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Comment: Re:Uhh, sounds like a tax to me... (Score 1) 401

by floofyscorp (#41967723) Attached to: Wayback Machine Trumps FOI Tribunal
They generally send most unlicensed properties(especially in student-heavy areas, as students tend to be bad at paying for licenses/stupid enough to pay when they don't need to) a series of increasingly unfriendly letters suggesting they get a license, as well as the occasional 'enforcement officer' who looks disturbingly like a police officer. I think you can be fined for watching TV without a license, but how they'd prove it I have no idea.

Comment: Re:Not according to my British friends. (Score 1) 401

by floofyscorp (#41967677) Attached to: Wayback Machine Trumps FOI Tribunal
I've never heard of a phone contract in the UK that limits incoming minutes... He is right that they tend to be extremely suspicious of people claiming not to need a license though. When I was a student I had a TV for playing games and watching DVDs on, and got harassed on the regular by the TV licensing heavies. And by heavies, I mean they literally sent a huge enforcement officer to our door once, demanding to be let in to inspect our property. I politely told him to fuck off because he had no right of entry and I had informed them time and again that we were within our rights not to have a license. We still got the threatening letters after that, but no more unfriendly faces at the door.
Data Storage

+ - Five-dimensional glass disc storage->

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MrSeb writes "Researchers from the University of Southampton, England, have successfully recorded, read, and erased data from a clear piece of nano-structured glass. This technique could revolutionize microscopy in general, and medical imaging in specific — and, perhaps more importantly for computing, it could also be used to store binary data, like an optical disc. Beyond the standard three dimensions that are used by optical disc storage — vertical and horizontal positions on the piece of glass, and varying depths — wavelength and polarization can also be used to carry data. Ta'da, five dimensions."
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Crime

+ - Facebook helps trace laptop looter-> 1

Submitted by DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly
DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly (655625) writes "A former NASA and FBI employee had had his laptop stolen during the recent looting and rioting in Britain. However, being an IT security professional, he had installed a tracking device into it so he sat, patiently waiting for his computer to phone home. "After two hours of watching him surf religious revelation videos, shopping for Mercedes A class on Autotrader he finally popped onto Facebook!". He said the information included the man's name, school, address in west London and information about his wireless internet. After he handed the details over to police, they raided the man's flat and recovered the laptop."
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The Internet

FCC To investigate Comcast Bittorrent Meddling 196

Posted by kdawson
from the just-the-bits-please dept.
An anonymous reader writes "FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday that the commission will investigate complaints that Comcast actively interferes with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online. A coalition of consumer groups and legal scholars asked the agency in November to stop Comcast from discriminating against certain types of data and to fine Comcast $195,000 for every affected subscriber. While known for months in tech circles, the issue wasn't given broad attention until an Associated Press report last year, in which reporters tested and verified the data blocking."
The Courts

+ - BayTSP CEO in Singapore to testify on Anime D/Ling

Submitted by Xedo66
Xedo66 (666) writes "Anime distributor Odex has roped in a Silicon Valley-based former hacker to appeal against a court's decision. Last Thursday, Odex failed in its bid to force Pacific Internet (PacNet) to hand over the data of suspected illegal downloaders, whom Odex had tracked down with the help of Internet investigation firm BayTSP.

BayTSP's chief executive officer Mark Ishikawa, a former hacker, will arrive in Singapore later this week to help Odex prepare its appeal, according to his publicist Jim Graham.

On 23 August 2007, Odex lost its suit against Internet Service Provider Pacific Internet to reveal 1,000 of its subscribers' information. District Judge Ernest Lau ruled that Odex has failed to meet a number of requirements for the release of such information, as the company was exclusive licensee for only one anime title and its provided evidence found to be unsatisfactory. It was also revealed that another ISP, SingNet has put up virtually no resistance and gave consent in revealing subscribers' information to Odex. Several downloaders subsequently received letters of legal threat from Odex and had to pay out-of-court settlements for at least S$3,000 (US$2,000) per person, the youngest person being only 9 years old."
PC Games (Games)

+ - An In Depth Look At Game Design

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Pogobear writes "An excellent pair of articles by James Portnow where he explores the question of whether it is more important to have high quality moment to moment play or a strong long term experience in a game. http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_conte nt&task=view&id=6761&Itemid=2 http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_conte nt&task=view&id=6840&Itemid=2"
Games

+ - Chinese company sued Blizzard over copyright

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When was the last time a big US company was caught stealing Chinese company's IP? Here's another chance to amuse yourself. According to this report, the full directory "founder fonts" can be found in the Chinese version of the World of Warcraft client installation disc. Is this called caught red handedly?

The Chinese company Founder claims it has suffered a loss of 1 billion yuan, or about 125 million US dollars. But because Chinese law does not honor punitive damages, the company temporarily set the claim to 100 Million Yuan."

The bogosity meter just pegged.

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