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Dan541 (1032000) writes "Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, abruptly stopped trading on Tuesday and its chief executive said the business was at "a turning point" but gave no details." Link to Original Source top
Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying
Dan541 writes "The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.
The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'." Link to Original Source top
Only Atheists should be allowed to teach religion,
Dan541 (1032000) writes "I trust Google with a lot of things, but when in doubt I always fall back on good-old common sense. Lauren Rosenberg did not. She walked onto a highway because Google told her to and got hit by a car.
Rosenberg, who apparently takes things very literally, was reading the directions on her Blackberry and thus wasn't privy to the warning that shows up when you access walking directions on a computer:" Link to Original Source top
In a privacy error that underscores some of the biggest problems surrounding cloud-based services, Google has sent a notice to a number of users of its Document and Spreadsheets products stating that it may have inadvertently shared some of their documents with contacts who were never granted access to them." top
Dan541 writes "A trojan named Troj/Qhost-AC, has been spotted on torrent sites labeled as a keygen for popular software. But in a strange surprise, the trojan would modify the users host file, rather than generating a key, changing popular torrent web sites like, The Pirate Bay, Suprbay (The Pirate Bay forum) and Mininova, the two most popular torrent sites on the internet to 127.0.0.1, making it impossible to visit these sites.
Entertainment company Sony has postponed the global release of a much- anticipated video game because of concerns that it may offend Muslims.
Copies of LittleBigPlanet are being recalled from shops worldwide after it emerged that a background music track contained two phrases from the Koran.
Since when is our society so sensitive to others?
A few years ago that sort of thing would not even be noticed let alone matter." Link to Original Source
The youngest person in Britain to have been convicted under the Terrorism Act has been sentenced to two years in a young offenders' institution.
Hammaad Munshi, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was 16 when he was arrested in 2006. Police found a guide to making napalm on his computer.
Now 18, he was convicted of making a record of information likely to be used for terrorist purposes.
These days you can be jailed just for possession of texts, what's in store for tomorrow?
Have we gone completely insane here!" Link to Original Source
The European Commission has sent a message to the British government, and it reads something like this: "If you don't deal with Phorm, we will."
Earlier this month, according to Dow Jones, the European Union commissioner for information society and media sent a "pre-warning letter" to UK authorities, voicing her concern over Phorm, the behavioral ad targeter poised to track user activity on Britain's three largest ISPs: BT, Carphone Warehouse, and Virgin Media.
BT has already conducted two trials with Phorm — and web surfers were not notified.
"It is very clear in E.U. directives that unless someone specifically gives authorization (to track consumer activity on the Web) then you don't have the right to do that," EU commissioner Viviane Reding said. If UK government does not deal with the issue, Dow Jones says, the EC could take action in the European Court of Justice.
Dan541 writes "We see it all the time, Content Producers fighting to revoke our rights, first it was the "blank media tax" then DRM and now DoS attacks, bandwidth theft (throttling) and Remote Control of our systems.
But what if we abolish copyright laws? Wouldn't we all be allot better off without them?
No more DDOS attacks funded by major media companies, no more lawsuits, no more justification for bandwidth throttling and no more monopoly on media distribution.
Dan541 writes "New research has found that people of lower intelligence are more likely to worship a god than someone of higher intelligence. Is it any surprise that someone of higher intellect is more likely to know better than an person of lower intellect?
Professor Lynn said religious belief had declined in the 20th century
Professor Richard Lynn, emeritus professor of psychology at Ulster University, said many more members of the "intellectual elite" considered themselves atheists than the national average.
A decline in religious observance over the last century was directly linked to a rise in average intelligence, he claimed.