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Submission + - Russia goes after TOR's privacy; announces 4 million Roubles bounty (techienews.co.uk)

hypnosec writes: Government of Russia has announced a 4 million Roubles (~£65,000) bounty to anyone who develops a technology to identify users of TOR – an anonymising network capable of encrypting user data and hiding the identity of its users. The bounty has been announced by Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) in the form of a tender titled “Perform research, code ‘TOR’ (Navy)”. The public description of the project has been removed now and it only reads "cipher 'TOR' (Navy)". The ministry has said in the tender that it is looking for experts and researchers to “study the possibility of obtaining technical information about users and users equipment on the Tor anonymous network.”

Submission + - Sony Announces PlayStation 4 with Significantly More Powerful Graphics Engine (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: Now that we have system specs from both the PS4 and Xbox One, we can compare the two and see which console is better equipped for the future. A similar CPU is found in both consoles. The PS4 wields a custom low-power x86-64 AMD Jaguar chip with eight physical processing cores, and the same is true of the Xbox One. In this category, it's essentially wash, though the PS4 leaps ahead when looking at the other specs. Of most interest are the GPU and RAM, as these are primarily gaming devices, after all. The Xbox One's GPU is similar to a Radeon 7790, offering 68GB/s of bandwidth to a local 32MB SRAM memory cache, plus another 30GB/s of bandwidth to game controllers and peripherals like the Kinect. It also has 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The GPU in the PS4 offers similar performance to a Radeon 7870, which is quite a bit more powerful than the 7790. It's also aided by 8GB of unified GDDR5 RAM and thus able to offer 176GB/s of bandwidth to the CPU and GPU. The advantage here clearly lies with Sony.

Submission + - Beatles song enters public domain in Europe (rollingstone.com)

slartibartfastatp writes: A rolling stone article says 'The Beatles first single, "Love Me Do," has entered the pubic domain in Europe, thanks to current copyright law in the European Union, Complete Music Update reports.

As the E.U. law currently stands, copyright for recorded music is set to expire after 50 years. Since "Love Me Do" and its B-side, "P.S. I Love You," were released in 1962, protection for the tracks expired on December 31st, 2012. Although a move is underway to extend recording copyrights to 70 years, the revised law won't come into effect before next November. (In the United States, recordings retain copyright protection for up to 95 years.)'

Submission + - Dell Said to Be in Buyout Talks With Private-Equity Firms (bloomberg.com)

puddingebola writes: Dell Inc. is in buyout talks with private equity firms. From the story, "Dell is discussing going private with at least two firms, said one of the people, who declined to be identified because the talks are private. The discussions are preliminary and could fall apart because the firms may not be able to line up the needed financing or resolve how to exit the investment in the future, the people said."

Submission + - SDA gaming marathon raises 100k for charity with 4 days to go (speeddemosarchive.com)

Radix37 writes: "Speed Demos Archive is running a charity gaming marathon, "Awesome Games done Quick", to raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Come watch dozens of games be played live with blazing speed. There are various donation incentives and prizes to help raise money. Over $100,000 has been raised so far, and we're only on day 3 out of 7!"
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Submission + - US House Votes 397-0 To Oppose UN Control of the Internet (thehill.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. House of Representatives voted 397-0 today on a resolution to oppose UN control of the internet. 'The 397-0 vote is meant to send a signal to countries meeting at a U.N. conference on telecommunications this week. Participants are meeting to update an international telecom treaty, but critics warn that many countries’ proposals could allow U.N. regulation of the Internet.' The European Parliament passed a similar resolution a couple weeks ago, and the U.N. telecom chief has gone on record saying that freedom on the internet won't be curbed. However, that wasn't enough for U.S. lawmakers, who we quite proud of themselves for actually getting bipartisan support for a resolution (PDF). Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said, 'We need to send a strong message to the world that the Internet has thrived under a decentralized, bottom-up, multi-stakeholder governance model.'

Submission + - No one ever won a war with their customers (indiewire.com)

Presto Vivace writes: "Piracy Funds Movies? Megaupload Shutdown May Have Hurt Box Office Revenues

Researchers from Munich School of Management and Copenhagen Business School have published a short paper entitled “Piracy and Movie Revenues: Evidence from Megaupload,” and within their report lies the interesting financial aftermath of the site's demise. Amassing over a five-year period weekly data from 1344 movies in 49 countries, the team found that some films actually benefited from piracy, due to the promotion caused by gradual word of mouth after the initial download.



Submission + - Could a Newly Developed RNA-Based Vaccine Offer Lifelong Protection From Flu? (medicaldaily.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new experimental flu vaccine made out of messenger RNA (mRNA) that may work for life is now being developed.
German researchers said on Sunday that the vaccine, made of the genetic material that controls the production of proteins, protected animals against influenza and, unlike traditional vaccines, it may work for life and can potentially be manufactured quickly enough to stop a pandemic.
Past studies have suggested a universal flu vaccine that involved targeting other proteins on the flu virus that don't change as quickly as the NA and HA proteins, but the new newly proposed vaccine goes beyond that and targets the underlying RNA-driven processes that create the NA and HA proteins, regardless of their strain.


Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Water Water Every Where, Just Not Here (usgs.gov)

seanda-geek writes: Water, we are made out it. We need it for drinking and search for it in other star systems. In the light of global warming and rising sea levels it would seem like we have to much water. Yet there are arid areas on this planet and the topic of water security is becoming hot in governments. I found a book on water security from the United States Navy Postgraduate School at a used book sale. Scary stuff. For a fact sheet(PDF) go to United States Geological Survey. The water wars are real. The United States military is thinking about water. Should we be?
Note: I am not the author of these publications. Just someone who lives in an arid area with water rationing.


Submission + - Sweden Returns Passport to Piratebay Co-Founder 1

An anonymous reader writes: In August, Piratebay co-founder Fredrik Neij had his Swedish passport revoked from the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok. After an appeal the revocation was dismissed today, ruling that the embassy cannot take away his passport. The full ruling can be read here.

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