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Submission + - Copyright infringer tries to shut down reporting on her infringement. ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Further to the previous story on slashdot where attorney Candice Schwager threw threats to sue a photographer who reported a DMCA violation against her for infringing use of his photography; Candice has now made a DMCA threat of her own against Petapixel, a photography site that reported on her infringement. The kicker? She's sent the DMCA notice an apparent six times not to Petapixel's registrar or their hosting service, but to godaddy, her own registrar.

Comment Re:Exactly! (Score 1) 628

A bit of an unusual tangent- however I believe that Richard Dawkins was brought up as an Anglican throughout childhood which means he would have at least a basic understanding of religion. I think anyone can debate religion- but usually the more intelligent the person comes across there views tend to have more gravitas.
Operating Systems

Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2 vs. Early Fedora 13 Benchmarks 157

Given that early benchmarks of the Lucid Lynx were less than encouraging, Phoronix decided to take the latest alpha out for a spin and has set it side-by-side with an early look at Fedora 13. "Overall, there are both positive and negative performance changes for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Alpha 2 in relation to Ubuntu 9.10. Most of the negative regressions are attributed to the EXT4 file-system losing some of its performance charm. With using a pre-alpha snapshot of Fedora 13 and the benchmark results just being provided for reference purposes, we will hold off on looking into greater detail at this next Red Hat Linux update until it matures."

Submission + - Man Shot by Police in Home of Danish Cartoonist

dexmachina writes: More than four years later, the Danish cartoonist behind the famous Muhammad caricature is still a target. Kurt Westergaard, along with his wife and grandchild, was attacked in his home yesterday by a 28-year-old Somali man, alleged by the Danish Security and Intelligence Service to have ties to al-Qaeda. Police shot the intruder in the arm and leg and apprehended him. Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that originally published the cartoon, carried a statement from Westergaard. He writes that, while he had feared for his life, he has "turned fear into anger and indignation".

Submission + - China Arrests Thousands in Internet Porn Crackdown (

Clandestine_Blaze writes: Chinese police have arrested 5,394 people — with another 4,186 criminal cases in the works — in one of the largest crackdowns on Internet porn in the country. Even more arrests were expected in 2010, according to the Ministry of Public Security's website (In Chinese or Google translated into English). According to the Reuters article on the crackdown, one of the justifications was that the pornography was 'threatening the emotional health of children.'

From the English translation of the Ministry of Public Security's website linked above, it appears that certain provinces are also offering 1,000 yuan and 2,000 yuan awards, per person, for reporting illegal websites to the Government.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Activision On Iterating, Innovating Call Of Duty Series 66

Activision's Noah Heller sat down with Gamasutra to discuss the refinements made in Call of Duty: World at War to keep the popular FPS franchise moving forward. He points to cosmetic things, like realistic burning and the ability to set just about everything in the environment on fire, as well as bigger gameplay improvements, such as making the AI more difficult to beat without having it "cheat." "... the main thing we tried to do is honestly make the placement just more brutal. You've always got an advantage on the enemy; you've been through the level before, you know where they're going to be, but in Veteran mode you're going to find that they're not going to cheat. You're really going to have to be going for headshots using the most effective weaponry. You're going to have to use that bolt-action rifle and aim for the head if you want to take an enemy out at a distance. It's a different sort of gameplay. We heard those concerns and we tried to address them."

Comment COASTING (Score 1) 1114

Lets get one thing straight- by coasting (putting the clutch down and rolling) the engine is using the same amount of fuel as idling which is high MPG but isn't the best. By engine braking (using your gears to deaccelerate slowly) you are effectively using zero fuel- at least in most modern cars.

Obviously you could argue that the most fuel effective way to drive is to actually turn the engine off when going down slopes. PLEASE DON'T DO THIS. The reason being (my little anecdote)- I was in a car once my friend turned his engine off at the top of the slope. Stupidly not realising that the breaks are dependant on the pressure which is maintained by an engine running. Needless to say when we needed to brake properly we couldn't- luckily we realised before it was too late and switched it back on.

There are many factors which you can consider to save fuel:

- Keep tire pressure high - by doing this you are creating less resistance on the road.
- Remove unnecessary objects like roof racks which would effect the aerodynamics increasing resistance of the vehicle.
- Unnecessary luggage/weight in general.
- Use higher gears as much as possible. - Windows as cooling are better at saving money than using A/C at speeds under 50mph if my memory serves me correctly.

Fueling up

- Only fuel up half a tank - by doing this you could save yourself a lot because the weight of half a tank of fuel unnecessarily being carried around especially when you do the same route every day and can easily predict the best times to refuel.
- Use (UK) to check for local prices if your wanting to save money.
- I met someone who once said that they only fuel up at night because at night it's colder and fuel expands therefore they get more from the pump. I'm not sure how the pump system actually works but I thought it was an interesting point.
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The Almighty Buck

Fuel Efficiency and Slow Driving? 1114

vile8 writes "With the high gas prices and ongoing gas gouging in my hometown many people are trying to find a reasonable way to save gas. One of the things I've noticed is people driving exceptionally slow, 30mph in 45mph zones, etc. So I had to take a quick look and find out if driving slow is helpful in getting better mileage. I know horsepower increases substantially with wind resistance, but with charts like this one from it appears mileage is actually about the same between 27mph and 58mph or so. So I'm curious what all the drivers out there with the cool efficiency computers are getting ... of specific interest would be the hemis with MDS; how do those do with the cylinder shutoff mode at different speeds?" Related: are there any practical hypermiling techniques that you've found for people not ready to purchase a new car, nor give up driving generally?

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