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Privacy

Submission + - RIAA sues paralyzed stroke victim

Stangger writes: Just when you thought they couldn't do any worse, the RIAA is suing a paralyzed Stroke victim for alleged copyright infringment in Michigan. Of course, he lives in Florida, but that shouldn't be more than a minor glitch in the lawsuit. Article: http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/riaa-boycott/riaa-tires -of-suing-babies-and-elderly-moves-on-to-paralyzed -stroke-victims-244108.php
Microsoft

Submission + - How to Run Vista without activation for a Year

Anonymous Coward writes: "Windows Vista can be run for at least a year without being activated, a serious end-run around one of Microsoft's key anti-piracy measures, Windows expert Brian Livingston said today.

Livingston, who publishes the Windows Secrets newsletter, said that a single change to Vista's registry lets users put off the operating system's product activation requirement an additional eight times beyond the three disclosed last month. With more research, said Livingston, it may even be possible to find a way to postpone activation indefinitely.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9013258"
The Matrix

Submission + - Fundamental particals not so fundamental

SpinyNorman writes: A new "string-net" theory of matter by researchers Xiao-Gang and Michael Levin, initially created to explain the fractional quantum hall effect (FQHE), has been shown to derive fundamental particals such as quarks and gluons, as well as naturally giving rise to Maxwell's equations of light. The new theory also predicts a new state of matter that appears to have been experimentally verified, and oddly enough also occurs naturally in a gemstone, Herbertsmithite, that was discovered over 30 years ago. The new theory builds on the work of Nobel physicist Robert Laughlin, and according to the New Scientist report has already attracted the attention of luminaries such as Fields medallist Michael Freedman who describes it as beautiful.
The Internet

Submission + - comScore to track "visits" along with page

Metrics System writes: Although pageviews and unique visitors are the most common measurement of web traffic, they are not without their problems. A new metric from comScore, "visits." comScore describes visits as 'the number of times a unique person accesses content within a Web entity with breaks between access of at least 30 minutes,' and it should be better able to account for AJAX-heavy sites that are highly trafficked, but don't rack up the page views. 'Essentially, focusing on page views punishes sites that use cutting-edge web technologies — a practice that could keep some sites from utilizing new technologies. comScore was aware of these complaints, however, and announced its plans to develop this new metric late last year. "As technologies like AJAX change the Internet landscape, certain measures of engagement, such as page views, are diminishing in significance for many Web properties," said comScore executive VP Jack Flanagan.'
Space

Submission + - Vast stores of water ice found on Mars

gwyatt1999 writes: Enough ice found on the south pole icecap of Mars it could cover the surface of the planet under 30 ft. of water. Surf's up on the red planet? "The radar data indicate that the deposit, larger than Texas in area, is more than 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) thick in places, and that the material consists of nearly pure water ice with only a small component of dust."
Privacy

Journal Journal: Kinkos has your number 2

CNN is carrying an article about a "new" (or rather, newly disclosed) way to get your personal information.

Now, experts are warning that photocopiers could be a culprit as well.

That's because most digital copiers manufactured in the past five years have disk drives -- the same kind of data-storage mechanism found in computers -- to reproduce documents.

Feed Product Parade: CeBit Lumbers On (wired.com)

Despite dwindling to almost half its peak attendance, the world's biggest consumer electronics show still has some life left in it -- not to mention loads of new gear. By Rob Beschizza.


Enlightenment

Submission + - What you think is what you get on this PC

coondoggie writes: "Interesting item from my colleagues at the IDG News service today on a system being shown at the CeBIT show in Germany that literally uses brain waves to input commands on a computer screen. The system consists of a cap that fits over the user's head, with a few dozen holes through which electrodes are attached so they rest on the scalp. The electrodes are connected via thin cables to a "biosignal amplifier," which transmits the signals from the brain to a computer. Different parts of the brain are used to process different types of thoughts. Vertical and horizontal hand movements are handled in an area called the sensory motor cortex, for example, said Christoph Guger, CEO of g.tec, which built the BCI system. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1251 5"
Media

Submission + - Most Americans think media has liberal bias

MCraigW writes: "The vast majority of American voters believe media bias is alive and well — 83% of likely voters said the media is biased in one direction or another, while just 11% believe the media doesn't take political sides, a recent IPDI/Zogby Interactive poll shows. Nearly two-thirds of those online respondents who detected bias in the media (64%) said the media leans left, while slightly more than a quarter of respondents (28%) said they see a conservative bias."

Comment Re:Science Museum Exhibit (Score 1) 135

It'd be interesting to see cell phones broken up into two sensors/transmitters the size of a stamp and attached to adhesive. One would connect to your jawbone or throat and let you speak while the other would connect to the antenna near your ear.

Or you could have it like bluetooth phones today with the phone itself in your pocket with the aforementioned speaker/receiver attached to your body.

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