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Submission + - Canadian Record Companies Face $6B Lawsuit (bigozine2.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Just like the article says, "After years of claiming consumers disrespect copyright, the major music labels in Canada are facing a massive lawsuit for copyright infringement; and where the infringer has effectively already admitted owing at least US$50 million and the full claim could exceed $6 billion." Apparently, Canadian law allows record companies to produce compilation or live albums without first seeking permission to do so and can "pend" the payments for later. In this instance, it looks like "later" means "never." And note that a "Canadian Record Company" is simply the arm of the well known groups we know well: Warner Music Canada, Sony BMG Music Canada, EMI Music Canada, and Universal Music Canada.

The author of the piece "holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law" and is "adviser to the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic" so one assumes he may know what he's talking about, even if he is biased.


Submission + - Aussie scientists find coconut-carrying octopus (myway.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. "I was gobsmacked," said Finn, a research biologist at the museum who specializes in cephalopods. "I mean, I've seen a lot of octopuses hiding in shells, but I've never seen one that grabs it up and jogs across the sea floor. I was trying hard not to laugh."

Submission + - Would You Buy A Nintendo Cell Phone?

andylim writes: It's been rumoured and denied for years but what if Nintendo made a cell phone, would you buy it? A recent article on recombu.com, discusses how Nintendo should make a phone and could make one with the help of Nokia. It's pointed out though that Nintendo is quoted as saying that “telephony is not in our wheelhouse,” but it is in Nokia's “wheelhouse”. While some may think it's a great idea, what do you think? Are gaming cell phones the future or do you prefer you handheld gaming devices to come in standalone flavors?

Submission + - SPAM: IBM slapped with unfair mainframe competition suit

alphadogg writes: IBM has been disparaging products made by a smaller rival in order to protect its lucrative mainframe business, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday. The suit was filed by Neon Enterprise Software and concerns a software tool called zPrime that the company released in July. Neon says zPrime can reduce operating costs for mainframe users by allowing them to shift more of their computing jobs onto IBM's zAAP and zIIP specialty mainframe processors. Customers don't pay software licensing fees to use those specialty processors, or SPs, instead of IBM's standard central processors, which has caused IBM to lash out at Neon in order to protect its mainframe business, according to the lawsuit. [spam URL stripped]
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Submission + - The perfect way to slice a pizza (newscientist.com)

iamapizza writes: New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article;

"The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-centre, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-centre cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighbouring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?"

This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of "sharing" a pizza.


Submission + - Press Release Services (and General Advice)

chiphart writes: "Imagine that you are on a team that has developed an amazing new product or service and you want to tell the world. The one person in your group with an English degree hacks up a press release — now what do you do with it? There are many different press release services out there...but do they work? Does anyone have any good or bad experience to share about these services? Are there any non-obvious methods for distributing press releases in an effective manner, especially for a group that has little in terms of marketing funds? One thing we learned from our journalist friends is to approach reporters directly in, to quote, obsequious fashion, but that has not lead anywhere yet. I will indicate my seriousness for a response to this question by not linking to the obviously amazing new product/service in an effort of self-promotion."

Comment Re:Yes, but (Score 1) 553

I'm curious to learn how/why you think "the treatment of Western children with life-threatening illnesses is arguably the single most overfunded branch of the medical profession."

As a matter of dollars-spent (total or per-patient), I'd suggest that the money spent on Western adults is far greater and to no surprise. Last I read, children represent 50% of the lives on Medicaid, for example, yet make up only 5% of the inpatient dollars spent. Not proof, I realize, but telling.

Further, I'd consider money spent on children a potential investment while the money spent on dying adults to be potentially wasteful.

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