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    Toshiba, NEC working on new DVD format

    The companies are planning a new format for next-generation
    DVDs that would cut costs, but be incompatible with a format
    proposed by Sony and other industry giants.
    http://clickthru.online.com/Click?q=ac-RbKtQ0UZm8PhUtZdW_DzJS7VVjeR


    USB vs. FireWire: Which one is right for you?

    AnchorDesk's David Coursey says you have two options when it
    comes to connecting high-bandwidth peripherals like hard
    drives, video cameras, and digital music players to your PC
    or Mac. Which one to choose? Here's how to decide.
    http://clickthru.online.com/Click?q=c1-PIljQpWrp44SFU3wi5r7s89Buj4R


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    | Web Profits in the Gutter |
    | from the storm-drains-clogged-with-spam dept. |
    | posted by michael on Sunday August 25, @22:26 (money) |
    | http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/26/0053201 |
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    The New York Times has an article about the web's one true growth
    industry: [0]spam, fraud and porn. Societal meltdown or flourishing
    ecosystem? The talking heads debate.

    Discuss this story at:
    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/26/0053201

    Links:
    0. http://nytimes.com/2002/08/26/technology/26CYBE.html


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    | KPIG is Back - By Subscription Only |
    | from the pay-to-play dept. |
    | posted by michael on Monday August 26, @01:16 (music) |
    | http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/26/0120208 |
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    We've noted before that [0]KPIG, one of the oldest internet broadcasters,
    was one of many to shut down their netcasts after the recent CARP ruling
    on copyright royalties. Well, [1]they're back, but 128kbit mp3 streams
    have been replaced with with lower-quality Real streams, and free has
    been replaced with subscription-only. Gotta do what you gotta do, I
    guess.

    Discuss this story at:
    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/26/0120208

    Links:
    0. http://www.kpig.com/
    1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56015-2002Aug24.html


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    | Liquid Audio: Better off dead? |
    | from the well-yeah dept. |
    | posted by chrisd on Monday August 26, @06:18 (news) |
    | http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/26/0512229 |
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    mgeneral writes "It seems so for the shareholders. [0]Liquid Audio, had
    only $150,000 in revenue but managed to lose $5.6 million last quarter.
    Its main asset: A pile of cash. In fact, so much cash, that if they close
    the doors, they could pay back the shareholders more per share than the
    current stockprice...[1]and thats exactly what some investors want them
    to do." We've run stories on Liquid Audio [2]before...

    Discuss this story at:
    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/26/0512229

    Links:
    0. http://www.liquidaudio.com/
    1. http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/3935346.htm
    2. http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/07/16/0613251&tid=155


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    | Police Database Lists 'Future Criminals' |
    | from the shape-of-things-to-come dept. |
    | posted by timothy on Monday August 26, @13:03 (privacy) |
    | http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/26/1655256 |
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    Rio writes: "A Local6.com article tells us about a database that contains
    a list of people who [0]police believe are likely to break the law. It
    features names, addresses and photographs of potential suspects --many of
    whom have clean slates. Since the system was introduced in Wilmington in
    June, most of the 200 people included in the file have been minorities
    from poor, high-crime neighborhoods."

    Discuss this story at:
    http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/26/1655256

    Links:
    0. http://www.local6.com/sh/technology/stories/national-technology-163299720020826-110826.html


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    | Competing (Commercial) Visions For The Internet Future |
    | from the there's-not-even-a-free-snack dept. |
    | posted by timothy on Monday August 26, @18:18 (internet) |
    | http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/26/226235 |
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    [0]Stirland writes: "This [1]article in today's NYTimes says that AOL's
    new plan focussed on creating content for broadband could have cable
    companies over a barrel. It tries to compare programming on cable to
    'programming' on the Internet. It's an important article to read because
    it gives us an idea of what cable companies' potential plans are for the
    broadband Internet. Given that they're not regulated like DSL, and
    they're the fastest growing providers of broadband Internet access, this
    has profound implications for the next generation of the Internet. This
    article omits the fact that Excite@Home tried this 'programming' approach
    on broadband. It failed. Another reason this article is important:
    Contrast AOL's approach described here with Amazon.com and Microsoft's
    .Net strategy. These are two polar opposite visions of the way the
    Internet will develop. The media vision vs. computing vision. The
    interesting story here is that it isn't that one is 'open' and the other
    'closed.' They're just open and closed in different places -- places,
    obviously, that suit the companies' strategies. Why should you care, and
    what's in it for you? These competing visions are currently duking it out
    at the FCC under open-access proceedings. So the future of the Internet
    is hanging in the balance."

    Discuss this story at:
    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/26/226235

    Links:
    0. mailto:[email protected]
    1. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/26/technology/26NECO.html


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    | HMV to Sell Digital Downloads |
    | from the hear-no-evil dept. |
    | posted by michael on Sunday August 25, @12:30 (music) |
    | http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/25/161226 |
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    An anonymous reader writes "Sales of digital music downloads on sites
    like PressPlay and MusicNet have been a bust so far and for good reason.
    They cost too much, have too many restrictions and the palette of music
    you get to download is too limited. They have almost nothing to offer
    over what the various P2P networks give you for free. So why do record
    chains like HMV want to [0]get in the game? Simple, these services cut
    out the middlemen and if they should ever succeed record retailers would
    be left out in the cold. [1]Research shows there is a percentage of
    consumers who will pay for digital tunes if the conditions are right.
    They aren't now, but market forces will push them to improve the terms or
    die. PressPlay has already [2]capitulated to some of these limitations.
    To protect their interests in the long term, retailers like HMV and Tower
    records have jumped on board and signed on with [3]On Demand Distribution
    (OD2) - a company co-founded by Peter Gabriel to be a wholesaler of
    digital music tunes - to provide the music and the back end to their new
    services. HMV's service launches in September at five pounds at month
    (about 7 bucks), a price point which will mean nothing if the song
    selection sucks."

    Discuss this story at:
    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/25/161226

    Links:
    0. http://www.mp3newswire.net/stories/2002/hmv.html
    1. http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?cat_nb=2
    2. http://stacks.msnbc.com/news/788514.asp
    3. http://www.ondemanddistribution.com/eng/home/home.asp


    Judge Throws Out Hyperlink Lawsuit
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technology/AP-Hyperlink-Patent.html?todaysheadlines


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    | Pie-Menus in Mozilla |
    | from the get-the-new-features-on dept. |
    | posted by Hemos on Friday August 23, @00:34 (mozilla) |
    | http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/22/1732201 |
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    pronik writes "The [0]Optimoz project on [1]MozDev had two main
    development branches. While the first one, [2]Mouse Gestures have been a
    success, we had to wait for the second, also very promising one:
    [3]PieMenus. Now the wait is over! First implementation of [4]PieMenus
    for Mozilla - RadialContext - is available for installation and
    testing!!!"

    Discuss this story at:
    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/22/1732201

    Links:
    0. http://optimoz.mozdev.org/
    1. http://www.mozdev.org/
    2. http://optimoz.mozdev.org/gestures/
    3. http://www.piemenus.com/
    4. http://optimoz.mozdev.org/piemenus/


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    | OSS/FS Web Based Website Management? |
    | from the managing-websites-using-the-web dept. |
    | posted by Cliff on Friday August 23, @03:38 (internet) |
    | http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/20/2038238 |
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    [0]Captain Morgan asks: "I work at an engineering company where we have a
    website for our engineering projects. The problem is that modifying our
    internal website requires both file server access and the desire to
    locate and edit html documents. It would be great to have some kind of
    web based site management software that ran on apache to enable editing
    and other tasks via a browser. Simplifying website management would also
    enable more people to contribute to keeping webpages up to date. I've
    found a few web based site management projects but nothing that stuck out
    as being great. Does anyone have any experience with open source/free
    software solutions to this problem?"

    Discuss this story at:
    http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/20/2038238

    Links:
    0. mailto:cmorgan@alum.[%20].edu%20['wpi'%20in%20gap]


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    | Type With Your Eyes |
    | from the type-from-a-full-suspension dept. |
    | posted by timothy on Friday August 23, @07:04 (tech) |
    | http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/23/045204 |
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    hof writes: "Ever wanted to enter text by just looking at the screen?
    Take a look at [0]Dasher. You [1]enter text by [2]looking or pointing to
    letters or words which the program thinks you are about to enter. I
    wonder how this can be optimized for coding -- a break for your wrists,
    and the code is available under GPL."

    Discuss this story at:
    http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/23/045204

    Links:
    0. http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/
    1. http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/DasherSummary2.html
    2. http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/djw30/dasher/eye.html


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    | Virtual Genetic Evolution |
    | from the still-vulnerable-to-dandruff-shampoo dept. |
    | posted by michael on Sunday August 25, @02:06 (science) |
    | http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/25/0133218 |
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    [0]Sleeperservice writes "This story at New Scientist describes how,
    using cell simulation in computers, [1]evolution can be simulated. How
    long until we can work out what the DNA sequence for a Dragon should be I
    wonder?"

    Discuss this story at:
    http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/25/0133218

    Links:
    0. mailto:[email protected]
    1. http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99992701


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    | Solar Surgery |
    | from the burning-ants dept. |
    | posted by michael on Friday August 23, @12:40 (tech) |
    | http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/23/162252 |
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    [0]Chris writes "Scientists in Israel have developed a device based on a
    concave dish that intensifies sunlight by a factor of 15,000. By focusing
    this light into an optical fiber and delivering it to an operating
    theatre, the team says its [1]solar-surgery setup promises to be a
    low-cost alternative to laser surgery." Everyone who used to operate on
    GI Joe figures with a magnifying glass is cheering for this to be
    commercially successful.

    Discuss this story at:
    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/23/162252

    Links:
    0. http://optics.org
    1. http://optics.org/articles/news/8/8/32/1


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    | Going Back To The Past of the Internet |
    | from the blast-from-the-past dept. |
    | posted by Hemos on Friday August 23, @17:10 (internet) |
    | http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/23/1650239 |
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    [0]*no comment* writes "[1]deadly.org currently has a [2]story about a
    new grassroot network springing up. It consists of free shell access, and
    is trying to revitalize the olden days of the Internet. Free speech, free
    information are the key features, but I wonder if this is jsut another
    free DDoS drone as well."

    Discuss this story at:
    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/23/1650239

    Links:
    0. mailto:butthead.integrity@com
    1. http://deadly.org/
    2. http://deadly.org/article.php3?sid=20020823014822


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    | Hack the Army, Brag About it, Get Raided |
    | from the stupid-is-as-stupid-does dept. |
    | posted by michael on Friday August 23, @23:51 (security) |
    | http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/24/0130226 |
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    [0]SunCrushr was one of many who submitted this. A security company
    called ForensicTec decided to [1]explore the U.S. government's computer
    systems, with particular emphasis on the Army. They talked to the press
    and had their fifteen minutes of fame. And surprise surprise, they
    [2]immediately got raided by the FBI. What did they expect?

    Discuss this story at:
    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/24/0130226

    Links:
    0. mailto:[email protected]
    1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24191-2002Aug15.html
    2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42019-2002Aug20.html


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    | Electric Armor |
    | from the everything-is-better-with-electricity dept. |
    | posted by michael on Sunday August 25, @17:44 (tech) |
    | http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/25/2036234 |
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    Ch_Omega and others wrote in about a [0]new type of reactive armor in
    development. As far as I can tell, what they're talking about is
    essentially large capacitors on the outside of the vehicle, charged up by
    the vehicle's electrical system. Anti-tank warheads use a shaped charge
    to create a jet of molten copper that pierces armor, but in this case,
    when the jet bridges the capacitor plates, it immediately becomes a
    conductor for X coulombs of current, which effectively vaporizes and
    disrupts it enough that it won't pierce the vehicle's armor.
    (Conventional reactive armor does the same thing with explosives.)
    Interesting idea, if it works.

    Discuss this story at:
    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/25/2036234

    Links:
    0. http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,54641,00.html


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    | How to Build a Time Machine |
    | from the mad-scientist dept. |
    | posted by michael on Saturday August 24, @17:00 (science) |
    | http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/24/1921239 |
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    frank249 writes "The September issue of [0]Scientific American has an
    [1]article discussing the possibility of time travel. They say that it
    wouldn't be easy, but it might be possible. It could be a while until we
    can expand worm holes and tow them to a neutron star but didn't someone
    say that if it is possible it will happen. If it is impossible it will
    just take a little longer."

    Discuss this story at:
    http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/24/1921239

    Links:
    0. http://www.sciam.com/
    1. http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=0004226A-F77D-1D4A-90FB809EC5880000&catID=2


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    | Interview with Battlebots Champion |
    | from the rip-mix-burn dept. |
    | posted by michael on Sunday August 25, @15:05 (toys) |
    | http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/25/170201 |
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    [0]Scoop writes "With the fifth season of BattleBots debuting a few days
    ago on Comedy Central, UGO.com [1]chatted up contestant Jim Smentowski,
    creator of champion BattleBot, Nightmare. Jim shared his views on the hit
    show, his experience with Gary Coleman and robotics in general. No word
    yet on the rumored love-child between Smentowski and BB host, Carmen
    Electra."

    Discuss this story at:
    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/25/170201

    Links:
    0. http://www.ugo.com
    1. http://www.ugo.com/channels/tech/features/battlebots/


    Why Larry Lessig gets an "F" in copyrights

    CNET News.com's Charles Cooper says the Stanford professor's
    prescriptions for software copyright limitations will only
    further weaken an already hurting contingent of independent
    software coders.
    http://clickthru.online.com/Click?q=fb-aWErQkgrjDt0XAXoF2SrAKQkoViR


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    | Fax-Spammers fax.com Sued For 2.2 Trillion |
    | from the let's-think-this-through dept. |
    | posted by timothy on Thursday August 22, @22:48 (spam) |
    | http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/23/028212 |
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    linuxwrangler writes "Fed up with junk faxes which have been illegal
    since 1991, a Silicon Valley businessman has [0]launched a lawsuit
    against junk faxer fax.com. Steve Kirsch seeks the damages provided in
    the law: $500/fax for the last four years. If certified as a class-action
    on behalf of the 3 million receipients of the faxes that fax.com claims
    to send each day the total damages would reach 2.2 billion even without
    invoking the "triple-damages" clause for "willful" violations. Federal
    regulators hit fax.com with a [1]5.4 million fine just two weeks ago
    after the company ignored numerous warnings from the FCC and was found to
    be in "flagrant violation" of the law. Fax.com maintains that their
    actions are protected by the constitution and court decisions in this
    case could lay the foundation for the future of junk email regulation"

    Discuss this story at:
    http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=02/08/23/028212

    Links:
    0. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/08/22/MN244534.DTL
    1. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/08/07/national1833EDT0717.DTL

    :sw

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