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Submission + - Virus Infects US Predator Drone Fleets (

sl4shd0rk writes: A keylogger virus has apparently infected the US Predator and Reaper drone fleets. The virus is said to log keystrokes made by the pilots and the suspicion is that the infection has hit both classified and unclassified machines at Nevada's Creech Air Force Base. "We keep wiping it off and it keps coming back" says one of the sources. One source reports officials do not know how far the infection has spread.

Submission + - Net Neutrality Worth €155 Billion in Europe (

pbahra writes: "Although the debate on net neutrality is frequently heated it is also often ill-informed and can seem obscure which is why, perhaps, the arguments have often been restricted to a techy minority. A new U.K. report, The Open Internet--Platform for Growth seeks to throw a little light on the issue. It should, however, be noted from the outset that the organizations that commissioned the work, the BBC Blinkbox, Channel 4 television, Skype and Yahoo have all benefited from net neutrality. Nevertheless the points raised are ones that do need to be answered by supporters of Internet traffic discrimination. In the executive summary, the report, produced by Plum Consulting, outlines what it sees as the principles governing the open Internet. The report suggests there is a sort of virtuous circle where consumer demand for Internet access drives investment in enhanced networks, that in turn allows growth in Internet-based applications, which consumers want and therefore drives their demand for access, and so on. "The open Internet has allowed start-ups such as Skype, Yahoo!, Spotify, YouTube, Google and Facebook to scale globally," the report says."

Submission + - Graphene creates electricity when struck by light (

MrSeb writes: "Oh graphene! The cheap, easy-to-manufacture one-atom-thick sheet of carbon can add yet another weird, fantastical, and possibly life-changing ability to its list of characteristics: it has an incredibly sensitive thermoelectric response to light. In layman’s terms: graphene, when struck by light of almost any wavelength, can produce an electric current. Discovered by MIT and Japanese researchers, this effect (hot carrier response) works at room temperature, with a wide range of light spectra, and at low intensities, which means it could replace photovoltaic solar panels, photodetectors in astronomy and photography, and even some medical applications (searching for disease and toxin)."

Comment Re:The cause is fear and.. (Score 1) 495

I can see why this is happening. America used to have quite a bit of manufacturing, shops that employed people on living wages etc. Technical workers that worked in country, and spent their money locally. That money flowed round and encouraged other shops and enterprise. Shops that sold stuff made in the US. It also did fair trade in export and import.

That's all gone now. All the US has is "IP" and "Media" aka ideas, films and music, nothing you can touch. There is now really no manufacturing to employee people - Gone abroad. IT Jobs = Cheaper in India. Local workers? almost slave wages in Wallyworld or Starbucks. Exports of any physical goods is nowhere near what it used to be. Just about everything manufactured comes from China.

Now all shops sell crap mostly made abroad, competing in a race to the bottom to try and squeeze the ever reducing money in pocket from shoppers. Those same shoppers that used to have a job, and pay taxes, but since their job was shipped abroad as it was $8,000 a year cheaper.

If they loose this revenue stream, its over. They have to protect this last thing they have that other people and countries will buy. There is nothing left to make in the US.......

I like what your saying. It seems almost prophetic in it's insightfulness. Quite scary, in fact. What I find hard to believe though is that the U.S. won't survive. I think its more dynamic and creative than that. It's still a cultural centre. too, which has lasting value. What does England do? They sell the Queen. There will always be an American cultural product to sell. Nobody else can do "Forrest Gump". Who controls it will be the big difference.

Comment Re:Was it legal? (Score 1) 495

Tennessee Makes it Illegal To Share Your Netflix Password

So it was legal before...

was pushed by recording industry officials to try to stop the loss of billions of dollars to illegal music sharing


Well the Tennessee legislature didn't just come up with the story on their own, did they? Who put the idea in their heads? Connect the dots 1..2..3. How many players are there in this game?

Comment Re:What? Licenses and TOS agreements not enough? (Score 1) 495

If they can criminalize it suddenly state enforcement agencies are burdened with detecting the crime, and state legal agencies are burdened with prosecuting it.

...And it will be a burden they cannot ignore. Once it's law, its their job to pursue it, and they will. All for what? A cultural icon? A favourite movie? A borrowed mp3 player? We won't have enough prisons to hold them all. It's cultural brutality, plain and simple.

Comment Re:What? Licenses and TOS agreements not enough? (Score 1) 495

This should never be more than a civil issue. That's my first point of agreement. I recall when the music industry had just begun to 'cannabilise' it's market. I used to pass it off as something that would lose steam, but it's march is relentless it seems. I now reflect and think about the money these content holders have used to hoard culture icons, then dish them out at whim. It is huge, I am sure. They want a return on that investment. The issue now is that we all share our content freely amongst each other. We swap photos and videos, animation, stories, movies, letters, Mom singing in the shower, whatever. We share it all. For free. Everyone is their own production house. In this new era, who are these archaic gateways of culture? They are just another producer of content. A dime a dozen, these days. The content they hold only has a relevance for a short time, before this new free culture overwhelms them. They need to learn how to be content sharers, not content sellers. I think they want to screw everyone for what they can get before they become irrelevant. Why not put some in jail? At least they got some money. Heartless! Keep the rest of them scared? Fearmongering. Enough said. Internet neutrality is another issue I would talk about in relation to a free internet, we can't have these new corporations controlling and even stifling our internet creativity. It's important that we control the medium, not merchants. We can't have another set of cultural gatekeepers.

Comment Re:I closed my dropbox account. (Score 1) 265

Actually if you get a referral from a current user of Wuala you get an extra 1GB for free. The trading of space is an innovative feature for two reasons. 1. It uses distributed storage 2. You can get more online space for free Do you share bandwidth when you use a torrent? It's the same concept. I can say from personal experience that the bandwidth used is minimal.

Comment Re:I closed my dropbox account. (Score 1) 265

I closed my dropbox account for two reasons, firstly their admission as to who had access to my data and then they made alterations to my /etc/fstab, during an update

How is that even possible when it doesn't run as root?

Please refer to this Dropbox forum thread, regarding alterations made to /etc/fstab

Comment I closed my dropbox account. (Score 2) 265

I closed my dropbox account for two reasons, firstly their admission as to who had access to my data and then they made alterations to my /etc/fstab, during an update, without any significant notice to me that they had done so. At the time I considered this extremely rude behaviour on the part of the company. I am glad they are getting some bad press, as there are much better alternatives out there that could do with some business. Wuala, for example, is the alternative I chose. It encrypts everything on the client side before its uploaded. I don't think it's acceptable for dropbox to lie about security of my data, nor is it acceptable for them to make alterations to my configuration files without first asking me.

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