LAST week’s bombshell announcement by Hewlett-Packard that it was hiving off its personal-computer business—and, in particular, would cease making tablet computers and mobile phones forthwith—was greeted with shock and horror...
""Cowboys & Aliens" has without any doubt the most cockamamie plot I've witnessed in many a moon. Here is a movie set in 1873 with cowboys, aliens, Apaches, horses, spaceships, a murdering stagecoach robber, a preacher, bug-eyed monsters, a bartender named Doc, a tyrannical rancher who lives outside a town named Absolution, his worthless son, two sexy women (one not from around here), bandits, a magic bracelet, an ancient Indian cure for amnesia, a symbolic hummingbird, a brave kid with a spyglass, and a plucky dog who follows the good guys for miles and miles through the barren waste and must be plumb tuckered out. This is not a satire. Nor is it a comedy."
«The open-access publishing movement, which seeks to make information on scientific research freely available, seems to have found some questionable allies in the hacker crowd. After 24-year old computer programmer Aaron Swartz was indicted Tuesday on charges of illegally downloading and attempting to redistribute 4.8 million scientific journal articles from the archive JSTOR, a hacker named Greg Maxwell uploaded 18,592 articles from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society to the online file-sharing Web site Pirate Bay yesterday as an act of "solidarity," he said.»
→ Again I find myself being solidary with the hackers. Science knowledge should be much more easy to reach than it is; and one of the reasons is its closed access.
"In the wake of Tuesday's arrest of Internet activist Aaron Swartz for excessive JSTOR downloads, one of his supporters has released thousands of academic papers onto peer-to-peer networks, telling Ars it's worth it if it means "one less dollar spent.
He rarely has trouble gaining access to the documents he needs because "my social circle is stuffed full of academics." But he worries that others who aren't as well connected will have trouble getting access to academic research."
→ I, for one, am a big supporter of open access science papers. Also, I do think that after 5 years all scientific articles should be open accessed.
"The scourge of the typo in print and digital book publishing."
Before digital technology unsettled both the economics and the routines of book publishing most publishers employed battalions of full-time copy editors and proofreaders to filter out an author’s mistakes. Now, they are gone.
Models have suggested that the collision that formed the Earth's Moon may have created a second, smaller companion. Now, researchers are suggesting the remains of this second moon may be pasted across the lunar far side.
EVER since Anders Behring Breivik fired the opening volley of the shooting spree that took the lives of at least 85 youngsters on the small Norwegian island of Utøya on Friday, every few hours has brought some new shock.The l...
When Atlantis touched down yesterday at Cape Canaveral, Fla., the high-flying era of the space shuttles came to earth as well. After 30 years, the shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with Colombia, has ended with the 135th mission.
British college student Richard O'Dwyer hasn't set foot in the United States since he was five years old—but the US is trying to extradite him on criminal copyright charges. It's a new front in the War on Piracy.
→ Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) go overboard to set an example.