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Submission + - Mediacom Cable Hijacking 404s and More (blogspot.com) 1

digitalvengeance writes: Over the last two days, I've noticed that Mediacom Cable is hijacking HTTP requests to Google with certain parameters or HTTP responses from other sites with status code 404. I did some light analysis and discovered that they are impersonating the intended recipient of the HTTP request and sending back a Javascript block sending you to their search portal. I am not usually a fan of government-enforced net neutrality, but behavior like this makes me wonder if it isn't necessary after all.

Submission + - From Alan Kay's Dynabook to the Apple iPad (edibleapple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: What you’re looking at above might seem like an early to mid-90’s predecessor to the iPad, but you might be surprised to learn that the device, called the Dynabook, was conceptualized in 1968 by famed computer scientist Alan Kay. The device was envisioned as an educational tool and was naturally geared towards children, as evidenced by a 1972 research paper titled “A Personal Computer for Children of All Ages” that Kay published while working at the legendary Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

Submission + - CBC Endangered (friends.ca)

Don Philip writes: The current Canadian government is apparently trying to shut down Canada's national broadcaster, the CBC. Over the years, the CBC has done a splendid job of reporting on Canadian issues, and has generally been fair in its treatment of all political parties. There is an online petition so sign if you would like to support the CBC's continued existence.

Submission + - Interval's Suit Against the World Dismissed (groklaw.net)

randall77 writes: From Groklaw: Paul Allen's patent infringement complaint against the world and its dog has been dismissed.

Google said the complaint was too vague to meet the standard under Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937 (2009) and Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007). Then, after Interval Licensing brought up the lower patent form standard it thought should apply instead, AOL jumped in saying the complaint was too vague under even that standard, and the court agreed.


Submission + - Next Step for Body Scanners Could be Trains, Metro (thehill.com)

Hugh Pickens writes: "The Hill reports that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary. “[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview with Charlie Rose. “I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime." Napolitano added she hoped the US could get to a place in the future where Americans would not have to be as guarded against terrorist attacks as they are and that she was actively promoting research into the psychology of how a terrorist becomes radicalized. "The long-term [question] is, how do we get out of this having to have an ever-increasing security apparatus because of terrorists and a terrorist attack?" says Napolitano. "I think having a better understanding of what causes someone to become a terrorist will be helpful.""

Submission + - Porno-activist ordered to wear clothes by TSA (feminisnt.com)

Cigarra writes: Self proclaimed "pornographer, sex worker, and atheist" Furry Girl tried to make things easier to Sea-Tac Airport TSA officials by wearing as few clothes as possible (video there!) for the (now standard) enhanced pat down, but she was ordered (against TSA rules!) to put her jacket on again.

It seems the TSA can only handle so much transparency when searching for weapons and explosives.


Submission + - Has Digg been compromised? (alternet.org) 1

Socguy writes: Has Digg been compromised? Alternet is reporting massive censorship of sites like Digg, twitter, Stumbleupon and others by a group going by the name of Digg patriots. The process is simple: When a story is submitted that the group likes, they place it on a mailing list and thousands of members 'Digg' it. This means that it gains popularity and often rises to the main page where most of the viewers reside. When a story comes up that doesn't like, they, place it on a 'bury' mailing list and the membership down votes the story often to such an extent that it is removed from the upcoming section and can never make it to the main page. This group is reasonably well organized as they have gone so far as to develop their own tools to expedite this process.

Submission + - Massive Censorship Of Digg Uncovered (alternet.org)

SpeZek writes:

A group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site Digg.com have just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, upvote padding, and deliberately trying to ban progressives. An undercover investigation has exposed this effort, which has been in action for more than one year.


Submission + - James Moore's Attack on Fair Copyright (michaelgeist.ca)

Saint Aardvark writes: Professor Michael Geist writes about Canadian Minister of Heritage James Moore's recent speech. In it, Moore condemned critics of his proposed new copyright bill, saying "Make sure that those voices who try to find technical, non-sensical, fear-mongering reasons to oppose copyright reform are confronted every step of the way and they are defeated. When we do that this bill will pass and Canada will be better for it."
Hardware Hacking

Home-Built Turing Machine 123

stronghawk writes "The creator of the Nickel-O-Matic is back at it and has now built a Turing Machine from a Parallax Propeller chip-based controller, motors, a dry-erase marker and a non-infinite supply of shiny 35mm leader film. From his FAQ: 'While thinking about Turing machines I found that no one had ever actually built one, at least not one that looked like Turing's original concept (if someone does know of one, please let me know). There have been a few other physical Turing machines like the Logo of Doom, but none were immediately recognizable as Turing machines. As I am always looking for a new challenge, I set out to build what you see here.'"

Submission + - "Breathtakingly Smart" EU Refuse ACTA Provisions (www.dn.se)

lordholm writes: The Swedish justice department secretary Magnus Graner has in an interview with Dagens Nyheter (link in Swedish) said that the line for the Union and Sweden is to not have ACTA change neither Union nor Swedish legislation, explicitly referring to the principle of mere conduit for telecom and Internet operators.

Magnus Graner also said in the interview that even if the US put an ultimatum on the provisions that was leaked earlier (which would require the mere conduit principle to be abolished), the negotiators had no plan to change their position on that issue and in that case the deal would be of and there would not be any ACTA treaty. The EU would also like to see more transparency in the issue, but since the other partners in the negotiation rounds did not all want the transparency of the process it was not possible to grant it.

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