Grooveshark, where employees uploaded thousands of songs, loses badly in court

The music-sharing service Grooveshark was sued by major record labels in 2011, and yesterday the hammer blow finally came down. A New York federal judge has ruled in favor of the music companies on just about every issue that came up in the lawsuit. Damages, and the scope of an injunction, are yet to be determined.

The 57-page opinion (PDF) penned by US District Judge Thomas Griesa certainly seems like the beginning of the end for Grooveshark. It isn’t hard to rattle off names of the unauthorized music-sharing services—like Napster, Grokster, Kazaa, and Limewire—that have been dealt a death-blow by federal court rulings.

The case doesn’t look like a close call. Grooveshark was hoping to be protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which protects online services from copyright lawsuits as long as they meet certain requirements, including responding to the takedown notices sent by copyright holders.

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Arduino to sell 3D printer—$800 in kit form or $1,000 p


Arduino, maker of the open source hardware platform of the same name, is teaming up with a startup called Sharebot to sell a 3D printer for about $1,000.

Announced today, Materia 101 will be demonstrated at the Maker Faire in Rome this weekend. An on-sale date has not been revealed.

“The printer will be available only on the Arduino Store both as a kit and pre-assembled,” the announcement said. “Official pricing of the device will be disclosed at a later date but the kit will sell for less than 600 EUR/800 USD, while the pre-assembled version will be available for less than 700 EUR/1000 USD.”

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That’s some weather we’re having. Is it climate

We’re going to need more road again soon. Infrastructure sometimes has to chase California’s vanishing water supply.

In the public’s mind, it’s impossible to separate the climate from the weather. Each significant weather event seems to be accompanied by discussions of its implications for climate change; is it an example of what to expect, or clear indications that climate change isn’t happening?

Often lost in the public discussion is that determining the role of climate change in a specific weather event is a challenging but interesting scientific problem. It’s also one with immense practical implications. As regions rebuild after a damaging event, it’s important that these efforts be informed by what we should expect in the future.

This month’s edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society tackles this problem, termed “attribution,” in a big way: 22 different studies of weather events rolled into a single report entitled “Explaining Extreme Events of 2013.”

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Tuesday Dealmaster has an Alienware 17 Core i7 gaming laptop for $1,923

Greetings, Arsians! Our partners from LogicBuy are back with a ton of deals for this week. The featured item is an Alienware 17 gaming laptop for $1,923 with free shipping. You save $375 off the regular price and get a $50 gift card! This beast of a laptop has a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, a 1080p screen, and a AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 4GB of video memory. It’s perfect for school!

(OK, it’s probably a little much for school, but it would be way more fun to bring this to class and frag things than pay attention to the lecture.)

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Windows 10 command prompt finally gets dragged into the 21st century

Microsoft talked briefly about the new features in its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, but it glossed over one thing that will surely be of great interest to sysadmins and developers alike: the further refinement of the Windows command line into a truly useful development and administration environment. Fortunately, engineer and blogger Rafael Rivera has spent some hands-on time with a technical preview, and he’s got a great post up explaining some of the new features—at least, as they stand right now.

Rivera has a whole raft of additional screenshots demonstrating the additional command line features, but one of the simplest—and most anticipated—is proper text selection within command prompt windows. And we’re not just talking about Powershell, either—this is for every console window, including windows featuring good ol’ cmd.exe.

Previously, as anyone who’s dealt with a Windows command shell knows, selecting text at the prompt required a number of steps beyond simply clicking and dragging. You had to invoke a context menu, select “Mark” to tell Windows you wanted to mark text to select, and then lasso a selection box around what you wanted to pick. Text that spanned multiple lines was treated as not a single string, but rather multiple lines of text, with extraneous spacing and line breaks intact. This made for an annoying process—for more than basic selection, it was often easier to redirect whatever you were doing into a text file and do selection with a text editor.

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The Golden Age of IT: The Future Is Bright — If You Emb

The Golden Age of IT: The Future Is Bright — If You Embrace the Empowered Employee

When thinking about your IT department, words like “user friendly” and “responsive” are not the first that come to mind. More likely, it would be “unresponsive” or even “the department of no.” Sadly, if you asked your IT department how they think they’re doing, they would say the same. A survey RES software conducted with […]

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How RAM Scrapers Work: The Sneaky Tools Behind the Latest Credit Card Hacks

How RAM Scrapers Work: The Sneaky Tools Behind the Latest Credit Card Hacks

In the world of hacking, every malicious tool has its heyday—that period when it rules the underground forums and media headlines and is the challenger keeping computer security pros on their toes. Viruses and worms have each had their day in the spotlight. Remote-access Trojans, which allow a hacker to open and maintain a secret backdoor on infected systems, have had their reign as well. These days, though, point-of-sale RAM scrapers are what’s making the news.

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