Shared posts

26 Aug 22:08

Free Law Casebook Project Starts With IP Coursebook

by timothy
An anonymous reader writes Duke Law School's James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins just published a CC licensed, freely downloadable textbook called "Intellectual Property Law and the Information Society." (Which includes a discussion of whether and when the term "intellectual property" is a dangerous misnomer). The book is apparently part of an attempt to lower what the authors describe as the "obscene cost" of legal textbooks. "This is the first in a series of free digital/low cost print legal educational materials to be published by Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain—starting with statutory supplements aimed at the basic classes. The goal of this project... is to improve the pricing and access norms of the world of legal textbook publishing, while offering the flexibility and possibility for customization that unfettered digital access provides. We hope it will provide a pleasant, restorative, competitive pressure on the commercial publishers to lower their prices and improve their digital access norms." The book's "problems range from a video of the Napster oral argument to counseling clients about search engines and trademarks, applying the First Amendment to digital rights management and copyright or commenting on the Supreme Court's new rulings on gene patents.. [The book] includes discussions of such issues as the Redskins trademark cancelations, the Google Books case and the America Invents Act."

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








27 Aug 16:04

GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

by Unknown Lamer
Via Engadget comes news that GOG, the DRM-free game store platform, has launched a DRM-free movie store. The initial set of movies are gamer oriented, and you won't find major studio releases (yet, and not for a lack of trying on the part of GOG). From GOG: Our goal is to offer you cinema classics as well as some all-time favorite TV series with no DRM whatsoever, for you to download and keep on your hard drive or stream online whenever you feel like it. We talked to most of the big players in the movie industry and we often got a similar answer: "We love your ideas, but we do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk". DRM-Free distribution is not a concept their lawyers would accept without hesitation. We kind of felt that would be the case and that it's gonna take patience and time to do it, to do it, to do it right. That's quite a journey ahead of us, but every gamer knows very well that great adventures start with one small step. So why not start with something that feels very familiar? We offer you a number of gaming and Internet culture documentaries - all of them DRM-Free, very reasonably priced, and presenting some fascinating insight into topics close to a gamer's heart. Videos are mostly 1080p (~8GB for a 90 minute film) and can be acquired for about $6. They're using h.264/mp4 and not VP9/Matroska, but you can't have everything ;). If you don't want to download that much data, it looks like all of the videos are also available in 720p and 576p.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








25 Aug 20:00

Tourists Definitely Deserve This One

Tourists Definitely Deserve This One

Submitted by: (via poppzE)

26 Aug 17:00

You'll Need a VPN

26 Aug 02:03

Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

by Unknown Lamer
sciencehabit (1205606) writes Humans are late bloomers when compared with other primates — they spend almost twice as long in childhood and adolescence as chimps, gibbons, or macaques do. But why? One widely accepted but hard-to-test theory is that children's brains consume so much energy that they divert glucose from the rest of the body, slowing growth. Now, a clever study of glucose uptake and body growth in children confirms this 'expensive tissue' hypothesis.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








24 Aug 17:00

It's Curly?

It's Curly?

Submitted by: (via Eddie Lomax)

24 Aug 14:00

Then I Wake Up, Go to Work, and Repeat

22 Aug 15:30

Spoiler: It's Always Carlos

21 Aug 20:15

New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

by Soulskill
cranky_chemist sends this report from NPR: "Cancer simply may be here to stay. Researchers at Kiel University, the Catholic University of Croatia and other institutions discovered that hydra — tiny, coral-like polyps that emerged hundreds of millions of years ago — form tumors similar to those found in humans. Which suggests that our cells' ability to develop cancer is "an intrinsic property" that has evolved at least since then — way, way, way before we rallied our forces to try to tackle it, said Thomas Bosch, an evolutionary biologist at Kiel University who led the study, published in Nature Communications in June (abstract) To get ahead of cancer, he said, "you have to interfere with fundamental pathways. It's a web of interactions," he said. "It's very difficult to do." That's why cancer "will probably never be completely eradicated."

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








21 Aug 17:30

Stop Refrigerating Your Butter

by Adam Clark Estes

Stop Refrigerating Your Butter

Do you keep your butter in the refrigerator? You do? Stop it. Stop it right this second. You're ruining your butter experience and making your toast taste like failure. Let me tell you why.

Read more...








21 Aug 04:50

Our Tour de France

by David

Goat cheeses

The French often say, “There’s no need to leave France – we have everything here!” While it’s easy to brush it off as chauvinism, it’s true — for a country that could fit inside of Texas, there is a huge diversity of climates and terrains in one, single country. You can find everything in l’hexagone, from the windy shores of Brittany (where we’ve huddled around the fireplace, wearing sweaters in Augusts of yore), to the sunny south, where beaches are clogged with tourists and the few locals that choose to stay in town, to bask in the abundant sun of the Mediterranean.

The Lot

After living in France for a while, I sometimes get the feeling that the country never gets a break on the summer weather. While it can be gorgeous, we were told that the day after we left Paris, the weather turned grey and cool. And while we had some nice days during our two weeks of travel, we hit quite a bit of uncooperative weather ourselves, that always seemed to be creeping up on us.

France

Being from San Francisco, I never look at forecasts and simply plan for everything. And anything. (And you’ll see that in spite of my best efforts with photo editing software, I was unable to add in sunshine to the shots.)

gazpacho

Since we were mostly éponging (sponging) off friends, by staying with them as we traveled, I had to brush up on my morning small-talk skills. I’m hopelessly terrible at responding to enthusiastic greetings of “Good morning!!” or “Hi! How did you sleep?” first thing in the morning.

Boucherie

It doesn’t help that Romain is so talkative first thing in the morning that I often check his back, to see if I can take the batteries out. I need at least thirty minutes, minimum, to adjust to the new day – preferably without any commentary.

Continue Reading Our Tour de France...

20 Aug 00:00

W. C. Fields

"Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water."
28 Jul 00:25

Photo



13 Aug 07:53

Best beer in Britain announced

A West Yorkshire beer is named the best in Britain at a festival held in London to celebrate real ale.
14 Aug 00:00

10 Famous Companies with Bizarre Origins

From Coca-Cola's secret syrup to NASCAR's nefarious beginnings, many companies have a past they don't want to talk about.
13 Aug 22:00

You're Not the Smartest, Are You?

You're Not the Smartest, Are You?

Submitted by: (via Xanius)

Tagged: text , phone , idiots , funny , dating
13 Aug 19:32

Warlords of Draenor introduces social fish

by (Alex Ziebart)
Fishing has always been a niche activity in World of Warcraft -- the few who fish love it and everyone else finds it loathsome at best. However, over the years, fishing has been given access to some truly unique items and/or adventures: the hunt for Mr. Pinchy, fishing up sea monsters, and totally rad fishing pole models, for example. Now Warlords of Draenor will be introducing social fish -- fish that can be used to buff fellow anglers, and fish that can label a fellow player's general demeanor for all to see. Via Wowhead and El's Anglin, Warlords introduces:
  • "Fragrant" Pheromone Fish Coat a friend with Fish Pheromones, increasing their Fishing by 100 for 5 min.
  • Awesomefish Use on a player to debuff them with "Awesome! Someone thinks you are awesome!"
  • Grieferfish Use on a player to debuff them with "Griefer. Oh dear."
  • Tyfish Use on a player to debuff them with "Thank you! You did a nice thing for someone. :)"
According to El's Anglin, Awesomefish and Tyfish are more common than the Grieferfish and the Fragrant Pheromone Fish. All can be caught in Draenor's open waters except for, it seems, Frostfire Ridge. While the Pheromones only last 5 minutes, the debuff applied by the other fish last a full 24 hours.

Personally, I doubt I'll make much use of the Pheromone Fish, given it can only be used on other players. I'm not a completely asocial gamer, but when I'm fishing, I like my solitude. If someone butts into my territory, I pick up and go as fast as I can. How am I supposed to watch Netflix while I fish if I don't know which bobber is splashing around in the background? I also wonder as to the actual value of the Grieferfish. I suspect genuine griefers will accept the debuff as a badge of honor while innocent players will feel labeled unfairly if they've been hit with it for laughs. I can get behind the Awesomefish and Tyfish, though.

Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor introduces social fish originally appeared on WoW Insider on Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

13 Aug 13:10

Breakfast Topic: The Best Quest Ever

by (Matthew Rossi)
Its Welcome to the Machine. We all know that it is. But I know that some people haven't done it - I myself dislike the Forsaken and so I resisted doing the quests in Hillsbrad for a long time. But eventually I succumbed and what so many told me was true - this quest is the best quest in World of Warcraft.

But since I understand that not everyone is going to agree, and because I'm always interested in what other players think, let me put the question to you - what do you think is the best quest in World of Warcraft, if for some reason you don't think it's Welcome to the Machine (which it totally is)?

I'm also fond of Fiona and the paladin pals from Cataclysm and the overall Klaxxi experience in Mists of Pandaria, if we need runners' up. Vanilla Darrowshire and Order Must Be Restored would be my favorite classic quests. So now it's up to you - share your favorite quests, the best quest in the world (funny thing is that quest isn't actually anything like this quest, this is just a tribute).


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: The Best Quest Ever originally appeared on WoW Insider on Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

13 Aug 17:20

Another still from Warlords cinematic released

by (Sarah Pine)
Warlords Still 3
Blizzard has released another still from their upcoming Warlords of Draenor cinematic trailer. Like yesterday's release, it features Grommash Hellscream, but this time we're up close and personal. This is one ominous-looking orc. It also seems like there are some sort of rockets or artillery going off behind him--tools of the Iron Horde? I guess we'll find out when the full cinematic is released tomorrow. Click the image above for the full resolution version.

Also, Grom? Dang, you need a new facial cleanser. Whatever you're using now isn't doing anything for your pores.

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

Another still from Warlords cinematic released originally appeared on WoW Insider on Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

13 Aug 08:00

Trojan Horse Gold Particles Could Finally Treat Brain Tumors

by Pranav Dixit

Trojan Horse Gold Particles Could Finally Treat Brain Tumors

Glioblastoma multiforme is a cancer that's as deadly as it sounds. It's the most common and aggressive brain tumor in adults that's especially difficult to remove surgically—but we now have a technique to treat it.

Read more...








11 Aug 00:00

10 Incredible Female Daredevils

Oddee salutes some of the bravest, coolest, and, quiet frankly, craziest female daredevils that have ever existed.
11 Aug 00:00

Woody Allen

"Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought-- particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things."
09 Aug 00:00

Franklin P. Jones

"The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it."
08 Aug 21:05

11 Origins of Common Drinking Phrases

by Brent Rose

11 Origins of Common Drinking Phrases

There's a lot of slang associated with drinking. Three sheets to the wind. Hair of the dog. On the wagon. We all know them, we all use them, but most of us don't know where they came from or what they really mean. Read on, and you'll be the smartest person at the bar.

Read more...








09 Aug 03:18

The Meteors You've Waited All Year For

by timothy
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes It's finally here! Sure, we witnessed the birth of a new meteor shower earlier this year, but it was a flop. Many other showers have come-and-gone like they do every year, but none of them have given us a significant number of meteors-per-hour. But even with a near-full Moon out, it's finally time for the Perseids, the most reliable meteor shower year-after-year. Here's where to find them, where they come from and a whole lot more, including some surprising facts about where they don't come from: cometary tails!

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








08 Aug 09:00

Новият барабанист на NIGHTWISH е Kai Hahto от WINTERSUN (08.08.2014)

   Както вече ви съобщихме, дългогодишният барабанист на NIGHTWISH Jukka Nevalainen време
05 Aug 18:20

What the Heck Is Toothpaste Anyway?

by Andrew Tarantola

What the Heck Is Toothpaste Anyway?

It's been part of humanity's hygiene regimen for more than 4,000 years, but have you ever stopped to think what's actually in the stuff you're smearing across your teeth? The ingredients of modern toothpaste may read like a mad scientist's shopping list, but they're far better than what our ancestors had to endure for healthy teeth.

Read more...








05 Aug 23:22

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

by timothy
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes One major investment giant has now released three separate reports arguing that Tesla Motors is going to help kill power companies off altogether. Earlier this year, Morgan Stanley stirred up controversy when it released a report that suggested that the increasing viability of consumer solar, paired with better battery technology—that allows people to generate, and store, their own electricity—could send the decades-old utility industry into a death spiral. Then, the firm released another one. Now, it's tripling down on the idea with yet another report that spells out how Tesla and home solar will "disrupt" utilities.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








05 Aug 17:30

Can a Drinking Glass Really Peel a Mango? — Putting Tips to the Test in The Kitchn

by Kelli Dunn
Pin it button big

Ripe mangoes are pure fruity bliss. Peeling them, not so much. Although the reward is always worth it.

We recently came across a seemingly too good to be true tip, using a simple drinking glass to peel a mango in just a matter of seconds. And, with no mess! This was one tip we had to try out.

READ MORE »

04 Aug 12:54

Animal Behaviour Specialists Map Out the Social Networks of Cows

by samzenpus
KentuckyFC writes In a classic The Far Side cartoon by Gary Larson, a group of cows stand on two legs chatting by the side of a road when a lookout shouts "car". The cows immediately drop to a four-legged stance as the car passes by and return to their usual position and continue chatting when it has gone. Now a team of animal behavior specialists have discovered that the social lives of cattle are more complex than biologists had ever imagined (although not quite into Larson territory). These guys attached RFID tags to 70 Holstein-Fresian calves kept in three pens. They then monitored the position of each cow for a week to see which other animals they tended to have contact with. This allowed them to construct the social network for the cows with unprecedented detail. It turns out these social networks have many of the properties of human social networks. Cows have preferred partners who they tend to spend more time with and 60 per cent of their contacts occur during feeding which amounts to only 6 per cent of their time. The work has important applications. It should help biologists more accurately model how disease spreads through herds of cattle and therefore better understand how to tackle epidemics.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.