from the thinkofthechildren-tag-is-appropriate-here dept.
mcgrew writes "The Chicago Tribune reports that an eighteen year old straight-A High School student was arrested for writing an essay that 'disturbed' his teacher. Even though no threats were made to a specific person, 18 year-old Allen Lee's English teacher convened a panel to discuss the work. As a result of that discussion, the police were called in. 'The youth's father said his son was not suspended or expelled but was forced to attend classes elsewhere for now. Today, Cary-Grove students rallied behind the arrested teen by organizing a petition drive to let him back in their school. They posted on walls quotes from the English teacher in which she had encouraged students to express their emotions through writing.'"
eldavojohn writes: "PhysOrg is running a piece on a recent speech by Apple CEO Steve Jobs about DRM free music. While we know that Jobs is a self proclaimed proponent of DRM free music who's not all talk, he's now said that "by the end of this year, over half of the songs we offer on iTunes we believe will be in DRM-free versions. I think we're going to achieve that." Jobs pointed out what's obvious to us, the consumers, but isn't obvious to the music industry — "People want to own their music." He also dismissed subscription based music as a failure & claimed a lot of other music labels are intrigued by the EMI deal. There's no doubt in my mind that everyone will be watching EMI's cash flow very carefully with the utmost scrutiny in these coming quarters. If he succeeds in his crusade, I may find myself finally purchasing music on digital non-compact disc based media."
An anonymous reader writes: If the recent deal between Apple and EMI to sell DRM-free tracks in the AAC codec takes off — and it waits to be seen if consumers will pay an extra 30% for the privilege — it could marginalize WMA as a lead commercial codec. Because they were locked out of FairPlay most player manufacturers and download services turned to WMA and PlaysForSure as their DRM solution for the masses. Some also incorporated additional open codecs like OGG, but did so to primarily attract a niche, digitally savvier, audience. As it gives competing DAP makers and music services access to the iPod and iTunes, the deal now places straight AAC in prime position to take off as the paid download standard. This means there is less compelling reason to stick with WMA should the other major labels follow suit. It doesn't help that Microsoft angered a number of its partners when it introduced Zune and a new proprietary DRM scheme restricted to that player and their Zune Marketplace. That strategic move now appears to be ill-fated.
CorinneI writes: "Customers across the country have been contacted by Comcast with a warning to curb excessive bandwidth consumption or risk a one-year service termination. Comcast, however, is refusing to reveal how much bandwidth use is allowed, making it impossible for customers to know if they are in danger of violating Comcast's limit. Might your service be at risk? Find out on PCMag.com.
swaha writes: "Microsoft is apparently threatened by open source software running under Vista and has imposed limitations on memory size on GCC compiled programs that were not present under either XP or Win 98SE or even MS-DOS."
Some two weeks after the release of "Project Looking Glass 3D" version 1.0, the first stable release, of Sun Microsystem's open-source desktop environment, a new version of LG3D-LiveCD has been released(https://lg3d-livecd.dev.java.net/, https://lg3d.dev.java.net/).
First time presented in 2004 LG3D's style of presenting 2D windows in 3D space has only recently closely been resembled by Windows Vista's Aero
Eastender writes: After all the years of going along with the EU authorities on anti trust issues, is Microsoft finally getting its payback? Here are the first paragraphs of the story and the link at the end to follow it...
More than 7,000 angry Linux users have protested against the European Union after it excluded them from viewing streaming videos.
The EU makes streaming videos of many of its most important council debates and press conferences available online. However, this service only works on Windows and Apple computers.
Stefan Esterer, a member of computing staff from Austria's University of Salzburg who is also involved with Debian, created an online petition last Friday which calls on the EU to stop excluding open-source users. At the time of writing, 7,600 people had already signed up.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/software/soa/Anger_as _EU_ignores_open_source_video/0,130061733,33927285 6,00.htm?feed=alert