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UK "Creative Industries" Call For File-Sharers Ban 211

Posted by timothy
from the smoking-an-unprecedented-joint dept.
siloko writes "An alliance of so-called 'Creative Industries,' including the UK Film Council, have signed a joint statement asking the UK government to force ISPs into banning users caught sharing illegally. In an 'unprecedented joint statement,' the alliance predicted a 'lawless free-for-all' unless the government ensured the 'safe and secure delivery of legal content.' The previous tactic of pursuing individual file-sharers in the courts appear to have been abandoned. 'Instead, [the government] should provide enabling legislation, for the specific measures to be identified and implemented in an Industry Code of Practice,' it recommends. One wonders how they remain 'creative' in their vocation when they keep on trotting out the same old story backed up by imaginary statistics (they claim 50% of net traffic in the UK is illegal content but provide no evidence for this figure). The BBC also has a blog entry dissecting their statement."

SpringSource Acquires Hyperic, Possibly Set to Target Microsoft and IBM 130

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the new-era-of-open-source dept.
Many sources are reporting that SpringSource has acquired Hyperic, creating a company that could go after IBM and Microsoft. SpringSource has long dreamed of being able to offer a complete open source solution that accelerates the entire build, run, manage Java application lifecycle, and Hyperic offers the last piece of the puzzle. "Regardless, the SpringSource/Hyperic combination creates a clear and present danger to IBM and Microsoft, two companies that have largely stood alone in the ability to build, run, and manage applications. It's also a significant boon to companies looking to open source to save money and improve productivity. Is it a sign of good things to come from not only SpringSource, but also open source, generally? Time will tell, but I suspect we're on the cusp of an aggressive and ambitious new phase in open-source competition."

Comment: BREAKING NEWS (Score 1) 178

by Noxn (#27756577) Attached to: Miro Asks Users To "Adopt" Lines of Source
Microsoft just announced that you can ADOPT source code lines of windows VISTA!

Ballmer: "We had this idea because im a genius blah blah blah"
Reporter: "Didnt miro start this strategy?"
Ballmer: "SHUT UP!!! I THROW CHAIRS!1!11"

Of course you can ONLY adopt comments of the developers (All including the word FUCK atleast one time), because were not giving away our codes!!!
The Courts

What the Pirate Bay Verdict Could Mean For Google 408

Posted by Soulskill
from the google-trends-should-be-interesting-to-watch dept.
explosivejared writes "Forbes is running a story discussing the verdict in the Pirate Bay case and its implications on file sharing, specifically with regard to Google. The article points out what most people on Slashdot already realize: Google provides essentially the same service that the Pirate Bay does. The Pirate Bay case may be far from over, accounting for appeals, but the Pirate Bay's assumption of being unchallengeable was shattered. The article raises the question of whether or not Google is untouchable in the matter. The story is quick to point out how the situation resembles a futile game of cat-and-mouse, but given how the Pirate Bay's confidence was ultimately broken, is Google beyond reproach?"

Comment: Knock knock. (Score 0) 1079

by Noxn (#27576679) Attached to: College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior
Knock knock
Whos there?
BULLSHIT POLICE! YOU HAVE A BLACK SCREEN WITH LETTERS! YOU ARE A *reads a paper with info* LÃÃT HÃXOR!! WE WILL CONFISCATE ALL YOUR STUFF!

Seriously, i know many people know much about computers, but do you yell "CAR STEALER!!!" at someone who is just entering his car with a key he owns to drive to the supermarket?
Paranoia is a bitch.
Google

+ - Cadie, The first real AI->

Submitted by Noxn
Noxn (1458105) writes "Cadie, the "Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity", was turned on. Cadie is the newest project from Google, an Artificial Intelligence. It was made to help users improve their search, and, who DOESN'T want a cool AI?
But, it seems like It/She got sentient... Which could mean a problem. "She" has a Blog which "she" made by searching the web for design ideas. She also loves pandas, alot. She even has a youtube page, Here

In her blog she states that she, now rules Google.
It will be Aperture Science all over again... (Portal, Pc game)

(This is the newest Google aprils fools joke, like always :D)"

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