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Comment: Re:This is nothing new for me. (Score 2) 164

Up to now, this only happened when the retailer had a branch where the customer was located; US Retailer w/ branch in Germany selling to a German customer.

Now, all retailers in Europe have to deal with the hassle of having to individualy deal with the seperate tax offices in all the (european) countries its customers are located in.

Abslolute nightmare.

One exception: for b2b deals where the customer has an european tax ID, it's possible to bill without tax and the customer has to pay the tax to its local tax office.

+ - Reverse Engineering OpenVPN Access Server? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I need some legal advice from slashdot...

In order to support OpenVPN on mobile platforms, the only decent user experience for configuration is the OpenVPN Access Server interface. The user types in the name of your server and their credentials and they're all configured. If you want the same thing with the OpenVPN community server, you'll probably want the same user experience. A simple tcpdump and analysis with wireshark shows this to be a simple XML-RPC interface. Client support can be achieved implementing just four methods. I'd love to put something together to go with the community client with its easy-rsa configuration... but I'm not sure if I'll run afoul of the DMCA.

Is this reverse engineering? Does simply looking at and decrypting a TCP stream that I have the key to and control of both devices communicating?

Is the work I've done allowed under the reverse engineering clause of the DMCA? If I understand correctly, it is allowed so long as I have not agreed to a EULA that says I won't reverse engineer. The OpenVPN AS server software only asks me to agree to the eula after I run ovpn-init, to which I type "no". Yet the server still starts up without runing ovpn-init.

I think I'm in the clear on this, but I've not yet decided if I want to risk potential legal hassle. So, if nothing else, hopefully this will help anyone else who wants to implement a compatible client or server.

What do you think?"

+ - Los Angeles Science Teacher suspended over student science fair projects->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""A high school science teacher at Grand Arts High School in Los Angeles was suspended from the classroom in February, after two of his science fair students turned in projects deemed dangerous by the administrators. " "One project was a marshmallow shooter—which uses air pressure to launch projectiles. The other was an AA battery-powered coil gun—which uses electromagnetism to launch small objects. Similar projects have been honored in past LA County Science Fairs and even demonstrated at the White House.""
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+ - Build your own star!

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "Want to kill the rest of your weekend? Games like 1024 have taken the app world by storm, so why not take the next logical step into geekdom and do what two RPI students have done: make a version that allows you to fuse elements in stars? Going all the way up to Iron, this addictive game is actually pretty good as far as getting most of the science right. Enjoy (and play) Fe[26] here!"

+ - Why Can't I Turn Off the Adverts?

Submitted by d'baba
d'baba (1134261) writes "I've got excellent karma (thank you very much) and, always before, I could turn off the adverts. Now, not only can't I turn them off I have them in the Header and Right Column and they are creeping up from the bottom of the page."

+ - What's needed for the 60TB hard drive 1

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "Within the next 6 years, Seagate expects to produce a 60TB hard disk drive using HAMR technology. But WD and Seagate are currently on separate paths toward expanding capacity. Seagate with Singled Magnetic Recording (SMR) and WD with helium-filled drives. Computerworld has published a series of slides explaining what has been used up until this point and what will be needed to reach the 60TB end goal."

+ - Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' on the 360 Series Mainframe

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Those of us of a certain age remember well the breakthrough that the IBM 360 series mainframes represented when it was unveiled fifty years ago on 7 April 1964. Now Mark Ward reports at BBC that the first System 360 mainframe marked a break with all general purpose computers that came before because it was possible to upgrade the processors but still keep using the same code and peripherals from earlier models. "Before System 360 arrived, businesses bought a computer, wrote programs for it and then when it got too old or slow they threw it away and started again from scratch," says Barry Heptonstall. IBM bet the company when they developed the 360 series. At the time IBM had a huge array of conflicting and incompatible lines of computers, and this was the case with the computer industry in general at the time, it was largely a custom or small scale design and production industry, but IBM was such a large company and the problems of this was getting obvious: When upgrading from one of the smaller series of IBM computers to a larger one, the effort in doing that transition was so big so you might as well go for a competing product from the "BUNCH" (Burroughs, Univac, NCR, CDC and Honeywell). Fred Brooks managed the development of IBM's System/360 family of computers and the OS/360 software support package and based his software classic "The Mythical Man-Month" on his observation that "adding manpower to a late software project makes it later." The S/360 was also the first computer to use microcode to implement many of its machine instructions, as opposed to having all of its machine instructions hard-wired into its circuitry. Despite their age, mainframes are still in wide use today and are behind many of the big information systems that keep the modern world humming handling such things as airline reservations, cash machine withdrawals and credit card payments. "We don't see mainframes as legacy technology," says Charlie Ewen. "They are resilient, robust and are very cost-effective for some of the work we do.""

+ - Major Crytograpic Flaw on some new Intel processors->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There is a major cryptographic flaw in some Intel Ivy Bridge processors. A special processor instruction intended to improve you data security is broken on some Ivy Bridge processors. There is a hardware bug inside some of the chips that causes it flake out with an illegal instruction exception when any attempt is made to use the RdRand instruction. You are forced then to rely on deterministic pseudo-random software to configure secure banking etc. This can make it hundreds of millions of times easier to crack your business transactions for example."
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+ - Blender Foundation's Sintel video taken down on Youtube for copyright violation-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As if the automated take downs on Youtube weren't already bad enough, today fans of the popular open source 3D software Blender were greeted by a copyright take down notice for their third open movie, Sintel, despite it being released under a creative commons license: "This video contains content from Sony Pictures Movies & Shows, who has blocked it on copyright grounds." It is believed that the take down was a result of Sony Electronics adding Sintel to their official 4k demo pool."
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+ - Japan Ordered to Stop Scientific Whaling-> 1

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Japan has to stop capturing and killing whales under its whaling program in the Antarctic, called JARPA II, the International Court of Justice has said. In a judgment issued in the Hague in the Netherlands today, the United Nations court has ordered Japan to revoke existing permits to catch whales for scientific purposes, and to stop granting such permits in the future. The ruling is a victory for Australia, which filed Court proceedings against Japan's whaling in 2010, arguing that it breached international obligations."
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+ - SPAM: The Return of Space Sims and Revenge of the PC Games

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I am of course talking about the most anticipated and one of the largest crowd funded and most successful kick starter title called Star Citizen by Robert Space Industry. Due to be released in late 2014, this game has the potential to not only change our perception of a PC game but to truly revolutionize the way gaming industry has worked thus far.

To start off with, this is a title produced by one of the pioneers of space simulations. Ever played my all-time favorite game called ‘Freelancer' created by Chris Roberts? If not then woe to you. You have truly missed out on history's most intriguing game. Set in a vast open space universe with tons of exploration and adventurous journey's to undertake, ‘Freelancer' is a game to live on with you forever. That game is more than a decade old now; however, just when all hope on a PC exclusive space simulation was lost, Chris resurfaced from the ashes to once again revitalize the abandoned genre. And this time he is pissed and truly means business.

He has set his eyes on the farthest horizons of gaming in an attempt to reach places where other game developers deemed impossible. To start off with, Star Citizen is an entirely crowd funded undertaking so you can just imagine the magnitude of trust between the developers and the gamers. Secondly, his developer campaign is completely transparent and every single milestone and goal is publically released on his website.

Chris, like me, thinks consoles are primitive in design and power compared to PC and has therefore shunned them from ever having the pleasure of running this game. In all honesty, Start Citizens pushes the graphics to the brink with its modified CryEngine 3. This is a game that would demand most of us to start thinking of upgrading our systems. Consoles can't even dream of ever running this game with the hardware that they harbor.

Some of you may say that there are many exclusive PC MMOs already in the market, which would mean that my argument is invalid. Although that is true, but the current MMOs are neither the epitome of PC games nor do they take the hardware to the very edge of its performance. They are purposely made to go easy on the hardware so that it can cater to a wider audience. We all know what this business model suggests. Wider gaming audience equals more money. Which leads most of us sincere and loyal PC gamers into believing that the intentions of such developers are not to further the PC gaming industry but to make money exclusively.

I am personally extremely excited and especially fond of the entire project model, because it does not occur to me that Chris is trying to milk money off the gamers like most AAA titles do. The fact that this game will not be released on consoles further substantiates the claim that Chris is not trying to make money but to help re-elevate PC's days of glory. Perhaps the best part of all this is that you won't be milked every month for a subscription fee. Instead this game only asks for one time purchasing fee. Kudos!


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+ - SPAM: BREAKING! Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Found!

Submitted by hilariousweird
hilariousweird (3580149) writes "Tony Abbott has announced Australia may have found pieces of the missing Malaysian airliner Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean far off the WA coast.

Tony Abbott has announced Australia may have found pieces of the missing Malaysian airliner Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean far off the WA coast.

In a shock development, Mr Abbott told Parliament today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority had received satellite images of "objects possibly related to the search".

Mr Abbott said a RAAF Orion had been sent to the area to attempt to locate the objects and determine if they were from the Malaysia Airlines 777.

The Orion was expected to arrive in the area very soon.

Another three aircraft have been sent to the area for a more intensive search.

Mr Abbott said he had spoken to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to inform him of the development.
Mr Abbott said there was no guarantee the objects sighted were parts of the missing jet.

"The task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult and it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370," Mr Abbott said.

News emerged overnight that a simple and cheap app that helped find an Air France jetliner that went missing in 2009 was not bought by Malaysia Airlines.

The application, sold at $10 per flight wholesale, could have helped investigators triangulate the plane's position even after the transponder and ACARS communications services turned off, the Washington Post reported.

According to reports, the app wasn't in operation on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The app, called Swift, uses satellites to transfer data such as direction, speed and altitude in a constant live stream that continues to run as long as the plane is running.

Swift data was used to find the Air France plane that crashed in 2009 by helping rescue teams to narrow the search area to about 64 kilometres in the Atlantic Ocean.

It took them just five days to find the missing craft. The Malaysia Airlines plane has now been missing for 13 days and has a search zone of 2.24 million square nautical miles.

An industry expert, speaking to the Washington Post on condition of anonymity, said that Swift acted in a similar way to a mobile phone that sends data to a satellite.

He said that if the full application is bought and in operation, data such as engine performance, fuel consumption, speed, altitude and direction is sent in real time to the airline company and the plane's manufacturers.

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"When ACARS is turned off, Swift continues on," he said. "If you configure Swift to track engine data, that data will be streamed off the plane. It continues to be powered up while the aircraft is powered up."

While the program is relatively cheap, some airlines don't buy the full option and choose to just download flight data from a USB after the plane has landed.

"It's a choice of what you do with your aircraft," the satellite industry official said.

"When you get your plane from Boeing, you can get an engine management app, a route management app, or you might decide that you want the bare minimum. There isn't a mandated requirement."

The official said that often it comes down to cost-reduction as to whether airlines use the app or not.

Malaysia turns to FBI

Malaysia has asked the FBI to help recover data deleted from a flight simulator in the home of the pilot of a missing Malaysian jet, a US official said Wednesday.

The official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, confirmed the request related to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 probe — first reported by the New York Times — without offering further comment.

Malaysian police removed the flight simulator from Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah's home on Saturday.

The Times quoted a senior US law enforcement official as saying that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Kuala Lumpur would likely make copies of the simulator's hard drive and send the contents back to analysts in the United States who specialize in retrieval of deleted computer data.

"Right now, it's the best chance we have of finding something," that official told the newspaper on condition of anonymity.

FBI investigators are aiding a team probing the disappearance of MH370, which vanished in the early hours of March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board.

Personnel from the US National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are also helping to track down the Boeing 777.

"We have contributed a significant number of resources and assets to the search for the plane and to the investigation into what happened," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Wednesday.

"The NTSB and the FAA are the primary interlocutors with the Malaysian government, but the FBI is also assisting in the investigation," he said."

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