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Submission + - Google turns over IP of anonymous blogger 1

An anonymous reader writes: An Israeli court instructed Google on sunday to turn over the IP of an anonymous blogger, who commented on about the (alleged) corruption of his town's city council. According to the hearings' records (in hebrew), Google complied with the court's order and supplied the requested information. Originally reported here (in hebrew) and here

Submission + - Halo 3: The 'Third Wave' of Destroying the U.S.

greedyturtle writes: In an article which will be heralded as the first to point out the stepping stones for the unleashing of a New Dark Age. With begginnings from the influence of such satanic and perverted characters, as the British Round Tables' late Lord Bertrand Russell and H.G. Wells, the author of the article has created graphical data showing vicious attack on the human mind by this cybernetics cult, by has produced such games as Counterstrike, World of Warcraft, Entropia Universe, EVE-Online and Halo 3 has arrested the development of the youth, today, is preventing any consistent intellectual and political motion to change the world.

An investigation by the current LaRouche Youth Movement counter-intelligence team is ongoing, to look at the deeper implications of this "Brave New Cyberworld." Two things come up that are prevalent with the creation of these games. One, is the mental psychosis of the vulnerable adolescent or young adult, who are gullible to these fictions. The second is the fostering of specific types of "virtual world" games — supposedly designed for mere entertainment, such as the hedonistic Second Life, or Halo 3. Either way, the dehumanization process occurs in any instance, by the first-person shooter games' precision to kill another object, or by the adoption of an arbitrary set of anti-scientific, anti-principled rules, like that of Second Life, or even the great Ministry of Truth — Wikipedia.
Bonus intellectual motion given to those who apply the universal principles in the Classical science, art and philosopy of Logic to the article.
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Is SCO dead yet? Q&A with Pamela Jones of Grok (

An anonymous reader writes: The SCO Group's current fate can be neatly summarised by the title of Pamela Jones' very first article on the case, back in May 2003 — "SCO Falls Downstairs, Hitting its Head on Every Step." In the intervening years PJ and Groklaw can be credited with unearthing and exposing many of the flaws in SCO's case, most notably, obtaining and publishing the 1994 settlement in the USL vs BSDi case, which had been hidden from public view and played a significant role in undermining SCO's claims to the ownership of Unix. Earlier this year PJ memorably compared SCO's persistence in the face of the facts to the black knight in the Monty Python film who claimed "It's only a flesh wound". This article asks PJ about SCO, the impact of Groklaw and future of free software and the law.

Submission + - Vaccine rights for sharing flu samples (

TheLink writes: Indonesia will not share bird flu virus samples unless richer countries agree to give developing nations control over their use and access to cheap vaccines, a spokeswoman from the nation's health ministry said on Monday (from: New Scientist ).

Submission + - Bloggers who risked all to reveal Junta in Burma 2

An anonymous reader writes: Internet geeks share a common style, and Ko Latt and his four friends would not be out of place in cyber cafés across the world. They have the skinny arms and the long hair, the dark T-shirts and the jokey nicknames. But few such figures have ever taken the risks that they have in the past few weeks, or achieved so much in a noble and dangerous cause. Since last month Ko Latt, 28, his friends Arca, Eye, Sun and Superman, and scores of others like them have been the third pillar of Burma's Saffron Revolution.
The Media

Submission + - Demonoid Returns, well mostly

camperslo writes: The news on Demonoid sums it up: "We received a letter from a lawyer represeting the CRIA, they were threatening with legal action and we need to start blocking Canadian traffic because of this.

Thanks for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience." (typo is theirs)

As posted here, the Demonoid trackers were up yesterday, the website went live again today.

It's good to see the Green Demon alive and kicking (of course its pretty well swamped at the moment)

Submission + - The hacker who got hacked by hackers

An anonymous reader writes: This is a story about a hacker who got hacked by hackers :) TPB files charges against media companies: Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers. While browsing through the email we identified the companies that are also active in Sweden and we have tonight reported these incidents to the police. The charges are infrastructural sabotage, denial of service attacks, hacking and spamming, all of these on a commercial level. The companies that are being reported are the following: Twentieth Century Fox, Sweden AB; Emi Music Sweden AB; Universal Music Group Sweden AB; Universal Pictures Nordic AB; Paramount Home Entertainment (Sweden) AB; Atari Nordic AB; Activision Nordic Filial Till Activision (Uk) Ltd; Ubisoft Sweden AB; Sony Bmg Music Entertainment (Sweden) AB; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic AB. Stay tuned for updates.

Submission + - Technology and Civil Liberties: The Economist

greedyturtle writes: The Economist has been running a series on Civil Liberties, and the second in the series named Learning to live with Big Brother takes on the role of technology in eroding our privacy with surveillance technology, and more insidiously, profiling technology. Excellent summary of all the various ways you (and I really mean you, the reader) are being tracked. Warrantless wiretapping, DNA, Data Mining, RFID, almost everything is mentioned, along with one of the best analogies about our situation I've ever heard:

"Ross Anderson, a professor at Cambridge University in Britain, has compared the present situation to a "boiled frog" — which fails to jump out of the saucepan as the water gradually heats. If liberty is eroded slowly, people will get used to it. He added a caveat: it was possible the invasion of privacy would reach a critical mass and prompt a revolt."
The first in the series, Is torture ever justified? which is worth glancing at just for the graph showing around 47% of Americans agreeing that "some degree of torture is permissible." Be sure and check the text immediately to the right of the graph for a classic Cheney no-brainer.

Submission + - Guaranteed Network Neutral ISP (

greedyturtle writes: Arstechnica released an interesting article on the first ISP to guarantee neutrality, called COmmunityPOwered Internet, aka Copowi. Which offers it's neutrality at a higher price, albeit mostly due to uncompetitive telco line pricing schemes.

Copowi's main pitch is a fully neutral network, which it defines as one that provides "equal access to all web sites and online services." The idea is that usage will be unrestricted and traffic will not be shaped, throttled, or prioritized. According to Matafonov, the major telecommunications companies want to "privatize the Internet" because greater control leads to greater profits. The eventual outcome could become something more like cable television than like the open Internet we know now, and Copowi strongly supports's campaign to preserve an open 'Net.

The owner claims to only need 5000 subscriptions to move his ISP out of Washington, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and California and into the national arena. With 256 DSL at $33.95, 1.5Mbs for $49.95, and 7Mbs for $59.99, are you willing to spend the extra dollar for network neutrality?


Submission + - Laptop Anti-theft Software Options for Linux

yourexhalekiss writes: "I'm going back to school this fall, and I run GNU/Linux on my laptop. With school being what it is, I want to keep my Kubuntu-powered System76 Darter Ultra as safe as it can be. Checking through SourceForge and Freshmeat, I can't find a single laptop theft-prevention or tracking program that works with GNU/Linux and has published code.

What do other people use to protect their non-Windows or Mac laptops, and how effective is it?"

Submission + - States rebel against Real ID Act (

Spamicles writes: "Four states have passed laws that reject federal rules regarding a national identification system. This casts serious doubt on the future of the 2005 Real ID Act that goes into effect in December 2009. New Hampshire and Oklahoma joined Montana and Washington state in the passage of statutes that refute guidelines set forth in the Act. However, these actions could eventually lead to drivers licenses issued in these states to not be accepted as official identification when boarding airplanes or accessing federal buildings. In addition to these four states, members of the Idaho legislature intentionally left out money in the budget to comply with the Act."

Submission + - Open Source Is All About Choice, Isn't It? (

AlexGr writes: "From Allan McNaughton (DevX): If you are an open source ISV seeking to offer your customers more choices, you should seriously consider supporting Microsoft Windows as a deployment option. Allan McNaughton explores some of the reasons that make partnering with Microsoft so compelling. Developers love choice. And open source developers have choice aplenty. There is a veritable avalanche of technologies that can be used to build open source applications. Of these technologies, the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) has emerged as one of the most popular open source development and deployment platforms. Open source ISVs who embrace LAMP technologies (SugarCRM for example), have gained legions of volunteer developers who contribute time, energy, and ideas (although for every open source success story there are hundreds of projects that never gain critical mass). =DXRSS_ENTR"

Submission + - Universal exec says 'music artists need us!' (

Jared writes: Max Hole, President, Asia Pacific Region and Executive Vice-President, Marketing and A&R for Universal Music Group International recently gave his insight as to what he sees for the future of record companies. Says that record companies should get a cut of concerts, merchandising, sponsorship, song-writing, etc to make up for declining revenue in other areas, and that artists need them so they can take care of the business and marketing side so they can focus on their music.

Submission + - TorrentSpy Update on RIAA Bullying

SchadenFraulein writes: TorrentSpy has posted a notice on their homepage giving users an update on the lawsuit filed against them by the RIAA. The note starts, "This message is to inform you about recent efforts by the motion picture studios to shut down TorrentSpy. As you may know, in February 2006 the major movie studios and their Washington lobby, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), filed a lawsuit against TorrentSpy and other search engines." TorrentSpy goes on to share their battle to keep their log files private and re-assure users that they are not keeping personally-identifiable information. Its unclear why TorrentSpy has decided to post this update now, but if past history serves as any indicator, this does not bode well. Similar postings showed up days before SuprNova and LokiTorrent fell down in the never-ending RIAA hunt.

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