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+ - Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese Dead at 70->

Submitted by frost_knight
frost_knight (885804) writes "Edgar Froese, founding member and keyboardist of the long-running band Tangerine Dream and an electronic music pioneer, passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism on January 20th. Froese was 70. He played a pivotal role in the development of krautrock, new age, and electronic dance music."
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+ - Illinois Is Not Actually Requiring Students To Hand Over Their Facebook Password->

Submitted by oritoes
oritoes (3991429) writes "A story is circulating around the internet that a new Illinois anti-cyberbullying law has a provision requiring students to hand over their Facebook and other social media accounts to school officials on demand.

The ACLU and the state legislator who wrote the bill both say this is wrong."

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+ - U.S. Senate set to vote on whether climate change is a hoax->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The U.S. Senate’s simmering debate over climate science has come to a full boil today, as lawmakers prepare to vote on measures offered by Democrats that affirm that climate change is real—with one also noting that global warming is not “a hoax.” In an effort to highlight their differences with some Republicans on climate policy, several Democrats have filed largely symbolic amendments to a bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline. They are designed to put senators on the record on whether climate change is real and human-caused."
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+ - Japanese Nobel laureate blasts his country's treatment of inventors->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The Japanese Nobel winner who helped invent blue LEDs, then abandoned Japan for the U.S. because his country's culture and patent law did not favor him as an inventor, has blasted Japan in an interview for considering further legislation that would do more harm to inventors.

In the early 2000s, Nakamura had a falling out with his employer and, it seemed, all of Japan. Relying on a clause in Japan's patent law, article 35, that assigns patents to individual inventors, he took the unprecedented step of suing his former employer for a share of the profits his invention was generating. He eventually agreed to a court-mediated $8 million settlement, moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and became an American citizen. During this period he bitterly complained about Japan's treatment of inventors, the country's educational system and its legal procedures.

..."Before my lawsuit, [Nakamura said] the typical compensation fee [to inventors for assigning patents rights] was a special bonus of about $10,000. But after my litigation, all companies changed [their approach]. The best companies pay a few percent of the royalties or licensing fee [to the inventors]. One big pharmaceutical company pays $10 million or $20 million. The problem is now the Japanese government wants to eliminate patent law article 35 and give all patent rights to the company. If the Japanese government changes the patent law it means basically there would no compensation [for inventors]. In that case I recommend that Japanese employees go abroad."

There is a similar problem with copyright law in the U.S., where changes in the law in the 1970s and 1990s has made it almost impossible for copyrights to ever expire. The changes favor the corporations rather than the individual who might actually create the work."
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+ - Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail->

Submitted by P3r1$c0p3
P3r1$c0p3 (1574437) writes "Seven people have been detained for, among other allegations, using encrypted email, a civil-rights group has said. Spanish cops investigating bomb attacks raided 14 homes and businesses across the country last month and arrested 11 people: seven women and four men, aged 31 to 36, from Spain, Italy, Uruguay, and Austria.Since then, four people have been released, and the remaining seven were charged with belonging to a "criminal organization of an anarchist nature with terrorist ends."

I am not sure how a ban on encryption is going to solve anything. You can always communicate in stealth if you want to and are clever enough. Outlawing a tool for general use is rediculous. Are basic encryption tools like HTTPS and encrypting your sensitive files on your local hard drive an admission of guilt somehow? Lets ban color blind tests since they can hide information in a picture from some people. Everything unencrypted and black and white so you can't be party to nefarious acts. PM Cameron is edging in the same direction in the UK. You can bet all of the law enforcement communication is encrypted.

We were spying on you and noticed you were using encryption, said the detective. People snooping on me is the reason I use encryption, said the innocent man...."

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+ - NetHack Development Team Polls Community for Advice on Unicode

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After years of relative silence, the development team behind the classic roguelike game NetHack has posted a question: going forward, what internal representation should the NetHack core use for Unicode characters? UTF8? UTF32? Something else? (See also: NH4 blog, reddit. Also, yes, I have verified that the question authentically comes from the NetHack dev team.)"

+ - Chilling Effects DMCA Archive Censors Itself->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The much-praised Chilling Effects DMCA archive has taken an unprecedented step by censoring its own website. Facing criticism from copyright holders, the organization decided to wipe its presence from all popular search engines. A telling example of how pressure from rightsholders causes a chilling effect on free speech.

On an average day Google now processes more than a million takedown requests from copyright holders, and that's for its search engine alone."

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+ - Canadian Government Steps in to Stop Misleading Infringement Notices->

Submitted by Dangerous_Minds
Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "Recently, misleading notices were spotted being sent out by Rightscorp. Michael Geist posted the letter which, among other things, cites US laws, the Canadians could be on the hook for $150,000 (does not actually exist in the recent copyright reforms now in force) and that payments should be made directly to the company. Apparently, the Canadian government was not amused and has announced that they will be speaking with rightsholders and ISPs to address the concerns that were raised. The government says, "These notices are misleading and companies cannot use them to demand money from Canadians""
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+ - Asterix Creator Comes Out of Retirement to Pay Tribute to 'Charlie'

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Albert Uderzo, the 87-year-old creator of the well-loved French comic series Asterix, has come out of retirement to do two new drawings showing solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack this week. The most powerful image shows Asterix punching an assailant high in to the air, while angrily exclaiming "Moi aussi je suis un Charlie", meaning: "I’m Charlie too". Worried Uderzo comments the strike to Le Figaro: "How can anyone do something so appalling? How can people claiming to be human beings murder people they have never met but have said something wrong so from that moment, must be killed? This is insanity!""

+ - NDG woman blames city's new snow-removal app for $118 ticket->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Sandrine Campeau thought she was ready for winter once she downloaded the city’s new snow-removal app called INFO-Neige MTL.

Instead, she got a $118 ticket last month during the first snow-removal operation in NDG.

“We parked our car and relied entirely on the INFO-Neige application to not get a ticket — and we did,” Campeau told CBC’s Homerun host Sue Smith.

The online application is a pilot project developed by the city of Montreal to remind people to move their parked vehicles. Available only in five boroughs for now, it sends an alert to your mobile device when snowplows are about to clear your street, and another to alert you once the snow-removal operations have been completed.

Campeau said she parked her car Friday at midnight, and waited for alerts.

“We [got a notification Sunday] that the snow had been cleared,” said Campeau, who then went to her car to discover a ticket for $118."

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+ - Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains his Christmas Tweet.-> 1

Submitted by 140Mandak262Jamuna
140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) writes " Neil DeGrasse Tyson tweeted on christmas day what appeared to begin as a tribute to Infant Jesus, but ended up celebrating Isaac Newton who shares his birthday with Jesus, (with sufficient allowances for the estimate of Jesus' and the confusion between Gregorian and Julian calenders for Newton). Apparently this was retweeted some 77000 times, far above his average of 3.5K retweets. He doubled down on it by tweeting about people being offended by objective truths. Then wrote a fuller explanation. "
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+ - Something is Happening at thepiratebay.se->

Submitted by Zanadou
Zanadou (1043400) writes "On December 9 The Pirate Bay was raided but despite the rise of various TPB clones and rumors of reincarnations, thepiratebay.se domain remained inaccessible, until today. This morning the Pirate Bay’s nameservers were updated to ones controlled by their domain name registrar binero.se .

A few minutes later came another big change when The Pirate Bay’s main domain started pointing to a new IP-address (178.175.135.122) that is connected to a server hosted in Moldova.

So far there is not much to see, just a background video of a waving pirate flag (taken from Isohunt.to) and a counter displaying the time elapsed since the December 9 raid. However, the "AES string" looks 'promising.'"

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+ - RIP DDJ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Dobb's — long time icon of programming magazines — "sunsets" at the end of the year. Younger people may not care, but for the hard core old guys, it marks the end of a world where broad knowledge of computers and being willing to create solutions instead of reuse them was valuable."
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+ - Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Andrew Pollack reports at the NYT that a federal judge has blocked an attempt by the drug company Actavis to halt sales of an older form of its Alzheimer’s disease drug Namenda in favor of a newer version with a longer patent life after New York’s attorney general filed an antitrust lawsuit accusing the drug company of forcing patients to switch to the newer version of the widely used medicine to hinder competition from generic manufacturers. “Today’s decision prevents Actavis from pursuing its scheme to block competition and maintain its high drug prices,” says Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general. “Our lawsuit against Actavis sends a clear message: Drug companies cannot illegally prioritize profits over patients.”

The case involves a practice called product hopping where brand name manufacturers make a slight alteration to their prescription drug (PDF) and engage in marketing efforts to shift consumers from the old version to the new to insulate the drug company from generic competition for several years. For its part Actavis argued that an injunction would be “unprecedented and extraordinary” and would cause the company “great financial harm, including unnecessary manufacturing and marketing costs.” Namenda has been a big seller. In the last fiscal year, the drug generated $1.5 billion in sales. The drug costs about $300 a month."

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