printers to get “DRM” ….

….to prevent “Ink piracy”. I’m not kidding thats what they are calling it!

Most of these cartridges are made by printer manufacturers and sell for a substantial premium. Some come from unauthorized sources, sell for substantially less and attract the attention of anti-piracy lawyers.

Cryptography Research Inc. (CRI), a San Francisco company, is developing chip technology aimed at helping printer manufacturers protect this primary source of profit. The company’s chips use cryptography designed to make it harder for printers to use off-brand and counterfeit cartridges.

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FTC abandons net neutrality

taking away our freedoms again

yep the interwebs is now going to be slower … it will be like dial-up all over again. unless you can afford to pay the big telcoms to have top priority for your website. this is a dark day in internet history. the day freedom begins to die as it’s slowly taken away from us.

oh by the way if you havnt figured it out biebsworlds is back up and running again.

got $20,000 just laying around ….

well go out and pick up a Heliodisplay

“Remember the Princess Leia hologram in Star Wars? Now you can have your very own mid-air display. IO2 Technology has released its Heliodisplay that projects a 2-dimensional mid-air display with up to 1024 x 1024 resolution. It appears to be convincingly 3-dimensional though, and can be interactive, allowing a finger or hand to move images around in the air as if one were grabbing a virtual object or icon.”

Full article here

images and such here

RIAA Pressures Students…

…To Stop Illegal Downloads

The U.S. recording industry has stepped up efforts to stop college students from downloading pirated music online and offered students a way to settle the disputes out of court.

NEW YORK – The U.S. recording industry Wednesday stepped up efforts to stop college students from downloading pirated music online and offered students a way to settle the disputes out of court

the rest of the story here

Piracy worked for us

Piracy worked for us, Romania president tells Gates

original article

Reuters
Thursday, February 1, 2007; 9:45 AM

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Pirated Microsoft Corp software helped Romania to build a vibrant technology industry, Romanian President Traian Basescu told the company’s co-founder Bill Gates on Thursday.

Basescu was meeting the software giant’s chairman in Bucharest to celebrate the opening of a Microsoft global technical center in the Romanian capital.
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Apple Sued

original article
EDIT: updated PC world article

Shortly following news of Apple’s stock options backdating scandal, the Associated Press is reporting that the company is now facing several lawsuits, including one alleging that Apple is monopolizing the digital music market.

The lawsuit is over Apple’s proprietary iPod and iTunes software, which is generally incompatible with non-Apple products. Media purchased on iTunes is supposed to be playable only on iPod hardware, and songs purchased on other DRM systems are not easily playable on iPods.

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Apple takes jab at Microsoft for iPod virus

“As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it,” Apple said on its site.”

what!? how is it microsofts fault that the ipods shipped with viruses? Yes apple should be upset with themselves …but why the jab at microsoft?

original article

microsoft is not the one who created them or the virus. apple is at fault here they never should have shipped with virus in the first place. so instead of pointing a finger at Microsoft saying “microsoft should have been more prepared for this” instead they should be going “hey how did that get on there in the first place”, becasue it doesnt touch windows except for in the manufacturing line or until after the user buys it in retail and hooks it to thier windows machine. apple handles everything up to that point!

Nintendo DS rules

As both an entertainment and a business, Nintendo DS(TM) today is the powerhouse of the U.S. video game industry, driving nearly all industry revenue growth so far this year. Without this portable system, the video game industry growth overall would be nearly flat when compared with 2005, according to independent sales figures from the NPD Group of Port Washington, N.Y.
Through September’s end, the U.S. industry overall shows revenue growth of 11 percent when compared with the same period in 2005. Nearly all of the growth comes from the portable DS — without it, the industry would report a mere 1.6 percent growth over the past nine months. DS hardware and software units posted a robust gain of 203 percent when compared to the same period in 2005.

well just check out the links its true nintendo really took the cake with the DS

neowin article

screenshot of chart

NDS link 1

NDS link 2