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Submission + - Blizzard Claims Ownership of All Starcraft II Maps 5

ccherlin writes: The EULA of Starcraft II contains an extremely disturbing clause:

3. Map Editor. The Game includes a program that allows you to create custom levels, maps, scenarios
or other materials for use in connection with the Game (the “Map Editor”). The following terms are specific to the Map Editor:
a. Map Content. You understand that the content required to create or modify STARCRAFT® II
Modified Maps (as defined below) is included in the STARCRAFT® II game client, and that all
such content is owned by Blizzard and governed by this Agreement. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND
AGREE THAT ALL MAPS, LEVELS AND OTHER CONTENT CREATED OR MODIFIED USING THE MAP
EDITOR (COLLECTIVELY, “MODIFIED MAPS”) ARE AND SHALL REMAIN THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE
PROPERTY OF BLIZZARD. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, YOU HERE BY ASSIGN TO
BLIZZARD ALL OF YOUR RIGHTS, TITLE AND INTEREST IN AND TO ALL MODIFIED MAPS, AND
AGREE THAT YOU WILL EXECUTE FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS PROMPTLY UPON RECEIVING SUCH
A REQUEST FROM BLIZZARD.

Prior Blizzard games like Warcraft III had EULA provisions that prohibited selling maps created with their editor, but the copyright remained with the map maker. Now? Anyone who creates a new, popular mod like DotA with the Starcraft II editor will have no rights to their own creation.
Television

Submission + - Television: The Next Big Tech Battleground (osnews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: OSNews posted an article explaining why the TV is where it's at in the tech world. The author argues that TVs can become as "smart" as cellphones can, that IPTV is king, and that the success of it all (at least in the US) will depend on enforcing net neutrality.
Hardware Hacking

TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, Again 417

Deep Thought writes "Texas Instruments, already infamous thanks to the signing key controversy last year, is trying a new trick to lock down its graphing calculators, this time directed toward its newest TI-Nspire line. The TI-Nspires were already the most controlled of TI's various calculator models, and no third-party development of any kind (except for its very limited form of TI-BASIC) was allowed until the release of the independent tool Ndless. Since its release, TI has been determined to prevent the large calculator programming community from using it. Its latest released operating system for the Nspire family (version 2.1) now prevents the calculators from downgrading to OS 1.1, needed to run Ndless. This is TI's second major attack on Ndless, as the company has already demanded that websites posting the required OS 1.1 remove it from public download [PDF, in French], obviously to prevent use of the tool. Once again, TI is preventing calculator hobbyists from running their own software on calculators they bought and paid for."
Music

Submission + - Judge criticises RIAA, fine ruled unconstitutional (torrentfreak.com)

krou writes: RIAA's case against Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum suffered another setback, as District Judge Nancy Gertner reduced the $675,000 fine to $67,500, and described the reduced fine as "severe, even harsh": "It not only adequately compensates the plaintiffs for the relatively minor harm that Tenenbaum caused them; it sends a strong message that those who exploit peer-to-peer networks to unlawfully download and distribute copyrighted works run the risk of incurring substantial damages awards. Tenenbaum's behavior, after all, was hardly exemplary. The jury found that he not only violated the law, but did so willfully. Reducing the jury's $675,000 award, however, also sends another no less important message: The Due Process Clause does not merely protect large corporations, like BMW and State Farm, from grossly excessive punitive awards. It also protects ordinary people like Joel Tenenbaum."
Medicine

Doctor Invents 'Zero Gravity' Radiation Suit 83

DrFrasierCrane writes "You think you feel weighed down when your dentist lays that lead apron on you to take X-rays: how about the doctors who deal with radiation treatments and have to wear those aprons all day long? A Dallas, Texas, doctor has created a 'zero gravity' radiation suit for just that problem. From the article: 'Physicians are supposed to wear a lead apron during those procedures. It is back-breakingly heavy and doesn't cover the body completely. The zero gravity suit eliminates the weight and the exposed openings.'"
Media

Submission + - Titanic is Set To Return in 3D (blogspot.com) 1

jahanzyb writes: Well it seems to be a 3D era, an epic directory James Cameron in an interview revealed that he is planing to re-release Titanic but this time in 3D now. Box office has recently witnessed two great successes of Avatar and Alice in a wonderland and this forcing the filmmakers to enter in new and most attractive form of business that is 3D film making. And thus new and exclusive statement has arrived form James Cameron about his intentions to re-release his previously blockbuster number 1 movie Titanic in 3D

Submission + - Cancer Cells Detected Using $400 Digital Camera (gizmag.com)

fergus07 writes: Researchers have detected oral cancer cells using a fiber-optic cable and an off-the-shelf Olympus E-330 camera worth $400. The work by Rice University biomedical engineers and researchers from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center could improve access to diagnostic imaging tools in many parts of the world where these expensive resources are scarce. In the tests, a common fluorescent dye was used to make cell nuclei glow brightly and images taken using tip of the fiber-optic bundle attached to the camera. The distorted nuclei which indicate cancerous and pre-cancerous cells could then be distinguished on the camera's LCD monitor.
Music

Submission + - Richie Hawtin's gear: Stolen. (facebook.com)

indrora writes: Richie Hawtin, better known as Plastikman, professional mix-master and DJ has had his things stolen while on tour in France. From his Facebook page:

To all my French fans, friends and supporters. I need your help! On Friday night someone broke into my hotel room at Hotel Costes in Paris and stole my iPod and 2 x Plastikman Live iPads (serial #GB01723UZ38 and #GB0129CAZ3A) and my Plastikman Live show Apple Macbook Pro 17" laptop (serial #C02CK0GXDC7C). I am asking everyone to keep their ears and eyes open for any information about these very important and personal items. I'm offering a 2500 € reward for any information that leads to the return of the equipment.

He mentions that he does not wish to punish those who did the act, but instead just ask them to come forth and give his stuff back. He's offering a EUR2500 reward for info that helps him get his stuff back.

Censorship

Submission + - Google v. China: Google Blinks (washingtonpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google will stop auto-redirecting its users to its uncensored search site in Hong Kong in an attempt to keep its Internet license to operate in China.
Nintendo

Submission + - E3 2010 Hands-On Impressions: Donkey Kong Country (sidequesting.com)

kewlrats writes: Nintendo has a knack for building on our nostalgia. The latest iteration is a sort of re-imagining of the original DKC instead of a real sequel. Much like New Super Mario Bros before it, Donkey Kong Country Returns strips the franchise to its basics before adding a layer of polish to it. Thankfully, Nintendo knows how to create brilliant platforming experiences even from those bare essentials.

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