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MST3K is Back, Sort Of 264

Polar Star writes "Retrocrush reports that Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett are back making fun of crappy movies again in a new incarnation called The Film Crew. In the first of many new DVDs to be released, they take on a 1969 abomination called Hollywood After Dark which features a still-not-very-young Rue McClanahan as a down-on-her-luck actress who becomes a stripper. Needless to say, it's one of the scariest movies you'll ever see. There's plenty of funny jokes throughout, and they definitely prove themselves worthy of carrying on the MST3K tradition." Update 1925 GMT by SM: Corrected a few oversights and pointed to The Film Crew's actual website.

Submission + - Biochemical treatment of mental illness (

maskedau writes: Biochemical treatment, originally developed for schizophrenia, has also shown promise in the treatment of depression and behavior disorders. Although still in a process of evolution, the testing methods and treatment modalities have matured to the point that a high percentage of patients report treatment effectiveness. However, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies must be successfully carried out before this promising therapy can become part of mainstream medicine.
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Submission + - Thoof reviewed by Read/Write Web (

Sanity writes: "New social news website Thoof is reviewed by Josh Catone of Read/Write Web. "It's a bit like Digg meets Findory with a wiki flavor ... Thoof relies on a story personalization algorithm to analyze the links you've clicked and attempts to deliver links based on your interests." In addition to the collaborative filtering aspect, the site is also different in that users can propose changes to stories which other users can vote on before they are applied. This means that rather than just complaining about poorly written story summaries, users can just fix whatever problems they see."

Submission + - The Atrophy of Educational Fair Use? (

An anonymous reader writes: The Copyright Clearance Center has a new blanket license for educational institutions.. It is billed covering all copyright clearances, though it doesn't really.. Defenders of educational fair use are worried by this apparently benign development, or so says an article in the Financial Times 0b5df10621.html

"Teachers and students may come to understand their freedom to make educational copies as granted by license, not law. That may not be of much concern for wealthy colleges that find it easier to just pay a flat fee rather than educate their students and teachers about fair use. But it is a great concern for poorer institutions and for the rest of us...
The Copyright Clearance Center's goals are respectable. Publishers and authors have completely legitimate interests to defend. But is the result of this new license a buy-out by wealthy institutions, the only ones who could afford to defend the principle of academic freedom called fair use? Is it a retreat to licensed "gated communities," leaving the poor, the uninformed and the dissident to with no license and an atrophied culture of fair use?"


Submission + - British break global, web-based, pedophile ring

westlake writes: "In a breaking news story, the AP is reporting that the British police with the help of U.S. and Canadian investigators, have broken a web-based global pedophile ring, with 700 arrests world-wide. The ring was traced to an Internet chat room called "Kids the Light of Our Lives" that featured images of children being subjected to horrific sexual abuse including streaming live videos. Police rescued 31 children, some of them only a few months old. More than 15 of the children were in the United Kingdom. Authorities said they used surveillance tactics normally used against terrorism suspects and drug traffickers to infiltrate the ring at its highest level. The host of the chat room, Timothy David Martyn Cox, 27, of Buxhall, who used the online identity "Son of God," admitted to nine counts of possessing and distributing indecent images. Cox was given an indeterminate jail sentence Monday at a court in eastern England. That means he will remain in prison until authorities determine he is no longer a threat to children. 700 held as pedophile ring smashed, Police Smash Global Pedophile Ring"

Submission + - Faster integer multiplication

origins writes: On the STOC 2007,thesis about faster integer multiplication was submitted. According to the thesis,multiplication can be calculated faster than ever. Schönhage&Strassen algorithm was known as fastest(O(n log n log log n)) but now Martin Fürer algorithm was((n log n 2^O(log* n)). improvement of multiplication algorithm after decades is quite interesting.
Martin Fürer's homepage
The thesis
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Make GPLv2 and GPLv3 coexist in the same project? (

cyclop writes: "I am coding a data analysis application in my laboratory that I would like to release as free (as in freedom) software. Moreover I am going to begin a small OSS game that will be based, in part, on GPLv2 libraries. Problem is: in both cases, I'd like to be able to exchange code both with GPLv2 and (future) GPLv3 projects. I have no particolar passions about both licences, only thing is I don't want BSD-style "do anything you want" licensing but a copyleft license. I know that GPLv2 and GPLv3 are not compatible. What can I do? Double-licensing? Is there a compatible-with-both licence? Adding exceptions? What do you think is the best way to address the GPLv2-to-GPLv3 transition without ending in one of the two sides of the barricade?"

Submission + - Protester at Bill Gates Beijing Ceremony. (

PiSkyHi writes: "'The "free software" protester who barged into an award ceremony with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates at Beijing's prestigious Peking University has triggered a vigorous debate among China's Internet users on his motives and cause.'
  — Some of the quotes in this article are quite revealing about the lack of understanding by the general IT community in China about Open Source."


Submission + - Timing your hardware purchases?

Paulo Vicente writes: "I was thinking about getting myself a new computer this summer, and a question popped up in my mind. Will something revolutionary show up in a few months? Should I buy that core 2 duo now or wait a little?

So, what do the slashdot reading tech wizards think?

Can you "time" your hardware purchases to hit a "sweet stop" and grab some fantastic new technology as it enters the market? Or is it pointless, since there will be always something better coming up?"

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