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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 10 declined, 1 accepted (11 total, 9.09% accepted)

Submission + - The Pirate Bay is back online, properly

cbiltcliffe writes: About a month ago, a story was submitted that the Pirate Bay domain name was back online. This story mentioned a timer, which supposedly showed the time since the police raid. I didn't notice at the time, but a more recent check showed this counter was counting down, not up, with a time to reach zero at the end of January. Sometime around a week ago, the waving pirate flag video changed to a graphic of an orange phoenix, and a disabled search box showed up. I've been watching the site since, and now, about 12 hours before the timer was to reach zero, the site is back up, complete with searches.

Submission + - Video games affect behaviour positively. (

cbiltcliffe writes: A study done at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah has determined that playing video games with a parent positively affects behaviour in girls age 11-16.

Boys apparently don't get the same effect, but girls "were less likely to suffer from depression/anxiety or aggressive behavior."

Even the authors of the study, however, couldn't help but taking one jab at games, stating that "co-playing (at least with girls) may be one way to stay involved with adolescent activities and to negate at least some of the negative effects of playing video games."


Submission + - Hollywood movie studio MGM files for bankruptcy.

cbiltcliffe writes: MGM Movie studios (distributor of the James Bond movies) filed for bankruptcy in Manhattan after rejecting a takeover bid.
According to the article, the pre-packaged bankruptcy plan will eliminate about $4 billion in MGM debt, and replace managers with those from Spyglass Entertainment....
MGM said it has enough cash on hand to fund “normal business operations” throughout its bankruptcy,..

My question is, will this be used by the MPAA to lobby for harsher copyright sentences, due to the "obvious connection between piracy and this bankruptcy", or will they admit that, as the article states, "the company was hobbled with debt" after a 2005 buyout?

Submission + - Microsoft Plubin puts Firefox users at risk. (

cbiltcliffe writes: The 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plugin that the .NET framework installs in Firefox is vulnerable to the same "browse-and-get-owned" situation that Internet Explorer is.

From the article:

"While the vulnerability is in an IE component, there is an attack vector for Firefox users as well," admitted Microsoft engineers in a post to the company's Security Research & Defense blog on Tuesday. "The reason is that .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installs a 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plug-in in Firefox."
According to "This update adds to Firefox one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities present in all versions of Internet Explorer: the ability for Web sites to easily and quietly install software on your PC," said the hints and tips site. "Since this design flaw is one of the reasons [why] you may have originally chosen to abandon IE in favor of a safer browser like Firefox, you may wish to remove this extension with all due haste."

Although Microsoft states that the MS09-054 update also patches this vulnerable component, so be sure to apply it to any machine(s) you maintain.

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