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Social Networks

+ - ESPN Bans Employees from Facebook and Twitter

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The hammer just came down, tweeps: ESPN memo prohibiting tweeting info unless it serves ESPN," Bucher wrote, capping it with a choice of words that conjures memories of a certain Twilight Zone cookbook. "Kinda figured this was coming." And then Bucher acknowledged the distinct possibility that he has stepped into a pile of, um, trouble. "I'm probably violating some sort of policy just by telling you," Bucher wrote. "In any case, stay tuned.""
The Internet

+ - Pirate Bay starts video streaming ->

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The world's most high-profile file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay (TPB), has lifted the lid on its new video sharing website, The Video Bay.

Billed as a rival to YouTube, the service will offer unrestricted video content, in violation of copyright law.

In a statement on the site, Mr Sunde said the service would use the latest HTML 5 features.

"More specifically the audio and video tags with the ogg/theora video and audio formats.

"This site will be an experimental playground and as such subjected to both live and drunk encoding, so please don't bug us too much if the site isn't working properly," he said."

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Government

+ - The end of tax-free internet shopping?

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "If a little-known but influential alliance of state politicians, large retailers, and tax collectors have their way, the days of tax-free Internet shopping may be nearly over. A bill expected to be introduced in the U.S. Congress as early as Monday would rewrite the ground rules for mail order and Internet sales by eliminating what its supporters view as a "loophole" that, in many cases, allows Americans to shop over the Internet without paying sales taxes. Link"
Google

+ - Carbon Cost of Google Revealed->

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to a BBC article, U.S. physicists have claimed that the average Google search uses 7g of carbon as opposed to Google's own claims of 0.2g. I get the feeling that many people are getting as tired of the word "green" as I am. Are studies like this taking every variable into account to get an unbiased answer or are they interested in sensationalistic claims."
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Democrats

+ - Joe Biden's Pro-RIAA Voting Record->

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for Vice President seems to have a voting record that speaks volumes and may threaten to stymie Obama's promise to "update and reform our copyright and patent systems to promote civic discourse, innovation and investment while ensuring that intellectual property owners are fairly treated." In addition his record on encryption and National Security are downright disturbing from a civil liberties standpoint. Not looking to start a political flamewar, will these issues be of a major concern when the U.S. citizens hit the voting booths this November?

Story here"

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Networking

+ - Best Way to Backup Offsite

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "I administer a department which contains around 200 workstations, and 7 servers. 2 servers are Win2K3 AD controllers, 1 is used to store video from several surveillance cameras, 3 others are running Fedora for the website, mysql, and a file server. Recently I've built a 4TB Raid1 machine whose sole job is to contain backups of the other servers. Everything is running swimmingly, but I have become increasingly nervous about not backing up to an off-site location. I was hoping to get some tips from the Slashdot crowd on the best methods of doing this. I've investigated several types of tape systems but the cost makes it prohibitive. My fallback plan is to pick up a couple of 1TB external hard drives and simply lug them to the main building once every two weeks."
Networking

+ - The beginnings of a TLD free-for-all?->

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to the BBC, ICANN is considering opening up the wholesale creation of TLDs by private industry. While I'm sure this is done for the convenience of the companies and has nothing to do with the several thousand dollars they will be charging for each registration, I was curious what the tech community at large thought about this idea. It seems to me that this will simply open the doors for a never-ending cluster-frak (yes I said it) of TLD squatters. The article can be found here"
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OS X

+ - Psystar Back Selling PC's with Leopard

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Apparently Psystar is at it again. Cnet reports that this company is back selling what they are now calling "Open Computers" preinstalled with a hacked version of Leopard. According to the story they believe that Apple represents a hardware monopoly. Even if this is the case, does that give a third party the right to alter your software in order to profit?"
Privacy

+ - Crackdown on Modchip sellers->

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The BBC is reporting on a series of raids conducted against mod chip resellers in the US. I'm just trying to figure out how selling this technology is a crime, I've always been of the opinion that if you're willing to take the risk of permanent harm to your system then more power to you. How will this affect the future of console modding?"
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Software

+ - Edge Magazine Compiles List of Top 100 Video Games

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to the BBC, Edge Magazine has compiled a list of the top 100 video games of all time. The top 10 are rather surprising in that most of the games were released a decade or more ago. Is it possible that with all of the focus on life-like graphics and animation so pervasive on the next-gen consoles, developers have forgotten what it takes to make a game enjoyable to play? Cue the Duke Nuke'em Forever jokes in 5...4...3...2..."
Biotech

+ - Mouse Brain Simulated

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Researchers from the IBM Almaden research lab and the University of Nevada have created a simulation of half a mouse brain on the BlueGene L supercomputer. Although there's more to creating a mind than setting up the infrastructure, does this mean that we may see a system for human mental storage within our lifetimes? Check it out here"
Security

+ - British hacker loses extradition appeal

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Gary McKinnon has lost his appeal against extradition to the US on hacking charges. The BBC News website profiles his history and his motives. To hear the US government tell it, Gary McKinnon is a dangerous man, and should be extradited back to America to stand trial in a Virginia courtroom. One US prosecutor has accused him of committing "the biggest military computer hack of all time". But Mr McKinnon has said his motives were harmless and innocent — he was, he says, simply looking for information on UFOs. Read on

Was he a 'bumbling nerd' as he says or were his motives more malicious?"

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