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Comment Re:EFF is nice.... (Score 1) 172

Before any more laws are changed to protect copyright, first and foremost current copyright should be forced to align with current laws ie. "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts".

I don't disagree with you, but I must make a correction. The clause you quoted refers to copyrights and patents, respectively. When it was written 200 years ago, "science" referred to something along the lines of "knowledge," while "art" referred to skill or technology. Just read the rest of the clause and you will see that "science" corresponds with "authors" and "writings":

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.

You can argue whether "writings" includes music, but I don't want to steer farther off course.


Submission + - Sears at it again: burglar's reference (

Anonymouse Coooward writes: "CA has another scoop on Sears:

Sears' site allows any burglar to case a home from the comfort of their armchair and provide them with everything they'd need to bluff their way through picking it up for a "recall".

quotes from TFA:

Once you register, you can look up major purchases for ANY address. All you need to do is enter a name, address and phone number and if the person attached to that info has made a major purchase at sears you get that info!! They have no real controls in place — you have to enter an onscreen code and they say that keeps your info safe, but that does not stop someone from entering other people's contact info to see their product purchases.

I checked this out, and sure enough, in about 2 minutes I was looking at every purchase my parents had made since 1989. What's worse, I had used no more info than is publicly listed in the phone book: their name, address, and telephone number. Once you have an account at and have logged in, select the first option (Home Profile) from the "Home" pull-down menu on the main page. In the upper right corner of the page, you should see a "Sears Purchase History", with a button labeled "Find my Products". The only information they asked for when I followed that button was a name, phone number, and address.

If you had major dealings with Sears, that information is now available to the public, from a television bought in 1978 to a stove which was purchased elsewhere but had been repaired by a Sears technician."


Submission + - Doctors say placebo use common (

The Madd Rapper writes: According to the survey, 45% of respondents have prescribed placebos in actual practice (as opposed to clinical trials). They disclosed this with varying specificity, e.g, this "may help and will not hurt" or is "a medicine with no specific effect." Only 12% said placebos should never be used.


Submission + - Five 2007 Films That Prove MPAA Ratings Are Broken (

Tenken writes: "In the documentary "This Film is Not Yet Rated", we learned that the MPAA rating system is basically run by a clandestine group who wield a massive amount of power, yet hold no accountability. This article looks at five 2007 film releases that prove that something is decidedly wrong with America's film rating system."

Submission + - Google tracks you on torrent and porn sites 7

An anonymous reader writes: Think Google can only track you search habits? Think again. This site survey found that 40 of the top100 websites use Google-analytics as their web analysis software. Sites like mininova and youporn included. Google dominates the search engine world and now as a centralized service dominate the none-search website metrics. I am glad they do. I will be immortalized in Google databases as Google scientists of the future analyze my search habits, movies I like to see and types of girls I would like to meet.
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Apple rumor site Think Secret settles, shuts down

ohthetrees writes: "Think Secret, the longtime Apple rumor and news site is shutting down. An announcement on the site explains that they have reached a settlement with apple in which they didn't name any of their sources, but they are closing down. Other terms, if any, were not disclosed. Think Secret has been one of the more reliable rumor sites for years."
The Courts

Submission + - Judge rules TorrentSpy destroyed evidence ( 2

Come play kdice writes: "A federal judge has handed the MPAA a resounding victory in its copyright infringement lawsuit against TorrentSpy. Judge Florence-Marie Cooper entered a default judgment against Justin Bunnell and the rest of named defendants in Columbia Pictures et al. v. Justin Bunnell et al. after finding that TorrentSpy "engaged in widespread and systematic efforts to destroy evidence" and lying under oath about said destruction. After being sued, TorrentSpy mounted a vigorous defense, including a countersuit it filed against the MPAA in May 2006, but, behind the scenes, the court documents paint a picture of a company desperately trying to bury any and all incriminating evidence. TorrentSpy has announced its intention to appeal, but its conduct makes a reversal unlikely."

Submission + - Intuit admits QuickBooks flaw deletes data on Macs ( 1

Lucas123 writes: "Intuit Inc. warned Mac users today that its version of QuickBooks Pro 2006 and 2007 has an automatic software update flaw that deletes stored files, documents or folders from a desktop's hard drive. Intuit said it has now fixed the flaw and that users should no longer get a warning message when opening up QuickBooks. The company also recommended Mac users back up their entire desktop before opening QuickBooks, or move their files from the desktop to an alternate location to ensure that their data is properly protected from the QuickBooks update flaw."

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