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Comment Re:Yes. (Score 5, Interesting) 768

Why is this guy still in office? Is he trying to pass as much law for his puppet masters as he can before the angry mobs get to him? This is ridiculous! I'm not surprised at all that the President backs this.


"Currently certain copyright crimes require someone to commit the "distribution, including by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of at least 10 copies" valued at over $2,500. The [Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007] would insert a new prohibition: actions that were 'intended to consist of' distribution."

So not only are we going to punish thought crime and what big brother thinks you're going to do, but this bill would even require Homeland Security to inform the RIAA and associated companies if one of us imports discs with "unauthorized fixations of the sounds or sounds and images of a live musical performance." Why don't we just reorganize the RIAA as another extension of the federal government? They're practically there anyway, and they'd be able to add an RIAA Piracy tax to our paychecks.

This does not bode well. This does not bode well at all. It would be interesting to see how current presidential candidates handle this proposition, but am I too jaded if I think it will never reach any debate podiums?

Submission + - Meetings make you dumber

Maximum Prophet writes: Robert Heinlein said that the committee was the only life form in the universe with three or more bellies and no brain. Well, here's some proof:
So, is slashdot a group subject to this kind of groupthink, or are the participants isolated enough that the effect is minimized? Discuss...

Submission + - Powdered sized RFIDs

WeAreTrackingYou writes: "According to this AP Story scientist at Hitachi have built RFID tags that are the size of powder crystal i.e. 0.002 inches by 0.002. However the only problem is that these RFID tags need a external antenna. Next time you go to Mega Lo Mart you might get sprinkled with this pixie dust er powder-sized RFID tags so that they can serve (track) you better."

Submission + - Yahoo! patent Web 2.0

MattSparkes writes: "Yahoo! have filed a patent that allows users to "Customise a webpage template to display data drawn from other sources." Needless to say, this covers almost every Web 2.0 sites out there, including our very own Slashdot. Yahoo! was granted the patent on the basis of work that took place in the late 1990's at the height of bubble 1.0. So could Yahoo! now ask for royalties from various Web 2.0 companies?"

Submission + - SETI finally finds something!

QuatumCrypto writes: "SETI(at)home is a distributed processing client from UC Berkeley that installs on the vounteers' home computers and harnesses their processing power in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Anyways, nothing worthy has comeout of that massive project... that is until today! One of the voluteers was able to track down his wife's stolen laptop using the IP address that SETI(at)home client reports back to the server. After getting back the laptop his wife said, "I always knew that a geek would make a great husband.""

Submission + - Burning Ice Drilled from Alaska's Slope

bagboy writes: As sources of renewable energy are being sought, BP announced a new method of extracting natural gas from ice underneath Alaska's North Slope drilling fields. The release from BP's site, a news story from Anchorage, Alaska's KTUU (Channel 2) and a wikipedia entry for Gas Hydrates.

Submission + - Vista not selling well because of...piracy?

techmuse writes: DailyTech reports that Steve Ballmer blames the slow sales of Windows Vista (down 60% compared to the launch of Windows XP) not on the 5 year delay in shipping, the failure to ship before the holiday season, the high system requirements, the poorly implemented user account control, the significantly harsher licensing restrictions, the price increase, the increased interest in Mac OS and Linux, or the much stricter antipiracy technologies already built into the OS. Rather, he blames the entire drop in sales on piracy, and promises to step up antipiracy efforts. What do you think?

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