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Submission + - Omega Pharma claims miracle patch for cell phones (reuters.com)

Mathiasdm writes: "Omega Pharma, a big Belgian pharmaceutical company, is claiming to have a solution for countering radiation emitted from cell phones. It supposedly counteracts any possible side-effects of the radiation, it comes in the form of a small patch for your cell phone, and best of all... It's only 38.95 (or about 50 dollar)!
The device, known as the E-Waves Phone Chip "beams a quantum physical information wave, which is in counter-phase with the harmful components of the electromagnetic waves".
Anyone else got lost there?
Well, so did the Belgian University where one of the Omega Pharma researchers claimed to work. They quickly released a statement denying any involvement in the E-Waves chip.
What do you think? Snakeoil or a genuine invention?"

The Internet

IPv6 Adoption Up 300 Percent Over 2 Years 425

Mark.J - ISPreview writes "The Number Resource Organization, which is made up of the five Regional Internet Registries, has revealed that the rate of new entrants into the IPv6 routing system has increased by 300% over the past two years. The news is important because IPv4 addresses (e.g. 123.23.56.98), which are assigned to your computer periodically, are running out. IPv6 addressing (e.g. 2ffe:1800:3525:3:200:f8ff:fe21:67cf) was invented as a longer and more secure replacement." IPv6 is still gaining ground slowly, particularly in the US.

Comment Re:Stop him! (Score 1) 279

I2P downloading at 30-40 kBps is perfectly possible. It might not be very fast compared to non-anonymous networking, but still, that's quite okay. When downloading large files, people just leave their downloads on for a while anyway. Visiting I2P websites (known as eepsites) is also quite fast.
The same goes for visiting websites through Tor: the latency is high, but doable (depending on how much latency you're willing to tolerate :p).

I can't comment on Freenet, as I haven't really used it yet.

And no, I'm not on some super-connection, just cable.
Media

Monty Python Banks On the Long Tail Via YouTube 222

JTRipper writes "Monty Python seems to have done the right thing. Instead of issuing take down notices of their videos on YouTube, they are doing it better themselves with their own YouTube channel. They are putting all their clips (including snips from their movies) up in a decent resolution, with the only caveat being a link to buying the movies and TV episodes from Amazon."
Privacy

Irish GSM Providers Asked to Track Users' Web Use 102

With the disclaimer "I'm both Irish and work for the EU Commission," reader VShael writes "The head of the Irish police force has requested that Irish cell phone providers (Vodafone, 02, Meteor, 3) retain detailed information on the web pages that people view over their handheld devices. This information would be held over for 'possible future criminal investigations', but would be gathered without a warrant, probable cause, or without the citizen being suspected of a crime. This request goes way beyond the European Union's data retention directive, which never included retention of web-based email. Representatives of Vodafone, O2 and 3 discussed the letter at a meeting with Mr Davis (6th November 2008) and questioned the legal basis under which they could retain this data. It is their understanding that the content of calls or e-mails, or details on webpages browsed, are excluded from the EU directive. As such, any retention or disclosure of that information would be a violation of existing EU data protection legislation."
Encryption

Submission + - I2P 0.6.4: a strong anonymous network 1

An anonymous reader writes: The I2P (Invisible Internet Project) developers have put out a brand new version of the anonymous network software. I2P is very similar to Tor, but focuses more on internal traffic (allowing anonymous chat, browsing and of course P2P), while Tor is used mostly as a proxy.
For years, the developers kept a low profile, because of an alpha-state network. However, there have been lots of improvements in the past year, and the network is ready for medium-scale operations.
I2P is ready to grow, so go ahead and download the latest client!
Databases

Sun May Begin Close Sourcing MySQL Features 509

An anonymous reader writes "From the MySQL User's Conference, Sun has announced, and former CEO Marten Mickos has confirmed, that Sun will be close sourcing sections of the MySQL code base. Sun will begin with close sourcing the backup solutions to MySQL, and will continue with more advanced features. With Oracle owning Innodb, and it being GPL, does this mean that MySQL will be removing it to introduce these features? Sun has had a very poor history of actually open sourcing anything."
Government

ISP Filters & Copyright Extension Defeated In EU 211

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Last November, EU regulators in the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education began looking at how culture affects the economy and recommended a 'balance between the opportunities for access to cultural events and content and intellectual property' saying that 'criminalizing consumers so as to combat digital piracy is not the right solution.' Industry lobbyists, of course, immediately sprang into action to try to turn that around, writing amendments that would set up mandatory ISP copyright filters and extend EU copyrights to match the USA's life-plus-70 term. Thankfully, the committee rejected all of those amendments: 'Clearly, they're not going to let the ITRE or the European recording industry push them around, which is great news for Europeans. Now if we could only get the US Congress to show as much spine as the French (ouch).'"
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Duke Nukem Forever Trailer Tomorrow 2

kaos07 writes: 3D Realms main man George Broussard has dropped word (http://forums.3drealms.com/vb/showthread.php?t=29639/) that a trailer for the elusive Duke Nukem Forever will be released tomorrow, no joke.

"Last Saturday we had our annual company Christmas party. It was a lot of fun as usual but it featured one special surprise," explained Broussard. "It turns out that several people had been secretly working late nights and into the wee hours of the morning preparing a special video for those at the party. They created a short teaser for Duke Nukem Forever. After seeing the teaser we thought it was something we should share with all of you and while it's just a teaser, rest assured more is coming.

Accompanying this massive announcement was a single in-engine screenshot. http://forums.3drealms.com/vb/attachment.php?s=4323b7d2c0b4dc12919f0f2f9ae9cc11&attachmentid=8272&d=1198015727/
Christmas Cheer

Submission + - Duke Nukem Forever Teaser Trailer Released (shacknews.com)

delorean79 writes: "According to a post by some bloke at 3D Realms on their forums, Duke Nukem Forver IS HAPPENING. The story goes that some blokes presented a teaser trailer to staff at the office Xmas party this year. The teaser trailer will be released tomorrow (19th December) at 12pm CST. More info is found here and a screenshot from the teaser can be found here. The original forum post is here. I bet it still never makes it to the store shelves. Ever."
Announcements

Submission + - Pigs CAN fly! New Footage of Dukenukem Forever. (duke4.net)

extremrams writes: "Today, George Broussard leader of 3DRealms, teased us with a new Screenshot of the upcoming Teaser Video, which will be released tomorrow. After all these years, we have finally something new to look at :) It looks like the 3DRealms is finally back with Duke, and we can get ready to kick some ass! Click here for a mirrored version of the screenshot."

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