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Submission + - Object seen in skydiver's helmetcam unlikely to be a meteorite 3

The Bad Astronomer writes: The viral video showing what looked like a meteorite falling past a skydiver made quite a splash, with many people assuming it was true. However, further analysis shows that it's also perfectly consistent with being a small (1-3 cm) rock that fell out of the parachute itself, which is a far more likely explanation.
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun to Counter sue Network Appliance (sun.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Sun's CEO has posted on his blog that Sun will be filing a counter suit some time this week to quote from the article:
"And to be clear, once again, we have no interest whatever in suing NetApps — we didn't before this case, and we don't now. But given the impracticality of what they're seeking as resolution, to take back an innovation that helps their customers as much as ours, we have no choice but to respond in court.

So later this week, we're going to use our defensive portfolio to respond to Network Appliance, filing a comprehensive reciprocal suit. As a part of this suit, we are requesting a permanent injunction to remove all of their filer products from the marketplace, and are examining the original NFS license — on which Network Appliance was started. By opting to litigate vs. innovate, they are disrupting their customers and employees across the world. "

Books

Submission + - Robert Jorden Passes Away (dragonmount.com) 1

OS24Ever writes: "From the site (having server issues already): It is with great sadness that I tell you that the Dragon is gone. RJ left us today at 2:45 PM. He fought a valiant fight against this most horrid disease. In the end, he left peacefully and in no pain.

Robert Jordan had amyloidosis, a disease characterized by extracellular accumulation of amyloid in various organs and tissues of the body"

Television

Submission + - Getting Video to Multiple Remote TVs

2names writes: The facility where I work consists of multiple buildings spread across a fairly large campus. I have been tasked with setting up a media server of some sort so that multiple televisions in the different buildings can access stored video, satellite video (such as DirecTV), and also be able to show live video from our conference room. I have looked into MythTV, SageTV, and a couple of other options, but nothing has really covered all the bases so far. What I envision is a central server to house the archived video and connection to the "television" and camera sources and a menu driven selection method on each remote TV. Have any of you slashdotters had to set up something like this, and if so, what was your solution?
Google

Submission + - Google revoking DRM permissions on bought videos! 1

DoofusOfDeath writes: A few months ago I purchased a great Discovery Channel video from Google's downloadable video service. Sure I can't media-shift it, but I was willing to trade away some fair-use rights so my kids could see the video. I paid cash, they give me the video. End of story, right?

Wrong. Today I got this email (see below). It just goes to show that with DRM, there's little limit to the evil that can be done to you:

Hello,

As a valued Google user, we're contacting you with some important information about the videos you've purchased or rented from Google Video. In an effort to improve all Google services, we will no longer offer the ability to buy or rent videos for download from Google Video, ending the DTO/DTR (download-to-own/rent) program. This change will be effective August 15, 2007.

To fully account for the video purchases you made before July 18, 2007, we are providing you with a Google Checkout bonus for $20. Your bonus expires in 60 days, and you can use it at the stores listed here: http://www.google.com/checkout/signupwelcome.html. The minimum purchase amount must be equal to or greater than your bonus amount, before shipping and tax.

After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased or rented videos.

If you have further questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The Google Video Team

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

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