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Submission + - BBC to offer content via XBox 360

An anonymous reader writes: Not content with shunning Linux and Mac users (for the time being at least) it now seems the BBC will add insult to injury by rolling out the iPlayer to the Xbox 360. Nice one BBC, you are really moving in the right direction!

Submission + - Open Source Laptop Tracking?

rhs.coder writes: "I've recently purchased a 2.0 GHz MacBook for school next year at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. While the campus is safe, the surrounding area is not. Consequently, I'm worried about what I see as a major investment being stolen. I've looked into a few pay-service laptop tracking agencies, some of which even use the built-in iSight to take a picture of a thief; however, I do not make enough money to pay such a company monthly or, more likely, with an "extortion" fee once my laptop is stolen. How does the Slashdot crowd track their laptops? I'm very interested in learning what scripts or other hacks readers have made for this service. Are there any open source projects which could run under OS X that will provide some basic tracking ability? Of course, reliability and unobtrusiveness are a must"
The Internet

Submission + - An end to Internet radio?

b3gr33n writes: Yesterday the Copyright Royalty Board announced new fees for Internet Radio broadcasting: "Earlier today, the Copyright Royalty Board, the group overseeing statutory licensing for US-based internet radio stations, announced the new royalty rates for streaming radio performance rights. The board rejected the arguments made by webcasters and instead chose to adopt the proposal put forth by industry-backed SoundExchange, a royalty fee collection agency created by the RIAA." -internet-radio/

We listen a lot to internet radio. It brings in local stations that have poor reception and has introduced us to music around the world. In the end we've bought a fair amount of CD's based on our listening. Many of the stations like Radio Paradise are small family run operations. There is no way they can afford these fees. The Save-Internet-Radio website reports that curiously enough, broadcast stations do not pay these fees. Is that true? Is this an attempt to squelch yet another form of free media?
United States

Submission + - Is US economy more important than world ecology?

valiko75 writes: "A recent report, under the title United States Climate Action Report, predicts a growth in the emission of greenhouse gases by 11% by 2012. The Greens will not be impressed of course, but the Bush administration says that this is a necessity, because there is more population and the economy has grown more; hence the necessary growth of emissions of harmful gases, which contribute to global warming (this 11% growth is in the U.S. and the warming is GLOBAL). Back in 2002 George W. Bush has set up a goal: to reduce these emission, so that they would be lower than the economy growth rate. This is what it is today. The question is "Why not try more to reduce these emissions?" The whole world is world is working on this topic, whereas Bush has spoken only recently for the first time about global warming, saying that this has became quite a challenge for all of us."
The Internet

Submission + - Proposed Internet Censorship Law in Israel

Shlomi Fish writes: "Gal Mor reports on on a new proposal for an Israeli Internet censorship law, which will require ISPs to implement censorship at the ISP level, and the surfers to identify themselves using bio-metric means and passwords to prevent minors from viewing sites with unsuitable content. Also see a discussion on the Israeli Linux mailing list.

This law is very bad and should better be stopped so please help spread the word."

Boosting Cell Phone Signals in Strange Places? 40

hedgemage asks: "I work at a retirement home and we have trouble with the cell phones that our nursing and maintenance staff use. The problem is that our nursing home area is built into a lower level that was originally constructed as a fallout shelter in 1960. There's a lot of solid concrete in the walls and ceiling. We have paid out tens of thousands to try and get an on-site mobile to work using NEC Dterm PSII phones, but they have proven absolutely unreliable (not just in the bomb shelter but throughout the campus) and the only solution our telecom provider has is to install several thousand dollars more in transceivers. If we could use ordinary cell phones, it would be ideal for everyone. Is there an off-the-shelf solution that could boost regular cellular signals in our bomb shelter?"

Finding an Innovation SSI 2001 Soundcard? 105

Yvan256 asks: "I've been looking for over 15 years for the Innovation SSI 2001 soundcard. It's a very old and extremely rare ISA card, based on the SID 6581 chip of the Commodore 64. Yes, I am aware of the HardSID (I've got one), but it's not hardware compatible with the SSI 2001 (different method of accessing the SID registers). The SSI 2001 is about the only card missing from my soundcards collection. I am aware of the IBM Music Feature, I have one. It's just not on the webpage yet. Please note, this collection is about the different technologies that came out at the beginning of the soundcards era, not the thousands of SoundBlaster clones that were available (including the Pro Audio Spectrum series). So, if anyone has an Innovation SSI 2001, or know where I could get one, please tell me."

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