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Australia

+ - 152 Court ruling shuts down Australian cloud TV recorders->

Submitted by joshgnosis
joshgnosis (1852688) writes "In the wake of an Australian Federal Court ruling last month that free-to-air TV recording app Optus TV Now was infringing on the copyright of some of the country's biggest sports broadcasts, two other services — Beem and MyTVR have also been forced to suspend their services.

Beem lashed out at the ruling, telling customers that their rights had been "diminished' by the judgment and rights owners were "scared" of cloud-based TV recording services in the same way they once were of VCRs."

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+ - 111 Lib-ray: Non-DRM, Open, HD Video Standard->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Terry Hancock wants to create a new HD Video Standard for MMC solid state devices (SDHC, for instance). It employs HTML5 for interaction, VP8 video (up to 4k), FLAC/Vorbis audio, in the MKV container.
Its focus is to provide a standard for free-culture artists, absent the commercial trappings of DRM/TPM, so that their work can reach people without having to pay the corporate tithe(s) associated with the gates on (for instance) playback equipment."

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Science

+ - 289 Faculty vote for open access policy at UC San Francisco->

Submitted by Marian the Librarian
Marian the Librarian (1829916) writes "UCSF is among the first public institutions to adopt an open access policy and the largest scientific institution to have such a policy. The policy, voted unanimously by the faculty, will allow UCSF authors to put electronic versions of their published scientific articles on an open access repository making their research findings freely available to the public."
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+ - 328 BitTorrent Traffic Falls In The U.S.->

Submitted by CAKAS
CAKAS (2646219) writes "After legal actions taken by several industry outfits, BitTorrent traffic has fallen in the United States to the all time low of 12.7 percent of internet traffic. However, this trend seems to be unique to the U.S. — In other parts of the world, like Europe and Asia, BitTorrent traffic continues to rise. "According to Sandvine, the absence of legal alternatives is one of the reasons for these high P2P traffic shares". In the U.S. legal content delivery has flourished and provided customers easy access to content. This seems to suggest that due to these alternatives, people are less willing to pirate and pay the publishers for entertainment."
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Google

+ - 242 Call for DOJ to reopen Google Wi-Fi spying investigation->

Submitted by
angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Two U.S. lawmakers have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into Google's snooping on Wi-Fi networks in 2010 after recent questions about the company's level of cooperation with federal inquiries. Representatives Frank Pallone Jr., a New Jersey Democrat, and John Barrow, a Georgia Democrat, called on the DOJ to fully investigate Google's actions for potential violations of federal wiretapping laws. In light of a recently released U.S. Federal Communications Commission report on Wi-Fi snooping by Google Street View cars, the DOJ should take a new look at the company's actions, wrote the lawmakers in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder."
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Science

+ - 317 Sound increases the efficiency of boiling->

Submitted by
hessian
hessian writes "Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology achieved a 17-percent increase in boiling efficiency by using an acoustic field to enhance heat transfer. The acoustic field does this by efficiently removing vapor bubbles from the heated surface and suppressing the formation of an insulating vapor film."
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Sun Microsystems

+ - 212 Radius of sun more accurately measured during eclipse->

Submitted by
Anonymous Squonk
Anonymous Squonk writes "The measurement of the sun currently in use was actually calculated over 120 years ago, and is off by hundreds of kilometers. Thousands of ordinary Japanese citizens worked together to improve this estimate. By measuring the borders of the "ring of fire" effect of the recent eclipse, and using the known size and distance from the Earth of the sun, the radius of the Sun was measured as 696,010 kilometers, with a margin of error of only 20 kilometers."
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Advertising

+ - 144 Sony Patent To Stop Your Gaming To Try And Sell You Products?->

Submitted by
TheGift73
TheGift73 writes "Sony, have a patent that would allow them to stop your gaming in its tracks to try to sell you products.

The patent was filled on 22nd July 2011 and published on 10th November 2011 and would, without a doubt, be the most annoying thing imaginable when it come to immersing yourself into a game. People pay quite a bit of money these days for the latest games, so having those interrupted by dumb advertising would be a game killer. Here’s a more detailed description of how it would be implemented.

Embodiments of the present invention provide an advertisement scheme for use with interactive content, such as for example video games, entertainment software, or any other type of interactive content. In some embodiments, during game play, the game slows down, then stops, and a commercial is played. The user may be given an indication or other warning that a commercial is coming. By way of example, the indication may comprise a slowing down of the game play. This way, when the game slows down, the user knows to get ready for a commercial, the game then stops, and the commercial is played. After the commercial, the game resumes (i.e. starts again). In some embodiments the game may resume by slowly starting again, which allows the user to remember where he or she was in the game.

Abstract:

“A method for use in advertising includes initiating playing of interactive content, suspending playing of the interactive content, displaying an advertisement, and resuming playing of the interactive content. A computer program product includes a medium embodying a computer program for causing a computer to perform these operations, and a system for use in advertising includes a display and a processing system configured to perform these operations.”

Now, the good news is, is that not all patents are forthcoming, but still, what idiot though it would be a good idea?"

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+ - 97 Ask Slashdot: Monitoring Radioiodine Levels at Home? 1

Submitted by
Garthilk
Garthilk writes "My wife was recently diagnosed with Thyroid cancer and as part of her treatment will be given Iodine-131, a radioactive version of Iodine. After which she'll be sent home an placed in exclusion for a short period of time. What types of home monitoring are avliable to ensure saftey for myself and children given that excretion rates vary per person?"
Cellphones

+ - 146 Facebook Releases Instagram Clone Two Months After Acquisition->

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redletterdave
redletterdave writes "Six days after the company's IPO and two months after it acquired photo-sharing app company Instagram for $1 billion, Facebook debuted a photo app of its own on Thursday, called Facebook Camera. The app is now available as a free download in the App Store, and it's currently only available for iPhone and iPod Touch owners. Facebook Camera is set up very similarly to Instagram and includes most of the same features (including photo filters), but Dirk Stoop, Facebook's product manager for photos, said Facebook was working on this application long before the Instagram acquisition on April 9."
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Patents

+ - 183 Can you patent a steak?->

Submitted by DutchUncle
DutchUncle (826473) writes "Someone at Oklahoma State University has "discovered" a new steak. By now I would have thought that every possible part of a cow was already discovered, not to mention used for something. I can understand trademarking a name for a particular cut of meat; I can understand copyrighting the published instructions on what to cut where; but can this be novel enough for a patent?"
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Google

+ - 230 What The Final Decision On Oracle v. Google Really Means->

Submitted by
snydeq
snydeq writes "The jury decided yesterday that Google did not infringe on Oracle's patents related to Android. Fantastic news — but the wider view offers little comfort, writes Simon Phipps. 'While the specific news of the patent phase verdict is good news for most people, the case still tells a sad story about software patents. The complexity found by the jury shows why software patents fail to deliver on the contract with society that they should represent. Unlike real patents, software patents contain little of value to the programmer: no sample code, only stylized algorithms. Instead, they consist mainly of a list of ways a lawyer can assert that the patent has been infringed. Even then, they are linguistically complex, leaving juries scratching their heads to interpret.'"
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Data Storage

+ - 101 Higher hard drive prices are the new normal->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It’s been several months since the flood waters in Thailand began receding and since ExtremeTech posted its last edition of HDD PriceWatch, but we’ve finally begun to see more stable prices for various hard drives. Through February and March, prices fluctuated significantly, often moving in contradictory directions. Now that things have settled, how’s the storage market faring?"
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China

+ - 151 China enhances military capabilities with UAVs->

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ericjones12398
ericjones12398 writes "Last month, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) published several photos of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a frigate as it crossed from the East China Sea into the strait of Osumi. The UAV, which was photographed in operation by a Japanese surveillance aircraft, was not owned by the United States or Israel — two major players in this segment of the aerospace industry. It is the property of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Interestingly, this unnamed UAV — which has never been seen before — was being deployed on a Chinese Type 054A missile frigate which, unlike an aircraft carrier, does not have a landing strip.
This UAV sighting is very much in alignment with the findings of a recent report published by The Teal Group. The Teal Group, a US beltway aerospace and defense research firm, has projected the worldwide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) market to double over the next decade. This means that the current worldwide expenditures of $6.6 billion are expected to exceed $89 billion within ten years. China plans on being part of this trend, and The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has an immediate vested interest in the military application of such technologies. Traditionally, the PLA has been a long-time supporter of UAV technologies and has partnered with such firms as the Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) to both reverse engineer and develop their own UAV related technologies."

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Security

+ - 224 Security Expert Fools And Records Fake Antivirus Scammers->

Submitted by ancientribe
ancientribe (1057834) writes "Phony AV scammers posing as Microsoft dialed the wrong number when they inadvertently phoned a security researcher at home. He lured them into a honeypot to study their actions, and posted the video online here. His main takeaway: they were "Stone Age" when it came to their tech know-how."
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Security

+ - 243 New Jersey Mayor and Son arrested for nuking recall website->

Submitted by phaedrus5001
phaedrus5001 (1992314) writes "The mayor of West New York, New Jersey was arrested by the FBI after he and his son illegally took down a website that was calling for the recall of mayor Felix Roque (the site is currently down).
From the article: "According to the account of FBI Special Agent Ignace Ertilus, Felix and Joseph Roque took a keen interest in the recall site as early as February. In an attempt to learn the identity of the person behind the site, the younger Roque set up an e-mail account under a fictitious name and contacted an address listed on the website. He offered some "very good leads" if the person would agree to meet him. When the requests were repeatedly rebuffed, Joseph Rogue allegedly tried another route. He pointed his browser to Google and typed the search strings "hacking a Go Daddy Site," "recallroque log-in," and "html hacking tutorial."""

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Cellphones

+ - 149 Cellphone Vibration Syndrome, Other Signs of Tech Addiction->

Submitted by
CWmike
CWmike writes "It turns out that the phantom cellphone vibration syndrome is fairly common. Ask around. See if you can find someone who believed the smartphone in their pocket was vibrating but found when they checked, there was nothing new. No call. No text. There's a growing body of research on phantom vibrations and many of the other problems associated with technology obsession, all of which is explored by Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in his new book, 'iDisorder'. Rosen, who earned his bachelors degree in mathematics before getting a Ph.D in psychology, examines technology's impact on our lives. His book, which combines the latest research with his own experience, anecdote and observation, warns about obsessive technological use and offers practical advice for keeping tech at bay. Rosen talks to Computerworld's Patrick Thibodeau about some of the issues associated with unhealthy, or least unreasonable, levels of tech obsession."
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+ - 146 Video Maps: Driving directions in video-> 1

Submitted by
amarpal
amarpal writes "Although google maps and other maps have made it to India and you can indeed see finer details, drivings directions using these maps is still a nightmare. I came across vidteq: http://www.vidteq.com/ They have actually driven through roads in Bangalore (now Bengaluru) and have taken videos. And when you specify your stat and end points, it actually provides the video navigation. Pretty cool concept.

On a different note, I wonder if these guys could do it, what was wrong with google street view when they were stopped by the local authorities; read this: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-13853251"

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