The Communications Alliance and five large Australian internet service providers (ISPs) have today taken the wraps off a proposed process to stop people from downloading pirated content using their services. The proposal comes from discussions held throughout the year between ISPs, the federal government and rights holders in the movie, music, software, gaming and publishing industries. Telstra BigPond, Optus, iiNet, iPrimus, Internode, AAPT, Ericsson and the Internet Industry Association (IIA) were involved with the Communications Alliance on the development of the scheme. The proposed process involves sending "education" and warning notices to customers whose accounts have been undertaking activity that might infringe copyright. The scheme wouldn't terminate internet accounts, and allows customers to appeal notices, if they think there is no illegal activity happening on the account. Within 14 days of a potential infringement being detected, the rights holder could send a … [Read more...] about ISPs propose copyright-notice scheme
A single DMCA notice can trigger such fear that an incredible chain reaction takes place -- which is exactly what happened when well-known textbook publisher Pearson issued a claim. Web hosting firm ServerBeach received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violation notice from the publisher, directed at Edublogs, which hosts 1,451,943 million education-based blogs created by teachers and students alike. The notice stated that on a single page dating back to 2007, a posted questionnaire allegedly infringed Pearson's copyright. The questionnaire was Beck’s Hopelessness Scale, a 20 question list, totaling less than 300 words which was published in 1974. According to Edublogs, Pearson wanted $120 to license the work. Edublogs says that after being made aware of the notice, the infringing page was taken down. However, this was only the beginning. ServerBeach took all of Edublog's servers offline last week, which temporarily killed every blog hosted with them. This was later … [Read more...] about How one DMCA notice took 1.5 million education blogs offline
The New Zealand Copyright Tribunal has made its first ruling under the three-strikes copyright-infringement law, fining a New Zealand resident NZ$616.57 for sharing two songs online. The decision, first reported by The National Business Review, is the one of 12 that have been before the newly created Copyright Tribunal, all of which were brought by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). The law, which passed New Zealand parliament in 2011 , sees copyright owners send evidence of alleged infringement to internet service providers (ISPs), which investigate and issue notices to the account holder. On the receipt of the third infringement notice, the copyright holder can then pursue the account holder through the Copyright Tribunal for damages of between NZ$275 and NZ$15,000. According to the judgment, the Telecom New Zealand customer downloaded the Rihanna song Man Down and the Hot Chelle Rae song Tonight Tonight using the peer-to-peer BitTorrent file-sharing service … [Read more...] about First person fined under NZ three-strikes law
Tablet computers in schools might eventually transform our classrooms into empty shells. Is this a good thing? And who is it good for? Teachers? Students? Parents? I'm not sure. As a former student from primary, secondary, college, and graduate school, I'm just not sure. It's possible that within ten year's time, traditional classrooms will only exist for special needs children. I have mixed feelings on having mainstream students work entirely or mostly remote from other students and teachers. It's a tradeoff that I believe that we need to consider seriously before making the evolutionary leap from classroom to living room. Education, at all levels, has been in flux for some years now. I first noticed the beginning of these changes in the early 1990s with the proliferation of "Earn your degree online" advertisements on Yahoo.com and other places. Sure, so-called correspondence courses have existed since the 1960s, or perhaps before that, but online learning has changed education's … [Read more...] about Are tablets the first step toward mobile or non-existent classrooms?
Eidos Montreal’s Thief is going to have a tough time if it wants avoid being thought of as a spiritual companion to Arkane Studios’, Dishonored. Of course, the late 2012 hit was itself inspired by the Thief games of old, so comparing the two is pretty much the same thing as saying that the spirit of the classic series lives on in this latest iteration. Go figure.With the new entry into the series, Thief continues to be a game of stealth and discovery. Returning protagonist Garrett slips along through shadows as he roots out items of value, whether it’s priceless objects, information, or cold, hard currency. Much that once was still is. Players are thrust into an adventure set in the nameless City, a steampunk-inspired marvel of architectural design (and poor security planning.) Garrett’s toolbox is a bit larger than before, but mostly familiar. The technical bells, whistles, and contrivances of modern-day gaming platforms – … [Read more...] about First look: ‘Thief’ steps back out of the shadows (but watch your wallet)
If you go out shopping for a new PC after the Windows 10 Anniversary Update rolls out this summer, you might notice something we haven’t seen in a long, long time. The basic hardware requirements for Windows 10 are going up—albeit just slightly. This is the first such hardware increase since 2009 when Windows 7 rolled out.Starting with the Anniversary Update, Microsoft’s recommended specifications to hardware vendors—as first noticed by WinBeta and Nokia Power User—will see the RAM requirement increase for 32-bit versions from 1GB to 2GB. It’s a minor change to be sure, but it is the first such change in nearly seven years.Most of the basic requirements will remain, the same including the processor, RAM for the 64-bit version, hard drive space, and minimum display resolution. But the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 will be required as of July 28—a day before the Anniversary Update is expected to roll out.Display size ranges are also … [Read more...] about Windows hardware demands are going up for first time in seven years
This time two years ago, I, like many other members of the Class of 2012, was anxiously awaiting my college graduation. At the end of April, I had officially signed an offer letter and accepted a full-time job at a marketing company in midtown Manhattan, just a short subway ride away from the East Village I'd come to know so well during my time at NYU. In a few short weeks, I would be a degree-holding college graduate, ready to start my career and take my first steps into the long-awaited "real world." I'd done a couple of part-time internships during college, so I assumed I'd already have the hang of working in an office. How different could it be? I'd arrive at 9 a.m. sharp, sit down at my desk, do my work and go home eight hours later. I'd get a steady paycheck and paid vacation time, and make some great new friends. That's what I thought, anyway. I had a lot of expectations going into my first day on the job. Some of them turned out to be correct, but many of them were quickly … [Read more...] about 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Full-Time Job
The AdSense for RSS feeds program is now live for some publishers and Google has also discontinued the FeedBurner Advertising Network in favor of AdSense. *If you are subscribed to this RSS feed in either Google homepage or any news reader, you may have already seen the new feed ads at the bottom of each article.AdSense Ads in Feeds are contextual and are available in banner (468×60) and medium rectangle (300×250) formats. They are probably a mix of CPC and CPM ads because you can show either text ads or image ads or even a combination of both in your feeds.Here’s a screenshot of a feed ad inside an article that was about search engine optimization – notice the relevance of the ad.AdSense publishers can choose how frequently the ads should appear in the feed and whether ads should appear in articles that are relatively short.What’s different from FeedBurner though is that with Google AdSense you can position ads either at the bottom or top of the feed … [Read more...] about Google AdSense Ads in RSS Feeds – First Impressions & Screenshots
You bought a brand new laptop computer for mom – the Apple Macbook was too expensive so you settled for a Dell machine loaded with Windows Vista and a trial copy of Office 2007. Your mom is a great self-learner and knows all the basic stuff about computers but needs some help is in finding the right software tools that will help her do stuff more efficiently and as inexpensively as possible. Letter to Mom suggesting tools and web apps for her new computerDear Mom – I hope you are enjoying the new Dell notebook. Now the first thing I want you to do is install PC Decrapifier – this will detect and remove all the unwanted trial programs that came pre-installed with your machine.Next you should install Firefox – it’s an Internet Explorer like web browser but slightly better. Instead of using browser bookmarks, try the delicious add-on to save the addresses of all your favorite websites. Another add-on that you should install is Iterasi – web pages … [Read more...] about The Essential Guide to Internet & Software for First-Time Computer Users
Twitter has recently opened up their archives making it possible for anyone to search the entire Twitter database ever since the first tweet was published in 2006. This time-sorted archive of billions to tweets will be extremely helpful for research and more so when you are trying to find out who broke the news first on Twitter or who the original source of a quote is.To give you an example, if you want to know who said something first on Twitter, say the iPhone, you can head to Twitter’s advanced search, choose a range of dates and dig through the old tweets. If a match is found, you further narrow down the date range and repeat until you find the oldest matching tweet.There’s a little problem though.It takes lot of trial-and-error to find the first tweet for any topic. You have to first guess a range of dates when that tweet was probably sent and keep narrowing down that range. The Twitter API does let you search tweets within a date range but, as you have noticed in the … [Read more...] about Who Tweeted It First on Twitter?