SilentOneNCW writes "The Soviets have entered the war — well, sort of. The BBC has an article about former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who has issued a statement on his website condemning Microsoft's prosecution of Alexander Ponosov, a Russian student, and urging Microsoft head Bill Gates to intercede. Mr Ponosov stands accused of running pirated software on school computers, to the total cost of $10,000. The statement reads "we have great respect for the work of Microsoft's programmers... and are in no way casting doubt on the principle of punishment for intellectual property violations. However, in this case we ask you to show mercy and withdraw your complaint against Alexander Ponosov..." He also reminded Microsoft that under Russian criminal law, the teacher could face "imprisonment in the Siberian camps." This statement echoes Russian President Vladamir Putin's comments earlier this week, who said Microsoft should "go after the distributors, not the users," adding that it was "ridiculous to just arrest a chap for using computers."" top
SilentOneNCW writes "The inventor of instant noodles, Momofuku Ando, has died in Japan, aged 96, of a heart attack, the BBC reports. It is truly a sad time for geeks everywhere, but let us celebrate by enjoying some instant noodles — a staple of the geek diet like pizza, Bawls, or Mountain Dew." top
SilentOneNCW writes "The BBC has an article up about everyone's favourite creature — the robotic baby seal. This seal, called Paro, is fitted with sensors beneath its fur and whiskers that allow it to respond to petting. The idea is that by utilising these sensors and flapping its arms, it can engage in therapy for older patients in nursing homes. It has won a service prize from the Japanese government sponsored Robot Awards 2006. The awards were set up earlier this year by the Japanese government to promote research and development in the robotics industry. Robots are widely used in Japan and are seen as a way to help deal with an aging population, maintaining the labour force and helping care for the elderly." top
SilentOneNCW writes "The planning director Jenny Douglas of Liverpool Vision, a developer in the UK, has complained that the Google is ignoring the regeneration changes going on in Liverpool through its Google Earth program, even though regeneration attempts in London are well covered. She contends that the city centre has changed dramatically since five years ago, when the satellite photos were taken, and that is critical that the "millions of people using Google Earth have access to the latest images showing the city's transformation."" top
SilentOneNCW writes "A new telescope has been unveiled in Mexico by President Vicente Fox. The Large Millimeter Telescopewill be used to pick up electromagnetic radiation known as millimetre waves emitted 13 billion years ago, when the first stars burst into existence, astrophysicists say. The $128M telescope is a joint project between Mexico and the US. With an antenna diameter of 164 feet, the LMT dwarfs existing millimetre-wave telescopes and should be able to pick up signals from the faintest objects in outer space." top
SilentOneNCW writes "From December 8th, it will be once more legal to own and operate an MP3 Transmitter in the UK, primarily used to convey music between an MP3 player such as Apple's iPod to your home or car stereo. The device was originally banned because their transmissions can override and and interfere with legal radio stations, which is prohibited by the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949. Strong consumer demand for the devices and pressure from Liberal Democrats were among the primary motivators for the amendment." top
SilentOneNCW writes "Jim Allchin, the Co-President of Microsoft's Windows Division, says that Vista is safe enough to be run without anti-virus software, even allowing his seven year old son run Vista completely anti-virus free. Allchin also predicted that both the severity and number of security bulletins will be less than Windows XP, with analyst John Pescatore saying that Vista will be to XP what Server 2003 was to Server 2000. Is this merely idle boasting, or does Vista have a strong enough security set that the onboard tools will be enough?" top
SilentOneNCW writes "Today, it was announced that Google has bought YouTube for $1.65bn in shares. Both Google Video and YouTube have grown quickly since their inception, with YouTube boasting 100 million videos viewed each day. Google CEO Eric Schmidt says that "the YouTube team has built an exciting and powerful media platform that complements Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." The two services will remain seperate, and both have signed new distribution deals (YouTube with CBS, Google with Sony and Warner).Given Google's penchant for data storage and distribution, this move makes perfect sense."