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Thomas case reveals obscene penalties for P2P downloaders

Thomas case reveals obscene penalties for P2P downloaders

<Update>Further note from Ray Beckerman from Recording Industry v The People on the issue of whether MediaSentry's downloading would suffice for the distribution charge (see Investigator Downloading section below): "There still has to be sale or other transfer of ownership, or rental, lease, or lending. And the dissemination has to be to the 'public.

September 25, 2008 by in Legal

Should engineers fix climate change?

Should engineers fix climate change?

Two weeks ago, I wrote that 1,500 ships could fight climate change. Many readers sent me interesting comments. And of those, who wants to remain anonymous, sent me his thoughts about climate change. This started a conversation between the two of us and you'll see the result of our exchange below. Essentially, this person -- let's call him Joe -- is asking if we should we build 'environmental machines' to fix climate change or leave it to nature. Obviously, this would require that governments significantly reduce or eliminate most industrial sources of pollution within 30 years. Even if I don't totally agree with Joe's views, they're worth reading. Please tell us what you think...

September 25, 2008 by in Government : US

Oracle Fires A Booming Shot Across The Bow Of The Storage Vendor Establishment

Oracle Fires A Booming Shot Across The Bow Of The Storage Vendor Establishment

Yesterday at Oracle OpenWorld, Larry Ellison announced the database giant's first foray into the hardware realm, unveiling the HP/Oracle Database Machine, branded as Exadata. The Exadata system is a combination of Oracle's 11g database engine using Automated Storage Management (ASM) to manage a grid of HP Proliant servers with 12 SATA or SAS drives each, connected to database servers via InfiniBand.

September 25, 2008 by in Data Centers

Is Chrome a security risk?

Is Chrome a security risk?

It is wrong to evaluate Chrome as you would a new TV show. It is wrong to consider it solely in terms of Google because, like Firefox, this is an open source product subject to the open source process.

September 25, 2008 by in Open Source

Will you get the flu shot?

Will you get the flu shot?

A lot of people aren't going to get the shot. Not only does that mean a lot of people are going to get sick, but this year's flu will have a rich protein stew in which to evolve and get nastier.

September 25, 2008 by in Banking

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