So I just read about the SIRA bill going through the US congress:
Simply put, SIRA fundamentally redefines copyright and fair use in the digital world. It would require all incidental copies of music to be licensed separately from the originating copy. Even copies of songs that are cached in your computer's memory or buffered over a network would need yet another license. Once again, Big Copyright is looking for a way to double-dip into your wallet, extracting payment for the same content at multiple levels.
Yet another reason not to use products from big media companies.
Another distressing tale of MacBook noises from Pierre Igot (Via Tao of Mac).
It's not like I'm in the market for a new laptop (my PowerBook G4 runs just fine and in due course I'll probably try and pick up a G5 via eBay for my heavy lifting) but these noise issues would really be putting me off buying a MacBook or MacBook Pro if I were.
It's not just the many kinds of noise problems reported but also the way Apple seems to be responding to them. When you pay £1,000+ for a beautiful looking Apple laptop how can you enjoy it when the damn thing is mooing, grunting, chuffing, and feels like it's about to burst into flames?
Come on Apple, we expect to pay over the odds but you can do better than this!
As the weather has gotten hotter recently I have been noticing the PowerBook's fans have been getting more active when I use it on the desk. I'm convinced that this is partly due to poor airflow underneath the computer, the base does get quite hot to the touch.
As a first step I've stuck four felt pads (the kind you stick to furniture to stop it scuffing the walls) to the desk to support the PowerBook and create a 5-6mm gap underneath it. I was concerned that the pads mightn't hold it in place but in practice it seems as good as the little rubber grippers on the desk surface.
So far it seems to be an improvement and the fans aren't running as hard or as loud.