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Submission + - Plagiarism In Today's Music Industry

An anonymous reader writes: Today, there is a significant amount of music that is plagiarized. In fact, it seems like the plagiarized songs get played on the radio endlessly while the original musicians are left with nothing. For example, read the criticism of Jet's "Get Born" album and try to compare it yourself. Other artist's songs which sound too familiar to other songs include Paris Hilton and The Flaming Lip. There should really be more consequences for stealing other musician's work without giving proper credit.
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Submission + - QWERTY Keyboard Layout: Are We Stuck Forever?

techie writes: "CoolTechZone.com author Gundeep Hora asks the question, "QWERTY Keyboard Layout: Are We Stuck Forever?" Sure, DVORAK may be gaining some traction between developers, but will it ever be mainstream. The article states, "Personally, for a new keyboard layout to get adopted, the entire technology industry would have to form an association with contributing member companies to come up with a new standard. Once they have come up with a new layout, they would then have to release their respective models at the same time to saturate the market and leave us with no choice. After all, if we have a choice, then we would obviously opt for the layout that's familiar to us. Ethical or not, that's what would happen."
United States

Submission + - CS programs changing to attract women students

Magnifico writes: In today's The New York Times, there is a story about American universities are actively recruiting women to be Computer Science students and changing CS courses to do so. The story, "Computer Science Takes Steps to Bring Women to the Fold", explains that the number of women in CS is shrinking: "Women received about 38 percent of the computer science bachelor's degrees awarded in the United States in 1985, the peak year, but in 2003, the figure was only about 28 percent, according to the National Science Foundation." One of the largest barriers to recruiting women to the field is the "nerd factor". To attract women students to the CS field, "Moving emphasis away from programming proficiency was a key to the success of programs Dr. Blum and her colleagues at Carnegie Mellon instituted to draw more women into computer science." Changes at CMU increased women students in the CS program from 8 percent to nearly 40 percent.

Feed Early Time Change Costs Kid 12 Days In Jail (techdirt.com)

The early start on daylight savings time passed last month with little impact, both in terms of the predicted aclockalypse as well as the energy savings it was supposed to generate. However, the shift did have some severe consequences for one Pennsylvania 15-year-old: 12 days in the slammer. The kid made a call in to his school's recorded information line in the early hours of March 11, just a few minutes before the hot line supposedly received a bomb threat. School officials, in their haste to find the caller, matched his cell phone number to a list of callers to the hotline that morning, and immediately pointed the finger at him. His phone correctly recorded the call time as 3:12 am, which was apparently close enough for them to the 3:17 am entry in the system's call logs for the bomb threat. However, the officials hadn't set the clock in their call system properly, meaning the bomb threat came in more than an hour after the kid's innocent call, and it took nearly two weeks of the kid sitting in juvenile detention for somebody to figure it out. The real culprit here is somebody's stupidity -- because even if the time change hadn't occurred, the call times still didn't match up by five minutes.

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