Archive for 2011/08/24
Britain could have invented the iPod – if it wasn’t for a copyright law that everyone ignores. So says the UK government in a remarkable economic justification of the so-called “Google Review” – There are several flaws to this claimPosted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
One is that UK courts have expressly set the precedent that format-shifting machines do not infringe.
The second flaw is that British technology companies have come close to launching iPods, and were deterred not by obscure copyright provision, but by something much more familiar to British entrepreneurs.
A third assumption is that the legal status of the exemption has a bearing on consumer behaviour. But as we’ve seen, no attempt has ever been made to prosecute anyone for home-taping a radio broadcast, making a tape of a CD, or shifting a ripped CD to an iPod.
And finally, the IPO assumes that UK consumer electronics companies would gain all the “benefits”: not Apple, Toshiba or Panasonic. That would be nice. But British consumer electronics companies don’t just pop out of the ether overnight, and if they were to, it would be not be thanks to obscure copyright exemptions.
In his report, Hargreaves called for more reliable empirical economic evidence. This certainly isn’t it. It’s an insult to the intelligence.
Hundreds, possibly thousands of celebrities have had their names permanently banned from the new .xxx adults-only internet domainPosted: 2011/08/24 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement
El Reg can reveal that everyone from Justin Bieber to Piers Morgan has had their .xxx address placed into a permanent “reserved” status by the registry manager, ICM Registry.
It has also created a new anti-cybersquatting policy, the Rapid Evaluation Service, that promises to turn off obviously infringing domain names in as little as three days after a complaint is made.
China bought more PCs than the US in the second quarter this year, making it the largest computer market in the world for the first timePosted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Has comScore developed highly intrusive and robust data collection software known by such names as RelevantKnowledge, OpinionSpy, Premier Opinion, OpinionSquare, PermissionResearch, and MarketScore… to surreptitiously siphon exorbitant amounts of sensitive and personal data from consumers’ computers?Posted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness, Litigation, Privacy / Data Protection
“Through subsidiaries bearing innocuous names, comScore uses deceitful tactics to disseminate its software and thereby gain constant monitoring access to millions of hapless consumers’ computers and networks.”
At DefCon 19 this year, plenty of the nearly 12,000 attendees had gray hair, most work as security professionals, and some even brought their children – When hackers become The ManPosted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness
In the early years, DefCon founder Jeff Moss used to say “if you’re 20 and you’re working for The Man, you’re a loser,” Richard Thieme, author of “Mind Games” and a professional speaker, recounted in his DefCon talk this year and in an interview with CNET afterward. “Ten years ago, Moss said ‘if you’re 30 and you’re not working for The Man, you’re a loser.’ And now he agreed that at 40 he is The Man.’”
Moss, aka “Dark Tangent,” started DefCon in 1993 as a farewell party to a buddy, only to have it become the world’s largest hacker conference. He sold off the more commercial Black Hat security conference, which frees him up for public service–he serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council and was named the chief security officer for the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) earlier this year.
According to Chief Technology Officer Matt McRae, Vizio’s tablet has become “one of the first Android-powered tablets to support Hulu Plus.”Posted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
Behold the Advanced Light Source: an X-Ray generating system one billion times brighter than the sunPosted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness
A Man Found a Mysterious, Possibly Mafia-Connected Safe Inside a Casino Wall and Plans to Open It Live on the InternetPosted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness
Government regulators will announce later today that they’ve reached a settlement for Google’s showing ads for companies that sell illegal drugsPosted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness, Google, Online advertising, Public Policy
$500 million for purported illegal advertising practices. And, this time, it may not be Google fault.
DNS hoster Dynadot has received a Patriot Act request by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to produce information held about WIkileaks founder Julian Assange, in a fully-fledged “espionage case”Posted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy
The iPad and AirPlay are being credited for reversing a decline in iTunes’ online movie share by getting more people experimenting with mediaPosted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports
Reuters reported that Renren one of China’s dominant social networks, signed an agreement with Microsoft’s MSN messenger to co-operatePosted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
According to the August 2011 Symantec Intelligence Report, during the month the global ratio of spam in email traffic declined to 75.9 per cent (one in 1.32 emails was marked as spam)Posted: 2011/08/24 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Stats / reports
Dutch Judge bans sales of Galaxy S-, S II- and Ace-smartphones by Samsung, starting 13th October. Galaxy Tab 10.1 off the hookPosted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness, Jurisprudence
Says Samsung is infringing on Apple’s patent
Dutch language article:
The new inquiry would, “establish the arguments for and against network-level filtering of content that would require an 18 rating in other forms of media” (e.g. pornography and other violent material).
The inquiry will include approximately 60 MPs and gather feedback from ISPs as well as parents and many others. A final report is expected in November 2011.
A 15 year-old schoolboy with a taste for BitTorrent went to trial yesterday after downloading and sharing 24 Hollywood moviesPosted: 2011/08/24 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Litigation
5 Dutch wizardforum hackers who hacked into 14 university networks in the US and a large number of university networks in Western Europe, causing at least 100,000 USD in damages, receive probation sentencesPosted: 2011/08/24 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence
According to the public prosecutors office the group related to wizardforum.nl were deploying their criminal activities for at least three years, compromising the networks of – for example – the University of Michigan, the University of Kaiserslautern and university networks in The Netherlands and Russia.
They now risk 3 months in prison if they ever do it again.
Although the judge did believe that they were all part of a criminal organization, he appreciated the fact that they had not stolen or published private data or personal details and that they did not make any money off of their ventures.
They were only using the university networks to upload and download large quantities of illegally copied movies, music and software.
Dutch language news articles:
Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office only aiming for probation sentences for hackers who penetrated systems of large number of universities in US and Western Europe
Dutch collecting society BUMA/STEMRA has changed its podcast policies. Broadcasters now need to pay per download, not per podcastPosted: 2011/08/24 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
Costs for radio broadcasting stations suddenly up to 100 times higher. Radio station Radio 538 has declared war on BUMA/STEMRA and has labeled them a mafia type of organization. BUMA/STEMRA claims that podcasts have come to replace radio broadcasts.
Dutch language news article:
When you have a debt problem, you can’t fix it with more debt, which is what the central banks tried to do. It works temporarily because it restores investor confidence, but it doesn’t address the fundamental issues in financial markets. It becomes a giant Ponzi scheme where we need more and more money from central banks to keep [economies] going.
If John Sununu and Harold Ford Jr. really believe that Netflix is getting a “free ride” with its bandwidth and this is somehow socially irresponsible and unfair, will they agree to pay Netflix’s broadband bills for the rest of this year?Posted: 2011/08/24 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness
The app is totally well-intentioned. It’s supposed to give residents a sense of security—and also a heads up—about when there’s a crime being committed in the area, and how the police are responding. But come on, people!