Dutch Pirate Party drags entertainment industry to court kicking and screaming.
"Kicking and screaming" might be a bit over the top (and this wording isn't in the original articles either). Your average bully is more likely to react scorning and sneering, and BREIN is certainly no exception here.
It's more truthful to state that the Pirate Party hopes to have found some wiggling room in the Dutch laws to hold against BREIN at this point, which at best would force BREIN to start a completely new court case to get what they want, instead of relying on the ruling of the previous case for all their current bullying. But the Pirate Party may very well end up losing this one and leaving with the costs of going to court plus the original injunction, which would be really bad for this grassroots organisation.
So in short I don't think BREIN is all that impressed.
IBM Scientists Measure the Heat Emitted From Erasing a Single Bit
Back in the Uni library, I once had an old ('60's?) book in my hands which stated that for every logical AND circuit, combining two '1' bits would also result in heat. The author suggested designing AND circuits so taht they would have two results: the logical outcome, and the overflow 'exhaust', both connected to the rest of the circuitry. This would be used to keep the processor from generating heat, but might also have more practical, logical uses. (He probably said similar things for other kinds of circuits.)
I thought it was a wonderful book at the time, and wondered if anyone ever tried to work out this man's arguments.
Now I wonder if anyone is familiar with this? Haven't remembered the author or anything.
Robot Walks Like a Human, Requires No Power
Found this guy mentioned in a forum once, turns out he lives at walking distance from me. I think it's the coolest thing ever.
Global Internet Governance Fight Looms
Well, they obviously ask the right people to take responsiblility...
US Supreme Court: Video Games Qualify For First Amendment
> This is what the Supreme Court determined and is true.
You do realize there is a difference, right?
Are Fake Geeks Dooming Real Ones?
Remember when the term "hippie" used to refer to hard-working idealists?
OK -- sliiiight over-exaggeration perhaps. But at least those people existed. Really. So I'm told :-)
But anyway, now it's used to refer to any old bum. Bummer.
And while we're on the topic, this was also the generation that popularized the word "freak", with many parallels to today's "geek". Just goes to show that the underdog is often right and the masses are just... masses. Then again, that's language for you: http://www.word-origins.com/definition/bureau.html
Places With the Most Wikipedia Articles
Honestly surprised that Stockholm gets mentioned so much. Now I'm intrigued; any suggestions why?
(I still have to plan my holidays...)
Ask Slashdot: Privacy Paranoia
I once knew this guy who didn't watch TV because he thought the commercials were brainwashing. Hard to say he wasn't right, but he was unlucky as hell, too. Not for lack of TV, but from worrying too much.
If you think your government treats you indecently (i.e. by allowing you to be tracked), speak out while it still allows you to. But be buddhist about it: don't worry that you cannot change the world, just do what you can while you still feel comfortable with it.
Why Debian Matters More Than Ever
Oops, wasn't logged in.
See mig sig now:
Preserving Great Tech For Posterity — the 6502
And we were happy!!
JBI's Plastic To Oil Gets Operating Permit
Quick! Start buying up landfills!
Plastic mining is the way of the future.
GNU/Linux and Enlightenment Running On a Fridge
> All I want from a fridge is to keep stuff cool.
Adding linux makes it 100% cooler.
Plus, the fridge obviously keeps the computer cool. Win-win. Help global warming!
UK-Developed 'DNA Spray' Marks Dutch Thieves With Trackable Water
Well, that's the first thing they'll serve with actual DNA in it, then.
Chrome OS Arrives On the iPad — No, Seriously!
So where's Ctrl-Alt-Delete?
Oh wait, of course, it's a Mac. That would be Ctrl-Cmd-Opt-Power.
US Says Plane Finder App Threatens Security
Yeah, and can anybody tell me why terrorists always want to hijack airplanes, anyway?
What's wrong with a good ol' touring car? A boat? Why does it have to fly if it can also sink?
What's the fun in saying "THIS PLANE GOES TO CAIRO!!" when you could just have taken the right plane to begin with?
100/1 Odds On 'First Contact' Within a Year
...are a hundred to one, they say...
but still they come!
Swedish Pirate Party Launches ISP
There is no reason that anybody needs to know where I am, when I'm asleep, or when I poop
So I take it you don't use Twitter, then?
Prince Says Internet Is Over
A Jehova's Witness? Imagine that!
(Opens door, looks around, only to see an empty horizon)
"Hey! Over Here! Down below!"
And then you look down to see... Prince! In full ornate! Eye shadow and all!
After some extensive smiling and eye blinking that would have looked cute (but also already quite perverted) on a 10-year-old girl:
"Hi! Do you know God?"
Open Source, Open Standards Under Attack In Europe
IT has lots of soul. You have been in IT too long. Now it has your soul, too.
High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats
Well, the other way around would mean that the rats that were doomed to become fat, caused themselves to get HFCS.
And that would be religious logic instead of scientific.
(Scientific logic is saying that it must be true because Princeton said so.)
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