Archive for 2011/08/09
On her mission to offer as many digital books as possible, Google closed a perhaps historic deal with France publisher Hachette Livre this weekPosted: 2011/08/09 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models
allegedly using KISSmetrics’ analytics to track visitors
Riots are about power, and they are about catharsis. They are not about poor parenting, or youth services being cut, or any of the other snap explanations that media pundits have been trotting out: structural inequalities, as a friend of mine remarked today, are not solved by a few pool tablesPosted: 2011/08/09 in Education / Awareness
Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office only aiming for probation sentences for hackers who penetrated systems of large number of universities in US and Western EuropePosted: 2011/08/09 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement
Verizon today began blocking customers from tethering their data through jailbroken apps, following in AT&T’s footsteps as the company fights to stay on top of the U.S. wireless marketPosted: 2011/08/09 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, New Business Models
Researchers from Taiwan have developed an eco-friendly type of electronic paper. The rewritable i2R e-paper uses heat to store images, isn’t backlit and does not consume electricityPosted: 2011/08/09 in Education / Awareness, Tech Evolution
Everyone knows that CDs are the reason albums leak online—the process of stamping and shipping out the discs provides an ocean of time for unscrupulous employees to pilfer and rip unreleased musicPosted: 2011/08/09 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
So screw discs, said Ye and Jay. Eschewing CDs for AACs might have angered the retail establishment, but it guaranteed their full control over the music. Nobody had access to those files but them, and because they recorded the entire thing together in person, no verses or beats were ever exchanged via email, making hacking or any other online interception out of the question.
At last, scientists have discovered evidence that supports the theory that part of our DNA actually comes from deep spacePosted: 2011/08/09 in Education / Awareness
The team found adenine and guanine in samples extracted from from twelve carbon-rich meteorite. These are two of the nucleobases of Deoxyribonucleic acid. The other two are cytosine and thymine. Together, the four carry the encoding that makes possible life on Earth—and possibly other places around the Universe.
A 16-year-old’s been arrested in Glasgow, Scotland, for attempting to kickstart a riot via Facebook, to match England’s riotsPosted: 2011/08/09 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
Prisoners could escape from their jails, if hackers decided to lend a hand and hack into the prison’s security systemsPosted: 2011/08/09 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness
Entanet’s Head of Marketing, Darren Farnden: “With the recent news of BT being forced by the High Court to block Newzbin2, we envisage many rights holders following suit. That is, of course, if they have the time, money and patience to take it this far. This is why this solution on its own is unworkable.”Posted: 2011/08/09 in Blocking, Education / Awareness
Tired of paying $20 a month for 100 GB of online Dropbox storage? Now you can get 100GB free with no download speed limits and exceptional security and reliabilityPosted: 2011/08/09 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, The Cloud
The rental company GameFly says users will be able to download and play as many Windows or Mac games as they wantPosted: 2011/08/09 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
New York has “expanded” its anti-bootlegging law to now include other forms of storage, including hard drives, flash drives and memory cardsPosted: 2011/08/09 in Education / Awareness, Legislation
A hacking group claims to have broken into two email accounts maintained by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right extremist who killed more than 70 people in attacks that shocked the world last monthPosted: 2011/08/09 in Education / Awareness
The government of Indonesia is tackling the issue from two directions. Alongside an announcement confirming that ISP blocks will be put in place against some of the most popular file-hosting services, record labels are also being told they need to reduce prices in order to deter piracyPosted: 2011/08/09 in Blocking, New Business Models, Public Policy
Parts of the report produced by OFCOM were censored by the UK government but those restrictions, ironically, were easily bypassed. The net result is that the uncensored report provides a pretty decent guide on how Internet users are expected to bypass future website blocks and how ‘pirate’ site operators will attempt to help them. We offer a summary belowPosted: 2011/08/09 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Public Policy, Tech Evolution
Measures Users Can Take To Bypass Website Blocking Measures
Measures Site Operators Can Take To Bypass Bans
Blocking techniques and OFCOM’s assessment of how difficult they are to circumvent
In one photograph that was circulated widely on Twitter, a youth can be seen posing brazenly with a large number of items including computer games, cosmetics and electrical goodsPosted: 2011/08/09 in Education / Awareness
Another photograph, which was also circulated on the Twitter site, showed a room almost full to the ceiling of shoe boxes.
The Twitter user who discovered the image and posted it on the internet, wrote: “These looters went hard! Loot hard or go yard!”
Blast from the past
In 2009 Dutch police arrested 140 youngsters age 12 to 17 who had been going on a shoplifting spree. Shops in the city center of Groningen were targeted. Their motives: “just to belong to the group” and “it increases my social status”.
Dutch language news article: