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Comment Re:RTFM (Score 1) 211

There is a difference between storing "backup your last location read, all of your notes, and
bookmarks" so that "you can automatically restore your annotations, bookmarks, and the last location you read by
downloading the item from the Manage Your Kindle page on" and using this information without the owners permission for any purpose.

It is called privacy.


Endangered Species Condoms 61

The Center for Biological Diversity wants to help put a polar bear in your pants with their endangered species condom campaign. They hope that giving away 100,000 free Endangered Species Condoms across the country will highlight how unsustainable human population growth is driving species to extinction, and instill the sexual prowess of the coquí guajón rock frog, nature's most passionate lover, in the condom users. From the article: "To help people understand the impact of overpopulation on other species, and to give them a chance to take action in their own lives, the Center is distributing free packets of Endangered Species Condoms depicting six separate species: the polar bear, snail darter, spotted owl, American burying beetle, jaguar, and coquí guajón rock frog."

The Murky Origins of Zork's Name 70

mjn writes "Computational media researcher Nick Montfort traces the murky origins of Zork's name. It's well known that the word was used in MIT hacker jargon around that time, but how did it get there? Candidates are the term 'zorch' from late 1950s DIY electronics slang, the use of the term as a placeholder in some early 1970s textbooks, the typo a QWERTY user would get if he typed 'work' on an AZERTY keyboard, and several uses in obscure sci-fi. No solid answers so far, though, as there are problems with many of the possible explanations that would have made MIT hackers unlikely to have run across them at the right time."

Comment Re:What is actually happening? (Score 1) 112

I admit I haven't read the whole thing nor understand the legal aspects of it, but from the settlement.

As of the Effective Date, in the
United States (i) Google may, on a non-exclusive basis, Digitize all Books and Inserts
obtained by Google from any source (whether obtained before or after the Effective

No where that I have seen in the settlement, or bits I have read about it, is there statements that this is limited to works created before the effective date. If I am wrong please let me know.

Comment Re:What is actually happening? (Score 2, Interesting) 112

Since this license to reprint exists for books that have not yet been written, I would say there is the ability to have future violations. Google will be free to reprint future books long after this case fades from the headlines, and the authors do not realize they need to opt out.


Submission + - Google is introducing Pay Par Action Ads -- beta

DemoFish writes: ... And they are likely to become a new spamming technique. These ads will show up as normal links on a website and the only way to identify them will be to look at the anchor title by holding your mouse over them for a few seconds. So much to the "Do no evil" motto...

Submission + - Microsoft patents tech to lock down DRM-free music (

InfoWorldMike writes: "Microsoft has won a patent for a digital-watermarking technology that could be used to protect the rights of content owners even when digital music is distributed without DRM protection. The technology, called "stealthy audio watermarking," inserts and detects watermarks in audio signals that can identify the content producer, "providing a signature that is embedded in the audio signal and cannot be removed," according to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trade Organization (USPTO). Microsoft declined to comment on how it plans to use the watermark technology it has patented. However, Microsoft Research already has licensed similar yet non-forensic watermarking technology to a company called Activated Content, which is using the technology to insert and extract non-secure data into audio files."

Submission + - German BundesTrojan on the move.

nachtkap writes: A lot of conservative politicians have been going nuts since the terrorist cell was busted last week in Germany. They have been trying to 'explain' the merits of the so nicknamed 'Bundestrojan' to the public. The ZDF (2nd German Television) hosted a short discussion last sunday (Google translation) with left leaning Jürgen Trittin from the German Green Party and the conservative Wolfgang Bosbach from the Christian Social Union.
The conservative demonstrated a serious lack of understanding, for what is and what is not possible with a Trojan or data in general.

Tritin: "We are today in a situation, where the search in the end — in the sense of the execution — can't be controlled anymore."
Bosbach: That is simply wrong. Every time the forensic software (read: Bundestrojan) is employed a protocol is created. It can be exactly traced back what data was accessed. The data itself can not be manipulated, because the use of malware is explicitly forbidden.

I find his ignorance and the fact that to ordinary people he sounds like he knows what he is talking about disturbing.

Submission + - Computers stolen from Romney's Campaign HQ

snowpunter writes: "The campaign headquarters of US presidential candidate Mitt Romney were burglarized earlier today. From the AP release: "Several laptops and a TV were stolen," said campaign spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. "All the computers are password-enabled and the hard drives are encrypted. The only thing they're good for is parts."

How many other politicos are technically savvy enough to have thought ahead about stolen laptops?"
Data Storage

Submission + - New 1 TB PCs can store 16 days of DVD-quality porn

An anonymous reader writes: Starting today, Dell and Alienware customers purchasing select XPSTM , AuroraTM and Area 51 gaming desktop computers can super-size their storage space by adding the world's first consumer one terabyte ( TB ) hard drive from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

The hard drive of terabyte capacity provides enough space to store an incredible amount of data such as a million photos, a million minutes of music or 16 days of DVD quality video (which COULD be porn)!

Submission + - Buy a zero-G flight with Stephen Hawking

invader_allan writes: A charitable organization, starlight starbright, will be receiving the proceeds from an auction to accompany Stephen Hawking on his zero-G flight. From the auction: "You and a guest can fly weightless with Prof. Stephen Hawking on The ZERO-G Experience(TM)! The flight will take off from the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Central Florida on April 26, 2007. The package will also include a three night stay at the JW Marriott Hotel Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida, from April 24-April 27!"

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