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Submission + - Microsoft Orders DMCA Takedown for Windows 8 Screenshots (ngohq.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago NGOHQ.com published a screenshots gallery of Microsoft Windows 8 RTM. Apparently posting screenshots of Microsoft's software is considered a copyright infringement... or at least that's what Microsoft thinks. A few hours ago NGOHQ.com received the following e-mail from Google:

"Google has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that some of your materials allegedly infringe upon the copyrights of others. The URLs of the allegedly infringing materials may be found at the end of this message. The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed, may be found at http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=515551."

Piracy

Submission + - Piracy drops 28 per cent (news.com.au)

commlinx writes: According to recent reports piracy worldwide piracy dropped 28 per cent in the first quarter of the year, an international watchdog says. Pirate attacks intensified, however, in Nigeria and Indonesia. Maybe this will bring an end to attempts by the MPAA and RIAA to bring in more draconian laws to combat piracy?

Submission + - I know this sounds absolutely bizarre, but I am a real life superhero. (prophetalan.com)

alahan27 writes: "I am a once in a Universe-time person. Through a bizarre chain of events, I came into contact with Jesus Christ and the Devil. Christ's sixth-sense communications are the only ones I listen to. He presents spiritual truths when I am reading, and predictions about my future when I watch selected movies and music. If no one believes me, it is a tragedy. If I get noticed, this is the greatest story of all time, along of Jesus'. I have witnesses, documentation, and am willing to send these to the mods if they request it (they probably will I think). I'm unsure about what I'm going to do once my movie is written and made, but I am a musician and would like to record. God willing, I will become PotUS and bring some actual change to this country."
Government

Submission + - NASA wants game-changing space toilet, waste systems (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "One of the major challenges for any prolonged manned space mission is the disposal of waste — human or general garbage.

A unique team comprised of NASA, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department and Nike today announced a challenge to identify what they called "10 game-changing innovations" that could transform waste-management systems and practices in space and on Earth."

Submission + - SPAM: Beauty Salon Sydney

edwa6cann writes: Beauty salon Sydney based provides a number of beauty treatments that cater to face, neck, upper body, lower body and entire body care treatments.
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Submission + - BC Says Using WiFi Is A Sign Of Infringement (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Boston College has a funny idea of what constitutes copyright infringement. It has a list of what might be called "you might be a copyright infringer if..." with the sort of things you might expect, such as using file sharing programs or sending mp3s to friends. But some have noticed something odd. Included on the list is using a wireless router in your dorm. Yes, just using a wireless router. Not using it for anything. But just using such a router is considered a sign of infringement. Nice to see our top colleges and universities teaching students completely made up things.

Submission + - Maintaining algorithmic secrecy 4

commlinx writes: Recently I've been tasked with managing a small development team to develop a pilot project for an Australian electronic voting system. To avoid problems that have plagued similar systems in the United States I'm leaning towards a GNU/Linux open source solution so that the full operating environment can be reproduced from source for complete transparency. A stumbling block is the DES 56 encryption engine has been modified for additional security and we would like to keep this part of the code secret for security reasons.

The key is used to encrypt results before they are e-mailed back to the central server so this level of security is vital to ensure votes aren't received from other sources. I was wondering what ideas fellow Slashdotters could offer remembering the key will be the serial number on the back of the machine so integrity of the algorithm is vital?
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Demands Patent for Saying 'Goodbye' 7

theodp writes: "Demonstrating its commitment to high-quality U.S. patents, Microsoft has submitted a just-published patent application to the USPTO for Automatic Goodbye Messages. By automatically sending messages like 'Have a great afternoon!', 'Sorry, I have got to go!', 'Have a terrific day!', 'Ciao, Harry!', or even a simple 'Bye!' at the end of an IM session, Microsoft explains, one avoids insulting a converser with whom a conversation is ended. Hopefully the USPTO will give this one the quick buh-bye it deserves."

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