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Censorship

+ - Another blow to Irish online freedom->

Submitted by Diabolus Advocatus
Diabolus Advocatus (1067604) writes "As an Irishman I am more and more disgusted every day by blatant disregard of net neutrality and freedom of speech in Ireland. Whether it's eircom censoring thepiratebay and cutting off users accused of filesharing or the blasphemy law introduced in 2009. Previously, it's been discovered from documents obtained through FOI that the Irish government is in discussions regarding implementing a filter like China, or Iran. Disgusting and worrying.

The latest development in the restriction of Irish internet use is from mobile operator o2, which has blocked access to the popular image hosting site i.imgur.com. As usual, the excuse is 'dear god, think of the children' pushed by the masterminds of the blockade and self-appointed internet police — The IWF ."

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Media

+ - DRM Take II - Digital Personal Property 1

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Diabolus Advocatus
Diabolus Advocatus writes "Ars Technica has an article on a new form of DRM being considered by the IEEE. It's called Digital Personal Property and although it removes some of the drawbacks of conventional DRM it introduces new drawbacks of its own. From the article:

Digital personal property (DPP) is an attempt to make consumers treat digital media like physical objects. For instance, you might loan your car to a friend, a family member, or a neighbor. You might do so on many different occasions and for different lengths of time. But you are unlikely to leave the car out front of your house with the keys in it and a sign on it saying, "Take me!" If you did, you might never see the vehicle again.

It's that the ability to lose control over property that is central to the DPP system. DPP files are encrypted. They can be freely copied and distributed to anyone, but here's the trick: anyone who can view your content can also "steal" it irrevocably. The simple addition of a way to lose content instantly leads consumers to set up a "circle of trust" that can be as wide as they like but will not extend to total strangers on the Internet."
The Internet

+ - Not every cloud has a silver lining 1

Submitted by Diabolus Advocatus
Diabolus Advocatus (1067604) writes "Cory Doctorow has an interesting article on guardian.co.uk addressing what cloud computing really means for the average consumer:

The tech press is full of people who want to tell you how completely awesome life is going to be when everything moves to "the cloud" — that is, when all your important storage, processing and other needs are handled by vast, professionally managed data-centres.

Here's something you won't see mentioned, though: the main attraction of the cloud to investors and entrepreneurs is the idea of making money from you, on a recurring, perpetual basis, for something you currently get for a flat rate or for free without having to give up the money or privacy that cloud companies hope to leverage into fortunes."
Censorship

+ - The real reason behind eircom's Pirate Bay block 1

Submitted by Diabolus Advocatus
Diabolus Advocatus (1067604) writes "As has been discussed before, Ireland's largest ISP — eircom — began blocking thepiratebay.org on Sept 1st 2009. At first it appeared that eircom were trying to appease the record labels and affiliated cronies. Now it appears the censorship has a more sinister background.

For anyone not with eircom I have mirrored the notice page eircom customers see when trying to access thepiratebay.org here. As you will notice in the "Legal Downloading" section near the bottom, it states that eircom are working with the labels to "to develop an innovative new music service for eircom and non-eircom customers"."
The Courts

+ - EMC, Donatelli File Lawsuits Over Jump to HP->

Submitted by Diabolus Advocatus
Diabolus Advocatus (1067604) writes "The fate of David Donatelli, former head of EMC's storage unit, may be decided by the courts. EMC and Donatelli have filed lawsuits against each other over Donatelli's plan to join EMC competitor Hewlett-Packard, the Reuters wire service reported.

HP announced Tuesday that Donatelli, president of EMC's storage division, will join HP on May 5 as executive vice president for enterprise servers, storage, and networking. But analysts questioned whether a non-compete clause would interfere with HP's plans to steal a top executive from a competitor."

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Media

+ - Hacker cracks Netflix 'Watch Now' Movies->

Submitted by Diabolus Advocatus
Diabolus Advocatus (1067604) writes "At the start of 2007 Netflix started offering a 'Watch Now' service that lets subscribers watch flicks and tv shows online at no extra cost. The limit is one hour per dollar, so if you pay $18 for your subscription, you get 18 hours of credits to watch shit online. All well and good, but the trouble is that Netflix doesn't easily allow you to save the flicks and watch them at your leisure because the films are entrapped in some shittastic Windows Media DRM wrapper. Let's see if we can fix that. This guide will thus show you how to save and decrypt the movies from Netflix so that you can convert them to other mediums and watch them at your leisure."
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