Submission + - Gamer Streams Pay-Per-View UFC Fight by Pretending to Play It

WheezyJoe writes: A Pay-Per-View UFC Match was streamed in its entirety on Twitch and other platforms by a gamer pretending he was "playing" the fight as a game. The gamer, appearing in the corner of the image holding his game controller, made off like he was controlling the action of the "game" when in fact he was re-broadcasting the fight for free.

A tweet showing Lester’s antics went viral, with over 63,000 retweets and 140,000 likes at the time of publication. Another clip shows him reacting wildly yelling “oooooooooooooooh!!!” and “damnnnnnn!” in response to the match.

Submission + - Canadian ISP Drafts Internet Censorship Proposal to Block Copyright Infringement (freezenet.ca)

Dangerous_Minds writes: Canadian ISP Bell is drafting a proposal that would mandate the CRTC create an anti-piracy agency that would force ISPs to block websites based on accusations of copyright infringement. Michael Geist commented on the proposal, saying that the proposal is "radical" and "unprecedented" in Canada.

Submission + - The world's astonishing dependence on fossil fuels hasn't changed in 40 years (qz.com)

schwit1 writes:

There are few ways to understand why. First, most of the world’s clean-energy sources are used to generate electricity. But electricity forms only 25% of the world’s energy consumption. Second, as the rich world moved towards a cleaner energy mix, much of the poor world was just starting to gain access to modern forms of energy. Inevitably, they chose the cheapest option, which was and remains fossil fuels.

So yes, we’re using much more clean energy than we used to. But the world’s energy demand has grown so steeply that we’re also using a lot more fossil fuels than in the past.

Maybe "Dependence" is a poor description of poor people using the ready availability of cheap energy to help lift themselves out of poverty.

Submission + - Developer for Classic Shell is Quitting

WheezyJoe writes: Classic Shell is a free Windows application that for years has replaced Microsoft's Start Screen or Start Menu with a highly configurable, more familiar non-tile Start menu. Yesterday, the lead developer released what he said would be the last version of Classic Shell. Citing other interests and the frequency at which Microsoft releases updates to Windows 10, as well as lagging support for the Win32 programming model, the developer says that he won't work on the program anymore.

The application's source code is available on SourceForge, so there is a chance others may come and fork the code to continue development. There are several alternatives available, some pay and some free (like Start10 and Start Is Back++), but Classic Shell has an exceptionally broad range of tweaks and customizability.

Submission + - Man Hacks Jail Computer Network to Get Inmate Released Early (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A Michigan man pleaded guilty last week to hacking the computer network of the Washtenaw County Jail, where he modified inmate records in an attempt to have an inmate released early. To breach the jail's network, the attacker used only spear-phishing emails and telephone social engineering.

The man called jail employees and posed as local IT staffers, tricking some into accessing a website, and downloading and installing malware under the guise of a jail system upgrade. Once the man (Konrads Voits) had access to this data, investigators said he accessed the XJail system, searched and accessed the records of several inmates, and modified at least one entry "in an effort to get that inmate released early." Jail employees noticed the modification right away and alerted the FBI. The man as arrested a month later and is now awaiting sentencing (maximum 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000).

Submission + - Apple's Tim Cook 'Proud' to Work With China to Censor Internet (bloomberg.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Tim Cook gave the keynote address at an internet technology conference in China and said he was "proud" to work with the Chinese in helping to build "a community that will join a common future in cyberspace."

Bloomberg:

Cook made the comments on Sunday at the opening ceremony for the conference — an event designed to globally promote the country’s vision of a more censored and controlled internet. It’s the second Chinese appearance in two months for the executive, who met with President Xi Jinping in October.

Thanks, Tim, but no thanks. We want the internet to resemble America's internet. Anything less is dictatorial. When government can decide what sites you can view, what products you can buy, and what people you can interact with on the internet, you lose your personal freedom.

Apple has come under fire for cooperating with Chinese authorities in removing apps that give users there uncensored communications. In November, Apple complied with government orders to pull Microsoft Corp.’s Skype phone and video service from the Chinese version of its popular app store. Cook used an earnings call with investors to justify such moves, saying it obeyed the laws of the markets where it operates.

“Much has been said of the potential downsides of AI, but I don’t worry about machines thinking like humans. I worry about people thinking like machines,” he said. “We all have to work to infuse technology with humanity, with our values.”

And Cook's "values" obviously include trying to allow government to tell you what you can see on the internet. Those who lie down with dogs...

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