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+ - Dutch Supreme Court sees game objects as goods->

Submitted by thrill12
thrill12 (711899) writes "The Dutch Supreme Court ruled on January 31st that the taking away of possessions in the game Runescape from a 13-year-old boy was in fact theft because the possessions could be seen as actual goods. The highest court explained this not by arguing it was software that was copied, but by stating that the game data were real goods that were acquired through "effort and time investment" and "the principal had the actual and exclusive dominion of the goods" — up until the moment the other guy took them away, that is."
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Science

+ - Darwin's voyage done over, live->

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thrill12 writes "Almost 178 years ago, Charles Darwin set sail in the HMS Beagle, to do the now famous explorations that formed the basis for Darwin's On The Origin Of Species. Now, a group of British and Dutch scientists, journalists and artists set sail again to redo the voyage of the Beagle. This time, they are taking modern equipment with them and they have live connections through Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Flickr. As they re-explore, and (re)discover, we can join that 8 month long trip, live over the internet."
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Television

+ - Browse the net from your TV

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thrill12 (711899) writes "Years after attempts to combine television with internet connectivity, recent developments show that the concept of fully integrated internet access on TV is finally getting introduced by Sony, Samsung and Panasonic. The latest addition to the internet on TV saga is of the Dutch consumer electronics company Philips, who is to release their "Net TV" featured televisions in April of this year. Based on the CE-HTML standard of the Consumer Electronics Association, the TV is slated to bring a number of internet services ranging from YouTube to eBay in the living room. The big question being raised of course: will it work this time around, or do these companies still fail to see the big picture ?"
Television

+ - Internet on TV coming of age->

Submitted by thrill12
thrill12 (711899) writes "Years after attempts to combine television with internet connectivity, recent developments show that the concept of fully integrated internet access on TV is finally getting introduced by Sony, Samsung and Panasonic. The latest addition to the internet on TV saga is of the Dutch consumer electronics company Philips, who is to release their "Net TV" featured televisions in April of this year. Based on the CE-HTML standard of the CEA, the TV is slated to bring a number of internet services ranging from YouTube to eBay in the living room.
The big question being raised of course: will it work this time around, or do these companies still fail to see the big picture ?"

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The Courts

+ - Voting computers rejected after pressure

Submitted by thrill12
thrill12 (711899) writes "After severe pressure by the Dutch group WeDontTrustVotingComputers, the Dutch minister responsible for the voting process in The Netherlands has, after further research, forbidden (original dutch) the usage of almost 1200 SDU voting computers for the coming Dutch elections in November.
The main reason being that the Dutch intelligence agency 'AIVD' (the equivalent of the NSA) found that tempest radiation coming from the computers is allowing the vote casted to be monitored, which constitutes a violation of the right for a secret vote.
The WeDontTrustVotingComputers-group was already in the news last October, when they issued a detailed disturbing analysis of the (SDU competitor) NEDAP voting computers, that make up the largest number of voting machines in The Netherlands, some 90%. The AIVD surprisingly did not find considerable tempest radiation with these machines, completely opposed to what the group found.
For democracy and the voting process in The Netherlands as a whole, this small victory is probably a good thing, however."

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