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Submission + - Entertainment Content Protection Summit Next Week (contentprotectionsummit.com)

esmrg writes: On Dec. 8, the entertainment industry will for the first time meet to discuss 'content protection'. From the notice: "Our industry needs to chart a new course in its war against hackers, pirates and counterfeiters. In the years to come, I expect that Dec. 8 in Los Angeles will be remembered as the place where this new and highly effective industry initiative began." And: "I would like to encourage you and/or any other members of your team to join us as our industry launches an important new dialogue about taking the offense in the war against content piracy." Of course, as just stated, the frame of the dialogue is already set. Do these people realize they are waging war on the very people they depend on? Do they realize 'content protection' is impossible. Let them know what you think.

Comment Re:Pretty Neat (Score 3, Interesting) 220

why did their civilization suddenly die out?

Are you actually serious with that question???

I believe the OP was making the common mistake of personifying the system instead of the people. That is common these days. However, the classic maya vanished before that, around 800 C.E. While the people didn't actually 'vanish', their way of life did. While it is possible that the maya became victims of their own overgrowth like the romans, subject to the law of diminishing returns, it seems more plausible they just abandoned it when it no longer served them. Perhaps the city was more a project or experiment than an exercise in domination and superiority like it was with the romans. The experiment served its purpose and then the people dispersed back into the jungle. It's unfortunate that most of what they learned and recorded during this time was destroyed by those invading peoples you mentioned.

Comment Re:not always (Score 1) 481

I'm not going to bother to look it up, but I bet it is more than 40 times, a LOT more.

Let's see, eh.
Ballmer's 2009 Total Compensation:
$1,276,627 [src: forbes.com]

Microsoft factory worker in China:
65 cents x 15 hours x 24 days (people work 6 days a week there) = US$234/mo [from below post]

Ballmer makes about 454.6X a factor worker. Not really a thousand times, but getting there. Not to mention these workers have to buy their own bedding so they essentially have no benefits. None.

Comment Re:Not "hacking" (Score 1) 308

It certainly qualifies as "hacking". See, it's the quotes that modify the meaning. For example, If you were to buy something with inkjet prints or photographs of dollar bills you could say: I tried to buy this candy bar with "money", and they turned me away. Or "sex" in place of masturbating in front of your monitor. Or Nickelback as "music". I could go on.

High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats 542

krou writes "In an experiment conducted by a Princeton University team, 'Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.' Long-term consumption also 'led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.' Psychology professor Bart Hoebel commented that 'When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight.'"

Debunking a Climate-Change Skeptic 807

DJRumpy writes "The Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg won fame and fans by arguing that many of the alarms sounded by environmental activists and scientists — that species are going extinct at a dangerous rate, that forests are disappearing, that climate change could be catastrophic — are bogus. A big reason Lomborg was taken seriously is that both of his books, The Skeptical Environmentalist (in 2001) and Cool It (in 2007), have extensive references, giving a seemingly authoritative source for every one of his controversial assertions. So in a display of altruistic masochism that we should all be grateful for (just as we're grateful that some people are willing to be dairy farmers), author Howard Friel has checked every single citation in Cool It. The result is The Lomborg Deception, which is being published by Yale University Press next month. It reveals that Lomborg's work is 'a mirage,' writes biologist Thomas Lovejoy in the foreword. '[I]t is a house of cards. Friel has used real scholarship to reveal the flimsy nature' of Lomborg's work."

Comment Re:Getting through the university barrier in the U (Score 5, Informative) 252

plagarism checker databases like turnitin lack the ability to parse anything but word files

I didn't believe this statement so I looked it up.
According to their student guide at http://www.turnitin.com/resources/documentation/turnitin/training/en_us/qs_student_en_us.pdf

At the top of page 2:
" We accept submissions in these formats: MS Word, WordPerfect, RTF, PDF, PostScript, HTML, and plain text (.txt)"

So while I think plagiarism checkers are kind of a waste of resources, your statement is still false.

It's funny.  Laugh.

The Top 5 Technology Panics of 2009 146

destinyland writes "An A.I. researcher lists the Top 5 Technology Panics of 2009 — along with the corresponding reality. There's exploding iPods, the uproar over 'bombing' the moon, and even a flesh-eating robot. But in each case, he supplies some much-needed perspective. 'These incidents are incredibly rare ... the rocket stage weighs around two tons, while the Moon weighs in at a 73,477,000,000,000,000,000 tons... and desecration of the dead is against the laws of war — and plant matter is a much better fuel source anyway.'"

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