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Idle

Submission + - Pirates Campaign to "Send Them Your Money" (sendthemyourmoney.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: In response to the still-raging MPAA & RIAA, a kind of reverse piracy has arisen. The "Send Them Your Money" campaign urges pirates and landlubbers alike to send scanned images of American currency to these agencies. According to the campaign's webpage, "They've made it very clear that they consider digital copies to be just as valuable as the original." The operation gained fame via sites like Reddit and Tumblr, inspiring citizens of other countries to send their legal tender to the MPAA and RIAA.

Submission + - Anonymous Declares War on US (ibtimes.com)

Hkibtimes writes: "Anonymous has uploaded a video declaring war on the US government. In a round of hectic online activity that saw the group hacking many intergovernmental websites, the online hacker community seems to have come on its own to make their latest announcement declaring war on the US administration declared as "Operation V"."
Piracy

Submission + - SOPA Author Violates Copyright (vice.com)

smitty777 writes: Jamie Lee Curtis Taete wrote an interesting piece on the official campaign website of Lamar Smith, the author of the Stop Online Piracy Act. According to the article, the site used an uncredited Wiki Commons image without crediting the original artist DJ Shulte. By not giving attribution to the original author, his website could be shut down by his own legislation, if passed. He must have gotten wind of the story, as his current site has been modified.
Crime

Submission + - FBI Warns Hacktivists: You're Breaking the Law (cio.com)

bdcny7927 writes: In an exclusive interview with CIO.com, the FBI official in charge of cybercrime speaks for the first time with the media specifically about hacktivism. Here, Assistant Executive Director Shawn Henry describes the threats hacktivists pose, the challenges associated with investigating them, and the FBI's success disrupting these groups. He also delivers a special message to hacktivists.

Submission + - IBM tracks pork chops from pig to plate (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: IBM is deploying technology in China that allows meat suppliers to track a single pig all the way from farm animal to pork chop. Pigs are initially identified with a barcoded ear tag. This identification is then put on bins used to track the various pig parts as they pass through the slaughterhouse, processing plant, distribution center and finally to the clear plastic-wrapped package in a grocer's case. If a consumer buys three pork chops in a package, "you know that these three pieces of pork chop came from pig number 123," said Paul Chang, who leads global strategy for emerging technologies at IBM. The goal is to control disease outbreaks, but theoretically this technology could allow a grocer to put a picture on the store package of the pig you are eating.
Movies

Submission + - Kirk and Princess Leia Feud over Trek/Wars Hegemon

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Just in case you missed it, Tony Hicks writes that Princess Leia has rebuffed Captain Kirk's assertions that "Star Trek" is better than "Star Wars." "First of all, 'Star Wars' is derivative of 'Star Trek' by what, 10, 15, 20 years? Derivative. 'Star Trek' had relationships and conflict among the relationships, and stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions," said William Shatner in a video tweeted to his fans. "'Star Wars' was special effects!" Those were apparently fightin' words and Princess Leia wasn't happy. "They're not in the same league," declared Carrie Fisher. "I mean, they have the word 'star' in the title, and there's space travel, right? Where did they go? Klingon? It just sounds like a laundry detergent." Fisher had the final word. "My space buns — they're so much better than Nimoy's ears.""
The Courts

Submission + - Driver using two cell phones gets year driving ban (networkworld.com) 1

coondoggie writes: "This guy is the poster boy for why cell phone usage in cars should be banned in more places. According to press out of the United Kingdom, a man who was driving at 70MPH while texting on one phone and talking on the other has been banned from driving for a year. Initial reports said that the driver, David Secker was apparently using his knees to steer the car, an accusation he refuted in court apparently."
Education

Submission + - U of I Goes All War-of-the-World on Students

theodp writes: 'Strange beings who landed in New Jersey tonight are the vanguard of an invading army from Mars.' (Orson Welles, 1938). 'We begin bombing in five minutes.' (Ronald Regan, 1984). 'Active shooter at BUILDING NAME/INTERSECTION. Escape area if safe to do so or shield/secure your location.' (Univ. of Illinois, 2011). An alert message sent out Thursday to 87,000 emails and cell phones warning recipients to escape from an 'active shooter' at the University of Illinois was an error, the Office of the Chief of Police confirmed. 'The alert sent today was caused by a person making a mistake,' explained an email. 'Rather than pushing the SAVE button to update the pre-scripted message, the person pushed the SUBMIT button. We are working with the provider of the Illini-Alert service to implement additional security features in the program to prevent this type of error.' Hey, maybe the late Mayor Daley had it right after all: The police are here to preserve disorder.
Idle

Submission + - Man claims caffeine insanity (yahoo.com)

caffiend666 writes: "A Kentucky man accused of strangling his wife is poised to claim excessive caffeine from sodas, energy drinks and diet pills left him so mentally unstable he couldn't have knowingly killed his wife, his lawyer has notified a court."..."Dr. Roland Griffiths, a professor of behavioral biology at Johns Hopkins University has noted in an unrelated study that there is a diagnosis for "caffeine intoxication," which includes nervousness, excitement, insomnia and possibly rambling speech." Personally, I just blame 'dark roasts'.
Security

Submission + - 4chan DDoS Takes Down MPAA and Anti-Piracy Website (torrentfreak.com) 1

ACKyushu writes: Say what you like about 4Chan, when they want something done, it gets done. Following a call to arms yesterday, the masses inhabiting the anonymous 4chan boards have carried out a huge assault on a pair of anti-piracy enemies. The website of Aiplex Software, the anti-piracy outfit which has been DDoSing torrent sites recently, is currently down having been DDoS’d. They are joined in the Internet wasteland by the MPAA’s website, also currently under huge and sustained attack.

Submission + - SQL Server IDE written in SQL (relationalframework.com)

An anonymous reader writes: RelationalFramework.com has introduced a SQL Server Development Environment written in SQL that runs in the browser. They're using it to illustrate relational web development can "rival and exceed desktop apps."

Submission + - Microsoft claims "we love open source" (networkworld.com)

jbrodkin writes: Everyone in the Linux world remembers Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's famous comment in 2001 that Linux is a "cancer" that threatened Microsoft's intellectual property.
While Microsoft hasn't formally rescinded its declaration that Linux violates its patents, at least one Microsoft executive admits that the company’s earlier battle stance was a mistake. Microsoft wants the world to understand, whatever its issues with Linux, it no longer has any gripe toward open source.

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