Swedish Internet Users Backed Off to Download Illegally

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir 2 comments »

Torrents are just heaven for people all around the world, to download nearly almost everything. But there was an amazing 30% decrease in the internet usage by the Swedish, after the a legislation which is based on the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED).

The law is to make copyright holders and authorities more powerful, to act against the people who download stuff illegally through peer-to-peer software’s. However, people are people !! 400,000 Swedes connected to the Pirate Bay tracker with no decline. It in my opinion there is no serious way to act against these kind of activities.

via [royalpingdom]

They Hang Pirates, Don’t They?

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »

The Swedish trial of the four members of Pirate Bay is now over, and the pirates are going to jail.  Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty and were sentenced to a year in the slammer for violating copyright and running the most notorious file sharing site on the web.

From the BBC here:

A court in Sweden has jailed four men behind The Pirate Bay (TPB), the world’s most high-profile file-sharing website, in a landmark case.   Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail.  They were also ordered to pay $4.5m (£3m) in damages.

Record companies welcomed the verdict but the men are to appeal and Sunde said they would refuse to pay the fine.

Speaking at an online press conference, he described the verdict as “bizarre. “  “It’s serious to actually be found guilty and get jail time. It’s really serious. And that’s a bit weird,” Sunde said.   “It’s so bizarre that we were convicted at all and it’s even more bizarre that we were [convicted] as a team. The court said we were organised. I can’t get Gottfrid out of bed in the morning. If you’re going to convict us, convict us of disorganised crime.

“We can’t pay and we wouldn’t pay. Even if I had the money I would rather burn everything I owned, and I wouldn’t even give them the ashes.”

The damages were awarded to a number of entertainment companies, including Warner Bros, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and Columbia Pictures.

The Pirate Bay’s first server is now a museum exhibit in Stockholm.  No copyright content is hosted on The Pirate Bay’s web servers; instead the site hosts “torrent” links to TV, film and music files held on its users’ computers.

Way to stay defiant, Sunde.  Maybe that attitude and a pack of smokes can get you more time “in the yard” in the Swedish jail.

Look, even if Pirate Bay never hosted a single file, there are pieces of information, that once assembled, become illegal.  That is a concept that online anarchists like Sunde can’t come to grips with.  Showing people how to violate copyright laws is an example of this concept.  Compiling privacy information by a government to be used to track people would be another.

Gmail Now Tells You Who You Want To Email

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »

Not sure who else to add to that group email? Gmail Labs now has a useful “suggest more recipients” feature that suggests contacts that you might want to include in a group email based on the people you’ve grouped together as email recipients in the past.

For example, if you often send family emails to your mother, father, husband, sister and brother, when you start composing an email to your mother and father, Gmail will suggest adding your sister, husband and brother. The feature is triggered only after you’ve added at least two recipients to the email.

To enable the feature, go to Gmail Labs and turn it on as a setting. This clever feature is just one of the many nifty innovations that has come out of Gmail Labs, including offline access, contact time zones, search suggestions, an undo button, multi-pane viewing, and many more.

Bluetooth 3.0 prepped for launch on April 21

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »

The Bluetooth 3.0 spec is ready to hit the streets, with the Bluetooth SIG preparing for an official release later this month. The updated specification will enable the transfer of larger files thanks to the incorporation of 802.11n.

Right on schedule, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is preparing to launch the Bluetooth 3.0 specification on April 21. A list of chip-makers who are on board with the updated spec has not yet been made public, but it’s expected to be available when the formal announcement is made later this month.

Bluetooth 3.0 will bring with it dramatically-improved file transfer speeds by using 802.11 technology (not technically WiFi, which is a certified version of 802.11 standards) that will enable the transfer of much larger files. The previous spec was fine for the transfer of more bite-sized data, like contact info or calendar items, but as mobile devices evolve to become our entertainment centers on-the-go, a speed improvement will certainly be helpful for transferring things like video and music collections.

For those curious, the Bluetooth 3.0 + High Speed standard works by using two compatible Bluetooth modules that coordinate a switch to 802.11 (without having to join a WiFi network) to move the bulk files. Once a file-transfer is complete, the devices coordinate a switch back to the slower and backwards-compatible 3.0Mbps rate of earlier Bluetooth releases, which consumes less power and bandwidth.

Once the new standard is announced by the Bluetooth SIG, it likely won’t be long before we see devices with Bluetooth 3.0 built-in. Of course, when you have battery-sucking phones like the iPhone that need to be plugged in and synced every day already, there seems like less of a need for such high-speed file transfers, but everyone else using Bluetooth to sync files will no doubt be happy with the improvements.

Intel developing world’s fastest OS

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir 1 comment »

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Wouldn’t it be great if your OS booted in just 2 seconds? There will be no need for sleep modes and hibernating. Intel is working on Linux based OS that would boot in 2 seconds with the Intel atom. The OS which is already in its beta testing phase has been named Moblin.

If Intel pulls out this one then Moblin would be the fastest booting OS in the world.  “We think that two second boot is possible.” says Imhad Sousou, director of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. The 2 seconds booting OS will be ideal for Netbooks and MIDs.

A 2 sec booting for a OS would be faster than what it takes for a SMS to open on my Nokia (takes 30-40 secs). This should please Netbook owners running Linux OS, but faster loading time isn’t a luxury that will make me switch from WinXP unless it supports Ms-office and other basic utilities well enough.

via [MaximumPC]

Drunk? Lost? Call Police! They would track you with your mobile’s GPS chip

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »

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Is technology bad or good? Read this short incident and then decide

This young man just decided to booze out with his friends on a dark night. He didn’t want to drink and drive so the dude decided to go on a bicycle. While returning from the party, the guy got lost and slept near the Mississippi River. After finding himself all muddy and still lost in the morning, he called up the Police. The tech-savy police located this guy using the GPS chip built inside his cellphone. The 21 yr old must really be thanking the moment when he bought that GPS mobile, but we are unsure if he was booked by the Police under something or not…

So, technology bad or good? Let us know in the comments.

Via TechCult

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