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Piracy

UK ISPs To Pay 25% of Copyright Enforcement Costs 255

Andorin writes "The UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has released a report (PDF) related to the new Digital Economy Act. The debate between copyright holders and ISPs about who should front the costs for the enforcement of the Act's anti-piracy provisions has come to a close: Rights holders will pay 75% of the copyright enforcement costs, with the remaining 25% of the bill going to ISPs (and therefore their customers). Says the Minister for Communications, Ed Vaizey: 'Protecting our valuable creative industries, which have already suffered significant losses as a result of people sharing digital content without paying for it, is at the heart of these measures... We expect the measures will benefit our creative economy by some £200m per year and as rights holders are the main beneficiaries of the system, we believe our decision on costs is proportionate to everyone involved.' Not surprisingly, some ISPs and consumer groups are up in arms about the decision, with one ISP calling it a government subsidy of the entertainment industries."
Portables

Apple Hints At Future Liquid-Cooled Laptops 200

Lumenary7204 writes "According to the Register, Apple recently received US Patent Application No. 20080291629 for a 'liquid-cooled portable computer.' The filing describes a system where a 'pump ... coupled to the heat pipe is configured to circulate the liquid coolant through the heat pipe.' All claims of obviousness aside (after all, PC enthusiasts have been using liquid and phase-change cooling for years), the existence of the patent application seems to indicate that laptop manufacturers are in agreement with physicists and engineers who say we are running up against the practical limits of air-cooling such compact pieces of equipment."
Games

Valve's Gabe Newell On DRM 241

Ars Technica is running a story about recent comments by Valve's Gabe Newell in which he bluntly stated, "As far as DRM goes, most DRM strategies are just dumb. The goal should be to create greater value for customers through service value (make it easy for me to play my games whenever and wherever I want to), not by decreasing the value of a product (maybe I'll be able to play my game and maybe I won't)." Ars then points out a response by Microsoft's Games for Windows Community Manager Ryan Miller suggesting Rockstar Games' recent decision not to have install limits for the PC version of GTA IV made the use of SecuROM acceptable. GameSetWatch has a related piece discussing the difficulty in measuring piracy and enforcing infringement laws.
Biotech

Submission + - Brain grown in jar pilots F-22 sim (pantherhouse.com) 5

NJ Hewitt writes: "Florida scientists have grown a brain in a petri dish and taught it to pilot an F-22 jet simulator." The brain, with neurons connected to 60 electrodes, at first had no ability to pilot the fighter jet, but slowly learned and can now reliably navigate through even hurricane-force winds in the simulator.
Communications

Submission + - Government supported monopolies like AT&T chea (slashdot.org) 2

Narfwad writes: I just got cheated by AT&T for the third and last time. I made an international call and got charged $3.49 dollars a minute. Every one else does not charge near that much. Messaging cost 20 cents per message sent and 15 cents received regardless of weather or not it reaches the destination. It does not cost anywhere near that much to do something like this, but I got charged.

I got a tracfone and its messages are 6.33 cents per message and I am sure it could be done cheaper.

All the phone monopolies make plans with hidden fees and ensure no one plan fit everything you need to charge you more when you do something not in the plan. Anything other than full disclosure of all cost that may be incurred in a purchase is not capitalistic.

The FCC sells off bandwidth to a select few companies when there is absolutely no need for it since radio broadcast can be setup like a network. That would alleviate congestion as well because multiple digital devices can transmit in the same frequency. Making radio broadcast like the internet will also allow individuals to produce alternatives.

One thing that could happen to make things affordable is an individual can make a broadcast tower hooked to the internet with a VOIP to transfer all calls from the internet to the tower to a portable device.

It seems to me that instead of the government making rules to rule the individuals that they should concentrate on their only real job protecting individuals. Business has no right to control government and government has no right to control business. I think that business should not be spending company money to enact government laws. If individuals who run the business donate from their own pocket then that is fine, but otherwise it is just wrong.

What say you?

Programming

Submission + - An open source project for a beginner java coder?

An anonymous reader writes: My wife has a degree in CS, and she would like to start as a Java developer. Her current employer doesn't have any Java projects to join, so she is learning Java in her free time. Obviously, it would be easier for her to get a job with some hands-on Java experience, but hard to get any experience unless she has a job. To break this vicious circle, she's looking for an open-source project that she can join and devote a couple of hours each day.

Anybody can recommend an open-source Java project that is small enough, clear enough and well-documented enough so that a beginner developer can join and contribute?
Microsoft

Submission + - MS vs Gmail smackdown?

bogl writes: "Am I the only Slashdotter consistently getting my Gmail bounced back by "Windows Live Hotmail"? The bounce reads: "PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 12): 550 SC-004 Mail rejected by Windows Live Hotmail for policy reasons. A block has been placed against your IP address because we have received complaints concerning mail coming from that IP address." Is Gmail a haven for spammers now? Is Microsoft flexing its muscles against Google dominance? Or can we simply not rely on email being delivered any more, and need to friend our FaceSpace pokes, or whatever it is the young people do these days?"
The Internet

Submission + - Congress Passes SAFE Act, Burdens Public Networks

sqrt(2) writes: "As reported by Techdirt on the recently passed SAFE Act, "So what's so awful about the law? Well, like most "protect the children" legislation, it goes way overboard in terms of what people are expected to do, and like most legislation having to do with technology, seems utterly clueless about how technology works. The bill would require anyone providing an "electronic communication service" or a "remote computing service" to record and report information any time they "learn" that their network was used for certain broadly defined illegal activities concerning obscene images. That's double trouble, as both the illegal activities and the classification of who counts as a service provider are so broadly defined.""
United States

Journal Journal: Government supported monopolies like AT&T cheat customers

I just got cheated by AT&T for the third and last time. I made an international call and got charged $3.49 dollars a minute. Every one else does not charge near that much. Messaging cost 20 cents per message sent and 15 cents received regardless of weather or not it reaches the destination. It does not cost anywhere near that much to do something like this, but I got charged.

I got a tracfone and its messages are 6.33 cents per message and I am sure it could be done cheaper.

Feed Engadget: Postal Service to Netflix: redesign your mailers or face fees (engadget.com)

Filed under: Home Entertainment

You know those handy mailers that you've been sending back to Netflix for ages as you eagerly await the next few flicks in your queue? Apparently, those buggers have cost the US Postal Service a staggering $41.9 million in additional labor costs over the past two years due to their "nonmachinable nature," and if things aren't changed, it could cost 'em another $61.5 million over the next couple years. In a letter from the Inspector General's office, Netflix is being, um, asked to rework its mailers or face a $0.17 surcharge per envelope, and if such a fee was tacked on, it would reportedly decrease the outfit's monthly operating income per paying subscriber by a whopping 67-percent. Not surprisingly, it sounds as if Netflix will bite the bullet and redesign the problematic mailer if the USPS is serious about the charges, so feel free to keep an eye out for a design change in the not-too-distant future.

[Via TechDirt, image courtesy of ABC]

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Read - Inspector General's letter [PDF]

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The Internet

Submission + - Canadian DMCA Won't Include Consumer Rights 1

An anonymous reader writes: As protests mount over the Canadian DMCA, law professor Michael Geist is now reporting that the government plans to delay addressing fair use and consumer copyright concerns such as the blank media tax for years. While the U.S. copyright lobby get their DMCA, consumers will get a panel to eventually consider possible changes to the law. Many Canadians are responding today with a mass phone-in to Industry Minister Jim Prentice to protest the policy plans.

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