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Piracy

Swedish Pirate Party To Run Pirate Bay From Parliament 288

Posted by kdawson
from the criminalizing-dirty-tricks dept.
rdnetto sends in this clip from TorrentFreak. To pursue these plans the Pirate Party needs to win 4% of the seats in Parliament in an election coming up in September. "After their former hosting provider received an injunction telling it to stop providing bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, the worlds most resilient BitTorrent site switched to a new ISP. That host, the Swedish Pirate Party, made a stand on principle. Now they aim to take things further by running the site from inside the Swedish Parliament. ... The party has announced today that they intend to use part of the Swedish Constitution to further these goals, specifically Parliamentary Immunity from prosecution or lawsuit for things done as part of their political mandate. They intend to push the non-commercial sharing part of their manifesto, by running The Pirate Bay from inside the Parliament, by Members of Parliament."
Government

The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms 386

Posted by timothy
from the and-that-guy-ought-to-know dept.
lxmota writes "The Economist says that long copyright terms are hindering creativity, and that shortening them is the way to go: 'Largely thanks to the entertainment industry's lawyers and lobbyists, copyright's scope and duration have vastly increased. In America, copyright holders get 95 years' protection as a result of an extension granted in 1998, derided by critics as the "Mickey Mouse Protection Act." They are now calling for even greater protection, and there have been efforts to introduce similar terms in Europe. Such arguments should be resisted: it is time to tip the balance back.'"
Australia

Perth Game Company CEO Takes IP By Night 356

Posted by timothy
from the not-a-dwelling-place-so-not-burglary dept.
snicho99 writes "A US owned gaming company has fled Australia, leaving unpaid employees and a massive tax bill. Apparently many staff have been working unpaid for months to allow their game to ship and hopefully the company to recover. Interzone's Perth (Western Australia) office was created with the assistance of a state government grant. Last week Interzone's (American) CEO entered the building at night and removed all the servers and IP so that Interzone could continue production at a new company they have opened in Ireland. The staff caught him on camera. More background here."
Google

Google Donates $2 Million To the Wikimedia Foundation 181

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the citation-needed dept.
k33l0r writes "Yesterday, the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia and other projects, announced that it has received a $2 million donation from Google. This is the first time that Google has supported Wikipedia, and it has many wondering why. Anyone remember Knol, Google's answer to Wikipedia?"
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the another-one-bites-the-dust dept.
Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

Comment: Re:Meh, relatively speaking (Score 1) 344

by tvjunky (#30755174) Attached to: What To Expect From Windows 7 SP1

I also hate it when Settings are moved around in the Control Panel and Administrative Tools. If you often have to access several specific settings, it might be worth to learn the filename of the MMC-SnapIn or Control Panel applet you want to use. For example: Device Manager is "devmgmt.msc", Computer Management is "compmgmt.msc", Network Connections is "ncpa.cpl" - which I find way more convenient if you have to configre network settings in a corporate Environment with different Windows versions.

Comment: Re:PayPal is a scam, should be regulated, FTC asle (Score 3, Insightful) 80

by tvjunky (#30435172) Attached to: PayPal Offers $150,000 In Developer Challenge

I don't know about the US, but in Europe PayPal's User Agreement says that it is "licensed as a Luxembourg credit institution". Also I don't really get where all the hate for PayPal comes from.
Yes I read a dozen times that they froze the account of SomethingAwful or some loud-mouthed bloggers under dubious circumstances, but for me it always worked just fine. Actually I really like PayPal because it allows me to send a seller money that is instantly credited to his account, without trust issues on either side or credit card processing for the seller.
I also like the security of going to PayPal's site so I can verify the payment, which is why I am quite sceptical of this API change. But apart from that I really don't see how PayPal is bad in any way for me as an ordinary customer.

Games

Over 160 Tutorial Videos Created For Unreal Dev Kit 48

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-it's-done dept.
As a follow-up to Epic Games' release of a free version of the Unreal Engine last month, the company has now posted over 160 video tutorials which demonstrate the various uses of the Unreal Development Kit. Roughly 20 hours of footage were created by technical education company 3D Buzz, with topics ranging from user interface to game physics to cinematics.
Graphics

Australian Defence Force Builds $1.7m Linux-Based Flight Simulator 232

Posted by timothy
from the send-some-love-to-flightgear dept.
scrubl writes "The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has revealed its latest flight simulator runs on SUSE Linux-based clusters of Opteron servers and uses an open source graphics platform. The Defence Science and Technology Organisation's (DSTO) Air Operations Simulation Centre in Melbourne creates virtual worlds that allow pilots to experience real-world combat situations without leaving the ground. The visuals software was written in OpenGL, using commercial and open source scene graph engines and making 'heavy use of OpenGL Shader Language programs.'"

Comment: Re:How many editors are retirees? (Score 5, Interesting) 564

by tvjunky (#29052735) Attached to: Wikipedia Approaches Its Limits

You need only check-out a few of their pages - most are pedestals from which to gloat about their Wikipedia penis, and yet these are the people IN CHARGE.

So those people take pride in their voluntary work for a good cause and as a result were elected by the community to have a few more responsibilities beyond just editing articles. I don't see how that is a bad thing at all.

Comment: Re:That's just a dissembler. How about bittorrent? (Score 1) 192

by tvjunky (#28720173) Attached to: New Binary Diffing Algorithm Announced By Google

This is diffs the dissembled version of the original against the update on the server, then does the opposite on the client. I couldn't help but think of this as similar to Gentoo's model ... download a compressed diff of the source and then recompile. Both have the same problem: too much client-side CPU usage (though Gentoo's is an extreme of this). Isn't Google Chrome OS primarily targeting netbooks? Can such things handle that level of extra client-side computation without leaving users frustrated?

I don't think this is really a problem in this case. In the time even a slow computer, by today's standards, has downloaded a kilobyte over a WAN link it has easily performed millions of CPU operations on it. The same would be true for any kind of compression really. Since Bandwidth through your pipe is just orders of magnitudes slower than anything that happens within your machine, this added level of complexity is clearly more beneficial than a direct approach. That's why it makes sense to compress files on the server (or the client uploading it to the server), transfer them and decompress them on the client, even if the client is quite slow.

I'd rather improve the distribution model. Since packages are all signed, SSL and friends aren't needed for the transfer, nor does it need to come from a trusted authority. Bittorrent comes to mind. I'm quite disappointed that the apt-torrent project never went anywhere. It's clearly the solution.

With patches between minor versions at about 80kB (as stated in TFA), I don't think that a distribution using bittorrent would really be the way to go here. Add to this the fact that google has quite a lot of bandwidth at their disposal and I don't see this happening anytime soon.
I aggree however that it may be a good idea to transfer large amounts of linux packeges that way. But with a lot of smaller packages the protocol overhead of bittorrent might become a limiting factor regarding its usefulness.

Comment: Re:"the NPG's taxpayer-funded mission" (Score 1) 526

by tvjunky (#28660913) Attached to: UK's National Portrait Gallery Threatens To Sue Wikipedia User

Given they control their own reproductions of the pictures, would it be acceptable for them to deny visitors the right to take their own photographs? I think not.

They think otherwise
I think that, as a government funded institution, it should be their mission to spread the art that they exhibit and do everything they can to spark people's interest in it. Yet art and education may not be their main concern if they continue to restrict access to these paintings as they do right now. And that, regardless of the copyright issue, is morally wrong - at least in my opinion. What is happening here ist that government money is used against the people instead of for them, which I find quite outrageous.

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