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Submission + - MP3 files written as DNA with storage density of 2.2 petabytes per gram (

SonicSpike writes: "People have started experimenting with putting binary data in biological form. Now, a new study has confirmed the flexibility of the approach by encoding everything from an MP3 to the decoding algorithm into fragments of DNA. The cost analysis done by the authors suggest that the technology may soon be suitable for decade-scale storage, provided current trends continue."

Submission + - Finland is crowdsourcing its new copyright law (

An anonymous reader writes: Internet activists in Finland, upset with the country's strict copyright laws, are ready to take advantage of the country's promise to vote on any citizen-proposed bill that reaches 50,000 signatures. Digital rights group Common Sense in Copyright has proposed sweeping changes to Finland's Lex Karpela, a 2006 amendment to the Finnish copyright law that more firmly criminalized digital piracy. Under it, "countless youngsters have been found guilty of copyright crimes and sentenced to pay thousands, in some cases hundreds of thousands, of euros in punitive damages to the copyright organizations." The proposal to fix copyright is the best-rated and most-commented petition on the Open Ministry site.

Submission + - Convention organizers ban sale/display of anything looking like assault weapons (

RJarett writes: Popular convention company, Reed Exhibitions, of the NY Comic Con, and Pax East fame, recently set a contract-breaking rule in place. This rule began affecting the Eastern Sports and Outdoor show, the largest show for sportsman, hunters, fishers, campers. They banned the sale and display of any gun or accessory which is used on a "modern rifle". By modern rifle, of course, they mean AR-15 and the like. You hear that correctly, even the DISPLAY of posters or magazines which may have a picture in it.

In the last 2 days, over 15000 people have vowed to boycott the Outdoor show via the Facebook page , all celebrities have backed out, and over 200 vendors have pulled their support.

Considering almost all comic books, video games, and RPGs have weapons of similar nature in them, it is just a matter of time before the rule is put forth into the geek arena.


Submission + - The IEEE Gadget Graveyard: What technology will bite the dust in 2013? (

coondoggie writes: "In this high-tech world paper still rules, but gadgets that run movies, television or music exclusively could die off in 2013. That's one of the conclusions published by the giant professional organization, IEEE, recently in its 2013 Gadget Graveyard survey. The survey is a Facebook application where more than 1,700 IEEE members, engineers, engineering students and CES trade show attendees cast more than 25,000 votes on what sorts of technology they think will die off by year-end, like landline phones and Ethernet cables but mostly which will live on like standalone cameras."

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