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Tuesday March 20th, 2012
Google Defends Hotfile (and Megaupload) in Court posted 03/20/2012, 9:08 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Google has filed a brief at a federal court in Florida defending the file-hosting site Hotfile in its case against the MPAA. The search giant accuses the movie companies of misleading the court and argues that Hotfile is protected under the DMCA’s safe harbor. Indirectly, Google is also refuting claims being made by the US government in the criminal case against Megaupload.... (more)


Monday March 19th, 2012

The Pirate Bay Attacks Censorship With Low Orbit Server Drones posted 03/19/2012, 8:06 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In recent months The Pirate Bay has drastically changed its site to make it less vulnerable to ever increasing censorship attempts across the globe. But that was just the start, as the torrent site now says it’s getting ready to put some of its hardware in GPS controlled drones. “Everyone knows WHAT TPB is. Now they’re going to have to think about WHERE TPB is,” The Pirate Bay team told TorrentFreak.... (more)


Monday March 12th, 2012



Kim Dotcom: Many Megaupload Users at the US Government posted 03/12/2012, 6:15 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Aside from preparing the cases of the Megaupload defendants, a team of lawyers is working hard to grant the site’s users access to their personal data. The cyberlocker is working out a deal with the Department of Justice to allow users to download their personal files. Interestingly enough, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom reveals that these users include many high-ranking US Government officials.... (more)


Tuesday March 6th, 2012

History Shows That Copyright Monopolies Prevent Creativity And Innovation posted 03/06/2012, 8:26 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
We all too frequently hear that the copyright monopoly is supposed to encourage creativity and that the patent monopoly is supposed to encourage innovation. Most lawyers whose jobs depend on the belief in these myths even claim that the monopolies fulfill these functions to the letter. But when we look at history, a different pattern emerges.

Let’s start around the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In that day and age, copyright monopoly laws were in force in the United Kin
... (more)


Sunday March 4th, 2012

Anonymous, Decentralized and Uncensored File-Sharing is Booming posted 03/04/2012, 9:59 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The file-sharing landscape is slowly adjusting in response to the continued push for more anti-piracy tools, the final Pirate Bay verdict, and the raids and arrests in the Megaupload case. Faced with uncertainty and drastic changes at file-sharing sites, many users are searching for secure, private and uncensored file-sharing clients. Despite the image its name suggests, RetroShare is one such future-proof client.

The avalanche of negative file-sharing news over the past weeks ha
... (more)


Thursday March 1st, 2012



Kim Dotcom: US Govt Is Protecting An Outdated Monopolistic Business Model posted 03/01/2012, 1:11 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The dramatic shutdown of Megaupload and the US government’s case against the operators of the service has the potential to alter the entire service provider landscape, not just in the United States but all around the world. Indeed, some observers believe that has already happened. After defeating attempts to put him back behind bars yesterday, Mega founder Kim Dotcom is back with more insights into the reasons behind the site’s closure.... (more)
This is the real issue. The closure of Megaupload is the equivalent of the government shutting down Henry Ford for producing cars because it's forcing the horse and buggy industry to adapt. - Chris


Wednesday February 29th, 2012

The Pirate Bay, Now Without Torrents posted 02/29/2012, 3:25 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Today marks the end of an era for The Pirate Bay. The largest torrent site on the Internet has just removed all popular torrent files and made the switch to magnet links. The Pirate Bay team believes the move is needed to make the site future proof, and is confident that it won’t cause much trouble among users. “Just click the red button instead of the green one and all will be fine,” they say.... (more)


Tuesday February 28th, 2012

Yahoo turns patent troll, aims to shake down Facebook for fees in run up to IPO posted 02/28/2012, 12:54 PM (VentureBeat)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The legal team at Yahoo reached out to Facebook yesterday, at the same time as they were briefing the New York Times, to give the social networking giant the heads up that it would be seeking licensing fees on ten to twenty patents, and suing if that didn’t work.... (more)


Monday February 27th, 2012

Cyberlocker To Shut Down After PayPal Ban posted 02/27/2012, 1:32 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
RapidGator, one of the file-hosting sites that grew exponentially following the Megaupload shutdown last month, has been banned by PayPal. As a result, the Russian-based site says it will close the service in a month. According to PayPal, the RapidGator account was closed due to the “high risks” associated with processing payments to file-sharing services.... (more)
Wow, this could kill the industry.


Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom: “We’re Going To Win” posted 02/27/2012, 1:31 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
After several failed attempts, last week Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was finally granted bail and freed from prison. After initially spending time with his wife and children, Kim agreed to share his thoughts with TorrentFreak. For a man whose just had everything he owns taken away from him, he is effortlessly composed and quietly confident.... (more)


Thursday February 23rd, 2012



Scroogle, Privacy-First Search Engine, Shuts Down for Good posted 02/23/2012, 6:17 AM (Betabeat)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Scroogle, the search engine operated by privacy militant and self-appointed Wikipedia watchdog Daniel Brandt, has folded for real. After enduring DDOS attacks “around the clock” that sent a flood of unsustainable traffic to his servers, Mr. Brandt took down the search engine along with his other four domains, namebase.org, google-watch.org, cia-on-campus.org, and book-grab.com. His theory is that he was being attacked by hackers with a personal vendetta.... (more)
This really sucks. Startpage is just not as good. - Chris


Tuesday February 21st, 2012

RIAA Insists That, Really, The Music Industry Is Collapsing; Reality Shows It's Just The RIAA That's Collapsing posted 02/21/2012, 12:51 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
I'm honored to see that the folks at the RIAA have taken the time to read our Sky is Rising report. Unfortunately, they don't seem to like hearing the news that the wider music industry is actually thriving -- because it doesn't work well with their legislative strategy (and, remember, the... (more)


Wednesday February 15th, 2012

How Much Is Enough? We've Passed 15 'Anti-Piracy' Laws In The Last 30 Years posted 02/15/2012, 7:53 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Last week, I spoke on a panel at Stanford Law School concerning SOPA. There were two lawyers representing the MPAA's views, and at one point one of them said that he hoped that Hollywood just wanted to "meet in the middle" with those opposed to SOPA and find "a solution" that worked. Lawyer Andrew Bridges got up and asked a rather reasonable question: when, in the past, has the entertainment industry ever been willing to "meet in the middle" on copyright issues? He began listing out ev... (more)


Monday February 13th, 2012

The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde: It's evolution, stupid posted 02/13/2012, 5:18 PM (Wired UK)
[Category: Science/Technology]
When I was 9 years old I got my first computer, an Amiga 500. It was the best computer ever built, with great graphics, amazing sound and seven times faster than the Commodore 64. One of my friends said that the Amiga was useless since you needed to boot it from floppies. On the C64 you could program without even a cassette.

Of course the C64 died while the Amiga flourished. The Amiga later died when even better technology came along. We all know how evolution works, except one in
... (more)


The Pirate Bay Says Goodbye to (Most) Torrents on February 29 posted 02/13/2012, 5:09 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The Pirate Bay has confirmed that all torrent files being shared by more than 10 people will be deleted on February 29. The decision is causing a small panic among the site’s users, but in reality little will change as all files will remain available through magnet links. The Pirate Bay crew told TorrentFreak that this is merely a “step forward in technology” and confirmed that the site is here to stay.... (more)


Friday February 10th, 2012

Rhino dies in anti-poaching demo by conservationists posted 02/10/2012, 2:03 PM (MSNBC)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A conservation group demonstrating an anti-poaching method for reporters in South Africa accidentally killed the rhinoceros they were using in the demonstration.

The rhino, nicknamed Spencer, went into convulsions and died after he was shot with a tranquilizer dart in front of a crush of TV cameras and photographers who had been invited to document an operation to insert a poison capsule into his horn.
... (more)
You have absolutely got to read the last line of this article!


Thursday February 9th, 2012

The Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, study shows posted 02/09/2012, 6:38 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The world's greatest snow-capped peaks, which run in a chain from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan, have lost no ice over the last decade, new research shows.

The discovery has stunned scientists, who had believed that around 50bn tonnes of meltwater were being shed each year and not being replaced by new snowfall.
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Wednesday February 8th, 2012

Tribler Makes BitTorrent Impossible to Shut Down posted 02/08/2012, 1:19 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
While the file-sharing ecosystem is currently filled with uncertainty and doubt, researchers at Delft University of Technology continue to work on their decentralized BitTorrent network. Their Tribler client doesn’t require torrent sites to find or download content, as it is based on pure peer-to-peer communication. “The only way to take it down is to take the Internet down,” the lead researcher says.

The Tribler BitTorrent client is no newcomer to the BitTorrent scene. It has be
... (more)


Thursday February 2nd, 2012

Paulo Coelho calls on readers to pirate books posted 02/02/2012, 11:06 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Multimillion-selling author links with Pirate Bay, saying 'the more people "pirate" a book, the better'... (more)


French court rules that it's illegally anticompetitive for Google to provide free maps posted 02/02/2012, 11:06 AM (AFP)
[Category: Science/Technology]
PARIS — A French commercial court has found Google guilty of abusing the dominant position of its Google Maps application and ordered it to pay a fine and damages to a French mapping company.... (more)


Wednesday February 1st, 2012

How Patents Have Held Back 3D Printing posted 02/01/2012, 9:48 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The purpose of the intellectual property system that we have is to promote the progress. When there is strong evidence that certain elements of it hold back the progress, it seems like something that should be explored. Glyn recently wrote about the plans to make 3D object plan files available on the Pirate Bay. In that post, he pointed to a great interview with M... (more)


Tuesday January 31st, 2012

What Piracy? The Entertainment Industry is BOOMING! posted 01/31/2012, 7:26 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
We’ve pointed it out numerous times in the past. Despite the rampant piracy, Hollywood and other entertainment industries continue to break revenue and sales records year after year.... (more)


Tuesday January 24th, 2012

The Pirate Bay Wants You To Really Download A Car posted 01/24/2012, 11:57 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
You wouldn’t download a car, the Internet meme predicted. But if The Pirate Bay has its way that action will be a reality in the years to come. In preparation for this world-changing day, the world’s biggest torrent site has just premiered a new section containing the plans for physical items that can be downloaded then printed out. Today its a plastic pirate ship, but one tomorrow in a decade or two it may well be a car.... (more)


Sunday January 15th, 2012

Remain Diligent: SOPA and PIPA Must Be Squashed, Not Changed posted 01/15/2012, 11:55 PM (Fast Company)
[Category: Science/Technology]
As members of both the Senate and the House start falling back to a more defensible position by considering the removal of the DNS provision from SOPA and PIPA, many voices of opposition to the bills are claiming victory. This is a big mistake.... (more)


Monday January 9th, 2012

German Hackers Are Building a DIY Space Program to Put Their Own Uncensored Internet into Space posted 01/09/2012, 4:52 PM (Popular Science)
[Category: Science/Technology]
There’s more than one way to stick it to The Man. There’s civil disobedience, subversive propaganda, political art, outright violent revolt--each possessing its own degree of difficulty and consequence. In a decidedly 21st-century twist, team of German hackers bent on fighting the powers that be has chosen a rather ambitious means of taking the power back: building a hacker-owned and -operated space program, complete with a constellation of communications satellites beaming uncensored Internet t... (more)


Sunday January 8th, 2012

Environmentalists Are Bad for the Environment posted 01/08/2012, 7:37 PM (CEI.org)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A few weeks ago, I was walking the streets of Washington, D.C. when I happened to look up and catch the eye of a red-faced young man wearing the two things which cause me dread -- the naive optimism of youth and a shirt that read "Go Green!"

He had a clipboard, too. Never a good sign. Nor was he alone -- his green-shirted cohorts swarmed the sidewalk, accosting every passersby whose attention they could capture with: "Do you have a moment for the environment?"

Fortu
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Friday December 30th, 2011

15 Percent of US File-Sharers Hide Their IP-Address, More to Folllow posted 12/30/2011, 3:00 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In response to increasing legal actions and surveillance of Internet traffic, more and more file-sharers are choosing to hide their identities online. New data gathered through telephone interviews with thousands of adults reveals that in the US 15 percent of all file-sharers take measures to hide their IP-address. Some VPN and proxy providers have doubled their customer base in 2011, and this upward trend is bound to continue in the coming year.... (more)


Thursday December 29th, 2011

Bugs may be resistant to genetically modified corn posted 12/29/2011, 1:41 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Science/Technology]
One of the nation's most widely planted crops — a genetically engineered corn plant that makes its own insecticide — may be losing its effectiveness because a major pest appears to be developing resistance more quickly than scientists expected.

The U.S. food supply is not in any immediate danger because the problem remains isolated. But scientists fear potentially risky farming practices could be blunting the hybrid's sophisticated weaponry.

When it was introduced i
... (more)


On Eve Of Net Boycott, Dump GoDaddy Exodus Begins posted 12/29/2011, 1:32 AM (Fox News)
[Category: Science/Technology]
It's a boycott of viral proportions.

GoDaddy.com, one of the largest domain registrars on the Internet, stands to potentially lose thousands of customers on Thursday, Dec. 29, after the company gave and then repealed its support for a controversial bill before Congress that many fear could heavily restrict the web.

On the eve of what has been dubbed "Dump Go Daddy Day," imgur.com -- pronounced "imager," it's one of the largest image hosting sites in the world,
... (more)


Saturday December 24th, 2011

Go Daddy Lost 21,054 Domains Yesterday posted 12/24/2011, 11:12 PM (TheNextWeb)
[Category: Science/Technology]
It’s going to get worse before it gets better for domain registration company Go Daddy. Yesterday, we reported that Go Daddy had reversed its decision to support SOPA. Its customer service reps are even taking to the phones to beg you to keep your domain... (more)
While we're not going to pay money to switch all 26 or so of our domains, all our future domains will certainly be purchased through other providers. - Chris, InfoLib


Dutch Parliament: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal posted 12/24/2011, 10:41 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In an attempt to reduce widespread piracy in the Netherlands, the government there recently introduced a plan that would make downloading movies and music unlawful. However, this proposal was binned yesterday by a motion from the Dutch parliament due to concerns it would restrict the free flow of information, invade the privacy of citizens and invite copyright trolls. Instead, they encourage the entertainment industry to focus their attention on providing authorized alternatives.... (more)


Friday December 23rd, 2011

Paul Graham: SOPA Supporting Companies No Longer Allowed At YC Demo Day posted 12/23/2011, 3:20 AM (TechCrunch)
[Category: Science/Technology]
At this point quite a few internet companies have protested H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in creative ways. Held by many to be the worst thing to ever happen to the Internet if it passes, SOPA would makes it really easy for copyright holders to force sites offline ... (more)


Wednesday December 21st, 2011

ITC rules in favor of Apple's patent claims, bans HTC devices in US posted 12/21/2011, 11:52 PM (SlashGear)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The US International Trade Commission has just ruled in favor of Apple’s patent claims against HTC, banning some HTC devices from sale and importation to the US. The decision comes after ITC found that HTC violated two claims on one of Apple’s patents. This final patent infringement ruling will not take effect until April 19, 2012.... (more)
"...but if we didn't have a government, there'd be monopolies running everything!"


Tuesday December 20th, 2011

The RIAA Pirated $9 Million Worth of TV Shows posted 12/20/2011, 11:03 PM (Gizmodo)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The same RIAA that makes examples out of ordinary folks by suing them for millions of dollars for file sharing? Turns out someone there's been pirating full seasons of Dexter. Nine million dollars worth. Whoops!

That number—$150,000 for each of the 60 episodes illegally downloaded on t
... (more)


Monday December 19th, 2011

EU Council Quietly Adopts ACTA, By Hiding It In An Agriculture And Fisheries Meeting posted 12/19/2011, 2:47 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
At the end of last week, the Council of the European Union – which is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies – had a meeting. ... (more)


Friday December 16th, 2011

Climategate Bombshell: Did U.S. Gov't Help Hide Climate Data? posted 12/16/2011, 4:10 PM (Fox News)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Are your tax dollars helping hide global warming data from the public? Internal emails leaked as part of “Climategate 2.0” indicate the answer may be "Yes."

The original Climategate emails -- correspondence stolen from servers at a research facility in the U.K. and released on the Internet in late 2009 -- shook up the field of climate research. Now a new batch posted in late November to a Russian server shows that scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Uni
... (more)


Megaupload Video Reinstated, Universal Says “You Can’t Touch Us” posted 12/16/2011, 4:10 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A week ago today, Megaupload’s now-famous Mega Song was on its way to becoming a viral hit, only to be cut down from YouTube by a Universal Music takedown demand. Following the filing of a Megaupload lawsuit the song is back online, but Universal are standing firm. You can’t touch us on DMCA grounds, the label says in a new filing, adding it can take down any material, even if it doesn’t infringe their rights.... (more)


Wednesday December 7th, 2011

Bill Gates developing nuclear reactor with China posted 12/07/2011, 4:25 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Science/Technology]
BEIJING (AP) — Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates says he is in discussions with China to jointly develop a new kind of nuclear reactor.

During a talk at China's Ministry of Science & Technology Wednesday, the billionaire said: "The idea is to be very low cost, very safe and generate very little waste."
... (more)


Friday December 2nd, 2011

Swiss Govt: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal posted 12/02/2011, 10:56 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
One in three people in Switzerland download unauthorized music, movies and games from the Internet and since last year the government has been wondering what to do about it. This week their response was published and it was crystal clear. Not only will downloading for personal use stay completely legal, but the copyright holders won’t suffer because of it, since people eventually spend the money saved on entertainment products.

Switzerland, just as in dozens of other countries, th
... (more)


Tuesday November 29th, 2011

NY Times & LA Times Both Come Out Against SOPA & PIPA posted 11/29/2011, 3:19 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
We've written a few times about how columnists at various mainstream press outlets have been speaking out against SOPA and PIPA, showing that the story is catching on in the mainstream media. However, some of our critics have complained that since these are just writers for those publications, it's unfair to suggest that the publication itself has come out. Okay... if that's the way you want it. Let's try this one on for size: the New York Times has officially come out against SOPA and PIPA... (more)


SOPA Gets Taiwanese News Animation Treatment posted 11/29/2011, 3:19 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]

Want to know when a bit of news has really hit the mainstream? It's when the Taiwanese company Next Media Animation does a computer generated animation of the story. These videos have become a media sensation. Guess what they just took on? Yup, the battle over SOPA, which they animate by showing Hollywood lobbyists seeking to attack the internet, and showing not only how tech compani
... (more)


Thursday November 24th, 2011

Why The Public Is Willing To Rally Against SOPA/PIPA, But Not For It posted 11/24/2011, 10:02 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The really big story that came out of last week's House Judiciary Committee meetings on SOPA wasn't so much what was said at the hearings themselves, but the rather massive grassroots support that came out to protest the bill. We had mentioned some of that, but the final numbers and level of support really was staggering. ... (more)


Friday November 18th, 2011

Pelosi: We Need To Find A Better Solution Than SOPA posted 11/18/2011, 8:01 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Ever thought there would be a policy issue that both Michele Bachmann and Nancy Pelosi agree on? Turns out it's that SOPA is a terrible idea. Pelosi has stated on her Twitter feed that we "need to find a better solution than SOPA" in response to a question from another Twitter user.... (more)


Thursday November 17th, 2011

Thoughts On The House Judiciary Committee's Hearings On SOPA posted 11/17/2011, 11:16 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
As some of you know, I spent three plus hours this morning watching the House's SOPA hearings, with the deck stacked against anyone who pointed out concerns about the broad overreach of these bills. I "live tweeted" my thoughts, and apparently did so so much that, at one point, Twitter cut me off for having "exceeded my limit"! I had no idea such a thing was possible. The other technological issue of the day was that the video stream from the House was terrible for the first half of the hearings... (more)


Wednesday November 16th, 2011

Europe Bans X-Ray Body Scanners Used at U.S. Airports posted 11/16/2011, 3:18 PM (Scientific American)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The European Union on Monday prohibited the use of X-ray body scanners [1] in European airports, parting ways with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which has deployed hundreds of the scanners as a way to screen millions of airline passengers for explosives hidden under clothing.

The Europ
... (more)


Monday November 14th, 2011

Internet keeps government honest: Google chief posted 11/14/2011, 11:25 AM (AFP)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Broader adoption of the Internet will keep governments on their toes as wired-up citizens exercise their newfound power to check rights abuses, Google chief Eric Schmidt said on Saturday.

"In nations and communities around the world, citizens are turning to online tools to keep their governments honest," he told business leaders on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Honolulu.

"Whistleblowing has never been so easy," he said.
... (more)


Saturday November 12th, 2011

House Judiciary Committee Refuses To Hear Wider Tech Industry Concerns About SOPA posted 11/12/2011, 8:10 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Ever since SOPA was introduced, we'd heard that the eventual House Judiciary Committee hearings on the bill would be an unfairly stacked deck. Despite such wide opposition to the bill, and the fact that this represents a massive change to the regulatory and technological framework of the internet, we'd been told, repeatedly, that the hearings would be set up with three representatives in favor of the bill, and just one against. Apparently, the supporters of the bill are simply too afraid to actu... (more)


Wednesday November 9th, 2011

PBS Releases Awesome Rare Interview With Steve Jobs from 1990 posted 11/09/2011, 2:28 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Science/Technology]
This is a really great interview with Steve Jobs, he talks about the beginning of computing and where he sees it going in the future, I found it quite entertaining.
... (more)


Sunday November 6th, 2011

China to phase out incandescent lightbulbs posted 11/06/2011, 12:48 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Largest producer of energy efficient lightbulbs announces move – but may apparently still produce incandescents for export... (more)


Thursday November 3rd, 2011

Hollywood Front Group Rounds Up 4,000 Letters Sent To Congress, Pretending It's 100,000 posted 11/03/2011, 3:16 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
It's no secret that the Hollywood studios have a reputation for highly questionable accounting practices, and apparently that carries over into their attempts to show "support" for censoring the internet via PROTECT IP/E-PARASITE.... (more)


Monday October 31st, 2011

Scientists who said climate change sceptics had been proved wrong accused of hiding truth by colleague posted 10/31/2011, 11:47 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Science/Technology]
It was hailed as the scientific study that ended the global warming debate once and for all – the research that, in the words of its director, ‘proved you should not be a sceptic, at least not any longer’.

Professor Richard Muller, of Berkeley University in California, and his colleagues from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures project team (BEST) claimed to have shown that the planet has warmed by almost a degree centigrade since 1950 and is warming continually.

... (more)


A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs posted 10/31/2011, 11:47 PM (New York Times)
[Category: Science/Technology]
I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab people.

Even as a
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Saturday October 29th, 2011

Justin Bieber: Senator Klobuchar Should Be Locked Up For Felony Streaming Bill posted 10/29/2011, 1:36 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Earlier today we wrote about how Justin Bieber's lawyers were threatening the folks behind the FreeBieber advocacy project, which highlights some of the problems with Senator Amy Klobuchar's dangerous and ill-thought out bill to make streaming video a possible felony. It appears that his "people" didn't discuss this much with Bieber himself. During a radio interview... (more)


ISP Boss Brands Copyright Trolls “Scum”, Vows To Stop Them posted 10/29/2011, 1:24 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The chief executive of a leading Australian ISP says his company will almost certainly invest a huge some of money to stop their customers being targeted by so-called copyright trolls. John Linton of Exetel has branded those attempting to blackmail his subscribers as “scum” and says that his company would almost certainly make changes to their systems to bring the trolls’ activities to an end.... (more)


Monday October 24th, 2011

Steve Jobs - 60 Minutes posted 10/24/2011, 7:52 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Science/Technology]

Great interview, good clips from Jobs though the biographer says some nonsense.


Tuesday October 18th, 2011

British Historian On Porn And Internet Censorship: North Korea Is Right -- The Internet Is Our Enemy posted 10/18/2011, 11:40 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
"I am confused as to why such people use the label conservative to describe themselves. The single purpose of conservatism is to protect what is good about the traditional order. The internet is a threat to the traditional order and so it is not our friend. The North Koreans understand that, even if we do not."... (more)


Friday October 14th, 2011

Undercover Cops and Politicians Escape BitTorrent Lawsuits posted 10/14/2011, 11:54 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Court papers filed in one of the mass-lawsuits against BitTorrent users reveal some interesting facts. In an attempt to justify suing dozens of people at once, the attorney claims that this is a practical issue. Apparently the copyright holder has decided to throw out a lot of cases, because the defendants have died, are political or public figures, employed by the army, or part of a covert police operation. ... (more)


Verizon will soon begin spying on your web habits, here's how to opt out posted 10/14/2011, 11:53 AM (Y! Tech)
[Category: Science/Technology]
If you're a Verizon wireless customer, your online identity is about to take another privacy hit. The company just revealed that its new service agreement will include language that allows the monitoring of your web habits, including websites you visit and even the location data of when and where you use your wireless browser.... (more)


Sunday October 9th, 2011

Which VPN Providers Really Take Anonymity Seriously? posted 10/09/2011, 6:14 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Last month it became apparent that not all VPN providers live up to their marketing after an alleged member of Lulzsec was tracked down after using a supposedly anonymous service from HideMyAss. We wanted to know which VPN providers take privacy extremely seriously so we asked many of the leading providers two very straightforward questions. Their responses will be of interest to anyone concerned with anonymity issues.... (more)


Thursday October 6th, 2011

The Pirate Bay Adds Domain to Bypass Court Order posted 10/06/2011, 4:49 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Showing how futile Internet censorship can be, The Pirate Bay has registered a new domain name to allow Belgian users to access the site and bypass a recent court order. For just a few dollars, The Pirate Bay should now be fully accessible in the future, and the site has already started redirecting Belgian users to their new home.

Yesterday the Antwerp Court of Appeal ordered the Belgian ISPs Belgacom and Telenet to initiate DNS blockades of 11 domains connected to The Pirate
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