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Comment: Re:I doubt the ruling matters... (Score 1) 285

by Eroen (#42079949) Attached to: "Anonymous" File-Sharing Darknet Ruled Illegal By German Court

Around here at least, and I have reason to suspect it's similar in Germany, automatic traffic control camera pictures can't be used for fining a driver unless the driver itself is recognisable in the picture. Yes, this means you get out of a ticket if you always drive with a ski-mask. In practice, the picture is included on the backside of the fine which is sent by mail to the registered owner of the vehicle, and if the photo doesn't portray you, you take it to an police station and have it invalidated.

Comment: Re:razer synapse (Score 1) 249

by Eroen (#41928861) Attached to: Why Would a Mouse Need To Connect To the Internet?

It's a sloppy hardware manufacturer. I very much doubt their windows drivers are less than 100MB with the complete bundle of crap they force upon you. Multiply that with ~3 generations of windows apis and add something for macos and some copyright-infringing bad idea for linux, and it won't fit in 512 MB.

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Robotics

+ - Drone duel outwits FAA, but not hackers->

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garymortimer writes "What began as a think tank stunt with a do-it-yourself drone turned into a lesson for researchers on the inadequacy of Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft zoning.

Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, challenged friends to a duel in the sky last weekend with smartphone-controlled toy helicopters purchased from Brookstone. Congress this year mandated that FAA open the U.S. airspace to privately owned drones in 2015. On Sunday, two children younger than 15 helped Wittes win the Drone Smackdown by disabling their opponents’ control panel, or iPhone in this case."

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+ - Former US Register of Copyrights Says New Technology to be Presumed Illegal->

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TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Reminiscent of buggy whip manufacturers taking legal action against auto makers the former US Register of Copyrights Ralph Oman has given an amicus brief in the Aero case http://jstyre.com/misc/Oman_Amicus_20120921.pdf stating that all new technology should be presumed illegal unless and until approved by Congress. He goes further in stating that new technology providers should be forced to apply to Congress to prove that they don't upset existing business models."
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Education

+ - Teachers write an open textbook in a weekend hackathon->

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linjaaho writes "A group of Finnish mathematics researchers, teachers and students write an upper secondary mathematics textbook in a three-day booksprint. The event started on Friday 28th September at 9:00 (GMT+3) and the book will be (hopefully) ready on Sunday evening. The book is written in Finnish.

The result — LaTeX source code and the pdf — is published with open CC-BY-license.

As far as the authors know, this is the first time a course textbook is written in three-day hackathon. The hackathon approach has been used earlier mainly for coding open source software and writing manuals for open source software.

The progress can be followed by visiting the repository at Github or the project Facebook page."

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Games

+ - Minecraft Creator Refuses To Certify Game For Windows 8->

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MojoKid writes "The backlash against Windows 8 from various developers continues, but this time the game's creator isn't just expressing discontent. Notch, the developer behind smash hit Minecraft, has declared that he won't be working with Microsoft to certify Minecraft for Windows 8. Note that this doesn't mean Mincraft won't run on Windows 8. The certification process in question is Microsoft's mandatory rules for submitting content to the Windows game store. In order to be listed there, an application must be Metro-compatible and conform to a laundry list of other conditions. The real problem with Windows 8 is that it locks ARM users into a second class experience. If you buy an x86 tablet, you can download programs from Sourceforge, Github, or any file mirror. If you're an ARM user, you can download programs from the Microsoft store and that's it. The bifurcated permission structure is the problem, and it makes WinRT tablets categorically impossible to recommend for anyone who values the ability to install whatever software they please."
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Space

+ - TALISE aquatic rover may explore a lake on Titan->

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cylonlover (1921924) writes "Titan is Saturn’s largest moon, and it’s said to be one of the most Earth-like celestial bodies in the Solar System. It has a thick atmosphere, and is covered with a network of seas, lakes and rivers – albeit ones made up of liquid hydrocarbons instead of water. Now, a team of scientists are proposing sending a boat-like probe to Titan, that would travel across its largest lake. The probe, which is still in the concept stage, is known as TALISE – that stands for Titan Lake In-situ Sampling Propelled Explorer, although it’s also an Iroquois word for “beautiful water.” The plan calls for it to land in the middle of Ligeia Mare, which is near the moon’s north pole. It would then set out on a six-month to one-year mission, taking scientific measurements and obtaining samples as it makes its way to the closest shore."
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