Frankenbuffer writes: Honda has revealed an interesting set of robotic legs to help the elderly or factory workers improve mobility while reducing fatigue. The device consists of a unicycle-like seat with two powered legs attached to shoes. The legs respond to natural movements like climbing stairs or squatting, and assist by gently supporting the wearer's weight. I can't wait for a "giant stride" version that would let me walk at 50 km/hr!
Frankenbuffer writes: The Canadian Copyright Board's attempt to place a charge of between $5 and $75 on media players like the iPod, ostensibly to compensate the recording industry for music that is copied to the devices, was struck down by the Federal Court of Appeal. [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080111.wipod11/BNStory/Technology/home]
Opponents of the tax, including the Retail Council of Canada, argued that media players should be considered as playback devices like portable CD players, not as blank media like CDs which attract the tax. Interestingly, that argument appears to be irrelevant. The Court's decision seems to be based on finding that the Copyright Board doesn't have legal authority to impose the levy.
Frankenbuffer writes: Steve Jobs has posted (http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/) an interesting letter with his thoughts on DRM and how Apple has played a part in it. He examines the current situation in the industry and proposes three possible alternatives for the future. From the letter:
The first alternative is to continue on the current course, with each manufacturer competing freely with their own "top to bottom" proprietary systems for selling, playing and protecting music. The second alternative is for Apple to license its FairPlay DRM technology to current and future competitors with the goal of achieving interoperability between different company's players and music stores. The third alternative is to abolish DRMs entirely.
The giant squid, a young female about 7 metres long, put up quite a fight as it was brought aboard the research vessel. It died in the process. The researchers believe that giant squid may be more plentiful that believed previously.
Frankenbuffer writes: The Globe and Mail has an interesting article today [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGA M.20061003.gtsony1003/BNStory/Technology/home] on how overheating was the bane of the PS3 at a recent expo in Japan. Maybe the PS3 is hotter than Wii think!