FURY erupts on streets of Brussels over greedy USA's data-slurping appetite

The Register - Sat, 2014-12-20 10:00
Leaked doc suggests EU's right to privacy could be ridiculed

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Brussels on Friday to express anger about secret trade talks between the EU, US and others that they believe would damage the 28-member-state bloc's data protection rights.…

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Turkey's Erdogan 'closely following' legal case against rival cleric

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-12-20 09:48
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he is closely following an inquiry into a U.S.-based Islamic preacher and media outlets close to him and dismissed criticism that the case is politically motivated.

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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-12-20 09:33 writes: Victoria Shannon reports in the NY Times that fifty years ago was a good year for music, with the Beatles appearing on Billboard's charts for the first time, the Rolling Stones releasing their first album, the Supremes with five No. 1 hits, and Simon and Garfunkel releasing their debut album. The 50-year milestone is significant, because music published within the first half-century of its recording gets another 20 years of copyright protection under changes in European law. So every year since 2012, studios go through their tape vaults to find unpublished music to get it on the market before the deadline. The first year, Motown released a series of albums packed with outtakes by some of its major acts, and Sony released a limited-edition collection of 1962 outtakes by Bob Dylan, with the surprisingly frank title, "The Copyright Extension Collection, Vol. I." In 2013, Sony released a second Dylan set, devoted to previously unreleased 1963 recordings. Similar recordings by the Beatles and the Beach Boys followed. This year, Sony is releasing a limited-edition nine-LP set of 1964 recordings by Dylan, including a 46-second try at "Mr. Tambourine Man," which he would not complete until 1965. The Beach Boys released two copyright-extension sets of outtakes last week. And while there's no official word on a Beatles release, last year around this time, "The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963" turned up unannounced on iTunes.

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TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

The Register - Sat, 2014-12-20 09:00
Viewers may find the following scenes mildly disturbing ...

A sad day as Vulture News Central loses its lead anchor, Regina Eggbert, in a horrific misunderstanding ... no, I can't go on. I simply can't describe it. You'll have to see for yourself! ®…

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Can Ubuntu Click Address Linus Torvalds’ Binary Problems?

Linux Today - Sat, 2014-12-20 09:00 Linux is a dominant player in almost every industry segment, minus one: desktop.

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Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-12-20 08:57
GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.
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Russia calls new sanctions on Crimea 'collective punishment'

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-12-20 08:40
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday new Western sanctions against Ukraine's Crimea region were a "collective punishment" on residents who voted last March to join Russia, adding it was preparing to retaliate.

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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-12-20 08:23
MojoKid (1002251) writes Tech support scammers have been around for a long time and are familiar to most Slashdot readers. But last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had issued lawsuits against several culprits responsible for tech support scams. Now Microsoft has announced that it too is going after tech support scammers. According to the company, more than 65,000 complaints have been made about tech support scams since May of this year alone. Bogus technicians, pretending to represent Microsoft, call the house offering fake tech support and trick people into paying hundreds of dollars to solve a non-existent issue. If successful in their ruse, the scammer then gains access to a person's computer, which lets them steal personal and financial information and even install malware. I managed to keep one of these guys on the phone for about 20 minutes while I stumbled through his directions, over and over, "rebooting," pretending to be using Windows, etc; the next one caught on my quickly. Have they called you? If so, how did the call go?

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

The Register - Sat, 2014-12-20 08:00
Indonesia’s tin mining issues aren't the fruity firm’s fault, guys. Move on

Comment We've had another instalment in the campaign to blame Apple for all that goes wrong in poor countries, and this time it was the BBC's Panorama that scolded the iFruit for buying tin in Indonesia.…

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India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-12-20 07:25
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party said on Saturday it does not support forceful religious conversions, distancing itself from a sensitive issue that has drawn sharp criticism from opposition parties and hurt the government's reform agenda.
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Why the chemistry between Hollywood, physics and maths is so hot right now

The Register - Sat, 2014-12-20 07:00
El Reg talks to The Theory of Everything producer

Interview Folks in the scientific know like to pick apart movies about science and science fiction, pointing out all the ways in which they don’t embrace real facts and theories. They also love to complain about how nerds are so often portrayed on film the same way, as socially inept weirdos, sweet maybe, but not really taken seriously. And yet, the most likely criticism to be levelled at the two Oscar-worthy movies about scientists this year, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, is that they’re not scientific enough.…

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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Japan's Honshu island: USGS

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-12-20 06:09
TOKYO (Reuters) - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan's Honshu island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, shaking Fukushima where crippled nuclear power plants are located, but local media said there was no tsunami warning.

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde: Fun, but not for all

The Register - Sat, 2014-12-20 06:00
Alfa’s wild child goes for a spin

Vulture at the Wheel The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a car with far too much power. The 240hp from the 1750cc turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine overwhelms the fat tyres, so it struggles for grip and torque steers.…

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North Korea proposes joint probe with U.S. into Sony cyber attack: KCNA

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-12-20 05:46
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the United States on the cyber attack against Sony Pictures, calling the charge by the FBI that it was behind the attack "slander", state media said on Saturday.

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Tor Network May Be Attacked, Says Project Leader

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-12-20 05:31
Earthquake Retrofit writes The Register is reporting that the Tor Project has warned that its network – used to mask peoples' identities on the internet – may be knocked offline in the coming days. In a Tor blog post, project leader Roger 'arma' Dingledine said an unnamed group may seize Tor's directory authority servers before the end of next week. These servers distribute the official lists of relays in the network, which are the systems that route users' traffic around the world to obfuscate their internet connections' public IP addresses.

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China offers $3 billion in aid and loans to neighbors: Xinhua

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-12-20 05:27
BANGKOK/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to improve infrastructure and production, and to fight poverty, state media reported on Saturday.
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<i>Big Eyes</i> falls short on the big question of popular art

The Register - Sat, 2014-12-20 05:00
A funny and moving dig at the patriarchal 1960s

Film review The ingredients are all there for an Oscar-winning film in Big Eyes. Multiple Academy Award nominee Amy Adams and one-time winner Christoph Waltz play Walter and Margaret Keane in a flick based on a true story about pop culture and high art in the 1960s.…

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<i>Nunslinger</i>, <i>Yosemite For Dummies</i> and <i>Life Inside The Fall</i>

The Register - Sat, 2014-12-20 04:00
Mark E Smith, these days, looks a bit like an ET lost in the bookies

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston is joined by Andrew Orlowski to review the pick of publishing this week. A compilation of works from mysterious Stark Houghton tells tall tales of the wild west. Mac users can brush up their skills or get a break from hapless relatives with the latest from Bob LeVitus. And music lovers get a down to earth view of the indie scene from The Fall's bass player Steve Hanley.

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

The Register - Sat, 2014-12-20 03:00
Old man, take a look at my wife

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Old Man by Neil Young

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How a 3D Printer Let a Dog Run For the First Time

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-12-20 02:35
Nerval's Lobster writes Ever since 3-D printing began to enter the mainstream, people have discussed the technology's potential for building prosthetic arms and legs for human beings. But what about doing the same for dogs? In one of those videos that ends up circulated endlessly on the Internet, a dog named Derby, born with a congenital deformity that deprived him of front paws, is outfitted with a pair of 3-D-printed prosthetics. With those "legs" in place, the dog can run for the first time, at a pretty good clip. Both the prosthetics and the video were produced by 3D Systems, which builds 3-D printers, and it seems likely that other 3-D-printing companies will explore the possibility of printing off parts for pets. And while the idea of a cyborg pooch is heartwarming, it will be interesting to see how 3D printers will continue to advance the realm of human prosthetics, which have become increasingly sophisticated over the past decade.

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