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Comment OTOH... (Score 1) 389

...the hacker guy tried to be funny but only made things worse for himself. There was no way he could get away with it. He should have tried something a bit more subtle, like installing some malware to collect data on the users for 'future reference'. He was foolish, they, in turn, did to him what was to be expected.

Comment Overreacting a bit, are we? (Score 4, Funny) 100

"By banning new public domain books from the Kindle, they are making an implicit decision as to which books people should read. You can argue that "you can get these texts anywhere," but by excluding high-quality Kindle books from the nascent Kindle marketplace, Amazon is implicitly deciding what is a valid part of our culture and what isn't. This trend does not bode well for the future of e-books."

Wow! Who died and made this book selling company the sole gatekeeper to all human knowledge?

Comment Just point them the right way, man (Score 1) 260

I'd plan my presentation to occupy at most 60% of the time I was given. Ask a couple of friends to attend and give honest feedback on your practice session(s). Your audience's attention span tends to be inversely proportional to its size. In your case, you'll be lucky if they even remember what you were talking about five minutes after you're done.

Most (even those who requested the presentation) will be expecting a yawning session. Surprise them with something short and compelling. Really, trust your audience to be able to fill in the gaps. Even idiots have moments of clarity. Point them to knowledge, don't try and force feed them it.


Submission + - Blur and Radiohead join forces to battle Governmen

TheWin32Guy writes: "The reports: "Blur and Radiohead are among a host of bands calling on the Government to abandon proposals to cut off the internet connections of people who illegally download music. "

From the article:

Ed O'Brien, the Radiohead guitarist, said: "My generation grew up with the point of view that you pay for your music. Every generation has a different method. "

"File sharing is like a sampler, like taping your mate's music. You go, 'I like that, I'll go and buy the album'. Or, âyou know what, I'll go and see them live'. What's going on is a huge paradigm shift."

Nick Mason, drummer with Pink Floyd, said: "The last thing we want to be doing is going to war with our fan base. File sharing means a new generation of fans for us.""

Submission + - NASA Scientists Levitate Mice ( 1

sterlingda writes: "Scientists working on behalf of NASA built a device to simulate variable levels of gravity. It consists of a superconducting magnet that generates a field powerful enough to levitate the water inside living animals. Experiments are being run to test how they respond to microgravity, both physically and psychologically."

Submission + - Public security test of Brazilian voting machines

Brazilian voter writes: The Electoral Supreme Court of Brazil approved the realization of public tests to demonstrate the security of the Brazilian electoral process. This is the first public security test of the voting machines used in Brazil. Since 2008 the Brazilian machines uses Linux, as previous noticed in and . The most relevant contributions will be awarded with values from R$ 2,000.00 (US$ 1,097) to R$ 5,000.00 (US$ 2,745). More details about the test can be found in (text in Brazilian Portuguese).

Submission + - Should Corporations Have a Right to Free Speech? (

locallyunscene writes: "You might have heard about the controversy surrounding Hillary: The Movie. Despite the possible narrow scope of the case, the Supreme Court seems set to rule on whether corporate entities should have free speech. Does the right of free speech possessed by individuals apply collectively to a corporation? Or is a corporation so far removed from a person that the right to free speech does not apply to it?"

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