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Submission + - The Net Neutrality Battle Has Been Lost (slate.com)

Loether writes: The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals just issued its long-awaited decision striking down the FCC’s network neutrality rule. This is the second time in four years that this court struck down the FCC’s attempt to adopt a network neutrality rule.

Submission + - Bell Canada to Collect User Data for Advertising (www.cbc.ca)

beerdragoon writes: One of Canada's biggest mobile and TV providers will soon begin collecting detailed information on usage patterns of its subscribers. Starting November 16th, Bell plans on using this information to provide targeted ads for subscribers. According to Bell this policy will allow customers 'to receive Internet advertising that's relevant to them rather than the random online advertising they're receiving now.' Customers have until the 16th to opt out of the targeted ads, but there doesn't appear to be a way to opt out of the data collection. Apparently this is not illegal, but it is certainly considered unethical by many.

Submission + - NSA, Obama Sued Over Domestic Surveillance Program 4

Trailrunner7 writes: A group of people, including a former federal prosecutor and the parents of a Navy SEAL sniper killed in action, have filed a class-action law suit against the National Security Agency, Verizon and President Obama over the NSA’s collection of cell phone data. The suit says the order that enabled the surveillance program is “the broadest surveillance order to ever have been issued” and enables indiscriminate collection of data.

The suit, filed this week in federal court in Washington, D.C., also names Roger Vinson, the judge who signed the Verizon order, as a defendant, along with Attorney General Eric Holder and NSA Director Keith Alexander. The plaintiffs say that the NSA’s surveillance program violates the Constitution and unfairly and unnecessarily infringes on citizens’ privacy. The classified order directs Verizon to hand over all of the so-called metadata for calls on its network to the NSA. The metadata includes the originating and terminating phone numbers along with details of the call, but not the contents of the call.

“The order, issued and signed by Judge Roger Vinson, violates the U.S. Constitution and also federal laws, including, but not limited to, the outrageous breach of privacy, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and the due process rights of American citizens.”

Submission + - Sony Introduces New PlayStation 4 at the E3 Event 2013 (fliqolet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Sony has unveiled the much anticipated PlayStation 4 at the E3 event 2013. The cost of the device is $399, hundred dollars less than Microsoft Xbox One. Sony announced that it will not stop the sell of the used games and playing single-player games on offline mood is possible without online authentication

Submission + - Astronaut Chris Hadfield to retire in July (ctvnews.ca)

Anti Cheat writes: The Astronaut who brought space exploration to millions all over the world is retiring from the Canadian Space Agency. Commander Chris Hadfield, by making it fun, seeming accessible and by taking hundreds of pictures of earth and peoples home towns, has decided to end his long career with the agency. What he will do now is up to him but education is strong in this one.

Submission + - Microsoft Apologizes for Employee's Xbox 'Always-Online' Tweets 1

An anonymous reader writes: On Thursday, Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth sent out a slew of tweets implying that he sees nothing wrong with rumors of Microsoft’s next Xbox, codenamed Durango, requiring an “always-on” Internet connection to function. Unsurprisingly, the backlash from users was massive, and although Orth ended up setting his Twitter account to private to hide them from the general public, by then the damage had already been done.

Microsoft on Friday released an official statement regarding the tweets: "We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter."

Submission + - EA Responds to its Appearance in the Worst Company in America Poll (joystiq.com)

beerdragoon writes: EA's CEO Peter Moore has responded to the company's appearance in the finals for the Consumerist's Worst Company In America poll. While he did accept some responsibility for some of EA's past failings, he seems completely oblivious to the real reasons why EA is in the finals for the second year in a row.
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Submission + - UK ISPs Respond to the Dangers of Using Carrier Grade NAT Instead of IPv6 (ispreview.co.uk)

Mark.JUK writes: "Several major Internet Service Providers in the United Kingdom, including BSkyB, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, AAISP and Fluidata, have warned that the adoption of Carrier Grade NAT (IPv4 address sharing) is likely to become increasingly common in the future. But the technology, which many view as a delaying tactic until IPv6 becomes more common place, is not without its problems and could cause a number of popular services to fail (e.g. XBox Live, PlayStation Network, FTP hosting etc.). The prospect of a new style of two tier internet could be just around the corner."

Submission + - NASA team pushing towards thermal nuclear propulsion systems (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: Nuclear-powered rocket engines are not new. In the 1960s, both the U.S. and the Soviet Union developed and tested thermal nuclear rockets fitted with flight-worthy components. However, Project Rover and NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Nuclear Rocket Application) programs were defunded in the early 1970s just before test flights were to start. Now, as part of the Advanced Exploration Systems program at NASA, the Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage team is tackling a three-year project to demonstrate the viability of and to evaluate materials for thermal nuclear propulsion systems for use in future deep space missions.

Submission + - Study: Marijuana Use in Teens Correlates to Decreasing IQ (bbc.co.uk)

retroworks writes: "The BBC covers a paper published in the USA Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing a correlation between persistent, regular cannabis use and risk of lower IQ. The study finds the risk particularly correlates use of cannabis by teenagers who use the drug "four times a week year after year." The more people smoked, the greater the loss in IQ. Reviewers of the study at King's College Institute of Psychiatry states that the data and methodology are exceptional, but she also cautions that there may be another explanation, such as depression, which could lower IQ while stimulating marijuana use. The study does not mention or rule out "nocebo" effects, i.e. just feeling stupid for spending your teens hanging out with potheads."

Submission + - Take a tour inside the Large Hadron Collider (vice.com)

derekmead writes: Tomorrow, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is set to announce some of the most highly-anticipated findings in recent memory: evidence of the existence of the Higgs boson. As we prepare to rightfully laud the researchers who pored over mountains of data to pull out the smallest meaningful blips imaginable, it’s also important that we acknowledge the stunning tech that helped make it all happen. And thus we have the Large Hadron Collider, the $9 billion, 17-mile-diameter particle accelerator that sprawls over the Swiss-French border. It’s the most powerful atom smasher on Earth, and was built largely with the intent of finding the Higgs, which would complete the Standard Model and help explain how matter itself exists in the first place.

Submission + - Big Finish Games Bringing Back Full-Motion Video Adventure Games (joystiq.com)

Mr. Jaggers writes: "Widely remembered as the pioneers in Full-Motion Video adventure gaming, the creators of the beloved Tex Murphy futuristic neo-noir series of adventure games has successfully funded their latest installment, code named Project Fedora, via crowd-funding. The team conducted a successful AMA last week and will feature much of the original cast of characters (including game designer Chris Jones, as Tex himself), and, if his interest can be peaked, the voice talents of James Earl Jones, among others. It ought to be a real treat for fans of gritty hard-boiled detective stories who like their sci-fi dark and dystopian, to see an FMV game done right, by one of the only developers to have pulled it off well. Pre-orders are being taken here and here."

Submission + - Inside Facebook data mining research group (technologyreview.com)

holy_calamity writes: "Technology Review has an in depth profile of the team at Facebook tasked with figuring out what can be learned from all our data. The Data Science Team mine that information trove both in the name of scientific research into the patterns of human behavior and to advance Facebook's understanding of its users. Facebook's ad business gets the most public attention, but the company's data mining technology may have a greater effect on its destiny — and users lives."

Submission + - Iran threatens legal action against Google for not labeling Persian Gulf (cnn.com)

PantherSE writes: From the article:
Iran has threatened legal action against Google for not labeling the Persian Gulf on its maps.
"Toying with modern technologies in political issues is among the new measures by the enemies against Iran, (and) in this regard, Google has been treated as a plaything," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Thursday, according to state-run Press TV.
He added that "omitting the name Persian Gulf is (like) playing with the feelings and realities of the Iranian nation."


Submission + - Judge to Oracle's attorney: I can code - can you? (law.com)

RemyBR writes: "One month into the Oracle v. Google judgement, judge Alsup said this to Oracle's attorney David Boies: "You're one of the best lawyers in America. I don't know how you could make that argument", in response to Boies' claim that the tiny amount of computer code Google has been found liable for infringing helped it get the Android mobile operating system to market sooner, therefore Oracle should be entitled to a slice of the profits.
He then proceeded to reveal his own personal knowledge of the technology in question. Alsup said he has personally written computer code, not in the Java language involved in the lawsuit, but in other languages. And rangeCheck, he said of the nine lines of infringed Java code that Google said it mistakenly put in a version of Android, "is so simple." — "I could do it. You could do it," the judge told Boies. "It was an accident.""

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