Touch computing doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg
If you spend enough time with a tablet or smartphone, you may find yourself instinctively wanting to tap at your notebook on occasion, too. More and more models are starting to support touch input, including ones with a low cost of entry. If that's the goal (touch computing for cheap), it doesn't get much more budget friendly than Gateway's new touchscreen models: 10.1-inch LT41P and 15.6-inch NV570P.
That high profile, open-and-shut international case the U.S. government has against Megaupload is starting to look like it might not be quite so open-and-shut after all. Today, New Zealand Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann found that the warrants used to raid Kim Dotcom's mansion were insufficient and invalid -- and she says that the Megaupload server data taken by the FBI was taken illegally.
One of gaming's more recent gee-whiz-it's-probably-magic trends comes with a pretty thick string attached: your saves, your character, your mountain of collectable doodads for that precious achievement – all of them are imprisoned inside a server on a desert island or in space or something. You're playing a high-stakes game of rental roulette, and everything you've worked so hard to build could go poof in the blink of an eye. What trend am I referring to? Did you say, “cloud gaming”? Private Obvious, I'm sure your Captain is beaming with pride right now. However, while your answer's technically correct, I'm talking about MMOs.
It's interesting, too, because gamers have been largely a-okay with this aspect of MMOs for years – at least, so long as their game of choice hasn't met an untimely end. But should we be? After all, cloud gaming's certainly risky in that we don't physically own our games, but in MMOs, we don't own the experience.
The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency has been the Dirty Harry of the World Wide Web the past year or so, shooting its virtual guns and taking down websites playing host to copyrighted materials. Fire first and silly legal questions be damned! Now, the gung-ho nature of "Operation in Our Sites" (see what they did there?) could be coming back to haunt ICE. Puerto 80, the owner of Spanish sports site Rojadirecta.com, has petitioned the courts for the return of its seized website – and it has the EFF in its corner.
Anybody who thinks that Anonymous is just a bunch of harmless script kiddies playing around on their mom's computer hasn't been following the news recently. The US recently said it would put a hurting on hackers that threatened the nation, and earlier this week, NATO published a special report on cybersecurity. A big chunk of it was spent describing the threat of everyone's favorite hacker collective. The longer Anonymous continues its hijinks, the more likely they'd be "infiltrated and perpetrators persecuted," the report warned. Anonymous' response showed its characteristic sense of style.
Books published within the last 15 years have clearly defined e-book publishing rights, but for the billions of titles published before this, the rules are not so clear cut. The battle being waged now between book authors and publishers is over who owns the digital rights, and more importantly, who gets the lion share of the revenue generated from the sales.
It is in the best interest of authors to self publish e-books themselves since the cost of doing so is relatively small, and they wouldn’t need to share the revenue with the publisher as an added bonus. A 2002 ruling by a Manhattan judge ruled in favor of authors claiming that “e-books are separate from books”.
We can reasonably expect this to be a decision which will be appealed all the way to the top court, but until then the debate rages on. Are e-books separate from their dead tree brethren? If this turns out to be true, and the future is recorded in e-ink, it doesn’t bode well for the publishers. What do you think?
It seems that either Viacom came to their senses about making Google turn over user data on YouTube, or they didn’t like the bad press that their suit was generating. They have reached a deal to protect the privacy YouTube watchers everywhere and will allow Google to anonymize YouTube user data.
Previously Viacom succeeded in getting Judge Louis Stanton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to order Google to turn over as evidence a database what videos users watch, the users' computer addresses, and their usernames. Many groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation argued that the order "threatens to expose deeply private information" and violated the Video Privacy Protection Act. Whether the Act, created when VCRs were high tech, could be applied to YouTube was debatable. Viacom and Google’s deal avoids the legal snarl all together.
If you are into deciphering legalese (and we can assume you are into self flagellation too) you can read the details here.
A recent blog at the WashingtonTimes.com mentions government interest in an electronic ID bracelet that a company Lamperd Less Lethal suggests would be worn by all air travelers until they disembark at their destination. This handy device would carry all pertinent passenger information electronically replacing the boarding pass. Let’s not forget its biggest feature, a Electro-Muscular Disruption device or EMD to quell terrorists. As if flyers didn’t have enough to worry about with terrorists, plane crashes, being squeezed into seats made for elf sized people, now you can fly with a Taser strapped to your body too.
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