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+ - Tech industry representatives get a chance to spea->

Submitted by Nemesisghost
Nemesisghost (1720424) writes "Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), a major opponent of the Stop Online Piracy Act has announced he plans to call a hearing where Tech industry representatives will get to speak out about how legislation like SOPA will negatively affect the internet. From the article:

Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has called a hearing that will bring more voices from the technology industry to Washington, D.C. to discuss how legislation such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would affect the Internet. On Jan. 18, industry representatives that include Brad Burnham from Union Square Ventures; Lanham Napier, the CEO of Rackspace Hosting; and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.com, will testify before Congress.

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Networking

+ - T-Mobile UK Blocking OpenVPN/Secure Mail

Submitted by flash2011
flash2011 (2486260) writes "The war on network neutrality continues. T-Mobile UK have been found to be blocking OpenVPN and secure mail connections for new prepaid SIMs. They appear to be messing up these connections using fake RST packets, similar to how the Great Firewall of China disrupts connections (Comcast also used this method to disrupt bittorrent).

The original analysis that Cory Doctorow links to is here"
Privacy

+ - Homeland Security monitoring journalists->

Submitted by tripleevenfall
tripleevenfall (1990004) writes "Freedom of speech might allow journalists to get away with a lot in America, but the Department of Homeland Security is on the ready to make sure that the government is keeping dibs on who is saying what.

Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

The development comes at the same time a U.S. Judge denied pleas from supporters of WikiLeaks who had tried to prevent account information pertaining to their Twitter accounts from being provided to federal prosecutors."

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Space

+ - A Guide to the Dark Side->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Astronomers have made the largest map yet of dark matter in the universe. This invisible stuff gives off no light, but it does exert gravity on its surroundings. It probably consists of unknown elementary particles, and it's much more prevalent than the normal matter from which stars, planets, and people are made."
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Spam

+ - Reporting companies which leak email addresses to

Submitted by l0b0
l0b0 (803611) writes "In December I sent an email to a Spanish company to arrange a visit at an astronomic observatory, which was subsequently completed. Recently I have received a lot of Spanish spam messages. While this is probably not court-admissible evidence, I have a very strong suspicion that spammers have got access to their customer emails. I have tried notifying them about the situation:

After sending an email to [redacted] in December, I have suddenly started receiving a *lot* of Spanish spam email. You might want to review who has access to your customers' email addresses.

This was completely misunderstood:

we sent you a email on the 14th of December and no one answer, The next visit began on April.

I have tried to clarify the situation in another reply, but unless and until they do something about it, anyone else who contacts them is probably at risk. What is the most effective way to warn others that they should not contact this company directly, and to revert this statement once the company has got its act together?"

Comment: Re:An Easier Route (Score 1) 340

by mikeage (#32197404) Attached to: Rockstar Ships <em>Max Payne 2</em> Cracked By Pirates

I hope the crackers seriously stick it to them. Copyright length, game DRM and licensing really don't make any sense to me. Honestly I really am upset that I paid for ~$40 for Contra on the NES back in 1990 only to have to pay $8 for it on the Wii today with no ability to transfer it from that device to another. How many more times must I pay for the Contra license to what is the exact same game?

Zero.

You're welcome to play it on your NES as much as you want, for as long as you want, for that same $40.

Comment: Re:Boeing tried this with Connexion. And failed. (Score 1) 303

by mikeage (#27402071) Attached to: American Airlines To Offer Wi-Fi In Planes

Connexion was primarily on international flights, and used satellites. It was a lot more expensive to install ($500,000 per plane) and significantly more expensive to use.

I once payed $29.95 for Connexion for a 12 hour flight. Seems about the same as $10 for a domestic flight... maybe even cheaper

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