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Submission + - Pirate movie bootlegger gets 24 months probation

Solandri writes: Ricardo Taylor, a former supervisor at the U.S. Department of Labor ran a bootleg DVD operation for 7 years, copying DVDs and selling them to other employees via the Department's internal email system. You know — exactly the sort of thing our draconian Copyright fines were meant to prevent. He made more than $19,000 from these pirated movie sales in 2013 alone. His punishment? 24 months probation. So apparently, using the Internet to share Copyrighted materials at no personal profit is a more serious crime than selling Copyrighted works for profit on physical media. More details on this site with auto-playing video.

Submission + - General Motors: Driverless cars ready by 2018

Gregor Stipicic writes: " Cars that drive themselves — even parking at their destination — could be ready for sale within a decade, General Motors Corp. executives say. "This is not science fiction," Larry Burns, GM's vice president for research and development, said in a recent interview. GM plans to use an inexpensive computer chip and an antenna to link vehicles equipped with driverless technologies. The first use likely would be on highways; people would have the option to choose a driverless mode while they still would control the vehicle on local streets, Burns said. He said the company plans to test driverless car technology by 2015 and have cars on the road around 2018. "

Submission + - alternative to spying

carp3_noct3m writes: (please don't go to, its pr0n) Offers a good alternative to and their lack of privacy. from "The London-based watchdog Privacy International ranked Google as "hostile to privacy" in its survey of internet firms, its lowest rating. Rivals Yahoo and Microsoft also fared poorly." "Google, the industry leader, stores personal information for 18 months, as does Microsoft's search engine. Yahoo and Time Warner's AOL retain search requests for 13 months." So, if you're like me and have been looking for a Google alternative, this may be it, at least until its shutdown.

Submission + - NIH Research To Go Public 1

shofutex writes: According to the Washington Post, the omnibus spending bill recently passed includes provisions to make NIH-funded research publicly available.

Under the bill's terms, scientists getting grant money from the National Institutes of Health would now have to submit to the NIH a final copy of their research papers when those papers are accepted for publication in a journal. An NIH database would then post those papers, free to the public, within 12 months after publication.

Submission + - Active glacier found on Mars ( 1

FireFury03 writes: "The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has spotted an icy feature which appears to be a young active glacier. Dr Gerhard Neukum (what a cool name :), chief scientist on the spacecraft's High Resolution Stereo Camera said "We have not yet been able to see the spectral signature of water. But we will fly over it in the coming months and take measurements. On the glacial ridges we can see white tips, which can only be freshly exposed ice". Estimates place the glacier at 10,000 — 100,000 years old."

Submission + - Gravity Defying Carpet very much possible ( 2

SK writes: "A flying carpet, just like the one in Walt Disney's creation 'The Arabian Nights' may soon be a reality. Laminarayan Mahadevan along with his colleagues at Harvard studied the aerodynamics of a flexible, rippling sheet moving through a fluid. Based on their study, the researchers came to the conclusion that making a carpet that would stay aloft in air may be possible. Mahadevan says that to stay afloat in air, a sheet measuring about 10 centimetres long and 0.1 millimetres thick would need to vibrate at about 10 hertz with amplitude of about 0.25 millimetres."

Submission + - China behind daily internet attacks on Germany

Stony Stevenson writes: China is conducting almost daily spying attacks on businesses and government agencies in Germany, according to one of the country's intelligence officers. Hans Elmar Remberg, vice president of the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution, told a Berlin conference on industrial espionage that his country was involved in "the Chinese cyber war".

"In our view, state Chinese interests stand behind these digital attacks," he said. "Supporting this view is the intensity, structure and scope of the attacks, and above all the targets, which include authorities and companies." Remberg's comments follow a recent spate of government statements that China is using hacking to gain information.

Submission + - Japan Asks US Government to Stop Anime on P2P

SailorSpork writes: The Japanese government has formally asked the American government for their help in stopping the distribution of fan-subtitled anime, specifically via P2P networks like Bittorrent and video sharing sites such as YouTube. The full document (in Japanese) is available here, a Google translation of an article on a Japanese website summarizing the request is available here, and a short article is available in english here. In a nutshell, the Japanese government blames rampant filesharing with the recent decline of the industry both at home and abroad. While individual companies have made similar, targeted requests before to stop a few specific projects, this is the first time the Japanese government has asked for help in enforcing its international copyrights across the board.
Ironically, Geneon Entertainment, an anime distributor that had an agreement with Azureus to digitally distribute its titles via Bittorrent, has recently withdrawn from the American market.

Submission + - Attack of the PDFs (

retwit it writes: "Less than 24 hours after Adobe shipped a fix for a gaping hole affecting its Reader and Acrobat software, PDF files rigged with malware are beginning to land in e-mail inboxes. The attack, which includes two rootkits to hijack financial data, is exploiting the "mailto: option" vulnerability previously covered by Slashdot here. Symantec has tagged the threat as Trojan.Pidief.A, a malware file that's being used to lower security settings and download more malicious executables on to the compromised computer."
The Internet

Submission + - Unibet CEO Detained by Dutch Authorities (

mpawlo writes: "Mr Petter Nylander, CEO of Swedish online gaming company Unibet, was yesterday detained by Dutch authorities, using a European arrest warrant issued by French authorities. Unibet is considered (by French authorities) to be in violation of French gaming laws. However, the European Court of Justice recently ruled that betting services are to be considered under the EU Treaty, hence Unibet's French operations should be deemed legal under EU law. No relevant Swedish official has yet commented on the issue. Mr Nylander is reportedly still held, awaiting questioning Wednesday morning."
The Courts

Submission + - DHS to require government permission before flying (

destinyland writes: "The Department of Homeland Security quietly moves closer to an invasive "Secure Flights" proposal that requires government-issued credentials for all air travellers — and government permission for each flight! International "Advance Passenger Information System" rules were published Monday (effective February of 2008), making the U.S. version much more likely to pass. The proposed rules also let airlines retain the information obtained, even after it's been passed it on to the government. "The Identity Group" discovered that the U.S. government's travel dossier records include everything — the books travelers were carrying, the phone numbers of their friends, and even whether they asked for one bed or two in their hotel room."

Submission + - Music File-Sharing Site OiNK Shut Down

An anonymous reader writes: Forbes is reporting that fle-sharing Web site, described by the IFPI as the world's biggest source of pirated pre-release albums, now displays the following message: "This site has been closed as a result of a criminal investigation by IFPI [International Federation of the Phonographic Industry], BPI [British Phonographic Industry], Cleveland [U.K.] police and the Fiscal Investigation Unit of the Dutch police, into suspected illegal music distribution. A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users." The site had been the subject of a two-year investigation overseen by Interpol and known as "Operation Ark Royal." According to police, OiNK provided illegal downloads of pre-release music and media to its members, who'd joined the site on an invite-only basis and were asked to contribute donations via debit or credit card. That money, believed to be in the region of hundreds of thousands of pounds, is being tracked down by the IFPI and the BPI.

Submission + - The Road to Mac OS X Leopard

aXUL writes: AppleInsider is printing a new series on the arrival of Mac OS X Leopard, with extensive historical stories behind some of the "300 new features." Articles give examples of other systems that delivered similar features, or acted as ancestors in an illustrated genealogy of tech history that features Apple, NeXT, BSD, Windows, Be, the Amiga, and DOS. Previous articles have covered Finder 10.5, Dock 1.6, Spaces, Time Machine, Mail 3.0, iChat 4.0, iCal 3.0, Safari 3.0, Dashboard, Spotlight and the Desktop, and most recently, an extensive history of Unix servers, and an article today covering directory services, parental controls, and managed preferences/group policy. Required reading for nostalgic nerds!
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Black Monday: Twenty Years Ago Today (

The Living Fractal writes: "On October 19th, 1987, the world stock markets endured a drop so large that it would eventually be known as Black Monday. Today is not Monday, though there is certainly a similarity between what happened today in the US stock markets and what happened on the Friday before Black Monday back in 1987. Can we expect that the same thing that happened twenty years ago happens again at the open of the markets on Monday? What are the causes of this potential recession, and what, if any, is the light at the end of the tunnel?"

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