Danger Mouse’s EMI-killed CD will be released as a blank CD-R, just add download

EMI has told Danger Mouse that his latest CD won’t see the light of day due to “legal issues,” so he’s responding by releasing the disc as a blank CD-R in a jewel case with art and liner notes. Fans can just download the music off a P2P site and burn it to the CD-R. [From Danger Mouse’s EMI-killed CD will be released as a blank CD-R, just add download]

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this is brilliant

Qimo

Qimo is a desktop operating system designed for kids. Based on the open source Ubuntu Linux desktop, Qimo comes pre-installed with educational games for children aged 3 and up.

Qimo’s interface has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use, providing large icons for all installed games, so that even the youngest users have no trouble selecting the activity they want.

[From Qimo 4 Kids | What is Qimo? ]

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This looks pretty simple. Perfectly for a few of my friends and colleagues, sure… it is for kids, but who isn’t a kid?

Ontario judge orders website to reveal identity data on anonymous posters

Ontario judge orders website to reveal identity data on anonymous posters

[From Ontario judge orders website to reveal identity data on anonymous posters]

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someone probably needs to explain to the judge that there is a huge difference between the state having a compelling interest to protect children thus over-riding privacy rights and the compelling interest of a private entity seeking personal remuneration for alleged defamation. state entity vs private entity, crime vs tort, physical harm vs monetary/reputation harm. I’m sorry… someone is being dumb or lazy to accept this parallel.

ada lovelace day more technologies than many

I think for Ada Lovelace day I’ll have to mention my mom. She might not be a high tech wizard like my sister and my wife, but my mom is on facebook and twitter. She knows how to do what she wants to do; she even has a programmable sewing machine for doing things that she might not want to do, heh. In my life, I’ve actually never seen her stumped by technology, granted she isn’t so much of a ‘rip it apart and see how it works’ sort of person, but she is a ‘let’s do the job’ sort of person and she has mastered technologies the whole way. She worked in a sewing factory, she worked on the family farm, she was a certified emergency medical technician even served in a helicopter for that, worked as a nurses assistant, she worked in several restaurants, she helped run the hotel and now she is a baker after going back to school in her late 40’s and getting her b.a. in baking. She’s inspiring because she always does what she needs to do to accomplish her tasks and some of those technologies I can imagine could have been quite daunting at first, yet she was unflappable and kept going. Baking, her current occupation, is a technology intensive job, like all of her other positions, and we shouldn’t forget that, because while some might focus on ‘high technology’ or ‘information technology’… technology is everywhere and the use of technology in everyday life and labors in all occupation is growing.

Marjorie Grene has passed away

I don’t think that I can say that I ever studied from Marjorie Grene, but I did study with her. She sat in on an Ancient Philosophy graduate class I took and came to the weekly Ancient Greek translation and reading group we had for a while in the philosophy department. She was a real spitfire in both arenas. Many people will remember her in philosophy for her contributions to the philosophy of biology, but I’ll remember her for her work in ancient philosophy and her work surrounding descartes. She was working on those topics most of the time that I knew her. She was a figure to be reckoned with and she will be missed.

Jody’s Memorium, far better than mine