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Submission + - Supreme Court to Decide Whether or Not You Own What You Own (marketwatch.com)

Jafafa Hots writes: "The Supreme Court is set to decide, in the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, whether or not First Sale Doctrine applies to products made with parts sourced from outside the United States.
If the Supreme Court upholds an appellate ruling, it would mean that the IP holders of anything you own that has been made in China, Japan or Europe, for example, would have to give you permission to sell it.
Your old used CDs, cell phone, books, or that Ford truck with foreign parts? It may not be yours to sell unless you get explicit permission and presumably pay royalties.

âoeIt would be absurd to say anything manufactured abroad canâ(TM)t be bought or sold here,â said Marvin Ammori, a First Amendment lawyer and Schwartz Fellow at the New American Foundation who specializes in technology issues."

The Internet

Submission + - College Credits for Trolling the Web? (richarddawkins.net)

Jafafa Hots writes: "As pointed out on Richard Dawkins' website, (www.richarddawkins.net/article,4149,Dembski-Exam,William-A-Dembski---designinferencecom) some undergraduate and masters level courses at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary require trolling as part of their requirements. In William Dembski's classes on Intelligent Design and Christian Apologetics, (www.designinference.com/teaching/teaching.htm), 20% of the final grades come from having made 10 posts defending Intelligent Design Creationism on 'hostile' websites. There seems to be no requirement that the posts contain original writing, apparently cut and paste jobs are sufficient. Is this the first case of trolling the net being part of course requirements?"
Power

Submission + - Burn Water, Burn (yahoo.com)

Aqua OS X writes: "It seems like every three months someone claims they've figured out how to power a Ford Festiva with either dreams or water. Well, water = fuel is back in the news again. 'John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn.' Whether or not this pans out, I have no idea, but it sounds interesting."
Announcements

Submission + - Radio Frequencies Help Burn Salt Water

krgallagher writes: An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science discovery in a century. The discovery has scientists excited by the prospect of using salt water, the most abundant resource on earth, as a fuel. Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations. Roy will meet this week with officials from the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense to try to obtain research funding.
Power

Submission + - Radio Frequencies help burn salt water (yahoo.com)

vg30e writes: It seems that scientists have used radio frequencies and salt water to create a high temperature hydrogen flame. I am not sure if the power input is more than the heat produced, but this could open the possibility of new types of non fossil fuel power based on the availability of the raw materials.
Power

Submission + - Burning salt water - the ultimate in green fuel? (yahoo.com)

Z0mb1eman writes: "According to this article, "An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science discovery in a century. Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations. The scientists want to find out whether the energy output from the burning hydrogen — which reached a heat of more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit — would be enough to power a car or other heavy machinery.""

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