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Submission + - Encrypting Your Hard Drive No Longer Works Against (

ACKyushu writes: A federal judge in Colorado has ruled that decrypting a computer hard drive does not count as self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment. Judge Robert Blackburn has ordered Ramona Fricosu, who is charged with fraud, to release the contents of her computer's encrypted hard drive.

Comment Re:Makes you wonder.... (Score 1) 204

I don't know, I find that to be kind of pessimistic. I think those communities, as well as Slashdot do a lot of good when motivated. Reddit does 28 million unique visitors a month and 4chan does roughly ten million. Maybe most people don't visit these sites every day but the people that do seem to be well informed and motivated to change things they disagree with. I think 2011 was a good illustration that change is coming and hopefully 2012 will see more of the same. I find it sort of invigorating to see people doing something for a change.

Submission + - Scientists create first solar cell with over 100 p (

ACKyushu writes: Researchers over at the National Renewable Energy Lab have reportedly made the first solar cell with an external quantum efficiency over 100 percent. Quantum efficiency relates to the number of electrons-per-second flowing in a solar cell circuit, divided by the number of photons from the energy entering. The NREL team recorded an efficiency topping out at 114 percent, by creating the first working multiple exciton generation (MEG) cell.

Submission + - Sony and George Hotz Settle (

ACKyushu writes: Sony Computer Entertainment America (“SCEA”) and George Hotz (“Hotz”) today announced the settlement of the lawsuit filed by SCEA against Hotz in federal court in San Francisco, California. The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.

Submission + - 4chan leaks Adult video-sharing list from law firm (

ACKyushu writes: Say what you like about 4chan; when they want something done, it gets done.

"The personal details of thousands of Sky broadband customers have been leaked on to the internet, alongside a list of pornographic movies they are alleged to have shared online.
The list, seen by BBC News, details the full names and addresses of over 5,300 people thought by law firm ACS:Law to be illegally sharing adult films."

"The leak contains around 1,000 confidential e-mails, along with the list, which was an attachment on one of the messages.
The collection was then uploaded to file sharing website, The Pirate Baywhere it is being shared by hundreds of users.

"While some of the e-mails, detailing the internal workings of the company, may prove embarrassing, the leaking of an unencrypted document — that lists the personal details of more than 5,300 BSkyB Broadband subscribers alongside a list of adult videos they may have downloaded and shared online — could be a breach of the Data Protection Act."


Submission + - 4chan DDoS Takes Down MPAA and Anti-Piracy Website ( 1

ACKyushu writes: Say what you like about 4Chan, when they want something done, it gets done. Following a call to arms yesterday, the masses inhabiting the anonymous 4chan boards have carried out a huge assault on a pair of anti-piracy enemies. The website of Aiplex Software, the anti-piracy outfit which has been DDoSing torrent sites recently, is currently down having been DDoS’d. They are joined in the Internet wasteland by the MPAA’s website, also currently under huge and sustained attack.

Submission + - 4Chan Takes down MPAA in 8 minutes (

ACKyushu writes: The users at 4chan, a popular image board responsible for many Internet memes such as the Rickroll, lolcats, and the “Anonymous” assault on the Church of Scientology, publicly announced a coordinated DDoS attack against the Motion Picture Association of America in retaliation for the hiring of an Indian based software firm, which carried out similar attacks on The Pirate Bay and other file sharing sites. The attack against started shortly after 9:00 PM EST and took only 8 minutes to bring the entire site to a screeching halt.

Comment Re:Speaking an Unspeakable Truth to Power (Score 1) 165

Well, just from my own humble perspective on your "Unspeakable Truth"... I used to Live in Brooklyn, now I live in Nagasaki. The last time I checked, there was still a hole where the World Trade Center used to be. Nagasaki, not so much. I am pretty sure having less nuclear weapons (smart!) is probably a good thing overall, considering the rate at which Americans rebuild things (...slow.) and the rate we go to war (dumb!) over things. I personally would rather see systematic dismantling of weapons such as these than say; "Well! ODDS ARE...Thing won't go foom unless turrist get one!" and hope for the best.

Submission + - Iran bans Gmail (

ACKyushu writes: Iranians have reported widespread service disruptions to Internet and text messaging services, though mobile phones appeared to be operating normally Wednesday.

Iran's telecommunications agency announced what it described as a permanent suspension of Google Inc.'s email services, saying instead that a national email service for Iranian citizens would soon be rolled out. It wasn't clear late Wednesday what effect the order had on Google's email services in Iran.

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