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Submission + - SpaceX's Elon Musk gives out more hints about his plans for Mars (

MarkWhittington writes: SpaceX’s Elon Musk is waiting for a space conference in Mexico in a few months before unburdening himself of his long-term plans for Mars. But, he gave out a few hints to the Washington Post. They involve a cargo service to Mars followed by the long anticipated dream of a settlement on the Red Planet.

Submission + - Lazy clause algorithm makes decisions faster ( 1

schliz writes: Australian researchers have developed a 'combinatorial optimisation' algorithm called the lazy clause generator, which combines low- and high- level programming techniques to solve problems like rostering, resource allocation and Sudoku. The algorithm is part of Government-funded NICTA's G12 constraint programming project, and could speed industrial decision making processes by "orders of magnitude" — however, its developer does not expect it to replace human managers "because in the end, people want to feel like they're in control of the process".

Submission + - Arthritis protein reverses Alzheimer’s sympt (

An anonymous reader writes: A protein found in sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis dramatically reduced Alzheimer's disease pathology and reversed the memory impairment of mice bred to develop symptoms of the neurodegenerative disease. Best of all, a synthetic form of the protein is already FDA approved and on the market for treating certain cancer-related conditions. "We were pretty amazed that the treatment completely reversed cognitive impairment in 20 days," said one of the lead researchers in the new study. In addition to regaining memory, brains of treated mice showed more than a 50-percent decrease in beta amyloid, the sticky clumps of plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

Submission + - Yet another Jupiter impact (reusable headline) ( 1

SEWilco writes: Yet another optical flash on Jupiter has been spotted. The obvious explanation is that it's due to an impact event. If it is an impact, it's probably the third sighting in 14 months. Either large impacts are happening more often or they've been happening a lot more often than was previously believed. There are now many more automated telescopes with TV cameras watching the skies, so we're probably simply looking more often.

Submission + - 9th Circuit Rules Copyright Preempts Right of Publ ( 1

David Weiskopf writes: This past week, in Jules Jordan Video vs. 144942 Canada (August 16, 2010), in which Plaintiff (an adult film star) sued Defendant for its pirating and redistributing of plaintiff's films, the Ninth Circuit held, in what I consider to be a very troubling ruling, that the Plaintiff's (California-based) right of publicity claim was preempted by his available claims for copyright infringement under federal copyright law. Specifically, in reversing the lower District Court and vacating the judgment in favor of plaintiff, the Court's three judge panel (which included Judge Kozinski, who, you might remember, famously dissented from the Ninth Circuit's Order rejecting the suggestion of an en banc hearing in Wendt vs. Host International, Inc., based in part on his argument that the Ninth Circuit should have found that that the right of publicity claim at issue was preempted by the the actors' federal copyright claims) held that "[Plaintiff's] right of publicity claim falls within the subject matter of copyright, and that the rights he asserts are equivalent to the rights within the scope of Section 106 of the Copyright Act. The essence of [Plaintiff's] claim is that [Defendants] reproduced and distributed the DVDs without authorization. [Plaintiff's] claim is under the Copyright Act." The Court's primary reasoning appears based on the facts of the case, where the Court makes clear that Defendant's infringing acts were comprised solely of reproducing and distributing pirated DVDs; Defendant did not otherwise use Plaintiff's name or likeness in promoting the fake DVDs, but simply redistributed the illicitly made copies containing the original and otherwise properly authorized performance (likeness) of Plaintiff.

Submission + - Apple patents tech to record iPhone thieves (

angry tapir writes: "A new Apple patent proposes a mechanism to catch iPhone thieves: it would record the voice of the current user of the phone, take photographs of the user, geotag the photograph and activate the accelerometer to "determine a current mode of transportation of the electronic device." (View the patent itself here. [PDF])"

Submission + - Better Way to Grow Stem Cells Developed

An anonymous reader writes: Human pluripotent stem cells, which can become any other kind of body cell, hold great potential to treat a wide range of ailments, including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. However, scientists who work with such cells have had trouble growing large enough quantities to perform experiments — in particular, to be used in human studies.Furthermore, most materials now used to grow human stem cells include cells or proteins that come from mice embryos, which help stimulate stem-cell growth but would likely cause an immune reaction if injected into a human patient. To overcome those issues, MIT chemical engineers, materials scientists and biologists have devised a synthetic surface that includes no foreign animal material and allows stem cells to stay alive and continue reproducing themselves for at least three months.

Submission + - Non-profit manned space rocket launching in a week ( 2

Plammox writes: Well not really manned in the first go, as this is the first test of the boosters and space craft in combination with the sea launch platform they built. The catch? All of this is a non-profit project based on voluntary labour and sponsors. How will they get the launch platform out in the middle of the Baltic sea to perform the test? With the founder's home built submarine pushing it, of course. Enjoy the pictures.

Submission + - Woot to AP: You owe us $17.50 (

ChipMonk writes: The Associated Press have draconian terms for using their content, but they have no problem swiping content from others:

You see, when we showed off our good news on Wednesday afternoon, we expected we'd get a little bit of attention. But when we found your little newsy thing you do, we couldn't help but notice something important. And that something is this: you printed our web content in your article! The web content that came from our blog! Why, isn't that the very thing you've previously told nu-media bloggers they're not supposed to do? So, The AP, here we are. Just to be fair about this, we've used your very own pricing scheme to calculate how much you owe us. By looking through the link above, and comparing your post with our original letter, we've figured you owe us roughly $17.50 for the content you borrowed from our blog post, which, by the way, we worked very very hard to create.... All you'll need to do is show us your email receipt from today's two pack of Sennheiser MX400 In-Ear Headphones, and we'll call it even.


Submission + - Microsoft claims Android steps on its patents (

An anonymous reader writes: Is the Android platform in general going to risk anything or is Microsoft just suing HTC for their hardware technology and not the Android OS it self.

Submission + - 'Iceman' Gets 13 Years for 2nd Hacking Offense

Hugh Pickens writes: "Computerworld reports that Max Ray Butler, who used the hacker pseudonym Iceman, has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for hacking into financial institutions and stealing credit card account numbers, the longest known sentence ever handed down for hacking charges. This isn't Butler's first time facing a federal hacking sentence. After a promising start as a security consultant who did volunteer work for the FBI, Butler was arrested for writing malicious software that installed a back-door program on computers — including some on federal government networks — that were susceptible to a security hole. Butler served an 18-month prison term for the crime and fell on hard times after his 2002 release. "I was homeless, staying on a friends couch. I couldn't get work," says Butler. In desperation, he turned again to cybercrime and by the time of his arrest in September 2007, he had built the largest marketplace for stolen credit and debit card information in the world. "It is a shame that someone with so much ability chose to use it in a manner that hurt many people," says Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke Dembosky, who prosecuted the case for the federal government. "This sentence sends a message that cyber crime is taken very seriously.""

Submission + - Manga collector sentenced to six months of prison ( 1

Bragador writes: A U.S. comic book collector is being sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to importing and possessing Japanese manga books depicting illustrations of child sex and bestiality.

Though child porn drawings leave me uneasy, should Americans accept or oppose a law like this?

Submission + - Monty wants to save MySQL (

An anonymous reader writes: It seems as if the MySQL author is trying hard to win back control over MySQL. In his blog he calls upon the MySQL users to "Help keep the Internet free" by signing his petition. He fears that if Oracle buys Sun they automatically get MySQL which would spell doom for the project. But I have have mixed feelings with this call for help because after all; who sold MySQL in the first place?

Submission + - Firefox in Parallel - A Pre-Release Version (

clickbanklib writes: While Chrome and Internet Explorer 8 support multi-threading (running on different processors), Firefox still lacks it in the official version. Support for multiple processors in Firefox is in the works and the author tested a pre-release version of Firefox that loads different tabs in parallel. In this post he show some of the results. Among his conclusions is that the javascript engine is much faster than in previous version.

Submission + - Court Orders Shutdown of H-1B Critics' Websites 1

theodp writes: Computerworld reports that a NJ Superior Court Judge ordered hosting firms to shut down three Web sites that oppose the H-1B visa program and seeks information about the identity of anonymous posters. GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Comcast and DiscountASP.Net were ordered to disable,, and Facebook Inc. was also ordered to disable ITgrunt's Facebook page. The judge's order was made in response to a libel lawsuit filed by Apex Technology Group Inc., which is citing its copyright ownership as it seeks the identity of the poster of a since-removed Apex employment agreement on, which drew critical comments on U.S. and India websites.

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