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Crime

Anonymous Takes Down DOJ, RIAA, MPA and Universal Music 649

Posted by samzenpus
from the pay-back dept.
First time accepted submitter EW87 writes "Shortly after a federal raid today brought down the file sharing service Megaupload, hackers aligned with the online collective Anonymous have shut down sites for the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group and the RIAA. 'It was in retaliation for Megaupload, as was the concurrent attack on Justice.org,' Anonymous operative Barrett Brown tells RT on Thursday afternoon."
Music

Megaupload.com Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy 1005

Posted by samzenpus
from the who-needs-SOPA dept.
zacharye writes "Federal prosecutors in Virginia have shut down notorious file-sharing site Megaupload.com and charged the service's founder with violating piracy laws. The Associated Press broke the story on Thursday, reporting that the indictment accuses Megaupload.com's owner with costing copyright holders including record labels and movie studios more than $500 million in lost revenue."
Advertising

+ - Adblock To Allow Non-Intrusive Ads By Default-> 1

Submitted by bonch
bonch (38532) writes "Starting in version 2.0, Adblock Plus will allow 'non-intrusive ads' by default in order to encourage advertisers to switch to better ways of advertising. Criteria for whitelisting includes static ads only and at most one script that delays page load. Outcry has been negative enough to lead the developer to disable comments to the blog post."
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+ - logo designing service->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Logo designing is the key element to the overall brand recognition for a company. It is important to make sure your logo represents what sort of business you are and be in the style that represents your ethos."
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Education

+ - Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad->

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Students and teachers in grade school through higher education are using the iPad to augment their lessons or to replace textbooks. Jennifer Kohn’s third grade class at Millstone Elementary School in Millstone, New Jersey, mastered the iPad with minimal training. For the most part, the students didn’t need to be taught how to use their apps, Kohn says.

College students are also turning to the iPad to do what they do instinctively well: saving themselves money. Marianne Petit, a New York University staff member, recently began taking credits in pursuit of another certification, and uses her iPad in place of textbooks. “The price of the iPad pays for itself after a single semester,” Petit said. “iPad books cost so much lessIt’s a legal alternative for students who are using BitTorent [to pirate books].”

Like the PC before it, Kohn noted that the iPad isn’t a panacea for educators: It has its appropriate time and place. “I don’t use them with every lesson or even day. It’s not always appropriate to lesson or objective of what I’m trying to teach,” Kohn noted.

The iPad is less than two years old, and it’s already proving to be a disruptive technology in education. Despite years of talking about going digital, PCs never were a suitable substitution for paper. The iPad and other smart devices just work better. The long reign of the traditional textbook could finally be coming to an end."

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Security

+ - Japan's Largest Defense Contractor Hacked->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Japan's largest defense contractor, has been a victim of a cyber attack, according to a report from the company. The company said attackers had gained access to company computer systems, with some reports saying the attacks targeted its submarine, missile and nuclear power plant component businesses.

According to The Yomiuri newspaper, approximately 80 systems had been infected with malware at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, as well as manufacturing and research and development sites, including Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works, Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works and Nagoya Guidance & Propulsion System Works.

"We can't rule out small possibilities of further information leakage but so far crucial data about our products or technologies have been kept safe," a Mitsubishi Heavy spokesman told Reuters. "We've found out that some system information such as IP addresses have been leaked and that's creepy enough," the spokesman added."

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Idle

+ - BMW working on laser headlamps->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "LED headlamps are only just trickling onto the market — mostly on high-end cars — but now it seems a certain German automaker has plans for laser headlamps. “Laser light is the next logical step in car light development ... for series production within a few years in the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid,” says BMW. Lasers have the potential to be simultaneously more powerful, more efficient, and smaller than other headlamp types. Before you get too excited, though: the output of laser headlights will be modulated for safety so you can’t, for better or worse, come up close and bubble the paint of the car in front that won’t get out of the left-hand lane on the interstate."
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Idle

Man Becomes Artist When He Sleeps 130

Posted by samzenpus
from the talented-dreamer dept.
During the day 37-year-old Lee Hadwin is a nurse with no particular love or talent for art, but when he sleeps it's a different story. Lee has been sleep-drawing since he was 4 and is now quite good. Some of his pieces have sold for six figures. Despite numerous tests, doctors can't explain how he's able to draw and paint while he's not conscious, or even what stage of sleep he's in while he works. From the article: "Still, the North Wales native doesn't want to make art his career. He never studied art, and is lousy at drawing when awake. 'Art has never interested me at all,' says Hadwin, as quoted by the BBC. But just in case, he now prepares by leaving a sketchpad, brushes, and other art supplies in his bedroom."
China

Chinese Submersible Planning For Record Dive 69

Posted by Soulskill
from the under-miles-of-water dept.
An anonymous reader writes "You may have heard that China sent a manned research sub down to the ocean deep this summer, marking a personal depth record of 5,000 meters (next year it will aim for a world record of 7,000 meters). Here's a story about the sub based on an interview with its designer in Wuxi, China. It's got some interesting new details: the designer had never actually seen a submersible before he set out to build the deepest diving research sub in the world; all the stuff he's built before has ended up in warehouses because the Chinese government only funded technological development, not use."
Education

More Schools Go To 4-Day Week To Cut Costs 614

Posted by Soulskill
from the education-has-a-poor-compression-ratio dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "As schools return to session in South Dakota, more than one-fourth of students in the state will only be in class from Monday through Thursday as budget constraints lead school districts to hack off a day from the school week. Larry Johnke, superintendant of the Irene-Wakonda school district, says the change will save his schools more than $50,000 per year. In order to make up for the missing day, schools will add 30 minutes to each of the other four days and shorten the daily lunch break. 'In this financial crisis, we wanted to maintain our core content and vocational program, so we were forced to do this,' says Johnke. Experts say research is scant on the effect of a four-day school week on student performance, but many of the 120 districts that have the shortened schedule nationwide say they've seen students who are less tired and more focused, which has helped raise test scores and attendance. Others say that not only did they fail to save a substantial amount of money by being off an extra day, they also saw students struggle because they weren't in class enough and didn't have enough contact with teachers."

+ - Teach yourself how to make a radar imaging system->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Teach yourself how to build a synthetic aperture radar imaging system using coffee cans, wood, and a few microwave parts,
"The MIT Open Courseware (OCW) radar materials from Dr. Gregory L. Charvat (and peers) that Matt blogged about back in February have just been released! .... Now MIT is giving it away to everyone with the internet access and education required to access, read, and understand it:"

http://ocw.mit.edu/resources/res-ll-003-build-a-small-radar-system-capable-of-sensing-range-doppler-and-synthetic-aperture-radar-imaging-january-iap-2011/?utm_source=twitter"

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China

+ - Chinese Propaganda Accidentally Reveals Cyberwar->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Chinese military propaganda video aired in mid-July inadvertently showed a Chinese military university launching cyberattacks against U.S. websites. The Epoch Times reports the video shows 'custom-built Chinese software apparently launching a cyber-attack against the main website of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, by using a compromised IP address belonging to a United States university.' A screen in the video also reveals 'the name of the software and the Chinese university that built it, the Electrical Engineering University of China's People's Liberation Army.'"
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The Internet

Web Surfing At Work Can Boost Productivity 134

Posted by Soulskill
from the you're-welcome dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Wall Street Journal reports on a study into productivity and efficiency in the workplace, which found that people who are given a break to surf the web return to their work with 'lower levels of mental exhaustion, boredom and higher levels of engagement.' Researchers tested against two other groups; one continued working, and one was given a break that did not involve web browsing. They concluded that 'browsing the Internet serves an important restorative function.' In contrast, dealing with personal email was 'particularly distracting.' In the end, the researchers recommended that employers loosen restrictions on employee web access." This backs up a similar study out of Australia from a couple years ago.

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