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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Four found guilty in landmark Pirate Bay case

Slashdot It! Four men behind a Swedish file-sharing Web site used by millions to exchange movies and music have been found guilty of collaborating to violate copyright law in a landmark court verdict in Stockholm. The four defendants -- Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi and Carl Lundstrom, three founders and one patron of The Pirate Bay -- were sentenced to one year in jail and also ordered to pay 30 million kronor ($3.6 million) in damages to several major media companies including Warner Brothers, Columbia, Twentieth Century Fox, Sony BMG and EMI. The Pirate Bay allows users to exchange files including movies, music, games and software, but does not host the files itself. It claims more than 3.5 million registered users. The court case, which involved both a criminal case and a civil claim brought by the media companies, marks a key victory for anti-piracy campaigners, who had long targeted the Web site. Should the perpetrators of Internet piracy be punished? Have your say The year-long prison terms are for violating Swedish law, while the damages are compensation to the media giants in the civil case -- though the court ordered the men to pay just one-third of the 110 million kronor ($13 million) which the companies had asked for. Friday's verdict did not include an order to shut down The Pirate Bay site. Its owners have consistently shrugged off legal threats and police raids, posting letters from entertainment industry lawyers on their Web site with mocking responses. When Dreamworks studio demanded that the site act over file-sharing of Dreamworks' movie "Shrek 2," The Pirate Bay threatened to sue for harassment and lodge a formal complaint "for sending frivolous legal threats." "It is the opinion of us and our lawyers that you are ... morons," the response continued, suggesting that studio representatives perform a sexual act. The response closed with an obscenity. Site owners dismissed the effects of a police raid in 2006, saying the site had been down longer on other occasions due to illness or drunkenness than when "the U.S. and Swedish government forces the police to steal our servers ... yawn." Don't Miss * Is online piracy a good thing? * 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' leaked to Web * Background: A-Z of Internet piracy * Quest: Internet piracy: Is it theft? But Magnus Eriksson, who in 2003 co-founded the "loosely formed group of theorists, artists and programmers" that spawned The Pirate Bay, says there are serious issues at stake. He does not think copyrighted material should be free for everyone, "but that it already is." "The control over what people communicate is lost and we have to adapt to this new state of things," he said via e-mail. "To monitor all communications, fight all new digital technologies and spread a culture of fear in what should be a free and open communication network is not a desirable option." Entertainment companies claim The Pirate Bay has hurt their box office profits, part of an annual loss the Motion Picture Association of America claims to be about $6 billion a year worldwide. "Hollywood studios are businesses. They're there to make money," said association lawyer Thomas Dillon. "It costs $100 million to make a feature film, so of course they're quite keen to get some back. So I don't accept this argument that there's some benefit to culture in allowing people to make copies of commercial films and getting them for free." Monique Wadsted, a Swedish lawyer for the MPAA, said The Pirate Bay was also harming individual artists. A victory for the entertainment companies "will, of course, be for all authors all around the world, some kind of redress... because what is going on now is actually a plundering of the author's works," she said via e-mail. "If some authors find it good to market their products using file-sharing or whatever, they are free to do that," she added. "But that is not what is happening at the moment. What's happening at the moment is that authors' and rights holders' works are file-shared against their will and that is not acceptable." She argued that The Pirate Bay "is specifically tailored for copyright infringement." The prosecution claims the site provides a search engine that helps people find and download copyrighted material including movies, music and games -- in effect, enabling copyright theft. The site's supporters say they're doing nothing wrong under Swedish law because the site doesn't actually put the copyrighted material on the Web site. Internet piracy and illegal downloading from peer-to-peer systems are some of the biggest piracy problems in Europe, the MPAA argues. Internet piracy is growing at a faster rate in Europe than anywhere else in the world, the MPAA says, because of increased broadband use, weak laws, and lenient public perceptions. Sweden's official efforts to battle online piracy have been weak, the MPAA says. Eriksson, the co-founder of the group that led to The Pirate Bay, says the MPAA's argument that file-sharing hurts movie studio revenues is "nonsense." "Cinema is doing better than ever," he said by e-mail. "They only claim this because they calculate losses by looking at the number of downloads and imagining that all of them would have been a purchase if they hadn't been downloaded first." Eriksson said what was at stake in the Swedish courtroom was the future of the Internet itself. "The Internet revolution meant that we created a global network where any digital entity could connect and exchange information with any other," he said. "Anti-piracy efforts must be seen in the light of a counter-revolution against this that goes all the way to the very infrastructure of the net." He suggested that even if The Pirate Bay is convicted of facilitating making works public through its indexing service, which he does not expect, Internet piracy will not stop. advertisement "The prosecution can't understand that The Pirate Bay is just one stratification of a social and technological change that is decentralized," he said. "Piracy does not have a head that you can cut off, and The Pirate Bay is just a technology allowing communication, a part of the Internet infrastructure." Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile

Slashdot It! We are pleased to announce that Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile 6 is available for download by developers and testers. This is an early developer release intended for testing purposes only. We would like to invite interested Windows Mobile developers and users to join with Mozilla’s developer and user community to help develop, test and refine the product. Since we started getting Fennec compiling on Windows Mobile a few months ago, we’ve made good progress: * JeMalloc, the memory management library developed by Jason Evans and used by Firefox, has been ported to Windows CE and turned on for Fennec. This allows Fennec to manage memory much more efficiently. * Fennec’s user interface controls have been rebuilt to be entirely CSS based. This will allow us to more easily adjust our UI for various screen sizes and resolutions in the future. Its also demonstrates how web technologies can be used to create compelling user interfaces. The look and feel will continue to evolve as we develop the product, but this release should give uses a sense of the direction its going in. * Finally, this release also supports Add-ons. Add-ons are integral to promoting openness and innovation on the web and are unique to Fennec in the mobile space. Its been amazing to see how many great Add-ons have popped up already. Take for instance the gestures module created by Felipe . As with previous releases, Madhava Enros has created a video walk through of this release. Installation This release has been targeted and tested on the HTC Touch Pro. We will be adding support for more devices in future releases. To install on your device, you can either navigate to this cab installer from your phone’s current browser or download it to your desktop and copy it to your device via ActiveSync. Once on your device simply click on the cab and it will install to your device. For more detailed installation instructions, look here and of course, please read the release notes. Again, please note that some carriers filter web traffic to prevent their users from downloading cab files. If downloading the cab simply hangs or you get a message reading “This page contains erros and cannot be displayed,” this is probably what’s happening. In this case you will either need to be connected via WiFi or use the ActiveSync method. The first time you run Fennec it will spend some time creating your profile. This may take a minute or two, please be patient. Known Issues It is not yet recommended to use this release for daily browsing tasks. Certain performance problems will become immediately apparent to the user. Panning has a noticeable delay between the user first touching the page and the page moving. We are certain that other less obvious bugs exist and we invite you to help bring them to light. You can find detailed information on how to file a good bug in bugzilla , our bug tracking system, here . Looking Forward Following the same path we took on Maemo, where the browser now performs quite well, development will now focus on performance improvements. There are known and suspected performance hot spots that need to be investigated and optimized. There are very talented people working on the core Mozilla platform who will continue to speed up things like JavaScript, graphics and the DOM. We are excited about a set of optimizations for drawing that take advantage of graphics processors, which will help Fennec’s graphics performance (i.e. panning and zooming). We are also looking at enhancements to our networking layer to optimize for high latency networks. Now that we have gotten to this point, the fun really begins. If you would like to help us by testing or developing the product, please visit the Mobile Firefox wiki . There you will find some information that we hope is useful in helping you find where to “plug in” to the effort. As always, you can find us on irc in the #mobile channel . Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

Meizu talks M8 followup: 3G, GPS, 5-megapixel camera

Slashdot It! The Meizu M8 may have only just recently ceased to be a figment of our collective imagination, but the always talkative J. Wong (Meizu's CEO, if he needs any introduction) is already dropping some hints about the next version of the phone, which may or may not actually be the M9. While there's no word on any changes to the design of the device just yet, it will apparently get a much-needed 3G upgrade (as earlier rumored), along with built-in GPS, a new and improved 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash and, no doubt, entirely new levels of KIRF. Still itching for more vague details?Just wait a bit, Meizu has this down to an art at this point. Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

Fujitsu, the world's fastest SPARC64 CPU "SPARC64 VIIIfx"

Slashdot It! Fujitsu, May 14, 15, two days have been held at Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho, "Fujitsu Forum 2009" at the world's fastest CPU is being developed to refer to the exhibit. Development code name "Venus (Venus)" "SPARC64 VIIIfx" So the speed of floating point calculations 128GFLOPS. 45nm production process is about 2cm in the number of cores integrated on the die angle, around for quite a conventional 4 to 8 and the speed to increase.MERUMORIKONTORORA and also has a memory chip. According to the company's current Intel-made CPU and about 2.5 times the high-speed operation and power consumption is less that one-third. Year 2008 the company shipped about SPARC64 VII than three times the relative performance. The world's fastest CPU was developed by Fujitsu, the CPU vector VPP5000 since it's about 10 years. The test chips on 300mm wafers SPARC64 SPARC64 VIIIfx image of SPARC64 VIIIfx in comparison with current and SPARC64 VII Fujitsu Forum 2009 at the exhibit and future technology "to support technical computing science", "Challenges to the Dream Project," an exhibition of 300mm wafer chip testing. "Space weather, astronomy, science and protecting the global environment of advanced technology to support a project aimed at building future dreams are rich" are introduced. Is expected to deliver a next-generation supercomputer, the environment, weather, transportation, chemical, medical, and will be used in areas such as space. Inoue Aiitirou head of Fujitsu's next-generation TEKUNIKARUKONPYUTINGU Development Division, "the current JAXA SPARC64 VII with (JAXA) in supercomputers running FX1, the world's execution efficiency and 91.2% also achieved the world record time of 60 hours run. 12,000 parallel cores, running on high performance and reliability. SPARC64 VII are generic, 40GFOPS have realized, this will further develop and strengthen the capacity of the floating-point operations for supercomputers, SPARC64 VIIIfx be. As well as high-speed processing, high throughput device to make the most of it has evolved in the lower power consumption. The FX1 JAXA, Japan's performance in the world ranked No 17.In the meantime, the supercomputer is Japan's second billing to the worship, by utilizing the CPU, you can dramatically develop the world's fastest supercomputer, the Community global be. To regain its position as the fastest in the world do. " SPARC64 VIIIfx Basic Overview SPARC64 VIIIfx with the system board. Four-node, and only realized it 512GFLOPS. The system board has a 24 rack units enter Head of Fujitsu's next-generation TEKUNIKARUKONPYUTINGU Inoue Aiitirou Development Division Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

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