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Crime

Submission + - Hackers target Teap Party website (thehill.com) 3

GovTechGuy writes: A sophisticated hacker attack took down the website of the pro-Tea Party group Freedomworks just as Fox News Glenn Beck was promoting a fund-raising "money bomb" for the site. The group estimates the attack cost them $80,000 in potential donations.
“It’s like the tea party movement’s been hacked,” Freedomworks spokesman Adam Brandon said.

Submission + - ACTA To Be Reviewed by Industry Reps, Not Public (arstechnica.com)

Andorin writes: Ars Technica writes about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, and reveals that while the public does not have access to the text of the agreement, a handful of lawyers representing Big Content and numerous companies and organizations do. "Turns out that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will include a section on Internet "enforcement procedures" after all. And how many people have had input on these procedures? Forty-two. [...] Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) found out in September that the US Trade Representative's office had actually been secretly canvassing opinions on the Internet section of the agreement from 42 people, all of whom had signed a nondisclosure agreement before being shown the ACTA draft text."
Power

Japan Plans $21B Space Power Plant 550

Mike writes "Japan has announced plans to send a $21 billion solar power generator into space that will be capable of producing one gigawatt of energy, or enough to power 294,000 homes. The project recently received support from Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and IHI Corp, who are now teaming up in the race to develop new technology within four years that can beam electricity back to Earth without the use of cables. Japan hopes to test a small solar satellite decked out with solar panels by the year 2015."
Games

Submission + - X3: Terran Conflict DRM servers down - can't play

brxndxn writes: After purchasing X3: Terran Conflict from Steam, I have been unable to activate. I went to the Steam forums that say to go to the Egosoft support forums. The Egosoft support forums say to go to http://www.tagesprotection.com/ for support.

However, in the forums, there are a lot of unhappy customers that paid for the game that are unable to activate it. In the Steam Forums for X3 (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=83), most of the subjects are copmlaining about the Tages DRM.

Also, in the Egosoft forums (http://forum.egosoft.com/viewtopic.php?t=230592), many people are having problems with the DRM right now.

There are no new posts regarding the issue of the Tages DRM servers being down by technical support.
Your Rights Online

RIAA Loses $222K Verdict 342

jriding writes "The $222,000 verdict against Jammy Thomas for copyright infringement by P2P is no more. US District Court Judge Michael Davis dismissed the verdict, saying it was based on the faulty 'making available' theory of distribution."
Space

Submission + - It Was The Month Without A Sunspot

MikeyTheK writes: For the first time in a century, we just experienced a month without sunspots. In case you wonder why you should care, there is a growing branch of climate scientists that have been studying historic sunspot activity (the record goes back to the 1700's) and comparing it to weather information to see if maybe the big giant heat source in the sky has more impact on our climate than it is being given credit for.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Why FOSS Needs to Change its Views of Apple (earthweb.com)

jammag writes: "In the eyes of Free and Open Source advocates, Microsoft has long been the ultimate evildoer, while Apple — just as proprietary — has been a brother in arms. But that attitude is a mistake, opines Linux pundit Bruce Byfield . FOSS users need to realize that Apple's emergence in the market creates just as big of an obstacle to Free software as does any closed source vendor. Especially since mobile devices — like the iPhone — are tomorrow's platform. FOSS advocates, by focusing on MFST, are "preparing for the last campaign and ignoring the one that is coming in the next few years.""

Japan's Cyborg Research Enters the Skull 120

RemyBR writes "Researchers at Osaka University are stepping up efforts to develop robotic body parts controlled by thought, by placing electrode sheets directly on the surface of the brain. The research marks Japan's first foray into invasive (i.e. requiring open-skull surgery) brain-machine interface research on human test subjects. The aim of the research is to develop real-time mind-controlled robotic limbs for the disabled. 'To date, the researchers have worked with four test subjects to record brain wave activity generated as they move their arms, elbows and fingers. Working with Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), the researchers have developed a method for analyzing the brain waves to determine the subject's intended activity to an accuracy of greater than 80%.'"

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