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+ - Bitcoin Hackers vs. New Jersey->

Submitted by ixarux
ixarux (1652631) writes "Tidbit (http://tidbit.co.in/) allows site visitors help you mine Bitcoins via Javascript. Started by a group of MIT students, it received a ‘most innovative’ award from a recent hackathon.

"In early December, a few weeks after the hackathon, the New Jersey division of consumer affairs issued a subpoena to 19-year-old Tidbit developer Jeremy Rubin. The subpoena demanded he turn over everything related to Tidbit: all versions of the source code, all Bitcoin wallets associated with Tidbit, all agreements and communications with third parties, the name and IP addresses of everyone who mined Bitcoins using Tidbit, and so on. It explicitly asked for “all documents and correspondence concerning all breaches of security and / or unauthorized access to computers” by Tidbit."

New Jersey hasn't said why."

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Japan

+ - Japan extracts natural gas from frozen methane hydrate-> 2

Submitted by ixarux
ixarux (1652631) writes "For the first time ever, a Japanese company has been successful extracted natural gas from frozen methane hydrate off its central coast. The Nankai Trough gas field, located a little more than 30 miles offshore, could provide an alternative energy source for the island nation, reducing its dependence on foreign imports.

A Japanese study estimated that at least 1.1tn cubic metres of methane hydrate exist in offshore deposits. This is the equivalent of more than a decade of Japan's gas consumption. Japan has few natural resources and the cost of importing fuel has increased after a backlash against nuclear power following the Fukushima nuclear disaster two years ago.

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Censorship

+ - Corporations and Censorship in India->

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ixarux
ixarux writes "For a while now, the Indian government along with the ISPs have been going full steam on internet censorship which includes websites such as pastebin, piratebay and vimeo, as previously mentioned in Internet Censorship in India.
Consequently, most internet users in India have got messages such as: Link
However, a RTI application (The Right To Information act allows any citizen to request information from a "public authority") has unearthed that "As per available information, no blocking instruction to block websites like Pirate-bay and Vimeo etc. has been issued from the Department of Telecom to Internet Service Providers."
News reports suggest that these sites were blocked based on John Doe orders given by the Madras High Court in a suit filed by the producers of local movies. Ironically, the government run ISP has yet to enforce any such sort of ban. Given that most private ISPs are also involved in film distribution, it comes as no great surprise, and is another example of corporations attempting to control the internet."

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Piracy

+ - Internet Censorship in India->

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ixarux
ixarux writes "India is at a crucial crossroad at the moment. Internet censorship laws are getting stricter as it begins to ban file-sharing and video-sharing websites.
It started with Indian courts allowing censorship of Google, Facebook, etc.
It has now gone one step ahead and decided to ask ISPs to block file-sharing site. It is the movie industry which is again at the forefront of this.
Anonymous retaliated, and targeted the websites of various Indian government websites in protest.
What India lacks at this crucial juncture are debates in the public domain about this and citizens actually organizing protests as seen in the West."

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+ - Tech Workshop at School

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ixarux
ixarux writes "So I have just started a Technology Workshop at a local school and find myself shocked. Most of these kids are technology illiterate, and as such I am struggling to find ways to get them to understand or interesting in programming or even tinker around with computers. These are 13 year old kids with 5-second attention spans, addicted to their phones and laptops, and lacking absolutely any knowledge of technology. Strange strange kids.

My question was if anyone out there knows of any interesting computer games or online/offline challenges that I can use to keep a student's attention while introducing them to ideas of programming/hacking?"
Software

+ - History of Software Cracking->

Submitted by icarus
icarus (1652631) writes "Can software cracking and piracy be beneficial to the software industry? Why do software crackers do what they do without any monetary incentives?
This article looks at the history of software cracking, in context of reverse engineering and then attempts to look at its impact. And finally jumps to the conclusion that the greatest positive effect of software crackers was the creation of the "demoscene"."

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