• 18 June, 2008

    Wednesday bits.

    posted by Pablo Defendini at 8:18 am permalink

    Here’s a few items of note from around the web:

    The Associated Press works on its corporate bully-fu. They want to extort money from anyone who wants to quote more than five words from their stories, even if the usage is covered under fair use guidelines. Others have expounded on this over the last few days, including PNH, Cory Doctorow, and John Scalzi. Once those three get into it, all I can do is issue a hearty “What they said”, and leave it at that.

    Castro’s still tickin’. He’d been MIA for a while (at least in terms of media exposure), but re-surfaced in a silent video that’s been posted on the Beeb.

    Despite initial hopes to the contrary, scientists have yet to find any indication of water in the soil samples collected and processed by the Mars Phoenix Lander. Oh, and that white material that was originally thought to be ice? could be ice, or could be salt. Stay up to date with MarsPhoenix via Twitter.

    In the ‘toldja so’ department, the results of a survey sponsored by British Music Rights state that most young people are willing to pay for music, as long as it’s DRM-free and they can do whatever they want with it, i.e. own their media. Ars has a great writeup on that.

    Here’s a handy countdown for when the Large Hadron Collider at CERN is scheduled to go online. For those of you with an apocalyptical bent, naysayers think that the LHC will generate a black hole that we won’t be able to control, and will end up eating our planet. For those of us who think otherwise, we’re fervently hoping for the CERN team to spot the elusive Higgs boson, or so-called ‘god particle.’

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