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Tuesday, April 30, 2002

New Hubble Pix Unveiled
STScI- PR02-11: Hubble's Advanced Camera Unveils a Panoramic New View of the Universe
The servers are overloaded now, but it's worth being persistent.

posted by Donald Melanson @ 8:20 PM

Monday, April 29, 2002

The Webby Awards: 2002 Nominees
The Webby Awards nominees were announced today.
posted by Donald Melanson @ 7:19 PM

Apple Introduces eMac
Apple has introduced the eMac, aimed solely at the education market. The eMac has an all-in-one design similar to the old iMacs, and features a 700MHz G4 processer and a 17" CRT.
posted by Donald Melanson @ 4:19 PM

Saturday, April 27, 2002

Celera Genome Subject Revealed
Craig Venter has revealed that much of human genome decoded by his company, Celera Genomics, two years ago, was in fact his own, the NYTimes reports.
posted by Donald Melanson @ 12:37 PM

Saturday, April 20, 2002

Open Cola: expanding paradigm?
A copylefted article in The New Scientist explores OpenCola as an example of open source software today. Lawton considers the possibility that the open model (most famously found in Stallman's foundation and allies) could migrate to non-software fields.
posted by Bryan Alexander @ 7:44 PM

Monday, April 15, 2002

Japanese court moves against filesharing
News from the p2p copyright wars - A Japanese court shut down MMO Japan, a filesharing service that reminds everyone of Napster. Japanese recording industries filed suit in early March to shut down MMO's File Rogue software, which lets users share music, text, and video.
posted by Bryan Alexander @ 12:51 PM

Saturday, April 13, 2002

RIAA Mad, EFF Happy about Gateway Ads
Gateway Computer's television ads promoting digital music have irked the RIAA. In a statement Hillary Rosen said "If only they would devote a little bit of the millions of dollars they're spending on this ad campaign to help stop illegal downloading...but that wouldn't help them sell more CD burners, would it?". Meanwhile the EFF have started a campaign to thank Gateway for their efforts.
posted by Donald Melanson @ 3:23 PM

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Business Week article against Dinosaur Protection Act
This good article makes several good points against the Hollywood drive to expand control over IP: folks want broadband, but for cheap, not via sweeping laws; courts have upheld creative IP distribution previously (videotape, cable).
posted by Bryan Alexander @ 1:17 AM

Monday, April 08, 2002

We Interrupt This Blog For A Brief Message...
Just a reminder that you are able to submit posts to Daily Relay by emailing them to relay@mindjack.com. Chances are we'll publish it.

If that doesn't do it for you, take a shot at writing for Mindjack. The criteria's a bit higher, but you'll be able to say you're part of this motley band of digital culture junkies. Email editor@mindjack.com for more information.

And finally, a reminder that Mindjack t-shirts are readily available for only $15, and longsleeve ones for just a couple of bucks more. They're super high quality, available in two different colors and very cool.

posted by Donald Melanson @ 7:07 PM

Wednesday, April 03, 2002

Doonesbury on digital copyright
Doonesbury has finished a cute story on digital copyright, piracy, and parenting. The story runs about two weeks, skipping over the Sunday.
posted by Bryan Alexander @ 12:06 PM

ElcomSoft fails to get trial dismissed
A Federal judge refused to dismiss the DMCA-based case against ElcomSoft, for its production and distribution of Adobe's eBook-cracking software. Lawyers for the Russian company argued that the actions under litigation were transnational, since they occured both between and within several nations, and were rooted in the nation-less zone of cyberspace. The judge admired the argument, but found enough of the activity to be grounded in American soil to proceed.
posted by Bryan Alexander @ 11:44 AM

Tuesday, April 02, 2002

Video Games Educational
According to an article on the BBC web site, video games are educational and even social.

The UK study concluded that simulation and adventure games - such as Sim City and RollerCoaster Tycoon, where players create societies or build theme parks, developed children's strategic thinking and planning skills.

Parents and teachers also thought their children's mathematics, reading and spelling improved.

The investigation into the habits of 700 children aged seven to 16 also found that, far from being a solitary activity, children preferred to play games in pairs or small groups.

posted by Jim Lai @ 10:55 PM

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