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Comment: False Positive (Score 1) 513

by Fuzzzy (#35538714) Attached to: AT&T Cracking Down On Unofficial iPhone Tethering
The contacts legally includes tethering tax. However, the weak point is false positives -- users wrongly charged for tethering.
A certain user is suspected for tethering due to an unusual network usage pattern. AT&T charges him for extra $45 for tethering. Since he did not use tethering, they cannot charge him the extra tethering tax. He takes AT&T to the court, and AT&T fails to prove he was tethering. One successful class action is all that is needed to put an end to tethering tax.

Comment: Re:The Real Question (Score 1) 139

by Fuzzzy (#30428680) Attached to: Israeli ISPs Caught Interfering With P2P Traffic
The Ministry of Communication regards such malpractices with an unfavorite eye:

Communications Ministry spokesman Dr. Yechiel Shabi said in response, "The research materials relayed to us paint a picture which arouses the need for thorough examination. After we become familiar with the study's findings, we shall consider the need for interference, supervision or regulation of the matter."

The MoC declared their commitment for the principle of Network Neutrality after a previous case of VoIP blocking by one of the cellular operator in Israel. However, beyond declarations actions are yet to be seen.

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+ - Israeli ISPs caught interfering P2P traffic->

Submitted by Fuzzzy
Fuzzzy (967665) writes "For a long time, many people have suspected that Israeli ISPs are blocking or delaying P2P traffic. However, no hard evidence was provided, and the ISPs denied any interference. Today Ynetnews published a comprehensive research which for the first time proves those suspicions. Using Glasnost and switzerland, evidences for deliberate delays and DPI were found. From TFA:

Since 2007 Ynet has received complaints according to which Israeli ISPs block P2P traffic. Those were brought to the media and were dismissed by the ISPs.
Our findings were that there is direct and deliberate interference in P2P traffic by at least two out of the three major ISPs and that this interference exists by both P2P caching and P2P blocking.

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Biotech

+ - 'Flowers for Algernon' Becoming a Reality

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Ponca City, We love you writes "The Telegraph reports that scientists have created the world's cleverest rat, able to remember objects for three times longer than other rats and better at finding its way through mazes, by modifying a single gene in a technique they believe one day could be used to boost human brainpower. The rat, named Hobbie-J, was injected with genetic material when it was an embryo to boost the NR2B gene which controls memory. “Hobbie-J can remember information for longer. It’s the equivalent of me giving you a telephone number and somehow you remembering it for an hour," says Dr Joe Z Tsien, who led the experiment at the Medical College of Georgia. “Our study provides a solid basis for the rationale that the NR2B gene is critical to enhancing memory. That gene could be used for memory-enhancing drugs.” The success brings hope for future dementia patients, as it is thought the gene enhancement could one day be used in a drug treatment for human brain disorders. However mega-memory could be a major burden says Neuroscientist Guosong Liu. "The danger of extending memory in healthy people could be considerable," Liu says. "There is a reason we forget. We are supposed to leave our bad experiences behind, so they do not haunt us.""

+ - Israel to establish a biometric database->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Israeli Knesset passed today a biometric bill to establish a biometric database for all Israeli citizens. The first two-years are trial period in which participation will be voluntary. However, during that period citizens who will not provide their biometric details will be denied of smart ID cards and biometric passports. After the pilot succeeds, the biometric database will become mandatory, making Israel the first democratic country to have a mandatory biometric database for its citizens."
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+ - Israeli Knesset approves Biometric Database law->

Submitted by Lord Duran
Lord Duran (834815) writes "The Israeli Knesset approved a bill tonight that will require every Israeli citizen to submit a visual scan of their face and a biometric scan of their fingerprints to a national database. I, for one, fail to see how this is anything but evil. TFA mentions the Israeli census was breached — I'd like to point out, for comparison, that it's still freely available on your peer-to-peer file sharing network of choice."
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Comment: Hardware workaround (Score 1) 655

by Fuzzzy (#28094009) Attached to: Ridiculous Software Bug Workarounds?
I know, the coordination is not what it used to be, and it's not that easy to swap cassettes that fast nowadays. Luckily, one good thing came out of MS Word---the magical Cut & Paste mechanism---which can help you to continue to enjoy your favorite games on your favorite minicomputer...

A. Record the loader on a new cassette.
B. Open the loader cassette, and cut the magnetic tape after the location of the generic loader.
C. Open the game cassette, and carefully paste the tape of the generic loader just before the game tape starts.
D. Et voilà, you have a new loader to your Atari game.

Comment: Shameless promotion (Score 1) 125

by Fuzzzy (#26046715) Attached to: Nmap Network Scanning
Who have though this day will come – promoting nmap using the surfaris ;)
Let me add a minor correction to the description:

"The 1962 song Wipe Out , with its energetic drum solo started, was the impetus for many people to take up playing the drums. Similarly, Nmap, the legendary network scanner, likely interested many in the art of hacking, and for some, started a career for security professionals and hackers. Nmap and its creator Fyodor need no introduction to anyone on Slashdot. With that, Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning, is a most useful guide to anyone interested in fully utilizing Nmap."

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