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    Amazon’s “AutoRip” Service Goes Live, Giving Customers Free MP3s For CDs Purchased On Amazon As Far Back As 1998

    http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/10/ama...-back-as-1998/

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    -Online activist and co founder of Reddit, found dead


    NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a co-founder of Reddit and activist who fought to make online content free to the public has been found dead.

    A spokeswoman for New York's medical examiner says 26-year-old Aaron Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment and was found Friday.

    Swartz was a prodigy who as a young teenager helped create RSS. He co-founded the social news website Reddit and directed the political action group Demand Progress that campaigns against Internet censorship.

    In 2011, he was arrested in Boston and charged with stealing millions of scientific journals from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Swartz pleaded not guilty. His federal trial on computer fraud charges was to begin next month. If convicted, he could have faced decades in prison and a fortune in fines.


    http://news.yahoo.com/online-activis...193915205.html



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    Quote Originally Posted by check two View Post
    -Online activist and co founder of Reddit, found dead


    NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a co-founder of Reddit and activist who fought to make online content free to the public has been found dead.

    A spokeswoman for New York's medical examiner says 26-year-old Aaron Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment and was found Friday.

    Swartz was a prodigy who as a young teenager helped create RSS. He co-founded the social news website Reddit and directed the political action group Demand Progress that campaigns against Internet censorship.

    In 2011, he was arrested in Boston and charged with stealing millions of scientific journals from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Swartz pleaded not guilty. His federal trial on computer fraud charges was to begin next month. If convicted, he could have faced decades in prison and a fortune in fines.


    http://news.yahoo.com/online-activis...193915205.html


    I was just reading about this. MIT and the attorney general are pieces of shit.

    The prosecution "makes no sense," Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal said in a statement at the time. "It's like trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking too many books out of the library."

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    Aaron Swartz Memorial JSTOR Liberator sets public domain academic articles free

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2...articles-free/

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    Beijing's 'Airpocalypse' Spurs Pollution Controls, Public Pressure


    http://www.npr.org/2013/01/14/169305...zardous-levels

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    Google Glass might project a laser keyboard right on your hand


    http://www.androidauthority.com/goog...yboard-148289/

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    -Employee Caught Outsourcing His Job


    A software developer was busted for outsourcing his job to a programmer in China while he surfed the Web at work.

    The case was described by Andrew Valentine, a principal with Verizon Enterprise Solutions, who published a blog post about the incident.

    "We've seen plenty of employee misconduct cases, but not typically like this," Valentine told ABC News of his consulting caseload, which includes large scale data breach events.

    Valentine's team was contacted by another company based in the U.S. for assistance over "anomalous activity" it noticed in records of employees logging remotely into the company's IT system.

    Verizon Enterprise Solutions is not releasing the name of the company or the employee.

    The company's security team eventually found that someone was logging in from Shenyang, China with the American employee's credentials -- while that employee was staring at a computer monitor in his U.S. office.

    In his blog, Valentine described the employee as being in his mid-40s with a "relatively long tenure with the company, family man, inoffensive and quiet. Someone you wouldn't look at twice in an elevator."

    A search of the employee's computer found hundreds of PDF invoices from a third party contractor/developer from Shenyang.

    Eventually, it was discovered that the employee had outsourced his own job to a Chinese consulting firm, paying about $50,000 to the firm out of his salary of several hundred thousand dollars.

    Once on-site, Valentine said it took about two days for investigators to collect relevant evidence and put all the pieces together.

    In the blog, Valentine wrote that according to his Web browsing history, "a typical 'work day'" for the employee looked like the following:

    9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos

    11:30 a.m. – Take lunch

    1:00 p.m. – EBay time.

    2:00 – ish p.m. - Facebook updates – LinkedIn

    4:30 p.m. – End of day update e-mail to management.

    5:00 p.m. – Go home

    The employee had sent his company log-in key through FedEx to China so that the third-party contractor could log in under his credentials during his workday.

    The "best part" of the story is that "for the last several years in a row he received excellent remarks" in his performance review, Valentine wrote in the blog.

    "His code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building."

    Valentine said the employee was terminated for violating internal company policy.

    "The employee denied everything at first, but then changed his story once we produced the invoices that were recovered from deleted disk space," Valentine told ABC News.

    "Honestly? I thought it was pretty clever. I think he took a calculated risk by knowingly violating company policy, for sure -- but it was clever."

    Valentine said that if he was even cleverer, he would have set up a server at home, or somewhere else off-site, for the Chinese consulting firm to access. Then he could proxy their traffic, making it appear that the traffic was coming from his home.

    "That would have been a smarter way to go about it. But yes, either way, pretty clever," Valentine said.

    http://gma.yahoo.com/employee-caught...opstories.html



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    ^^
    lol, was reading about that yesterday, sounds like he had a nice little scam going till he got caught out!

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    The shirt you can't get dirty: Researchers create ultralight coating that can repel alcohol, coffee, oil and even petrol

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ts-faster.html

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    ^^^lol, I swear that gets invented about every 6 months

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    Pretty cool...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky Blue Bally Kid View Post
    Pretty cool...

    Thats incredible

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    The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational


    http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/7001

    New Material Harvests Energy from Water Vapor

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0110142127.htm


    Cotton Like Fibre Conducts Electricity

    http://www.medindia.net/news/cotton-...y-112890-1.htm

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    Sources say PS4 will abandon DualShock design

    http://www.gamesradar.com/sources-sa...lshock-design/

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    Quote Originally Posted by hashashin View Post
    The shirt you can't get dirty: Researchers create ultralight coating that can repel alcohol, coffee, oil and even petrol

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ts-faster.html

    That reminded me of these new Wrangler moisturing jeans designed for fat chicks to help cut down on cellulite.


    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-...ether-regions/



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