Jammie Thomas fined 1,9 million dollar for sharing 24 songs
Jammie Thomas's federal retrial concluded as a jury found her liable for willful copyright infringement, and get this -> awarding the record labels nearly $2 million in damages.
Thomas-Rasset was found liable for willfully infringing all 24 copyrights controlled by the four major record labels at issue in the case. The jury awarded the labels damages totaling an astounding $1.92 million.
Kiwi Camara, Thomas-Rasset's lead attorney, spoke briefly after the trial. He told reporters that when he first heard the $80,000 per song damage award, he was "angry about it" and said he had been convinced that any liability finding would have been for the minimum amount of $750 per song.
As for Thomas-Rasset, she appeared shaken by the verdict but didn't blame the jury. "They did their job," she said, "I'm not going to hold it against them." She added, though, that the recording industry would never collect the money. "Good luck trying to get it from me... it's like squeezing blood from a turnip."
Regardless of the fact what she did was wrong ... let me ask you guys, what the heck is wrong with the American legal system ? There is something seriously flawed. Sure, if someone does something wrong, you should get some sort of fine/penalty for that. But 80.000 USD per song ? That's downright corrupted and wrong at any level.
Speeding in a car endangers the lives of other people, so what's the fine on that in the USA ? You get fined 50, 100 maybe even 350 USD. That hurts, but you can recover from it and learn from your mistakes.
... download two dozen 99 cent songs and you have to pay 1.6 Million. Really, is that justice ? That legal system should be ashamed of itself with this result.
My aplologies for this somewhat heated news-post, typically I do not allow my personal judgement into news articles, as press we need to stay objective and focussed. But after this ordeal let me tell you, this editor is not planning not purchase any music anytime anymore. I'm completely done with the music industry and it's greed.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - June 2009
Like a jelly fish transparent on the outside, but fascinating on the inside sums up Art Reyna, Jr's PC really well, making it the Rig of The Month June 2009. At the age of 29 Art is a Call Center worker by day, graphic designer and drummer by night.
Meet his rig and all inside info right here.
ASUS MARS to cost 1700 USD
Wow.. talk about overdoing it price wise. Anyhow, as we have shown you guys in our Computex article, ASUS is set to release the ASUS MARS series graphics card. Limited to 1000 pieces of production. The graphics card carries two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 graphics processors as well as 4GB of GDDR3 memory (2GB per chip). That of course makes it faster than the dual-chip model GTX 295. .
So we where able to find out that the card is going to be clocked at 648MHz at the core with 480 stream processors in total functioning at 1476MHz. That fact makes the card as fast as two GeForce GTX 285 graphics boards in SLI mode, but will be slightly faster compared to Nvidia GeForce GTX 295.
Now the shocker, UK-based Scan.co.uk online store is already listing this card the board now and charges
Samsung produces 32GB DDR3 stick
Wowzers .. Samsung announced a 32GB DDR3 RAM stick. The record device comes by using a 50 nanometer manufacturing process to produce 16 gigabit (2GB) stacked memory chips, nine of which are put on each side of the stick to provide the 32GB plus a certain degree of overhead. Despite the sheer amount of memory, Samsung is keen to observe that the 1.35V example uses about 20 percent less power than previous memory, which normally uses 1.5V of energy.
The specific module is intended for servers, where long RAM sticks and very high memory counts are feasible; pricing isn't public but will be very high. However, the technology behind the memory means it can also increase densities for smaller components. 16GB DDR3 should be possible for regular desktop memory, and 8GB is likely for notebooks.
I'd LOVE to know the latency timngs on these, as they where mysteriously left out of the press-reelase. Any way, can I have three please, well I do want to take them to triple channel ;)
Acer unveils two eco-friendly LCD monitors
Aceron Thursday announced the release of two new LCD monitors that have an emphasis on eco-friendliness with power consumption ratings that are reduced by 36 percent compared to previous models. The 19-inch Acer V193WBbmd and 22-inch Acer V223WBbmd both offer a 5ms response time, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and 300cd/m2 brightness.
The 19-inch V193WBbmd features a 1,440x900 resolution, while the 22-inch model has a 1,680x1,050 resolution. Pricing is set at $185 and $236, respectively.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Goes Gold
Intel cancels several CPUs
The company also recently decided to skip production of 45nm Havendale CPUs and will go directly to 32nm Clarkdale because 32nm development is going smoothly, the same sources revealed.
Intel will issue product discontinuance notice (PDN) for the Core i7 940 later in June, while EOL will be issued in the third quarter. Intel will also issue EOL for the Core 2 Extreme QX9775 in the third quarter.
The PDN for Intel's quad-core Core 2 Quad Q9400 and Q9400S will come in the fourth quarter, while EOL is scheduled for 2010. The Core 2 Quad Q8200 and Q8200S will see their PDN issued in 2010. Intel also plans to launch quad-core Core 2 Quad Q9505S CPUs specifically designed for all-in-one PCs.
Intel's Pentium E2220 and E2200 will see their EOL appear in the third and the fourth quarters this year, respectively, and will be replaced by the Pentium E6000 series.
The Celeron E1600 and E1500 are targeting to see PDN in the fourth quarter and E1400 in the third. The CPU series will be replaced by the Celeron E3000 series in the third quarter. Intel will issue PDN for Atom 330 and 220 in April 2010.
Intel has canceled mass production plans for 45nm Havendale CPUs originally scheduled for the end of the year and will directly announce the 32nm Clarkdale CPU in the first quarter of 2010 targeting entry-level to mainstream markets with prices set between US$60-190. [via digitimes].
NVIDIA Forceware 186.18 WHQL Drivers Released
NVIDIA is serving a new fresh GeForce driver with revision build 186.18 WHQL this build accelerates performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 185/186 drivers vs. Release 182 drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 25% performance increase in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Up to 22% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 11% performance increase in Fallout 3 with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 14% performance increase in Far Cry 2
- Up to 30% performance increase in Half-Life 2 engine games with 3-way and 4-way SLI
- Up to 45% performance increase in Mirror
CyberPower Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 gaming laptop revealed
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Intel explains changes to Core CPU branding - Meet Core i3
On a post on the company's corporate blog Intel informed readers of forthcoming changes in the chipmaker's brand structure.
Intel will simplify its Intel Core range of products, getting rid of confusing Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and similar names in favor of simpler Core i3 and Core i5 designations joining the recently unveiled Core i7 chips. These will not be brands but rather modifiers that will have different features and benefits. As an example, Calder cites upcoming codenamed Lynnfield CPUs will carry the Intel Core brand but be available as either Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 depending on their features and capabilities. The mobile Clarksfield processors, its most advanced, will go under the Core i7 name.
Core i3 will be reserved for entry-level products, Core i5 for mid-range products and i7 for flagship offerings. Celeron will be retained for affordable, entry-level PCs, Pentiums will relate to basic computer and Atoms will remain tied to netbooks, smartphones and other handheld devices. The hierarchy will flow from Celeron at the bottom end, through Pentium, to Core.
As the third way of rebranding itself, Intel will change and transition its platform brands over time. Intel vPro will remain as the top-of-the-line security and manageability technology and be teamed with Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chips. Starting in 2010, Calder promises Intel's business client systems will be called either Intel Core i7 vPro or Intel Core i5 vPro. This will result in a send-off for the Centrino processor brand, though it will remain in place for Wi-Fi and WiMAX-enabled products in 2010.
The transition will take time, and during this time, some of the older brands will remain even through next year.
BTW you guys .. this obviously is also product rebranding .. much like GeForce 9800 GTX to GTS 250 etc.
Cowgirls to promote new Call of Juarez game
Well, I guesss we're all not indifferent to pretty ladies in bikini's showing off products. Yeah that always get's us doesn't it ?
Ubisoft Germany searched for a cowgirl to promote the upcoming Call of Juarez - Bound in Blood video game. The votes are over, and the winner has been decided.
Publisher Ubisoft made a contest in Germany where young ladies could apply for the official cowgirl crown. Now the vote is over, and there is a winner: Liza, 19, from Cologne is the favourite cowgirl judging from the reader's vote. But therse are the five finalists.
Windy 6 FireWire audio interface review
The Windy 6 Firewire interface offers many tools for the home studio artist or mixer. We have this new interface in the Guru3D audio Lab and we are interested in running it through its paces and gauging what this new audio product has to offer the PC audio community.
Download: Street Fighter IV Benchmark
This benchmark tool from Capcom is to test the capabilities of your PC for the Windows release of Street Fighter 4.
Test whether your hardware is up to scratch for the PC release of Street Fighter 4. Capcom has released Street Fighter 4 PC benchmark tool, allowing you to test how well the fighter will run on your computer or if you simply want to oggle it in motion. The 397MB download contains several bouts, filled with hadoukens and kicks to the face. You can also rate your system the old-fashioned way -- against the requirements. A tool which allows you to measure the performance for your PC.
Download: click here
Kingston shows off 128GB USB stick
The DataTraveler 200 USB stick comes in three sizes 32GB, 64GB and the world's first 128GB USB flash drive, which sells for a retarded $546. However it doesn't look like they are expecting too many people to snap up the largest option, it is build-to-order only.
All of the capless drives have built-in password protection and are enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost. The smaller versions are priced at $120 and $213 respectively.
Contest 2 reminder
Guys and girls, just a friendly reminder that Contest 2 - The logo hunt is still in effect and ending this week on Friday. if you have not submitted your answer or simply forgot, please click here for the contest information.
Some of the prizes here are:
- Custom Far Cry 2 / Guru3D theme spray painted Smooth Creations CoolerMaster chassis
- HIS Radeon HD 4890 TURBO X
- Zalman GS1000SE chassis
- Point of View GeForce GTX 275 EXO editon !
- Zalman CNPS9900 CPU cooler
- HIS Radeon 4850 TURBO X
- Corsair TX650W PSU
- HIS Multi-view
- Also a HIS VT Book
AMD Phenom II X3 740 and X4 820 in the pipeline
If you browse arround a little you'll notice two new SKUs for AMD on several price lists, AMD is therefore inserting the Phenom II X3 740 and Phenom II X4 820 fairly soon we think. Phenom II X3 740 will become fastest tri-core processors followed by Phenom II X3 710 and Phenom II X3 720 BE. It works at 3.0 GHz,TDP is 95W.
The other processor is the Phenom II X4 820 and will clocked at 2.8GHz, 200MHz faster than 810. TDP is also 95W. Their official launch date is unknown. And sure we got the box-shots pixelized, check out the thumb.
Gigabyte going Dual BIOS with all their motherboards
Motherboard and VGA gigant Gigabyte Technology recently began to include its DualBIOS technology on all its motherboard products. DualBIOS saves a backup copy of the system BIOS in case of malfunction. The technology works automatically and does not require users to control it. The feature involves using two BIOS EEPROM chips to store two copies of the BIOS. In the event of a failure of the first copy, the system starts with the second copy of the BIOS, and attempts to replace the first copy.Gigabyte originally only offered the technology on its high-end motherboards, but has extended the feature to its mid-range and entry-level products hoping to increase its market share.
In other news, Gigabyte will maintain its motherboard shipment guidance of 20 million units for 2009, and will continue to expand its network communication and server orders to drive up profits. The company also expects its handset and notebook businesses to turn profitable after adjusting its product lines and organization in the second half of the year.