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New Pirate Bay Proxies Spring Up

December 23rd, 2012 12:18 admin View Comments

Censorship

Techmeology writes “Just days after the UK Pirate Party was forced to kill its proxy service Pirate Parties in Argentina and Luxembourg have created their own proxies. In a statement, the Pirate Party in Argentina said: ‘We wish the UK Pirate Party best of luck in their continued fight for free access to culture and knowledge. We have put up our own Pirate Bay proxy which is accessible from anywhere in the world, including the UK and other places where it has been censored.’”

Source: New Pirate Bay Proxies Spring Up

BPI Threatens To Sue the UK Pirate Party Over Proxy

December 10th, 2012 12:43 admin View Comments

Piracy

Techmeology writes “The BPI has threatened to sue the Pirate Party for allowing people access to The Pirate Bay through its proxy service. The leader of the Pirate Party UK, Loz Kaye said his party would go to court over the issue. Kaye said that he was determined to defend his party’s principles even in the face of an expensive legal battle.”

Source: BPI Threatens To Sue the UK Pirate Party Over Proxy

Automated DMCA Takedown Notices Request Censorship of Legitimate Sites

October 7th, 2012 10:50 admin View Comments

AI

Techmeology writes “Microsoft has sent automated DMCA notices to Google demanding the removal of several legitimate URLs from its search results that Microsoft claims were facilitating the distribution of illegal copies of Windows 8, including links to BBC news articles, Wikipedia pages, U.S. government websites, and even Bing! The erroneous DMCA notices are being sent automatically by rights holders, who are increasingly using such techniques.”

Source: Automated DMCA Takedown Notices Request Censorship of Legitimate Sites

UK Ministers’ Private Communications Subject To Freedom of Information Act

September 30th, 2012 09:01 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

Techmeology writes “Emails and texts sent from UK ministers’ private accounts could be subject to the Freedom of Information Act, which means copies could be requested by members of the public. New guidelines to be released by the government say that the key factor is ‘the nature of the information and not the format.’ This development comes amid a two year dispute caused when a newspaper used the act to obtain and publish an email sent from the education minister’s private email address.”

Source: UK Ministers’ Private Communications Subject To Freedom of Information Act

Detailed Images Show Intra-Molecular Bonds

September 15th, 2012 09:40 admin View Comments

IBM

Techmeology writes “A team from IBM in Zurich has published images of molecules that are detailed enough to show the lengths of atomic bonds. ‘The IBM team’s innovation to create the first single molecule picture, of a molecule called pentacene, was to use the tip to pick up a single, small molecule made up of a carbon and an oxygen atom. This carbon monoxide molecule effectively acts as a record needle, probing with unprecedented accuracy the very surfaces of atoms. It is difficult to overstate what precision measurements these are. The experiments must be isolated from any kind of vibration coming from within the laboratory or even its surroundings. They are carried out at a scale so small that room temperature induces wigglings of the AFM’s constituent molecules that would blur the images, so the apparatus is kept at a cool -268C.’ This allows an analysis of imperfections in the molecular structure (abstract). The team plans to use the method to examine molecules of graphene.”

Source: Detailed Images Show Intra-Molecular Bonds

BMW Cars Vulnerable To Blank Key Attack

September 13th, 2012 09:13 admin View Comments

Security

Techmeology writes “Thieves have discovered how to steal BMW cars produced since 2006 by using the onboard computer that is able to program blank keys. The device used — originally intended for use by garages — is able to reprogram the key to start the engine in around three minutes. The blank keys, and reprogramming devices, have made their way onto the black market and are available for purchase over the Internet.”

Source: BMW Cars Vulnerable To Blank Key Attack

Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You

January 15th, 2011 01:31 admin View Comments

Techmeology writes “Professor Akira Iritani of Kyoto University plans to use recent developments in cloning technology to give life to the currently extinct woolly mammoth. Although earlier efforts in the 1990s were unsuccessful due to damage caused by extreme cold, Professor Iritani believes he can use a technique pioneered by Dr Wakayama (who successfully cloned a frozen mouse) to overcome this obstacle. This technique will enable Professor Iritani to identify viable cell nuclei, and transfer them to egg cells of an African elephant which will carry the mammoth for a 600 day pregnancy.”

Source: Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You