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Thursday October 8th, 2015
Large Movie Distributor Grabs Popcorn Time Trademark posted 10/08/2015, 3:48 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Dutch Filmworks, a large movie distributor based in the Netherlands, has successfully registered the logo and word trademarks for Popcorn Time. The company used Popcorn Time's official logo for the application. Dutch Filmworks' doesn't plan to actively enforce the trademarks, but says they may play a role in future anti-piracy efforts.... (more)

Wednesday October 7th, 2015

New York Judge Puts Brakes On Copyright Troll Subpoenas posted 10/07/2015, 4:46 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A judge in New York has placed dozens of Malibu Media subpoenas on hold after serious questions were raised about the nature of the copyright infringement cases. A motion to quash filed by a defendant claims that the methods used to identify infringers are suspect and Malibu Media is engaged in abusive and extortion-like practices.... (more)

Friday October 2nd, 2015

Sorry, George Carlin, Plastic Is Biodegradable posted 10/02/2015, 1:05 PM (Cato @ Liberty)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Remember George Carlin's hilarious skit about plastics? Here is the transcript:

"The planet ... is a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed. And if it's true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn't share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth p
... (more)

Wednesday September 30th, 2015

First of its Kind Study Finds Virtually no Driving Impairment Under the Influence of Marijuana posted 09/30/2015, 1:36 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Science/Technology]
As cannabis prohibition laws crumble seemingly by the day, it's allowing more research to be performed on this psychoactive substance that has long been a part of the human experience.

The first study to analyze the effects of cannabis on driving performance found that it caused almost no impairment. The impairment that it did cause was similar to that observed under the influence of a legal alcohol lim
... (more)

NYU Professor: To Stop Climate Change, We Must Genetically Engineer Humans -- Make Shorter, Induce Allergies to Meat & Medicate to Create 'Empathy' posted 09/30/2015, 1:30 PM (Climate Depot)
[Category: Science/Technology]
NYU Professor Center for Bioethics Matthew Liao proposes 'breeding people to be shorter, something Liao says could reduce our carbon footprint' to fight global warming.

'Liao proposed was an induced allergy to meat, to help people reduce their consumption of animals.'

'The last modification that Liao talks about: empathy. Liao’s idea is to give hormones like oxytocin and seratonin to people, and to perhaps decrease someone’s testosterone.'
... (more)

Scientists Remove Letter Obama Prosecute Climate Skeptics posted 09/30/2015, 1:30 PM (The Daily Caller)
[Category: Science/Technology]
There must have been some major blowback against the scientists and researchers who recently sent a letter asking President Barack Obama to prosecute global warming skeptics, because the group’s letter to Obama has been quietly removed from their website.... (more)

Monday September 28th, 2015

Megaupload Paid Prolific Pirates Thousands in Rewards, U.S. Says posted 09/28/2015, 10:44 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In a rewards program that lasted five years, Megaupload paid out more than $3m to users who uploaded content the site. One of those was paid more than $50,000, despite having more than 1,200 takedown notices filed against his account, the U.S. claims. Countering, lawyers for Kim Dotcom says its unfair those users' identities are being kept secret.... (more)

Pirate Bay Founder Finally Free After Three Years posted 09/28/2015, 10:44 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm is a free man again after serving three years in prison for hacking and copyright offenses. His release marks the end of a turbulent and tough period characterized by successive trials, appeals and convictions in both Sweden and Denmark.... (more)

Thursday September 24th, 2015

U.S. Uncovers Kim Dotcom's Self-incriminating Skype Calls posted 09/24/2015, 11:02 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
After several years' delay the extradition hearing of Kim Dotcom finally got moving this morning in the Auckland District Court. Characterizing the case as one of straightforward fraud, Crown lawyer Christine Gordon QC likened Megaupload to a post office shipping drugs, one in which its owners were well aware of their cargo.... (more)

Saturday September 12th, 2015

A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science posted 09/12/2015, 4:50 PM (Pew Research Center)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans can answer basic questions about several scientific terms and concepts, such as the layers of the Earth and the elements needed to make nuclear energy. But other science-related terms and applications, such as what property of a sound wave determines loudness and the effect of higher altitudes on cooking time, are not as well understood.... (more)

Thursday September 10th, 2015

Lockpickers 3-D Print TSA Master Luggage Keys From Leaked Photos posted 09/10/2015, 2:38 AM (Wired)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The TSA is learning a basic lesson of physical security in the age of 3-D printing: If you have sensitive keys—say, a set of master keys that can open locks you’ve asked millions of Americans to use—don’t post pictures of them on the Internet. ... (more)

Friday September 4th, 2015

How Technology Can Create Political Change posted 09/04/2015, 2:02 PM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Jeffrey Tucker opens with the story of Fereshteh Forough, who set up a chain of clinics in Afghanistan to empower women by teaching them coding, design, and other computer skills that they could market directly on the web. The problem they met with was an inability to get paid, either because there was no nearby institution where they could open a checking account or they required a man’s permission to open one.

Bitcoin allows all the women in her clinic to open a bank account wit
... (more)

A New Record ‘Pause’ Length: Satellite Data: No Global Warming For 18 Years 8 Months posted 09/04/2015, 2:02 PM (Christopher Monckton)
[Category: Science/Technology]
One-third of Man’s entire influence on climate since the Industrial Revolution has occurred since January 1997. Yet for 224 months since then there has been no global warming at all. With this month’s RSS (Remote Sensing Systems) temperature record, the Pause sets a new record at 18 years 8 months.... (more)

Friday August 14th, 2015

Adult Movie Outfit is Most Litigious Copyright Plaintiff in U.S. posted 08/14/2015, 7:04 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A report crunching more than six years of copyright lawsuits filed in the U.S. has revealed that porn troll Malibu Media is the country's most litigious plaintiff. The company, which demands thousands of dollars from individual file-sharers, filed 4,332 lawsuits since January 2009, fifteen times more than its nearest rival. Overall, it's estimated that 90% of file-sharing cases are settled out of court.... (more)

Tuesday August 11th, 2015

It’s Time to Build the Private Web posted 08/11/2015, 7:01 AM (Daily Dot)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The establishment of the U.S. Postal Service was one of the most visionary civil liberties ideas of its time. It was deeply rooted in George Washington’s belief that a strong state and society can only exist if every citizen has access to uncensored information and can freely communicate, away from the government’s prying eyes.

The Postal Act of 1792 led to the founding of the modern post office and established free speech and a right to private communications, going as far as im
... (more)

Saturday August 8th, 2015

Call Off The Bee-Pocalypse: U.S. Honeybee Colonies Hit A 20-Year High posted 08/08/2015, 6:03 AM (Washington Post)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The number of honeybee colonies has actually risen since 2006, from 2.4 million to 2.7 million in 2014, according to data tracked by the USDA. The 2014 numbers, which came out earlier this year, show that the number of managed colonies -- that is, commercial honey-producing bee colonies managed by human beekeepers -- is now the highest it's been in 20 years.... (more)

Thursday August 6th, 2015

Here’s How the Lexus Hoverboard Actually Works posted 08/06/2015, 6:32 AM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Imagine, if you will, being handed what looks like a skateboard that almost magically hovers an inch or three above the ground. See yourself running, your hand beneath the board as it floats, suspended in midair. Carefully step on it to test out its buoyancy. And then take a running leap onto it—just as you would with your beloved skateboard—only to have it slide out underneath you, leaving you flat on your rear. Welcome to the world of the Lexus hoverboard.... (more)

Friday July 31st, 2015

Meta-Study Claims Cell Phone Radiation Linked to Cancer posted 07/31/2015, 5:39 PM (NY Daily News)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Yakymenko’s meta-study — basically a study of hundreds of other studies — reveals many findings of previous researchers into how radiofrequency from your phone can damage DNA.

That damage can add up over time and cause a variety of health problems, like cancer, headaches, fatigue and even skin problems.

For example, using your phone for just 20 minutes a day for five years increased the risk of one type of brain tumor threefold, and using the phone an hour a day fo
... (more)

Thursday July 30th, 2015

What Consensus? Less Than Half Of Climate Scientists Agree With The IPCC “95%” Certainty posted 07/30/2015, 4:11 PM (Joanne Nova)
[Category: Science/Technology]
I used to think there was a consensus among government-funded certified climate scientists, but a better study by Verheggen et al shows even that is not true. The “97% consensus” is now 43%.... (more)

Tuesday July 28th, 2015

Hillary Clinton Boards Private Jet Hours After Global-Warming Push posted 07/28/2015, 4:36 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Just hours after Hillary Clinton unveiled her presidential campaign's push to solve global warming through an aggressive carbon-cutting plan, she sauntered up the steps of a 19-seat private jet in Des Moines, Iowa.

The aircraft, a Dassault model Falcon 900B, burns 347 gallons of fuel per hour. And like all Dassault business jets, Hillary's ride was made in France.
... (more)

Prince Charles Gives World Reprieve: Extends ‘100-Month’ Climate ‘Tipping Point’ to 35 More Years posted 07/28/2015, 4:36 PM (Climate Depot)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Prince Charles declared on July 18, 2015 that the world now has “just 35 years to save the planet” from “global warming”. But this new climate ‘tipping point’ marks a huge reprieve from Prince Charles original 100 month tipping point issued in 2009.... (more)

Wednesday July 22nd, 2015

Arctic Ice EMBIGGENS, Returns to 1980s Levels of Cap Cover posted 07/22/2015, 2:30 PM (The Register)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The Arctic ice cap has not, contrary to the predictions of climate alarmists, completely disappeared: in fact it has been growing rapidly, increasing by an entire third just in 2013 and more since.

"It would suggest that sea ice is more resilient perhaps. If you get one year of cooler temperatures, we've almost wound the clock back a few years on this gradual decline that's been happening over decades," ice scientist Rachel Tilling tells the BBC. The Beeb was reporting on newly
... (more)

Tuesday July 21st, 2015

Arctic Ice 'Grew By A Third' After Cool Summer In 2013 posted 07/21/2015, 3:37 PM (BBC News)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The volume of Arctic sea ice increased by around a third after an unusually cool summer in 2013.

Researchers say the growth continued in 2014 and more than compensated for losses recorded in the three previous years.

The scientists involved believe changes in summer temperatures have greater impacts on ice than thought.

But they say 2013 was a one-off and that climate change will continue to shrink the ice in the decades ahead.
... (more)

Tuesday July 14th, 2015

Should We Fear the Era of Driverless Cars? posted 07/14/2015, 1:43 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Driving kills more than 30,000 Americans every year. Wrecks cause billions of dollars in damages. The average commuter spends nearly 40 hours a year stuck in traffic and almost five years just driving in general.

But there is light at the end of the traffic
... (more)

Friday July 10th, 2015

Manhattan DA: iPhone Crypto Locked Out Cops 74 Times posted 07/10/2015, 10:48 AM (Wired)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The debate over encryption and backdoors for law enforcement has long had a surplus of opinions and a deficit of data. On Wednesday, however, New York district attorney Cyrus Vance offered one actual number into the mix: The Manhattan DA’s office has encountered 74 iPhones whose full-disk encryption locked out a law enforcement investigation. ... (more)

Monday July 6th, 2015

US Latest F-35 Stealth Jet Is Beaten In Dogfight By F-16 From 1970s posted 07/06/2015, 10:28 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Science/Technology]
It’s the most expensive weapon in history but America's F-35 stealth jet has been outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight.

A mock air battle was held over the Pacific Ocean between the cutting-edge F-35 - meant to be the most sophisticated jet ever - and an F-16, which was designed in the 1970s.

But according to the test pilot, the F-35 is still too slow to hit an enemy plane or dodge gunfire. So far it has cost the US military more than $350billion.
... (more)

Thursday July 2nd, 2015

Germany: YouTube Doesn't Have To Police Piracy Proactively, Court Rules posted 07/02/2015, 7:07 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A court in Hamburg, Germany, has ruled that YouTube is not required to actively monitor user uploads for pirated content. The court found that YouTube is not liable for what users upload, but did stress that Google's video platform has to do more to combat copyright infringement.... (more)

Researcher who spiked rabbit blood to fake HIV vaccine results slapped with rare prison sentence posted 07/02/2015, 7:09 AM (Washington Post)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Dong Pyou Han, a former Iowa State University researcher charged with falsifying HIV vaccine research, says that his troubles all started as an accident. Quickly, it became a multimillion-dollar research fraud scheme that landed him in prison.

On Wednesday, Han, 57, became a rare academic to not just fall from grace but also be punished with time behind bars.
... (more)

Tuesday June 30th, 2015

Bad News: Supreme Court Refuses to Review Oracle v. Google API Copyright Decision posted 06/30/2015, 7:17 AM (
[Category: Science/Technology]
Sadly, today the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the Federal Circuit's dangerous decision in Oracle v. Google. Oracle claims a copyright on the Java Application Programming Interface (API), and that Google infringed that copyright by using certain Java APIs in the Android OS.... (more)

Friday June 26th, 2015

Lexus Says They've Invented World's First Hoverboard posted 06/26/2015, 5:09 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Science/Technology]

While governments are inventing new ways to kill people, Lexus claims they've invented the world's first real hoverboard.

"The Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to allow Lexus to create the impossible

Wednesday June 17th, 2015

Should Your Self-Driving Car Be Programmed To Kill You If It Means Saving A Dozen Other Lives? posted 06/17/2015, 2:05 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Earlier this month Google announced that the company's self-driving cars have had just thirteen accidents since it began testing the technology back in 2009, none the fault of Google. The company has also started releasing monthly reports, which note Google's currently testing 23 Lexus RX450h SUVs on public streets, predominately around the company's hometown of Mountain View, California. According to the company, these vehicles have logged about 1,011,338 "autonomous" (the software is doing the... (more)

Wednesday June 10th, 2015

The Ingenious Plan for the Ocean to Clean Itself Is Led By a 20-Year-Old posted 06/10/2015, 10:41 AM (Gizmodo)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A Dutch man barely out of his teens is leading one of the most ambitious ocean cleanup efforts ever: to halve the amount of plastic debris floating in the Pacific within a decade.

The man's name is Boyan Slat, and he's come up with a pretty ingenious way of doing it. Instead of clamoring around the globe on a never-ending junk hunt, he wants the ocean to "clean itself."
... (more)

Tuesday June 2nd, 2015

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Fredrik Neij Released From Prison posted 06/02/2015, 5:13 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij has been released from prison today. Neij was the last person to serve a custodial sentence handed down after the Pirate Bay trial, marking the end of a controversial chapter in the site's turbulent history.... (more)

Tuesday May 26th, 2015

Gay Marriage Study Retracted After Allegations of Fake Data posted 05/26/2015, 6:16 PM (Politico)
[Category: Science/Technology]
One of the authors of a recent study that claimed that short conversations with gay people could change minds on same-sex marriage has retracted it.

Columbia University political science professor Donald Green’s retraction this week of a popular article published in the December issue of the academic journal Science follows revelations that his co-author allegedly faked data for the study, “When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support of gay marriage.”
... (more)

Friday May 22nd, 2015

Pirate Bay Loses New Domain Name, Hydra Lives On posted 05/22/2015, 4:52 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The Pirate Bay has lost one of its new domain names after an intervention from South Georgia's .GS registry. While the domain suspension wasn't unexpected and the proverbial Hydra has now lost one head, TPB says that it can easily grow some more.... (more)

Thursday May 14th, 2015

Liberals pressure AP to call climate change skeptics 'deniers,' bar word in stylebook posted 05/14/2015, 2:24 PM (Washington Examiner)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The Associated Press and three of the nation's biggest newspapers are under pressure to stop referring to climate change "skeptics" in stories, and instead bluntly label those who question the science of global warming as "deniers."

In a report and petition, two groups on Wednesday charged that the media is giving "deniers" cover for what they call wrongheadedness.
... (more)

Wednesday May 13th, 2015

The Migration of Guns from Physical to Digital posted 05/13/2015, 11:26 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Suing the government is always risky. It's mostly unsuccessful. But the inventor of the first 3-D-printed gun ("The Liberator") is forging ahead anyway. He has filed suit against the US Department of State for forcing him to take down his digital files from the Internet.

The New York Times quoted several constitutional attorneys who believe that Wilson case
... (more)

Monday May 11th, 2015

You Can't Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing posted 05/11/2015, 12:06 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Public libraries started appearing in the mid-1800s. At the time, publishers went absolutely berserk: they had been lobbying for the lending of books to become illegal, as reading a book without paying anything first was “stealing”, they argued. As a consequence, they considered private libraries at the time to be hotbeds of crime and robbery. (Those libraries were so-called “subscription libraries”, so they were argued to be for-profit, too.)... (more)

Thursday May 7th, 2015

3-D Printed Gun Lawsuit Starts the War Between Arms Control and Free Speech posted 05/07/2015, 7:42 AM (Wired)
[Category: Science/Technology]
This week marks the two-year anniversary since Cody Wilson, the inventor of the world’s first 3-D printable gun, received a letter from the State Department demanding that he remove the blueprints for his plastic-printed firearm from the internet. The alternative: face possible prosecution for violating regulations that forbid the international export of unapproved arms.

Now Wilson is challenging that letter. And in doing so, he’s picking a fight that could pit proponents of gun
... (more)

Wednesday May 6th, 2015

Global warming ‘pause’ expands to ‘new record length': No warming for 18 years 5 months posted 05/06/2015, 6:33 AM (Climate Depot)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Since December 1996 there has been no global warming at all. This month’s RSS temperature – still unaffected by the most persistent el Niño conditions of the current weak cycle – shows a new record length for the Pause: 18 years 5 months.

The result, as always, comes with a warning that the temperature increase that usually accompanies an el Niño may come through after a lag of four or five months. If, on the other hand, la Niña conditions begin to cool the oceans in time, there c
... (more)

Monday May 4th, 2015

The Rise & Fall Of Silk Road posted 05/04/2015, 6:19 AM (Wired)
[Category: Science/Technology]
How a 29-year-old idealist built a global drug bazaar and became a murderous kingpin.... (more)

Friday April 24th, 2015

KickassTorrents .IM Domain Seized Within 24 Hours, Next Stop .CR posted 04/24/2015, 3:25 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Less than 24 hours after the site moved over, the Isle of Man Registry has revoked the new domain name of KickassTorrents. Continuing the domain shuffle the popular torrent site will now move to the Costa Rica based domain name, (more)

Wednesday April 15th, 2015

The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can posted 04/15/2015, 9:24 AM (Engineer Guy)
[Category: Science/Technology]

Bill details the engineering choices underlying the design of a beverage can. He explains why it is cylindrical, outlines the manufacturing steps needed to created the can, notes why the can narrows near it lid, show close ups of the double-seam that hold the lid on, and details the complex operation of the tab that opens the can.

Sunday April 12th, 2015

Florida Judge: IP-Address Doesn't Identify a Movie Pirate posted 04/12/2015, 11:38 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The filmmakers behind the action movie "Manny" have filed hundreds of lawsuits against BitTorrent pirates this year, but not all have been successful. In a prominent ruling Florida District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro refused to issue a subpoena, arguing that IP-address evidence is not enough to show who has downloaded a pirated movie.

While relatively underreported, many U.S. district courts are still swamped with lawsuits against alleged film pirates.

One of the ne
... (more)

Tuesday April 7th, 2015

BMW Working to Develop Crash-Proof Car, Sensors Used to Avoid Accidents posted 04/07/2015, 5:16 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Science/Technology]

While the government is busy trying to find new ways to kill people, the market actors at BMW are working to create a "crash-proof" car which uses advanced sensors to avoid collisions. They say you can gun your car into a wall and it'll stop itself on a dime without you touching the breaks

Saturday April 4th, 2015

Security Audit Of TrueCrypt Doesn't Find Any Backdoors -- But What Will Happen To TrueCrypt? posted 04/04/2015, 5:46 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Over the past few years we've followed the saga of TrueCrypt. The popular and widely used full disk encryption system got some attention soon after the initial Snowden leaks when people started realizing that no one really knew who was behind TrueCrypt, and that the software had not been fully audited. Cryptographer Matthew Green decided to ... (more)

Tuesday March 31st, 2015

Global Warming Consensus Claim Does Not Stand Up posted 03/31/2015, 4:59 PM (Richard Tol)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Now almost two years old, John Cook’s 97% consensus paper has been a runaway success. Downloaded over 300,000 times, voted the best 2013 paper in Environmental Research Letters, frequently cited by peers and politicians from around the world, with a dedicated column in the Guardian, the paper seems to be the definitive proof that the science of climate change is settled.

It isn’t.
... (more)

Nintendo Nukes Fan-Made Super Mario 64 HD Browser Game posted 03/31/2015, 4:59 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In recent days gaming fans worldwide have enjoyed playing an amazing in-browser fan recreation of the Nintendo classic Super Mario 64. The full HD offering has proven itself a huge hit but the party is now over. Following a compliant to Cloudflare by Nintendo, the main hosting page has been pulled offline.... (more)

Wednesday March 25th, 2015

Autistic Child Improves On Antibiotics; Father Seeks Research Into Brain-Gut Bacteria posted 03/25/2015, 3:33 PM (Standard Daily)
[Category: Science/Technology]
John Rodakis, a molecular biologist, has called for more research into the connection between the brain and gut bacteria after his autistic child improved significantly after taking prescription antibiotic amoxicillin.... (more)
How similar to what the "discredited" Andrew Wakefield said.

Monday March 23rd, 2015

Inside Popcorn Time, the Piracy Party Hollywood Can't Stop posted 03/23/2015, 1:10 PM (Wired)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Popcorn Time was an instant hit when it launched just over a year ago: The video streaming service made BitTorrent piracy as easy as Netflix, but with far more content and none of those pesky monthly payments. Hollywood quickly intervened, pressuring Popcorn Time’s Argentinian developers to walk away from their creation. But anonymous coders soon relaunched the copyright-flouting software. Today, Popcorn Time is growing at a rate that has likely surpassed the original, and the people behind it s... (more)

Yes, North Korea Has The Internet. Here's What It Looks Like. posted 03/23/2015, 1:10 PM (Vox)
[Category: Science/Technology]
North Korea is so paranoid about its citizens accessing the internet that merely owning a computer requires permission from local government authorities, and all personal computers are registered with the police as if they were shotguns. Private ownership of fax machines is banned outright, and sending a single fax requires high-level authorization. Meanwhile, pirated DVDs of South Korean TV dramas are so illegal that North Koreans caught with them in regular police sweeps can be sentenced to ye... (more)

Friday March 20th, 2015

Genetically Engineering Mosquitoes To End Malaria Could Have Unintended Consequences posted 03/20/2015, 1:58 PM (The Independent)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A new way of creating genetically modified insects could wipe out many mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria within a few years but it could also unleash potentially devastating unintended consequences, scientists have warned.

Researchers have devised a method of bypassing a fundamental barrier to the rapid spread of genes within a population. They believe that it could be used to spread malaria-resistant genes in mosquitoes to prevent transmission of disease to people.
... (more)

Thursday March 5th, 2015

WordPress Wins $25,000 From DMCA Takedown Abuser posted 03/05/2015, 9:10 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
WordPress has scored an important victory in court against a man who abused the DMCA to censor an article of a critical journalist. The court agreed that the takedown request was illegitimate and awarded WordPress roughly $25,000 in damages and attorneys fees.... (more)

Tuesday February 10th, 2015

Left Shark Bites Back: 3D Printer Sculptor Hires Lawyer To Respond To Katy Perry's Bogus Takedown posted 02/10/2015, 7:05 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Did you think Katy Perry's lawyers sending a questionable cease & desist letter over 3d printable plans for "the left shark" backup dancer in Katy Perry's Superbowl Halftime routine would be the end of that story?... (more)

Monday February 9th, 2015

The Fiddling with Temperature Data is the Biggest Science Scandal Ever posted 02/09/2015, 5:36 AM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Science/Technology]
When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on hi
... (more)

Wednesday February 4th, 2015

ISP Doesn't Have to Expose Pirating Subscribers, Judge Rules posted 02/04/2015, 2:14 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
A federal court in Georgia has quashed a broad DMCA subpoena which required local Internet provider CBeyond to reveal the identities of alleged BitTorrent pirates. The magistrate judge ruled that ISPs don't have to hand over personal information as they are not storing any infringing material themselves.... (more)

Sunday February 1st, 2015

The Pirate Bay Is Back Online! posted 02/01/2015, 8:56 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The Pirate Bay has risen from its digital ashes once again. TPB is back online today, more than seven weeks after its servers were raided . The notorious torrent site is operating from the familiar .se domain and it appears that data loss is minimal.... (more)

Friday January 30th, 2015

Huge Security Flaw Leaks VPN Users' Real IP-Addresses posted 01/30/2015, 10:01 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
VPN users are facing a massive security flaw as websites can easily see their home IP-addresses through WebRTC. The vulnerability is limited to supporting browsers such as Firefox and Chrome, and appears to affect Windows users only. Luckily the security hole is relatively easy to fix.... (more)

Monday January 26th, 2015

AP Issues 'Clarification' On 'Hottest Year Story': Concedes Claim 'Falls Within A Margin Of Error That Lessens The Certainty' posted 01/26/2015, 12:41 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Science/Technology]
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Jan. 16, The Associated Press reported that the odds that nine of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2000 are about 650 million to one. These calculations, as the story noted, treated as equal the possibility of any given year in the records being one of the hottest. The story should have included the fact that substantial warming in the years just prior to this century could make it more likely that the years since were warmer, because high temperatures tend t... (more)

Monday January 19th, 2015

The Free Encryption App That Wants to Replace Gmail, Dropbox, and HipChat posted 01/19/2015, 11:09 AM (Wired)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Cryptographers devote their careers to the science of securing your communications. Twenty-four-year-old Nadim Kobeissi has devoted his to the art of making that security as easy as possible. His software creations like Cryptocat and Minilock encrypt instant messages or shared files with three-letter-agency-level protection, with user interfaces that require Lincoln-Log-level skills. Now he’s combining elements of his dead-simple apps into what he’s calling his biggest release yet, a single plat... (more)

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