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The Courts

Submission + - Jammie Thomas to appeal RIAA verdict (arstechnica.com)

Perp writes: Ending a few days of speculation, Jammie Thomas has decided to appeal last week's $222,000 copyright infringement verdict. 'The basis of her appeal will be jury instruction no. 15, which told the jurors that they could find Thomas liable for copyright infringement if she made the recordings available over a file-sharing network, "regardless of whether actual distribution has been shown." The "making available" argument is a contentious one... and judges have gone both ways on this issue. The question of whether making a file available over a P2P network falls under the category of distribution as defined by the Copyright Act is by no means settled in the eyes of the law.' Thomas has also begun accepting donations to cover her legal expenses.

Journal Journal: Vertical Farming

New York Magazine has an interesting article about vertical farming, or growing food in skyscrapers. Dr. Dickson Despommier of Columbia University believes that "vertical farm" skyscrapers could help fight global warming. The article points out other uses: growing food in close proximity to cities, recycling urban waste, growing more food with less land and resources, sheltering food from pests without chemicals, and producing energy th

Submission + - US Spaceflight record Broken

Josh Fink writes: "Today, astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria has been living and working in space for 197 days. The previous record of 196 days was held by expedition 4 crew members Carl Walz and Dan Bursch. When Lopez-Alegria returns to Earth on April 20, he will have spent 214 days aboard the IIS. From the article:

"You know it's kind of being like Barry Bonds and...Albert Pujos playing on the same team," Lopez-Alegria, an avid baseball fan, said referring to professional ballplayers. "I have a feeling my record isn't going to last very long, and I know exactly who is going to break it."

While the US may have broken its own record, it still has a long way to go to catch up with the world record of 438 days held by Valery Polyakov, a MIR crew member. You can view the article located at space.com here."

Submission + - U.S.-S.Korea Deal Pressures Japan

Arigato writes: A free trade pact between the United States and South Korea has cranked up the pressure on another top American ally in Asia to move forward on a similar agreement with Washington: Japan. The deal wrapped up in Seoul on Monday, which still requires legislative approval, would slash tariffs on South Korean exports to the lucrative American market — putting many Japanese companies at a potential disadvantage.

Submission + - Google ruined their business (they say)

netbuzz writes: "Another case of Google giveth and Google taketh away: A small London company called Wolf Software says Google essentially put them out of the business of selling barcode software by stripping them of their lofty page rank for no apparent reason. Traffic dropped from 1,000 per day to zip; sales from 10-20 to almost zip. So now Wolf is simply getting out of the barcode software business, it says, and they're releasing their code into the open-source world. Google's encountered this complaint before, of course, and has even had to defend itself (successfully) in court.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1336 9"

Submission + - Oracle, HP caught sending spam

kurmudgeon writes: The Register is running a article that documents Fortune 1000 companies' contributions to the spam epidemic.

From the article: "When it comes to bot-infested PCs that spew spam, most of us assume the owners are newbie users too naive or careless to follow basic security measures. Think again. There's a good chance that the penis enlargement email that just landed in your inbox is from a network maintained by Oracle, Hewlett-Packard or some other Fortune 1000 company."

The article draws on data gathered from a spam trap maintained by a company called Support Intelligence.

Submission + - Macworld UK reviews Apple TV - only 2 stars

Mark Hattersley writes: "Macworld UK has given the Apple TV just two stars. Here's a quote: "Apple TV suffers from a couple of rather big problems: it's very hard to get content onto it and it's very hard to connect it to most TV sets. It's inability to play DivX formats, plus reliance on the as yet non-existent UK iTunes store video content really do work against it. As such we can't recommend this product at this point in time.""

Submission + - http://www.engadget.com/2007/03/29/apples-boot-cam

C0rinthian writes: According to Engadget the latest release of Boot Camp supports Windows Vista, as well as providing several enhancements while working in both Vista and XP.

the latest beta also includes updated drivers for the "trackpad, AppleTime, audio, graphics, modem, and iSight," and you can even control the action in Windows Media Player (and iTunes, of course) with the Apple Remote. Additionally, Apple is now invading your Windows system tray by adding an icon "for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions," and finally, you'll find Apple Software Update within both Windows XP and Vista environments.

Submission + - Interview with Alex St John, creator of DirectX

David Craddock writes: "Shacknews conducted a two-part interview with Alex St John, former Microsoft employee and the founding father of their DirectX gaming architecture. Alex discusses his time at Microsoft, working on DirectX, how he was taught the Microsoft method of "persuading" developers to their technology, and why he thinks Vista is terrible for gaming. He also reveals the origin of the green "X" Xbox logo. http://www.shacknews.com/extras/2007/032907_alexst john1_1.x"
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Ian Murdoch: What's a Linux Guy Doing at Sun?

narramissic writes: "When Ian Murdoch joined Sun Microsystems Inc. in its newly created position of chief operating platforms officer, the most common question he fielded was: 'What's a Linux guy doing at Sun?' His answer: Working to make Solaris look like or be as appealing as Linux. In this interview, Murdoch discusses his new role, Linux, Solaris, and closing the usability gap."
The Internet

Submission + - Girls Better Than Boys in Internet Safety Study

eldavojohn writes: "According to two independent Australian studies, girls are practice safer internet techniques. Other interesting tidbits from the studies:
  • 87% of children have a computer at home (47% said the location of the computer was in the living/dining room and 27% had a computer in their own bedroom)
  • The top three most popular online activities for children are Instant Messaging, Internet surfing and email.
  • Over half of the children surveyed said they are members of online communities
  • Younger children (aged 5-12) prefer to play games online, while older children (12+) prefer to blog, use community sites and email.
  • 70% of parents say they regularly go online with their kids
I guess it makes sense to teach your children safe practices online by sitting down with them and demonstrating what responsible web use is."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Apple's iTV is Hot Hot Hot...literally

Anonymous Howard writes: After Apple's launch of iTV, there have been some reports of people worried about how hot the actual device is. Digital Trends actually went and did a heat test, including thermal images with the iTV next to a MacBook Pro and LaCie external hard drive. The conclude that the iTV actually gets up to 111F at its hottest, and averaging 104F! In sleep mode, the iTV is still 97.8F. That is amazingly hot.

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