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Music

Submission + - Students busted on piracy charges

taoman1 writes: The music industry is asking 50 Ohio University students to pay $3,000 each to avoid lawsuits accusing them of pirating songs off the Internet. The Recording Industry Association of America asked the university to pass along letters to the students with Internet addresses accused of being involved with the illegal sharing of copyrighted music. The university notified the students on Monday. "The downloading has occurred and we can't change that, but we can let them know what their options are," OU spokeswoman Sally Linder said Wednesday.
Communications

Submission + - New .TEL Domain - Communications Revolution?

An anonymous reader writes: ICANN just announced the addition of .TEL to the DNS root zone, making it the 15th top level domain under contract with ICANN on the Internet. .TEL isn't a domain extension in the traditional sense. Instead, it is gearing up to become a cutting edge, decentralized, globally accessible and privacy-enhanced contact directory...

http://www.dailydomainer.com/200744-ring-ring-its- tel-calling.html
Windows

Journal Journal: Office 2007 Wrecks Outlook Express Spell Check.

Ai-Eeee! ca c'est bon, no?:

Much to the delight of Francophiles everywhere, Microsoft's Office 2007 switches Outlook Express spell-checkers to work only in French. Those disposed to communicate in other languages are being advised to use third-party programs.

No, that's not good. Microsoft French is probably worse than mine. I'm glad to be a Kontact user.

Biotech

Humans Hardwired to Believe in Supernatural Deity? 1852

dohcrx writes "According to a Sunday New York Times article, 6 in 10 Americans believe in the devil and hell, 7 in 10 believe in angels, heaven and the existence of miracles and life after death, while 92% believe in a personal God. The article explores the possibility that this belief structure may be ingrained into our genetic makeup. 'When a trait is universal, evolutionary biologists look for a genetic explanation and wonder how that gene or genes might enhance survival or reproductive success ... Which is the better biological explanation for a belief in God — evolutionary adaptation or neurological accident? Is there something about the cognitive functioning of humans that makes us receptive to belief in a supernatural deity?'"
Windows

Submission + - Symantec Releases Four Whitepapers Debunking Vista

kfed writes: Hot on the heals of research showing UAC in Vista could hide malware Symantec have now relesed four new whitepapers (two more to be released on Monday). The research is a mixture of high level fluff and more detailed technical analysis of certain technologies and their weaknesses. Symantec have given Vista mixed reviews, thumbs up in certain areas and down in others. If Symantec is engaging in competitive research one can only wonder what other MS competitors are up to.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - The simple pleasure of breaking things.

rlandmann writes: When my mobile phone "failed me for the last time", I smashed it to pieces and have offered the remains on eBay as my way of making a public mockery of the hapless device.

The phone was still under warranty, but to tell the truth, I really couldn't be bothered arguing about it with my phone company, and preferred the visceral satisfaction of the violent destruction of the offending hardware.

The comments and questions other eBayers have been leaving suggest to me that I may have touched on something here. What's the most satisfying way that you've destroyed a technological menace?

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