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+ - Redefining Privacy in the Panopticon->

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G0rAk
G0rAk writes "An interesting insight into how we are all colluding in building a Panopticon for ourselves and how Governments are late to the party. From the article:

Welcome to the Panopticon. Originally a concept created by a philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, in 1785 the Panopticon is a prison where every corner of the designated space is covered by a camera so prisoners feel that they are being watched all of the time and thus are more likely to behave.
Our problem is that the dividing line between what we consider private and public is getting increasingly fuzzy, we merrily publish great swathes of detail about our lives on blogs and increasingly on social networking sites.

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Comment: Re:... And then a horrid memory came back (Score 1) 54

by G0rAk (#26545599) Attached to: The History of the <em>Ghostbusters</em> Game
That game totally got me into hacking at the tender age of 8! I *needed* to know how they made the computer shout "Ghostbusters!" when you caught a ghost and "He slimed me!" when you failed. A few months later I got a magazine with code that showed you how - sampling from the built in tape. The results were up to three seconds of shitty audio that would all but fill the 128kb of RAM.

Comment: Snowball, hell (Score 1, Redundant) 648

by G0rAk (#26208523) Attached to: Psystar Claims Apple Forgot To Copyright Mac OS
That argument has surely got no chance of flying. The OSX splash screen says that Apple own the copyrights on the software as does the pretty box the disks come in and all you need to assert copyright ownership is a mark on the product that says so.

That restricting OSX to apple approved hardware is anti-competitive might have a chance but even with a little hat that first snowball ain't gonna last long.
Editorial

+ - SPAM: Are We In a Post-Brand Era?

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Amy Bennett
Amy Bennett writes "The personal technology industry has changed a lot in recent years. Consumers today put great time and effort into Internet-based research and seem to have come to realize that 'just because a product has a familiar name attached to it, it may not be the best one available,' says Don Reisinger in a recent article. 'Years ago, the name Dell actually mattered to people and in case we're keeping score, so did Gateway too.' There are, of course, notable exceptions to the rule: 'Generally speaking, people are still devoted to buying Apple products just because the company's name is painted on it and Sony still harbors customer trust even though many of its products don't stand up to its competitors,' says Reisinger."
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Social Networks

+ - Virtual Burglary Leads to Arrest->

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G0rAk
G0rAk writes "The BBC is reporting that a 'Virtual theft' has lead to an arrest in the Netherlands. A Dutch teenager who scammed people out of their Habbo Hotel usernames and passwords allegedly used the information to steal virtual designer furniture from his victims and moved it to his own virtual home. The police have become interested because, although the furniture was bought with "Habbo Credits", these have a cash value. From the article:

"It is a theft because the furniture is paid for with real money. But the only way to be a thief in Habbo is to get people's usernames and passwords and then log in and take the furniture. "We got involved because of an increasing number of sites which are pretending to be Habbo. People might then try and log in and get their details stolen."
Can't wait to see this come to court and the judge asking the prosecution to show the jury some of the swag..."

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Games

Dutch Teen Arrested for Virtual Property Theft 183

Posted by Zonk
from the should-have-stuck-with-robbing-monsters dept.
vuo writes "A story on the BBC website reports that Dutch police have arrested a teenager for robbery of virtual furniture worth roughly $5900. The crime took place in the virtual world/social network Habbo Hotel, a website run by Sulake Corporation. Sulake has 80 million registered users of its sites in 31 countries. ' Habbo users can create their own characters, decorate their own rooms and play a number of games, paying with Habbo Credits, which they have to buy with real cash. "It is a theft because the furniture is paid for with real money. But the only way to be a thief in Habbo is to get people's usernames and passwords and then log in and take the furniture. We got involved because of an increasing number of sites which are pretending to be Habbo. People might then try and log in and get their details stolen."'"
The Internet

+ - Vint Cerf on the Past and Future of the Internet->

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G0rAk
G0rAk writes "Vint Cerf, founding father of the internet and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google has an interesting piece on the BBC's The Tech Lab on the past, present and future of the internet. From the article:

The internet, however, stands poised to become the greatest communications platform humanity has ever known. It has profoundly increased access to information around the world, and it has likewise provided a platform for free expression on a scale unimaginable a generation ago.
He discusses the amazing rate of expansion of the medium, compared to say the telephone or TV, and addresses upcoming infrastructure concerns and comments on the increasing power of the Internet to affect all of our lives:

The idea that all the world's knowledge could be discoverable not just by humans but by programs acting on their behalf at speeds well beyond the superhuman, is one of this century's most exciting opportunities.
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