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Submission + - Parliament: Record companies "blackmail" users

Kijori writes: "Lord Lucas, a member of the UK House of Lords, has accused record companies of blackmailing internet users by accusing people of copyright infringement who have no way to defend themselves. "You can get away with asking for £500 or £1,000 and be paid on most occasions without any effort having to be made to really establish guilt. It is straightforward legal blackmail." The issue is that there is no way for people to prove their innocence, since the record company's data is held to be conclusive proof, and home networking equipment does not log who is downloading what. Hopefully, at the very least, the fact that parliament has realised this fact will mean that copyright laws will get a little more sane."
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Submission + - Princeton University Blocks IPv6 on Wireless (dailyprincetonian.com) 1

cwolfsheep writes: In a move meant to provide "faster, more reliable wireless service," network administrators at Princeton University have begun filtering out IPv6 traffic on their wireless access points. OIT Support Services Director Steven Sather stated that since IPv6 is not in use at the university, the network traffic (generated largely by an influx of Apple hardware) is considered "wasted." It should be noted that recent Linux & BSD-based distributions, as well as Windows Vista and 7, all enable IPv6 support and/or use it to some degree.

Submission + - Bomb suspected in Russia train crash (guardian.co.uk)

reporter writes: According to a disturbing report just published by Guardian News (headquartered in Great Britain), "At least 22 people were feared dead and many more injured last night after an express train carrying hundreds of passengers from Moscow to St Petersburg derailed.

Early indications from government officials suggest a bomb may have been the cause, after investigators found a three-foot crater beneath the rails.

Russian Railways, the state-owned train operator, said four carriages of the luxury Nevsky Express came off the tracks near the town of Bologoye, 200 miles from Moscow, just after 9.30pm local time [on November 27].

In addition to those killed, more than 50 injured passengers required treatment at hospitals in St Petersburg.

An officer at the emergencies ministry said: 'A one metre-diameter hole has been found next to the railway track. Witnesses heard a loud slap before the accident. All of this could point to a possible act of terrorism.'

President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the Federal Security Service (successor to the KGB) to investigate the "accident".

More information is available in a news report published by Voice of America.

Also, the "New York Times" has published a report (supplied by the Associated Press) that provides additional information.


Submission + - Microsoft actively stifling Win 7 complaints

aybiss writes: Aside from failing to provide support for its medium grade server OSes, Microsoft seems to also be directly working to keep bad publicitiy about Windows 7 down. Not only have they closed (or rather renamed) the Windows 7 general discussion forum, they've been removing posts and forcing the closure of topics about Windows 7 that seem to get a little hot. For anyone who hasn't been watching the forums, you may find it interesting to see how many cases are closed by an MSFT, and there are cases all over the forum that are marked answered but are clearly unresolved.


Submission + - Microsoft to Pay Murdoch to Ditch Google?

theodp writes: Is Mark Cuban consulting at Microsoft? The Financial Times is reporting that Microsoft has had discussions with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp over a plan to pay the media company to 'de-index' its news websites from Google, setting the scene for a search engine battle that could offer a glimmer of hope for the newspaper industry. News Corp and Microsoft declined to comment. FT says it's learned that Microsoft has also approached other big online publishers to persuade them to remove their sites from Google's search engine. Microsoft's interest is being interpreted as a direct assault on Google because it pressures the search engine to start paying for content. 'This is all about Microsoft hurting Google's margins,' said a web publisher who's familiar with the plan.

Submission + - SPAM: ACLU fights patents blocking cancer research 1

destinyland writes: The ACLU joined 20 plaintiffs — including the Public Patent Office — fighting to invalidate an exclusive patent on the genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The patent has given Myriad Genetics exclusive rights to diagnostic tests — which they sell for over $3,000 — plus control over the rights to even conduct experiments on these genes. "Gene patents undermine the free exchange of information and scientific freedom," argues the ACLU, saying the patents also compromise the integrity of our bodies and eventually our health. Ultimately this case could answer the question of whether it's legal to patent a gene.
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Submission + - Amazon Patents Changing Authors' Words

theodp writes: To exist or not to exist: that is the query. That's what the famous Hamlet soliloquy might look like if subjected to Amazon's newly-patented System and Method for Marking Content, which calls for 'programmatically substituting synonyms into distributed text content,' including 'books, short stories, product reviews, book or movie reviews, news articles, editorial articles, technical papers, scholastic papers, and so on' in an effort to uniquely identify customers who redistribute material. In its description of the 'invention,' Amazon also touts the use of 'alternative misspellings for selected words' as a way to provide 'evidence of copyright infringement in a legal action.' After all, anti-piracy measures should trump kids' ability to spell correctly, shouldn't they?

Submission + - Facebook App Exposes Abject Insecurity (facebook.com) 1

ewhac writes: "Back in June, the American Civil Liberties Union published an article describing Facebook's complete lack of meaningful security on your and your friends' information. The article went virtually unnoticed. Now, a developer has written a Facebook "Quiz" based on the original article that graphically illustrates all the information a Facebook app can get its grubby little hands on by recursively sweeping through your friends list, pulling all their info and posts, and showing it to you. What's more, apps can get at your information even if you never run the app yourself. Facebook apps run with the access privileges of the user running it, so anything your friend can see, the app they're running can see, too. It is unclear whether the developer of the Facebook app did so "officially" for the ACLU."

Submission + - Opera unethical whitelisting of Google (fanboy.co.nz)

mdew writes: "Opera whitelist's google from *any* usercss being applied, including ad hiding. Any attempted modification of google through usercss opera will simply ignore which essentially whitelists Google. Every page should be open to usercss regardless, Google pages shouldn't be treated any differently."

Submission + - Kevin Mitnik Gets Dumped By HostedHere.Net & A (theregister.co.uk) 2

HomerMT writes: "Famed jailed and freed hacker Kevin Mitnick has recently run into troubles with major service providers and naturally there are conflicting versions of the troubles. "Over the past month, both HostedHere.net, his longtime webhost, and AT&T, his cellular provider since he was released from prison more than nine years ago, have told him they no longer want him as a customer. The reason: his status as a celebrity hacker makes his accounts too hard to defend against the legions of script kiddies who regularly attack them." But, Mr. Mitnick feels (in a fairly convincing argument) that the lack of real security on AT&T's part is not his fault and he shouldn't be punished for it. He had a stream of Twitter posts yesterday regarding his side of the story."

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.