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Submission + - Facebook breaks net neutrality to buy users

dutchwhizzman writes: Facebook is convincing partner mobile operators in third world countries to unlock not the entire internet, but just facebook for it's subscribers with a special "facebook only" subscription. By doing so, they are promoting a model where an ISP or operator can charge a fee per web site, instead of flat access rates to the entire network. With the recent agreement between Netflix and Comcast where netflix has to pay Comcast to provide proper service to it's already paying subscribers, we're seeing a worrisome future for flat fee data plans emerge.

Submission + - New Super Doping Winter Olympics undetectable?->

dutchwhizzman writes: A journalist bought a substance known as "full size MGF" that is said to be undetectable by current doping detection methods. The substance has only been used in clinical animal trials and is supposed to reinforce muscle tissue. The press in Europe is running a big story that the drug can't be detected and people that spend 100,000 dollars will have an unfair advantage at the Winter Olympics. While current methods may not be able to detect the substance used, it is inevitable that future detection will be possible. Shouldn't the question be rephrased to "Will the samples taken from athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics contain traces of full size MGF?"
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Submission + - Hackers vs Police paintball match->

dutchwhizzman writes: In a small town in the Netherlands, people from the hacking scene, police, cyber soldiers and several government agencies gathered to discuss their differences. ( Dutch Language, as well as the video link below) This time, not only words were used, but paint ball guns were chosen to make arguments that words just could not bring across. Pictures can be found at
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Submission + - Oracle knew for months about java 7 zeroday->

dutchwhizzman writes: Polish security researcher Adam Gowdiak submitted bug reports for the current Java 7 zero day exploit that's wreaking havoc all over the Internet months ago. It seems that Oracle can't or won't take such reports seriously? Is it really time to ditch Oracle's java and go for an open source VM?
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Submission + - Kimble out on bail->

dutchwhizzman writes: Kim Dotcom, Also known as the hacker Kimble, owner of MegaUpload has just been released on bail. The judge thought he wouldn't be able to flee, because he won't have access to his money. The question is now, if someone has dozens of bank accounts and a safe room, wouldn't he be burying some maple leafs around the globe as well?
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Submission + - Monty Python to reunite for movie->

dutchwhizzman writes: The surviving members of Monty Python have announced they will make a new movie. It will be titled "Absolutely Anything". Graham Chapman won't be there to join them anymore, but they think the movie will still be in the spirit of "Life of Brian", "The meaning of Life" and other movies they made in the past.
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Submission + - TomTom reorganizes 10% of staff away->

dutchwhizzman writes: Today, Tomtom, fabricator of location and route planning software and devices, announced a big reorganization. Once the biggest player in the market, TomTom is now one of the many companies offering a little box or an app that guides you to where you want to go. Also the built in navigation features of many new cars eat away at TomToms empire, it seems. Roughly 10% of the staff will have to find employment elsewhere. About half of them will be fired, the other half will not be replaced when their contracts end.
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Submission + - Southern hemisphere yellowstone sized caldera foun->

dutchwhizzman writes: Uturuncu is a Bolivian supervolcano. Research suggests that it has an eruption frequency of roughly 300.000 years and the last eruption was, give or take a few years, 300.000 years ago. Research suggests that it started raising in a 70 km circumference by 1 to 2 centimeters per year, making it the fastest growing volcano on the planet.

Break out the tin foil hats, and store plenty of canned beans, because it may just erupt before Yellowstone pops it's cork.

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Submission + - Binary usenet groups prohibited in the Netherlands->

dutchwhizzman writes: Amsterdam based Usenet wholesale provider News Service Europe has been mandated by the court to remove all copyright infringing content on their servers, or face severe financial penalties. Dutch copyright MAFIAA organization BREIN has won a court case making the usenet provider responsible for the content posted on other platforms than their own.

Could this be the end of usenet as we know it, or will an appeal be won by NSE? Why didn't the judge make the provider that allowed the posts responsible? Why did the judge not honor the "cancel message" procedure that technically exists in the NNTP protocol?

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Submission + - Dutch court bans Samsungs Android 2.3 devices->

dutchwhizzman writes: Today a Dutch court banned the Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 and the Ace. The ban will only apply to these devices when running Android 2.3 and is effective starting October 15th. The ban is based on apples scrolling patent and this is "fixed" in Android 3. It is expected that Samsung will upgrade to Android 3 very soon, probably before October 15th.
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