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+ - 164 Valve Removes Right for Class Action Claims from EULA-> 2

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trawg
trawg writes "Valve have joined the list of companies that have altered their terms and conditions to prevent users from filing a class action suit. Their official statement says that such claims "impose unnecessary expense and delay" and are "designed to benefit the class action lawyers". A new arbitration process is also included, in which Valve will reimburse costs (under certain circumstances) when dispute resolution can't be solved through their normal support process."
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Apple

+ - 159 Samsung's legal fillings show pre-IPhone designs

Submitted by parallel_prankster
parallel_prankster (1455313) writes "In it's legal fillings for the case against Apple Corp. Samsung has shown that it was considering putting to market in the summer of 2006, six months before the unveiling of the iPhone, a number of phone designs that have been claimed by Apple as stolen from the Iphone. It extends to more than just the hardware — Samsung was also working on interfaces that looks remarkably like iOS (actually, that look remarkably like PalmOS) — in the summer and fall of 2006. Again, before the iPhone was released. Samsung is being accused of stealing, even thought the company was clearly working on what it supposedly stole before the iPhone was even released. Samsung's phones bear more resemblance to its own pre-iPhone designs than to the iPhone, yet Apple and its supporters still insist Samsung is a thief. Another article on this is available here ."
Verizon

+ - 163 FCC rules that Verizon cannot charge for tethering->

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schleprock63
schleprock63 writes "The FCC ruled today that Verizon cannot charge extra for users for 4G WiFi tethering. The FCC used the original agreement in the auction of the C block spectrum which said "licensees offering service on C Block spectrum 'shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network, subject to narrow exceptions". So Verizon cannot charge for tethering on 4G service, this begs the question of whether they can continue to charge for tethering on 3G or 1x?"
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NASA

+ - 158 Space scientists looking to crowd-fund planetary exploration

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The Bad Astronomer
The Bad Astronomer writes "The White House budget for NASA in 2013 is bleak, with big cuts in many areas. None is worse hit than planetary exploration, which got slammed with a 20% reduction. Several top-notch space scientists have taken matters into their own hands, looking to create a privately-funded alternative for space exploration. Called Uwingu — Swahili for "sky" — they're hoping to get seed money to create a program which can generate millions in donations to explore our solar system. Astronomer Pamela Gay has more info at her blog, Star Stryder."

+ - 141 When Porn Copyright Trolls Attack And Judges Fight Back->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "Everyone has heard of patent trolls or copyright trolls but the rapid evolution of the new porn troll has scientists puzzled. This new species of lawyer has emerged in the past two years as an intriguing example of how natural selection can quickly influence the trajectory of a species. Like its brethren, the porn troll issues a flood of letters to alleged infringers. Porn trolls gather several hundred anonymous users who are identified only by IP address, files suit against all of them simultaneously, subpoenas the ISP, and sends a letter to the alleged defendants. There's substantial evidence that the plaintiffs filing these suits had little interest in bringing them to trial and were instead attempting to make a quick buck through scary language and pressure tactics. The good news is that judges across the country are increasingly slamming the lid on this abuse of the system. Judge Gary Brown criticized the attempt to link IP addresses to particular people, noting that "it is no more likely that the subscriber to an IP address carried out a particular computer function, than to say that an individual who pays the telephone bill made a specific telephone call."
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+ - 152 Security expert: Huawei routers riddles with vulnerabilities->

Submitted by sabri
sabri (584428) writes "Cnet reports in this article that German security expert Felix Lindner has unearthed several vulnerabilities in Huawei's carrier grade routers. These vulnerabilities could potentially enable attackers, or the Chinese government, to snoop on users' traffic and/or perform a man-in-the-middle attack. While these routers are mostly in use in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, they are increasingly being used in other parts of the world as well, because of their dirt-cheap pricing.

Disclaimer: I work for one of their competitors."

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+ - 193 Ask Slashdot: Is There a Professional Geek Dress Code?

Submitted by KateKintail
KateKintail (1181377) writes "I'm being promoted to be a director of a computer/web services department at work with staff members (not yet hired) working under me. My workplace doesn’t have a dress code 95% of the year. Is this the end of my days of jeans and enjoyably geeky t-shirts? Is there a way to dress professionally in the workplace as a boss (the kind that doesn’t need to be defeated at the end of a level) while still showing my Browncoat or Whovian love as I crawl under cobwebby desks to check that equipment is properly plugged in?"
Businesses

+ - 219 Internet billionaire creates HUGE physics prize->

Submitted by gbrumfiel
gbrumfiel (1917934) writes "Billionaire Internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner has spontaneously awarded $3 million prizes to nine prominent theoretical physicists. The new, Fundamental Physics Prize dwarfs awards like the Nobel, which this year is estimated to be worth some $1.2 million (and that's before it's split by up to three winners). It's so much money that some theorists fear it could distort the field. Milner says that his only purpose of the new prize was to promote the field, which he studied in the 1980s: "The intention was to say that science is as important as a shares rating on Wall Street," he told Nature ."
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Technology

+ - 161 'Huge Spike' in US Viewers Using Proxy Servers to Watch BBC Olympic coverage-> 2

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DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 writes "NBC is the sole broadcaster of the London 2012n Olympics in the US, having paid $1.1bn for the privilege.

However the Twitter hastag #NBCfails quickly started trending last Friday, when it was revealed that NBC would only be showing delayed coverage of most events on TV, including Danny Boyle's opening ceremony.

While NBC is providing live streaming through its website, you need to have a valid cable subscription in order to view the events.

This has seen many tech savvy US viewers turning to proxy servers to view the BBC's Olympic coverage, which doesn't need any sign-in to view — once your IP address looks like it is coming from the UK.

One provider of VPN services, HideMyAss.com has seen a ten-fold increase in new customers signing up for their services since last Friday."

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Biotech

+ - 138 Pills with digestible microchips approved by US drug agency->

Submitted by ananyo
ananyo (2519492) writes "Digestible microchips embedded in drugs may soon tell doctors whether a patient is taking their medications as prescribed. The 'digital pills' are the first ingestible devices approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The pills contain a sand-particle sized sensor, consisting of a minute silicon chip containing trace amounts of magnesium and copper. When swallowed, it generates a slight voltage in response to digestive juices, which conveys a signal to the surface of a person’s skin where a patch then relays the information to a mobile phone belonging to a healthcare-provider. Currently, the FDA, and the analogous regulatory agency in Europe have only approved the device based on studies showing its safety and efficacy when implanted in placebo pills. But Proteus Digital Health, the manufacturer, hopes to have the device approved within other drugs in the near future."

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+ - 249 Teenager arrested in England for criticising Olympic athlete on Twitter-> 14

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A teenager from Dorset, England was arrested for sending a Twitter message to Olympic athlete Tom Daley saying: "You let your dad down i hope you know that." Police arrested the 17 year old boy as part of an investigation into "malicious tweets" after Daley and his team mate missed out on a medal. Daley's father died from cancer last year.

While it is rarely used and the police have not indicated whether they are pressing charges, the Communications Act 2003 s.127 covers the sending of improper messages. Section 127(1)(a) relates to a message that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character. Shaun duffy was convicted and sentenced earlier this year under Scots law.

I look forward to tens of thousands of arrests across England over the next few days as all public remarks which may cause offence, regardless of their target, are investigated by the law."

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Power

+ - 174 Half of India Without Electricity as Power Grid Crisis Deepens

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "BBC reports that a massive power breakdown has hit India for a second day running, leaving more than half the country without power as the northern and eastern grids have both collapsed. The breakdown has hit a large swathe of the country including Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan states in the north, and West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand in the east. Power cuts are a common occurrence in Indian cities because of a fundamental shortage of power and an aging grid and the chaos caused by such cuts has led to protests and unrest on the streets but the collapse of an entire grid is rare — the last time the northern grid failed was in 2001. India's demand for electricity has soared in recent years as its economy has grown but its power infrastructure has been unable to meet the growing needs. In the weeks leading up to the failure, extreme heat had caused power use to reach record levels in New Delhi and on July 30 a line feeding into the Agra-Bareilly transmission section, the 400-kV Bina-Gwalior line, tripped, triggering the collapse. The second grid collapse occurred on 31 July as the Northern, Eastern and North-Eastern power grids of India tripped/failed causing power blackout in 19 states across India. The crisis was allegedly triggered after four states — Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and UP — drew much more than their assigned share of power."
Input Devices

+ - 139 Microsoft Releases Batch of New Input Devices

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "To accompany Windows 8, Microsoft has released some interesting keyboard and mouse devices, all being wireless and using Bluetooth. The Wedge Touch Mouse is an artful product which is an angular wedge, being compact enough for travel too. Wedge Mobile Keyboard follows the style of laptop keyboards and includes a snap-on cover. Sculpt Touch Mouse is more like a classic mouse but features a four-way touch scroll strip. Finally we have Sculpt Mobile Keyboard which is a lighter version of a classic curved keyboard. All four are on the expensive side, but at first impression seem high-quality."
Printer

+ - 178 Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), Gun Control, Patent Law->

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retroworks
retroworks writes "J.D. Tuccille of the conservative think tank Reason Foundation covers Sebastion Anthony's Extreme Tech write-up of the first working 3D Printed Gun. According to Anthony, the partly plastic ".22-caliber pistol, formed from a 3D-printed AR-15 (M16) lower receiver, and a normal, commercial upper" fired 200 rounds without any sign of wear and tear. Tuccille takes the discovery in the direction of politically topical gun control. But in my mind, the example of AM technology raises even more questions about patent law enforcement. Will 3D printing be to the Anti-gray-market-alliance what online porn became to neighborhood blue laws?"
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Linux

+ - 151 What was the top desktop at Black Hat? Linux. That's Right. Linux->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "The Linux desktop is alive and well, no matter what others might say. At the recent Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Linux was the top desktop OS used by attendees, eclipsing both Windows and MacOS.
So next time anyone says to you that no one uses the Linux desktop — just tell em the smartest security professionals in the world do."

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