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Comment Re:Look at the forest, not the trees (Score 1) 306

That's not completely true. You could always get TOSLINK audio digitally (yes, it actually supports digital audio, I have one plugged up to a receiver over a fiber) and unencrypted out of the Airport Express. You could also always burn a CD from iTunes and get the red book audio. Practically speaking, this enables you to do things like to stream from an iPhone to something other than the Airport express.


Submission + - Russia targets dissidents with anti-piracy raids (

Jeremy Erwin writes: The Russian Government is using the pretext of software piracy to suppress dissident organizations, seizing computers and shutting down websites, regardless of whether the targeted groups actually use unlicensed software. Similar groups, allied with the government, remain immune to harassment. The New York Times article notes that Microsoft's behavior has not been completely above board.

Submission + - China Explores a Frontier Two Miles Under the Sea (

pickens writes: The NY Times reports that earlier this summer when three Chinese scientists descended more than two miles in a craft the size of a small truck and planted their nation’s flag on the dark seabed, they signaled Beijing's intention to take the lead in exploring remote and inaccessible parts of the ocean floor which are rich in oil, minerals and other resources that the Chinese would like to mine. "They're in it for a penny and a pound," says Dr. Don Walsh, a pioneer of deep-ocean diving. "It's a very deliberate program." The global seabed is littered with what experts say is trillions of dollars' worth of mineral nodules as well as many objects of intelligence value: undersea cables carrying diplomatic communications, lost nuclear arms, sunken submarines and hundreds of warheads left over from missile tests. The small craft that made the trip — named Jiaolong, after a mythical sea dragon — is meant to go as deep as 7,000 meters, or 4.35 miles, edging out the current global leader but China is moving cautiously, its dives going deeper in increments. "They're being very cautious," Walsh adds. "They respect what they don't know and are working hard to learn."

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