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The Courts

Submission + - RIAA sues paralyzed stroke victim

Waylon writes: "It seems the RIAA will sue anyone, anywhere, even if you're a paralyzed stroke victim. Yes, Warner Music and the RIAA are suing a retired railroad man in Florida whose left side has been paralyzed by a stroke and whose sole source of income is his disability check. From the article: "Although the defendant John Paladuk, an employee of C&N Railroad for 36 years, was living in Florida at the time of the alleged copyright suit, and had notified the RIAA that he had not engaged in any copyright infringement, and despite that the fact that Mr. Paladuk suffered a stroke last year which resulted in complete paralysis of his entire left side and severely impaired speech, rendering him disabled, and despite the fact that his disability check is his sole source of income, the RIAA commenced suit against him on February 27, 2007.""
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - NIN to release next album in GarageBand files

Tibor the Hun writes: Similar to what they did for their last CD, NIN have released a song from their upcoming CD as a multitrack GarageBand file. What's more, according to their website, they plan on releasing all of their songs from the upcoming release this way. For those amongst us looking at the world through broken windows, GarageBand is Apple's music recording and editing software.
It seems that NIN understand that involving fans into their music is actually good for their business. Hopefully we'll see more artists take this fan-friendly approach. Who knows, maybe some day Metallica will release a song of their own this way?

Submission + - Chevrolet Volt Electric Car

J Davis writes: "There is a dedicated site for news and information related to the new Chevrolet Volt Electric car which is due to be mass produced by the year 2010. This car is a true watershed in the history of automobiles and truly represents the beginning of a new era for automobiles. This car and its kin is our hope to avert Global Warming and Peak Oil. Go to the site at http://www.gm-volt.com/ read, join, and enter the discussion."

Submission + - United States Pirate Party T-Shirt Design Contest

nbx909 writes: "The United States Pirate Party has announced the first part of their first real fund raising campaign in their first press release. The United States Pirate Party is looking for people to design a t-shirt that will be sold in order to raise money for various things mainly supplies and support for their new local pirate 'ships.' The guidelines are in the press release as well as in their policy. Good luck!"

Sport Is Unrelated To Obesity In Children 594

xiox writes "The UK government is planning to stop funding a study to understand obesity in children. The study fits children with accelerometers to measure how much energy each child uses in a day by moving. The results are surprising. Those children who do sports at school do not burn more calories than those who don't. Furthermore there is no correlation between body mass index and the number of calories used! The results are very interesting, suggesting that genetics and diet are the main reasons for childhood obesity, not sport. The UK government is trying to increase the amount of sport in schools."

Submission + - Top 10 Amazing Hubble Photos

Max writes: "Named after the trailblazing astronomer Edwin P. Hubble (1889-1953), the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a large, space-based observatory which has revolutionized astronomy by providing unprecedented deep and clear views of the Universe, ranging from our own solar system to extremely remote fledgling galaxies forming not long after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. http://naturesmightypictures.blogspot.com/2006/10/ top-10-amazing-hubble-photos.html"

Submission + - Video Organizing App for VLC?

tommertron writes: "I recently discovered the great, versatile, open source VLC Media Player and I've become a real convert. The fact that it can play almost any media file and has a ton of different options is a big draw. But I'd really like to have a way to organize and launch all of the videos that I have, and then launch in any program I want (preferably VLC). It would have to be able to watch certain folders for new movies, and be able to remember what I've seen and what I haven't so that I can remember to watch all the videos I've downloaded or created. Kind of like the way iTunes sorts music, but something that isn't such a memory hog and that can play more than one type of video format. A VLC plugin would be great, but I can't seem to find one. Any suggestions?"

Submission + - Call to Cool the Hype

rujholla writes: The NY Times has an article up about scientists calling for Al Gore to cool the hype about global warming. Since this is always a hotly contested issue on slashdot, I was hoping that someone could help make sense.

But part of his scientific audience is uneasy. In talks, articles and blog entries that have appeared since his film and accompanying book came out last year, these scientists argue that some of Mr. Gore's central points are exaggerated and erroneous. They are alarmed, some say, at what they call his alarmism.

I kind of agree that maybe things on global warming have gotten out of hand, but on the other hand if this is the most important issue to affect our future isn't it worth being alarmed about?

Submission + - EFF Reveals Plot to Cripple European Televison

poopie writes: From BoingBoing:

EFF has just published a long-awaited, brilliant paper on Europe's proposed digital TV DRM system. ... EFF is the only consumer group admitted to the DRM negotiations — closed door, secretive meetings that you had to pay EU10,000 a year to attend — and then only because it came as the representative of some open source manufacturers. Speaking of which, the DVB spec requires that devices be built to resist end-user modification, which means that open source and free software are right out.
Read the EFF DVB briefing paper Who controls your Television

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