Tech News Today 490

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Episode 490

Tech News Today 490: Facing The Existential Threat

Microsoft buys some Barnes and Noble love, UK blocks Pirate Bay, can Skype spy on you, and more.

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  • The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK ISPs, court rules
  • U.K. High Court Orders ISPs to Block The Pirate Bay
    • Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by ISPs Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media, says the UK High Court. within the next few weeks
    • 6th ISP, BT, requested "a few more weeks" to consider their position on blocking the site.
    • British Phonographic Industry (BPI) (Britain's music industry trade group) demanded The Pirate Bay shut down in July 2011, unsuccessful. Then BPI aasked ISPs to block PB in November 2011. They said they wouldn't without a court order. Previously court order was obtained to block Newzbin 2, similar to PB, downloadable content, some pirated.
    • In Feb the High Court ruled that The Pirate Bay violates copyright regulations, going beyond "enabling or assisting". The case was seen as a green light for rights holders to force ISPs to block access to a number of high-profile filesharing sites in the UK, using the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Earlier this year PB moved away from torrents to the magnet format.
    • PB founders found guilty of copyright infringement in April 2009 in Swedish Supreme Court, sentenced to one year in prison, and hit with fines of about $32 million Swedish kroner (about $4.5 million). Appeal denied in Feb .
    • Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group: "It will fuel calls for further, wider and even more drastic calls for internet censorship of many kinds, from pornography to extremism. Internet censorship is growing in scope and becoming easier. Yet it never has the effect desired. It simply turns criminals into heroes."
    • virgin: "As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders addressed to the company but strongly believes that changing consumer behavior to tackle copyright infringement also needs compelling legal alternatives, such as our agreement with Spotify, to give consumers access to great content at the right price."
    • O2: "On the wider point about copyright infringement, we have always said that music rights holders should continue to develop new online business models to give consumers the content they want, how they want it, for a fair price,"

Discussion Stories

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"Hi TNT Crew,

I just listened to episode 489 and wanted to respond to the comment that “hand held gaming” is moving to phones and that devices like the Nintendo 3DS are a “lost cause”.

While I don’t entirely disagree, as a father of 3 boys who love hand held gaming and who don’t have or need smart phones, devices like the Nintendo, DS, DSi and 3DS are great platforms for them to game on. They can share games and sync their devices for multi player gaming experiences without the need for data plans, social network accounts, etc.

What I have noticed over the last few years is that as the devices have gotten more sophisticated (like the 3DS) they seem to be targed at an older market and that may be their ultimate undoing, my 9 years old’s 3DS can do some amazing things that he is too young to understand or take advantage of, and by the time he is old enough to “get it” he will likely have moved on to a smart phone or iPod Touch type device.

My 13 year old son has a 3DS and an iPod Touch and he plays on both, mainly because Nintendo's flagship game franchises like Super Mario, Pokémon and Zelda are not available on iOS, if they were he’d probably never pick up his 3DS, which provides further support of your comments that Nintendo should sell their games on other platforms if they want to stay totally relevant.

Love the show!

Barry in New York"

"Hey Twit Heads,  :-)

In Friday's show you talked about a new implant for eyesight. Like you, I think that it is truly awesome. Unlike you, I do not want it. You need 4 times the resolution of an 8k TV to approach the capacity of the human eye.

I've been slowly going blind for 50 years. I was an early adopter of eBooks, before the iPod and Audible came along. All the accessibility tricks available to computer users have helped me to remain somewhat productive. Yet I do not want a vision implant. Technology is wonderful until it fails. I recently replaced a pair of hearing aids at $3,200 per ear because my other ones just got old. Besides, like my electronic ears my electronic eyes will not feel natural, might be subject to radio interference, etc. give me a natural alternative instead. Fortunately there are a couple on the horizon. Some group in Oregon will be starting a clinical trial on Gene Therapy for Retinitis Pigmentosa patients soon. It'll be a race to see who gets to market first.

Where the new electronic eye may prove more useful and you guys missed this is in robotics. Enjoy the show, keep up the good work

Will Mullen Chicago, IL"



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