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

Sunday January 15th, 2012

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

Monday January 9th, 2012

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

Sunday January 8th, 2012

Environmentalists Are Bad for the Environment posted 01/08/2012, 7:37 PM (
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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?"

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Friday December 30th, 2011

15 Percent of US File-Sharers Hide Their IP-Address, More to Folllow posted 12/30/2011, 3:00 AM (TorrentFreak)
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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)
[Category: Science/Technology]
One of the nation's most widely planted crops — a genetically engineered corn plant that makes its own insecticide — may be losing its effectiveness because a major pest appears to be developing resistance more quickly than scientists expected.

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

When it was introduced i
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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)
[Category: Science/Technology]
At the end of last week, the Council of the European Union – which is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies – had a meeting. ... (more)

Friday December 16th, 2011

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

The original Climategate emails -- correspondence stolen from servers at a research facility in the U.K. and released on the Internet in late 2009 -- shook up the field of climate research. Now a new batch posted in late November to a Russian server shows that scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Uni
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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)
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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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Friday December 2nd, 2011

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

Switzerland, just as in dozens of other countries, th
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Tuesday November 29th, 2011

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

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

Want to know when a bit of news has really hit the mainstream? It's when the Taiwanese company Next Media Animation does a computer generated animation of the story. These videos have become a media sensation. Guess what they just took on? Yup, the battle over SOPA, which they animate by showing Hollywood lobbyists seeking to attack the internet, and showing not only how tech compani
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Thursday November 24th, 2011

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

Friday November 18th, 2011

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

Thursday November 17th, 2011

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

Wednesday November 16th, 2011

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

The Europ
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Monday November 14th, 2011

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

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

"Whistleblowing has never been so easy," he said.
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Saturday November 12th, 2011

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

Wednesday November 9th, 2011

PBS Releases Awesome Rare Interview With Steve Jobs from 1990 posted 11/09/2011, 2:28 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Science/Technology]
This is a really great interview with Steve Jobs, he talks about the beginning of computing and where he sees it going in the future, I found it quite entertaining.
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Sunday November 6th, 2011

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

Thursday November 3rd, 2011

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

Monday October 31st, 2011

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

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

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

Even as a
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Saturday October 29th, 2011

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

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

Monday October 24th, 2011

Steve Jobs - 60 Minutes posted 10/24/2011, 7:52 PM (YouTube)
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Great interview, good clips from Jobs though the biographer says some nonsense.

Tuesday October 18th, 2011

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

Friday October 14th, 2011

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

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

Sunday October 9th, 2011

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

Thursday October 6th, 2011

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

Yesterday the Antwerp Court of Appeal ordered the Belgian ISPs Belgacom and Telenet to initiate DNS blockades of 11 domains connected to The Pirate
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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 (
[Category: Science/Technology]
( - 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
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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)
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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
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Mental illness rise linked to climate posted 08/30/2011, 6:02 AM (Sydney Morning Herald)
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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
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Saturday August 27th, 2011

PBS NewsHour: Cannabis is Effective at Treating Multiple Conditions (Video) posted 08/27/2011, 5:31 PM (PBS)
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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
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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)
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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
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Friday July 29th, 2011

Patently ridiculous: 5 video game patents you didn't know existed posted 07/29/2011, 11:31 PM (Pocket Gamer)
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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
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Thursday July 28th, 2011

Anti-Piracy Lawyers Rip Off Work From Competitor posted 07/28/2011, 11:40 AM (TorrentFreak)
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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)
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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
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Friday July 22nd, 2011

The Space Shuttle is dead. Good riddance! posted 07/22/2011, 1:00 PM (David Veksler)
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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
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Sunday July 17th, 2011

70 Year-Old Grandma Threatened Over BitTorrent Download posted 07/17/2011, 7:05 AM (TorrentFreak)
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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
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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 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
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