top Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
I just received an e-mail with the same subject, offering me to buy certain medications from Thailand that will enlarge my telomeres, so I can drink all the pop I want!
top Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon May Hide Subsurface Ocean
Please stop throwing Dr. Who surprise plots around.
top Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon May Hide Subsurface Ocean
On closer inspect, it is a defunct battle station of unknown origins.
Come a little closer, and witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL battle station!
top FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading
From: FBI Field Office
To: Anonymous Coward
Thank you for your report. Rest assured, crimes with a Biden Index of 1.0 will be investigated and prosecuted thoroughly.
P.S. we're hiring! Please send us your resume.
top Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany
But foreigners themselves are loving this stuff, as they can use this against their own governments, often "sharing" (actually: just handing it over, but that paints too much a picture the actual situation) intercepted data with the NSA. Did you hear any arrest warrants being issued against UK citizens by Belgian authorities regarding the Belgacom hack by GCHQ? What DID the Belgian government/intelligence services know?
I say it's time to pull their pants down. You won't see any balls, but you will see how they soiled themselves, and where they wiped themselves with their citizens' rights to privacy.
top Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 2)
One thing I found interesting right at the beginning was about whether information and knowledge should be free.
Later on they talk about a (presumably LCARS) Tricorder-like app disappearing from "the" app store, stongarmed by CBS without any criticism (and also genuinely wonder why there are no bluetooth sets shaped like Uhura's earpiece). So they seem "on board" with a strong "intellectual property" regime or at least put it in the "things fall down", "a hot stove hurts when you touch it", everyday-thruths-that-just-are-and-not-given-a-second-thought category.
Which brings us to the information that really should be free. Like JSTOR. Remember
Aaron Schwartz? The biggest thing standing in the way of the dream of freely accessible knowledge is the crazy long copyright term. Now THAT is something to hold a discussion about! How many times on the various Star Trek shows does an "entire civilisation's collection of knowledge and culture" get uploaded to the Enterprise's computer, or the Earth's/Federation's science and cultural works uploaded by the Enterprise to an adversary that suddenly decides humanity is worthy after all?
top Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit
Plus there are cases of outright bans on some kinds of solar setups (I cant find a cite right now but there have been cases where people have wanted to install solar panels and a battery bank or whatever and completly disconnect from grid power but have been prohibited from doing so by state and local laws)
What happens if you don't pay your power bill and they come and disconnect you themselves? If they come and see the solar and have been instructed by company brass to forgo the disconnection in those cases, let the poor (that DO get disconnected) and their advocates know... won't take long before that changes.
top Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus
top U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'
Within a couple of weeks you can download all of that stuff "pro bono".
top Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group
Oh, the MPAA, RIAA and BSA were screaming for it... the "trust" in "trusted computing" was that you as a "trusted computer" user could be trusted not to get around any kind of Digital Restrictions Management system... to be introduced once your head is already firmly stuck in the noose.
top Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users
If you can't beat them, outlaw them
There's really not much to see
here if you exclude the "Premium" titles. It's a bit how lefties want to make people use public transportation: not by improving public transportation (increasing quality of life), but by making the car less attractive (decreasing overall quality of life). Quickflix CAN be a one or two bucks per month more expensive... but have 90% of what Netflix US has, and add to that a bunch of quality Aussie content, and they'll blow Netflix out of the water. But no, let's take the easy way out again (a/k/a Sit On Fat Well-paid Ass) and attack the alternative.
top BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates
That sounds like massively incompetent organisations who take artists' music, sell them for billions and billions, and then hand over a fraction of that to said artists. The exception of course being the "made men" in the industry (conform their equivalent in the real Mafia and Biker gangs) who can basically do what they want including setting up their own labels and do distribution deals.
But these kind of ideas also thrive there. Coincidence? I think not.
about a month and a half ago
top Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet
Malicious actors may use infected Linux systems to launch DDoS attacks against the entertainment industry and other verticals
Whatever happened to "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"?
Yes, there's technical solutions like the upcoming Tor-like anonymized version of
tribler that will try to route around the Copyright Crooks-induced Internet Censorship. about a month and a half ago
top London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites
Maybe that's why you don't often see the "Corporate Police" as a means of Corporations to enforce their will through Free Trade Agreements (which *trump* the democratic national laws) and also *enforce* these laws on the public in UK Sci-Fi movies: they already have it.
top Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean
ALL THESE WORLDS
ARE YOURS EXCEPT
Well, let's hope if I add some lowercase that the filter will allow me to post. HAL 9000 communicated in capitals."
top Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs
Australia is obliged under its free trade agreements with the United States, Singapore and Korea (not yet ratified) to provide a legal incentive to ISPs to cooperate with rights holders to prevent infringement on their systems and networks.
And, ladies and gentlement, there you have it. Again. Completely bypassing the democratic process, FTA's trump national legislation. And anyone that thinks that Singapore and Korea are actually the ones pressing Australia to ramp up their pro-copyright industry efforts is naive. It's just a little smokescreen. So Who's Your Daddy?!! Good ole Uncle Sam (MPAA/RIAA/USTR) is. Bend over, and take it like a man Aussies!
top Appeals Court Affirms Old Polaroid Patent Invalid
Well, well... is Slashdot joining the PoliCor movement? A "patent assertion company"? Those companies must be the Pride and Joy of the American Enterprising spirit!
top Rightscorp Pushing ISPs To Disconnect Repeat Infringers
basic human right to have access to the Internet... except in the "land of the Free" of course.
top New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist
See, there is a God! The Universe is a gigantic Pinball machine and He has just unlocked a Super Multi-ball!
top Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Heads Into Home Stretch
Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to pay authors to write English-language childrens' books as a "work for hire" then release them under a Creative Commons license? That way you can serve up these books globally instead of just in the USA.
top Faster-than-Fast Fourier transform
CanEHdian (1098955) writes "MIT news reports on research done resulting in a Faster-than-fast Fourier Transform algorithm, the Nearly Optimal Sparse Fourier Transform, which also has practical applications:
At the Association for Computing Machinery's Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) this week, a group of MIT researchers will present a new algorithm that, in a large range of practically important cases, improves on the fast Fourier transform. Under some circumstances, the improvement can be dramatic — a tenfold increase in speed. The new algorithm could be particularly useful for image compression, enabling, say, smartphones to wirelessly transmit large video files without draining their batteries or consuming their monthly bandwidth allotments.
Paper will be available on
top Judge takes copyright infringement seriously
CanEHdian (1098955) writes "Texas court-at-law judge identified as William Adams alledgedly put his belt where his mouth was back in 2004 upon his discovery of the alledged crime of alledged copyright infringement perpetrated by his own daughter and committed in his own home. A graphic and disturbing video is included with TFA, reader discretion is advised. A source close to the RIAA, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated "If all American Dads had done that to their kids, piracy would have been eliminated... did I just infringe on a Trademark?"." Link to Original Source
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