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Submission + - Hollywood Studios Issue DMCA To Censor Pirate Bay Documentary

Aaron B Lingwood writes: As reported by TorrentFreak, Viacom, Paramount, Fox and Lionsgate have all asked Google to take down links pointing to the Pirate Bay documentary 'TPB-AFK'. The film, created by Simon Klose, is available for no cost and has already been watched by millions of people. The public response to this free release model has been overwhelmingly positive, but it’s now meeting resistance from Hollywood, TPB’s arch rival.

Pirate Party Australia opines 'Hollywood is using takedown notices to censor Pirate Bay doco, is it incompetence or malice? Always hard to tell'. Whichever the answer, the system is definately broken.
Hardware Hacking

iPad + Macintosh Plus = Crazy Visualizer Helmet 113

An anonymous reader writes "I would like to share with you a helmet I made out of a Macintosh Plus and an iPad. Essentially, I purchased a Macintosh Plus on ebay, removed the inner parts, cut a hole in the bottom of the case, inserted the inner padding of a bicycle helmet (cut to fit), and cut a slot for the iPad to slide in. The iPad's thinness allows for plenty of room for the user's head and the inner helmet keeps the Macintosh situated properly. What started as a project for my sculpture class has now become a part of my good friend Kid Chameleon's DJ set and a way for us to showcase our visuals in a new way during live performances."

Submission + - Facebook legally owns your personality (examiner.com) 2

kamk2k8 writes: Certain changes Facebook made regarding its privacy policy caused an uproar in the social networking community this week. However, these changes should not surprise users as this is a natural extension of a dubious policy which has been in Facebook’s terms of service (now: “Statement of Rights & Responsibilities") for quite some time.

Section 2, article 1 states: “For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos ("IP content"), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook ("IP License").” Put simply, this means Facebook owns everything you upload onto its site; even to the extent that it can profit from your personal data.

Considering the amount of information the average person uploads onto its servers, in essence, Facebook owns your personality, and they intend to cash in on it, or rather, cash in on you.


Submission + - Australian Government Delays Internet Filter (theaustralian.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: It seems the Australian Federal Government are being forced to delay the introduction of the much hated, much refuted and much misaligned Internet Filter.
It will not be introduced in the next two sittings of parliament which realistically delays it until after the next election.
News on withdrawing the filter, which was an promise from the previous election, has disappointment lobbying groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby.

Submission + - Ubisoft's DRM cracked. For real this time. (pcpowerplay.com.au)

therufus writes: A few days after the release of Assassin's Creed II, naughty piracy sites were announcing they had cracked Ubisoft's Online Services Platform. Turns out, that wasn't entirely true. While it was possible to load into the game, players were unable to advance past a certain memory block. But now, it seems like they'll need to draft a new response. Less than 24 hours ago, a crack began circulating that removes the DRM entirely. PC Powerplay Australia has been covering the development.

Submission + - Fortune Rejects Chris Ware's Wares

theodp writes: Fortune commissioned a Fortune 500 cover (click to enlarge) from artist Chris Ware, who used the opportunity to skewer modern capitalism. Ware depicted a Stocks and Bonds Casino, a Milton Friedman Payday Loan biz, a Wall Street raid on the U.S. Treasury, China dumping money into the ocean, 'underwater' housing, Toxic Asset Acres, and CEOs dancing a jig while society devolves into chaos. C2E2 attendees heard that Ware accepted the job because he felt it would be like doing the 1929 issue of the magazine. Not too surprisingly, Fortune shelved Ware's work in favor of a tamer design by illustrator Daniel Pelavin.

Submission + - Ubisoft Always Online DRM Cracked (thinq.co.uk) 1

Stoobalou writes: Ubisoft's controversial anti-piracy measures have been bypassed allowing games to run without an internet connection.
The French software company came under fire recently when it announced that a new DRM scheme would require players to have a permanent connection to the Internet in order to play the popular Renaissance rooftop-rambling stab-em-up.

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