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Intel

Submission + - Intel Announces Xeon Phi For "Exascale" Computing (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "At the International Supercomputing Conference today, Intel announced that Knights corner, the company's first commercial Many Integrated Core (MIC) product will ship commercially in 2012. The descendent of the processor formerly known as Larrabee also gets a new brand name--Xeon Phi. The idea behind Intel's new push is that the highly efficient Xeon E5 architecture (eight-core, 32nm Sandy Bridge) fuels the basic x86 cluster, while the Many Integrated Core CPUs that grew out of the failed Larrabee GPU offer unparalleled performance scaling and break new ground. The challenges Intel is trying to surmount are considerable. We've successfully pushed from teraflops to petaflops, but exaflops (or exascale computing) currently demands more processors and power than it's feasible to provide in the next 5-7 years. Intel's MIC is targeted at hammering away at that barrier and create new opportunities for supercomputing deployments."

Submission + - Megaupload down, FBI Charges Seven With Online Pir (justice.gov) 3

Syobon writes: WASHINGTON – Seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works, through Megaupload.com and other related sites, generating more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and causing more than half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners, the U.S. Justice Department and FBI announced today.
Bitcoin

Submission + - Legal Tender? Maybe not. (klfy.com)

fyngyrz writes: "Lousiana has passed a bill that says people may no longer use cash for second hand transactions. The idea being to make all transactions traceable, thus foiling copper theft, etc. This move has profound implications that range from constitutional rights to bitcoin, Craigslist and so forth; I wonder if there are any slashdotters at all that support such a move."
The Internet

Submission + - Will Justin Bieber Go To Prison For Illegal Stream (freebieber.org)

ravrore writes: Remember when Justin Bieber got famous posting cover songs on YouTube? And remember when media corporations started pushing legislation that would make streaming copyrighted content without permission a felony? Free Bieber is a bleak (or not so bleak, depending on your perspective) vision of the future, where Justin is thrown in prison for 5 years for felony video streaming. Below lots of photos of Bieber in prison, the site's petition to Congress hopes to stop Senate Bill 978 before it becomes law.

Submission + - DHS scaremongering while Anonymous actually gettin (pastebin.com) 2

ClemensW writes: While the DHS released a scaremongering report on Anonymous yesterday, Anonymous has silently and unnoticed by any mainstream media taken down 40+ child porn websites, deleted the largest collection of childporn on the internet and published the usernames of almost 1600 pedophiles. Makes one wonder who the bad guys actually are...

Submission + - Secret Acta Hearing In Sweden, Pirates Not Welcome (activepolitic.com)

bs0d3 writes: A closed door hearing was held in Sweden today. Its purpose: "The issues that Government needs to consider at this stage is whether the Council should decide that ACTA will be signed on behalf of the EU and on a draft decision approving the ACTA will be referred to Parliament for treatment there, and if Sweden is to sign ACTA. The hearing aims to provide invited parties to present their views on these issues."

Gustav Nipe, chairman of the Pirate Party Sweden, and CEO of the pirate isp has been told he is not welcome to the hearing and that he was not invited. Of those invited all were industry copyright holders which shows a bias to how the hearing will play out.

Submission + - CCP to lay off 20% of its staff, refocus on EVE (eveonline.com)

zergl writes: CCP games just announced that 20% of its staff will be laid off due to their overextension on developing three titles at the same time while bleeding subscribers on their flagship title EVE Online. The World Of Darkness MMO will be put on the back burner while remaining resources will be put towards EVE and getting Dust 514 launched successfully.
This comes as not much of a surprise considering the financial situation CCP was in with liquid assets about to run out well before the Dust launch next year which was discovered when the 2010 financial report was analyzed on a community forum.

Piracy

Submission + - Did ICE 'Pirate' Its Anti-Piracy PSA? (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: You may have seen that the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security has been seizing domain names. When it eventually takes over those domain names permanently, it replaces the seizure notice with a YouTube video. Some people noticed that the YouTube video was just a recut video that New York City was using. Since the whole point of the video is that people who work on films have to get paid, Techdirt wondered how much ICE paid for the video. After asking both NYC and ICE and receiving no responses, Techdirt filed some Freedom of Information Act requests. While they turned up that the videos were actually owned by NBC Universal (though neither government entity publicly admits that it's running NBC Universal propaganda films as its own), ICE appears to have no evidence that it properly licensed the videos or that it paid anyone involved in the making of the videos. Since the original video, featuring comedian Tom Papa, claims that "there's no such thing as a free movie" to define "piracy," is it possible that the federal government "pirated" this anti-piracy video?
Network

Submission + - Large ISPs Profit From BitTorrent Traffic (torrentfreak.com)

kijitah writes: "Ernesto at TorrentFreak writes: 'A new report published by Northwestern University and Telefónica Research discovered some BitTorrent trends worth sharing. During a 2-year period the researchers monitored an unprecedented sample of 500,000 people in 169 countries. Aside from showing that BitTorrent users download more and more data, the report also finds that large ISPs including Comcast are actually making money off BitTorrent traffic.'

Check out the presentation slides or paper!"

Censorship

Submission + - BT ordered to block links to Newzbin 2 website (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: A UK High Court judge has ruled that BT must block access to a website which provides links to pirated movies. Justice Arnold ruled that BT must use its blocking technology CleanFeed — which is currently used to prevent access to websites featuring child sexual abuse — to block Newzbin 2.

"Currently CleanFeed is dealing with a small, rural road in Scotland," ISPA council member James Blessing told BBC Radio 4's PM programme. "Trying to put Newzbin and other sites into the same blocking technology would be a bit like shutting down the M1. It is not designed to do that."

Digital rights organisation the Open Rights Group said the result could set a "dangerous" precedent. "Website blocking is pointless and dangerous. These judgements won't work to stop infringement or boost creative industries. And there are serious risks of legitimate content being blocked and service slowdown. If the goal is boosting creators' ability to make money from their work then we need to abandon these technologically naive measures, focus on genuine market reforms, and satisfy unmet consumer demand," said ORG campaigner Peter Bradwell.

Entertainment

Submission + - BBC iPlayer European Launch Disappoints (wsj.com)

pbahra writes: "There was a gnashing of teeth amongst Anglophiles and British expatriates mixed with a certain amount of relief for virtual private network suppliers as the U.K.'s national broadcaster, the BBC, announced details of the long-awaited international expansion of its iPlayer. This service has for over five years allowed viewers in the U.K. to catch up with broadcasts on demand using a growing number of devices including computers, mobile handsets, cable services, games consoles and internet-connected televisions. Brits abroad and other fans of BBC programming have long found workarounds to beat the territorial restrictions [and breach the terms and conditions] of the service in order to keep up with their favorite shows. Generally this has meant using a virtual private network (VPN) with a UK IP address so it appeared the user was in Britain. It has become a thriving little industry for suppliers. For months, however, visitors to the BBC website (where no subterfuge is required to view) have been tantalized with teaser advertisements for a new international iPlayer service. The obvious inference was that it would replicate what was available in the UK, but with charges. The reality is rather less."

Submission + - Kino.to Raided In Massive Police Operation, Admins (torrentfreak.com)

freedumb2000 writes: Europe just witnessed one of the largest piracy-related busts in history with the raid of the popular movie streaming portal Kino.to. More than a dozen people connected to the site were arrested after police officers in Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands raided several residential addresses and data centers. Kino.to hosted no illicit content itself, but indexed material stored on file-hosters and other streaming services.

Submission + - LulzSec Musically Inclined As Well? (youtube.com)

An anonymous reader writes: LulzSec has been known for a few things since we first heard of them. Now they've received significant donations, hacked infragard and have pre-released a song which seems to be professional made. What else does LulzSec have up their sleeves? A TV show?! Hack Interpol?

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