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Appeals Court Upholds Sanction Against BitTorrent Download Attorney

July 12th, 2012 07:06 admin View Comments

Piracy

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes “The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has upheld sanctions awarded by a District Court against one of the lawyers bringing copyright infringement cases against individuals for BitTorrent movie downloads, in Mick Haig Productions v. Does 1-670. The Court’s opinion (PDF) described the lawyer’s “strategy” as “suing anonymous internet users for allegedly downloading pornography illegally using the powers of the court to find their identity, then shaming or intimidating them into settling for thousands of dollars — a tactic that he has employed all across the state and that has been replicated by others across the country”.”

Source: Appeals Court Upholds Sanction Against BitTorrent Download Attorney

US Appeals Court Says Bank Liable For Losses From Poor Online Security

July 7th, 2012 07:24 admin View Comments

Crime

An anonymous reader writes with this extract: “Threatpost reports that a judge on the United States Court of Appeals this week ruled that People’s United Bank’s processes and systems for protecting customer accounts from fraud were not “commercially reasonable.” The ruling in People’s United Bank (formerly Ocean Bank of Maine) versus Patco Construction Company reverses a lower court’s ruling in a case that stems from six allegedly fraudulent transactions that occurred over the period of a week in May, 2009 and drained close to $589,000 dollars from Patco’s accounts. Patco alleged that People’s United Bank did an inadequate job of protecting them against fraud, ignoring repeated ‘high risk’ warnings from the bank’s fraud detection system. Now the Appeals Court appears to agree. The ruling could have broad implications in the U.S., where businesses that are the victim of account takeovers and fraudulent transactions are suing banks to recover lost funds.”

Source: US Appeals Court Says Bank Liable For Losses From Poor Online Security

Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California

April 24th, 2012 04:14 admin View Comments

Medicine

New submitter wave9x writes “The United States Department of Agriculture confirmed today that the nation’s fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, sometimes referred to as ‘mad cow disease’ was found in a dairy cow in California. The animal has been euthanized and the carcass is being being held under State authority at a rendering facility in California and will be destroyed.”

Source: Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California

Publicly Available Russian Election Results Hint At Fraud

December 13th, 2011 12:20 admin View Comments

Government

gotfork writes “As some Russians protest the results of the recent election, several commentators (Russian), have started looking at the results which are posted to the election commission web site and there’s very strong evidence of fraud. Voter turnout correlates strongly with percent voting for the ruling party, United Russia, and there are a lot of polling stations with nearly 100% turnout and 100% voting for United Russia in some unusual places. The raw data is posted so you can do your own analysis.”

Source: Publicly Available Russian Election Results Hint At Fraud

Russian Websites Critical of Elections Targeted In DDoS Attack

December 4th, 2011 12:31 admin View Comments

Government

theshowmecanuck submits this news from Russia, where “Websites which exposed violations in Russia’s parliamentary elections were inaccessible Sunday in a hacking attack they said was aimed at preventing them revealing the extent of election day fraud.” Further, says the linked article, “Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose United Russia party is expected to win Sunday’s polls but with a reduced majority, has denounced non-governmental organisations like Golos, comparing them to the disciple Judas who betrayed Jesus. Russia has seen an upsurge in Internet penetration since the last elections in 2007, and analysts have said the explosion of critical material on the web poses one of the biggest challenges to United Russia’s grip on power.”

Source: Russian Websites Critical of Elections Targeted In DDoS Attack

Proposed Mercury Ban Threatens Vaccines

October 21st, 2011 10:55 admin View Comments

Medicine

T Murphy writes “Although in the draft stages, a treaty being pushed by the United Nations Environment Programme has a blanket ban on mercury. While the ban would stop the use of mercury in paints or pesticides, it currently has no exemptions to allow for other small uses, such as in thermisol, which is used as a preservative in vaccines. The next meeting to discuss this treaty will be at the end of October.”

Source: Proposed Mercury Ban Threatens Vaccines

USPS Losing Battle Against the E-mail Age

September 6th, 2011 09:14 admin View Comments

Communications

An anonymous reader writes “An article in the NY Times explains how the United States Postal Service is in dire financial straits, and will need emergency action from Congress to forestall a shutdown later this year. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said simply, ‘If Congress doesn’t act, we will default.’ Labor agreements prohibiting layoffs are preventing one avenue for reducing costs, and laws forbidding postage rates from surpassing inflation rates keep income down. On top of that, the proliferation of e-mail and online bill-paying services have contributed to a 22% reduction in snail-mail volume since 2006. They’re currently hoping for legislation that would relax their economic requirements and considering an end to Saturday delivery.”

Source: USPS Losing Battle Against the E-mail Age

United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation

August 24th, 2011 08:27 admin View Comments

Apple

bonch writes “Pilots of United and Continental will ditch flight manuals and charts in favor of 11,000 iPads containing the same data in app form. Replacing 38 pounds of paper materials, the iPads will run an app called Mobile FliteDeck from Jeppesen, a provider of software navigation tools. Alaska Airlines adopted iPads back in May. United estimates a savings of 326,000 gallons of fuel a year due to the lighter load.”

Source: United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation

United Airlines To Replace Pilot’s Flight Bag With iPads

August 23rd, 2011 08:36 admin View Comments

Delta Airlines using iPads

It looks like iPads are taking over the airlines.

Last week, we reported that Delta Airlines was testing iPads as electronic flight bags (EFBs), a device intended to replace the pilot’s flight bag, which includes documents like Aircraft Operating Manual, Flight Crew Operating Manual, and Navigational Charts that are bulky and heavy.

British Airways also announced that it is giving iPads to its cabin crew to improve customer service in the air. Now, United Airlines has announced that it is deploying over 11,000 iPads to all United and Continental pilots as EFBs to enhance efficiency, save fuel and improve safety.

United Airlines announced:

United Continental Holdings, Inc. today announced that it is converting to paperless flight decks and deploying 11,000 iPads to all United and Continental pilots. The electronic flight bags (EFB) replace paper flight manuals, and as a first for major network carriers, provide pilots with paperless aeronautical navigational charts through an iPad app. Distribution of iPads began earlier this month, and all pilots will have them by year end.

The iPads will come pre-installed with Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck app that is available for free in the App Store. It includes the following features according to the iTunes page:

• Data-driven and interactive enroute display • Display of your aircraft position on enroute display and airport diagrams • Standard airway manual text • Arrival, departure and approach procedures • Chart change notifications (terminal and enroute) • Full-color, high-quality, vector-based data with amazing details and zoom capabilities • Basic routing

United Airlines also goes on to add how it plans to save fuel and the environment by rolling out these iPad:

Each iPad, which weighs less than 1.5 pounds, will replace approximately 38 pounds of paper operating manuals, navigation charts, reference handbooks, flight checklists, logbooks and weather information in a pilot’s flight bag. A conventional flight bag full of paper materials contains an average of 12,000 sheets of paper per pilot. The green benefits of moving to EFBs are two-fold—it significantly reduces paper use and printing, and, in turn, reduces fuel consumption. The airline projects EFBs will save nearly 16 million sheets of paper a year which is equivalent to more than 1,900 trees not cut down. Saving 326,000 gallons of jet fuel a year reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 3,208 metric tons.

Let’s hope the airlines realise that it is fine to put the iPad or iPhone in flight mode during take off and landing, instead of insisting that we should turn them off.

[via United Airlines]

Source: United Airlines To Replace Pilot’s Flight Bag With iPads

UN Says Geo Data as Important as Roads or Telecom

July 28th, 2011 07:16 admin View Comments

The United Nations aims to take a leadership role in international geodata co-operation and infrastructure.

Last month the United Nations published a report calling Internet access essential to the exercise of human rights like freedom of expression. This week the global organization has said that geospatial data is “as important for countries as the building of roads and telecommunications networks.”

“Geospatial information has application in many fields,” the organization said in a release issued last night, “including humanitarian, peace and security, environmental and development challenges facing the world, such as climate change, natural disasters, pandemics, famines, population displacement and food and economic crises.”

In order to support the development of geospatial data systems throughout the world, the UN has voted to create a committee that will co-ordinate international collaboration and gather knowledge from geodata experts around the world, in order to “serve as the coordinating entity of the global geospatial information community.”

The UN produces its own geodata as well, mapping resources, roads and crises in regions where it does humanitarian aid, for example.

Will the new committee reach beyond the ESRI-loving traditional geodata world? Will its experts include agile, web-savvy, API- and mashup-loving, mobile mapping, open standards geo 2.0 people? For the sake of that data providing maximum value over the long run, we can hope so.

As the UN rightly recognizes, geodata offers substantial value as a development platform.

Source: UN Says Geo Data as Important as Roads or Telecom

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