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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

c0lo Re:Has anyone seen... (401 comments)

Mike Hunt?

You missing Amanda Jamitinya badly, aren't ya?

about 2 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

c0lo Re:Shit... (401 comments)

Only if you're polluting more than your fair share, comrade.

Nah, mate... I'm not polluting even my share.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook analizes the impact of love on their business

c0lo Re:Given The Subject... (3 comments)

:) Unintended, but(t?)... both... I guess.

What I saw as significant:
* an example of what FB can do with the data it owns
* the fact that it hired professionals to do it as a permanent job

The above is rather close to the "analizing" meaning, at least in what pertains to their users base.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

c0lo Re:law of energy in a VR (745 comments)

Seems there's a difference between our starting position:
* you seem to use "VR" in a "simulated game environ - proper causality be damned if no player is looking, otherwise something plausible is good enough" meaning
* I tended to favour the meaning of "reality model - can't afford to do a real experiment, I'd like to determine some possible behaviours of the system, I'm using a computer for that"

about 2 months ago
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Australia and NSA Gain Comprehensive Access To Indonesian Phone System

c0lo Re:"comprehensive access" (133 comments)

Indonesia's phone system is fairly meh in the first place. This isn't something terribly difficult to achieve.

Only because something is possible or even easy doesn't necessarily imply one should do it.

about 2 months ago
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Australia and NSA Gain Comprehensive Access To Indonesian Phone System

c0lo Re:Not good (133 comments)

I'm Australian and the last thing we need right now is to piss off the Indonesians further. I kinda wish these documents were kept under wraps forever to be honest.

I'm Australian and I kinda wished that the Aussie spooks wouldn't be so damned interested about Indonesian shrimp trade.: call me stupid, but I believe knowing this is not making Australia more secure.

about 2 months ago
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Australia and NSA Gain Comprehensive Access To Indonesian Phone System

c0lo Re:Turnabout is fair play (133 comments)

"Intelligence is judged like in sport, two boxers fighting in the ring. They punch and they counter-punch... They attack and they defend themselves, but it is in the ring — the ring of intelligence. If the officials, in this case politicians, interfere in the case, that is wrong. That is very wrong."

Now that it is in the political arena, the politicians have overreacted, he said. ....

"I hope that both our leaders, SBY as well as Tony Abbott should not be too emotional... Please do not deteriorate [the relationship] because of a very small thing. This is a very technical thing."

Translation "spooks to govt: Give us your money and keep your dirty noses out of our game: it's none of your business, you see... it's too technical for you to even understand something".
The only thing that wasn't explicitly said is "... or else".

And this should function as a justification for what NSA is doing? Is it meant to offer me (a citizen which pays taxes these damn'd spooks live on) assurances of a responsible behavior consistent with respect of human rights and liberties?
Pray tell, exactly how the info about the Indonesian shrimp and clove cigarettes trade is something that justifies the violation of lawyer-client confidentiality?

about 2 months ago
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Australia and NSA Gain Comprehensive Access To Indonesian Phone System

c0lo Re:In other words - they were doing their job (133 comments)

2. Assuming this is not this, how can a country maintain military intelligence without doing this?

Shachar

Oh, yes. That's un-possible. Poor US Army, what it could do if missing the critical information about the Indonesian trade of shrimp and cloves cigarettes?

The law firm was advising Indonesia in relation to trade disputes with the US over the export of shrimp and clove cigarettes. In the latter case the World Trade Organization ruled the United States had violated international trade laws.

According to the classified document, Australian intelligence agents covertly monitored talks between Indonesian officials and the law firm, and offered to share the information obtained with America’s National Security Agency (NSA).

Foreign Minister Natalegawa admitted on Monday that he was perplexed by the claims, the latest in a string of damming revelations about the extent of Australia’s espionage activities in the region.

"I find that a bit mind-boggling and a bit difficult how I can connect or reconcile discussion about shrimps and how it impacts on Australia’s security,” Natalegawa told reporters at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is on a two-day visit to Jakarta.

about 2 months ago
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Australia and NSA Gain Comprehensive Access To Indonesian Phone System

c0lo Re:John Perkins (133 comments)

You seem to have missed the context. Note this statement that I was responding to:

Listening in on dialogues relating to trade disputes has capitalism written all over it.

Two can be picky about the context. The original context:

What's the bet that the US administration has less control over its intelligence machinations than the capitalists (wanted to say oligarchy...)?

Regarding your:

Pretty much every major country is going to try to gather intelligence on matters important to it. Do you deny that?

What could be so important for a major and supposedly democratic country to disregard the liberties of all and any person in this world, their own citizens included?
What could be so important that the spying is extended to the officials of another country they are not at war with and neither made a threat with war ?

I don't know what I dislike the most:
* the idea that US administration doesn't have enough control over NSA; or
* the idea the US administration is complicit... nay, scratch that... is deliberately asking NSA to do all these things.

about 2 months ago
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Australia and NSA Gain Comprehensive Access To Indonesian Phone System

c0lo Re:John Perkins (133 comments)

So you think that the Indonesians don't do that sort of thing? Or the Chinese (communists)? Or the Soviets back in the day? LOL .....

Pissing context again? Is it indeed desirable to have NSA winning the competition with the NKVD of the older days?
It becomes boring... com'on, what parents you have that didn't teach you this is not a valid justification for wrong-doings.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

c0lo Re:law of energy in a VR (745 comments)

If we are trapped in a VR, so a tree that fall in a forest when nobody is there to listen wont do any noise because it's it's will be a use of computer power unuseful.

Contrast with "Butterfly effect": how can you know the fall of the tree will not be needed for future events?
If you assume the VR programmer is able to determine it in advance, then what would be the motivation behind the simulation?

To me, it's more likely that the VR tree failing will still produce a VR sound; to determine the evolution of the system, it is more likely the programmer does not have any solution with a "lower cost" than actually running the simulation.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

c0lo Re:Some possible ways (745 comments)

etc...

Is there anything like tunneling very high but narrow barriers?

(practical example: consider some movement differential equations for a system of particles which you solve numerically. Suppose now that you need to restrict the particles inside a box. Model the box as a potential function that increases sharply on the boundary; be careful, if the potential barrier is narrow enough relatively to you "integration quanta" - the step h you choose in integrating the DE system - some particles will "escape" the box even at energies lower than the maximum potential barrier).

about 2 months ago
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German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

c0lo Re:So... (197 comments)

Wake up from your exceptionalist dream, buddy. Last I checked, Alcatel is a French company and it's eating Cisco's market fast.

Check again: Alcatel-Lucent (there is no longer an Alcatel) is metanational.

You reckon, being metanational, is more american or asian than it is french/european?
Or... let me put it this way... a metanational able to buy Bell Labs and with the top officers named Michel Combes, Philippe Camus, Ben Verwaayen and HQ in Paris won't be able to deal with an european network paid by Germany/France?

Context - the point I advancenced was in reply to:

Are there even any non-American and non-Asian entities capable of implementing and maintaining such a large scale network

about 2 months ago
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German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

c0lo Re:So... (197 comments)

Won't this European network just be subject to the same censorship and spying paid for by American and Asian entities, as the current internet is anyway?

Think of this as an investment: at least they'll have to pay EU for it; the way it stands now, it's free.

Are there even any non-American and non-Asian entities capable of implementing and maintaining such a large scale network on their own, including using their own custom built non-American, non-Asian hardware, manufactured in a non-American, non-Asian factory?

Wake up from your exceptionalist dream, buddy. Last I checked, Alcatel is a French company and it's eating Cisco's market fast.

about 2 months ago
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NSA Ally Spied on US Law Firm

c0lo Re:Lawyer says what? (162 comments)

Last I checked, in a democracy, the parliament/congress and (depending on the country) maybe judges are the ones to make laws.

Besides, we aren't discussing how moral/ethical/trusted the lawyer profession is. so your remark is offtopic in the context of "NSA violating the lawyer-client confidentiality by spying on lawyers, thus hurting the client as well".
How would you like to be on the "receiving end"?

about 2 months ago
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NSA Ally Spied on US Law Firm

c0lo Re:Lawyer says what? (162 comments)

Am I to understand, that a lawyer is complaining about something sleazy and underhanded? Really? A lawyer? The same guys who sleaze their way to the top, then get political jobs so they can sleazy their way to the top again? They are the ones complaining about something possible being sleazy happening to them? Really? Let me get you a tissue.

Yes, sure, shoot the messenger.
Bored much today?

about 2 months ago
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Putting the Next Generation of Brains In Danger

c0lo Re:Prepare the industry stonewalling. (143 comments)

Of course, industry will have their own scientists - like the cigarette industry - that will show this is "junk science" or some other critique to prevent or at the very least, slow down any sort of regulation.

Well, call me cynical but... put this in contrast with kiddy-pr0n and then ask yourself a question "Which anatomical parts of a kid the society seems to value and protect more?"

about 2 months ago
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Internet Censorship Back On Australian Agenda

c0lo Re: Pathetic responses (109 comments)

That's the only part of their comment that you're going to respond to? Really?

I'm old and knowledgeable enough to get around their punny attempts of censorship.
Other than that... you think /. is the most appropiate place to do something about censorship in Australia? Wouldn't doing it be a waste of time vis-a-vis the desired result?

about 2 months ago
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Internet Censorship Back On Australian Agenda

c0lo Re: Pathetic responses (109 comments)

... there is considerable debate as to whether a $1.2B a year public media organisation operating across all media channels and not having to produce a profit is actually stifling any commercial competitors.

You gotta be kidding, right? I mean... what do you see as interesting to watch on other than ABC and, sometimes, SBS channels? No seriously, my interest is genuine.

about 2 months ago
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Internet Censorship Back On Australian Agenda

c0lo Re:Fuck Tony Abbott. (109 comments)

I was never at all fond of Tony Abbott, but since he's come into power I've come to fucking detest him and everything he stands for.

Ummmm... pardon me, but... Tony Abbot standing for something? I know he stand against boat people, carbon tax, NBN, unions, helping local industry... I didn't quite get what he stands for: can you help me this?

about 2 months ago

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Facebook analizes the impact of love on their business

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about 2 months ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "Facebook might understand your romantic prospects better than you do.

In a blog post, the company’s team of data scientists announced with hard numbers that hints at budding relationships before the relationships start.
The two people enter a period of courtship, during which timeline posts increase. After the couple makes it official, their posts on each others’ walls decrease—presumably because the happy two are spending more time together (and less on FB?!)

A subsequent blog entry offerrs an insight on break-ups: it is the last of a series of 6 blogposts that ran last week on the "love" theme (if you are un US single, you may be interested in this one for cities with an extreme male/female singles ratio)."

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China's first lunar lander to blast off Sunday; plans a man on the Moon by 2030

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about 5 months ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "A Chinese Long March rocket is scheduled to blast off to the Moon on Sunday evening at about 6pm UTC carrying a small robotic rover that will touch down on to the lunar surface in about two weeks’ time – the first soft landing on the Earth’s only natural satellite since 1976.
China has been methodically and patiently building up the key elements needed for an advanced space programme — from launchers to manned missions in Earth orbit to unmanned planetary craft — and it is investing heavily. After only 10 years since it independently sent its first astronaut into space, China is forging ahead with a bold three-step programme beginning with the robotic exploration of possible landing sites for the first Chinese astronauts to set foot on lunar soil between 2025 and 2030.

Prof Ouyang Ziyuan of the department of lunar and deep space exploration and an adviser to the mission commented on the scale of Chinese thinking about the Moon. He said the forthcoming venture would land in an ancient crater 400km wide called Sinus Iridum, thought to be relatively flat and clear of rocks, and explore its geology. He explained that there were three motivations behind the drive to investigate the Moon.
"First, to develop our technology because lunar exploration requires many types of technology, including communications, computers, all kinds of IT skills and the use of different kinds of materials. This is the key reason," he told BBC News.
"Second, in terms of the science, besides Earth we also need to know our brothers and sisters like the Moon, its origin and evolution and then from that we can know about our Earth.
"Third, in terms of the talents, China needs its own intellectual team who can explore the whole lunar and solar system — that is also our main purpose."

China.org.cn promised live coverage of the event"

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Surfer at Sydney's Bondi Beach knocked unconscious by playful whale

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about 9 months ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "(link includes video of the incident)

Bishan Rajapakse, 38, was surfing with a friend when a whale "the size of a bus" surfaced close to the beach around 10:30am (AEST). Mr Rajapakse says when he paddled over to take a look, he noticed the whale directly underneath him and woke up later on the sand.

"The whale actually moved pretty quickly so I guess it's made me cautious to see what could happen," he said. "[I know] it's better to look at them from afar [but] it's pretty hard to move away from that temptation, because I guess the whale was looking so placid."

Witness Lachlan Harris says the whale appeared to be frolicking with the surfers.
"They were playing and the whale was frolicking with them and having a lot of fun and sort of popping its head out," Mr Harris said.
"It just flicked its tail and some surfers were in the wrong [place] and the next thing you know a surfboard is flying in the air [and] swimmers are getting thrown out of the water. It was unbelievable."

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Bolivia threatens to close US embassy; alleged CIA intervention in flight detour

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about 9 months ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "Bolivia's president has threatened to close the US embassy as 5 other Latin American leaders joined him in blasting Europe and the United States after his plane was rerouted amid suspicions US fugitive Edward Snowden was aboard.

"We don't need a US embassy in Bolivia," he said. "My hand would not shake to close the US embassy. We have dignity, sovereignty. Without the United States, we are better politically, democratically."

In a show of support, Presidents Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Cristina Kirchner of Argentina, Rafael Correa of Ecuador, Jose Mujica of Uruguay and Desi Bouterse of Suriname met with Morales in the central city of Cochabamba.

At a rally before the meeting, Maduro claimed that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had ordered France, Portugal, Italy and Spain to deny access to Morales's plane on Tuesday. "A minister of one of these European governments personally told us by telephone that they were going to apologise because they were surprised, and that those who gave the order to aviation authorities in this country ... were the CIA," he said.

After the meeting, the leaders issued a statement calling on the European governments to publicly apologise "in relation to the serious incidents that occurred", but Morales said earlier that apologies were not enough."

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Reinventing the wheel: square and better than the round one.

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about 10 months ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "Inventors behind a Los Angeles-based startup have ignored the naysayers and created a cube-shaped skateboard wheel they say offers faster speeds and a better grip.

Though based on a square, Shark Wheels feel perfectly circular when riding. The secret is the wheel’s sine wave-like pattern that looks like three snakes spooning each other. Unlike traditional wheels, this design creates a thinner contact patch with the pavement, providing less rolling resistance and faster ride.

“The alternating pattern of grooves significantly reduces hydroplaning by channeling liquid, sand or gravel out and away from the surface of the wheel, allowing for a firm contact patch with the ground,” the company claims. “Also, the rounded edges allow liquid, sand or gravel to pass around the wheel, providing unparalleled grip over wet and loose traction surfaces.”"

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Dotcom alleges Megaupload raid was part of deal to film The Hobbit

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about 10 months ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "Kim Dotcom alleges, in an 20 mins interview with the Australian public television, that Megaupload was offered up by the New Zealand's PM "on a silver platter" as part of negotiations with Warner Brothers executives for shooting the Hobbit in New Zealand. He promises that he'll substantiate the claims in court.

He also says that the extradition case the US govt is weak and the reason behind the latest delay in extradition hearing (postponed from August this year to March next year) is an attempt to bleed Dotcom dry of his money

Also interesting, Dotcom says that the latest debacle of the massive scale online online surveillance by US spy agencies has triggered an "explosion" of interest in mega.co.nz, the "cloud storage" site with user generated encryption

Kim Dotcom uploaded yesterday on youtube a footage of the raid, as captured by security cameras in his mansion: helicopters, anti-terror police, silenced rifles fitted with scopes, dogs, already prepared tow trucks for his car collection"

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Atomic clock built with 10^-18 instability.

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about 10 months ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "Apropos accuracy polls and missing options:

A collective of NIST, University of Colorado, Instituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica and Politecnico di Torino announces (warning: PDF linked) the creation of an atomic clock with an instability of 10^-18. Such a level of instability is equivalent to specifying the Earth’s diameter with a precision to less than the width of an atom.
Better still, consider the gravitational redshift, a consequence of general relativity dictating that clocks ‘tick’ slower in stronger gravitational elds. With a maximum instability of 10^-18, one can discern a difference shown by two such clocks separated by only 1 cm in elevation above the Earths surface.

Now, it is likely that an operator of half-a-world-away-remote-controlled-drones won't actually need such a precision, but it becomes important in designing experiments to test unification theories employing non-metric couplings without asking for a cosmological setup (may one dream of gravitational waves detection without causing — or expecting — supernova explosions or birth of blackholes type of events?)"

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Library journal board resigns on "conscience crisis" after death of Aaron Swartz

c0lo c0lo writes  |  1 year,19 days

c0lo (1497653) writes "The editor-in-chief and entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration announced their resignation last week, citing "a crisis of conscience about publishing in a journal that was not open access" in the days after the death of Aaron Swartz.

The board had worked with publisher Taylor & Francis on an open-access compromise in the months since, which would allow the journal to release articles without paywall, but Taylor & Francis' final terms asked contributors to pay $2,995 for each open-access article. As more and more contributors began to object, the board ultimately found the terms unworkable

The ultimate future of the journal is still undetermined, but the next issue appears to be dead in the water. In a statement to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the journal's editor-in-chief said:

And I advise everyone to take a closer look at the text when I said: “The sad truth is that we’ll never see this particular issue of the Journal of Library Administration.” I never said the content was dead, I simply stated that it would never be in JLA.

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Microsoft, Partners probed Over Bribery Claims

c0lo c0lo writes  |  1 year,27 days

c0lo (1497653) writes "US federal authorities are examining Microsoft’s involvement with companies and individuals that allegedly paid bribes to overseas government officials in exchange for business.
The United States Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have both opened preliminary investigations into the bribery allegations involving Microsoft in China, Italy and Romania.

The China allegations were first shared with United States officials last year by an unnamed whistle-blower who had worked with Microsoft in the country, according to the person briefed on the inquiry. The whistle-blower said that a Microsoft official in China directed the whistle-blower to pay bribes to government officials to win business deals.

U.S. government investigators are also reviewing whether Microsoft had a role in allegations that resellers offered bribes to secure software deals with Romania's Ministry of Communications. In Italy Microsoft's dealings with consultants in Italy that specialize in customer-loyalty programs are under scrutiny,with allegations that Microsoft's Italian unit used such consultants as vehicles for lavishing gifts and trips on Italian procurement officials in exchange for government business

In a blog post Tuesday afternoon, John Frank, a vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft, said the company could not comment about continuing investigations. Mr. Frank said it was not uncommon for such government reviews to find that the claims were without merit.

Somehow, given how the OOXML became a standard, it wouldn't surprise me to be an actual fire that caused this smoke."

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Google engineers open source book scanner design

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "Engineers from Google's Books team have released the design plans for a comparatively reasonably priced (about $1500) book scanner on Google Code.

Built using a scanner, a vacuum cleaner and various other components, the Linear Book Scanner was developed by engineers during the "20 percent time" that Google allocates for personal projects.

The license is highly permissive, thus it's possible the design and building costs can be improved. Any takers?"

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Vegetative state man "talks" by brain scan

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "Severely brain-injured Scott Routley hasn’t spoken in 12 years. None of his physical assessments since then have shown any sign of awareness, or ability to communicate, thus being diagnosed as vegetative (vegetative patients emerge from a coma into a condition where they have periods awake, with their eyes open, but have no perception of themselves or the outside world).

Scott Routley was asked questions while having his brain activity scanned in an fMRI machine. British neuroscientist Prof Adrian Owen said Mr Routley was clearly not vegetative.
"Scott has been able to show he has a conscious, thinking mind. We have scanned him several times and his pattern of brain activity shows he is clearly choosing to answer our questions. We believe he knows who and where he is."

As a consequence, medical textbooks would need to be updated to include Prof Owen's techniques, because only observational assessments (as opposed to using mind-readers) of Mr Routley have continued to suggest he is vegetative.

The professor in an earlier interview functional MRI machines are expensive (up to $2 million), but it’s quite possible that a portable high-end EEG machine, costing about $75,000, can be used at a patient’s bedside.

Phillip K Dick's world is one step closer."

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Bristol prints its own local currency

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "The West Country city launched its own local currency to great fanfare yesterday with the Lord Mayor handing over a £B1 note in symbolic exchange for a round loaf of granary bread made by local baker Joe Wheatcroft, who said he would put his first piece of Bristolian cash towards buying a dairy cow.

Independent mayor candidate George Ferguson says if he is elected he would be happy to be paid in Bristol Pounds.

The 5 Bristol pound denomination is Banksy note, featuring a design tribute to the renowned graffiti artist."

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WIPO's Broadcasting Treaty is back

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "The UN's World Intellectual Property Organization's Broadcasting Treaty is back. This is the treaty that EFF and its colleagues killed five years ago, but Big Content won't let it die.

Under the treaty, broadcasters would have rights over the material they transmitted, separate from copyright, meaning that if you recorded something from TV, the Internet, cable or satellite, you'd need to get permission from the creator and the broadcaster to re-use it. And unlike copyright, the "broadcast right" doesn't expire, so even video that is in the public domain can't be used without permission from the broadcaster"

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OMG! Text-speak is almost 100 yo

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "The older crowd likes to blame the youth for the popularization of text-speak. You know the type: LOL, LMFAO, ROFL, OMG, Totes. Well, it turns out that we’re blaming the wrong people for at least one of those abominations to the English language. “OMG” is almost 100 years old.

The earliest known usage of the abbreviation OMG was found in a letter to Winston Churchill. The sentence in question reads:

“I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis — O.M.G. (Oh! My God!) — Shower it on the Admiralty!!” [sic]

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AOL looks to sell 800 patents

c0lo c0lo writes  |  about 2 years ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "AOL Inc. (AOL) hired Evercore Partners Inc. (EVR) to find a buyer for its more than 800 patents and explore other strategic options.

The beleaguered internet provider squeaked out fourth quarter earnings that were better than expected in February. However, AOL is still drawing poor profit returns from major online publishing purchases such as TechCrunch and The Huffington Post (bought last year for $315 mil).
AOL’s fourth-quarter net income declined 65 percent from a year earlier to $22.8 million on sales of $576.8 million.
Earlier this month, AOL let go of more than 40 employees, with approx another 100 expected by the end of the month

Many of AOL’s patents cover Internet advertising and communications services, and Evercore is trying to help the company wring value from a patent portfolio that AOL shareholder Starboard Value LP said may yield more than $1 billion in licensing income."

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Hack reaction caught on pwned webcams

c0lo c0lo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "University of Michigan researchers have used webcams in a data centre to capture the moment administrators of a voting system learned they had been pwned.

The system, developed by the Washington DC Board of Elections and Ethics, was designed to allow military and overseas voters registered in cast electronic ballots in a local election.
Their attack attempts went unnoticed by the intrusion detection system (IDS) device deployed in front of the web server, because it "was not configured to intercept and monitor the contents of the encrypted HTTPS connections that carried" the attacks.

The researchers found a pair of publicly-accessible webcams showing the server room that housed the pilot network. The cameras were pointed at the entrance to the room and at the rack of server and network hardware.
"We used them to gauge whether the network administrators had discovered our attacks," the researchers said. "When they did, their body language became noticeably more agitated.""

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Nobel Peace Prize officials under investigation

c0lo c0lo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "On Saturday, Icelandic member of parliament Birgitta Jónsdóttir posted a nomination letter on her blog on behalf of the three-member parliamentary group The Movement, proposing suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning as a candidate for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Nobel Peace Prize nominations can be submitted by any member of a national assembly, among others.

The nomination comes on uncertain times for the Nobel Piece Prize, as its officials are facing a formal inquiry over accusations (brought by a Norwegian peace researcher) they have drifted away from the prize’s original selection criteria.
If the Stockholm County Administrative Board, which supervises foundations in Sweden’s capital, finds that prize founder Alfred Nobel’s will is not being honored, it has the authority to suspend award decisions going back three years – though that would be unlikely and unprecedented, said Mikael Wiman, a legal expert working for the county"

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ACTA in Poland – A Story of Passion

c0lo c0lo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

c0lo (1497653) writes "A good example of the /. spirit extended at a size of a nation.

What has happened with ACTA in Poland has surely caught the attention of the world (or at least Europe), but perhaps the scale of it is still underestimated. When word got out that ACTA was to be signed by the Polish government only IP specialists knew what it was. Nevertheless, in a very short time the Polish internet started buzzing and a moment later exploded in fury.

The government’s reaction was at the beginning a genuine and utter disbelief, as no one saw it coming, but frankly speaking how could they? There was for example no public outcry against the enforcement directive (99,9% of the population still does not know it exists).

At first the Prime Minister tried to keep his cool. He declared Poland would sign ACTA and it did so in Tokio (because of time zones it was about 3 am in Poland and hence a funny exchange in one of the radio stations:
A: They signed ACTA under the guise of the night! Scandal!
B: But it was about noon in Tokio! A; What? In broad daylight! Scandal!)
The protests, again surprisingly, did not recede, so the government declared the ratification of ACTA was not certain.

As to the question why in Poland and why so vehemently one could only speculate. But it is important to stress that in Poland the quarrel was and is not about ACTA as such. It is mostly about intellectual property in general, about the scope of copyright exceptions and limitations and about the frustrating uncertainty of copyright law, which has not been able to precisely define what is a copyright work and what constitutes fair use.When people hear they can be tracked down, brought to court, maybe even accused of criminal behaviour for something they have been doing for years, it is natural they feel threatened. When they hear a simple photo is a copyright work and they can be made liable for using it on Facebook, they do not develop warm feelings for copyright law.

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