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Comment If he'd used an iPhone... (Score 1) 439

3. The term âoeintercepting deviceâ means any device or apparatus which is capable of transmitting, receiving, amplifying, or recording a wire or oral communication other than a hearing aid or similar device which is being used to correct subnormal hearing to normal and other than any telephone or telegraph instrument, equipment, facility, or a component thereof, (a) furnished to a subscriber or user by a communications common carrier in the ordinary course of its business under its tariff and being used by the subscriber or user in the ordinary course of its business; or (b) being used by a communications common carrier in the ordinary course of its business.

Interesting. Looks like if he'd used the record app on his iPhone, subsection 3a would have applied, and he would not have been using an intercepting device...

Comment Re:Contractual vs. Piracy (Score 1) 276

Sony would fight this in court as something that fell under a contract not as Copyright infringment. That is what I'm getting at. Which would then modify what the penalties would / could possibly be. If it's found to be a true Copyright infringement that is equivalent to that of an individual person pirating digital media, then the same laws should apply. I believe that Sony will use their full legal force to argue the case as a contractual issue not a copyright issue.

Comment Re:Bah... (Score 1) 1345

No child fails, the teacher fails the child

A dangerous thing to say, as that not every child will necessarily have the ability to learn the subject matter in a reasonable period of time no matter how you present it. You may not mean it in that way, but easy phrases like that are easy to take out of context or misinterpret.


Pain-Free Animals Could Take Suffering Out of Farming Screenshot-sm 429

Philosopher Adam Shriver suggested that genetically engineering cows to feel no pain could be an acceptable alternative to eliminating factory farming in a paper published in Neuroscience. Work by neuroscientist Zhou-Feng Chen at Washington University may turn Shriver's suggestion a reality. Chen has been working on identifying the genes that control "affective" pain, the unpleasantness part of a painful sensation. He has managed to isolate a gene called P311, and has found that mice who do not have P311 don't have negative associations with pain, although they do react negatively to heat and pressure. This could end much of the concern about cruel farming practices, but unfortunately still leaves my design for the fiery hamburger punch in the unethical column.

Feed Engadget: Princeton researchers get one step closer to carbon circuits (

Filed under: Misc. Gadgets

Researchers at Princeton have developed a way to put transistors on a carbon substrate called graphene they say could one day replace silicon -- and lead to circuits 10 times faster than today's. Professor Stephen Chou and graduate student Xiaogan Liang are behind the research, which involves patching together tiny, 100-micrometer sections graphene together to form sheets large enough to print circuits on. Chou and Liang say the tech could immediately benefit wireless devices, resulting in lower power consumption and stronger signals in smaller devices. Optimistic estimates still have production-grade applications a couple years out, however -- looks like we're stuck with our ridiculously high-powered silicon until then.

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Think Secret Shutting Down 240

A number of readers are sending in the news that the Mac rumors site Think Secret will be shutting down, as part of the (secret) settlement of a lawsuit Apple filed in 2005. Apple had claimed that the blog, published since 1998 by college student Nick Ciarelli, had revealed Apple's trade secrets. The only other detail of the settlement that has been revealed is that Think Secret was not forced to reveal any sources.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Porn Industry Warms Up to Blu-ray

An anonymous reader writes: Just when you thought it was safe to buy an HD DVD player, the adult video industry has capitulated to Blu-ray. Digital Playground (DP), a technology trend-setter in the porn business, will ship its first Blu-ray title in a couple of weeks. The move augurs well for the high-def DVD format, which seemed all but dead in the influential porn world just one year ago. That's when DP dropped Blu-ray in favor of HD DVD. Having first embraced Blu-ray for its superior capacity and alleged content security, DP decided at the last hour to go with HD DVD instead and released its first four titles early this year. So why go with Blu-ray? DP founder Joone explains, "A lot of people were emailing that bought a PlayStation and they were basically saying, 'When are you guys going to release Blu-ray?'"
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Apple settles Think Secret out of existence

jmp_nyc writes: Think Secret has just posted a press release on their site, reading as follows:

Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published. Nick Ciarelli, Think Secret's publisher, said "I'm pleased to have reached this amicable settlement, and will now be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits."
Since Think Secret has disabled commenting on the story on their site (big surprise), I figured /. would be the perfect place to pick up the topic.

Submission + - Oink Shutdown: Myths Exploded (

g0zer, the destructor writes: "The recent shutdown of music torrent site Oink had the media in a feeding frenzy, alleging that the site owners collected lucrative subscription fees and were key players in the distribution of pre-release recordings. Oink's users were confused by these claims, shocked by the misinformation spread by the IFPI and BPI, international siblings of the RIAA. Why did even the BBC's story appear to be cut and pasted from the IFPI's press release? The site's primary administrator was released without being charged and no-one appears to have run corrections to Tuesday's news. Perhaps the IFPI should have considered whether any charges could actually stick before making the claims they did."

Submission + - World's Biggest Pirate Music Site Shutdown (

Mike writes: "The world's largest pre-release pirate site "OiNK" was shutdown in a raid on Tuesday according to British and Dutch police. Interpol-coordinated raids followed a two-year investigation by the British Phonographic Industry and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry bodies. "This was not a case of friends sharing music for pleasure. This was a worldwide network that got hold of music they did not own the rights to and posted it online", said Jeremy Banks, head of the IFPI's Internet anti-piracy unit."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Bioshock DRM Causes Massive Outcry (

Dr Kool, PhD writes: "The PC DVD version of Bioshock is loaded with DRM like no other game ever released, and the outcry has reached critical mass. PC Gamer editors are reporting that they are not able to install and activate the game more than twice, even when previous copies are uninstalled. Thousands of complaints from frustrated buyers have flooded 2K Games' official Bioshock forum. The game uses a new version of the rootkit SecuROM to do its dirty deeds."

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