Kim Dotcom Demands Access To Seized Property To Defend Himself
It's pretty damn obvious.
Nature gave me this body which includes my mouth. I may use that body in any fashion I choose. That includes, among other things, the right to speak. AND the right to not speak (hence Arizona v. Miranda rights). No government may overrule the bodily rights that Nature has given me.
Google Launches Search By Image
Get a photo of some cute girl or guy. Drag it to google. And soon you'll have dozens of photos & if you're lucky, a name and address. (I suspect this is not what google intended, but oh well.)
Unlocked iPhones in US For $649
$199 + 24 months * $40/month == $1160
$649 + 24 months * $25/month == $1249
No not really.
This is why I still use a VirginMobile phone. The phone was free and the service is cheap ($0 a month plus fees -or- $25 unlimited). Of course it's no iPhone but I'm okay with that.
John Linnell of They Might Be Giants Talks Tech
I'm not surprised he used a TRS-80 as his "first". It was the best-selling computer of 1978, 79 and 80*.
"If you went back to that time and told yourself, âoeIn thirty years, weâ(TM)re going to be distributing all of our music through this device,â what would you think?" - John Linnell says he would not be surprised. At the time, people were already recording songs on their Ataris, Commodores, and Amigas and distributing them via the BBS and Usenet.
>>>John Linnell's first PC, the Macintosh Plus (1986).
IMHO he would have been better-off buying an Atari ST or Amiga. Like Andy Warhol and Disney Animation did. The Mac Plus wasn't very strong for video or sound.
*1981-82 was Atari 400/800
*1983-86 was Commodore 64
*1987 onward was IBM PC and clones
Apple Eases Rules For Subscription Apps
I used to hate the unscrupulous tactics MS used during the late 80s through the year 2000, so I bought Commodore and Apple computers instead. And now I see Apple copying many of those tactics. Kinda sad.
So boycott MS.
UK Government Seeking To Expand Scope of 'Voluntary' Website Blocking
"Internet filtering across the public estate is essential. We want to ensure that users in schools, libraries, colleges and Immigration Removal Centres are unable to access unlawful material." - Yeah but if I WANT to access unlawful material, like nude women, orgies, how-to-build-a-home-riffle, and other shit the government disapproves of? It's called FREEDOM jackasses in parliament.
Dutch To Introduce Net Neutrality By Law
>>>It was never the "land of the free to use other people's property the way I want."
Except these ISPs were granted (1) use of government-owned roads and right-of-ways plus (2) monopolies. Examples: Comcast, cox, verizon. The government can regulate these ISPs for either of those 2 reasons:
1 - Because government regulates everything that runs on, or under the roads.
2 - Because government regulates monopolies like the Power company, phone company, natural gas company, and water/sewer company. The internet monopoly is no different.
Judge Prevents 23,322 Filesharing Does From Being Sued For Now
- It is my sincere hope that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act goes to the same hellhole as the "red flag laws" that required drivers of horseless carriages (cars) to be led by a pedestrian, waving a red flag or carrying a lantern.
Hopefully the repeal won't take 30 years again. Hopefully enough citizens will get pissed-off about receiving $5000 extortion letters (or million-dollar lawsuits) and demand the DMCA get nullified.
Advocacy Group Files FCC Complaint Over Verizon Tethering Ban
Nail the Verizon Monopoly* to the wall. I'm tired of being forced to choose between Verizon and Verizon for my plain-old telephone service. Then go after Comcast, Cox, Cablevision, and time-warner while you're at it, Mr. FCC.
* The monopoly is not in wireless, but wired services, but
I still think the FCC should tear-apart this company like they did with ATT back in the 70s.
Sony Compromised, Again
>>>Is it lost on everybody that these hacks are doing more damage to current Sony customers
Not if the customer data is erased after it is downloaded. Son'ys reputation is harmed (and hopefully they go bankrupt), while the customers suffer no ill effects since their Info was never released.
Internet Explorer Use Slips Below 55%
It's amazing though how many still cling to Internet Explorer, even after you tell them, "But websites can see everything you do. Explorer, especially versions 6 and 7, has no privacy." One forum poster at AVscience replied, "I don't care I'll keep using IE anyway and _____ your firefox recommendation." Ummm... oookay. Just trying to help you secure your PC there, buddy.
I see Opera rose from approximately 1% to 3%. Yay.
Netscape(!) still holds a 3/4% share.
And Mozilla/Seamonkey is only 1/50 of a percent. Not so great. :-|
Google Incrementally Dropping Support For Older Browsers
Dropping IE7 and S3 makes sense, but why FF3.5? It isn't that old. It was "born" less than two years ago, and EOL has not arrived yet.
Skype Protocol Has Been Reverse Engineered
And yet we have several programs that can read/write to Office files. It seems the same could be done with MS Skype - call it OpenSkype or LibreSkype.
The only problem is the potential to be sued for theft-of-service (making calls w/o paying).
Embed a Video, Go To Jail?
I'd be happy to appear on every radio and TV show discussing the out-of-control government which arrested me because I linked infringing "Sanctuary" episodes from youtube to my facebook page. It's time to Inform the public about what kind of tyranny they are living.
So go ahead and arrest me.
I'll be happy to fight back.
Apple Nixes iPad Giveaways
In 2001 they were sued by the US DOJ for restraint-of-trade, price fixing, and forming an illegal cartel.
So go ahead Apple. I look forward to seeing you get the same treatment the record companies received. Especially now that the US Congress is investigating you. Not a smart move.
Doom Ported To the Web
"versions of Doom have subsequently been released for the following systems: DOS, Microsoft Windows, Commodore Amiga, QNX, Irix, NEXTSTEP, Linux, Apple Macintosh, Super NES, Sega 32X, Sony PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, iPhone OS, Symbian OS, RISC OS, Atari Jaguar, Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64, Tapwave (1) Does this work on Dialup connections?
(2) "Zodiac, 3DO, Xbox as a feature of Doom 3: Limited Edition, Xbox 360 on Xbox Live Arcade, and the PS3." - wikipedia
No Commodore 64.
Or Sega Genesis? That last one is a surprise since the Amiga version should be able to run on the Genesis with some simple modification.
Pentagon Says Cyberattacks Can Count As Act of War
Wow. The Pentagon workers are really reaching. Maybe if the cyberattack blacked-out the entire coast, but simply hacking and downloading files is not an "act of war" deserving we go-off and nuck China.
Jeez. It's just a modern form of spying, which has existed for centuries.
Google Deprecates Translation API
Of what value is using cloud apps if companies can just make them disappear practically overnight? I'm disappointed since I use Translate a lot, and soon it will be gone. :-| Good thing I didn't lose any documents, but it could happen.
Finnish Record Labels Want To Block Pirate Bay
iTunes seems to be doing just fine, even though piratebay and other illegal sites exist. The record companies should stop being wimps, man-up, and create a legal site for purchasing $1 singles. Stop the whining,
China Alleged To Use Prisoners In Lucrative Internet Gaming
"Rather than dig dirt and break rocks, how about I play games 16 hours a day? You'll make more money that way."
Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism
commodore6502 writes "Science News Magazine and the American Medical Association reports on the results of a recent study. 47 participants had pairs of Samsung cell phones strapped to their heads, one on each side. The phone on the left ear was turned off, while the one on the right received a 50-minute recorded message. This phone was kept muted so that the subject didn’t know which phone was on, and also to prevent stimulation of the brain’s hearing center.
A few minutes after the call, a PET scan revealed that brain regions next to the working phone had higher levels of glucose metabolism. “The human brain is sensitive to the electromagnetic radiation that is emitted from cell phones,” says study coauthor Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, MD. The increase in brain metabolism observed in the experiment may be an underestimate, because cell phones emit more radiation when a person is talking."
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Verizon Imposes Limit on top 5%
commodore6502 writes "
If you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5 percent of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand.
So, if the company happens to find you in the top 5% of users on the Verizon data network, they will put a limiter on your account for the remainder of the current month AND the following month. You are digitally grounded for over a month! This is similar to what Comcast had been doing when they banned their top 5% of users for one month's time, until the FCC stepped-in and clarified that Comcast may not do that."
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