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Submission + - Congress to pull Financial Aid for the RIAA (

malevolentjelly writes: "Several prominent members of the U.S. Congress are now pushing a bill where colleges stand to lose their Financial Aid if they do not participate with the RIAA's demands for student scalps. In a sterling example of corruption, they are even required to advertise alternative DRM-laden solutions to illegal p2p file-sharing:

The U.S. House of Representatives bill (PDF), which was introduced late Friday by top Democratic politicians, could give the movie and music industries a new revenue stream by pressuring schools into signing up for monthly subscription services such as Ruckus and Napster. Ruckus is advertising-supported, and Napster charges a monthly fee per student.

The prospect of losing a combined total of nearly $100 billion a year in federal financial aid, coupled with the possibility of overzealous copyright-bots limiting the sharing of legitimate content, has alarmed university officials.


Submission + - FBI Operation Bot Roast:1 million botnet victims (

coondoggie writes: "The Department of Justice and FBI today said ongoing investigations have identified over 1 million botnet crime victims. The FBI is working with industry partners, including the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University, to notify the victim owners of the computers. Microsoft and the Botnet Task Force have also helped out the FBI. Through this process the FBI may uncover additional incidents in which botnets have been used to facilitate other criminal activity, the FBI said in a statement.Bots are widely recognized as one of the top scourges of the industry. Gartner predicts that by year-end 75% of enterprises "will be infected with undetected, financially motivated, targeted malware that evaded traditional perimeter and host defenses." 3"

Submission + - How PC Gaming Will Save the Xbox 360 (

DreamWinkle writes: For years, people have been talking about the death of PC gaming. In response to a recent article on that discusses the possibility that Microsoft is trying to kill PC gaming, an article on points out that, in fact, Microsoft is relying on PC Gaming to save the Xbox 360. Because developing for the Xbox 360 using XNA allows games to run on Windows as well, the article suggests that Microsoft is relying on the PC gaming user base to attract developers to develop for the 360, even if the Wii ultimately sells more consoles. XNA and the PC gaming users are the secret weapon that Nintendo and Sony simply don't have.

From the article:

"Yet instead of devolving over the years into a second-rate sidekick of console gaming, PC gaming has been picked up by Microsoft as its overlooked secret weapon against Sony and Nintendo. Is Microsoft killing PC gaming? Far from it, they're using it as the tool that will potentially save the Xbox 360, making PC gaming and Microsoft's XNA programming framework one of the Nintendo Wii's most subtle and deadly threats."

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Submission + - p2pnet in new libel lawsuit

newtley writes: "Literally 15 minutes after I posted Wayne Crookes sues Google, Wikipedia there was a knock on my door. It was a writ server telling me I, too, have been named in a lawsuit launched by Wayne Crookes, the Green Party of Canada's ex-financier. Alongside me is the Wikipedia, six anonymous people and an Arizona proxy service. What did I do? I linked to an article Crookes says libels him. Jon Newton,"

Lucas, Ford to Start Filming New Indiana Jones Film 477

Alchemist253 writes "George Lucas has announced that the script for the long-rumored fourth Indiana Jones film has been finalized and is to begin filming this year, with Harrison Ford once again in front of the camera. From the article: 'In a statement, the 64-year-old Ford said he was ready for another turn as the globe-trotting archaeologist. "I'm delighted to be back in business with my old friends," he said. "I don't know if the pants still fit, but I know the hat will."' All three of the earlier movies were shot in the 80s. How well do you think this character is going to translate into a movie made today?

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