ruphus13 writes: There has been some confusion around Mozilla.org and Mozilla.com, and the relationship between the not-for-profit.org site, and the 'for-profit'.com site. This audio interview helps clarify the common mandate of the two organizations, as well as the future plans for promoting the use of Open Source as well as Mozilla products. From the article, "In this 25 minute interview you'll hear Frank Hecker talking about Mozilla's mission and structure, as well as his own personal views on how open source could provide a model for involving citizens in participatory democracy." There is a text-transcript too, and details of the organization structures and mandates are outlined there.
coondoggie writes: "The Virginia Supreme Court today upheld the nation's first felony SPAM conviction, according to the Virginia Attorney General. In November 2004, Jeremy Jaynes was convicted by a jury in Loudoun County Circuit Court on three counts of violating Virginia's groundbreaking Anti-Spam Act, which became in law in 2003. This marked the first ever felony conviction in a SPAM case, and the case received international attention. Jaynes was regarded as the eighth-worst spammer in the world on The Spamhaus Project's Registry of Known Spammer Organizations at the time of his arrest. At that time, prosecutors from the Attorney General's Computer Crime Section argued to the jury that Jaynes, utilizing AOL's private computer network, located in Virginia, peddled his products to unsuspecting victims around the world. A search of a Jaynes residence yielded a cache of compact disks with 176 million e-mail addresses and 1.3 billion e-mail user names, police at the time said.In its 4-3 ruling, the court rejected Jaynes' claim that the state law violates both the First Amendment and the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.
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Z80xxc! writes: BBC has written an article about "stealing" Wi-Fi, and whether or not it is ethical. After all of the recent attention given to arrests due to wireless borrowing, it makes me wonder what will happen in the future. Do you steal wireless? Do you think it's ethical? I do.
oblonski writes: "A very good article over at PhysOrg.com about a new patented technology that allows the manufacturing of 100 Terabyte 3.5" digital data storage discs There is lots of technical explanations and diagrams of the science involved.
From the article:
"Have you ever dreamt of 100 terabyte of data per 3.5-inch disk? New patented innovation nanotechnology from Michael E. Thomas, president of Colossal Storage Corporation, makes it real.
Michael invented and patented the world's first and only concept for non-contact UV photon induced electric field poling of ferroelectric non-linear photonic bandgap crystals, which offers the possibility of controlling and manipulating light within a UV/Deep Blue frequency of 1 nm to 400 nm.
It took him 14 years to find a practical conceptualization that would work to advance the storage industry; 3D Volume Holographic Optical Storage Nanotechnology, for which Michael holds the patents. He was invited to present this fascinating discovery to the National Science Foundation in February 2004.
This invention and patents on a technique for changing matter at the molecular level is one of the World's only new enabling technologies, having many hundreds of electro-optic applications.
Atomic Holographic Nanotechnology will allow for the first time a functional method for programmable molecular lenses that will allow incoming light to be rejected, modified internally, or allowed to pass unaltered through a transparent lens known as disk, tape, card, drum, film, etc.
By being able to program optical lenses, many applications based on light and color can be developed, such as holographic storage, bio-terror detection devices, optical electronics, security products, and hundreds of other products never seen before on the world's markets.
The small size of ferroelectric transparent structures makes it possible to fabricate nano-optical devices, such as volume holographic storage, having both positive and negative index of refraction that will allow molecular particles of an atomic size to be modified, controlled, and changed to perform a specific function, desired task, used for low cost accurate chemical / biological matter detection, and reprogrammed to accept new non-volatile data and molecular functions. ""