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Hand Written Clock 86

a3buster writes "This clock does not actually have a man inside, but a flatscreen that plays a 24-hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009."

Copyright and the Games Industry 94

A recent post at the Press Start To Drink blog examined the relationship the games industry has with copyright laws. More so than in some other creative industries, the reactions of game companies to derivative works are widely varied and often unpredictable, ranging anywhere from active support to situations like the Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes debacle. Quoting: "... even within the gaming industry, there is a tension between IP holders and fan producers/poachers. Some companies, such as Epic and Square Enix, remain incredibly protective of their Intellectual Property, threatening those that use their creations, even for non-profit, cultural reasons, with legal suits. Other companies, like Valve, seem to, if not embrace, at least tolerate, and perhaps even tacitly encourage this kind of fan engagement with their work. Lessig suggests, 'The opportunity to create and transform becomes weakened in a world in which creation requires permission and creativity must check with a lawyer.' Indeed, the more developers and publishers that take up Valve's position, the more creativity and innovation will emerge out of video game fan communities, already known for their intense fandom and desire to add to, alter, and re-imagine their favorite gaming universes."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Thick to Thin? - A Good Idea?

notaspunkymonkey writes: I currently work in the IT department of a BPO organisation, and have been given the opportunity to investigate some pros and cons to switch from our current Windows Desktop and Laptop solution, to a new and exciting thin client solution.

We have nearly 5000 desktop computers which are due to be refreshed around the globe, and are looking to either save money from a deployment or administration perspective. This potentially goes hand in hand with our efforts to centralise our data in 2 main data centres.

What experiences do people have with any vendors, or switching to this kind of infrastructure? All potential vendors will have you believe that its simple and users love it, however in the real world this is often very different, any horror stories out there?

Feed Engadget: Verbatim acquires SmartDisk's external HDD, digital imaging assets (engadget.com)

Filed under: Storage

It's been quite awhile since we've seen anything substantial emerge from SmartDisk, and it looks like the last time may actually have been the last. Verbatim and its parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM), have purchased "substantially all of the assets of SmartDisk's external hard drive and digital imaging business." The acquisition essentially includes everything (right down to patents and engineering expertise) in those two divisions, which should compliment Verbatim's well recognized data storage lineup nicely. Although the purchase price wasn't revealed -- nor were details about how the branding would work out in future product releases -- the two have indeed official shook hands and the exchange of assets is well underway.

[Via PCWorld]

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Feed Engadget: AT&T to offer free WiFi to some broadband customers (engadget.com)

Filed under: Wireless

AT&T announced today that it would be making its nearly 10,000 WiFi hotspots accessible free of charge to the company's higher-end broadband customers, effective immediately. The hotspots, located in places like McDonalds and Barnes & Noble, will be made available to users of AT&T's 3.0-Mbps-and-higher services like Yahoo! High Speed Internet Pro and Elite, and FastAccess Xtreme (3.0 or 6.0 Mbps), and will give them unlimited connectivity anywhere that AT&T has service. This should be nice news for the company's users, especially those who just got a new phone with WiFi, and while this doesn't really offer anything close to T-Mobile's Hotspot @Home, it could certainly pave the telecom's way towards some WiFi-based VoIP.

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Feed Engadget: Unboxing the Toshiba Portege G900 (engadget.com)

Filed under: Cellphones

What would you give for a WM6 QWERTY with a 3-inch screen touting an 800 x 480 pixel resolution? Well, reader Kim Nyberg forked over a €635/$860 premium to Expansys for the Toshiba Portege G900 and has the unboxing pics to prove it. And you thought $599 was expensive. Oh, did we mention it's tri-band HSDPA with WiFi?

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Feed Engadget: Western Digital buys Komag for $1 billion (engadget.com)

Filed under: Storage

Western Digital has bought Komag, a company that supplies its buyer with thin-film media used to create disk drives, for $1 billion. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of the year, and has been completely approved by both boards, with just regulatory approvals needed to be cleared. The deal is overshadowed somewhat by the statement by one analyst that unusual trading in options ahead of the deal looked "suspicious," which makes it hard for us to recall an example where stock trading in the time immediately surrounding a merger deal wasn't suspicious.

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Feed Obesity Risk: New Research Shows Clearest Genetic Link Yet (sciencedaily.com)

Scientists have identified the most clear genetic link yet to obesity in the general population as part of a major study of diseases. People with two copies of a particular gene variant have a 70 percent higher risk of being obese than those with no copies. Amongst white Europeans, approximately one in six people carry both copies.

Feed Immune System And High Plasma Lipid Levels Linked (sciencedaily.com)

Researchers have found an unsuspected link between the immune system and high lipid levels (cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood) in mice. The finding could lead to new ways to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering elevated lipid levels.

Feed RIAA Still Can't Understand That The Product Is More Important Than The Price (techdirt.com)

Despite some universities refusing to act as the RIAA's henchmen in its campaign against their students, the group says the effort to bully students into paying "discounted settlements" is working to help stop file-sharing. Of course, it says that about everything it tries (even when it's not true), but you'd imagine if any of these attempts really were successful, it wouldn't need to keep coming up with new ones. Anyhow, just in case there was any doubt as to how out of touch the RIAA is with the market and its customers, its general counsel and EVP wonders why students would continue to download from file-sharing networks when they have access to discounted or free subscription services. Uh, maybe it's because students realize how lame those services are? When students choose to keep illegally downloading even though they have free legal alternatives available, it illustrates that this isn't just an issue of them wanting to not have to pay for music, as the RIAA would like you to believe. It's an issue of the RIAA and its member labels not being able to deliver an attractive product to consumers. But why bother to innovate and come up with something people would want to buy, when you can just sue all your customers instead?

Feed Exploding iPod dies gruesome death (engadget.com)

Filed under: Portable Audio

Oh dear, just when we thought we'd had our fill of exploding Apple devices, along comes an Australian forum member named eeno who saw his first generation iPod nano go up in flames, and has some snuff-esque pics of the aftermath. As is usually the case with these things, eeno's iPod was charging when it happened. He says the force of the battery's explosion sent the iPod off his PC onto the floor, where it continued to smoke and spark until he unplugged the USB charging cable from the back of his computer. Since his iPod is out of warranty, the local computer repair shop didn't do him much good, but they did take a few pics to send to Apple. Hopefully this iPod was just an anomaly, and we won't be seeing a whole wave of these explosions as 1G nanos exit their warranties and head towards retirement -- but somehow we fear the worse.

[Thanks, Kip HT]

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