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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

mrspoonsi Good for consumers? (191 comments)

How can DRM and locking out competitors ever be defined as good for consumers?

4 days ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

mrspoonsi FLACs omission was strategic (313 comments)

Microsoft had an agenda to push Windows Media Audio Lossless, this has pretty much been abandoned now, hence the adoption of FLAC.

Apple are now in the same position, not including support for FLAC to push Apple Lossless on people.

about three weeks ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

mrspoonsi Re:2 issues here. (173 comments)

>Seems this manuever by the US Gov. wants to solidify his guilt before there's even been a trial.

Seems this is standard practice in the US: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09...

However the world spotlight is on this case.

about 1 month ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

mrspoonsi Re:Wait what? (173 comments)

"a hold over money from bank accounts around the world, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork"

These assets are not even held in the USA, how can they possibly have jurisdiction on these assets? (such as a watch presumably taken from his home address).

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

mrspoonsi Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

Well, I have a rack in a datacenter, and I have an azure vm, which basically pings the rack servers / services to notify me of outage. In the last year I when I come to install patches on the azure VM, about 3 times I have had the message 'unexpected shutdown, enter reason' message waiting when log-on. Number of times this has happened on my own rack (in last year? zero, you can go back 4 years and still zero).

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

mrspoonsi XP as well? (178 comments)

I guess so, as Server 2003 is from a similar era.

about a month ago
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Tor Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign To Upgrade Its Hidden Services

mrspoonsi 3 hops? (106 comments)

If tor has 3 hops from source to hidden service, and perhaps there are 10,000 nodes, how hard is it for a government to have 25% of those nodes under its control? and if you own all the hops, you know where the hidden server is.

about a month ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

mrspoonsi How can you (171 comments)

get a $578M prepayment and go bankrupt in 10 months?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

mrspoonsi Re:Glad to hear it (353 comments)

From the article "possessing an extreme pornographic image likely to cause injury", this could apply to many BDSM images. Seems odd that...given that taking part in a Sunday sporting activity, might 'likely cause an injury', mountain biking, football, etc, I not see the police locking up these dare-devils.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

mrspoonsi Before leaving the server (116 comments)

Get an OS re-image then simply fill the hdds with random data. This works well on HDDs, but SSDs with their 10 or 20% wear space, perhaps not, they need pulling and disposing.

about 4 months ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

mrspoonsi ROI for drug development (390 comments)

Given that Ebola is currently confined to Africa, and that a relatively small number of people have caught it (less than 4000)...and these outbreaks seem to only come along once every 20 years, where was the incentive for the drug company to create this drug? Was it good timing that it has something ready to go just now. Will each dose be prohibitively expensive to administer in Africa, or it remains to be seen if WHO will foot the bill to the tune of 10's of millions $$.

about 5 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

...and what if your piano kills not just the guy with the knife, but 10 of his neighbors also? it was still justified because you were at risk? the neighbors are fair game because they live next to a guy with a knife?

Violence begets violence, simple as that.

>Since Hamas started tossing bombs into Israel a few weeks ago, how would you respond had you been in charge of Israel? Keep in mind that the Iron Dome is effective, but not 100%.

I would guess that more people had been killed by car crashes in that time frame, so if they really want to protect the lives of the population, mandate a country wide 15mph speed limit.

about 5 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

It is more to do with proportional response. Those rockets they have killed what 2 or 3? there are over 1000 Palestinians dead. You also have to consider that the Palestinian people as a whole are not Hamas, in the same way the Northern Ireland population were not the IRA. The UK did not resort to carpet shelling Northern Ireland to remove the IRA, because it would never have worked, the IRA would only get stronger. Ireland had segregation, it did not work, only by integrating the people can you bring them around and ultimately onto the same side. For every innocent non-terrorist killed, that will recruit many terrorists.

about 5 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Radicalization (868 comments)

Israel is sure doing a good job in that area creating more enemies, if that is their intention, the plan is working.

about 5 months ago
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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

mrspoonsi Good (70 comments)

The more these big media / film studios merge, the less choice there will be.

about 5 months ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

mrspoonsi Re:4.3 U (68 comments)

It would have been smarter not to require an additional chassis (who wants to lug an extra 13U chassis into a datacenter?). It should be done in the rail system to offset the 2nd and 3rd server, then you only have to fit different rails to offset.

about 5 months ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

mrspoonsi Re:4.3 U (68 comments)

Exactly, in a cold / hot isle rack you are left with a gap which would need plugging with something.

A 42U rack would have 7U wasted space that is almost another 2 servers...

about 5 months ago

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Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers'

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  2 days ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories. Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme's conclusions. Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai. One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off. Another reporter, whose longest shift was 16 hours, said: "Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to move. "Even if I was hungry I wouldn't want to get up to eat. I just wanted to lie down and rest. I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress.""
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Google Proposes to Warn People About non-SSL web sites

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  3 days ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The proposal was made by the Google developers working on the search firm's Chrome browser. The proposal to mark HTTP connections as non-secure was made in a message posted to the Chrome development website by Google engineers working on the firm's browser. If implemented, the developers wrote, the change would mean that a warning would pop-up when people visited a site that used only HTTP to notify them that such a connection "provides no data security". Currently only about 33% of websites use HTTPS, according to statistics gathered by the Trustworthy Internet Movement which monitors the way sites use more secure browsing technologies. In addition, since September Google has prioritised HTTPS sites in its search rankings."
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China officially became the world's largest economy, ahead of the United States

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  4 days ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "For the first time in 150 years, the USA has lost its title of the largest economy in the world to China. China officially became the world’s largest economy, ahead of the United States, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to the latest figures of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) just released in December 8th, 2014, China has come ahead the United States as the world’s largest economy. China’s GDP will indeed reach 17600 billion in 2014 against 17400 billion for the United States. These data are calculated using the method known as “purchasing power parity”, which is economically significant. It measures the purchasing power of different currencies in a common unit as opposed to changes in exchange rates. Now China represents 16.5% of the global economy in terms of real purchasing power, ahead of the US, 16.3%. According to IMF estimates, the gap should continue to widen in the coming years. By 2019, China would reach more than 26,800 billion of national wealth, against just 22,000 billion for the United States. The United States had become the leading economic power in 1872 after overtaking Britain."
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Jaguar Announce 'Ghost Car' Navigation and Invisible Pillars

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  5 days ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Jaguar just unveiled a proposed new navigation system that's unlike anything we've ever seen. Most modern navigation systems instruct drivers using a series of arrows or at best a pictographic representation of a highway exit. However, Jaguar's new experimental system abandons the arrows and instead projects an image of a "Ghost Car" for the driver to follow. Officially known as "Follow-Me Ghost Car Navigation," the system uses the heads-up-display technology to project an illuminated "ghost car" that looks to be driving right in front of the actual vehicle. A new virtual-reality cockpit that will make blind spots a thing of the past. Called the "360 Urban Virtual Windscreen," Jaguar's newest assistance technology will allow the driver to see straight through the car's pillars. In urban conditions, this will allow those behind the wheel of a Jag to enjoy a complete view of their surroundings. A Jag turning at an intersection will have "virtually" transparent "A" pillars so the driver can see if there are oncoming cars, bicyclists, or pedestrians. For particularly dangerous obstacles or perilously close pedestrians, the system will automatically flag the interloper and project a warning on the windshield using the car's heads-up-display."
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French Cabbies Say They're Going To Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a week ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Parisian taxi drivers have vowed to block roads leading into the French capital on Monday to protest a court's refusal to ban urban ridesharing service UberPOP. Like their counterparts in large cities across the globe, Parisian taxi drivers are fed up with what they see as unfair competition from Uber's popular smartphone taxi service. UberPOP, which uses non-professional drivers using their own cars to take on passengers at budget rates, has 160,000 users in France, according to the company. A commercial court in Paris ruled on Friday that a new law making it harder for Uber drivers to solicit business could not be enforced until the government had published full details of the restrictions. "It's the straw that breaks the camel's back," said Ibrahima Sylla, president of France Taxis, whose organisation has joined several others in calling for the early morning protest on Monday. They have urged taxi drivers to gather at the northern Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport and the southern Orly airport at 05:00 am before slowly converging on the city in a bid to block arterial highways. "This is a fight against Uber. We're fed up. Allowing UberPOP means leaving 57,000 French taxis high and dry, and thus 57,000 families. And that is out of the question," said Sylla."
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GCHQ to help tackle 'dark net' child abuse images

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Intelligence experts and organised crime specialists will join forces to tackle child abuse images on the "dark net", David Cameron has said. The prime minister said a joint GCHQ and National Crime Agency unit would hunt online paedophiles with the same "effort" used to track terrorists. He said online child exploitation existed on an "almost industrial scale" worldwide. Mr Cameron said the new unit was part of a drive to remove millions of "sickening and depraved" images from the internet. Mr Cameron said it would also be made illegal to possess material offering guidance on abusing children — what he called "paedophile training manuals"."
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The CIA carried out "brutal" interrogations of terror suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks on the US, a US Senate report has said. The summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report said the CIA misled Americans on the effectiveness of "enhanced interrogation". The interrogation was poorly managed and unreliable, the report said. President Obama has previously said that in his view the techniques amounted to torture. The Senate committee's report runs to more than 6,000 pages, drawing on huge quantities of evidence, but it remains classified and only a 480-page summary is being released. Publication had been delayed amid disagreements in Washington over what should be made public."
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Physicist Has Groundbreaking Idea About Why Life Exists

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Why does life exist? Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature and “should be as unsurprising as rocks rolling downhill.” From the standpoint of physics, there is one essential difference between living things and inanimate clumps of carbon atoms: The former tend to be much better at capturing energy from their environment and dissipating that energy as heat. Jeremy England, a 31-year-old assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has derived a mathematical formula that he believes explains this capacity. The formula, based on established physics, indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life."
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IBM Researchers: Old Laptop Batteries Can Power Slums

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Old laptop batteries still have enough life in them to power homes in slums, researchers have said. An IBM study analysed a sample of discarded batteries and found 70% had enough power to keep an LED light on more than four hours a day for a year. Researchers said using discarded batteries is cheaper than existing power options, and also helps deal with the mounting e-waste problem. The concept was trialled in the Indian city of Bangalore this year. The adapted power packs are expected to prove popular with street vendors, who are not on the electric grid, as well as poor families living in slums. The IBM team created what they called an UrJar — a device that uses lithium-ion cells from the old batteries to power low-energy DC devices, such as a light. The researchers are aiming to help the approximately 400 million people in India who are off grid."
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How Astronomers Will Take 'Image Of The Century': A Black Hole

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Researchers studying the universe are ramping up to take the "image of the century" — the first ever image of a supermassive black hole. While the evidence for the existence of black holes is compelling, Scientists will continue to argue the contrary until physical, observational evidence is provided. Now, a dedicated team of astrophysicists armed with a global fleet of powerful telescopes is out to change that. If they succeed, they will snap the first ever picture of the monstrously massive black hole thought to live at the center of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. This ambitious project, called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), is incredibly tricky, but recent advances in their research are encouraging the team to push forward, now. The reason EHT needs to be so complex is because black holes, by nature, do not emit light and are, therefore, invisible. In fact, black holes survive by gobbling up light and any other matter — nearby dust, gas, and stars — that fall into their powerful clutches. The EHT team is going to zoom in on a miniscule spot on the sky toward the center of the Milky Way where they believe to be the event horizon of a supermassive black hole weighing in at 4 million times more massive than our sun. We can still see the material, however, right before it falls into eternal darkness. The EHT team is going to try and glimpse this ring of radiation that outlines the event horizon. Experts call this outline the "shadow" of a black hole, and it's this shadow that the EHT team is ultimately after to prove the existence of black holes."
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Ultrasound used to create Haptics, that can be touched and felt

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Bristol University use ultrasound focused to create 3d objects out of the thin air. The research, led by Dr Ben Long and colleagues Professor Sriram Subramanian, Sue Ann Seah and Tom Carter from the University of Bristol’s Department of Computer Science, could change the way 3D shapes are used. The new technology could enable surgeons to explore a CT scan by enabling them to feel a disease, such as a tumour, using haptic feedback. The method uses ultrasound, which is focussed onto hands above the device and that can be felt. By focussing complex patterns of ultrasound, the air disturbances can be seen as floating 3D shapes. Visually, the researchers have demonstrated the ultrasound patterns by directing the device at a thin layer of oil so that the depressions in the surface can be seen as spots when lit by a lamp. “In the future, people could feel holograms of objects that would not otherwise be touchable, such as feeling the differences between materials in a CT scan or understanding the shapes of artefacts in a museum.”"
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Apple Cofounder: The Famous Apple Startup Garage Is a Myth

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "When thinking about the early days of Apple, most people who know even a little bit about the company probably picture Steve Jobs and cofounder Steve Wozniak busily brainstorming in a small garage in Silicon Valley. That's how the story goes — in fact, the garage where they famously started the company was even deemed a historical site last year. Wozniak, however, doesn't really see that location as a crucial part of Apple's history. "The garage is a bit of a myth," he told Bloomberg Businessweek's Brandon Lisy when asked whether the garage was important to Apple's story. "We did no designs there, no breadboarding, no prototyping, no planning of products. We did no manufacturing there." The garage served as a familiar location for him and Jobs in the early days, Wozniak said, but that's about it. "The garage didn't service much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home," he said. "We had no money. You have to work out of your home when you have no money.""
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World on course for warmest year

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "This year is in the running to be the hottest globally since records began, early estimates show. In the first 10 months of 2014, global average air temperature was about 0.57 Celsius above the long-term average. A separate study by the UK Met Office says the observed temperatures would be highly unlikely without the influence of greenhouse gases produced by humans. The Secretary-General of the WMO, Michel Jarraud, said the preliminary data for 2014 was "consistent with what we expect from a changing climate." So if 2014 does prove to set a new record for global average temperatures, it will have been without the warming contribution of an El Nino."
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Google confirms kid friendly services are on the way

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "With Google processing 40,000 search queries a second — or 1.2 trillion a year — it's a safe bet that many of those doing the Googling are kids. Little surprise then that beginning next year the tech giant plans to create specific versions of its most popular products for those 12 and younger. The most likely candidates are those that are already popular with a broad age group, such as search, YouTube and Chrome. "The big motivator inside the company is everyone is having kids, so there's a push to change our products to be fun and safe for children," Pavni Diwanji, the vice president of engineering charged with leading the new initiative, told USA TODAY."
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UK announces 'Google Tax'

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Today George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a diverted profits tax "We will make sure multinationals pay their fair share of tax. We will introduce a 25% tax on profits from multinationals here in the UK which they artificially shift out of the UK. Today we’re putting a stop to it. It’s unfair to British people.". Many technology companies have been criticised for paying small amounts of tax in the UK despite Britain being one of the most important online markets in the world. Intellectual property payments to holding companies, the movement of sales activity to lower tax jurisdictions and the cost of licensing fees to holding companies all confuse the picture and allow firms with very mobile business models (such as in the technology sector) to be highly tax efficient. "If you abuse our tax system, you abuse the trust of the British people," Mr Osborne continued in his speech to the Conservative conference. "My message to these companies is clear. We will put a stop to it. Low taxes, but low taxes that are paid.""
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Child abuse database containing millions of images to launch

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about three weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Data taken from tens of millions of child abuse photos and videos will shortly be used as part of a new police system to aid investigations into suspected paedophiles across the UK. The obscene material was seized during previous operations. The project, called the Child Abuse Image Database (Caid), will be launched by the Prime Minister at an internet safety event on Thursday 11 December. To help compare the images, Caid makes use of a unique signature assigned to each one — known as a hash value — the equivalent of a "digital fingerprint". Detectives will be able to plug seized hard drives into the system so they can be scanned and their contents similarly encoded to see if the resulting signatures match. Other techniques, including object matching and visual similarity analysis, are also employed. Caid will also be able to use GPS data from photographs to pinpoint where they were taken. Detectives will also be able to upload new, unfamiliar images of child abuse to a central computer server so that colleagues elsewhere in the UK can help try and identify those involved."
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How 5G will change the world

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about three weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The global race is on to develop 5G, the fifth generation of mobile network. While 5G will follow in the footsteps of 4G and 3G, this time scientists are more excited. They say 5G will be different — very different. "5G will be a dramatic overhaul and harmonisation of the radio spectrum," says Prof Rahim Tafazolli who is the lead at the UK's multimillion-pound government-funded 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. To pave the way for 5G the ITU is comprehensively restructuring the parts of the radio network used to transmit data, while allowing pre-existing communications, including 4G and 3G, to continue functioning. 5G will also run faster, a lot faster. Prof Tafazolli now believes it is possible to run a wireless data connection at an astounding 800Gbps — that's 100 times faster than current 5G testing. A speed of 800Gbps would equate to downloading 800 HD films — in a single second. Samsung hopes to launch a temporary trial 5G network in time for 2018's Winter Olympic Games."
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France Wants To Get Rid Of Diesel Fuel

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about three weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "France wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for private passenger transport and will put in place a system to identify the most polluting vehicles, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday. Next year, the government will launch a car identification system that will rank vehicles by the amount of pollution they emit, Valls said in a speech. This will make it possible for local authorities to limit city access for the dirtiest cars. "In France, we have long favoured the diesel engine. This was a mistake, and we will progressively undo that, intelligently and pragmatically," Valls said. About 80 percent of French motorists drive diesel-powered cars. Valls said taxation would have to orient citizens towards more ecological choices, notably the 2015 state budget measures to reduce the tax advantage of diesel fuel versus gas."
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Kim Dotcom declares he is 'broke' because of legal fight

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about three weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Kim Dotcom, the founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, has declared himself "broke". The entrepreneur said he had spent $10m (£6.4m) on legal costs since being arrested in New Zealand in 2012 and accused of internet piracy. Mr Dotcom had employed a local law firm to fight the US's attempt to extradite him, but his defence team stepped down a fortnight ago without explaining why. Mr Dotcom said he would now represent himself at a bail hearing on Thursday. He denies charges of racketeering, conspiring to commit copyright infringement and money laundering. He told a conference in London, via a video link, that his lawyers had resigned because he had run out of money. "The [US authorities] have certainly managed to drain my resources and dehydrate me, and without lawyers I am defenceless," he said. "They used that opportunity to try and get my bail revoked and that's what I'm facing.""
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Google should be broken up, say European MPs

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about three weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The European Parliament has voted in favour of breaking Google up, as a solution to complaints that it favours is own services in search results. Politicians have no power to enforce a break-up, but the landmark vote sends a clear message to European regulators to get tough on the net giant. US politicians and trade bodies have voiced their dismay at the vote. The ultimate decision will rest with EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. She has inherited the anti-competitive case lodged by Google's rivals in 2010. Google has around 90% market share for search in Europe. The Commission has never before ordered the break-up of any company, and many believe it is unlikely to do so now. But politicians are desperate to find a solution to the long-running anti-competitive dispute with Google."

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