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Submission + - SPAM: Australian court allows "time-shifting" of sport o

brindafella writes: "In a landmark case, the Federal Court in Australia has allowed a major non-rights-holding telco to 'broadcast' sport onto client's mobile phones, thus undermining the possible income streams of sporting bodies. The judgement, made on Wednesday 1 February 2012, partially settles a case between Singtel Optus Pty Ltd (the telco) and National Rugby League Investments Pty Ltd (No 2) that sells the rights to the rugby league coverage. This article explains the case in plain language.

The judge declined to determine some matters of possible infringement, notably, "These include whether Optus infringes copyright because the technology used to make a recording in the format suitable for certain Apple devices creates and stores six temporary files of 10 seconds duration every minute and then deletes the first 10-second file as the latest one is added one minute later.""

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Submission + - Robots "Evolve" Altruism (

sciencehabit writes: Computer simulations of tiny robots with rudimentary nervous systems show that, over hundreds of generations, these virtual machines evolve altruistic behaviors. They begin to share small disks--a stand in for food--with each other so that their comrades' traits are passed on to the next generation. Experts say the study sheds light on why various animals--from bees to humans--help each other out, even when it hurts their own chances to reproduce.

Submission + - Microsoft, Juniper won't fix dangerous IPv6 hole (

Julie188 writes: "Security experts are urging Microsoft and Juniper to patch a year-old IPv6 vulnerability so dangerous it can freeze any Windows machine on a LAN in a matter of minutes. The hole is in a technology known as router advertisements, where routers broadcast their IPv6 addresses to help clients find and connect to an IPv6 subnet. Microsoft has downplayed the risk, and refuses to even post a Security Advisory about it, because it says the hole requires a physical connection to the wired LAN. (Experts point out that Microsoft routinely patches less dangerous holes that also require a connection to the LAN.) Juniper says it has delayed a patch because the hole only affects a small number of its products and it wants the IETF to fix the protocol instead. BTW, Linux and Cisco have long ago issued patches. In the past couple of weeks, public disclosure and video demonstrations of how to exploit the vulnerability on Windows have become more available by security professionals trying to get Microsoft to take action."

Submission + - IBM's smart city game in pictures (

lukehopewell1 writes: Ever played the classic build 'em up, knock 'em down game Sim City? Wondering how smart technology implementations really affect a city? Then you'll love IBM's new business toy.

The CityOne game from IBM is an attempt to create a "serious" game to show customers, partners and students how cities can roll out smarter tech to solve business, environmental and energy problems.

ZDNet Australia got down into the smart city and fiddled with some civic knobs.

Submission + - Facebook now Publishing Users Phone Numbers

An anonymous reader writes: Seems that Facebook is now publishing the phone numbers of your friends. Most people are unaware of this and I just found out. Account then Edit Friends. Go to the left side of your screen and click Phonebook. Everyone's phone numbers are now being published. I wonder how many people submitted numbers and don't realize that they are publishing this information.

Submission + - Laser-like signal from Gliese 581 in '08 ( 3

w0mprat writes: "Just about a year ago Ragbir Bhathal was scanning the night sky for alien activity, just as he does every night. Except on this December eve Ragbir Bhathal found a strong, regular, repeating signal.... Unlike most of the tin-foil hat wearing whackadoos in his field, Dr. Bhathal is a hard scientist working with university money to find extraterrestrials...As proprietor of OZSETI, Dr. Bhathal combs the universe in search of light signals, not radio transmission"

The star system in question is none other than Gliese 581, where a earthlike planet was reccently found. Bhathal has only detected this signal once, while it has been verified by a signal processing specialist to be a real signal, it has not been seen again. Bhathal has a strong case for his decision searching around the visible spectrum, something like a laser may stand out as almost unambiguously artificial. He may have indeed found just that.

In this article from '09 they specifically mention the planet's name, Gliese 581e. They claim this 'e' planet was too close to its sun to be habitable.

This recently discovered 'goldilocks' planet is Gliese 581g. Same fracking solar system!


Submission + - Peugeot EX1 Concept Electric Vehicle (

ElectricSteve writes: Celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, Peugeot has unveiled its latest concept car called the EX1 that is based upon the body of the SR1 concept car unveiled earlier this year. Although it’s still a concept car, Peugeot says the striking two-seater roadster has already broken several world records for acceleration from a standing start. The EX1 uses two electric motors, one on each axle, each with a peak output of 125 kW (250 kW/340 bhp in total), and an immediately available constant maximum torque of 240 Nm at the front and rear. Aside from optimizing weight distribution, this setup also allows for four wheel drive.

Submission + - Swedish Pirate Party Fails To Enter Parliament (

pickens writes: TorrentFreak reports that with 95 percent of the votes counted it is clear that the Pirate Party will not enter the Swedish Parliament. The Party is currently stuck at about 1 percent of the total vote, nowhere near the 4 percent threshold it needs. This means that neither Wikileaks nor The Pirate Bay will be hosted under Parliamentary immunity and the Party won't get the chance to legalize non-commercial file-sharing or criminalize "copyright abuse" as they planned. “The Swedish Pirate Party did its best election campaign ever. We had more media, more articles, more debates, more handed-out flyers than ever. Unfortunately, the wind was not in our sails this time, as it was with the European elections,” says party leader Rick Falkvinge. The party will now have to wait four more years before they have another shot at entering the Swedish Parliament. "Each generation must reconquer democracy," adds Falkvinge. "Nobody said it was going to be an easy fight."

Submission + - Bug or Feature -- You'll Be Paying Either Way ( 1

snydeq writes: "Deep End's Paul Venezia discusses a particularly troubling trend in IT: IT vendors who have no problem charging high prices to fix their own products, even design defects. 'In short, I really don't want to pay vendors to fix their own mistakes, but that seems to be the "value proposition" in more and more areas of IT,' Venezia writes, telling the tale of a particularly balky storage array. 'I contacted the vendor, since this array was new and had a three-year hardware support agreement. I described the problems and was told that unless I purchased a software support agreement, I was out of luck. I didn't need hand-holding to configure anything, I hadn't broken anything, and there were obviously significant bugs, but I was on the hook to pay to find out if these problems would be addressed in upcoming software releases — or to get any further information or troubleshooting steps. That's just crazy.'"

Submission + - Rustock Botnet Responsible for 40% of Spam (

itwbennett writes: According to new statistics from Symantec's MessageLabs' division, 1.3 million computers are infected with Rustock, down from 2.5 million in April. But the botnet has more than made up for its reduced size, sending around 46 billion spam e-mails per day. The computers infected with Rustock have also stopped using TLS (Transport Layer Security), an encryption protocol that made it harder for other network equipment to inspect the traffic. 'It would seem that the botnet controllers, especially those behind Rustock, have perhaps realized that the use of TLS gave them little or no discernible benefits and instead impeded their sending capacity owing to the additional bandwidth and processing overhead needed for TLS,' the Symantec report said.

Submission + - Human Rights Groups Join Criticism of WikiLeaks ( 1

e065c8515d206cb0e190 writes: Several human rights organizations contacted Wikileaks and pressed them to do a better job at hiding information that endangers civilians from their leaked documents. Wikileaks editor Julian Assange issued a strong rebuke. From the article:

Mr. Assange then replied: "I'm very busy and have no time to deal with people who prefer to do nothing but cover their asses. If Amnesty does nothing I shall issue a press release highlighting its refusal," according to people familiar with the exchange.


Submission + - EVE player loses $1,200 worth of game time in-game ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: has reported that an EVE Online player has just lost over $1,200 dollars worth of in-game items during a pirate attack. The player in question was carrying 74 PLEX in their ship's cargo hold — in-game "Pilot's License Extensions" that award 30 days of EVE Online time when used on your account. When the ship was blown up by another player, all 74 PLEX were destroyed in the resulting blast, costing $1,200 dollars worth of damage or over 6 years of EVE subscription time, however you prefer to count it. Ow.

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