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Submission + - USA Govement seeks extradiotn of UK student for fi

Gimble writes: The BBC reports that UK Richard O'Dwyer will learn of his fate today after the US Government requested his extradition to face charges of running a file sharing site.

O'Dwyer operated the site "TV-Shack" which didn't offer any files itself, but posted links to streams and files hosted elsewhere for 3 years from 2007 until 2010. O'Dwyer was first arrested in June last year by British police acting on information from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The domestic investigation was subsequently dropped, but Mr O’Dwyer was re-arrested in May on an extradition warrant to face charges in America.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft confirms UEFI fears, locks down ARM devi (softwarefreedom.org)

walterbyrd writes: "At the beginning of December, we [Software Freedom Law Center] warned the Copyright Office that operating system vendors would use UEFI secure boot anticompetitively, by colluding with hardware partners to exclude alternative operating systems. As Glyn Moody points out, Microsoft has wasted no time in revising its Windows Hardware Certification Requirements to effectively ban most alternative operating systems on ARM-based devices that ship with Windows 8."
Space

Submission + - Weather Satellites Lose Funding (npr.org)

ianare writes: Federal budget cuts are threatening to leave the U.S. without some critical satellites, and that could mean less accurate warnings about events like tornadoes and blizzards. In particular, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are concerned about satellites that orbit over the earth's poles rather than remaining over a fixed spot along the equator.
Security

Submission + - Fingerprints of German Interior Minister published (heise.de)

Andreas Schaefer writes: "German's biggest Hacker Organization CCC (Chaos Computer Club) has collected fingerprints of Germans Secretary of the Interior Wolfgang Schäuble and published them in their current issue of the Datenschleuder Magazine. They even included a prefab film with his prints to use on current fingerprint scanners. Schäuble has recently been at the center of controversy with various Big Brother laws, including the inclusion of fingerprints in passports. Source: Heise News"

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