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Comment "even Windows 7" - no need to be snarky about Win7 (Score 2, Informative) 133

Sorry, but I think your "even Windows 7" swipe is silly. As much as I love *nix and like to poke fun at Microsoft (I grew up on SunOS, HP-UX, IRIX, and Linux), I find Windows 7 to be a delight to work with (I run RC1 at home on two systems, an old P4 system and a newer Core 2 Duo). I would love to see a good desktop version of Linux, but Gnome, KDE etc. are just not polished enough (yeah, yeah, Ubuntu is pretty nice and all, but the desktop is still klunky). As a developer I miss the power of the command line tools in the Linux development environment, but as a casual user (and casual gamer) I am really liking Win7.

Comment NOT surprising, misleading title (Score 1) 567

There is absolutely nothing surprising about this study - it is right in line with the large AB studies done in the past comparing AAC, WMA, MP3 etc. (Since the poster didn't bother to read up on the topic before positing to slashdot, I cannot be bothered to look up a link either) . AAC+ is a vastly superior codec for low bit-rate streaming, for which it was developed. It uses a very powerful technique called spectral replication (who would have thought something that useful would come out of Sweden - just kidding). Please don't post articles about things you know nothing about. Thank you.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 2, Funny) 317

"I can't believe this made it through a thought/mouth filter."

You must be new here:

1. PHB thinks he has a great idea.
2. Engineers hint to PHB that it is actually retarded, but have to implement it anyway.
3. Customers revolt.
4. Engineers get blamed for implementing such a ridiculous feature.
5. Goto 1.

The Courts

RIAA, Safenet Sued For Malicious Prosecution 337

DaveAtFraud writes "Tanya Anderson, the single mother from Oregon previously sued by the RIAA — which dropped the case just before losing a summary judgement — is now suing the RIAA and their hired snoop Safenet for malicious prosecution. (Safenet was formerly known as MediaSentry.) Anderson is asserting claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. A reader at Groklaw has already picked up that she is seeking to have the RIAA forfeit the copyrights in question as part of the settlement (search the page for '18.6-7')."

Submission + - Is the CD Becoming Obsolete? (

mrnomas writes: So, what's to blame for the declining CD sales? Is it that manufacturers are putting out more and more "safe" (read: crap) music while independent musicians are releasing online? Is it because iTunes is now the third larges music retailer in the country? Or is it just that CD's are becoming obsolete?

"Glancing at a report on this morning, there was an article showing that CD sales are expected to be down 20% 2008 (slightly higher than the 15% drop initially predicted). Why such a drop? What's truly happening is a gradual shift away from physical media to downloadable formats. What this indicates, so far, is that US sales of digital music will be growing at an estimated rate of 28% in 2008, however physical sales will drop even further, resulting in a net overall decline."


Submission + - Fresh Security Breaches at Los Alamos (

WrongSizeGlass writes: MSNBC is reporting on two new security breaches at Los Alamos. Officials at the nuclear-weapons laboratory, already struggling to calm concerns over security lapses, now have two more breaches to explain. Both of these latest incidents where 'human error' on the part of employees including an e-mail containing classified material sent over the open Internet, rather than through the secure defense network and a vacationing employee's laptop containing government documents of a sensitive nature and an encryption card advanced enough that its export is government-controlled being stolen from a hotel room in Ireland. It seems we will always be our own worst enemies when it comes to IT related security.

Submission + - Patent Peer Review (

dannyboyumd writes: "The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office begins an unprecedented experiment this week that will allow you (yes, you!) to review software patent applications. The USPTO is hoping the wider community of programmers and engineers will do a better job of spotting bad claims and thereby prevent innovation-killing legal tussles.

For the full story-"


Intelligent Design Ruled "Not Science" 1497

blane.bramble writes "The Register is reporting that the UK government has stated there is no place in the science curriculum for Intelligent Design and that it can not be taught as science. 'The Government is aware that a number of concerns have been raised in the media and elsewhere as to whether creationism and intelligent design have a place in science lessons. The Government is clear that creationism and intelligent design are not part of the science National Curriculum programs of study and should not be taught as science.'"

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