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Submission + - All Malibu Media subpoenas in Eastern District NY put on hold

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: A federal Magistrate Judge in Central Islip, New York, has just placed all Malibu Media subpoenas in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island on hold indefinitely, due to "serious questions" raised by a motion to quash (PDF) filed in one of them. Judge Steven Locke's 4-page Order and Decision (PDF) cited the defendant's arguments that "(i) the common approach for identifying allegedly infringing BitTorrent users, and thus the Doe Defendant, is inconclusive; (ii) copyright actions, especially those involving the adult film industry, are susceptible to abusive litigation practices; and (iii) Malibu Media in particular has engaged in abusive litigation practices" as being among the reasons for his issuance of the stay.

Submission + - Steve Wozniak "Steve Jobs played no role in my designs for the Apple I & II" (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: In a recent interview with very lucky 14-year old Sarina Khemchandani for her website, ReachAStudent, Steve Wozniak was more than precise about the role of Steve Jobs.
"Steve Jobs played no role at all in any of my designs of the Apple I and Apple II computer and printer interfaces and serial interfaces and floppy disks and stuff that I made to enhance the computers. He did not know technology. He’d never designed anything as a hardware engineer, and he didn’t know software. He wanted to be important, and the important people are always the business people. So that’s what he wanted to do.
The Apple II computer, by the way, was the only successful product Apple had for its first 10 years, and it was all done, for my own reasons for myself, before Steve Jobs even knew it existed."
He also says a lot of interesting things in the three ten minute videos about life, electronics and education.

Submission + - Learn FPGAs with a $25 board and Open Source Tools (hackaday.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Hackaday has a 3 part tutorial with videos of using open source tools with a cheap ($25) FPGA board. The board isn't very powerful, but this could be the "gateway drug" to FPGAs for people who don't want to spend hundreds of dollars and install 100s of megabytes of software and license keys just to get their feet wet. The videos are particularly good--like watching them over their shoulder. As far as I know, this is the only totally open source FPGA toolchain out there.

Submission + - Breathing Beijing's Air is The Equivalent of Smoking Almost 40 Cigarettes a Day (economist.com)

iONiUM writes: From the economist: "Pollution is sky-high everywhere in China. Some 83% of Chinese are exposed to air that, in America, would be deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency either to be unhealthy or unhealthy for sensitive groups. Almost half the population of China experiences levels of PM2.5 that are above America’s highest threshold. That is even worse than the satellite data had suggested."

They go on to say "Berkeley Earth’s scientific director, Richard Muller, says breathing Beijing’s air is the equivalent of smoking almost 40 cigarettes a day and calculates that air pollution causes 1.6m deaths a year in China, or 17% of the total. A previous estimate, based on a study of pollution in the Huai river basin (which lies between the Yellow and Yangzi rivers), put the toll at 1.2m deaths a year—still high."

Submission + - Her Car Broke Down And She Needed Help (omkepo.net)

Om Gea writes: If you drove past someone pulled over to the side of the road, would you stop to help them? YouTuber Prank Baaz believed that people would be more likely to help a stranded female than a stranded male, so he created an experiment. He pretended his car had broken down and spent 30 minutes under the hood of the car attempting to repair it. In those 30 minutes, no one stopped to help him. He then disguised himself as a female in the same situation–and literally stopped traffic. However, most of the people who pulled over for the lady in distress didn't actually help–they stopped to stare and take pictures!

Submission + - Microsoft can now remotely disable pirated games, if you're running them on Wind (firstpost.com)

totalcaos writes: Privacy concerns as Windows 10 EULA gives Microsoft the ability to remotely disable or un-install counterfeit software and games. How Microsoft will go about detecting this is still unknown, but raises real concerns as according to this Microsoft will be able to tell whats installed on you computer!

Submission + - Plastic straw lodged inside turtle's nostril removed by biologists [Graphic] (techienews.co.uk)

hypnosec writes: A plastic straw measuring roughly 10-12 cm, which was lodged inside one of the nostrils of an endangered turtle, has been removed by a team of researchers providing yet another example of how dangerous plastic can be. The straw was lodged inside one of the nostrils of an Olive Ridley turtle. The video shows how the team of marine biologists removed the straw using a pair of pliers on a Swiss army knife while the turtle was wincing in pain and bleeding.

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