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RIAA More Powerful Than Police

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DMusic mentions Dave Ralis' editorial for PhillyBurbs.com. He explains why the record industry is now more powerful than police:

Under the fourth amendment to Constitution, police must show probable cause that a crime has been committed before they can get a judge's permission to search your home for evidence, or subpoena you to appear in court. But under the federal Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), all the RIAA has to do is file paperwork with a court clerk to get a subpoena if it suspects you of downloading a song from the Internet or sharing music in a peer-to-peer network such as Kazaa, WinMX or Grokster. Anyone found in violation of the act could faces a lawsuit from the RIAA seeking $750 to $150,000 per song, The Associated Press has reported.

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A funny conference call cartoon...

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Dilbert has a funny cartoon (10/11/2004) for conference call:

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A history of global hacking

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This MicroScope's article shows a list history of global hacking and says hacking is not a new problem nor is it isolated to one country. Here's the first item on the list:

1971: Vietnam vet John Draper uses the giveaway whistle in a Cap'n Crunch cereal box and a homebuilt "blue box" to make free phone calls. When Esquire publishes a how-to guide for making blue boxes, incidents of wire fraud in the US skyrocket.

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Robot Uses Mouse Whiskers to Get Around

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Mousey would be so proud of his rodent species. New Scientist's story says a robot with real mouse whiskers could represent an important step towards developing simple robots that navigate by mimicking rodents. Such whiskered machines could eventually be used to perform repairs in pipes.

The bristly bot, known as AMouse (Artificial Mouse) was built by researchers from the University of Tokyo in Japan and the University of Zurich in Switzerland. It uses real mouse whiskers because simulations have shown these to be the perfect size and shape for the task, but artificial whiskers will also be developed eventually.

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Open source lives on Mars with rover mission extension

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NewsForge has a story on how NASA's most sophisticated gear and the space agency using open source software heavily. This helped the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers to receive clearance for an extended tour of the Red Planet.

Jeff Norris, a senior computer scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who headed development of the rovers' open source-heavy Science Activity Planner (SAP), said the mission extension was a steal for taxpayers, whose space and research support has shrunk along with NASA budgets...

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2 Funny Images of the Day

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The first funny image is from Mousey. Merge Tiger Wood 2005 and Burn Out 3 games to get a cool game! :D

The second funny image is from a comment in U.S. Offers $50 Download story on /..

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Worth1000.com's future glimpse #4 theme with doctored photographs.

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Worth1000.com has a theme on Future Glimpse 4: scenes from the not-so-distant future. I really like this one (Choose Life!). I must had screwed up as an embryo. :P

9/17/2004 10:21 PM PDT: Here are user's picks for the best ones.

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