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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
... (more)

Megaupload Worked on a Multi-Billion Dollar IPO posted 04/17/2012, 11:49 PM (TorrentFreak)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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.
... (more)

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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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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5000+ Artists Line Up For a Pirate Bay Promotion posted 04/05/2012, 10:33 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Record labels and Hollywood have described The Pirate Bay as one of the biggest threats to their business, but thousands of artists clearly disagree with this view. In recent weeks more than 5000 independent artists have signed up to be promoted by the world’s largest torrent site. Those who were lucky enough to be featured are overwhelmed by the career boost and the positive responses from the public.... (more)

Wednesday April 4th, 2012

CFL Fluorescent Light Bulbs: More Hype Than Value posted 04/04/2012, 8:09 PM (
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I used to like fluorescent lights and then I changed my mind.

As the years passed, I found more and more folks like me, and more and more reasons to be uncomfortable with fluorescent lights. When some people see that I don't use them, they try to tell me about how great they are. When I try to explain why I prefer incandescent, I nearly always get a dismissive wave - signaling that I am clearly a fool and whatever tripe I am about to utter is clearly not worth their time. This art
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IT'S REAL: Check Out What It's Like Using Google's Crazy Computerized Glasses posted 04/04/2012, 8:09 PM (Business Insider)
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Google just released a design concept for its "Google Glasses" called Project Glass.

It's a frame you wear that has a small screen in the corner of your vision.

Google displays a number of things on that screen that are just inside your peripheral vision.
... (more)

Wednesday March 28th, 2012

High court throws out human gene patents posted 03/28/2012, 3:47 PM (Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling allowing human genes to be patented, a topic of enormous interest to cancer researchers, patients and drug makers.... (more)

Patents Threaten To Silence A Little Girl, Literally posted 03/28/2012, 3:46 PM (Techdirt)
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Slashdot points us to a sad story from blogger Dana Nieder, providing yet more evidence of how patent monopolies can hold back innovation and do very real damage to people's lives in the process—and how people are interested in progress, not patents. As Dana says in her post, she understandably doesn't give a damn about legal details when something as impo... (more)

Man hugs doctors after seeing face transplant in mirror posted 03/28/2012, 3:46 PM (Reuters)
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BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Surgeons from the University of Maryland Medical Center on Tuesday detailed what they said was the world's most comprehensive face transplant - allowing a 37-year-old man to emerge from behind a mask 15 years after a gun accident almost killed him.... (more)

Wednesday March 21st, 2012

World's First Flying File-Sharing Drones in Action posted 03/21/2012, 10:20 AM (TorrentFreak)
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A few days ago The Pirate Bay announced that in future parts of its site could be hosted on GPS controlled drones. To many this may have sounded like a joke, but in fact these pirate drones already exist. Project “Electronic Countermeasures” has built a swarm of five fully operational drones which prove that an “aerial Napster” or an “airborne Pirate Bay” is not as futuristic as it sounds.... (more)

Tuesday March 20th, 2012

Google Defends Hotfile (and Megaupload) in Court posted 03/20/2012, 9:08 AM (TorrentFreak)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
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Sunday March 4th, 2012

Anonymous, Decentralized and Uncensored File-Sharing is Booming posted 03/04/2012, 9:59 PM (TorrentFreak)
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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
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Thursday March 1st, 2012

Kim Dotcom: US Govt Is Protecting An Outdated Monopolistic Business Model posted 03/01/2012, 1:11 PM (TorrentFreak)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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,,,, and 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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.
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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)
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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.
... (more)

Wednesday February 8th, 2012

Tribler Makes BitTorrent Impossible to Shut Down posted 02/08/2012, 1:19 PM (TorrentFreak)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 (
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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?"

... (more)

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)
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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)
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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)
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It's a boycott of viral proportions., 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," -- pronounced "imager," it's one of the largest image hosting sites in the world,
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Saturday December 24th, 2011

Go Daddy Lost 21,054 Domains Yesterday posted 12/24/2011, 11:12 PM (TheNextWeb)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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."
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