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+ - Amazon causes much concern for Goodreads users after acquisition->

Submitted by pinkushun
pinkushun (1467193) writes "Goodreads announced at the end of March Amazon's acquisition of the social network for book lovers and reviewer. This raised major concern with Goodreads users, as is evident by the 50-page comments of the announcement thread, which is still going. From first post the users are worried about ownership of their comments, particularly in the way Amazon deleted user reviews, and how authors can't review other books within the same genre. As user Chris commented:

"After all the hours put in by librarians and staff to cut the database sourcing with Amazon, now they'll own it again? Does that mean that all our work will go away and then Amazon info will be downloaded back to GR?"

Goodreads addressed these concerns in this FAQ which leaves you unsatisfied."
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Games

+ - Humble Indie Bundle #3->

Submitted by pinkushun
pinkushun (1467193) writes "The third Humble Bundle features: Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs (3D puzzle game), VVVVVV (retro style platformer with a chiptunes soundtrack), Hammerfight (physics puzzle game) and "And yet it moves" (physics platformer where you rotate the world).

The Humble Bundle includes DRM free, cross platform games where you can decide how much to pay.

(Note the last bundle, even though the third bundle, was the Frozenbyte edition. This new bundle is the officially labeled #3)"

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Privacy

+ - How unique and trackable is your browser?->

Submitted by pinkushun
pinkushun (1467193) writes "Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.

Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Click below and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.

Only anonymous data will be collected by this site."

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Privacy

+ - Egypt's cyber crack-down aided by US company->

Submitted by pinkushun
pinkushun (1467193) writes "Aljazeera.net news reports that a US company, Narus, provided Telecom Egypt deep packet inspection tools, to track and target content from users of the Internet and mobile phones, as it passes through routers on the information superhighway.

The Huffingtonpost tells us who else is using this technology, and that when commercial network operators use DPI, the privacy of Internet users is compromised. But in government hands it can crush dissent and lead to human rights violations."

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+ - Assange named "un-Australian of the Year"->

Submitted by pinkushun
pinkushun (1467193) writes "Julian Assange was named "un-Australian of the Year" by a Australian men's magazine Zoo. Runners up include God, after he "flooded two-thirds of Queensland", and Denmark's royal daughter in third place for her newfound Danish accent. It's ironic that a "mens" mag lacks the balls to admit what Julian did, was a ballsy move to begin with."
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Politics

+ - Egypt protests against President Hosni Mubarak-> 1

Submitted by pinkushun
pinkushun (1467193) writes "On January 25, a national holiday to commemorate the police forces, Egyptians gathered to protest against grinding poverty, government oppression and police brutality. Using Twitter and Facebook, the people instigated a series of fast-moving, rapidly shifting demos across half a dozen or more Egyptian cities. The police could not keep up – and predictably, resorted to violence. Sadly this has led to three known deaths thus far."
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Security

+ - ADSL user accounts stolen from MWEB->

Submitted by pinkushun
pinkushun (1467193) writes "Earlier this week a hacker named "Louis McCarty" posted a message on seclists.org: "Another day another pwn". He then briefly lists the "ISP sekuritY" (sic) issues followed by a list of ~2000 ADSL account passwords, all of which are uncapped business accounts. The accounts in question have single sign-on enabled for now. It seems like people are getting tired of expensive bandwidth in South Africa and the crippling monopoly Telkom had until last year, despite uncapped ADSL made available in March 2010."
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Idle

+ - Open Sarcasm fighting copyrighted punctuation-> 1

Submitted by pinkushun
pinkushun (1467193) writes "SarcMark is a copyrighted punctuation mark, that claims "It's time that sarcasm is treated equally!", pretty damn cheeky while they're charging for their software, which only inserts their punctuation through a hotkey. Open Sarcasm is destroying SarcMark by advocating a new punctuation mark (not displaying here properly — alt+U0161) as the new open and free sarcasm symbol.
Either way, this will be one interesting turnout. With bad unicode support across the web, displaying the characters properly might be an issue. PS Left out sarcastic end sentence as /. doesn't display the U0161 character."

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Bug

+ - TSQL bug returns wrong row ID's->

Submitted by pinkushun
pinkushun (1467193) writes "A TSQL bug causes SCOPE_IDENTITY() and @@IDENTITY to return incorrect values when a parallel query plan is generated. The original report, filed Feb 2008, includes a script to recreate this behaviour. After confirming this bug a month later, users became quite upset that Microsoft reported that "we can't fix this for SQL 2008." (and not in 2005 either). Two years later and there is still no resolution. I'm worried since client-server systems is my bread and butter."
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Hardware

+ - Misa Digital MIDI Guitar->

Submitted by pinkushun
pinkushun (1467193) writes "The Misa digital MIDI guitar, created by a software engineer, Michael, replaces the strings with 144 keycaps to control the notes, and a touch screen LCD controls up to 4 MIDI parameters. It runs Linux kernel 2.6.31 with a stripped down version of Gentoo. See the site for more details, and a demo video of it in action."
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Privacy

+ - RICA turns South Africa into Orwellian society

Submitted by pinkushun
pinkushun (1467193) writes "The RICA ACT came into effect on July 1 2009 in South Africa, which will allow your voice calls, 3G data transmission, text & MMS messages to be monitored & recorded, without a court order! This is obviously a faux legal act to be used and abused by the corrupt government, and living in this country does give you a real perspective of what is possible. The official statement mentions that "both prepaid and contract would be required to show proof of identity to be registered". With the majority of prepaid users being teens between 13 and 21, registering will be problematic, to say the least. Read more of the local opinions here"

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