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Security

Lenovo Service Disables Laptops With a Text Message 257

narramissic writes "Lenovo plans to announce on Tuesday a service that allows users to remotely disable a PC by sending a text message. A user can send the command from a specified cell phone number — each ThinkPad can be paired with up to 10 cell phones — to kill a PC. The software will be available free from Lenovo's Web site. It will also be available on certain ThinkPad notebooks equipped with mobile broadband starting in the first half of 2009. 'You steal my PC and ... if I can deliver a signal to that PC that turns it off, hey, I'm good now,' said Stacy Cannady, product manager of security at Lenovo. 'The limitation here is that you have to have a WAN card in the PC and you must be paying a data plan for it,' Cannady added."
The Internet

A Law Professor's Opinion of Viacom vs YouTube 155

troll -1 writes "Lawrence Lessig, a well-known law professor at Stanford, has an op-ed in the NY Times entitled Make Way for Copyright Chaos which references the Viacom vs YouTube case. What's interesting about this article is that it gives some historical perspective on copyright law and the courts. Up until Grokster, Lessig says the attitude of the courts was, 'if you don't like how new technologies affect copyright, take your problem to Congress.' But in the Grokster case the court seemed to rule against the technology itself, cutting Congress out of the picture. He also explains that Viacom is essentially asking the Court to rule against the safe harbor provision of Title II of the DMCA which should protect YouTube and others against liability so long as they make reasonable steps to take down infringing content at the request of the copyright holder. Lessig doesn't give us any insight into who's going to win but he does conclude that 'conservatives on the Supreme Court have long warned' about the dynamic of going against Congress when it comes to copyright."
Microsoft

Submission + - Does Microsoft really suck ? And if so ,how bad?

An anonymous reader writes: MICROSOFT's formerly tame blogger Robert Scoble has recently protested that Microsoft sucks . I just wanted to know what has Microsoft done lately that has been right besides belittle the competition . I know they released Vista but I didn't see anything there that was earth shattering . With so much money in the bank has Microsoft become to big move effectively through the market. Has Microsoft's sheer size killed any agility in the market . Instead of offering good innovating products at reasonable prices , they use there market dominance end up shoving them down your throat. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/ind ustry_sectors/technology/article1529988.ece
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft's lame attempt at advertising.

Azhar writes: "After their pathetic Ads for the Zune, Microsoft manages to come up with something even lamer, this time in India (this shot is from the Times of India) to promote their Genuine Software. Not only is the entire thing ironic, it's just stupid. Enjoy"
Education

Submission + - Clever Garbage Disposal methods

Grumbeys writes: "So after a recent college visit i realized that garbage just tends to accumulate in any space of living, pretty much no matter how often you clean. So i thought, perhaps there is a lazy mans way to avoid this constant picking up of beer cans and such. Something that involves a few of the following -A wet/dry vac on reverse -Some tubing of some sort, either pbc or duct i'm assuming. my plan is to construct a device that will allow one to throw garbage into a vat and have the garbage propelled by the wet/dry vac into a large garbage container far away from the living quarters. I need some ideas, and comments. could this work or can i not get enough propulsion from a wet/dry vac.."

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