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Google News Sci Tech: Pebble Time Crown Funding Campaign closes backed up with more than $20 ... - Tim->

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Pebble Time Crown Funding Campaign closes backed up with more than $20 ...
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Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, the all new Pebble watches which were launched on Kickstarter on the previous month finished recently. The Pebble Time crowd funding campaign closed with around $20.3 million being the final standing. The current...
Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on KickstarterThe Register
Pebble Time now big enough to be Rock Time, maybe Boulder TimeThe Australian Financial Review
Pebble crushes Kickstarter record, raises $20 million for latest color e-paper ... AfterDawn
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US coding site undergoes denial of service cyber attack
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. coding site GitHub said on Sunday that it was deflecting most of the traffic from a days-long cyber attack that had caused intermittent outages for the social coding site, with the Wall Street Journal citing China as the source of the...
Programmer Site GitHub Says It's Victim of Service-Denial AttackBloomberg
GitHub Slammed by Denial of Service Attack that Some Experts Trace to ChinaRe/code
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Techdirt: Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt->

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It's hard to decide which is more infuriating: culture being stymied by copyright abuse, or simply by intricacies, stupidities and failures at the systemic level (with a dash of apathy and negligence thrown in). The latter is what led to the death of a classic game re-release this week, prompting Yes, I know I'm commenting anonymously to win most insightful comment of the week with a simple suggestion to fix the issue of orphaned and ambiguously-owned works:

I propose the same solution as for those `disappeared' mortgage contracts: contest the ownership in court and if it isn't quickly proved, the judge can declare a forfeit on the ownership (basically public domain-ing the content).

In second place, we've got a response to the idea that the government's seizure of Kim Dotcom's assets is justified by his failure to come to the US and appear in court. Jupiterkansas offered a poetic summation of the situation:

The high court of wolves said, "Of course the sheep can have justice. All it has to do is walk into our lair. If the sheep won't do that voluntarily, then obviously the sheep has done something wrong."

For editor's choice on the insightful side, we start out with an excellent anonymous comment responding to a call for more moneymaking institutions for creators:

By institutions do you mean institutions like Kickstarter and Patreon, or services like bandcamp and Youtube, which are already being built; or do you mean new forms of publishers, who take control of works for their own profits?

All the creative arts are changing, and the balance is shifting towards models where the creator forms a more direct relationship with their fans and supporters. The changeover will be painful for the traditional publishers, and the creators who rely on them, mainly because the alternatives can function with mush smaller fan bases, so long as the role of middlemen is kept to a minimum, and the creators look to try and make a reasonable living, rather than a vast fortune.

Next, we've got another anonymous comment, this time in response to the idea that patents protect small inventors from big companies:

Patents protecting small-time inventors from the big corporate baddies is the kind of nonsense you read in fairy tales. Even acquiring the patent in the first place is expensive (USPTO cost summary here), let alone suing for infringement, let alone the countersuit the big baddies can and will file against the upstart. How many lawsuits can a basement genius afford?

They'd be hard-pressed to design a system more rigged against the mythical "poor, lonely inventor".

Over on the funny side, first place goes to That Anonymous Coward for thoughts inspired by SpaceX's public domain release of photos:

When they start launching people, I have a list...
oh they have to be willing?
Nevermind...

In second place we've got jakerome, who responded to a slight misquote in our post about the tech-confused Rep. John Carter with a credible impression of a Techdirt troll:

Another massive mistake by The Masnick

It's not "big super computers" as you hyperventilate in your post. Rather, the well-informed representative was placidly referring to "big giant super computers." Try to get it straight next stop & end this dedication to pursuing your agenda from clouding your judgment.

For editor's choice on the funny side, we start out with one more response to that post, this time from David with some recommendations for the esteemed Representative:

Perhaps he needs to get out more.

This new-fangled encryption stuff is scary. Maybe he needs to relax and go see a nice movie. I've heard "The Imitation Game" is good.

Finally, we've got a comment from Ninja, who responded to the image of a cannon-defended Music Biz Island with some small revisions for accuracy:

Too modern, I'd picture them throwing rocks while brandishing a few roughly assembled weapons made of wood and stone and making grumbling noises. The mere sight of the led lamps in the boats is met with wild and violent reactions. It seems they haven't discovered fire yet.

Sounds like Back To The Future IV: Jurassic Music.

That's all for this week, folks!



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Current 2 degree climate change target 'utterly insufficient' – scientists
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The climate change debate has generated another controversy after a recent study emphasized that even a 2 degree goal may be insufficient. Scientists David G. Victor and Charles F. Kennel had suggested in an article published in the month of October,...
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Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash 18

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tomhath writes with this story that make shake up the nuclear industry. "The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity. Exelon Corp., operator of the largest fleet of U.S. nuclear plants, says it could have to close three of them if Illinois rejects the company's pitch to let it recoup more from consumers since the plants do not produce greenhouse gases. Exelon and other around-the-clock plants sometimes take losses when wind turbines produce too much electricity for the system. Under the system, electric suppliers would have to buy credits from carbon-free energy producers. Exelon says the plan would benefit nuclear plants, hydroelectric dams, and other solar and wind projects."

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Damage Already Done: Keeping Global Warming below 2 C May Be Impossible
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warming While people got used to the idea that global warming is already happening, scientists predicted that as long as global temperature is rising with less than 2 C, human as a species will be all right. A recent study suggests, however, that keeping the...
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NSA: We Mulled Ending Phone Program Before Edward Snowden Leaks 51

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Mark Wilson writes Edward Snowden is heralded as both a hero and villain. A privacy vigilante and a traitor. It just depends who you ask. The revelations he made about the NSA's surveillance programs have completely changed the face of online security, and changed the way everyone looks at the internet and privacy. But just before the whistle was blown, it seems that the NSA was considering bringing its telephone data collection program to an end. Intelligence officials were, behind the scenes, questioning whether the benefits of gathering counter-terrorism information justified the colossal costs involved. Then Snowden went public and essentially forced the agency's hand.

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A new commentary from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests lower climate change goals are needed. By Rebekah Marcarelli r.marcarelli@hngn.com | Mar 29, 2015 03:58 PM EDT. solar energy. What's the most reasonable...
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Google News Sci Tech: Super Mario 64 in your browser is perfect retro Sunday fun - SlashGear->

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Super Mario 64 in your browser is perfect retro Sunday fun
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Ask Nintendo 64 owners what their favorite game was and, after a little reminiscing, many will tell you Super Mario 64. Now, you can relive the classic 3D title - or at least its first level - all in the comfort of your browser. Handiwork of Erik Roystan Ross, the...
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How Microsoft should woo Android and iOS developers to build Windows 10 apps
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Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only -- apply here. Ticket prices increase on April 3rd!
Microsoft Vastly Expands Windows 10 Technical Preview To Dozens Of ... Forbes
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+ - 'The Coding Man', a Microsoft and Google Production?

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theodp (442580) writes "In The Music Man, "Professor" Harold Hill convinces naive parents he can teach their musically disinclined children to play musical instruments. In 'The Coding Man', wealthy tech leaders convince naive parents — including the President of the United States — they can teach their Computer Science-disinclined children to code. So, who deserves credit for the latter production? It's hard to say, but White House visitor records released Friday show Microsoft and Google execs were slated to attend cozy meetings at the White House with the National Science Foundation and Obama administration officials in the hours after tech industry-bankrolled Code.org 'taught the President to code' last December, perhaps the crowning event in the nonprofit's two-year effort to make the lack of CS education 'an issue like climate change'. According to White House records, NSF Chief France Córdova was scheduled to meet on Dec. 8th with Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi, Microsoft Chief Lobbyist Frederick Humphries, and Google Director of Education Maggie Johnson. And on Dec. 9th, Humphries was due back at the White House with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith in tow. Smith, who sits on Code.org's Board (as does Google's Maggie Johnson), is coincidentally the next door neighbor of Code.org CEO Partovi, who the NY Times notes is a sometimes jogging partner of Code.org backer Steve Ballmer. So, is 'The Coding Man' largely a Microsoft and Google production?"

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Climate Change: 2 Degree Warming Target 'Utterly Inadequate' For Protecting ...
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A new commentary from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests lower climate change goals are needed. By Rebekah Marcarelli r.marcarelli@hngn.com | Mar 29, 2015 03:58 PM EDT. solar energy. What's the most reasonable...
Current 2 degree Celsius climate change goals 'utterly insufficient' – recent studyThe Next Digit
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Google News Sci Tech: Weekly roundup: Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Xiaomi Redmi 2, and other ... - IBNL->

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Weekly roundup: Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Xiaomi Redmi 2, and other ...
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The Samsung Galaxy S6 sports a 5.1-inch display, runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, features a 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and is powered by a 2,550mAh battery. The phone costs Rs 49,000 for the 32GB model, Rs 55,900 for the 64GB variant, and Rs...

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