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Businesses

Steve Albini: The Music Industry Is a Parasite -- and Copyright Is Dead 189 189

journovampire sends word of another thought-provoking rant from Steve Albini (mentioned here last a few years back for his paean to the beauty of analog tape for recording): The veteran producer addressed an audience in Barcelona on Saturday: "The old copyright model – the person who creates something owns it and anyone else that wants to use it or see it has to pay them – has expired."
Privacy

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay 510 510

cold fjord writes "The Hill reports, 'Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) predicted Sunday that lawmakers who favored shutting down the bulk collection of telephone metadata would not be successful in their efforts as Congress weighs potential reforms to the nation's controversial intelligence programs. "I don't believe so," Feinstein said during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press (video). "The president has very clearly said that he wants to keep the capability So I think we would agree with him. I know a dominant majority of the — everybody, virtually, except two or three, on the Senate Intelligence Committee would agree with that." ... "A lot of the privacy people, perhaps, don't understand that we still occupy the role of the Great Satan. New bombs are being devised. New terrorists are emerging, new groups, actually, a new level of viciousness," Feinstein said. "We need to be prepared. I think we need to do it in a way that respects people's privacy rights."'"

+ - Obamacare Website violates GPL->

An anonymous reader writes: According to the Weekly Standard, the troubled Healthcare Marketplace website (www.healthcare.gov) uses code from DataTables.net, dual-licensed under GPL 2 or a BSD license, without attribution, even going so far as to remove the copyright notice. While the effort is undoubtedly a complex software engineering project, the lack of scruples is only slightly more troubling that the engine was designed by a company that apparently didn't realize that client-side code is easy to examine.
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+ - NSA App Ideas to Popularize Spying and Big Data->

reifman writes: Perhaps the reason the NSA's surveillance programs are so unpopular with Americans is that we haven't seen any of the potential consumer benefits that spying and big data can provide. Here are ten ideas for the productization and monetization of the NSA's spying infrastructure to inspire Americans to consider the bright side of the dark arts.
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Comment: Re:But how does it sound? (Score 1) 315 315

I have always pronounced it Gif, even though I know it is wrong, and jif is correct. I figure if people can get away with hair ace ment instead of hair ass ment I can do this :D

I thought that the new, properly sensitive way of pronouncing it was "harris-ment" rather than the traditional "her-ass-ment" because the the latter was too sexually harassing...

Security

US Suspects Iran Was Behind a Wave of Cyberattacks 292 292

SternisheFan writes in with this Times article about more trouble brewing between the U.S. and Iran. "American intelligence officials are increasingly convinced that Iran was the origin of a serious wave of network attacks that crippled computers across the Saudi oil industry and breached financial institutions in the United States, episodes that contributed to a warning last week from Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta that the United States was at risk of a 'cyber-Pearl Harbor.' After Mr. Panetta's remarks on Thursday night, American officials described an emerging shadow war of attacks and counterattacks already under way between the United States and Iran in cyberspace. Among American officials, suspicion has focused on the 'cybercorps' that Iran's military created in 2011 — partly in response to American and Israeli cyberattacks on the Iranian nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz — though there is no hard evidence that the attacks were sanctioned by the Iranian government. The attacks emanating from Iran have inflicted only modest damage. Iran's cyberwarfare capabilities are considerably weaker than those in China and Russia, which intelligence officials believe are the sources of a significant number of probes, thefts of intellectual property and attacks on American companies and government agencies."
Iphone

+ - SPAM: iPhone App Developer In London

Kennedy Walter writes: "It is best for all iPhone application developers to study crucial frameworks. They can easily build robust and also powerful applications by making use of all these framework. Every single framework has received its private distinctive functions. Pick the one which can gratify all your requirements."
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Comment: Re:here we go again (Score 1) 244 244

Worst that can happen: Britain says no, what can the United States do then? Britain has to agree for the extradition, yes? If this guy gets extradited it's not only on the American government that's responsible

No, the worst that could happen is that he fights extradition in a British court and loses, with the judgement rendered in such a way that it drastically lowers the bar for future cases.

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