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Wednesday December 12th, 2012
UK Streaming Link Site Operators Handed Suspended Jail Sentences posted 12/12/2012, 4:46 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Two brothers from the UK in their mid-twenties have been convicted for operating websites that indexed links to unauthorized streams of copyrighted movies. The pair were charged in 2010 and this week were handed nine month suspended jail sentences and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. The convictions follow an investigation by West Yorkshire Police in collaboration with the movie industry group FACT, who feel that in the UK the tide is turning in favor of copyright holders.... (more)

Monday December 10th, 2012

Kim Dotcom: Mega Will Turn Encryption into a Mass Product posted 12/10/2012, 5:05 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Next month Kim Dotcom will release a new and improved version of the now defunct Megaupload. Today, he unveiled the new look of the site by sharing several teaser screenshots, including one of the encryption interface. Mega, as the new service is called, will turn encryption into a mass product and Dotcom believes that with Mega’s help half of all Internet traffic will be encrypted in 5 years.... (more)

Thursday December 6th, 2012

House approves resolution to keep Internet control out of UN hands posted 12/06/2012, 1:48 AM (The Hill)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a Senate resolution introduced by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that calls on the U.S. government to oppose United Nations control of the Internet.

The 397-0 vote is meant to send a signal to countries meeting at a U.N. conference on telecommunications this week. Participants are meeting to update an international telecom treaty, but critics warn that many countries’ proposals could allow U.N. regulation of the In
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This is meaningless. - Chris

Wednesday December 5th, 2012

OMG! Txts make u gd at writing? Srsly? posted 12/05/2012, 1:20 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Science/Technology]
How 'text speak' can help pupils write essays.... (more)
Technophobes disproved once again.

Thursday November 29th, 2012

Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Plan Delayed Till 2013 posted 11/29/2012, 12:41 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The much debated “six strikes” anti-piracy scheme was supposed to kick off in the United States today, but this is not going to happen. The Center for Copyright Information has announced that the ISPs are not ready to send warnings just yet, citing Hurricane Sandy as one of the reasons for the delay. The scheme is now expected to take off early next year if everything goes according to the updated schedule.... (more)

Wednesday November 28th, 2012

U.S. start-up plans to share 3D printable firearms for FREE over the Internet posted 11/28/2012, 2:04 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Anyone in the world could soon have access to a 3D printable gun through the internet thanks to a U.S. start-up which plans to distribute schematics for the weapons free of charge.

Defense Distributed, a company which wants to extend the U.S. Second Amendment rights to the entire world, hopes to test prototypes of the printable weapons by the end of the year.

'This project could very well change the way we think about gun control and consumption,' the organisation
... (more)

Tuesday November 27th, 2012

Verizon Sued For Defending Alleged BitTorrent Pirates posted 11/27/2012, 1:58 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A group of adult movie companies is suing Verizon for failing to hand over the personal details of alleged BitTorrent pirates. The provider systematically refuses to comply with court-ordered subpoenas and the copyright holders see these actions as more than just an attempt to protect its customers. According to the them, Verizon’s objections are in bad faith as the Internet provider is profiting from BitTorrent infringements at the expense of lower-tier ISPs.

The ongoing avalanc
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Monday November 19th, 2012

Phone patents: An absurd battle posted 11/19/2012, 8:49 PM (BBC News)
[Category: Science/Technology]
"To get an idea of the size of the problem facing the likes of Apple and Samsung, consider this: O'Connor believes - based on estimates from patent firm RPX - that there are about 250,000 active patents in the United States that may have some relevance to the activities of mobile device manufacturers out of a total of about 1.5 million active patents. That means that about 17% of all active patents in the United States are potentially patents on smartphone technology.

But that
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"Higgs" boson may not open door to exotic realms posted 11/19/2012, 8:49 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Science/Technology]
GENEVA, Nov. 15, 2012 (Reuters) — A new elementary particle whose discovery was announced with fanfare to a waiting world in July may be just a little less exciting than scientists had hoped.... (more)

Monday November 5th, 2012

Oakland Police Chief Only Wants to Read Complimentary Email posted 11/05/2012, 5:37 AM (
[Category: Science/Technology]
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
People who’ve e-mailed Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan over the past year about Occupy Oakland probably didn’t get much of a response.

That’s because he used a spam fi
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Monday October 29th, 2012

New Megaupload To Launch On Police Raid Anniversary posted 10/29/2012, 1:18 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
January this year the U.S. Government destroyed Megaupload, but founder Kim Dotcom is a not done with the file-hosting business yet and is preparing a comeback with something bigger and better. Over the past months a group of coders have been working hard on the new “Mega” venture and Dotcom announced today that the raid-proof service will launch exactly one year after Megaupload was shut down.

With 50 million visitors per day at its peak, Megaupload was one of the largest websit
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Cisco's CEO Rips Into The Patent System & All Who Abuse It, Big Or Small posted 10/29/2012, 1:18 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
There are plenty of discussions about the problem of patent trolls, but if you think that's the only problem with the patent system, you haven't been paying attention. There have been a ton of major clashes going on between big companies, spending billions buying up patents, suing each other... and not putting that money into innovation or lower prices. So it's nice to see Cisco CEO John Chambers speak out against the patent system by calling out both the trolls and the big tech compani... (more)

Monday October 22nd, 2012

New MegaUpload Will Deflect Copyright Liability and Become Raid-Proof posted 10/22/2012, 4:29 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
While Megaupload’s demise has been well publicized, the burning question remains. How will its imminent replacement fend off attacks from aggressive copyright holders and authorities? Today we have the answer. Kim Dotcom and business partner Mathias Ortmann say they have a plan that will not only make “Mega” raid proof, but will also give it an iron-clad defense against copyright infringement claims.... (more)

Thursday October 18th, 2012

Pirate Bay Moves to The Cloud, Becomes Raid-Proof posted 10/18/2012, 8:59 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The Pirate Bay has made an important change to its infrastructure. The world’s most famous BitTorrent site has switched its entire operation to the cloud. From now on The Pirate Bay will serve its users from several cloud hosting providers scattered around the world. The move will cut costs, ensure better uptime, and make the site virtually invulnerable to police raids — all while keeping user data secure.... (more)

Tuesday October 16th, 2012

File-Sharers Buy 30% More Music Than Non-P2P Peers posted 10/16/2012, 5:46 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
One of the most comprehensive studies into media sharing and consumption habits in the United States and Germany reveals that file-sharers buy 30% more music than their non-sharing counterparts. The result confirms that file-sharers are actually the music industry’s best customers. In addition, the research reveals that contrary to popular belief, offline “copying” is far more prevalent than online music piracy.... (more)

Monday October 15th, 2012

3D Printer DRM Patent To Stop People Downloading a Car posted 10/15/2012, 1:57 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
DRM systems in the digital media world are nothing new and are utilized extensively in the music, movie and video games industries. Now, after applying four years ago, a company has this week obtained a patent for a DRM system that aims to stop future owners of 3D printers from printing whatever they like. The dream of downloading a new pair of sneakers or even a car might already be in jeopardy, before it’s even begun.... (more)

Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it posted 10/15/2012, 1:57 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week.

The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.

This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures
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Tuesday October 9th, 2012

Finally: BitTorrent Piracy Evidence to be Tested in Court posted 10/09/2012, 5:05 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A landmark order by a Pennsylvania District Court judge may become the turning point for the many mass-BitTorrent lawsuits that are sweeping through the United States. For the first time in these cases a copyright holder has been ordered to go to trial, instead of settling with the alleged file-sharers for a few thousand dollars. This will be the first time that BitTorrent-related evidence will be tested in a U.S. court.

Over the past two years a small group of copyright holders h
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Tuesday October 2nd, 2012

Can We Kill The Myth That The Constitution Guarantees Copyrights And Patents? posted 10/02/2012, 10:48 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
We've seen it all too frequently: copyright and patent system supporters insisting that these forms of government-granted monopoly privileges are guaranteed by the Constitution, due to Article I, Section 8, Clause 8. People like to claim that, for example, the First Amendment can't conflict with copyright law since "both are rights provided by t... (more)

Understanding Libertarian Morality: The Psychological Dispositions of Self-Identified Libertarians posted 10/02/2012, 10:44 AM (
[Category: Science/Technology]
Libertarians are an increasingly prominent ideological group in U.S. politics, yet they have been largely unstudied. Across 16 measures in a large web-based sample that included 11,994 self-identified libertarians, we sought to understand the moral and psychological characteristics of self-described libertarians. Based on an intuitionist view of moral judgment, we focused on the underlying affective and cognitive dispositions that accompany this unique worldview. Compared to self-identified libe... (more)

3-D printed gun project derailed by legal woes posted 10/02/2012, 10:41 AM (
[Category: Science/Technology]
After raising thousands of dollars to develop a free, 3-D-printable handgun, a group calling itself Defense Distributed has had to put its plans on hold, after the company providing their printing hardware refused to do business with them. It's an early episode in what is likely to be a long controversy.... (more)

Saturday September 29th, 2012

GoDaddy Receives Patent On 'Announcing A Domain Name Registration On A Social Website' posted 09/29/2012, 5:40 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Another day, another crazy patent. DomainNameWire has the story that GoDaddy has successfully received a patent on "Announcing a domain name registration on a social website." The patent, 8,276,057, was filed back in September of 2009. Take a look at the claims for yourself to understand exactly what's being claimed, but reading through them, I'm a... (more)

Friday September 28th, 2012

Portugal: File Sharing For Personal Use Is Legal And IP Addresses Are Not People posted 09/28/2012, 8:49 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In a move that should remind you of Spain's ruling that personal file-sharing was legal, before America's entertainment industry helpfully wrote the Spanish people a new law (wait...what!!?!?), file-sharing for personal use has been declared legal in Portugal. Ho... (more)

Tuesday September 25th, 2012

Hitachi unveils glass slivers that store data forever posted 09/25/2012, 5:20 AM (Channel NewsAsia)
[Category: Science/Technology]
TOKYO: As Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones prove, good music lasts a long time; now Japanese hi-tech giant Hitachi says it can last even longer -- a few hundred million years at least.... (more)

Monday September 24th, 2012

Megaupload Readies for Comeback, Code 90% Done posted 09/24/2012, 6:49 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
January this year the U.S. Government destroyed Megaupload, but founder Kim Dotcom is a not done with the file-hosting business yet and is preparing to come back with a vengeance. The coding work for the new Megaupload is nearly finished, the servers have been ordered, and investors are lining up. A return of the file-hosting site appears to be looming.... (more)

Tuesday September 18th, 2012

Antarctic Ice Area Sets Another Record -- NSIDC Is Silent posted 09/18/2012, 3:43 AM (Real Science)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Day 256 Antarctic ice is the highest ever for the date, and the eighth highest daily reading ever recorded. All seven higher readings occurred during the third week of September, 2007 – the week of the previous Arctic record minimum.

NSIDC does not mention the record Antarctic cold or ice on their web site, choosing inside to feature an article about global warming threatening penguins.
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Thursday September 13th, 2012

No Duty to Secure Wi-Fi from BitTorrent Pirates, Judge Rules posted 09/13/2012, 1:17 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A crucial ruling in one of the ongoing BitTorrent lawsuits in the United States has delivered a clear win for open Wi-Fi operators. Among other things, California Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled that Internet subscribers are not required to secure their wireless networks to prevent outsiders from pirating movies. In other words, people can’t be held liable for the alleged infringements of other people on their network.

BitTorrent lawsuits have been dragging on for more than two yea
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Tuesday August 28th, 2012

New Megaupload Will Be Massive Global Network To Change The World posted 08/28/2012, 4:43 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Several weeks ago Kim Dotcom informed the world that Megaupload would be back, bigger and better than ever. Today, in a series of announcements he’s provided more intriguing details about the new service. “We are building a massive global network,” Dotcom revealed, while adding that hosters will all be able to connect to the network to add servers and bandwidth – providing they’re not in the United States that is. “I am going to turn this world upside down,” Dotcom warned.... (more)

Monday August 13th, 2012

As Another Fisker Karma Spontaneously Combusts, "Green" Dreams Go Up In Smoke posted 08/13/2012, 9:04 AM (ZeroHedge)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Alas for the vendor of allegedly flaming "supercars" the media attention has returned with a vengeance.... (more)

Saturday August 11th, 2012

No Traffic Lights Vs Traffic Lights posted 08/11/2012, 6:14 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Science/Technology]

Anarchy vs Statism.

"On Monday 25th January 2010 there was a power cut in Auckland.

During the power cut we filmed this intersection (Union St + Wellington). We filmed again at exactly the same time the next day for a comparison. "

Monday August 6th, 2012

AZ SWAT Team Kills Man in Drug Raid Shoot-Out posted 08/06/2012, 12:36 AM (
[Category: Science/Technology]
A Phoenix-area SWAT team shot and killed one man during a "dynamic entry" (break the door down) drug raid early Thursday morning after the raiders were met with gunfire. The as yet unidentified man becomes the 39th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year, and the third one in the past week.

Police told ABC 15 News the raid in a Phoenix neighborhood was undertaken by
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Monday July 30th, 2012

3D Printing: The End of Gun Control? posted 07/30/2012, 8:55 PM (Forbes)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Given the recent appalling events in Aurora, Colorado, there’s been a renewed call for greater gun control and a ban on assault weapons.

I’m in favor of tighter gun control and a ban on weapons that are unnecessarily powerful but I’m afraid that technology will soon make any legislation that limits the availability of any kinds of guns ineffective.

To understand why this might happen, you need to understand a technology called 3D printing.
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Tuesday July 3rd, 2012

$7,000 Fine for Sharing “WordPress For Dummies” on BitTorrent posted 07/03/2012, 5:42 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A New York federal court has ordered a rare default judgment in favor of John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest book publishers. Robert Carpenter from Poughkeepsie, New York, has been ordered to pay the publisher $7,000 in damages for sharing a copy of “WordPress All-in-One For Dummies” on BitTorrent. According to Judge William Pauley, the man is guilty of both copyright and trademark infringement.... (more)

Massive Copyright Infringement Suit Could Collapse Cyberlocker, Studio Warns posted 07/03/2012, 5:42 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The plaintiffs in a massive copyright infringement lawsuit against a cyberlocker service are warning users of the site to back up their files. Corbin Fisher, the movie studio currently suing Oron for $34.8m, say that the file-hoster could collapse after a judge denied it access to additional funds to pay for their hosting. Is this another Megaupload-style data loss debacle in the making?... (more)

Friday June 29th, 2012

Man Eats Uranium, Drinks and Swims In Reactor Water, Ignites Plutonium In His Bare Hand posted 06/29/2012, 3:20 AM (Libertarian News)
[Category: Science/Technology]

Apparently radioactive material isn’t as dangerous as the EPA has made it out to be.

From the video notes:
Galen Winsor is a nuclear physicist of renown who worked at, and helped design, nuclear power plants in Hanford, WA; Oak Ridge, TN; Morris, IL, San Jose, CA; Wimington, NJ. Among his positions of expertise he was in charge of measuring and controlling the nucl... (more)

How Long Does Your ISP Store IP-Address Logs? posted 06/29/2012, 3:19 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The ongoing avalanche of mass-BitTorrent lawsuits reveal that IP-addresses can get people into a heap of trouble and it’s not unusual for Internet subscribers to be wrongfully accused of sharing copyrighted material. This begs the question, for how long are these IP-addresses stored? To find out, TorrentFreak asked some of the largest Internet providers in the US about their logging practices.... (more)

Friday June 22nd, 2012

Kim Dotcom: Artists Rejoice, Megabox is Not Dead posted 06/22/2012, 5:08 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Despite the huge upheavals of the last few months, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has announced that his answer to the music industry’s outdated business model is coming soon. The Megabox service will shift the balance of power away from multi-billion dollar corporations to the artists who actually make the music. “Artists rejoice. It’s coming and it will unchain you,” Dotcom says.... (more)

Wednesday June 13th, 2012

FOI Documents Show TOR Undernet Beyond the Reach of the Federal Investigators posted 06/13/2012, 11:54 PM (Activist Post)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Recently released documents detail the federal government's inability to pursue cybercriminals shrouded by the tricky anonymity tools used by the Silk Road marketplace and other darknet sites - tools which are funded in part by the federal government itself. In this particular case, a citizen reported stumbling upon a cache of child pornography while browsing the anonymous Tor network's hidden sites, which are viewable with specialized, but readily available, tools and the special .onion domain.... (more)

Monday June 4th, 2012

Researchers To Release an Anonymous BitTorrent Client posted 06/04/2012, 3:26 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Researchers at Delft University of Technology have taken up the ambitious challenge of creating a BitTorrent client which secures the privacy of its users. Their Tribler client is already completely decentralized, meaning it will still work even in the event that all BitTorrent sites are shut down. Anonymity is the next big step in its evolution. “We’re going to take Internet privacy to the next level,” the lead researcher says about the upcoming release.... (more)

Sunday May 27th, 2012

Keep Out: NASA Asks Future Moon Visitors to Respect Its Stuff posted 05/27/2012, 10:39 PM (Wired)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The moon is about to become crowded.

In the next few years a slew of countries, including China, India, and Japan, are looking to put unmanned probes on the lunar surface. But more unprecedented are the 26 teams currently racing to win the Google Lunar X Prize -- a contest that will award $20 million to the first private company to land a robot on the lunar surface, travel a third of a mile, a
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First off, the US has no ownership over that unclaimed land, second I say tare it the hell up, let's see what they find. - Chris

Leap Motion: A New Way To interact With Your Computer posted 05/27/2012, 10:38 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Science/Technology]

Hands-free motion control, a technology pioneered by Nintendo's Wii and later improved upon by Microsoft's Kinect, just took a very big leap forward. Industries from gaming to surgery to architecture, engineering, and design may never be the same.

With the unveiling today of its Leap 3D motion control system, a San Francisco startup called Leap Motion has, well, leapfrogged the state of
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Thursday May 24th, 2012

Boom: Jury Says No Patent Infringement By Google In Oracle Case posted 05/24/2012, 2:20 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Remember back when Oracle was claiming that Google owed it billions of dollars for infringing on Oracle patents and copyrights? Yeah. Forget that. The jury just said that there's no patent infringement at all and the judge has dismissed the jury. All that's left in this phase of the case is for the judge to make a determination over the copyright issue -- and if he decides APIs cannot be cove... (more)

Thursday May 3rd, 2012

Spectacular video: 'Jetman'; soars over Rio de Janeiro skyline posted 05/03/2012, 8:42 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Science/Technology]

Yves 'Jetman' Rossy continues to push the boundaries of aviation - this time, by successfully completing a flight under a sunny sky over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Yves Rossy, the only person to fly with a rigid wing equipped with four jet engines, dropped from a helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, where he stabilised the wing and headed full throttle north to circumvent Corcovado. He then track
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Thursday April 26th, 2012

Jimmy Wales Says Irrelevance, Not Piracy, Will Doom Hollywood posted 04/26/2012, 7:35 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Jimmy Wales, who has become a bit of a thorn in the side of Hollywood of late, has given a speech in which he predicts that Hollywood is doomed, but not because of any threat from "piracy," but from the fact that technology and innovation means th... (more)

Tuesday April 24th, 2012

'Gaia' scientist James Lovelock reverses himself: I was 'alarmist' about climate change & so was Gore! 'The problem is we don't know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago' posted 04/24/2012, 11:54 PM (Climate Depot)
[Category: Science/Technology]
MSNBC, perhaps the most unlikely of news sources, reports on what may be seen as the official end of the man-made global warming fear movement.... (more)

Thursday April 19th, 2012

Rats on cocaine love Miles Davis, and other dumb animal research paid for with tax dollars posted 04/19/2012, 11:50 PM (NY Daily News)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Taxpayers may feel kind of blue when they discover their dollars went to fund a study to determine rats like to bop to the music of Miles Davis while hopped up on cocaine.... (more)
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this may be the single most useful study the government has ever done. - Chris

Wednesday April 18th, 2012

Chinese Copyright Proposal Would Allow Compulsory Licensing Of Music After Three Months posted 04/18/2012, 8:54 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
As China continues to climb up the economic rankings (it became number two last year, in case you missed it) its domestic policy begins to have wider implications for the rest of the world.... (more)

Larry Page Tells Java Jury Google 'Did Nothing Wrong' posted 04/18/2012, 8:53 PM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Page, disputing claims that the leading search engine operator stole Java software technology from Oracle Corp. (ORCL), told a jury his company “did nothing wrong.”

Page, the first witness today to be called by Oracle attorney David Boies at a trial in federal court in San Francisco, said Google negotiated hard over a partnership with Sun Microsystems Inc., the creator of the Java programming language acquired by Oracle in 2010.
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Unfortunately, Larry, competition is a crime in the good ol' US of A.

Tuesday April 17th, 2012

New ISP will defend users from government spying posted 04/17/2012, 11:49 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Science/Technology]

As the battle rages on over regulations for the Internet, one man is proposing a solution that could curb the concerns over online privacy. Legislation is being pushed in America right now that could stop online piracy, but would at the same time also infringe on the rights of many. Could all that change, though? One new Internet Service Provider will challenge the government if a user's information is
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Megaupload Worked on a Multi-Billion Dollar IPO posted 04/17/2012, 11:49 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Before Megaupload was shutdown the company was preparing to go public and enter the US stock market with a multi-billion dollar IPO. While the US authorities were conducting their criminal investigation, Megaupload had discussions with some of the ‘Big Four’ auditors and several of the world’s largest investments banks. The top of the financial world was looking at a huge potential tech IPO with a billion dollar valuation, but these plans ended abruptly in January.... (more)

Monday April 16th, 2012

World’s First Quantum Network Built with Two Atoms, One Photon posted 04/16/2012, 11:38 PM (TIME Magazine)
[Category: Science/Technology]
We’ve just heard about a working quantum computer tucked inside a diamond, and we’re already talking about quantum networks that could herald a quantum Internet? Yep, and in fact more than just talking: Scientists say they’ve managed to create the world’s first working quantum network, a functional analogue of the kind you probably use at home or work, only in the quantum version, individual atoms form the network nodes and information is shuttled back and forth by photons.... (more)

Friday April 13th, 2012

Code Not Physical Property, Court Rules in Goldman Sachs Espionage Case posted 04/13/2012, 3:22 AM (Wired)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov, who downloaded source code for the investment firm’s high-speed trading system from the company’s computers, was wrongly charged with theft of property because the code did not qualify as a physical object under a federal theft statute, according to a court opinion published Wednesday.... (more)

Wednesday April 11th, 2012

SpaceX: Entrepreneur's race to space posted 04/11/2012, 10:03 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Science/Technology]

From PayPal to electric cars to rockets, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wants his company, SpaceX, to build America's next manned spacecraft. Scott Pelley reports.

NASA Scientists Dispute Climate Change posted 04/11/2012, 10:03 PM (Business Insider)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Some prominent voices at NASA are fed up with the agency's activist stance toward climate change.

The following letter asking the agency to move away from climate models and to limit its stance to what can be empirically proven, was sent by 49 former NASA scientists and astronauts.

The letter criticizes the Goddard Institute For Space Studies especially, where director Jim Hansen and climatologist Gavin Schmidt have been outspoken advocates for action.
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Tuesday April 10th, 2012

If Piracy Is So Devastating, Why Are We Seeing An Unprecedented Outpouring Of Creativity posted 04/10/2012, 10:57 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
One of the favorite tropes of the anti-piracy crowd is that all this unauthorized sharing is killing culture, pauperizing artists and generally making the world go to hell in a handbasket. The only pieces of evidence adduced in support of that position are the market reports put together for the copyright industries that (a) say the sky is falling and (b) base that analysis on the industries' own unsubstantiated claims.... (more)

Study: Homophobes May Be Hidden Homosexuals posted 04/10/2012, 10:56 PM (Live Science)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Homophobes should consider a little self-reflection, suggests a new study finding those individuals who are most hostile toward gays and hold strong anti-gay views may themselves have same-sex desires, albeit undercover ones.... (more)
This Just In: People against taxes may secretly support them!

Monday April 9th, 2012

Demise of Peak Oil Theory posted 04/09/2012, 6:02 PM (David Deming)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Peak Oil is the theory that the production history of petroleum follows a symmetrical bell-shaped curve. Once the curve peaks, decline is inevitable. The theory is commonly invoked to justify the development of alternative energy sources that are allegedly renewable and sustainable.

Peak Oil theory was originated by American geologist M. King Hubbert. In 1956 Hubbert predicted that US oil production would peak between 1965 and 1970. When production peaked in 1970, it
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Demise of Peak Oil Theory posted 04/09/2012, 6:01 PM (David Deming)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Peak Oil is the theory that the production history of petroleum follows a symmetrical bell-shaped curve. Once the curve peaks, decline is inevitable. The theory is commonly invoked to justify the development of alternative energy sources that are allegedly renewable and sustainable.

Peak Oil theory was originated by American geologist M. King Hubbert. In 1956 Hubbert predicted that US oil production would peak between 1965 and 1970. When production peaked in 1970, it
... (more)

Thursday April 5th, 2012

Healthy polar bear count confounds doomsayers posted 04/05/2012, 10:46 PM (The Globe and Mail)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.

The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of
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Viacom v. Google: A Decision at Last, and It's Mostly Good (for the Internet and Innovation) posted 04/05/2012, 10:46 PM (
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The Internet can breathe a sigh of relief today.  In the latest twist in the long-running Viacom v. YouTube litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals revived the entertainment giant's suit against Google -- but simultaneously eviscerated most of the legal theories on which the lawsuit was based.  

Here's the quick and dirty: Back in 2010, a district
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