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Submission + - RIAA's "Sanctions" Motion in Lindor Denied ( 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: When the RIAA decided to drop UMG Recordings v. Lindor, a case against a Brooklyn woman who had never used a computer, it asked the Court to impose 'discovery sanctions' against Mrs. Lindor and against her counsel, Ray Beckerman (known here as NewYorkCountryLawyer), claiming that they had engaged in misconduct regarding discovery. The defendant's response (PDF) pointed out to the Court that each of the RIAA's accusations was false. Concluding that the RIAA's claims of misconduct were 'largely overstated', the Magistrate Judge, in a 13-page decision (PDF), has recommended that the plaintiffs' motion for sanctions be denied. The Magistrate recommended that the RIAA be permitted to withdraw its case 'without prejudice'.

Submission + - Skype is Down

An anonymous reader writes: Skype users have been having problems for the past 12 to 24 hours. According to skype's heartbeat blog skype engineers are working on the problem.

Submission + - Physicists claim to have broken the speed of light

bain writes: "The Telegraph report that two German physicists; Dr Gunter Nimtz and Dr Alfons Stahlhofen of the University of Koblenz, claim to have broken the speed of light by 'conducting an experiment in which microwave photons — energetic packets of light — travelled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.' Since this goes against Einstein's special theory of relativity, you can expect a lot of people to dismiss this as rubbish."
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Submission + - A campaign to block Firefox users ( 5

rarwes writes: A website is aiming at blocking Firefox users. This because a fraction of the Firefox users installed an Ad Blocker and thus stealing money from website owners that use ads. They recommend using IE, Opera or IE tab. From the site: Demographics have shown that not only are FireFox users a somewhat small percentage of the internet, they actually are even smaller in terms of online spending, therefore blocking FireFox seems to have only minimal financial drawbacks, whereas ending resource theft has tremendous financial rewards for honest, hard-working website owners and developers.

Submission + - Best Geek Phone?

Reality Master 101 writes: "Recently we had an Ask Slashdot about simple cell phones, now I'd like to ask the opposite question. I'm thinking of replacing my phone, and I'd like to replace it with the best "geek" phone. What are Slashdotters using these days? It should have a great browser and have good third party applications, especially ssh (and an RDP client?) for remote access. The iPhone is out, of course. What deals did you get from the US carriers?"

Feed Techdirt: Nobody's Hunting Over The Internet, But Dammit, We Gotta Make It Illegal (

The uproar over online hunting has far outpaced its actual practice. It would appear that there's only been one such site in the US, which wasn't even up for very long in 2004, but the push to put laws in place that ban internet hunting has remained strong. The WSJ has caught on, noting that lobbyists led by the Humane Society are still convincing legislators that legally enshrined bans are needed. Thirty-three states now have bans on the practice (up from 25 back in February), and Congress is considering a national ban -- despite the fact that nobody's doing it. One state rep in Delaware asserts that online hunting "would have the potential to make terrorism easier," though it would appear the reporter didn't ask her to explain exactly why, and that she doesn't "want to give ideas to people." So, instead, she's sponsored a bill drawing attention to an activity that nobody's really bothering with anyway. Makes perfect sense. Furthermore, one of the Congressional sponsors of the nationwide ban said he'd never heard of internet hunting until the Humane Society brought it to his attention. He says he wondered "who would do something like this?" As it turns out, nobody, really.

Feed Science Daily: Cell Death By Necrosis Leads To Heart Failure (

The prevalence of heart failure continues to increase in the Western world, making it one of the biggest killers in this region. It is characterized by loss of the muscle cells of the heart (cardiomyocytes). Although this loss is generally considered to occur mostly through a process known as apoptotic cell death, a new study indicates that cell death by necrosis also has a role in the cardiomyocyte loss that accompanies heart failure in mice.

Submission + - WAN Optimization motivated by weak dollar? ( writes: "Network Performance Daily asks if WAN Optimization may be motivated, in part, by a weak U.S. dollar.

From the article: If you've got an overseas branch with its own IT department, each one of those servers, in dollar terms, costs more. If you pay your IT department in the native currency, their salary costs went up. If you pay your IT department in USD, you risk losing your best and brightest to those companies within the country they're located, who can pay them in the native currency and keep up with their cost-of-living. In either case, resources invested in IT departments overseas — human and capital — become strained in a low USD value environment. As such, it provides an additional compelling factor to bring as many servers and as many IT team members back into the home office datacenter."

Feed Science Daily: FDA Approves Novel Antiretroviral Drug (

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved maraviroc, an antiretroviral drug for use in adult HIV patients. Maraviroc, sold under the trade name Selzentry, is the first in a new class of drugs designed to slow the advancement of HIV and received priority review by the FDA.

Feed Science Daily: FDA, U.S. Defense Department Share Data To Enhance Medical Product Safety Review (

Data from the U.S. Military Health System will soon help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration make decisions affecting the safety and use of FDA-regulated products for all Americans. The FDA, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Defense announced a partnership to share data and expertise related to the review and use of FDA-regulated drugs, biologics, and medical devices.

Submission + - Blogger Finds Y2K Bug in NASA Climate Data (

Moschaef writes: NASA has now silently released corrected figures, and the changes are truly astounding. The warmest year on record is now 1934. 1998 (long trumpeted by the media as record-breaking) moves to second place. 1921 takes third. In fact, 5 of the 10 warmest years on record now all occur before World War II.
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Submission + - Leading global warming researcher accused of fraud

An anonymous reader writes: A leading global warming research, Wei-Chyung Wang at SUNY, has been accused of fraud in his research. The research was one of the main reasons that urban heat islands were considered to be insignificant for global warming studies. This could potentially mean that the global warming is not as large as previously thought. The researcher who discovered the fraud has previously published about other bogus research.

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