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Submission + - Dallas Buyers Club Gives up chasing pirates in Australia

Harlequin80 writes: Dallas Buyers Club (DBC), the company behind the movie with the same name, has been trying to purse legal action against people they accuse of pirating their movie. In Australia they first sued iiNet, a major ISP, to gain access to their customer records which iiNet decided to fight in court. Though Judge Perram ruled that iiNet would have to surrender the details of the customers to DBC he applied very strict control orders to DBC. This started with a requirement to submit a draft of their letter to Justice Perram before he would release the customer details, upon seeing the contents of the letter he escalated the controls to requiring a significant bond of AU$600,000 and a rewrite of the letter removing most of the demands.

Finally he gave a deadline of tomorrow for a reasonable letter to be submitted or he would close the case with no further action allowed. The lawyers representing DBC have confirmed today that the deadline will pass with no submissions to Justice Perram on the matter which effectively stops any possibility of DBC pursuing people they believe pirated their film in Australia.

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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Bill could block attempts to enforce encryption backdoors - SlashGear (


Bill could block attempts to enforce encryption backdoors
The fight for security and privacy, now embodied in the encryption of devices and services, has long taken a political flavor when the US government publicly advocated installing backdoors on such systems for the sake of criminal investigation. Now the ...
Proposed Bill Could Ban States From Demanding Encryption BackdoorsUbergizmo
Is an encrypted cell phone a secure device – or a threat to public safety?Christian Science Monitor
Encryption-Protection Bill IntroducedBroadcasting & Cable
Multichannel News-WIRED-CNET
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Submission + - US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you (

An anonymous reader writes: “In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.
Clapper did not specifically name any intelligence agency as involved in household-device surveillance. But security experts examining the internet of things take as a given that the US and other surveillance services will intercept the signals the newly networked devices emit, much as they do with those from cellphones. Amateurs are already interested in easily compromised hardware; computer programmer John Matherly’s search engine Shodan indexes thousands of completely unsecured web-connected devices.

Submission + - the IoT could/might/would spy on you (

turkeydance writes: ...., James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, was more direct in testimony submitted to the Senate on Tuesday as part of an assessment of threats facing the United States.

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.

Submission + - SCO vs. IBM legal battle over Linux may â" finally â" be finished (

JG0LD writes: A breach-of-contract and copyright lawsuit filed nearly 13 years ago by a successor company to business Linux vendor Caldera International against IBM may be drawing to a close at last, after a U.S. District Court judge issued an order in favor of the latter company earlier this week.

Submission + - Why winners become cheaters (

JoeyRox writes: A new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem reveals a paradoxical aspect of human behavior — people who win in competitive situations are more likely to cheat in the future. In one experiment, 86 students were split up into pairs and competed in a game where cheating was impossible. The students were then rearranged into new pairs to play a second game where cheating was possible. The result? Students who won the first game were much more likely to cheat at the second game. Additional experiments indicated that cheating was also more likely if students simply recalled a memory of winning in the past. The experiments further demonstrated that subsequent cheating was more likely in situations where the outcome of previous competitions was determined by merit rather than luck.

Submission + - Valve Brings Native SteamVR Support to Unity and Gives Away Free Headsets (

An anonymous reader writes: Despite having their own Source engine, Valve has come together with Unity to add native SteamVR support to the popular Unity3D game engine. This will offer plug-and-play support for SteamVR-compatible hardware for developers creating virtual reality experiences using Unity. Announced by Valve chief Gabe Newell today at the Unity-hosted Vision AR/VR Summit, Newell also announced that every developer at the conference would be getting their own HTC Vive Pre development kit, the latest iteration of the SteamVR system made in collaboration with Valve and HTC (

Submission + - Engineers Devise a Way to Harvest Wind Energy from Trees (

derekmead writes: Harvesting electrical power from vibrations or other mechanical stress is pretty easy.Turns out all it really takes is a bit of crystal or ceramic material and a couple of wires and, there you go, piezoelectricity. As stress is applied to the material, charge accumulates, which can then be shuttled away to do useful work. The classic example is an electric lighter, in which a spring-loaded hammer smacks a crystal, producing a spark.

Another example is the heart of a piezoelectric system described in a new paper in the Journal of Sound and Vibration courtesy of engineers at Ohio State's Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research. The basic idea behind the energy harvesting platform: exploit the natural internal resonances of trees within tiny artificial forests capable of generating enough voltage to power sensors and structural monitoring systems.

Submission + - SPAM: 10 Maps That Explain Russia's Strategy

Patrickw1 writes: Many people think of maps in terms of their basic purpose: showing a country’s geography and topography. But maps can speak to all dimensions—political, military, and economic.
In fact, they are the first place to start thinking about a country’s strategy, which can reveal factors that are otherwise not obvious.
The 10 maps below show Russia’s difficult position since the Soviet Union collapsed and explain Putin’s long-term intentions in Europe.

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Submission + - Study: Women Get Pull Requests Accepted More, except When You Know They're Women (

An anonymous reader writes: In the largest study of gender bias to date, researchers found that women tend to have their pull requests accepted at a higher rate than men, across a variety of programming languages. This, despite the finding that their pull requests are larger and less likely to serve an immediate project need. At the same time, when the gender of the women is identifiable (as opposed to hidden), their pull requests are accepted less often than men's.


ishkish writes: 3.2 million Indians support free basics. Do you?

Facebook, your daily source of entertainment, your regular routine to beat boredom. Facebook has become the more trusted source of news than newspapers and news channels. So what happens when the most important app on your mobile phone sends you the notification “ACT NOW, to save digital equality”?

Claiming to help people rise from the dark insides of poverty and witness real development, it seemingly comes with new hopes. When you hear the story of a poor farmer who was raised from the litter to heights earning his daily bread with the help of free basics. Would you oppose?

Do you see Facebook as the messiah for the world’s second largest democracy with fast growing 400 million internet users?

Do you feel the sense of responsibility to contribute your bit to this noble cause and send a mail to TRAI?
Slow down. We have the other side of the story too.
Let’s paint the picture for you if free basics comes into reality.

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Submission + - SPAM: Malaysian websites should be mobile friendly, says top website maker

An anonymous reader writes: A top digital agency Malaysia is batting for websites in the country to be more mobile-friendly, citing the increasing number of Malaysians who are browsing the Internet using their mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
The Malaysian, a Malaysia web design company, noted that mobile penetration in the country has increased by 136 percent in 2015. To date, it is estimated that nearly 5 out of 10 Malaysians are using their smartphones and tablets to shop online.
“We believe that more Malaysians will be using their mobile devices to shop online next year which only stresses the importance of having a mobile-friendly website,” the Malaysian said in a statement.
The firm said that Malaysia has the third highest percentage of Internet users in Southeast Asia after Singapore and Brunei. Around 250 million people in the region are Internet users.
“With increased Internet usage in the country, it has become an imperative for businesses in Malaysia to have not just an online presence, but a website that is mobile-friendly,” it underscored.
Still, industry experts believe there’s a lot of room for Malaysian e-commerce market to grow. Surveys have shown that the e-commerce market in the country only account for 2 percent of the total retail market in Malaysia. The Malaysian says that companies should cash in on the growing e-commerce market in the country if they want to stay ahead of their competitors.
“Everything is on the Internet now, and it makes no sense for companies to resist this trend,” the Malaysian ended.
About the Malaysian
The Malaysian is a top digital marketing company in Malaysia. For those looking for the services of a freelance web designer in Malaysia and other web-based marketing services, please visit [spam URL stripped].

Submission + - Carriers Selling Your Data: a $24 Billion Business (

An anonymous reader writes: It goes without saying that cellphone carriers have access to tons of data about its subscribers. They have data about who you call, what sites you visit, and even where you're located. "Under the radar, Verizon, Sprint, and other carriers have partnered with firms including SAP to manage and sell data." The article describes some of the ways this data is used by marketers: "The service also combines data from telcos with other information, telling businesses whether shoppers are checking out competitor prices on their phones or just emailing friends. It can tell them the age ranges and genders of people who visited a store location between 10 a.m. and noon, and link location and demographic data with shoppers' web browsing history. Retailers might use the information to arrange store displays to appeal to certain customer segments at different times of the day, or to help determine where to open new locations." Analysts estimate this fledgling industry to be worth about $24 billion to the carriers, and project huge growth over the next several years. They're trying to keep it a tightly held secret after seeing the backlash from the public on government snooping, which involves much less private data.

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