votes to Allow Strip Searches for Any Offense ( 2

sl4shd0rk writes: Taking a page out of the TSA handbook, the Supreme Court has voted to allow strip searches, for any offense, no matter how minimal. The article has a number of anecdotes including a Nun who was at a protest, and some dude whose wife was pulled over for speeding. The article cites these two tidbits from Justice Anthony Kennedy: "Every detainee who will be admitted to the general [jail or prison] population may be required to undergo a close visual inspection while undressed," and "Maintaining safety and order at detention centers requires the expertise of correctional officials," Officials of which have expertise we are very familiar with

Submission + - IEEE studying lighter Gigabit Ethernet cable for use in cars (

alphadogg writes: Ethernet has gained speed many times, and now it may be about to lose weight. The IEEE has announced formation of a study group on reduced twisted pair Gigabit Ethernet. The group will look at whether to develop a standard that would deliver performance as high as the current Gigabit Ethernet over cables with fewer wires inside, a goal considered important for in-car networks. Ethernet is starting to emerge as a key automotive technology as cars are equipped with more entertainment and communication options, plus safety features such as rear-view video cameras.

Submission + - Smearing Toddler Reputations via Internet: Free Speech or Extortion? (

retroworks writes: "Crystal Cox, a Montana woman who calls herself an “investigative journalist” was slapped with a $2.5-million judgment last year for defaming an investment firm and one of its lead partners. Cox had taken control of the Google footprint of Obsidian Finance and its principal Kevin Padrick by writing hundreds of posts about them on dozens of websites she owned, inter-linking them in ways that made them rise up in Google search results; it ruined Obsidian’s business due to prospective clients being put off by the firm’s seemingly terrible online reputation. After Obsidian sued Cox, she contacted them offering her “reputation services;” for $2,500 a month, she could “fix” the firm’s reputation and help promote its business. The Forbes Article goes on to describe how she tried to similarly leverage attorneys and journalists reputations. Finding some of her targets were too well established in google rank to pester or intimidate, Cox moved to family members, reserving domain names for one of her target's 3 year old daughter. Forbes columnist Kashmir Hill makes the case that this clearly isn't journalism, and establishes a boundary for free speech online."

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