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Comment: Re:Could be fixed with a simple law. (Score 2, Interesting) 120

by bigmouth_strikes (#30128140) Attached to: Senate To Air Findings In Web "Mystery Charge" Probe

I'm not sure that would benefit consumers greatly, since many are having a hard time already filling out forms when purchasing stuff. Also, the more forms there are, the more points of exploitation there will be as well.

Perhaps merchants should be forced to inform by email or preferably by snail mail when and why they share information, much like is done when companies ask for a credit report on you (at least where I live).


+ - Google expunges Pirate Bay from search results-> 7

Submitted by Barence
Barence (1228440) writes "Google has removed links to notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay in its search results. The move is a reaction to a takedown notice issued under the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), although it's unclear who filed the complaint. The ban isn't particularly effective: The top result is now The Pirate Bay's Wikipedia entry, which provides a prominent link to the site's homepage. It's also possible to search The Pirate Bay itself using Google, by typing "site:" into the search bar."
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Star Trek Premiere Gets Standing Ovation, Surprise Showing In Austin 437

Posted by Soulskill
from the set-phasers-to-awesome dept.
MrKaos writes "Proving that science fiction can still be great entertainment, J.J. Abrams appears to have impressed Star Trek fans at the official world premiere of Star Trek, who gave the film a five-minute standing ovation at the Sydney Opera House in Australia today. Meanwhile, mere hours beforehand, flummoxed fans at the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin, TX, deceived into thinking they were seeing a special, extended version of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, were pleasantly surprised when a disguised Leonard Nimoy greeted them and announced they would be seeing the new film in its entirety. ILM's influence on the film is reported as visually stunning, and lucky Australian fans are scheduled to see the movie first, as it opens a day before the American release."

Comment: Doesn't work that way (Score 3, Informative) 88

by bigmouth_strikes (#27501461) Attached to: Watching the IPRED Watchers In Sweden

There are no scripts involved in this. As much as it may disturb basement-dwellers, exercising your Swedish freedom of information involves showing up at the specific public office/gov't branch/etc yourself.

You have to show up at the court in person and ask to see any documents pertaining to specific IP-addresses. The court is not obliged to prepare lists or in any other way format the data; they will just hand out the entire court document itself for you to sift through. The work is also expected to be "reasonable", which is why you just can't show up with 1000 ip-addresses every day.

The general idea behind the Swedish freedom of information is that you know what you're looking for, not that you're scanning everything in order to find something interesting. This of course makes it hard to apply in cases like IPRED where you may not be informed that you are under investigation until after a whole month.

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+ - Why the CAPTCHA approach is doomed->

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TechnoBabble Pro
TechnoBabble Pro writes "The CAPTCHA idea sounds simple: prevent bots from massively abusing a website (e.g. to get many email or social network accounts, and send spam), by giving users a test which is easy for humans, but impossible for computers. Is there really such a thing as a well-balanced CAPTCHA, easy on human eyes, but tough on bots? TechnoBabble Pro has a piece on 3 CAPTCHA gotchas which show why any puzzle which isn't a nuisance to legitimate users, won't be much hindrance to abusers, either. It looks like we need a different approach to stop the bots."
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+ - Spotify releases libspotify for GNU/Linux->

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mla writes "Spotify ( has released a library that enables developers to write their own clients to the widely used spotify service.
Hopefully it will not take long before we see spotify support in great apps as amarok and rhythmbox.
Premium account will be needed though, users that dont mind adverts in between their songs will be stuck with the old (?) Spotify client. Maybe this is another incentive for linux users to get a premium account for Spotify?"

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+ - Google warns newspapers: don't pi** off readers->

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Barence writes "Google CEO Eric Schmidt has hit back at newspaper bosses, warning them that they risk alienating readers in their war against news aggregators such as Google News. "I would encourage everybody to think in terms of what your reader wants," Schmidt told a conference of newspaper bosses. "These are ultimately consumer businesses and if you pi** off enough of them, you will not have any more." Schmidt's rebuke follows a sustained attack on Google by newspaper bosses such as Rupert Murdoch, who have accused the search giant of "stealing" their content without payment."
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+ - No More D&D PDFs, WotC Sues 8 File Sharers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On April 6th, Wizards of the Coast took all of their PDF products offline, including those sold at third party websites like From the RPGNow front page: "Wizards of the Coast has instructed us to suspend all sales and downloads of Wizards of the Coast titles. Unfortunately, this includes offering download access to previously purchased Wizards of the Coast titles." Wizards of the Coast also posted a press release to their website that states they are suing eight file sharers for "copyright infringement." Lastly, WotC_Trever posted this short explanation about the cessation of PDF sales to the EN World Forums."
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Slashdot Launches User Achievements 1582

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the can't-believe-it-took-so-long dept.
In a concerted effort to compete with more popular MMOs like World of Warcraft, we've decided to add an Achievement system to Slashdot. We've retroactively granted around 900,000 achievements to our logged in users. You can view them from your user page, or you can see my list if you're curious what a REAL achiever looks like. Many achievements have been sprinkled throughout the system and are awaiting discovery by dedicated Slashdot users, but a starter list of achievements is in the FAQ. I'll toss you one freebie: you can register your wow main for points if you're that kind of person. Now go forth and achieve!

Comment: Re:Brainless research (Score 3, Interesting) 266

by bigmouth_strikes (#27148159) Attached to: Asthma Risk Linked To Early TV Viewing

Do you have any clue what's involved in doing scientific research, especially involving a large study such as the one in question (ALSPAC), involving 14000 children and their parents ? It sounds like you are questioning the scientific methods used in the study, which so far has resulted in over 300 peer-review academic papers, so it would be interesting to know what you base this on.

Or is this just a knee-jerk reaction to something that's not obvious to you ?

I'm not saying that you're out of your depth here, but I'll wager that you are.

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