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Sarusa (104047) writes "From the Oatmeal: 'Almost exactly a year ago I published a blog post about my comics being stolen, re-hosted, and monetized on FunnyJunk's website. The owner of the site responded and some of the comics were taken down, He still had a ton of my comics hosted without credit, but the energy it would take to get him to take them down wasn't worth it. I thought the issue was done and over with so I let him be.
A few days ago I was served papers informing me that the owner of FunnyJunk is going to file a federal lawsuit against me unless I pay him $20,000 in damages.'
Sarusa writes "It takes a very special company like Sony to realize that something as fundamental as 120v 60hz power could be DRMed and crippled. After making this fundamental conceptual breakthrough, they're devoting all their technical skill to making AC power fragile, which certainly takes a world class company like Sony. Of course, the proprietary Sony electrons will spin the wrong way, so you'll need a proprietary Sony transformer — that last bit isn't true, but only because they can't figure out how to do it yet." Link to Original Source top
Sarusa (104047) writes "What you think you know can kill you. The Nocebo effect is the evil twin of the Placebo effect — if you think you're dying you have a real chance of actually dying, even if there's nothing wrong with you. My favorite case in here is 'The Overdose' at the bottom, where someone tried to kill himself with a drug overdose, and was dying till someone realized the 'drugs' were just harmless sugar pills from a study and informed him of this. Or were they? Will either way, it worked!" Link to Original Source top
Sarusa (104047) writes "If this is true, it's Beta vs VHS all over again and HD-DVD may be the foregone winner of the format wars.
First, Heise reports (summarized from the German by sgknox.com) that Digital Playground (NSFW), who were committed to Blu-ray last year, are now producing HD-DVD titles instead. No Blu-ray disk manufacturer would make their disks because Sony doesn't want porn on Blu-ray (just as with Betamax).
Second, as reported by tgdaily, the porn industry at CES overwhelmingly favors HD-DVD because it's much cheaper and easier to produce.
As noted in the tgdaily article, porn was a huge factor in VHS winning the VHS/Beta format wars even though most people don't like to acknowledge it. Porn, like gaming, pushes tech adoption."