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Richard Dawkins to Appear on Doctor Who
Ah! So is that where we get "The Nine Billion Names of God"??
rahrens writes "Apple's Steve Jobs has issued a challenge to the major music studios to strip DRM from their music sold via the iTunes Store. On the Apple website http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/ is a piece entitled Steve Jobs Thoughts on Music. From the web site:
"If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store. Every iPod ever made will play this DRM-free music."
He goes on to challenge the European nations, too:
"Perhaps those unhappy with the current situation should redirect their energies towards persuading the music companies to sell their music DRM-free. For Europeans, two and a half of the big four music companies are located right in their backyard. The largest, Universal, is 100% owned by Vivendi, a French company. EMI is a British company, and Sony BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann, a German company. Convincing them to license their music to Apple and others DRM-free will create a truly interoperable music marketplace. Apple will embrace this wholeheartedly.""
rahrens writes "Researchers at MIT have developed a system for transmitting power wirelessly to home appliances. While they have not yet built a demonstration apparatus, the idea is based upon physics known since the late 19th century. While unlikely to release /.ers from our respective basements, it could finally release us from our power tethers when going to the bathroom! An interesting read at Arstechnica. (Link: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061115-8229 .html)"
rahrens writes "Over at DeadBeefCafe (http://www.deadbeefcafe.org/archives/56), Decaf notes a story about a company that bought Macs to replace their Windows machines because Macs "are more secure", but thought they could run Windows on them and still remain secure!
From the blog: "We're going to buy Mac Minis and run Windows on them because Macs aren't affected by these security problems."
Sometimes you just want to sit down and cry!"
rahrens (939941) writes "At Apple's website today, they have announced their new MacBook Pro with Core 2 Duo Processors. Announcing them as "Two for the Road", they claim they are 39% faster. Go to www.apple.com to see the fun at 2.16 or 2.33 GHz!"
rahrens writes "CNet (Australia) has a story that the Australian Airline QANTAS is checking flights for Dell laptops and making passengers remove the batteries. From the article:
"The airline's captains are announcing prior to takeoff that passengers with laptops affected by the recall must remove their batteries if connecting their computer to the aircraft mains power, as the batteries should not be recharged.
However, passengers could still run laptops with recalled batteries on battery power as per normal. Cabin crew on Qantas flights carry a list of the affected Dell laptops, which passengers can consult after they board."
For a while at first, passengers were required to tape over the batteries' connectors and check the laptops into baggage.
The link: http://www.cnet.com.au/laptops/laptops/0,39035649, 40092162,00.htm"
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