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+ - Study showing PirateBay Blockade has no effect published

Submitted by Neelix21
Neelix21 (143043) writes "Last week a Dutch court decided that the blockade of the PirateBay website was ineffective and disproportionate. The academic study that measured this effect has now been published:

This paper studies the effectiveness of this approach towards online copyright enforcement, using both a consumer survey and a newly developed non-infringing technology for BitTorrent monitoring. While a small group of respondents download less from illegal sources or claim to have stopped doing so, no impact is found on the percentage of the Dutch population downloading from illegal sources.

The torrent monitoring technique also shows that if you are downloading a public torrent, anyone can find out."

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by flok (#46104421) Attached to: Why We Need OpenStreetMap (Video)
openwlanmap.org uses it to display maps of wifi-war-drived-data when you submit any. I scanned wifi-access points while driving to France for a holiday; amazing how many access points you detect even in the middle of nowhere!

Also my toy-project O2OO uses its api (very simple to implement!) to draw car-sensor data of a trip you made on a map. Nice to see how e.g. the load of the engine changes when taking a corner or driving uphill ("duh" I hear you say, but it is nice to see how much it changes).

+ - IRC redone-> 1

Submitted by flok
flok (24996) writes "IRC is old. IRC is of the dark ages of the internet. One would think that everything has been implemented and invented in the client software of it. Well, no. f-irc, a relatively unknown IRC client with a "different" user interface introduces a new concept: the marker line. No more "now where did I leave off when I changed channel", the markerline will tell you where you were! Rumor has it the idea was stolen from multitail."
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+ - BitMessage: all the good things of bitcoin applied to e-mail->

Submitted by flok
flok (24996) writes "BitMessage allows you to send e-mails truly anonymous. It also hides from where you're sending, to what location you send your message to and the contents of the e-mail. It is like using PGP/GPG but without the hassle of distributing keys. The way it does all of this (technically) is copied from bitcoin. Remembering a BitMessage address might be a bit of a challenge though (e.g. BM-Gu86guT7aSL68SuMd7Uhkq9tYcAc7Hti)."
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+ - pinging a webserver like a pro->

Submitted by flok
flok (24996) writes "Pinging a webserver used to be boring. An endless of stream of black on white text with uninteresting numbers that no-one comprehends.
An end has come to this depressing situation with HTTPing v2.3.1!
This program which not only measures the network-latency but also the responsiveness of the webserver itself, introduces fancy graphics with lots of colors compatible with every terminal capable of displaying ncurses output!
Check out the youtube video to see what this is all about."

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+ - Rise of the Bitcoin ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "IEEE Spectrum has an article on the new custom built ASIC Bitcoin mining machines. Featured in the article is 66 billion hashes/second rig, and that is twice the speed of the best FPGA rig on the market. The whole thing is feeling more like custom car racing everyday."
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+ - Tylenol may ease pain of existential distress, social rejection

Submitted by Guppy
Guppy (12314) writes "Does Tylenol reduce existential distress? Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) has been used to relieve mild-to-moderate physical pain for over a century, yet its actual mechanism of action continues to be debated; modern research has demonstrated an intriguing connection with the body's endocannabinoid system, raising the question of whether it may also have subtle psychological effects as well. A recent paper claims Acetaminophen can alter our response to existential challenge; previous findings have suggested that it may blunt the pain of social rejection as well."

+ - Get paid for your open source software enhancements/bugfixes-> 1

Submitted by flok
flok (24996) writes "It is nice when your open source pet project is populair but sometimes the constant stream of feature requests can be intimidating. The CatInCan website can help you with prioritizing your efforts while making some money on the side. See it as a Kickstarter-variant where people can raise funds to get functionality in software realised or maybe to get that long ignored bug fixed. It works a most people like a financial incentive!"
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+ - OpenWLANMap - the free GPS replacement->

Submitted by flok
flok (24996) writes "There are a couple of commercial products which can tell you where you are by the mac addresses from access points in your neighbourhood. E.g. the iphone uses this. There's now an open offering for this: OpenWLANMap. With this website, you can enter your access point mac address with your GPS location and then others can use that to navigate. There is also an App for your mobile which automatically enters this data and you can upload data from e.g. Airomap and other wardriving applications."
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+ - Bill Gates and Paul Allen recreate the famous 1981 Microsoft photo->

Submitted by Krnl678
Krnl678 (2034782) writes "One of the greatest fortunes in the history of the world started in 1981 when Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, made a deal to license MS-DOS to IBM while retaining ownership of the software. To stamp the moment in history, they both took a picture surrounded by computer systems popular at that time; and now 32 years later Bill Gates and Paul Allen once again got together to recreate the iconic photograph."
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+ - Internet Status

Submitted by ZeroFactiX
ZeroFactiX (1842318) writes "So here's my question for everyone. I'm looking for the best site for monitoring the Internet backbone/ Core Routers. I've seen a few sites out there but nothing that has really impressed me. What I would like to see is just the status of the core routers/Hubs perferably with RSS/Twitter feed. I know each provider usually has a little status page, but they are hard to find and it is not worth looking up every site to look for an issue. Reason being is that lastnight there was an outage with Level3 which didn't last long but was a pain to verify.

So who's got a good tool?"

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