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Submission + - Music Industry Sues Irish Government for Piracy (activepolitic.com)

bs0d3 writes: The music industry has initiated a lawsuit against the Irish government for not having blocking laws on the books; on the theory that if blocking laws were in place then filesharing would go away. On Tuesday the music industry issued a plenary summons against the Irish government which is the first step towards making this litigation possible. This all began in October 2010 (EMI v. UPC), when an Irish judge ruled that Irish law did not permit an order to be made against an ISP requiring blocking of websites. Recently several ISPs across the European Union have been ordered by courts to block thepiratebay.org through strange legal maneuvers. Countries whose laws have enough loopholes to abuse may be able to fend off US interference for now.

Comment Re:Multiple interpretations? (Score 5, Insightful) 392

I have to agree, I wouldn't be surprised if we are only getting part of the story. It wouldn't really make sense for Google to give someone the power to delete any video they saw fit, and obviously that's not how its being used seeing as this is the first mention we have heard of this secret deal. It seems more likely that they gave UMG delete privileges on the grounds that they only be used on things they have copyrighted. Some mindless office drone at UMG made the mistake of deleting it and Google didn't catch it in time to restore it.

Google has learned that creating a quality product without being sued is not an easy task and sometimes you have to shake hands and play nice with other corporations. There are groups of people who flag videos as inappropriate just because they don't like the message in it and yet no one called Google evil for giving stupid people sitting at home the ability to get videos taken down.

Comment Not Likely (Score 1) 374

Computers are far more powerful and should be able to demolish consoles in performance but they don't. With all the mobile technology advancements consoles now have the oppertunity to really rival desktop performance since consoles seem to be so much more efficient in playing games. As long as the console developers compete on price the average person will likely prefer to just buy one of the three main consoles at a few hundred dollars than look through the thousands of "gaming computers" available ranging from the same price as a console to up and over a thousand dollars.

The mouse and keyboard keep many gamers on the computer but developers could easily start supporting mouse and keyboard for consoles. At this point it seems like if Steam wasn't around the PC game market would be anywhere near as large as it is now.

Comment Re:Unintentional experimentation (Score 1) 281

I may have not expressed my stance correctly. I do not deny climate science but we are constantly learning more. To state that everyone who believes in "Global Warming" is in agreement on what it actually implies would be very ignorant. I have heard so many (sometimes contradicting) views on what causes global warming and what it will lead to, that I have a hard time developing a stationary stance against them.

What I should have stated more clearly is that I am thankful to climate science. Smog in LA had reached unacceptable conditions and were only getting worse. Desiring to lessen the damage we are doing to our world is very admirable. That is, in moderation. We are still learning how everything that influences our climate work together, only in recent years have we noticed that things such as sun spots may have a profound influence.

I simply do not want a scientist to get carried away and do some permanent damage. If we start to see dramatic changes in climate then I will argue that we need to look in to a solution. However, recently the weather has been fairly nice where I live and I don't think we need to jump the gun to "fix" it.

Comment Re:Unintentional experimentation (Score 1, Insightful) 281

Seriously I can put up with this global warming hype as long as the scientists just use it to get free grants, but they better not start getting carried away and actually screwing stuff up.

I can totally see it in 100 years when we have caused an ice age after releasing something in to the atmosphere in an attempt to stop global warming.

Lets just sit back and see what happens, I remember not to long ago when people were afraid of global cooling.


Juno Looks Back, Photographs Earth-Moon System 100

astroengine writes "Looking back as it zooms through interplanetary space, less than a month into its 445-million mile, five-year journey to the gas giant Jupiter, NASA's spacecraft Juno captured a portrait of the Earth and moon. Juno was 6 million miles away at the time. 'This is a remarkable sight people get to see all too rarely,' said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. 'This view of our planet shows how Earth looks from the outside, illustrating a special perspective of our role and place in the universe. We see a humbling yet beautiful view of ourselves.'"

Submission + - Can Google Save Us From Crappy Internet (motherboard.tv)

CoveredTrax writes: "As part of the beta test of their new gigabit fiber network, Google has provided Stanford University with mouthwateringly high-speed Internet. Since the program was announced, the service, which is now being provided free to students and faculty in the Palo Alto area, has got a lot of people to asking (sometimes begging) that their city be next on Google's list for communication salvation. But can Google save us all from inferior web access? And more importantly, is it a good idea to let them?"

Submission + - Apple Scores Meaningless Dutch Court Victory Again (osnews.com)

Taagehornet writes: "[T]he Dutch court has just banned the sales of all Galaxy S, SII and Ace smartphones in the entire European Union. The judge has ruled that Android 2.x violates Apple's 868 patent which covers scrolling through photos on a touchscreen. Only this one patent is violated — the complaints about two other patents as well as the design patents has been thrown out. In other words, the judge did not agree with Apple that Samsung is copying Apple's design. The injunction only covers the Galaxy smartphones, since they run Android 2.x; Android 3.0 does not violate the patent in question, and hence, sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can continue. In fact, only the Gallery application violates the patent in question, and Samsung has already stated it is going to replace this application on all new Galaxy smartphones from now on — sales won't even be interrupted. In other words — two patents thrown out, design stuff rejected, and only one patent complaint upheld which will cause no harm to Samsung. Apple just scored a meaningless victory."

Submission + - The New Cold War (Patents) (themomentswecapture.com)

lanouettea writes: "We are entering a new era in technology licensing. This is a new cold war, where nuclear weapons development has been replaced by patents acquisition and enforcement. We are at the point where we need to decide what can or cannot be patented.

The problem with most of those new patents registrated is that a LOT of them are acquired by patents trolls. Patent litigations are then enforced by them against competitors in order to gain market by lowering those of others. Defence against patents litigations costs huge amount of money to companies, money that will never ever get spend on development of new products or improvements. No jobs will get created from that. Those dollars are lost for the economy and will never produce anything economically speaking."


Submission + - Ticketmaster Lets You Sit With Facebook Friends

An anonymous reader writes: Ticketmaster has added Facebook integration to its interactive seat maps. The new feature allows you to share your live event plans by tagging yourself into your seat, and thus allowing your Facebook friends to see where you are sitting. If you have already purchased tickets for an event, you can also tag yourself at a later date.

Submission + - Court Affirms Right To Post Naughty Pics Online (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "Teenagers at an Indiana High School took some suggestive pictures of each other at a slumber party and posted them on Facebook and MySpace; the pics started circulating around school, and when school administrators got wind of it, they suspended the girls from the cheerleading and volleyball teams. But a federal court said that the school had no right to do this. A blow for semi-clothed freedom!"

Submission + - The Dark Side of the Tech Patent Wars (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: "Bill Snyder, in his InfoWorld column, warns that the tech patent wars are going nuclear, and could vaporize tech jobs in the process. He likens the situation to medicine, where so much money now goes to pay for insurance and "defensive medicine," rather than for actual care. In the tech world, he fears that the same will occur with patents, forcing companies to spend ever more money on patents and lawyers — and less on innovation and staff."

Submission + - Large ISPs Profit From BitTorrent Traffic (torrentfreak.com)

kijitah writes: "Ernesto at TorrentFreak writes: 'A new report published by Northwestern University and Telefónica Research discovered some BitTorrent trends worth sharing. During a 2-year period the researchers monitored an unprecedented sample of 500,000 people in 169 countries. Aside from showing that BitTorrent users download more and more data, the report also finds that large ISPs including Comcast are actually making money off BitTorrent traffic.'

Check out the presentation slides or paper!"

Comment Re:Jerks. (Score 1) 369

Except that here apple is clearly not out to make a new standard, this is for their products only and they have shown many times before that they don't like to share. Sony will come up with their own and apple will sue them anyway and we can add 5 new cases to the list of patents being brought to court.

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