Thumper_SVX writes: "Seems that the screaming about the new hash in the iPod song database was a tempest in a teacup. Despite the fact that we still don't know for sure if the hash was added as a security measure or just a consistency check on the database itself, the hash has been cracked. This opens the door to retrofit all those precious third-party music management apps to the iPod Classic and new Nano."
CPUsInHotPlaces writes: The BBC is reporting that the European Union's "Court of First Instance" has ruled against Microsoft in the ongoing anti-trust case. As a result of this ruling, they must pay abide by the original ruling from 2004 (including a 497m euro fine), and also pay 80% of the EU commission's legal costs.
The only section of the original ruling that was not upheld was the comission's attempt to impose an independent monitoring trustee
SeeSchloss writes: After years of trying to get Britain to switch to the metric system the EU has finally decided to give up the fight. Conversion was initially a precondition for UK's membership of the European Union, in 1973, and the deadline had been regularly extended since then. Should we add back the UK to the list of the three countries in the world which do not use the metric system (Myanmar, Liberia and the United States)? It looks like the more a country waits before switching to the metric system, the more difficult it is, most countries did it while their litteracy rate was low and avoided most of the problems the UK or the US would be facing now. Do you think it is realistic to expect the UK or the US to switch to the metric system now? Do you think such a conversion is even useful outside of technical fields (I hope we all agree that it is needed in space research, for example)?