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MIT: UN Underestimates Ice Thinning
Daily Beast
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology attacked the United Nations' most recent global climate report, saying that it substantially underestimated the severity of the melting of the Arctic sea ice. MIT's research team said the ...
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Submission + - Father of CD's, Norio Ohga dies at 81 (time.com)

kaptink writes: Former Sony president and chairman Norio Ohga, credited with expanding the company from electronics hardware to software and entertainment and developing the compact disc, died Saturday at age 81. Ohga, who led the company from 1982 to 1995, died of multiple organ failure in Tokyo, Sony said.

Submission + - EC2 outage shows how much the Net relies on Amazon

An anonymous reader writes: Much has been written about the recent EC2/EBS outage but Keir Thomas at PC World has a different take: it's shown how much cutting-edge Internet infrastructure relies on Amazon, and we should be grateful. FTA: "Amazon is a personification of the spirit of the Internet, which is one of true democracy, access to the means of distribution, and rapid evolution."

Submission + - Stop being duped by the 3D scam (techrepublic.com)

Phoghat writes: "The entertainment and electronics industries keep trying to push 3D on consumers, even though a lot of smart people have caught on to the fact that it is a scam and not innovation as the industry would like you to believe."

Submission + - Does installing software make you vulnerable? 1

An anonymous reader writes: I haven't given this subject much thought, and now that I think about it, I imagine that the average user doesn't think of it at all. But when one installs software on their system, are they inherently trusting the maker of the installer to not subvert them in, well, any way? On a Mac, many installers ask for an admin password, and this is the equivalent of giving the installer root. On Windows, software appears to be able to install without any authentication? Really? On linux, if you're installing open source software, you can say that you know what's in the installer: but not really. That's only true if you have compiled it yourself. What is the need for installers, and why do OS vendors not do more to protect users? I don't think I should even trust companies like Adobe to respect my privacy, let alone some random guy who made a cool little utility.
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Submission + - 100,000 P2P Users Sued in US Mass Lawsuits (torrentfreak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The avalanche of copyright infringement lawsuits in the United States, mainly against BitTorrent users, are about to hit a dubious milestone. In total 99,924 defendants have been sued in the last 12 months, and new cases are being filed at a rapid rate. Adult companies in particular have embraced the profitable pay-up-or-else scheme where tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

Journal Journal: A facebook "Like" button that respects privacy 9

The current dynamic Facebook "Like" button doesn't conform to Canadian privacy laws, since users who access any site with that button automatically ping Facebook servers, and Facebook tracks their viewing the site - even if they're not currently logged into Facebook - via their Facebook user cookies.


Submission + - The Apple Broadcast Network

Hodejo1 writes: In 1959 5,749,000 television sets were sold in the US, bringing the cumulative total of sets sold since 1950 to 63,542,128 units. This number supported, through advertising, three national television networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS (a fourth, Dumont, folded in 1956) and numerous local independent stations. Now here are another set of numbers. As of April this year Apple sold 75 million iPhone and iPod touch units, devices capable of delivering video via Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Add to that figure 2 million iPads and counting. By the end of the year Apple should have about 90 million smart mobile devices in the wild. That makes a proprietary amalgam greater than what the TV networks had in 1959 and one that easily serves as a foundation for a pending broadcast network that will be delivered not through tall radio towers, but through small wireless hubs and the Internet. Call it the Apple Broadcast Network. iAd is how Apple plans to pay for it.

Submission + - NHTSA Closes Database Barn Door, Hides Evidence (thetruthaboutcars.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Thetruthaboutcars.com reports: NHTSA switches off access to all documents in their complaints database, following a report that "names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses, VINs, and drivers license numbers" are contained in these documents. In a Youtube video, it was said:"NHTSA appears to be a source for identity theft." Closure follows allegations that database violates Privacy Act of 1974

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