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The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Lawyer Reneges on Agreement in Thomas (

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "I don't expect anyone who's been following these cases to be shocked, but in yet another 'ferret-like twist and turn on the part of one of the RIAA's hit lawyers', one of them has just reneged on an oral agreement he'd made in the Jammie Thomas case in Duluth, Minnesota. After Jammie Thomas received a grant from the Free Software Foundation enabling her to hire her own expert witness, Assistant Professor Yongdae Kim of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, for the retrial, she was granted a week by the Court in which to file Prof. Kim's report. Once the trial date was adjourned for several months, her lawyer asked the RIAA's lawyer if he would consent to extend the report filing deadline from 7 days to 21 days. The RIAA lawyer said 'yes' on the phone, but the next day, when presented with a stipulation to sign memorializing the agreement, refused to do so, forcing the defendant's lawyer to make a motion. Interestingly, although the RIAA lawyer denied having made the promise, his 'denial' was not under penalty of perjury. In another development, the RIAA requested a postponement of the trial date from May 11th to June 15th, which was granted."

Submission + - Burning Seawater Made Possible 1

ackthpt writes: An Associated Press/Google article tells of a process discovered for burning hydrogen released from seawater using radio frequencies. I've been around long enough to hear of a few perpetual motion machines and mysterious black boxes which harvest energy from Earth's magnetic fields and I'm wondering if this really is just another one of these stories. From the article: "John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn." "Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations." Sounds possible, but ultimately this means purification of seawater, the question of the machines efficiency (how much energy is put in to how much is taken out,) byproducts and, should the thing work out, will the world be overrun with vehicles and devices which consume more cheap energy?

Submission + - What to do with $100k ... a geek's dream / dilemma 2

Anonymous (but lucky) Coward writes: It looks like I'm about to cash in on a pet project I've been nurturing for a few years; a company has stepped forward and is about to pay me roughly $100k for some software I developed. Good for me!

The problem I now face is what do I do with this money? I'm a US citizen in my early 40's, and expect that Uncle Sam will swoop in to take almost 40% of this windfall. What options are there for me to make best advantage of this situation? Is there any way I can avoid or minimize the tax hit?

Basically, what would SlashDotters do?
Operating Systems

Submission + - A Programmer's Move to Linux

An anonymous reader writes: This is the story of one Windows programmer and his move from Windows to Ubuntu. It's an interesting look at how to make the move while coping with one's reliance on certain Windows-specific programs. From the article: "My typical day consists of launching the OS in the morning (takes about 20 seconds to load from cold boot). I run the built-in Evolution e-mail program, Opera, OpenOffice apps, and other utilities pretty much all day. I go in and out of Windows as necessary through VMware Server. I have tried VMware Player, and it seems to work fine, though I prefer Server, because it has all configuration options and allows me to set up new virtual machines. I typically run XP, even though Vista is supported, and I do have it installed along with 2K."
Data Storage

Submission + - Mempile - Terabyte on a CD (

Erica Campbell writes: 25 YEARS AFTER THE cd a new optical-storage technology currently under development by an Israeli company will allow the equivalent of 250,000 high-quality MP3s or more than 115 DVD-quality movies or about 40 HD movies on a single CD-size medium. At 200 layers a disc, future versions of the technology will make it possible to store up to 5TB of data on one disc — the only question is, when will we find the time to watch all this content?

Submission + - Mac Users Waiting 10 Months for Java Patch (

growTesk writes: Ten months after the discovery of serious vulnerabilities in Sun's Java ICC (image) profile parsing code and four months after the release of Sun's update (JDK 1.5.0_11-b03), Mac OS X users are still waiting for Apple to issue its own Java runtime update. The flaw exposes Mac users to remote code execution attacks. In the meantime, Landon Fuller has a proof-of-concept exploit and third party patch with full source code.

Feed The Register: NSA surveillance and the dream police (

To what extent is memory subject to the state secrets doctrine?

Memories are very personal things, over which we feel an intimate sense of ownership. Some people, such as spies, are sworn to secrecy over this or that incident, but, as one event or another washes over us, we typically aren't responsible one way or another for them. They are the historical cloth out of which we are cut. They are what makes us who we are.


Submission + - Teen Pleads Guilty to Filming 'Transformers' (

Billosaur writes: "Wired's Threat Level blog contains an article stating that the teen accused of filming 20 seconds of "Transformers" with her Canon Powershot camera has plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of filming a motion picture in a movie house owned by Regal Cinemas. She was arrested last month after she used her camera to film a short snippet of the film to show to her brother. Arlington County prosecutor Richard E. Trodden, said he was pressured by Regal Entertainment Group, the world's largest movie exhibitor, to prosecute 19-year-old Jhannet Sejas in order to make sure the message gets out that something like this isn't right."

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