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Submission + - US Patent office considers patenting Warp Drive

darthcamaro writes: Think that Warp drive is just a figment of Star Trek imagination? Think again. A patent application is now before the USPTO to patent Warp drive.
The Worsley-Twist warp drive does not depend upon traditional emissions of matter to create thrust. Rather, the drive creates a change in the curvature of the space-time continuum — thus allowing travel by warping space-time.
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Submission + - Konami slot machines flashing subliminal messages?

shadowspar writes: "A Canadian province has pulled several models of Konami slot machines out of service after a news investigation revealed that they briefly flash a jackpot result on the screen every time they are played. Konami claims that the 'subliminal' jackpot images are unintentional and the result of a bug, but other US and Canadian jurisdictions are looking at pulling the machines as well."

Submission + - Hired to Create FUD: Faking an Network Break-in

tempered56 writes: "How do you get the attention of the executives at your company if you feel the security systems are lacking? Fake a news article on a huge break in, print it up on news paper, and strategically leave copies around the office. Well, the folks at were asked to create such a piece of FUD for a CISO who wanted to try something a bit out of the ordinary — an news article describing how his company Lost 80000 Identities in One Day."

Comment Re:A good thing, too (Score 1) 565

How odd!! Are they claiming that CDs and DVDs never break or becomes unusable? In what type of cases IS there a need for a backup at all then?

The exact quote, from Mr Justice Jacob in Sony v Owen, is

"The fact is that if you spoil your CD, which has a recording of music on it, you have to go and buy another. The same is true of a CD carrying a game. Backups are not necessary at all."

Now you might quite reasonably consider this to be a completely daft ruling that only a judge that has never used a computer could come up with - and, academically, the judgement in Sony v Owens is considered rather flawed - but until a higher court overrules this interpretation of s.50A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, he is stating the law in the UK.

There is commentary elsewhere suggesting that backup of tape and floppy disk would be permitted (although AIUI it was said 'obiter dictum', i.e. it is not binding). UK law is not exactly up to date in this area..!

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