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Submission + - Has RIAA expert Jacobson contradicted himself? (blogspot.com) 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "A year and five months after examining the defendant's hard drive in UMG v. Lindor, the RIAA's "expert" witness, Dr. Doug Jacobson, has issued a "supplemental report" which appears to contradict his earlier "reports" alluding to the hard drive inspection. In view of the superb job the Slashdot community and the Groklaw community did in helping first to prepare for, and then to vet, Jacobson's deposition, I humbly submit for your learned review the now three (3) versions of the "expert's" opinions based on the hard drive, for your analysis. As with almost all federal litigation documents nowadays, they are, unfortunately, in *pdf format: (a) December 19, 2006, declaration; (b) unsigned October 25, 2006, report, awaiting approval from RIAA lawyers; and (c) December 15, 2007, version. The initial observations of commentators on my blog are located here."
Christmas Cheer

Submission + - Duke Nukem Forever Teaser Trailer Released (shacknews.com)

delorean79 writes: "According to a post by some bloke at 3D Realms on their forums, Duke Nukem Forver IS HAPPENING. The story goes that some blokes presented a teaser trailer to staff at the office Xmas party this year. The teaser trailer will be released tomorrow (19th December) at 12pm CST. More info is found here and a screenshot from the teaser can be found here. The original forum post is here. I bet it still never makes it to the store shelves. Ever."
Christmas Cheer

Submission + - DNF Trailer to released 12/19/07 at 12 PM CST (3drealms.com)

Masterwinks writes: The long awaited sequel to Duke Nukem 3D (1996) is finally being revealed for the first time in almost 7 years. Duke Nukem Forever will be formally revealed in a teaser trailer Wednesday December 19, 2007 at approximately 12 Noon US Central Time.
From 3D Realms Home Site:
Tomorrow, Wednesday the 19th, around noon CST, we will release the first teaser trailer from Duke Nukem Forever. To tide you over until then, there has been a screen shot taken from the teaser and posted in our forums. Check it out here.

Graphics

Submission + - NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Multi-GPU Performance Preview (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "NVIDIA has been the forerunner in multi-GPU rendering for a long time now. With years of maturity and performance tuning, their SLI technology has shown very strong scaling when chaining a pair of GPUs together to tackle the 3D graphics processing workload. We've seen quad-SLI on mid-range GPUs previously with NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2 but what about three GeForce 8800 Ultra cards strapped in under the hood? Green-friendly, eco-minded, tree-huggers or those of you with weak constitutions for that matter; look away. This might not be for you. NVIDIA's 3-Way SLI has been announced today and this performance showcase at HotHardware shows you exactly what it can and can't do for you."
Businesses

Submission + - Technical Considerations For A Gaming Center

Anonymous Coward writes: "A year or so ago, Slashdot covered a question of some of the considerations an entrepreneur should take before starting a Cyber gaming cafe. My question is, What technical considerations should I take into... consideration?

What sort of server hardware, switches, and software should a potential cyber cafe take on? This would be a 20 workstation environment with an outgoing T1 line, and the potential for internal BYOC Wi-Fi access, as well as console gaming. Any other ideas are especially welcome."
Media

Submission + - RIAA Prepares to Sue 400 College Students

An anonymous reader writes: The RIAA sent out "pre-litigation settlement notices" to 400 network users at 13 U.S. universities today, continuing a PR blitz that began last week with a much-publicized list of the 25 most notified universities for copyright infringement. Once again, Ohio University tops the list, with one out of every eight notifications. From the press release: "The RIAA will request that universities forward those letters to the appropriate network user. Under this new approach, a student (or other network user) can settle the record company claims against him or her at a discounted rate before a lawsuit is ever filed."
Movies

Submission + - Jesus: Tales from the Crypt

gollum123 writes: "Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity ( http://time-blog.com/middle_east/2007/02/jesus_tal es_from_the_crypt.html ). In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected — the cornerstone of Christian faith — and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene. Let's go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building in the industrial park in the Talpiyot, a Jerusalem suburb. of Jerusalem. The earth gave way, revealing a 2,000 year old cave with 10 stone caskets. Archologists were summoned, and the stone caskets carted away for examination. It took 20 years for experts to decipher the names on the ten tombs. They were: Jesua, son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Mathew, Jofa and Judah, son of Jesua. But film-makers Cameron and Jacobovici claim to have amassed evidence through DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies, that the 10 coffins belong to Jesus and his family. Cameron is holding a New York press conference on Monday at which he will reveal three coffins, supposedly those of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft complains about limiting choices

inode_buddha writes: "Microsoft is accusing IBM of a large-scale campaign to limit users choices in Office formats. The article goes on to explain that IBM is pushing ODF via several standards bodies, while Microsoft tries to fast-track OOXML through the ECMA.

Microsoft seems to feel that the competition is unfair, according to TFA at El Reg, including quotes from a letter at MS InterOp. Pot, meet Kettle?"
Sci-Fi

Submission + - "Star Trek Gamers" Blacklisted By Bethesda

sandus writes: The largest Trek game fansite StarTrek-Gamers.com was officially blacklisted by Bethesda Softworks not long ago. To discover the reasoning behind this decision the Fallout news site NMA has conducted an in-depth interview with StarTrek-Gamers' webmaster, Victor. From the interview:

NMA: Star Trek Gamers has been officially blacklisted by Bethesda. Why, do you feel, did Bethesda do this?

Victor: They did it for several reasons. One of them being that one or two other major fansites haven't officially come out in public on their front page and panned Legacy, only the STG did.
Sony

Submission + - Sony says 'no' to porn on Blu-ray Disc

reversible physicist writes: "From an article in Infoworld:

The choice of which high-definition disc format to use was "kind of made for us, so everything we are replicating right now is in the HD DVD format," said Robby D, a director at popular adult film maker Digital Playground Inc. "As far as I understand, Sony has said to the replicators that if you replicate adult, you'll lose your license."

Many believe that Sony's Betamax video tape format, while technologically superior to VHS, died because the adult movie industry was barred from using Betamax, noted Jake Richter, an analyst at Jon Peddie Research. "Is Sony doomed to repeat one of the mistakes of the past? It seems like that may be the case," he wrote in a report."

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