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From User: Dagmar

"I don't think the report is true, but these crises work for those who want to make fights between people." Kulam Dastagir, 28, a bird seller in Afghanistan

No, no, a thousand times, no 'Broadcast Treaty'
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:39 pm EDT, Jul  7, 2011

I pretty much agree with Dagmar on this. New intellectual property rights are not required to deal with signal piracy and they would create a myriad of unintended consequences that would largely be counterproductive.

No, no, a thousand times, no 'Broadcast Treaty'

Nissan makes EV's sound-themable
Topic: Arts 10:03 am EDT, Sep 21, 2009

Since there's apparently been a problem with EVs not making enough noise to scare pedestrians back into the crosswalk, Nissan has now decided to add sound effects to their vehicles for conspicuity (and probably to open another revenue stream for the RIAA). Imagine sitting next to the overpass thirty years from now and hearing something that sounds like an Eno soundtrack as cars whizz by.

Nissan makes EV's sound-themable

Memristors, they exist!
Topic: Technology 3:34 pm EDT, May  1, 2008

This is very cool. From way back in 1971 a professor Leon Chua at the University of California (Berkeley) wrote a paper describing four basic passive electrical components: resistors, capacitors, inductors, and memristors. Until this year, the last one of these was only theoretical in nature, but some bright folks have finally cracked it.

Basically, its a substrate that exhibits a permanent(?) resistance change due to past current history. You could use them to make extremely fast, dense solid state storage devices.

Memristors, they exist!

Bill Moyers Journal - Chris Jordan
Topic: Society 10:50 am EDT, Oct 14, 2007

Photographic Artist Chris Jordan turns the statistics of consumerism into palpable images in his new photo series.

Please watch this video. From an artistic standpoint, it's irrelevant and the quality of the video belies what the actual work must provoke in person. The statement that it is making, which is what art is really for, is what is important. The last 60 seconds of the video is the most profound, but the whole thing must be watched in order for that last bit to resonate roundly.

Chris Jordan has been posted to MemeStreams before.

Bill Moyers Journal - Chris Jordan

Another argument for camera-phones in schools
Topic: Current Events 5:44 am EDT, Sep 30, 2007

Three children and a parent arrested in a LA school after an altercation with a security guard led one of the students wrists being broken. There has been a protest rally in response and there are charges of racism. Its not totally clear from this video what went down here but it is suspicious that one of the children arrested was apparently video taping the arrests.

Another argument for camera-phones in schools

O. M. G. MediaDefender effs the canine
Topic: Media 11:04 am EDT, Sep 16, 2007

Dagmar writes:

A few months ago a torrent site broke the news that quite possibly, one of the companies currently engaging in prosecuting copyright violations, might have just set up a website for the sole purpose of providing users on the internet with copyright material to violate, willy-nilly.

...basically, facilitating the very illegal actions they were pursuing damages for in court. (Boy howdy is that illegal. Wow.) So of course, it would be very bad for them if this were actually happening.

The company, MediaDefender, denied it completely.

(time passes)

It turns out the report was, in fact, true.

In one of the most spectacular security leaks I've ever seen, somehow, 700Mb of the company's internal emails found their way into a bunch of torrent streams and are winging their way around the interwebs right this very moment.

I would imagine that right about now, to the executive management over there, the internet has just opened up and poured thousands upon thousands of kittens into their offices and homes... and they're allergic.

O. M. G. MediaDefender effs the canine

Senator McCain and 80's Style Asshattery
Topic: Politics and Law 11:31 am EDT, Apr  1, 2007

This afternoon I was happily geeking away when I heard a knock at the door. I went to answer and was presented with a local sheriff and two FBI agents holding a lovely search warrant (scans coming when I can get down to Kinko's in the morning).

Senator McCain and 80's Style Asshattery

NEW Google Free Wireless Broadband Service
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:30 am EDT, Apr  1, 2007

Hey, hey... check it out... If you can handle beta-quality releases and are an unforgivable cheapskate, Google has the solution to your "why does broadband have to cost so much?" problem!

NEW Google Free Wireless Broadband Service

He built a WHAT?!?! His parents are mad!
Topic: Science 6:43 pm EST, Nov 21, 2006

More home built nuclear reactors.

He built a WHAT?!?! His parents are mad!

Godwin's Guffaw
Topic: Politics and Law 1:56 pm EDT, Oct  2, 2006

Name this quote:

"I shall give a propagandist reason for starting the war, no matter whether
it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked afterwards whether
he told the truth or not. When starting and waging war it is not right
that matters, but victory."

Godwin's Guffaw

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