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Comment Re:What stops the MPAA from changing the DVD TOS? (Score 1) 112

Putting Terms of Service on a DVD doesn't really make sense to me. Terms of Service apply to an actual service provided, such as an online subscription or an communications contract. A violation of Terms of Service will revoke your privilege to use the service. Owning a DVD is not a receiving a service. What would they do if you violated the TOS, revoke your privilege to watch the DVD's you own?
Privacy

Submission + - 82% of IT Workers Report Data Breaches (i4u.com)

i4u writes: In the wake of Sony's data debacle, corporations around the world are taking another look at information security. Storing your data behind a firewall isn't enough, and trusting on client-side protections to keep the bad people out is what screwed the PlayStation Network. The industry is grappling for a solution, especially with the news that 82% of IT practitioners questioned report at least one breach of their systems.

The cost of a stolen file varies pretty wildly. The average figure is $214...but entities lose an average of 16,000 records per data breach.

Facebook

Submission + - Facebook "archiving" all groups (facebook.com)

Sprotch writes: The following message has appeared over the first page of all groups:
"Over the next few months, Facebook will be archiving all groups created using the old groups format. Moving forward, you can create groups using the new groups format, which makes it easy to share with the important groups in your life."
As part of the archiving process, members of the old group get deleted. In other words, "archived" groups are destroyed.
While facebook claims that it is possible to upgrade to the new groups, this option is not available for larger groups, which are most at need of it.

Android

Submission + - Asus Eee Pad Transformer in action. A comprehensiv (tabletnewsreport.com)

tabletnr writes: More and more video clips presenting the possibility of Asus tablet appears every day. Below are three video recorded by one of the owners of the Eee Pad Transformer, which I think are the best videos with the review of this device, which appeared by today. A must see for people who are thinking of buying the Transformer.
IBM

Submission + - The Complex Information Security Landscape (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: We live in complex times. The black hats have seemingly endless resources while the good guys have to get management approval for all their tools. What can a large organization do to stay on top of the fast-paced threat landscape while fighting on a limited budget? In this interview, Latha Maripuri, Director, IBM Security Services and Marc van Zadelhoff, Director of Strategy, IBM Security Solutions, discuss the increasingly complex information security landscape by addressing budget strategies, cloud computing security, mobile devices and more.
Science

Submission + - Signs of Dark Matter from Minnesota Mine (sciencenews.org)

thomst writes: "Ron Cowen of Science News reports that on May 2nd, at the American Physical Society meeting in Anaheim, CA, Juan Collar, team leader of COGENT, an experimental effort to detect WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles), presented a paper detailing 15 months of data collected via a pure germanium detector located deep in a Minnesota mine which seems to confirm similar results reported by a European effort called DAMA/LIBRA. The results are particularly intriguing, because they appear to show a seasonal variation in the density of WIMPs that accords with models that predict that Earth should encounter more WIMPs in Summer (when its path around the Sun moves in the same direction as the Milky Way revolves) than in Winter (when it goes the opposite direction). The most interesting thing about the COGENT experiment is that the mass of the WIMP candidates it records is significantly less than most particle physicists had predicted, according to popular models. If the interactions recorded by COGENT are eventually confirmed as WIMP encounters, wholesale revisions to the so-called "Standard Model" may be required. (Cowen wrote an earlier article about COGENT last year that goes into a lot more detail about how COGENT works, what its team expects it to find, and why."
Games

Submission + - Sensor Glove Helps Stroke Patients Through Gaming (ecouterre.com)

Elliot Chang writes: It’s well-known that video games improve hand-eye coordination, so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that stroke patients could recover their range of motion by playing them. Four mechanical-engineering students at McGill University in Canada have developed an inexpensive sensor glove that allows patients to exercise in a game-like fashion at home with minimal supervision. Self-therapy? Well, yes and no. Using the accompanying software, doctors will be able to monitor their charges’ progress off-site, cutting down on hospital visits and costs.
Cellphones

Submission + - Carriers Back Off On Mobile Payment Network (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Isis, a consortium comprised of AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA, is said to have decided to back off plans for a new, separate mobile payment network and will instead work within traditional systems that include major credit card processors such as Visa and MasterCard for mobile transactions, according to unnamed sources in a WSJ story. The carriers will still move ahead with a pilot test planned for 2012 in Salt Lake City of a system using near field communication (NFC) technology inside smartphones. Isis' change in direction is an acknowledgement that setting up a mobile payment system is much more challenging than putting NFC chips in smartphones and installing NFC reader terminals, at least in the U.S., analysts have said."
Technology

Submission + - Intel Designs Faster, 3D Transistor (nytimes.com)

lee1 writes: "Intel has found a way to keep on the Moore's Law track by making smaller, faster and lower-power computer chips by building 3D transistors. They are already manufacturing microprocessors using this new design, called a FINFET (for fin field-effect transistor), which incorporates a small pillar, or fin, of silicon that sticks up above the surface of the chip. Intel said that it expected to be able to make chips that run as much as 37 percent faster in low-voltage applications and use as much as 50 percent less power. Products based on the new technology may appear some time later this year."

Submission + - 1st International Flight for Solar-powered Plane (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Solar Impulse is on standby for its first international flight this week. Brussels has been chosen as the destination for the first venture outside Swiss borders, which follows the solar powered aircraft's maiden flight and first overnight flight last year and will mark another important step towards the goal of flying around the world in 2012.
IOS

Submission + - iOS fix for tracking issue just two weeks away (edibleapple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple last week officially addressed the controversy surrounding the consolidated.db file found in iOS 4. Now BGR relays that they've obtained an early build of iOS 4.3.3 — an iOS update set to fix many of the bugs Apple acknowledged with its current implementation of the consolidated.db file.

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