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Judge Berates Prosecutors In Xbox Modding Trial 285

mrbongo writes with this excerpt from Wired: "Opening statements in the first-of-its-kind Xbox 360 criminal hacking trial were delayed here Wednesday after a federal judge unleashed a 30-minute tirade at prosecutors in open court, saying he had 'serious concerns about the government's case.' ... Gutierrez slammed the prosecution over everything from alleged unlawful behavior by government witnesses, to proposed jury instructions harmful to the defense. When the verbal assault finally subsided, federal prosecutors asked for a recess to determine whether they would offer the defendant a deal, dismiss or move forward with the case that was slated to become the first jury trial of its type. A jury was seated Tuesday."

Submission + - MediaMonkey suing Apple for patent infringement (

An anonymous reader writes: MONKEYmedia® today filed a lawsuit against Apple, Inc. for infringing claims in three of MONKEYmedia's Seamless Contraction patents. Apple’s infringement involves its user interfaces for document summarization, RSS readers and video players that can display multiple versions of text and/or audiovisual content. The lawsuit was filed in the Western District of Texas – Austin Division.

"We can sit by and watch Apple continue to use our patented inventions without paying, or we can do something about it," said Eric Bear, MONKEYmedia's CEO. "Synergy between inventors and manufacturers is healthy, and we love that Apple believes in our technology. We simply prefer open communications and fair compensation."

Submission + - Brain Waves (

ibn2thought writes: Awake or asleep, our brains put out specific frequencies measured in Hertz (hz) that can be recorded as a wave pattern by an electroencephalograph (EEG). These patterns can determine how we function in our daily lives. But, can these brain waves help us to achieve our goals, whatever they may be? Can they help us to be smarter, healthier and happier? Yes, they can.

There are four kinds of brain waves, actually five, now that EEG machines are more sensitive. They are Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta, and Gamma. I am sure some of you have heard about at least one of these and no, I am not talking about the local college fraternity. I am going to give you a general understanding of these brain waves, so you can better understand how you can use them to improve your life.

Let's start with Beta waves. Beta waves are associated with waking consciousness and are considered to be the normal brainwave pattern in healthy adults. Beta waves have a designated frequency of 13-38 hz. People who operate in a high state of beta brain waves are able to think faster, are more goal oriented, generate new ideas quickly, have more positive thoughts, and more energy than someone with a low state of beta brain waves.

The alpha wave state is a state of wakeful relaxation. Its frequency range is 8-13 hz. Light meditation and daydreaming are done in the alpha state. It is also in this state where the brain learns faster and at an even more deeper level than beta. The alpha state is associated with creativity and it is where most meditation and energy healing techniques, such as Reiki, utilize this brain wave for relaxation and healing. It is interesting to note that alpha waves have been associated with fibromyalgia when they appear in non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREM) where delta activity is expected. The alpha wave state is the ideal state for autosuggestion and for practicing creative visualization.

Theta brain waves range in the 4-7 hz frequency. They are associated with a drowsy or meditative state. This is also the state known as rapid eye movement sleep (REM) or dream sleep, which is the barely conscious state you experience just before sleeping and just after waking up. While in the theta state, we can access and influence that subconscious part of ourselves that is normally inaccessible to our waking mind. Deep and profound learning, healing, and growth can be achieved in the theta state. It is also where we experience lucid dreaming, where our minds connect to the divine, and where we can manifest changes in the material world. The theta state also consolidates certain memories such as procedural memory (our memory of how we do things) and our spatial memory (how we navigate our environment).

Delta brain waves have a frequency of less than 4 hz. It is most closely associated with non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREM) or slow-wave sleep where the sleeper is in a state of deep sleep or unconsciousness. Although it is said that dreams in delta slow-wave sleep are disconnected, less vivid, and less memorable than dreams occurring in REM sleep, some believe this is the state to achieve astral projection or an out of body experience. The Delta state is important for consolidating our declarative memory (explicit or long-term memory).

Gamma brain waves have a frequency of 25-100 hz, although 40 is more typical. Someone is the gamma state is said to be in a state of hyper-alertness. A good example of this state is when time seems to slow down during an accident. Those of us this has happened to, remember it well. This slow motion feeling is caused by the brain entering a high gamma state. It is interesting to note that experiments on Tibetan Monks show a correlation between transcendental mental states and gamma waves. The data showed that mediation masters have the ability to put their brains in a state which is maximally sensitive and consumes power, briefly, at a lower (or even zero) rate.

Studies have show that hypnosis, isochronic tones, binaural beats, and some meditation can help our brains reach these states. By knowing the frequencies of each brain wave, we can utilize these techniques designed to bring our brains to the desired frequency and take one more leap in achieving our life's dream.


Submission + - Judge orders Gizmodo search warrant unsealed (

gyrogeerloose writes: The same judge who issued the warrant to search Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's apartment has ordered it unsealed, ruling against the San Mateo County (California) district attorney's office which had argued that unsealing the documents may compromise the investigation. Several media organizations have sought to have the documents unsealed in order to determine whether the county had a legal basis for the warrant, stating "Otherwise, there is no way for the public to serve as a check on the conduct of law enforcement officers, the prosecutors and the courts in this case."

Submission + - Google's Nexus One Web store fails, Google says it

DigitalReverend writes: Today, Google announced that it is going to end its online-only sales of the Nexus One smartphone, start selling the Android-powered device through retail channels, and eventually stop selling phones in its Web store altogether.

Betanews reports: "While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. It's remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it's clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from," Andy Rubin, Google's Vice President of Engineering said today.

Submission + - Adobe: We Haven’t Open Sourced Flash -- Yet (

An anonymous reader writes: Digital Daily’s posted a very interesting interview with Adobe co-founder Chuck Geschke. The bulk of it focuses on the company’s recent spat with Apple, but there’s some discussion of open standards as well. At one point, the interviewer asks Geschke why Flash isn’t an open standard overseen by an open-standards body. Geschke’s reply: “No, we haven’t put Flash out to a standards body yet as we have with PDF and Postscript. But I wouldn’t be shocked if we do someday when it makes sense.”

TSA Worker Jailed In Body Scan Rage Incident 352

A TSA worker in Miami was arrested for aggravated battery after he attacked a co-worker for making fun of the size of his genitals. Rolando Negrin walked through one of the new body scanners during a recent training session and a supervisor started making fun of his manhood. From the article: "According to the police report, Negrin confronted one of his co-workers in an employee parking lot, where he hit him with a police baton on the arm and back."

Submission + - Is it right to publish opposing view? ( 3

Taco Cowboy writes: Bruce Charlton, the editor of Medical Hypotheses, a very well respected medical publication, will be sacked next Tueday, 11, May, 2010, for publishing two papers on Aids that are deemed controversial.

- One paper by Marco Ruggiero's group at the University of Florence, (doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2009.06.002) teased the Italian health ministry that its policies made it seem as if the department did not believe that HIV was the cause of Aids.

- The other paper, by Peter Duesberg's group at University of California, Berkeley (doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2009.06.024), argued that HIV was not a sufficient cause of Aids.

Mr. Charlton is adamant that he has not erred on the publication of the two papers. He cites the intent of the publication "Medical Hypotheses" as it was established with the express intent of allowing ideas outside the mainstream to be aired so that they could be debated openly.

Hence, the question arises: Should oppossing views be allowed to be heard, or should they all be silenced by the politically correct majority?

As this touches on the ethics on not only medical research but on all other aspects of higher studies, it would be beneficial of the readers of Slashdot be given a chance to debate and at least think over this particular conundrum.

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