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Comment not racism, but alienation (Score 2, Interesting) 329

while i understand the premise behind this move (its always about money, aint it ? ;) ), it will have serious consequences:
less users from countries that do not get the service for free.
this leads to less of an incentive for bands from those countries to sign up, publish their music for free (or for money - doesn't really matter).
and that means that the sole reason for which i love last.fm - the amazing variety of music from every corner of the globe available on it - will be gone.
it will become just like any bog standard radio station, pushing britney spears, pussycat dolls and just5 (no disrespect - the mentioned are just not my thing ;) ).
im sure that others will agree that the amazing variety of music in the system is an enormous advantage of last.fm, and loosing it will lead to a slow decay of the service.

having said that - im in the UK, and will be receiving the service for free.
and having said _THAT_ i wouldn't mind at all if the service became a globally paid service, and everyone was required to pitch in to keep/raise the quality - i would pay for it myself.

Comment its a 'web' (Score 3, Interesting) 304

so shouldnt they be cutt off from the global network, but still have a working 'web' of their own ?
They must have their own servers, anything going into that cable is just a 'foreign' request.

Those are important - sure, but i would gather they dont make up more then 40% of all requests.

But only some of the routes should be down, and they still should have a very large lan, with dns, www, email and anything else they have on the spot, and im willing to bet that the ISP's there have stuff like that.
IIRC the web wasnt just designed to be foolproof, it was also designed to be autonomus once disconected from other networks.
Or am i missing something here, and all that they have is cables, no other infrastructure ?
Security

Submission + - Entering Passwords Through Eye Movement (net-security.org)

Stu Dennison writes: EyePassword is a system that mitigates the issues of shoulder surfing via a novel approach to user input. With EyePassword, a user enters sensitive input (password, PIN, etc.) by selecting from an on-screen keyboard using only the orientation of their pupils (i.e. the position of their gaze on screen), making eavesdropping by a malicious observer largely impractical.
Censorship

Submission + - Wordpress.org blocked in Turkey (webgeekworld.com) 2

unity100 writes: "Wordpress.org domain has been blocked by monopoly infrastructure backbone provider Turkish Telekom in Turkey. Turkish internet users are not able to reach anything with wordpress.org domain extension due to DNS filtering. The move is due to a recent court order, in which a controversial religious sect leader, Adnan Oktar have sued wordpress.org for many blogs, containing criticizm about him. Since wordpress.org did not respond, Turkish courts have taken the 'Turkish' way and totally blocked wordpress.org domain instead of blocking the blogs in question one by one. Read more in below links :

http://wordpress.com/blog/2007/08/19/why-were-bloc ked-in-turkey/
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/home/home?wid=10&func =viewSubmission&sid=2883"

Security

Submission + - Swede hacks governments around the world

paulraps writes: A Swedish IT consultant has caused a stir in diplomatic circles after publishing a list of secret log-in details belonging to 100 embassies, public authorities and political parties around the world. Dan Egerstad said he wasn't trying to earn money, gain publicity or get a name for himself in hacking circles. Instead he claimed that publishing the list was easier than contacting the organisations individually — and that if he had handed it to the Swedish authorities then that would have been spying.
Space

Submission + - Water Vapor Seen on Young Star System

tonganqn writes: "Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope scientists have discovered huge amounts of water vapor in the young star system, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B. From the text at Water Vapor Seen on Young Star System, scientists say that "the water vapor is pouring down from the system's natal cloud and smacking into a dusty disk where planets are thought to form". This certaintly is a important step forward in space exploration. We are getting closer to someday find life in other stars systems."
Media

The Unauthorized State-Owned Chinese Disneyland 746

rmnoon writes "Apparently Japanese TV and bloggers have just discovered Disney's theme park in China, where young children can be part of the Magic Kingdom and interact with their favorite characters (like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the Seven Dwarfs). The park's slogan is 'Because Disneyland is Too Far,' and there's even an Epcot-like dome. The only problem? Disney didn't build it, and they didn't authorize it. What's more? It's state-owned!"
Microsoft

Miguel Plans Silverlight on Mono & Linux by Years End 350

El Lobo writes "The Mono open-source project will create a Linux version of Silverlight by the end of year, said Miguel de Icaza, a Novell vice president and head of Mono. Asked about plans for Linux, Microsoft executives have been non-committal, saying that it will depend on demand. But de Icaza, who is attending Mix, was able to commit without hesitating."
Music

RIAA Can't Have Defendant's Son's Desktop 283

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The RIAA's attempt to get Ms. Lindor's son's desktop computer in UMG v. Lindor has been rejected by the Magistrate Judge. The judge said that the RIAA 'offered little more than speculation to support their request for an inspection of Mr. Raymond's desktop computer, based on ... his family relationship to the defendant, the proximity of his house to the defendant's house, and his determined defense of his mother in this case. That is not enough. On the record before me, plaintiffs have provided scant basis to authorize an inspection of Mr. Raymond's desktop computer.' Decision by Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy. (pdf)"
Math

Statistical Accuracy of Internet Weather Forecasts 189

markmcb writes "Brandon Hansen considers the statistical accuracy of popular on-line weather forecast sources and shows who's on target, and on who you probably shouldn't rely. Motivated by a trip to a water park that was spoiled with hail despite a 'clear sky' forecast, he does a nice job of depicting deviations, averages, and overall accuracy in a manner that stats junkies are sure to love."
Announcements

Submission + - Doomsday seed vault design unveiled

in2mind writes: "The BBC News is reporting that "The final design for a "doomsday" vault that will house seeds from all known varieties of food crops has been unveiled by the Norwegian government.The vault aims to safeguard the world's agriculture from future catastrophes, such as nuclear war, asteroid strikes and climate change.The Svalbard International Seed Vault will be built into a mountainside on a remote island near the North Pole.Inside the vault, the samples will be stored at -18C (0F).""
Networking

Linux To Power Super Router 74

VE3OGG writes "While Cisco might not be shaking in its multi-billion dollar booties, a couple of network experts have decided to see if they can come up with a possible alternative to Cisco. Termed 'Open Linux Router,' and joining such other ambitious projects as the Extensible Open Router Platform (XORP), the Open Linux Router project aims to compete in the realms of Cisco routers and PBX. Some of the features include SSL web interface, serial console, wireless support, VLAN support, and packet filtering."
Programming

Submission + - Ada inventor Jean Ichbiah dies

An anonymous reader writes: Jean Ichbiah, French inventor of the programming language Ada, died Jan. 26, at age 66. He suffered from brain cancer.

Ada, created at the end of the 1970s, was the first object-oriented language to become an international standard, in 1995. It is still widely used today, mainly for real-time systems in the aeronautical industry; the code is embedded in the Rafale and Mirage 2000 fighters and in the Boeing 777 airliner.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9010058&intsrc=new s_ts_head

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