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Why Are There More Old Songs On iTunes Than Old eBooks?

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 9:31am
New submitter Paul J Heald writes "The vast majority of books and songs from the 20th Century are out-of-print. New data show music publishers doing an admirable job of digitizing older content, but book publishers fail miserably at putting old works in eBook form. I've done some research in an attempt to explain why: 'Music publishers can proceed with the digitization of their back catalog without competing to re-sign authors or hiring lawyers to renegotiate and write new contracts. Research has revealed no cases holding that music publishers must renegotiate in order to digitize their vinyl back catalogs. The situation for book publishers is substantially the opposite. In the landmark case of Random House v. Rosetta Books, the Second Circuit held that Random House had to renegotiate deals with its authors in order to publish their hard copy books in eBook format. ... Another advantage that the music industry may have is the lower cost of digitization. A vinyl album or audio master tape can be converted directly to a consumable digital form and be made available almost immediately. A book, on the other hand, can be scanned quite easily, but in order to be marketed as a professional-looking eBook (as opposed to a low quality, camera-like image of the original book), the scanned text needs to be manipulated with word processing software to reset the fonts and improve the appearance of the text.'"

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3 years on, what did Arab Spring yield?

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 9:18am
Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Syria. How they changed?
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3 years on, what did Arab Spring yield?

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 9:18am
Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Syria. How they changed?
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Eight aviation mysteries

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 9:01am
The disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370 is not the first time a plane has vanished.
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Eight aviation mysteries

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 9:01am
Malaysia Flight 370 is not the first plane to have vanished.
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 8:30am
An anonymous reader writes "Malaysia's Prime Minister announced at a press conference that Flight 370, which disappeared a week ago, was diverted as a result of 'deliberate action.' The investigation has now focused in two ways: first, they're looking more closely at the passengers and crew, and second, they've narrowed the search for the plane down to two corridors. One stretches from Kazakhstan to northern Thailand, and the other goes from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean. 'That conclusion was based on a final signal from the plane picked up on satellite at 8:11 a.m. on March 8, nearly seven hours after ground control lost contact with the jet, he said.' The Prime Minister said the plane's communications system and the transponder system were both disabled early on during the flight. The time of the plane's final satellite contact would have put its fuel reserves very low. 'Police on Saturday morning drove into the residential compound where the missing plane's pilot lives in Kuala Lumpur, according a guard and several local reporters who were barred from entering the complex. ... Experts have previously said that whoever disabled the plane's communication systems and then flew the jet must have had a high degree of technical knowledge and flying experience. One possibility they have raised was that one of the pilots wanted to commit suicide."

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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 8:30am
An anonymous reader writes "Malaysia's Prime Minister announced at a press conference that Flight 370, which disappeared a week ago, was diverted as a result of 'deliberate action.' The investigation has now focused in two ways: first, they're looking more closely at the passengers and crew, and second, they've narrowed the search for the plane down to two corridors. One stretches from Kazakhstan to northern Thailand, and the other goes from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean. 'That conclusion was based on a final signal from the plane picked up on satellite at 8:11 a.m. on March 8, nearly seven hours after ground control lost contact with the jet, he said.' The Prime Minister said the plane's communications system and the transponder system were both disabled early on during the flight. The time of the plane's final satellite contact would have put its fuel reserves very low. 'Police on Saturday morning drove into the residential compound where the missing plane's pilot lives in Kuala Lumpur, according a guard and several local reporters who were barred from entering the complex. ... Experts have previously said that whoever disabled the plane's communication systems and then flew the jet must have had a high degree of technical knowledge and flying experience. One possibility they have raised was that one of the pilots wanted to commit suicide."

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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 7:26am
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Sheila M. Elred writes in Discovery Magazine that a recent study has found that people at risk of depression were much less vulnerable if they identified as religious. Brain MRIs revealed that religious participants had thicker brain cortices than those who weren't as religious. 'One of the worst killers of brain cells is stress,' says Dr. Majid Fotuhi. 'Stress causes high levels of cortisol, and cortisol is toxic to the hippocampus. One way to reduce stress is through prayer. When you're praying and in the zone you feel a peace of mind and tranquility.' The reports concluded that a thicker cortex associated with a high importance of religion or spirituality may confer resilience to the development of depressive illness in individuals at high familial risk for major depression. The social element of attending religious services has also been linked to healthy brains. 'There's something magical about socializing,' says Fotuhi. 'It releases endorphins in the brain. It's hard to know whether it's through religion or a gathering of friends, but it improves brain health in the long term.'" (Read more, below.)

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Is Russia preparing to invade?

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 6:44am
CNN's Fred Pleitgen examines Russia's military capabilities should it decide to invade Ukraine.
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Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 6:11am
tippen writes "The management user interface on most networking and storage appliances are, shall we say, not up to the snuff compared to modern websites or consumer products. What are the best examples of good UX design on an IT appliance that you've managed? What was it that made you love it? What should companies (or designers) developing new products look to as best-in-class that they should be striving for?"

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Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 6:11am
tippen writes "The management user interface on most networking and storage appliances are, shall we say, not up to the snuff compared to modern websites or consumer products. What are the best examples of good UX design on an IT appliance that you've managed? What was it that made you love it? What should companies (or designers) developing new products look to as best-in-class that they should be striving for?"

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Why Crimea may cost Russia

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 5:16am
Annexation of Crimea could be costly for Russia. Here's why.
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Crimeans have their say

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 5:14am
Residents of Crimea voice their opinions on the upcoming secession referendum.
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Goodbye, Google Voice

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 5:10am
itwbennett writes "The trouble with Google Voice is that the way we use phones has changed — and it hasn't kept up with the times: 'Fewer people have a mobile phone and a business line and a home line that might make One Number For All so. Text message costs (which are actually close to nothing) are almost always bundled into contract costs. Automatic voice transcription, while still a mean feat, is no longer such a magic trick,' writes Kevin Purdy in a blog post explaining why he's breaking up with Google Voice. The main problem is that, despite some very cool features, Google Voice doesn't play well with others — even apps in its own family. And it doesn't look as though that's going to get better anytime soon." I've been very happy with Google Voice for a few years now, and one reason is the transcribed voice messages, which may get hilariously garbled sometimes, but are almost always correct enough to be useful.

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Gallery: The week in 26 photos

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 4:41am
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Pistorius vomits seeing photos

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 3:50am
CNN's Robyn Curnow reviews the second week of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.
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Pistorius vomits seeing photos

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 3:50am
CNN's Robyn Curnow reviews the second week of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.
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Is Crimea only phase one?

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 3:25am
Estonian and Polish leaders weigh in on what Russia's invasion of Crimea could mean for Russia's other neighbors.
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Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

Slashdot - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 2:27am
An anonymous reader writes "Those planning a weekend break in Budapest take note. From 15 March anyone taking photographs in Hungary is technically breaking the law if someone wanders into shot, under a new civil code that outlaws taking pictures without the permission of everyone in the photograph. According to the justice ministry, people taking pictures should look out for those 'who are not waving, or who are trying to hide or running out of shot.' Officials say expanding the law on consent to include the taking of photographs, in addition to their publication, merely codifies existing court practice. However, Hungary's photographers call the law vague and obstructive, saying it has left the country of Joseph Pulitzer and photography legend Robert Capa out of step with Europe."

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Golf: John Daly seeks help

CNN - Top Stories - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:52am
It's not the first time John Daly has had to ask for help -- but it must be one of the most embarrassing.
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