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Friday October 14th, 2011
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
... (more)


Wednesday October 5th, 2011

Former 'Anti-Piracy Investigator' Explains How He Fed Police Cases, Inflated 'Piracy' Stats posted 10/05/2011, 12:57 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
None of this will come as much of a surprise, but a former "anti-piracy" private investigator who worked for the MPAA's anti-piracy shell operation in Australia, AFACT, has explained to Torrentfreak how he helped inflate "piracy" numbers, was used to imply a non-existent link between infringement and drug traf... (more)


Saturday October 1st, 2011

Obama Administration To Use ACTA Signing Statement To Defend Why It Can Ignore The Constitution In Signing ACTA posted 10/01/2011, 11:31 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
While the EU, Mexico and Switzerland are apparently not yet ready to sign ACTA, a lot of others are apparently planning to sign the document this weekend, despite questions about its legal... (more)


Friday September 30th, 2011



Gore Sets A New Record For Personal Stupidity posted 09/30/2011, 3:11 AM (Real Science)
[Category: Science/Technology]
China and Pakistan have been having disastrous floods for as long as they have existed.... (more)


Thursday September 29th, 2011

EPA Inspector General says EPA 'violated the EPA's own peer review procedure' on greenhouse gases claim posted 09/29/2011, 4:31 AM (The Daily Caller)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In response to a report that could lead to questions about the credibility of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is calling for hearings to investigate. The report — from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the EPA — reveals that the scientific basis, on whic... (more)


Monday September 26th, 2011

Internet Hits All-Time High as News Source, TV at All-Time Low, Says Pew posted 09/26/2011, 12:12 AM (CNSnews.com)
[Category: Science/Technology]
(CNSNews.com) - The Internet has risen to its all-time high as a primary source of news for Americans with 43 percent now saying they get most of their news on national and international issues from the web, according to a survey published Thursday by the Pew Research Center for The People & The Press.

Meanwhile, television sits at an all-time low as a primary source of news for A
... (more)


Thursday September 15th, 2011

Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Resigns from American Physical Society Over Group's Promotion of Man-Made Global Warming posted 09/15/2011, 9:21 PM (Climate Depot)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Nobel prize winner for physics in 1973 Dr. Ivar Giaever resigned as a Fellow from the American Physical Society (APS) on September 13, 2011 in disgust over the group's promotion of man-made global warming fears. Climate Depot has obtained the exclusive email Giaever sent titled "I resign from APS" to APS Executive Officer Kate Kirby to announce his formal resignation.... (more)


Thursday September 8th, 2011

YouTube’s Content-ID Piracy Filter Wreaks Havoc posted 09/08/2011, 3:27 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
YouTube describes its Content-ID anti-piracy filter as a state-of-the-art technology, but those who look closely can see that in some cases it creates a huge mess. The system invites swindlers to claim copyright on other people’s videos and make money off them through ads. It automatically assigns thousands of videos to people who don’t hold the copyrights, and its take-down process appears to be hugely biased towards copyright holders.... (more)


Tuesday September 6th, 2011



Cable Reveals Extent Of Lapdoggery From Swedish Govt On Copyright Monopoly posted 09/06/2011, 10:32 AM (Rick Falkvinge)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Among the treasure troves of recently released WikiLeaks cables, we find one whose significance has bypassed Swedish media. In short: every law proposal, every ordinance, and every governmental report hostile to the net, youth, and civil liberties here in Sweden in recent years have been commissioned by the US government and industry interests.... (more)


Tuesday August 30th, 2011

The Decline of Climate Change Hysteria posted 08/30/2011, 6:03 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Science/Technology]
For decades, concern about global warming spread steadily, moving from academic circles to the general population, and probably peaking around 2006 or so. Not only did An Inconvenient Truth win Al Gore a Nobel Peace Prize, around that time we began seeing the “consensus” about climate change take over the entire mainstream political spectrum, with most top Republicans endorsing “cap and trade” and other such “market-based” corporatist measures to combat greenhouse gasses.

Yet now
... (more)


Mental illness rise linked to climate posted 08/30/2011, 6:02 AM (Sydney Morning Herald)
[Category: Science/Technology]
RATES of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says.

The paper, prepared for the Climate Institute, says loss of social cohesion in the wake of severe weather events related to climate change could be linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance abuse.

As many as one in five people reported ''emotional injury, stress and despa
... (more)


Saturday August 27th, 2011

PBS NewsHour: Cannabis is Effective at Treating Multiple Conditions (Video) posted 08/27/2011, 5:31 PM (PBS)
[Category: Science/Technology]

PBS interviews a patient, some cancer doctors, and a scumbag government shill on the effectiveness of marijuana in treating multiple medical conditions. They also show how the pharmaceutical industry is synthesizing marijuana and patenting the synthetic drugs to make huge profits off a plant which is a literal weed.


Friday August 26th, 2011

YouTube Downloader Site Sued By World's Biggest Music Labels posted 08/26/2011, 7:22 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The world’s largest recording labels have joined forces in Japan to sue a site which enables users to download material from YouTube. Universal, EMI, Sony, Warner and more than 25 other labels are seeking almost $3 million in damages and the closure of TubeFire, a site which converts the streaming-only experience of YouTube into music and videos to be enjoyed on any device, anytime.

YouTube is without doubt one of the greatest sites ever to grace the Internet. In its library it h
... (more)


RealNetworks Destroying Dutch Webmaster's Life Because He Linked To A Reverse Engineered Alternative posted 08/26/2011, 7:22 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Via Slashdot, we get the story of a Dutch webmaster who is involved in a ridiculous lawsuit that RealNetworks (it still exists?) is putting him through. Apparently there's a bit of free software out there called Real Alternative which, not surprisingly, is an alternative player for Real Media files. RealNetworks hasn't ... (more)


Friday August 12th, 2011

What If Tim Berners-Lee Had Patented The Web? posted 08/12/2011, 7:03 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Where do you think the world would be today if the World Wide Web had been patented? ... (more)


Tuesday August 9th, 2011

When Even Dilbert Is Making Fun Of The Absurdity Of The Patent System... posted 08/09/2011, 11:49 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The general awfulness of the patent system seems to be reaching deeper and deeper into the mainstream these days.... (more)


Friday August 5th, 2011

69% Say It's Likely Scientists Have Falsified Global Warming Research posted 08/05/2011, 2:42 AM (Rasmussen Reports)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The debate over global warming has intensified in recent weeks after a new NASA study was interpreted by skeptics to reveal that global warming is not man-made. While a majority of Americans nationwide continue to acknowledge significant disagreement about global warming in the scientific community, most go even further to say some scientists falsify data to support their own beliefs.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 69% say it's
... (more)


Friday July 29th, 2011

Patently ridiculous: 5 video game patents you didn't know existed posted 07/29/2011, 11:31 PM (Pocket Gamer)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Patents are tricky things. On one hand they're a smart move, letting bold new innovators take cash and credit for their groundbreaking ideas. They stamp out direct clones and stop your competitors from swiping your smartest inventions.

But they can also stifle and strangle creativity, putting a legal chokehold on the coolest concepts, mechanics, and ideas. In this article, you'll see both hardware design and gameplay ideas - including modes, features, and scoring systems - locked
... (more)


Thursday July 28th, 2011

Anti-Piracy Lawyers Rip Off Work From Competitor posted 07/28/2011, 11:40 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Anti-piracy lawyer John Steele is without doubt one of the most active proponents of the pay-up-or-else settlement scheme in the United States. In less than a year he filed more than 80 mass-lawsuits for his clients, targeting thousands of alleged BitTorrent users. Nevertheless it appears that Steele himself can be awarded the pirate label, since he’s blatantly ripped of the work of a competitor.... (more)


Tuesday July 26th, 2011

Former Google CIO: LimeWire Pirates Were iTunes’ Best Customers posted 07/26/2011, 10:26 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Delivering his keynote address at this week’s annual CA Expo in Sydney, former Google CIO Douglas C Merrill added to the growing belief that punishing and demonizing file-sharers is a bad idea. Merrill, who after his Google stint joined EMI records, revealed that his profiling research at the label found that LimeWire pirates were iTunes’ biggest customers.

Yesterday, during his keynote speech at the CA Expo in Sydney, former Google boss Douglas C Merrill said that companies stuck
... (more)


Friday July 22nd, 2011

The Space Shuttle is dead. Good riddance! posted 07/22/2011, 1:00 PM (David Veksler)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Did you know that two significant events in spaceflight took place in 1969? The first was the first manned landing on the moon, on July 20, 1969. The second is a little less known. Buoyed by the success of the space program, President Nixon made the fateful decision to launch the Space Shuttle program in that same year.

The cost for the project was estimate
... (more)


Sunday July 17th, 2011

70 Year-Old Grandma Threatened Over BitTorrent Download posted 07/17/2011, 7:05 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
As the mass-BitTorrent lawsuits continue to pile up in U.S. courts, more stories of what appear to be wrongfully accused persons hit mainstream media. A 70 year-old retired widow from San Francisco falls into this category. The grandma was recently ‘caught’ sharing porn on BitTorrent and was offered a $3,400 settlement, or the option to risk a $150,000 fine in a full court case.

Since 2010 tens of thousands of regular people have been sued in the U.S. for sharing films on P2P netw
... (more)


Friday July 15th, 2011

Final Ruling Confirms 'Pirate' Sites Act Lawfully in Spain posted 07/15/2011, 9:39 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Lawyers defending a file-sharing site say a new legal victory provides final confirmation that sites providing links to copyright works act lawfully in Spain. In a complaint filed during 2009, SGAE claimed that Index-web.com violated its rights but in yet another blow to the music rights group and Spain’s Ley Sinde anti-filesharing law, this week a court disagreed.

Several rulings over the past couple of years have indicated that sites providing mere links to copyright works act l
... (more)


Wednesday July 13th, 2011

Belief in Global Warming at New Low; Gore Launches Re-Education Project posted 07/13/2011, 3:13 AM (Activist Post)
[Category: Science/Technology]
On Monday, UPI announced the findings of a recent Harris poll that revealed a record low amount of people believe the global warming theory. Only 44% of the 2163 people polled say they believe that CO2 is warming the earth:
Only 44 percent say they 'believe the theory' that carbon dioxide emissions are warming the Earth, down from 51 percent in 2009 a... (more)


It's official -- climate alarmists know less and can't count too well posted 07/13/2011, 3:13 AM (Financial Post)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A draft study produced by researchers at Yale University and four other research institutions has arrived at a surprising (to them) finding: The more that people are scientifically literate, and the more that they’re numerate, the likelier that they’ll be climate change skeptics.

Even more surprising (to them): socialistic types and free market types are poles apart in their thinking on climate change, with those most knowledgeable in each camp having the strongest views.
... (more)


Saturday July 9th, 2011

Ten Myths About Patents posted 07/09/2011, 5:11 AM (Rick Falkvinge)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Patents were an instrument during the guild era that regulated how knowledge could pass from master artisans to their apprentices. For some reason, this monopolization on knowledge and brake on innovation has survived into the free enterprise age, after 1850.

Many people have a lot of preconceptions about patents that aren’t true, just like a lot of people had preconceptions about the necessity of copyright before file sharing became widespread and people experien
... (more)


Would You Give Up The Internet For 1 Million Dollars? posted 07/09/2011, 5:10 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Science/Technology]

The number of Internet users worldwide has now surpassed two billion and so many of us have integrated the web into our lives so much that it's hard to quantify how much it's worth to us. But why not give it a shot? Think about it.

How much would someone have to pay you to give up the Internet for the rest of your life?

Would a million dollars be enough? Twenty million? Ho
... (more)


Wednesday July 6th, 2011

Flying Car Clears Another Regulatory Hurdle posted 07/06/2011, 2:40 AM (Jeffrey Tucker )
[Category: Science/Technology]
The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration finally cleared The Transition to be on American roadways. How wonderful it would be if the company – and now you see why there are so few involved in this long struggle – could focus on innovating rather than pleasing bureaucrats. This machine seems a bit dated because it is way overdue.
... (more)


Tuesday June 28th, 2011

Copyright Laws Now Working to Destroy 3D Printer Industry: Paramount Files Cease and Desist Against 3D Printer 'Pirate' posted 06/28/2011, 10:21 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Movie studio Paramount are adept at sending out cease and desist notices, having engaged in the activity for many years. However, while the vast majority are related to solely digital activities such as the unauthorized distribution of movies and TV shows, a recent takedown notice has a very interesting ‘real-world’ twist – the recreation of a physical object from digital data. [...]

On June 8th Blatt announced on theRPF.com movie prop fansite that he was recreating the distinctiv
... (more)


Monday June 27th, 2011

File-Hoster Returns With Guns Blazing After Police Raids posted 06/27/2011, 10:43 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Two weeks ago raids and arrests in several European countries took out several prominent websites. Aside from the main target, movie streaming links portal Kino.to, the raids also affected several file-hosting sites including Duckload.com. Despite taking a big hit Duckload is not giving up. Instead, the site has respawned with a full-blown movie streaming site that’s already generating millions of page views a day.

On June 11th Europe witnessed one of the largest piracy-related bu
... (more)


Friday June 24th, 2011

LulzSec leaks Arizona law enforcement papers posted 06/24/2011, 7:53 PM (Boing Boing)
[Category: Science/Technology]
LulzSec announced Thursday evening the publication at Pirate Bay of a trove of leaked material from Arizona law enforcement agencies. Arizona's Department of Public Safety confirmed shortly thereafter that it was hacked.

In the press release included with the dump, a LulzSec affiliate outlines a more activist agenda than is usually associated with the group.
... (more)


Thursday June 23rd, 2011

Study: Concept of property rights may come naturally to preschoolers posted 06/23/2011, 7:45 PM (Science News)
[Category: Science/Technology]
WASHINGTON — Young children are possessed by possessions. Preschoolers argue about what belongs to whom with annoying regularity, a habit that might suggest limited appreciation of what it means to own something.

But it’s actually just the opposite, psychologist Ori Friedman of the University of Waterloo in Canada reported on May 28 at the Association for Psychological Science annual meeting. At ages 4 and 5, youngsters value a person’s ownership rights — say, to a crayon — far mo
... (more)


Friday June 17th, 2011

Infamous Rebecca Black YouTube Video 'Friday' Taken Down Over Copyright Issue? posted 06/17/2011, 5:34 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Copyright laws ruining everyone's fun (fun fun), what else is new?... (more)


Wednesday June 15th, 2011

Next False Flag to Be Cyber? posted 06/15/2011, 2:11 AM (The Daily Bell)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The Western power elites have three main thrusts in our humble view to pursue. 1. They have an evident urgent need to continue their lunge toward world government. 2. They have to create war and chaos to do so. (Out of chaos, order.) 3. And finally, they have to ameliorate the damage that is being done to their plans by the Internet.... (more)
These idiot lulzsec hackers scream of being government shills.


Thursday June 9th, 2011

Malaysia: Pirate Bay, MegaUpload & Others Blocked By Government Order posted 06/09/2011, 11:53 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In what appears to be a memo sent to ISPs by the regulator of Internet industries in Malaysia, all service providers have been ordered to completely block various file-sharing sites including The Pirate Bay, MegaVideo and other hosting services. The move follows an April statement by the country’s Prime Minister in which he promised his administration would never censor the Internet.... (more)
Coming soon to the good ol' U S of A!


Wednesday June 8th, 2011

While Sony Sues Modders, Samsung Sends Them Devices To Mod Faster posted 06/08/2011, 11:40 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Rather than trying to restrict or hinder modders, [Samsung] just sent a bunch of free smartphones to some of the top modders.... (more)


Tuesday June 7th, 2011

'Gasland' Filmmaker Misuses DMCA To Take Down Video Of Reporter Asking Him Tough Questions posted 06/07/2011, 10:42 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
And here we are with yet another example of someone using copyright for censorship.... (more)
Here's the censored video: 1 - 2


Friday June 3rd, 2011

LulzSec hackers leak personal data from Sony servers, mock the FBI posted 06/03/2011, 7:23 PM (Los Angeles Times)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Lulz Security, a hacker group which has claimed responsibility for hacking PBS and Sony's websites recently, posted personal data from Sony Pictures servers on Friday.... (more)


Wednesday May 18th, 2011

The Pirate Bay Ships New Servers to Mountain Complex posted 05/18/2011, 12:38 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Despite continuous pressure from the entertainment industries, The Pirate Bay isn’t planning to cease its operations anytime soon. Instead, the crew ordered 10 shiny new servers which just arrived at a datacenter located in a Swedish mountain complex. With the new hardware the site should be more redundant, reducing possible downtime to a minimum.... (more)


Tuesday May 17th, 2011

Global warming, false science, and one-world government posted 05/17/2011, 6:18 AM (Stephan Kinsella)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Bruce McQuain, writing at Hot Air, has a great post up, Former "alarmist" scientist says Anthropogenic Global Warming,  (AGW) based in false science, excerpting portions of comments made recently by David Evans. Evans is a scientist who formerly “consulted full-time... (more)


Scientists on the Bogus Tests "Proving" Airport Scanners Safe posted 05/17/2011, 6:16 AM (EconomicPolicyJournal)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In a letter sent to White House, a group of scientists are questioning tests that the TSA is using to claim that full body scanners used at airports are safe. The letter was a response to a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding a letter sent last year by the scientists.... (more)


Techdirt Files FOIA Requests Concerning ICE 'Anti-Piracy' Videos posted 05/17/2011, 6:09 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Techdirt Files FOIA Requests Concerning ICE 'Anti-Piracy' Videosfrom the digging-in deptEarlier today, I filed three Freedom of Information requests concerning the infamous "anti-piracy PSA" that Homeland Security's ICE division started placing on domains it seized. As we noted at the time, the videos were not new and... (more)


Monday May 9th, 2011

The Pirate Bay: "The Battle of Internets is About to Begin" posted 05/09/2011, 10:17 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Talks on implementing a Europe-wide firewall to censor and block ‘illicit’ websites has caused concern among many Internet users in recent weeks, and today one of the targeted sites has joined the discussion. Quoting one of Churchill’s most famous speeches, The Pirate Bay team is rallying the public to defend the free Internet and end the threat posed by the entertainment industries’ copyright lobby.... (more)


Belgian Appeals Court Says Google Must Pay Up For Linking To Newspaper Websites posted 05/09/2011, 10:17 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
I guess this means we can no longer link to any website in Belgium. ... (more)


Friday April 29th, 2011

The Wicked Work of Medical Patents posted 04/29/2011, 8:11 PM (Jonathan M. Finegold Catalan)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In its April 2011 issue, Inc. (a publication dedicated to small-business entrepreneurs) ran an extraordinary article on Raymond Damadian, inventor of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Damadian and his team of research scientists spent the 1970s developing a machine able to track cancer in the human body more efficiently than any existing method at the tim... (more)


Tuesday April 26th, 2011

Gallup: Majority of Human Race Does Not See Global Warming as Serious Threat posted 04/26/2011, 9:25 PM (CNSnews.com)
[Category: Science/Technology]
(CNSNews.com) - Most of the human race does not see global warming as a serious threat, according to a Gallup poll released last week that surveyed individuals in 111 countries.

Respondents were asked: "How serious of a threat is global warming to you and your family?" They were given the options of anwering: not at all serious, not very serious, somewhat serious or very serious.

Worldwide, only 42 percent told Gallup they believed global warming was either a "somew
... (more)


Thursday April 21st, 2011

Techdirt Has Fun With RIAA's Lolarious Graphs! posted 04/21/2011, 8:03 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The RIAA has stepped up its game in the final stages of its lawsuit against Limewire, where the focus is on determining damages. As part of this, it has cranked out an illuminating chart showing that the decline of the music business rests entirely on file sharing. Nowhere among the multi-colored lines will you find any references to an aging record-buying demographic, the proliferat... (more)


UCLA's first hand transplant patient adapting well to new hand posted 04/21/2011, 8:01 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Science/Technology]

26-year-old single mom looking forward to doing the 'little things' again

Six-and-a-half weeks after receiving the first hand transplant in the western United States, Emily Fennell is becoming so accustomed to her new right hand that she barely remembers when she didn't have one.

The 26-year-old from Yuba City, Calif., underwent transplant surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Med
... (more)


Tuesday April 19th, 2011

Feared Migration Hasn't Happened: UN Embarrassed by Forecast on Climate Refugees posted 04/19/2011, 11:56 AM (SPIEGEL.de)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Six years ago, the United Nations issued a dramatic warning that the world would have to cope with 50 million climate refugees by 2010. But now that those migration flows have failed to materialize, the UN has distanced itself from the forecasts. On the contrary, populations are growing in the regions that had been identified as environmental danger zones. ... (more)


Monday April 11th, 2011

It's Official: Environmentalism Is the New Religion posted 04/11/2011, 10:11 PM (Mary Theroux)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Robert Nelson, in the Independent Institute’s recent book, The New Holy Wars, points out that environmental religion owes its moral activism, ascetic discipline, reverence for nature, and fallen view of man to the Protestant theology of John Calvin.

Manhattan’s new Church of Earthalujah is perhaps the most striking--though hardly rare--expression of this new religion. Its leader
... (more)


Dutch Government To Outlaw File-Sharing and Block The Pirate Bay posted 04/11/2011, 10:06 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Traditionally, The Netherlands has been one of the most lenient countries when it comes to the sharing of copyrighted material on the Internet, but this will change if the Government gets to implement their new plans. Under new legislation downloading of copyrighted movies and music will become outlawed. The lawmakers claim that this change is needed to crack down on ‘pirate sites’.... (more)


Friday April 8th, 2011

Official: wind farms are totally useless posted 04/08/2011, 11:12 PM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Science/Technology]
...I cannot resist drawing your attention to a new report on wind farms - perhaps the most damning I have ever read. What makes it even more significant is that it has been sponsored by an environmental charity. Normally the people most busily pushing these bird-chomping, bat-crunching, taxpayer-fleecing monstrosities on our magnificent landscape are those who claim, ludicrously, to be “green.” Thank you, John Muir Trust, for reminding... (more)


RIAA Lobbyist Turned Judge Backpedals On BitTorrent Cases posted 04/08/2011, 11:12 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In the ongoing mass-BitTorrent lawsuits, last month U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell laid down a landmark verdict in favor of copyright holders. The verdict was widely publicized, but put in doubt after it was uncovered that the Judge was a former RIAA lobbyist. This critique appears to have had an effect. In two new orders in the same cases, Howell has now backpedaled on her earlier stance.... (more)


Statutory Damages In Copyright Law Make It More Appealing To Sue Than To Innovate posted 04/08/2011, 11:12 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
There are all sorts of problems with copyright law today, but one of the biggest is the farce that is statutory damages.... (more)


Thursday April 7th, 2011

Hotfile Files To Dismiss In Pivotal MPAA vs Cyberlocker Lawsuit posted 04/07/2011, 11:09 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
As the entertainment industries eye the apparent emerging threat of so-called cyberlocker online storage sites, it was inevitable that at some point they would pick a fight with one of them. That unlucky target is Florida-based Hotfile and although it has chosen to settle lawsuits in the past, the company appears to be standing strong and has filed a motion to dismiss.... (more)


Wednesday April 6th, 2011

Alzheimer's Research Disrupted By Ridiculous Patent Dispute posted 04/06/2011, 8:57 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
We keep hearing stories of important healthcare research being disrupted by patents, and the latest, as pointed out by Slashdot, involves an organization called the Alzheimer's Institute of America... which happened to buy some patents on a DNA sequence, and is now suing or threatening to sue a ton of researchers in the space.... (more)


Harvard Business Review Explains How Big Content Is Strangling Innovation posted 04/06/2011, 8:55 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
John Anthony was the first of a whole bunch of you to send over this excellent article by James Allworth at Harvard Business Review, talking about how the big record labels and the big movie studios are strangling innovation with their braindead, backwards-looking, protectionist approach to anything that changes the market they've been in for years. There isn't necessarily much new in the ar... (more)


Thursday March 31st, 2011

How Mass BitTorrent Lawsuits Turn Low-Budget Movies Into Big Bucks posted 03/31/2011, 8:19 PM (Wired)
[Category: Science/Technology]
On March 7, Camelot Distribution Group, an obscure film company in Los Angeles, unveiled its latest and potentially most profitable release: a federal lawsuit against BitTorrent users who allegedly downloaded the company’s 2010 B-movie revenge flick Nude Nuns With Big Guns between January and March of this year. The single lawsuit targets 5,865 downloaders, making it theoretically worth as much as $879,750,000 — more money than the U.S. box-office gross for Avatar.

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