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Comment What about the children!?!?! (Score 0, Offtopic) 197

No seriously. I'd be curious about the legalities of this; can they ensure that the age of the person they're "outing" is an adult? Are their "children online privacy" laws in Brazil similar to the U.S.?

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Comment Teaching Software Development (Score 5, Interesting) 98

Since the code needs to be audited anyways, it'd be a great chance for an instructor to introduce code reviews and/or pull requests. And maybe during that process, help enlighten other curious inmates as to how the system and programming works.

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Comment Content Control (Score -1, Flamebait) 157

Has there ever been a case where the copyright owner claimed that a video like this wasn't intended for release, initiated DMCA takedowns and successfully repossessed the media? This feels like rare content that content holders would want to protect if possible, maybe even enhance for a future release..

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Comment Applies to all events? (Score 5, Interesting) 194

Facebook makes me personally more engaged and thoughtful of all events, both news and personal.

It's amazing how I can see someone that I connected with on Facebook in real life and have a vague notion of what they are up to. It makes me feel connected. The same goes for news; my friends all read the new several times a day and therefore gives me a hand on the pulse of current events, even though that's not my intent.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Over 40,000 John Doe Copyright Troll Cases Dismissed 52

Requiem18th writes "From the EFF site: Thousands of unnamed 'John Does' in P2P file sharing lawsuits filed in California, Washington DC, Texas, and West Virginia have been severed, effectively dismissing over 40,000 defendants. The plaintiffs in these cases must now re-file against almost all of the Does individually rather than suing them en masse."

Despite the dismissal, EFF has received reports that some Does are still receiving notices from their ISPs informing them that their identities are being sought in relation to these cases. If you get one, contact the EFF immediately.

Businesses

Submission + - Firefox tops European browser market for 1st time (ostatic.com)

ruphus13 writes: The EC took a decidedly harder stance against Microsoft and its anti-competitive practices in the browser wars. Those restrictions seem to have yielded results. Firefox, for the first time, has the largest market share amongst browsers. From the post, "StatCounter is now reporting that Firefox 3.0 is the most popular browser in Europe--for the first time. Number one in Europe? That's a milestone, and a sign of very healthy browser competition in Europe. If the European Commission's recent efforts to force Microsoft to offer more browser choice in Windows succeed, Firefox may well stay number one." It is also interesting to note that Firefox has 100% market share on 1 continent — Antarctica! The article states, "I'm guessing the data comes from one user — and he's using Firefox."
Google

Submission + - Should Google be forced to pay for news? (pcpro.co.uk) 1

Barence writes: "The Guardian Media group is asking the British Government to investigate Google News and other aggregators, claiming they reap the benefit of content from news sites without contributing anything towards their costs. The Guardian claims the old argument that "search engines and aggregators provide players like guardian.co.uk with traffic in return for the use of our content" doesn't hold water any more, and that it's "heavily skewed" in Google's favour. It wants the Government to explore new models that "require fair acknowledgement of the value that our content creates, both on our own site (through advertising) and 'at the edges' in the world of search and aggregation.""
Google

Submission + - Google Chrome Released! 19

AKAImBatman writes: "Google's much anticipated web browser Google Chrome is now available for download. This new browser professes to have process-isolated tabs, the fastest Javascript VM on the market, extensive compatibility with existing web pages and web standards, and Google Gears pre-installed. For those who are concerned about the privacy of the browser, Google has a privacy FAQ to address your concerns."
Announcements

Submission + - Help with a diagnosis (runfatboy.net) 1

Jim Jones writes: "I've recently been given a diagnosis from my doctor for which I am unsure of what action to take.

I've went ahead and posted my CT scans and an xray (from 2006) to my blog and am soliciting the opinion of the Internet as to how I should interpret these results and what my next course of action should be.

I think that I am the first person to ever place their medical records and scans for the world to review. Is this the first instance of a communal diagnosis?"

Comment Journalist == Hacker? (Score 4, Interesting) 188

So, did this Phillips guy develop the trojan that stole the Fark passwords? Did this guy minor in CompSci?

So a news anchor has hacked Fark in an attempt to possibly steal source code for their own social networking site?
This apparently isn't your average local anchor.

Jim
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Data Storage

Apple and LG plan Flash Laptops 197

Lucas123 writes "An article in Computerworld states that Apple and LG each plan to launch new laptops — one that's supposed to ship this month — with hybrid disk drives. The new drives are like hybrid cars in that the NAND flash memory works in conjunction with the spinning disk, kicking in data that can be cached like portions of the operating system, which can make for much faster boot up and resume times."

Comment Re:Logic flaw? (Score 1) 70

The problem with listening to discussion forums is the people there represent what is called the "Vocal Minority." People with problems and complaints are more likely to be vocal about them than are people who are content with things the way they are. That is why you tend to see a lot more "BLIZ U SUC I QUIT!" posts than "This is the best game I have ever played please dont change anything." posts.

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