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Submission + - How To Make Digital Albums Unique: Generate a New One With Every Download (vice.com)

pigrabbitbear writes: "Despite what the recording industry may say, it doesn’t matter how many times you copy a digital file — nothing about the original is being “stolen” as a result of the duplication. In some ways, it’s great that physical media has given way to digital distribution: Expenses have shrunk to the cost of maintaining a website or allowing a digital marketplace to have a cut of the profits. But if digital files are identical and can be infinitely replicated, how can they still be worth anything? A clever answer has recently come from one electronic music ensemble: Make music that generates differently every time it’s downloaded."

Submission + - In pictures: Nasa's next Mars rover (wired.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: In August 2012, the Nasa rover Curiosity is scheduled to touch down on the surface of Mars. The size of a small car, it's four times as heavy as predecessors Spirit and Opportunity, and comes with a large robot arm, a laser that can vaporise rocks at seven metres, a percussive drill and a weather station. Oh, and 4.8kg of plutonium-238. Wired has some high-resolution photographs from lab that is putting the next rover together.

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