ErikTheRed (162431) writes "The Artist Once Again Known as Prince has declared the Internet to be dead. He has refused to release his new album through any of the legal online music distribution services (iTunes, Amazon, etc), because they won't pay him an advance on royalties. From an article in The Telegraph: "All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that cant be good for you.” All I can say is, ummmm... good luck with that." Link to Original Source top
ErikTheRed (162431) writes "Uwe Boll / Roland Emmerich / George Lucas / Michael Bay / Cowboy Neal Sam Mendes Quentin Tarantino Martin Scorsese David Fincher Kevin Smith Bryan Singer Christopher Nolan Zombie Alfred Hitchcock" Link to Original Source top
ErikTheRed (162431) writes "In an audio clip discovered by NewsBusters, then Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder advocated federal censorship of the Internet. This was in the aftermath of the Columbine High School shootings.
The court has really struck down every government effort to try to regulate it. We tried with regard to pornography. It is gonna be a difficult thing, but it seems to me that if we can come up with reasonable restrictions, reasonable regulations in how people interact on the Internet, that is something that the Supreme Court and the courts ought to favorably look at. — Eric Holder, May 28, 1999 NPR Morning Edition
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. I'd imagine that for most Slashdotters, "Reasonable" == "none at all.""
ErikTheRed (162431) writes "Scientists have finally created Di-positronium, a new form of matter combining an electron and a positron. The discovery, which according to this BBC article reported in the journal Nature, is a key step in the creation of ultrapowerful lasers known as gamma-ray annihilation lasers. These would be useful in starting fusion reactions. Now all we need are some friggin' sharks..." Link to Original Source top
ErikTheRed (162431) writes "The former head of the MPAA, Jack Valenti, has died at the age of 85. While the mainstream media and Hollywood endlessly fellate his flaccid corpse, those of us in the Slashdot community will remember him as a tireless campaigner against fair use, consumer rights, and common sense. As a business leader and lobbyist , he incorrectly predicted the effects of every major technological advancement in media — most famously that the VCR would be like "Jack the Ripper" to the movie industry (although he was unintentionally correct in one aspect — Jack the Ripper targeted whores). I don't know if there's an afterlife, but if there is I hope Jack Valenti likes it hot." top
ErikTheRed (162431) writes "According to this Washington Post story (found via this Penny Arcade newspost and mocked in comic), the FTC has issued a staff opinon stating that so-called "word-of-mouth marketers" — people who participate in community forums, etc. — who are being compensated to promote a product or service must disclose this fact. Violaters could face anything from cease-and-desist orders to multi-million dollar fines. Oh yeah, the Washington post is compensating me with a free PSP for pimping their story (just kidding)."