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+ - French entrepreneurs use pigeons against "Startup Killer" finance law->

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descubes
descubes writes "There’s been a recent flurry of activity on twitter around the #geonpi hashtag. What is going on?

The short version is that French entrepreneurs are all up in arms against the French budget law for 2013. On the surface, one aspect of the law is intended to align the taxation of capital on the taxation of other revenues. But the reasons that entrepreneurs react is that, in practice, the new taxation may well make the creation of startups in France completely untenable."

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IOS

+ - iOS 6: iPhone 4 & 4S Users Report Excessive Battery Drain->

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SternisheFan
SternisheFan writes "David Winograd For many iPhone 4 and 4S owners, iOS 6 has been a mixed blessing."
    "...many users are reporting huge amounts of battery drainage that never was the case before the system upgrade. As an iPhone 4S owner, I can tell you from first hand knowledge that my iPhone loses about ten percent of its charge per hour without doing anything but sitting in my pocket. I noticed that with the lock screen set to two minutes, and the screen turned off, the iPhone feels quite warm, as if it's doing something."
    "An Apple Discussion board thread has more than 200 entries discussing this problem and some solutions that may provide a fix in rare cases, but it is no panacea for the great majority of users. Here are a few comments from the Apple Support Boards: Only1jb: "Used my 4S the same as every other work day. Usually come home with about 60 percent. Came home today with 17 percent." John Smith 1882: "100 percent at 8am this morning when I took it off the charger. 0 percent within four hours. No calls. No GPS, no Internet use, but battery was dropping one percent every few minutes. I turned off location services, no change." LocalBus: "Thinking of switching back to 5.1.1 now!! 9am to 10:30am the battery drain is 100 percent to 52 percent!!!!! Something is very wrong." There are scores of other complaints. Suggestions have been offered, such as turning off location services, Maps, Passbook etc. Nothing seems to work for more than one person."
    "This problem is not just being reported on the Support Site. On MacRumors forums, a user with the handle of DArsenault reported that "Battery life on the 4 is terrible. Since I've upgraded my phone drains rapidly when it's not even in use. My phone dropped from 63 percent to 30 percent in about an hour of just sitting on my desk unused." Others have reported no excessive battery drain, but enough have to make this a salient issue that needs to be addressed and quickly. I've gotten used to carrying my two battery back-up cases to just get through the day.""

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IOS

+ - iOS 6: iPhone 4 & 4S Users Report Excessive Battery Drain->

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SternisheFan
SternisheFan writes "Many iPhone 4 and 4S users are reporting huge amounts of battery drainage that never was the case before the system upgrade.
    An Apple Discussion board thread has more than 200 entries discussing this problem and some solutions that may provide a fix in rare cases, but it is no panacea for the great majority of users. Here are a few comments from the Apple Support Boards: Only1jb: "Used my 4S the same as every other work day. Usually come home with about 60 percent. Came home today with 17 percent." John Smith 1882: "100 percent at 8am this morning when I took it off the charger. 0 percent within four hours. No calls. No GPS, no Internet use, but battery was dropping one percent every few minutes. I turned off location services, no change."
    LocalBus: "Thinking of switching back to 5.1.1 now!! 9am to 10:30am the battery drain is 100 percent to 52 percent!!!!! Something is very wrong." There are scores of other complaints. Suggestions have been offered, such as turning off location services, Maps, Passbook etc. Nothing seems to work for more than one person. The problem is not limited to those on the Support Discussion. This problem is not just being reported on the Support Site. On MacRumors forums, a user with the handle of DArsenault reported that "Battery life on the 4 is terrible. Since I've upgraded my phone drains rapidly when it's not even in use. My phone dropped from 63 percent to 30 percent in about an hour of just sitting on my desk unused."
    The problem is not limited to those on the Support Discussion. This problem is not just being reported on the Support Site. On MacRumors forums, a user with the handle of DArsenault reported that "Battery life on the 4 is terrible. Since I've upgraded my phone drains rapidly when it's not even in use. My phone dropped from 63 percent to 30 percent in about an hour of just sitting on my desk unused." Others have reported no excessive battery drain, but enough have to make this a salient issue that needs to be addressed and quickly. I've gotten used to carrying my two battery back-up cases to just get through the day.""

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EU

+ - EU privacy watchdog to ICANN: Law Enforcement WHOIS demands "unlawful"->

Submitted by benyacrick
benyacrick (2741881) writes "WHOIS was invented as an address book for sysadmins. These days, it's more likely to be used by Law Enforcement to identify a perpetrator or victim of an online crime. With ICANN's own study showing that 29% of WHOIS data is junk, it's no surprise that Law Enforcement have been lobbying ICANN hard to improve WHOIS accuracy.

The EU's privacy watchdog, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, has stepped into the fray with a letter claiming that two of Law Enforcement's twelve asks are "unlawful". The problem proposals are data retention — where registrant details will be kept for up to two years after a domain has expired — and re-verification, where a registrant's phone number and e-mail will be checked annually and published in the WHOIS database.

The community consultation takes place at ICANN 45 in Toronto on October 15th."

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Twitter

+ - TweetMeme Shuts Down ->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "With less than a week's notice TweetMeme is to shut completely on October 1st and the green Retweet button which was used by half a million websites has already disappeared. Although existing buttons have been replaced on users' websites by Twitter's own button which has similar functionality, the counts have been reset to zero, wiping out any trace of their popularity. Twitter is imposing conditions to deter third-party developers from building or maintaining consumer-facing products and while TweetMeme could have continued for a while, why bother once you know your days are numbered? This is presumably the first of many shutdowns."
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+ - Yet another call for abolishing patents, this one from the Fed-> 1

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WOOFYGOOFY (1334993) writes "The most recent call for curtailing patents comes not just from an unexpected source, the St. Louis Fed, but also in its most basic form- total abolition of ALL patents.

Via the Atlantic Monthly,

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/09/the-case-for-abolishing-patents-yes-all-of-them/262913/

a new working paper from two members of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, Michele Boldrin and David Levine:

http://research.stlouisfed.org/wp/2012/2012-035.pdf

in which they argue that while a weak patent system may mildly increase innovation with limited side-effects, such a system can never be contained and will inevitably lead a stifling patent system such as that presently found in the U.S.

They argue: "...strong patent systems retard innovation with many negative side-effects. and ..political demand for stronger patent protection comes from old and stagnant industries and firms, not from new and innovative ones. Hence the best solution is to abolish patents entirely through strong constitutional measures and to find other legislative instruments, less open to lobbying and rent-seeking".

They acknowledge that some industries could suffer under a such a system, they single out pharma, and suggest that other legislative measures be found to foster innovation whenever there is clear evidence that laissez-faire under-supplies it."

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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft: Macs 'Not Safe From Malware, Attacks Will Increase'

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An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft researchers have analyzed a new piece of Mac malware that uses a multi-stage attack similar to typical Windows malware infection routines. In a post titled 'An interesting case of Mac OSX malware' the Microsoft Malware Protection Center closed with this statement: 'In conclusion, we can see that Mac OSX is not safe from malware. Statistically speaking, as this operating system gains in consumer usage, attacks on the platform will increase. Exploiting Mac OSX is not much different from other operating systems. Even though Mac OSX has introduced many mitigation technologies to reduce risk, your protection against security vulnerabilities has a direct correllation with updating installed applications.'"

Comment: Re:End-to-end principle (Score 1) 396

by benedictaddis (#39886003) Attached to: Microsoft Using Linux To Optimize Skype Traffic

Obviously, you didn't RTFA, but that's the norm these days. The traffic doesn't go through the supernodes, all call traffic is p2p. The supernodes are directory servers so that clients can locate other clients.

And this is exactly why it's a bad idea to break the end-to-end principle.

You don't need thousands of distributed servers to run a simple directory / presence service. The primary purpose of these 'supernodes' is to set up a call between clients when both are behind NAT. The 'supernode' (just a fancy word for a non NATted server) asks each client to make an outgoing connection to the destination. It is this action which creates the permission entry in the NAT table, allowing incoming connections and thereby peer-to-peer communication.

With IPv6 this (admittedly cleverly-designed) kludge would not be necessary. Instead the endpoints can communicate directly.

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