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Submission + - Controversial Torrent Streaming App 'Popcorn Time' Shuts Down, Then Gets Reborn (torrentfreak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A piece of software called 'Popcorn Time' drew a lot of attention last week for encapsulating movies torrents within a slick UI that made watching pirated films as easy as firing up Netflix. The app ran into trouble a few days ago when it was pulled from its hosting provider, Mega, and now Popcorn Time's creators say they're shutting it down altogether. They say it was mainly an experiment: 'Piracy is not a people problem. It’s a service problem. A problem created by an industry that portrays innovation as a threat to their antique recipe to collect value. It seems to everyone that they just don't care. But people do. We’ve shown that people will risk fines, lawsuits and whatever consequences that may come just to be able to watch a recent movie in slippers. Just to get the kind of experience they deserve.' However, the software itself isn't a complete loss — the project is being picked up by the founder of a torrent site, and he says development will continue.

Submission + - SOPA sneaking back, contact Judiciary Committee (geek.com)

bricko writes: SOPA may be returning in a much sneakier, worse fashion.

Basically, entities that entered into these voluntary agreements will begin to enforce SOPA-like reprimands without waiting for a law that grants them the power to do so.

SOPA as we knew it isn’t officially returning, but copyright lobbyists are still fighting to implement nearly identical principles and reprimands. For now, your Net Art website is safe, but if copyright lobbyists can pull the right strings, they aren’t going to need a law to delete your wacky website from the face of the internet forever.

Contact the judiciary committee members here....lets call them out like last time.


Submission + - U.S. aims to give up control over Internet administration (washingtonpost.com)

schwit1 writes: U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move likely to please international critics but alarm some business leaders and others who rely on smooth functioning of the Web.

Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance last year.

Submission + - Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban (teslamotors.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, we discussed news that New Jersey is trying to ban Tesla stores, which would force the company to sell through car dealerships instead. Now, Elon Musk has prepared a response: 'The reason that we did not choose to do this is that the auto dealers have a fundamental conflict of interest between promoting gasoline cars, which constitute virtually all of their revenue, and electric cars, which constitute virtually none. Moreover, it is much harder to sell a new technology car from a new company when people are so used to the old. Inevitably, they revert to selling what’s easy and it is game over for the new company. The evidence is clear: when has an American startup auto company ever succeeded by selling through auto dealers? The last successful American car company was Chrysler, which was founded almost a century ago, and even they went bankrupt a few years ago, along with General Motors. Since the founding of Chrysler, there have been dozens of failures, Tucker and DeLorean being simply the most well-known. In recent years, electric car startups, such as Fisker, Coda, and many others, attempted to use auto dealers and all failed.'

Submission + - Target Ignored Signs of Data Breach (informationweek.com)

puddingebola writes: Target ignored indications from it's threat-detection tools that malware had infected it's network. From the article, "Unusually for a retailer, Target was even running its own security operations center in Minneapolis, according to a report published Thursday by Bloomberg Businessweek. Among its security defenses, following a months-long testing period and May 2013 implementation, was software from attack-detection firm FireEye, which caught the initial November 30 infection of Target's payment system by malware. All told, up to five "malware.binary" alarms reportedly sounded, each graded at the top of FireEye's criticality scale, and which were seen by Target's information security teams first in Bangalore, and then Minneapolis." Unfortunately, it appears Target's security team failed to act on the threat indicators.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best management interface on an IT appliance?

tippen writes: The management user interface on most networking and storage appliances are, shall we say, not up to the snuff compared to modern websites or consumer products. What are the best examples of good UX design on an IT appliance that you've managed? What was it that made you love it?

What should companies (or designers) developing new products look to as best-in-class that they should be striving for?

Comment Real World (Score 2, Insightful) 91

I'm not really sure this is applicable to the real world since most software developers don't live/work in Silicon Valley so the concept of taking a break to go play volleyball or hackeysack is pretty much a "non-starter". I think they should really evaluate the productivity of developers in the two scenarios that most apply to the real world: 1) Your managers are incompetent when it comes to what it is that you do, how you do your job, and what makes you happy. They do, however, understand obnoxious "development methods" resulting in a countless number of ways for them to waste your time doing everything BUT developing software. 2) Your managers DO understand your job and work very hard to give you a productive environment and support you in what you do. They keep everything other than software development off your plate so that you can focus on doing what's best.

Comment Problems caused by votes... (Score 3, Insightful) 299

I think one of the major issues here is that voting has become a joke. "We" (and I mean the collective American people, not just myself and the others responsible for the next statement) vote for these idiots based on the fact that they have someone sending amusing tweets and know how to talk in circles about things. We definitely don't vote for them based on anything reasonable (like experience, previous ACTUAL accomplishments, etc). If we want that to stop, we need to stop voting for prom queens and vote for a leader.

Comment Zorin (Score 1) 2

You're probably just looking for Zorin OS. It's basically something like XP and has all these features to make life easier for people who don't know their way around Linux. If my mother needed a new system and I didn't still have Windows 7 for her, I'd do Zorin.

Submission + - CIA under investigation for monitoring Senate (yahoo.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The CIA's internal watchdog is investigating allegations that the agency improperly spied on Senate staffers probing secret details of a now-defunct interrogation program.

Senator Dianne Feinstein acknowledged Wednesday the existence of the probe, which highlights a rare public clash between lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee she chairs and the US espionage community it oversees.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Linux for Grandma? 2

BlazeMiskulin writes: With XP approaching end-of-life, I find myself in a situation that I'm guessing is common: What to do with Mom's machine (or "grandma's machine" for the younger of you). Since a change has to be made, this seems like a good time to move to a Linux distro.

My mother (82) uses her computer for e-mail and web-browsing only. I know that any distro will be able to handle her needs. I've been using Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS, and Redhat--usually with KDE interface) for about 10 years now, but I know that my preferences are quite different from hers.

I have my own ideas, but I'm curious what others think: What combination of distro and UI would you recommend for an old, basic-level user who is accustomed to the XP interface and adverse to change?

Submission + - Facebook to Pay City $200K-a-Year for a Neighborhood Cop

theodp writes: Valleywag reports that Facebook just bought itself a police officer and questions what kind of mechanism will be in place to make sure the officer — whose position Facebook has agreed to fund to the tune of $200K-a-year for 3 years — doesn't provide preferential protection for the social network giant and its employees. It's probably a fair question, considering that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made the City of New Orleans enter into a federal consent decree designed to address the "divided loyalties" of the city's moonlighting police officers. But for now, everything's hunky-dory in Menlo Park, where Police Chief Robert Jonsen called the deal a "benchmark in private-public partnerships". No doubt it is, as was last week's Google-City of San Francisco deal to fund free bus passes for low- and middle-income kids. But is giving earmarked funding to facilitate self-serving city expenditures a good or bad development?

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