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+ - U.S. Government Seeks to Keep Megaupload Money Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure of an estimated $67 million in assets because the Megaupload founder is evading prosecution. The government brought criminal charges against Dotcom in early 2012, but he's been holed up in New Zealand awaiting word on whether he'll be extradited. The government got antsy and this past July, brought a civil complaint for forfeiture in rem, a maneuver to firmly establish a hold over money from bank accounts around the world, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork and other property allegedly gained by Megaupload in the course of crimes. Dotcom is fighting the seizures by questioning the government's basis for asserting a crime, saying "there is no such crime as secondary criminal copyright infringement," as well as challenging how the seized assets are tied to the charges against Dotcom. But according to the U.S. government, Dotcom doesn't get the pleasure of even making the arguments. In a motion to strike, the government cites the doctrine of fugitive disentitlement, which bars a person from using the resources of the court if that person is aware of prosecution and is evading it."

+ - CEO: Red Hat is the Kleenex of Linux->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A key decision Whitehurst made early on at Red Hat was to focus, taking the company away from side projects in favour of zeroing in on server operating systems and middleware.

“My general observation was that we were a single digit player in the server OS category. If it was Linux OS, we were doing well; it’s how you define the market. Red Hat is almost the Kleenex brand for Linux, the default. You rarely hear about a company failing for focusing too much.”

Whitehurst repositioned Red Hat to focus on the enterprise operating system opportunity together with JBOSS middleware, canning or reducing in scale other projects like the Exchange app store, Mugshot social network and the desktop projects he said the company was “toying with”.

“Today if JBoss were not part of Red Hat it would be the second-largest open source company by a lot, but at the time it was bumping along because we were doing too many things.”"

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+ - UNSW has collected an estimated $100,000 in piracy fines since 2008

Submitted by Jagungal
Jagungal (36053) writes " The SMH reports that The University of NSW says it has issued 238 fines — estimated to total around $100,000 - to students illicitly downloading copyright infringing material such as movies and TV shows on its Wi-Fi network since 2008.

The main issues are that the University is not returning any money to the copyright holders but is instead using the money raised for campus facilities and that it is essentially enforcing a commonwealth law."

+ - Amnesty releases anti-spying program for activists 1

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Amnesty International has released a program that can spot spying software used by governments to monitor activists and political opponents. The Detekt software was needed as standard anti-virus programs often missed spying software, it said. Amnesty said many governments used sophisticated spying tools that could grab images from webcams or listen via microphones to monitor people. Karl Zetterlund, a senior researcher at security firm Sentor, said the needs of law enforcement were understandably different to those of the average cyberthief. "Criminals are mainly interested in information that can somehow generate money. Law enforcement spyware may only need to collect a few pieces of identifying information, such as a net address, from the computer," he said. "Generally, policeware may be better at hiding, as normal malware often aims for strength in numbers and spreading is more important than passing under the radar." There had also been cases in the past, he said, when computer security companies collaborated with governments to ignore spyware they found planted on machines."

Comment: Personally I still like the KDE Philosophy (Score 5, Interesting) 267

by Jagungal (#48089791) Attached to: GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

Personally I still like KDE's way of thinking about things, that you are far better off creating multiple workspaces all based on a common desktop environment that suit different types of hardware (Desktop, Netbook and future touch interfaces) rather than creating a monolithic interface that tries to bridge across all types of hardware it might be used on.

In any case anything is better than Unity and they both beat the rubbish Windows 8 interface.

Comment: Good On Blizzard for doing this .. (Score -1) 252

by Jagungal (#47061259) Attached to: Blizzard Sues <em>Starcraft II</em> Cheat Creators

As an avid player I fully support them doing this kind of thing as one of the many things that they can do, such as doing mass bans on hacking accounts. Cheating really does put doubt into the game at times.

And ... in the next version they need to redesign the program so that information about what the other player is doing is not sent to your computer. I know some of the MOBA's do this and thus avoid this kind of cheat in their game. It would also allow them to offer a free game. The main problem now with offering a free option on ladder at least is that everyone will use hacks without worrying whether their account will be blocked.

Comment: Interesting Concept (Score 1) 212

by Jagungal (#45866977) Attached to: First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

It is actually an interesting concept. Many Libraries that I am involved with in a support role are struggling to find a place in a modern world where the majority of people have the information that they need at their finger tips. People just do not visit Libraries in the way they used to.

They are often now becoming a community service operation for the disadvantaged and often have more people using the internet than people actually borrowing books but even then the level of visitation makes it hard to justify them staying open.

Comment: Sooner the better (Score 1) 124

by Jagungal (#45479477) Attached to: New Smart Glasses Allow Nurses To See Veins Through Skin

Man .. I could have done with the last week, they were trying to get a catheter in and had six goes at finding a suitable vein.

Ended up being done by the main anesthetist who did a local and went in deep.

Many times when giving blood they have to have a couple of goes, it can be a pain.

+ - SPAM: Preview: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean New Features

Submitted by Srujan Koppoju
Srujan Koppoju (2971599) writes "Preview: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean New Features: All Android users must have been waiting curiously for the new version Android 4.3 Jelly bean operating system. The Android 4.3 version is expected for a launch shortly. The screen shots of Android 4.3 were leaked few days ago. The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean new features and user interface are superb in every app as Camera, Bluetooth and Messaging etc. So, let’s see what the new features in Android 4.3 are."
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+ - New Vaccine May Protect People from Multiple Malaria Strains->

Submitted by Jagungal
Jagungal (36053) writes "It is being reported that Researchers at Queensland’s Griffith University have had promising results with a new vaccine against Malaria. The malaria parasite is transmitted by mosquitoes and kills over 600,000 people each year. The vaccine which has been trialed in mice is the first to trigger an immune response to the whole malaria parasite. Past research on the development of vaccines have mainly focused on targeting specific parasite antigens. However, researchers said that many of these vaccines have failed because the antigen targets are highly variable."
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