Spanish translation of latest Potter book hits the internet

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Fans of Harry Potter have translated “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” to Spanish and put it online for anyone to read. The translations are available in different formats, including a blog with one chapter per page and a PDF. As I write this, the blog has logged over 1 million visits.
The translation began 2 days after the book was officially launched in English and it was finished yesterday. The work was done in collaboration with various fans and was given the title “Harry Potter y las reliquias de la muerte”.
The translation is not perfect and has some grammar and errors, but I’m sure that is a minor issue for all the Spanish speaking fans of the book who don’t have to wait for the official translation to come out in stores.
(Disclaimer: I don’t encourage copyright infringement, but it is a little unfair that non-English speakers have to wait longer for the book).

SANTIAGO.- Parece que definitivamente el “embrujo” del último libro de Harry Potter fue vencido por los internautas. Esto porque a la filtración de un ejemplar días antes del estreno mundial ahora se suma que fanáticos hispanoparlantes realizaron una traducción completa de éste y la subieron a Internet.

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Olympic athletes may blog again

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It looks like the IOC is changing its mind about the ban on blogs written by athletes during the Olympic Games. Currently, the rules prohibit athletes from working as journalists and that includes writing on the internet.

The IOC Press Commission, chaired by Australian Kevan Gosper, is set to recommend that the IOC’s powerful executive board drop its opposition to athletes writing blogs during the Games when it meets in November.

If the recommendation is approved athletes will still have to comply to strict rules such as not making any money and not criticising coaches or other athletes. They will also not be allowed to publish any video taken inside official Olympic venues. The main concerns being not giving a free platform for unofficial sponsors and not undermining the TV coverage by the official broadcasters.

If all goes well, athletes will be able to write on their blogs during the 2008 games in Beijing.

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New Potter book leaked, for real this time

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An advanced copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the newest and final installment of the Potter series has been photographed page by page and put online for anyone to download. Although some of the pages are hard to read due to bad lighting, this definitely looks like the real deal.

There have been other supposed leaks in the past, but these have been dismissed as fan fiction.

The book comes out in stores on July 21.

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Vista brute-force activation

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The Inquirer is reporting that the supposedly unhackable Vista activation has been cracked. You can use a simple utility that does a brute-force attack, trying different keys until one works and then you activate it manually. The procedure may take many hours but it supposedly works eventually.

Like the article says, it will be a big problem when people who have bought Vista cannot activate their copy because someone else already used that code. And maybe this is already happening. I know someone who bough a brand new HP laptop from BestBuy, and when he tried to activate it he was told his code wasn’t valid. Couldn’t even get it activated on the phone with MS, they basically told him he is out of luck. It doesn’t matter that he actually paid for the “privilege” of using Vista.

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Microsoft steals video, makes money from it

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My friend and co-worker had shot a video of a really cool mechanical spider that his brother built and added it to a story about it. That was about a year ago.

Today, he found his video on the MSN Video website, with no attribution and ads displayed alongside it. See for yourself. And the video is now tagged “” and is available here, uploaded by “Anonymous”.

I think MSN’s editors need to do a better job of checking where a video is coming from before they decide it is in the public domain. Is it hard to figure out if a video is not in the public domain? Yes. Is that an excuse to not do it? Of course not.

Oooh, I wanna wear dog fur!

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Yeah, not so much. I know you can weave certain dog hair (like Husky hair, for example), but I still don’t wanna wear it.

Today on CNN it was revealed that most "faux fur" is not so faux. It’s just dog. And a label does not have to say that if the price is less than $150.

Many fur or fur-trimmed jackets sold in the United States as having "faux fur" — or not labeled at all — are actually made, at least in part, from dog fur, the Humane Society of the United States said at a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday.

Out of 25 jackets that it tested, the group said, 24 were incorrectly labeled. In many cases, it said, tests showed the fur came from raccoon dogs, a fox-like nocturnal residents of Asian and northern European forests that bear a remarkable resemblance to raccoons.

The Humane Society is working to make labels a requirement and to ban the import of dog/cat fur products. I think I’ll just avoid fur and faux fur altogether.

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Hubble in Trouble: Little Hope for Failing Camera

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The Hubble Space Telescope’s main camera — the ACS (advanced camera for surveys) — has stopped working. It went into safe mode early Saturday morning, and engineers for the space telescope have little hope it can be fixed.


This camera was replaced recently, it is only 4 years old. And the next mission to the telescope will probably not have time to fix this issue, which is not an easy task.
The next Hubble mission is aimed at increasing the telescope’s capability and keep it running until the Webb telescope can be launched early next decade.

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