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Submission + - Pirate Bay offers private VPN for $7 a month (

Death Metal writes: "The Pirate Bay is planning to launch a paid VPN service for users looking to cover their tracks when torrenting. The new service will be called IPREDator, named after the Swedish Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) that will go into effect in April. IPREDator is currently in private beta and is expected to go public next week for 5 per month.

IPREDator is clearly a response to the introduction of IPRED in Sweden, which will allow law enforcement and copyright holders to request the personal details of suspected infringers. The copyright holders will then be able to make direct contact with the accused users and presumably threaten them with lawsuits.

If users connect to The Pirate Bay through something like Tor or VPN, however, they're less likely to be tracked. IPREDator's website says that it won't store any traffic data, as its entire goal is to help people stay anonymous on the web. Without any data to hand over, copyright owners won't be able to find individuals to target."


Submission + - Huge Supernova Baffles Scientists (

Iddo Genuth writes: "Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and San Diego State University have observed an explosion of a star 50 times larger than the sun. In what they call a "first observation of its kind" the scientists were able to notice that most of the star's mass collapsed in on itself, resulting in a creation of a large black hole. While exploding stars, or "supernovae," aren't unprecedented, this star, which lay about 200 million light years away from earth and was million times brighter than the Sun, has exploded as a supernova at a much earlier date than the one predicted by astronomers ."

Submission + - Keyboards and mice won't disappear, says HP (

Slatterz writes: Despite the current emphasis on touch-screen functionality for everything from smartphones to table-top PCs, HP believes that touch computing will have only limited use for desktops and laptops. Speaking at an HP workstations event this week in Los Angeles, Phil McKinney, chief technology officer of the Personal Systems Group at HP, said that touch is not the "magic answer to everything", and will not replace the keyboard and mouse . Regarding Microsoft's entry into the market with its Surface PC, McKinney was quick to point out that HP developed its own version of a table-top PC in 1999, although it was not until 2002 to 2004 that the firm went public with the details.
Puzzle Games (Games)

Submission + - Braid cost 200k to produce, Blow reveals (

Saul J writes: "At the GDC panel discussion "Braving the stormy waters of XBLA and PSN: Smaller is NOT Easier." Jonathan Blow revealed it cost him $200,000 to produce his hit puzzle game Braid for Xbox Live Arcade and PC. He went on to say that it's possible to produce games for a lot less, citing the fact that he spent the majority of the money on hiring an artist instead of just learning to draw and doing it himself. "The game wouldn't have been as good, but it would have made a profit," Blow said. "Also, a lot of that money was spent because I didn't want to live in a shack somewhere... It doesn't require $200,000 to make a game. It requires a PC, a dev kit and enough money to live on for the time it takes to develop, plus extra time because it will always slip. If you can live for three years at your Mom's house, you can make a game for free.""
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone App Refund Policies Could Bankrupt Devs

CBRcrash writes: Apparently, if iPhone users decide that they want a refund for an app (users can get a refund within 90 days, according to Apple policy), Apple requires that developers give back the money they received from the sale. But here's the kicker--Apple will refund the full amount to the user and says that it has the right to keep its commission. So the developer not only has to return the money for the sale, but also has to reimburse Apple for its commission.
The Internet

Submission + - Microsoft outrage at secret 'Cloud Manifesto' ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has criticised a secret 'Cloud Manifesto' penned by Amazon, Google, IBM and others, on the ground that it was not written through an "open process". Steven Martin, senior director of developer platform management at Microsoft, said in a blog post that the document is biased to benefit its authors. While Martin said that Microsoft "loves the concept" and "strongly supports" an open and collaborative discussion with customers, analysts and other vendors, he is disappointed that the Manifesto has been developed with a lack of openness. He also alleged that Microsoft was privately shown a copy of the "secret" document and told to sign it 'as is', without being allowed to add any modifications or make any additional input.

Comment Re:Define "Winning" (Score 1) 1211

The problem with current defence spending is that the money doesn't really go back into the economy other than paying wages of employees. The rest of the money (massive profits from no-bid governmental projects charged at more than 3 times the normal rate) is siphoned out of the economy, usually through offshore bank accounts and 'head offices' to benefit the shareholders. If the defence industry (building all those machines of death) were nationalised then it WOULD kickstart the economy, but then that's socialism so half the population would go run shrieking in terror that they were going to be marched off to death camps (some people really can't distinguish between socialism and communofascism). And if you're going to spend so much money on producing something, then it might as well be something constructive and good for the people (alternative energy production anyone?) rather than perpetuating the trade in nonsensical killing.

Breathed oxygen recently? Socialism and communism go hand-in-hand. Nationalization of ANY industry is terrible for the country in the long-run (no free rides for the recent nationalization of the banks) and will suck the life out of the economy. If you want to stop building all those machines of death, then be prepared to be working in a slave-labor camp for someone else. National defense is the only thing that keeps other countries from taking over and running things their way.

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