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+ - US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The hilariously named "Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property" has finally released its report, an 84-page tome that's pretty bonkers. But amidst all that crazy, there's a bit that stands out as particularly insane: a proposal to legalize the use of malware in order to punish people believed to be copying illegally. The report proposes that software would be loaded on computers that would somehow figure out if you were a pirate, and if you were, it would lock your computer up and take all your files hostage until you call the police and confess your crime. This is the mechanism that crooks use when they deploy ransomware."
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AI

How Could Swarms of Robots Help Humanity? 67

Posted by timothy
from the terrible-secret-of-space dept.
ceview writes "Researchers at Sheffield Centre for Robotics have demonstrated that a swarm of 40 robots can carry out simple fetching and carrying tasks. This is done by grouping around an object and working together to push it across a surface. They believe that this could provide opportunities for us mere humans to harness such power to do all sorts of things like safety — what like catching falling workers perhaps? Youtube action here."
Bitcoin

Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value 583

Posted by samzenpus
from the fake-money dept.
Velcroman1 writes "More than $1 billion worth of bitcoins now circulate on the web – an amount that exceeds the value of the entire currency stock of small countries like Liberia, Bhutan, and 18 other countries. Bitcoin is in high demand right now — each bitcoin currently sells for more than $90 U.S. — which bitcoin insiders say is because of world events that have shaken confidence in government-issued currencies. 'Because of what's going on in Cyprus and Europe, people are trying to pull their money out of banks there,' said Tony Gallippi, the CEO BitPay.com, which enables businesses to easily accept bitcoins as payment. 'So they buy gold, they put it under the mattress, or they buy bitcoin,' Gallippi said."
HP

+ - Is HP right? Autonomy salesperson shares internal emails->

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Julie188
Julie188 writes "You know how HP said it uncovered $5 billion worth of "improper" revenue at Autonomy? One thing HP has accused Autonomy of doing is booking software-as-a-service contracts as software licensing deals. So how might that type of accounting work? A former Autonomy salesperson fighting a legal battle with HP says she's seen it happen firsthand. She's shared internal Autonomy emails and documents that show the details of one deal."
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Education

+ - Promoting the use of free software in schools->

Submitted by dancingwithreality
dancingwithreality (2809097) writes "A petition to the Obama administration has emerged to request that the U.S. federal government encourage the use of GNU/Linux, LibreOffice, Gimp, GNU Cash and other GPL software. If this were to gain popularity and somehow trigger the movement of public school systems IT infrastructure to Free/Libre Open Source Software, then future studens would grow familiarity with these operating systems and productivity tools. Perhaps then wanting to continue their use in post-secondary schools and/or employment. This could be the event that brings GNU/Linux and other free/open source software to the mainstream. That is, assuming the petition gains any significant popularity and is acted on by the federal government."
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Comment: Extra features cause slip (Score 1) 179

by ryanmcdonough (#42341333) Attached to: Most Kickstarter Projects Fail To Deliver On Time
The worst thing I find, mostly with games on Kickstarter is that they set an initial goal £100,000 for example and then they hit it, within two days. So then they set these stretch goals and go "well at £200,000 we will add air combat to this game", "wow £300,000 awesome, now we will add naval...you guys don't mind us adding an extra 2 months to development right?" Wrong, don't estimate 8 months then when you get more push it further back. Some of these games (Elite for example) is set to ship March 2014, that's over a year away and you're expecting me to pop £40 out now for a game I may or may not see in 15 months, what is my incentive here other than I may get a £2 discount on a game in the future.
Australia

+ - Australian National Broadband Network releases 3 year plan-> 1

Submitted by pcritter
pcritter (2606235) writes "The Australian Government has just announced the 3 year roll-out plan for its ambitious National Broadband Network. The plan details 3.5 million premises (30%) across the country to be connected to the NBN by mid-2015. A map is available showing coverage areas. The plan represents a major milestone in the NBN project, which aims to connect all of Australia with high speed broadband by 2021, with the 93% of the population on fibre to the premises (FTTP) of speeds up to 1000Mbits, and the rest on fixed wireless or satellite. The conservative opposition party had threatened to demolish the project if elected."
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