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Comment: Beginning of the end! (Score 1) 553

by notb666 (#41204855) Attached to: Apple Adds Samsung Galaxy SIII To Its Ban List
I don't know why but i feel like this is the beginning of the end for Apple "in the long run".

The world doesn't stop on innovation, design is the most rapidly changing aspect of the tech industry, somehow someday people will come up with completely different, fresh, better and generally more favorable designs and also regarding the utility patents someone will come up with a more efficient, different and easier way to do those things. Who will Apple sue then?...their own fanbois for jailbreaking?

And mind you fanbois, this time Microsoft is not going to save Apple's Ass!

Comment: Re:Is this over the same patents? (Score 2) 221

by notb666 (#41197269) Attached to: Samsung Beats Apple In Tokyo, Itching To Sue Over LTE Patents

The way you steer a car not novel, nor is the brake/accelerator arrangement.

There was a first time, right?

It's been done like that for years.

So if pinch/zoom is used for the next 50 years (considering that you just came to know of it), will you be saying the same for that? And what's with the rectangle with rounded corners?....FFS man!. There's something seriously wrong with the US patent system.

Data Storage

+ - Megaupload Shutdown: Who's Next? RapidShare, Sound->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In the wake of the crackdown on the file-sharing website Megaupload, sites offering free content-sharing, file linking and digital locker services such as RapidShare, SoundCloud and Dropbox could be next in the crosshair of anti-piracy authorities.

Many digital locker services which are clones of Megaupload are around. RapidShare and MediaFire are two of the biggest services left after Megaupload's exit. However, these sites have undergone a revamp and now provide only links to pirated content. They no longer host pirated content that could lead to a permanent ban.

Others in the line of fire are DropBox, iCloud and Amazon S3 that support hosting any file a user uploads. Though their intention of supporting open file-sharing is legitimate, there is really no control over the type of content being uploaded. With massive pirated content being uploaded online every day, these sites are in grave danger of facing bans if content filtering is not done."

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Privacy

+ - Mr. Smith wants to watch you...all of you-> 2

Submitted by ads49
ads49 (2551610) writes "Apparently this Lamar guy just doesn't know when to quit. He's now pushing a law that forces ISP's to record your search history, credit card usage, and IP addresses you've been assigned for the last 18 months. So now when you are eventually suspected of something, they already have plenty of "proof" against you. Gotta love that forward thinking. http://www.slashgear.com/sopa-sponsor-has-another-internet-bill-that-records-you-247-20210264/"
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Chrome

+ - Facebook Bans Browser Plugin FGS, And Its Develope 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook has banned a very popular browser plugin called Friendly Gaming Simplifier (FGS). The plugin’s webpage (fgs.rzadki.eu) now serves up a “403 Forbidden” error message, since its developer, Arkadiusz Rzadkowolski, has complied with the company’s requests to take it down. Facebook has also banned him from the social network and denied him the right to develop anything for the service. A petition to save the plugin has been launched."
Google

+ - NOAA Can Now Use Gmail from Eric Schmidt's Yacht

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Explaining the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) move of 25K employees to Google Apps (under an $11.5 million, 3-year contract), Google noted that 'Google Apps allows NOAA's scientists and staff to get their email and other information wherever their work may take them.' Which, presumably, could include Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's always-Internet-ready Lone Ranger, a $48 million yacht that was retrofitted into a research vessel for the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), which SOI Research Fellow and NOAA Project Lead Peter Etnoyer notes has a 'unique public/private partnership' with NOAA (a long-term MOA between SOI and NOAA was developed in 2010). Or perhaps judging a $1.4 million prize contest for Schmidt's wife Wendy. Or working on other NOAA-Google R&D partnership ocean-science projects. BTW, while Google announced that the 'NOAA [is] the largest federal agency to complete the switch to cloud-based email and collaboration tools,' Computerworld reports that 'the agency is also giving its users the flexibility to use a variety of email clients, as well as the option of continuing to use Microsoft Office.'"

+ - Did SOPA supporters really distribute files sharin-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A very interesting video over on youtube from JeepersMedia, who claims that the companies that are pushing for SOPA are the very same companies that pushed file sharing software. Much of the presented evidence appears to come from the wayback machine site.

Their assertion is that the same media companies who now cry about rampant piracy, and who declared that file sharing software ONLY existed for copyright infringement — ALSO appear to have supplied the software. Better still, is that the reviews appear to show that they tested by copying — wait for it — copyrighted songs (Beatles, Britney Spears, etc.) And that their own sites provided links to download copyrighted material."

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Blackberry

+ - Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor to Govern 2

Submitted by Voline
Voline (207517) writes "In a tweet early this morning, cybersecurity researcher Christopher Soghoian pointed to an internal memo of India's Military Intelligence that has been liberated by hackers and posted on the Net. The memo suggests that, "in exchange for the Indian market presence" mobile device manufacturers, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple (collectively defined in the document as "RINOA") have agreed to provide backdoor access on their devices.

The Indian government then "utilized backdoors provided by RINOA" to intercept internal emails of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a US government body with a mandate to monitor, investigate and report to Congress on "the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship" between the US and China. Manan Kakkar, an Indian blogger for ZDNet, has also picked up the story and writes that it may be the fruits of an earlier hack of Symantec.

If Apple is providing governments with a backdoor to iOS, can we assume that they have also done so with Mac OS X?"

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