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[News] Sharing and Open Access Improved Further, New Scientist Backs Idea

  • Subject: [News] Sharing and Open Access Improved Further, New Scientist Backs Idea
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 18:07:33 +0100
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Better world: Share things

,----[ Quote ]
| Looking for a romantic way to do your bit for the 
| planet? Then move in with your lover, take baths 
| together and snuggle up on the sofa to watch TV 
| together.
| An awful lot of energy could be saved if only people 
| shared things more, especially their homes. The evidence 
| comes from the opposite end of the love spectrum. 
| According to a recent study, if all the couples who 
| divorced in the US had stayed together, in 2005 alone 
| they would have used 2373 billion litres less water and 
| 73 billion kilowatt-hours less electricity. Each 
| divorced person spent 46 per cent more on electricity 
| and 56 per cent more on water.


At End of Act II: Are we Played for Fools OR Building a Enlightened Digital World?

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| This would be the World Wide Web of Books that we have 
| been dreaming of rather than a Monopoly of Books.  
| Google has helped build momentumâ lets take it the rest 
| of the way without blowing it.   This could be done by 
| Congress or the Justice Departmentâ both of which are 
| working on this right now.


The Open PhD â What a Concept

,----[ Quote ]
| Did you know MIT has 1800+ courses available for your 
| viewing pleasure?  You can even download the syllabus 
| and assignments (with answers).  Some courses even 
| provide copies of old exams.  How could I have missed 
| this?  Itâs not just MIT â other schools belong to the 
| consortium â Carnegie Mellon, Standford, Oxford, Yale, 
| the list keeps going.



Seven Crimes That Will Get You a Smaller Fine than File-Sharing

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| 1. Child abduction: the fine is only like $25000.
| 2. Stealing the actual CD: the fine is $2,500
| 3. Rob your neighbor: the fine is $375,000
| 4. Burn a house down: The fine is just over $375,000
| 5. Stalk someone: The fine is $175,000
| 6. Start a dogfighting ring: the fine is $50,000
| 7. Murder someone: The maximum penalty is only $25,000 and 15 years in jail,
| and depending on your yearly salary, would probably be far slighter a penalty
| that $2 million.


Stephen Fry on copyright

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| At an event in London last night, the writer, actor, and gadget fan Stephen
| Fry launched a surprisingly ferocious attack on the music and movie
| industries over the way they have acted to defend their copyright.


Richard Marx (!) attacks RIAA after $1.92M Thomas verdict

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| Jammie Thomas-Rasset was held liable to sharing 24 songs, including one by
| pop crooner Richard Marx. But the lawsuit wasn't done in Marx's nameâthis
| week, he called out the recording industry's "greedy actions."


Moby: The RIAA Needs to be Disbanded

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| The two million dollar fine handed out to Jammie Thomas by a Minnesota jury
| this week hasnât done the music industryâs image much good. While lawyers and
| high level managers at the major labels cracked open the Champagne, artists
| such as Moby and Radiohead shook their heads in shame at what the music world
| has become.


Morrissey tells fans to boycott new box set reissues

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| The former Smiths singer claimed in a statement issued to fan site
| True-to-you.net, which he often communicates through, that he wouldn't
| receive any money from the reissues, released on November 2, and that he was
| not asked for approval for their release.

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