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Piracy

Submission + - Was Megaupload bad for the creative industries? (guardian.co.uk)

Ajehals writes: "Loz Kaye (Pirate Party Leader) and Frances Moore go head to head in the guardian over the impact of piracy on the creative industries.

"The industry is failing to deliver what customers want and in doing so turning people to other, easily accessible means to find what they do want. If the industry looked at pricing and made access to content easier it might well find that its revenues continue to grow and build a healthier relationship with consumers."

  "Today, the music industry is fighting back, and making the environment safe for creators and investors is more important than it ever was. We're licensing music widely to sites like iTunes, Spotify and Deezer. This growing digital music business is fantastic for artists and for consumers. Yet it can't survive in a market rigged by illegal piracy. Events such as the US Justice Department charging Megaupload are important developments – not just for the music industry, but for the whole creative economy.""

Censorship

Submission + - Internet Blackout delivers serious blow to SOPA an (thepowerbase.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Following the highly successful "Internet Blackout" Lamar Smith has issued a statement on the indefinite postponement of PIPA, which comes just days after the shelving of SOPA earlier in the week.

With both of these controversial bills now in a holding pattern, the community needs to turn it's attention to supporting new legislation which combats Internet piracy while preserving Internet freedoms, like the "OPEN Act".

Politics

Submission + - Hyperdemocracy anyone? 9

GoodNewsJimDotCom writes: Hyperdemocracy is a system where all the citizens of the country vote for the decisions of the country instead of having elected officials. Can someone make a site with encryption and security that could confirm users as unique citizens? Or is this impossible to do? I think if you made a site like this, you could make it go live, and use it to track to make sure Congress is doing what the people want. Finally in an unstable world as we have today, this hyperdemocracy might even be adopted by new regimes.
Google

Submission + - Google Targets Amazon's 'Prime' With 1-Day Deliver (wsj.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google is in talks to create a service that lets consumers pay a low fee to receive goods from online orders within a day—in a potential challenge to Amazon.
Transportation

Submission + - Algorithm predicts which cars are most likely to r (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for the year 2008, over 700 fatalities resulted from drivers running red lights at intersections across the United States. Approximately half of the people killed weren't the errant drivers themselves, but were other drivers, passengers or pedestrians who simply happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Scientists at MIT have developed a system that identifies cars likely to run the reds, so that the other drivers can be warned to stay out of their way.
Technology

Submission + - Student builds girlfriend tablet for $125 (geek.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Not everyone can afford an iPad, even the $200 Kindle Fire is going to be out of reach for many cash-strapped individuals. But one student in China has demonstrated you only need $125 and a bit of DIY to create your very own device.

Wei Xinlong wanted to get his girlfriend Sun Shasha a tablet for her birthday, but the cost put everything that was available pre-built out of reach. So Wei decided to see what he could create with his own two hands.

The end result was a Windows 7 touchscreen tablet that apparently has roughly the same measurements as the iPad, but created from a used laptop, touchscreen and battery he sourced online.

Games

Submission + - Minecraft officially released (joystiq.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Minecraft, everyone's favorite block-bashing and building game and indie developer success story, has finally reached the 1.0 milestone and was released today by Notch during his keynote address at MineCon in Las Vegas. Unsurprisingly, the servers used to process the purchases of the game are experiencing a few difficulties under the strain.
Games

Submission + - Timeless Classics in Gaming (goozernation.com)

kube00 writes: In this day and age there are still some timeless classics in gaming. Games that can be played anytime and anywhere. To some the classics include RPGs, to other's the games are timeless Nintendo and Sega games. Here are a few examples from the long list that Goozernation has: Baldur's Gate, Final Fantasy VII, Power Stone, Mortal Kombat II, Super Mario 3, Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario 64, and GTA San Andreas.
Censorship

Submission + - Disatrous IP Legislation is back - and worse than (eff.org)

geekgirl09 writes: Today Representative Lamar upped the ante, introducing legislation, called the Stop Online Piracy Act, or "SOPA," that would not only sabotage the domain name system but would also threaten to effectively eliminate the DMCA safe harbors that have spurred much economic growth and online creativity.

As with its Senate-side evil sister, PROTECT-IP, SOPA would require service providers to “disappear” certain websites, endangering Internet security and sending a troubling message to the world.

But it gets worse. Under this bill, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities.

Science

Submission + - ZUBRIN: Obama readies to blast NASA (washingtontimes.com)

ah.clem writes: Word has leaked out that in its new budget, the Obama administration intends to terminate NASA’s planetary exploration program. The Mars Science Lab Curiosity, being readied on the pad, will be launched, as will the nearly completed small MAVEN orbiter scheduled for 2013, but that will be it. No further missions to anywhere are planned.

After 2013, America’s amazing career of planetary exploration, which ran from the Mariner probes in the 1960s through the great Pioneer, Viking, Voyager, Pathfinder, MarsGlobalSurveyor, MarsOdyssey, Spirit, Opportunity, MarsReconnaissanceOrbiter, Galileo and Cassini missions, will simply end.

Patents

Submission + - Best country to avoid software patents? 4

DoofusOfDeath writes: What's the best country for computer scientists who just want to create, rather than worry about software patents?

Even though I'm nearly done with my PhD in computer science, I'm less enthusiastic than ever about my work, because of software patents. I used to be filled with wonder at the possibilities of what we could create with software, but now I just expect innovation to be rewarded with a patent lawsuit and crushing fines.
AI

Submission + - Take the AI Ants Challenge (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: If you think AI is a difficult theoretical subject, Google is sponsoring a practical challenge that you can join in about five minutes. All you have to do is take charge of an ant colony and wipe out the opposition. It's simple, direct and AI in action.. So if you have ever wanted to be chief ant now is your chance.

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