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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-07-25 21:19
Dega704 (1454673) writes While the network neutrality debate has focused primarily on whether ISPs should be able to charge companies like Netflix for faster access to consumers, cable companies are now arguing that it's really Netflix who holds the market power to charge them. This argument popped up in comments submitted to the FCC by Time Warner Cable and industry groups that represent cable companies. (National Journal writer Brendan Sasso pointed this out.) The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), which represents many companies including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox, and Charter wrote to the FCC: "Even if broadband providers had an incentive to degrade their customers' online experience in some circumstances, they have no practical ability to act on such an incentive. Today's Internet ecosystem is dominated by a number of "hyper-giants" with growing power over key aspects of the Internet experience—including Google in search, Netflix and Google (YouTube) in online video, Amazon and eBay in e-commerce, and Facebook in social media. If a broadband provider were to approach one of these hyper-giants and threaten to block or degrade access to its site if it refused to pay a significant fee, such a strategy almost certainly would be self-defeating, in light of the immediately hostile reaction of consumers to such conduct. Indeed, it is more likely that these large edge providers would seek to extract payment from ISPs for delivery of video over last-mile networks." Related: an article at Gizmodo explains that it takes surprisingly little hardware to replicate (at least most of) Netflix's current online catalog in a local data center.

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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-07-25 19:29
v3rgEz writes When federal agencies adopt new technology, they're required by law to do Privacy Impact Assessments, which is exactly what the FBI did regarding its secretive drone program. The PIAs are created to help the public and federal government assess what they're risking through the adoption of new technology. That part is a little trickier, since the FBI is refusing to release any of the PIA on its drone project, stating it needs to be kept, er, private to protect national security.

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The Truth About Solar Storms

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:27
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes On Wednesday, The Washington Post ran a story about a very large solar flare two years ago that missed Earth, but not by too much. From a scientific point of view, what is it that happens when a solar flare interacts with Earth, and what are the potential dangers to both humans and humanities infrastructure? A very good overview, complete with what you can do — as both an individual and a power company — to minimize the risk and the damage when the big one comes. Unlike asteroids, these events happen every few centuries, and in our age of electronics, would now create a legitimate disaster.

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The Costanza Principle: Better Decisions Through Your Inner Contrarian

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:20

When it comes to making strong, objective decisions, you're about the last person on earth you should trust. So today, we're taking a page from Seinfeld's George Costanza.

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If You Can't Decide Between Buying Two Things, Consider Neither

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:00

When you're trying to be a careful shopper, comparing two similar products is a given. Sometimes, though, if you're having a tough time deciding which one you actually want, the best decision might be to just save your money.

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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:56
NotSanguine (1917456) writes The U.S. Senate has passed a bill (S.517) today, allowing users to unlock their phones when moving to another provider. From a recent article at thehill.com: "Consumers should be able to use their existing cell phones when they move their service to a new wireless provider," [Sen. Patrick] Leahy said in a statement. "Our laws should not prohibit consumers from carrying their cell phones to a new network, and we should promote and protect competition in the wireless marketplace," he said. [Sen. Chuck] Grassley called the bipartisan compromise "an important step forward in ensuring that there is competition in the industry and in safeguarding options for consumers as they look at new cell phone contracts." "Empowering people with the freedom to use the carrier of their choice after complying with their original terms of service is the right thing to do," he said. The House in February passed a companion bill sponsored on cellphone unlocking from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)." Also at Ars Technica, as pointed out by reader jessepdx.

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Riffstation Teaches Guitar By Showing Chords as a Song's Video Plays

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:30

Learning to play guitar is a difficult, fulfilling, and fun hobby. The web site Riffstation lets you crank that fun up to 11 by teaching you how to play a song exactly while the music video plays.

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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:15
Jason Koebler writes: In its latest bid to kill more people, more efficiently, and at less cost, the army is planning to print warhead components, according to the latest issue of Army Technology (PDF). "3D printing of warheads will allow us to have better design control and utilize geometries and patterns that previously could not be produced or manufactured," James Zunino, a researcher at the Armament Research, Engineering and Design Center said. "Warheads could be designed to meet specific mission requirements whether it is to improve safety to meet an Insensitive Munitions requirement, or it could have tailorable effects, better control, and be scalable to achieve desired lethality."

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Build Your Own Voice Controlled TV Unit with an Android Phone

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:00

Taking a little time to be a couch potato is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. If you want to maximize your laziness, this DIY setup from Jayvis Vineet Gonsalves lets you control your TV with your beautiful voice.

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The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:32
Advocatus Diaboli sends this news from The Intercept: The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world's most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency's plans "to provide direct analytic and technical support" to the Saudis on "internal security" matters. The Saudi Ministry of Interior—referred to in the document as MOI— has been condemned for years as one of the most brutal human rights violators in the world. In 2013, the U.S. State Department reported that "Ministry of Interior officials sometimes subjected prisoners and detainees to torture and other physical abuse," specifically mentioning a 2011 episode in which MOI agents allegedly "poured an antiseptic cleaning liquid down [the] throat" of one human rights activist. The report also notes the MOI's use of invasive surveillance targeted at political and religious dissidents.

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Become a Better Listener by Following These Five Rules

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:30

Being a good speaker is easy, but being a good listener is a lot harder. If you're trying to work on your listening skills, The Wall Street Journal outlines a few simple tips to help you tune in.

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How to Self-Publish a Book

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:00

Twenty years ago, if you were a new author interested in getting your book published, you had to shop it around with publishers and hope that someone, eventually, might not reject you. But nowadays you can choose to self-publish anything you'd like. Here's how.

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Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:50
hypnosec writes: The government of Russia has announced a ~$110,000 bounty to anyone who develops technology to identify users of Tor, an anonymising network capable of encrypting user data and hiding the identity of its users. The public description (in Russian) of the project has been removed now and it only reads "cipher 'TOR' (Navy)." The ministry said it is looking for experts and researchers to "study the possibility of obtaining technical information about users and users' equipment on the Tor anonymous network."

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Add a Special Bookmark in iOS to Zoom on Sites that Don't Allow It

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:30

There are a handful of sites out there that don't let you zoom in on them when you're looking at the mobile version. This can be annoying if the font's too small or it's just hard to read. To fix this, WonderHowTo shows you how to use a bit of JavaScript in a bookmark.

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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:08
jrepin sends this EU report: The French city of Toulouse saved 1 million euro by migrating all its desktops from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice. This project was rooted in a global digital policy which positions free software as a driver of local economic development and employment. Former IT policy-maker Erwane Monthubert said, "Software licenses for productivity suites cost Toulouse 1.8 million euro every three years. Migration cost us about 800,000 euro, due partly to some developments. One million euro has actually been saved in the first three years. It is a compelling proof in the actual context of local public finance. ... France has a high value in free software at the international level. Every decision-maker should know this."

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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:08
jrepin sends this EU report: The French city of Toulouse saved 1 million euro by migrating all its desktops from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice. This project was rooted in a global digital policy which positions free software as a driver of local economic development and employment. Former IT policy-maker Erwane Monthubert said, "Software licenses for productivity suites cost Toulouse 1.8 million euro every three years. Migration cost us about 800,000 euro, due partly to some developments. One million euro has actually been saved in the first three years. It is a compelling proof in the actual context of local public finance. ... France has a high value in free software at the international level. Every decision-maker should know this."

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How to Fix OS X Yosemite Download Problems

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:00

Apple's let the OS X Yosemite beta out into the world, but it's not without its problems. In fact, two quirks are causing issues before you can even download the software. Here's how to fix them.

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Donate Home Improvement Leftovers and More to Habitat for Humanity

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-07-25 14:30

There are lots of places to donate clothing and other items to charity, but few will take things like interior doors or sink fixtures. Habitat for Humanity, however, does—and many of their local ReStores will pick your home improvement remnants up for you.

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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-07-25 14:25
rtoz writes: Google's moonshot research division, "Google X," has started "Baseline Study," a project designed to collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people (and later thousands more) to create a complete picture of what a healthy human being should be. The blueprint will help researchers detect health problems such as heart disease and cancer far earlier, focusing medicine on prevention rather than treatment. According to Google, the information from Baseline will be anonymous, and its use will be limited to medical and health purposes. Data won't be shared with insurance companies.

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