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Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting.

Posted on October 9th, 2011 at 21:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Nostromo model from the first Alien movie sat outside in the rain for over two decades before it was bought by The Prop Store in 2007. They sent it to Grant McCune Design to restore it to its previous glory. Part one of the video detailing the restorations and then part 2, part 3 and part 4.

Note that the embedded video in the main link is a shortened ten minute version of the twenty minute four part series.


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Occupy Wall Street Demands – What They’ve Come to Find at Occupy Wall Street Is America

Posted on October 9th, 2011 at 21:40 by John Sinteur in category: News

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"People are informed today. People are online," Burke explains. "People in Kansas do yoga, you understand. Country’s different, you understand? There’s no more mooks in the citizenry. We are working people and we’re not getting a fair shake, so we took to the streets. It’s an irrational act, an act of passion, but we need to use self-control and respect. Those who want to go down with the ship will go down with the ship. Those who will be there will be sensible people who are out here for a reason. The kids who are out here who just want to party, well, they’re beautiful children and we protect them every night. I can’t even tell you what’s going to happen after today. The cops may sweep this when the landlord says I want them out.

"Not anti-anybody. We’re pro-American citizen. Millions of Americans are getting kicked out of their house. They’re losing their education, their health care. They can’t take care of their parents. This is about people. Republicans are opening their bills. Democrats are opening their bills. I’ll go all the way to $250,000 if you want. Everybody’s opening their bills and they’re thinking, ‘Who’s protecting me from people stealing from me?’ This isn’t what I agreed on when I signed this agreement with this company. You add all these hassles up in your life — your hospital, your credit card, your education, your mortgage — and you’re getting nailed. And there are a couple of banks who created the instruments that made that happen. This is not a physical war. This is an oppression that’s quiet, and through money, and through services, and through small print. They want you to be afraid, and not to know, and they want to bewilder you. Between you and me, I shouldn’t get a credit card. But I got one. I didn’t even apply for it. Why am I getting a credit card?

"This is not Tahrir Square. This is not Tompkins Square Park. This is not Yuppies against squatters. This is about minds. We need help from people who know. We need help from people in the financial industry who know. They should be here, too. He should want to see a better community. I want to see change in a systematic and legislative way. We’re looking for real results. We’re looking for protection for people. We’re down here trying to play bills. It’s serious out there, but it’s quiet, because it happens at everyone’s kitchen table. It’s happening household-by-household. There’s a sense out there, which I hope what’s going on here will dissipate, that there’s something wrong with me. I’m a jerk because I can’t pay that bill. There are working men who will march tomorrow. It’s all about people, who feel they got duped. There needs to be a systematic legislative change, so that this cannot happen any more."


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Eureka! Ditching DRM Decreases Piracy

Posted on October 9th, 2011 at 17:19 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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DRM only hurts legitimate customers.

The phrase above has been written a few dozen times here on TorrentFreak, and it’s now supported by an academic report.

Researchers from Rice and Duke University looked into the effect of digital restrictions on music piracy. In their paper “Music Downloads and the Flip Side of Digital Rights Management Protection” they conclude that DRM doesn’t prevent piracy at all. Quite the opposite.

“Only the legal users pay the price and suffer from the restrictions. Illegal users are not affected because the pirated product does not have DRM restrictions,” the researchers write in their report.

Ditching DRM and other restrictions would actually reduce piracy according to the analytical model developed by the researchers.

“In many cases, DRM restrictions prevent legal users from doing something as normal as making backup copies of their music. Because of these inconveniences, some consumers choose to pirate,” DinahVernik, assistant professor of marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business says.

So without DRM, more people would be buying music. And aside from this direct effect, the researchers predict that DRM-free music will increase competition between retailers, which then results in lower prices.


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  1. I quit buying music when DRM started popping up. In the past I liked being able to buy a cd and burning it to whatever mp3 bitrate I wanted or even FLAC. I would copy the cd so that I wouldn’t mess up the original. The music industry seems to forget how cassette tapes had very little impact on their bottom line. Now they want you to store their DRM code on your devices and then add additional code to decode it. I don’t think so!

Steve Jobs Watched iPhone 4S Event Live From His Home

Posted on October 9th, 2011 at 14:35 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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CultOfMac has got some information from a reliable source saying that Steve Jobs was watching “Let’s Talk iPhone” event live just from his home. He watched everything there through a special private video stream was set up for him.

He was watching the event while “sitting on his favorite single soft leather sofa chair and having apple juices with rice pudding, as his favorite.”

Cult-of-mac is down right now or I’d link to them instead.

Gruber once wrote an essay entitled “The Chair” about Jobs’ keynote, demonstrating the iPad 2 while seated. It is a one of the most famous chairs ever designed. It is the Le Corbusier Grand Modele Armchair.


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Police to protest supporters: Honk if you’d like a ticket

Posted on October 9th, 2011 at 14:01 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?

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Police experimented with a new tactic Friday night as they responded to a weeklong Occupy Seattle demonstration at Westlake Park — ticketing drivers who honked in support of protesters.


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  1. I do not care what rubbish they say about a noise ordinance, this is suppression of free speech. The United Police States servants on the job, ever faithful to corporate machine run governments of their employ. A small step from here to a Stasi equivalent (and I do not mean just this incident but so many others in the U.S. these days.)

    My hope is some ACLU lawyer takes this and drags this through the courts causing the City of Seattle financial harm. It would also be nice if the citizens rose up in mass and demanded the resignation of John Diaz, Seattle chief of police Chief of Police. But fat chance that will happen.

    Want to complain? Here is a link: Complaint form: http://www.seattle.gov/police/OPA/Complaintform.htm Their phone is +1 206 625 5011

  2. I noticed that the article said that the ticketing only started after 10:00pm. If their were residences nearby that complained about the noise from car horns then the police would have justification for ticketing. The writer of the article gives no indication of whether he talked to the police or not as to why.

Full HD High Speed Movie – Eagleowl

Posted on October 9th, 2011 at 10:49 by John Sinteur in category: News


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