Pirate Bay Trial Watch Day 7: We Pirated All These Movies For Evidence Gathering Purposes, Honest

Today the prosecution brought a few anti-piracy watchdogs to the stand who had “investigated” the Pirate Bay by downloading music, movies and games from the site. And then they reduced their evidence to shreds.

• The court heard from Magnus Mårtensson, a lawyer for the IFPI, and policeman Magnus Nilsson of the Swedish Anti-Piracy Office, who both described how they gathered evidence against the Pirate Bay by downloading torrents.

• In a continuing theme, neither of them seemed to grasp at all how BitTorrent works: all they could produce as evidence were screenshots of their torrents downloading, which the defense has already proven to be shaky if not entirely useless as evidence in court, as they don’t provide any actual information as to where the data is coming from on the network, and if the Pirate Bay’s trackers were being used.

• Whoopsies!

Gottfrid (defense): Before taking the screenshot, did you turn off DHT and Peer Exchange?

Mårtensson: DHT was obviously on. I wanted to be like an average user.

Gottfrid: So in other words, you can’t check if the tracker was used?

Mårtensson: The tracker address was visible on the screen. From that I assumed it was used in some way.

Gottfrid: But since you had DHT on, you have no possibility to state to the court as to whether The Pirate Bay’s tracker was actually used or not?

Mårtensson: No

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• After these two witnesses, the court decided to adjourn for the day after only two hours of work. Gotta love those Swedes.

I like the precedent this is setting: If you’re going to take on the Torrent sites, you better have the tech skillz to fight the geeks. [TorrentFreak]

Obama Assures Nation: ‘We Will Rebuild’

Obama Assures Nation: ‘We Will Rebuild’ Doug Mills/The New York Times President Obama gave a speech to Congress on Tuesday night. WASHINGTON — President Obama urged the nation on Tuesday to see the economic crisis as reason to raise its ambitions, calling for expensive new efforts to address energy, health care and education programs even as he warned that more money might be needed to bail out banks. In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Mr. Obama mixed an acknowledgment of the depth of the economic problems with a Reaganesque exhortation to American resilience and an expansive agenda with a pledge to begin paring down a soaring budget deficit. “While our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken, though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this,” Mr. Obama said. “We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.” He was greeted in the House of Representatives chamber with gregarious applause, particularly from Democrats who hold a strong majority. Yet even Republicans leaned in close to Mr. Obama as he passed by them in the narrow aisle and made his way to the speaker’s dais at the front of the room. Mr. Obama said he came to the Capitol not only to address members of the House and Senate who were seated before him, but also to “speak frankly and directly to the men and women who sent us here.” “If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that for too long, we have not always met these responsibilities — as a government or as a people,” Mr. Obama said. “I say this not to lay blame or look backwards, but because it is only by understanding how we arrived at this moment that we’ll be able to lift ourselves out of this predicament.” A failure to confront the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, deal with the rising cost of health care or find a solution to the decline of American schools contributed to the place the country finds itself in, Mr. Obama said. He renewed his call for investments in all areas, particularly finding a way to create energy resources that do not rely on foreign sources of oil. Mr. Obama, following through on a campaign pledge, challenged Congress to pass a bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions that are heating the planet and use $15 billion a year of the revenues from the program to pay for renewable sources of energy. He said that America was falling behind China, Germany, Japan and other nations in production and use of clean energy, but challenged American entrepreneurs to develop technology to make the United States a global leader in energy efficiency. He was vague about how he intends to make health care more affordable and accessible, saying only that the budget he will release on Thursday will make a down payment on the goal of “quality, affordable health care for every American.” On the campaign trail, he committed himself to a number of goals, including establishing a new public insurance program to compete with private insurers, requiring employers to contribute to the cost of coverage for their employees or to the cost of the public plan and requiring that all children have coverage. Mr. Obama said he would cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, telling his audience for the first time that his administration has “already identified two trillion dollars in savings over the next decade.” In an interview, an administration official said those savings reflected reduced spending on the war in Iraq and higher revenues from letting the Bush administration’s tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans lapse after 2010. In his litany of proposals, Mr. Obama called for creating tax-free universal savings accounts for all Americans, a nod to Republicans to create some kind of investment vehicles as they consider overhauling the Social Security program. “My budget does not attempt to solve every problem or address every issue. It reflects the stark reality of what we’ve inherited — a trillion-dollar budget deficit, a financial crisis and a costly recession,” Mr. Obama said. “Given these realities, everyone in this chamber — Democrats and Republicans — will have to sacrifice some worthy priorities for which there are no dollars. And that includes me.” While it was the most high-profile presidential address since the inauguration, it was hardly the first time Mr. Obama has presented an outline for what he wants his administration to accomplish. Other presidents have used their first address to Congress to lay out comprehensive plans for the first time, but Mr. Obama has already addressed the nation from the East Room and held a prime-time press conference, in addition to visiting Canada and six American states in trips intended to sell his economic message. But even though Americans have been seeing a lot of Mr. Obama in the first 36 days of his presidency, the speech on Tuesday evening gave him an opportunity to command the stage in a way he has not yet done and served as an early test of whether he will be able to persuade Republicans to support any pieces of his agenda. Republican leaders in the House and Senate turned to a rising voice outside of Washington to deliver the party’s response to the presidential address. In prepared remarks, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana said Republicans were also focused on trying to rebuild the economy, but he criticized Democrats for turning to government programs — and spending — to deal with the nation’s challenges. “Democratic leaders say their legislation will grow the economy,” Mr. Jindal said in his prepared speech. “What it will do is grow the government, increase our taxes down the line, and saddle future generations with debt. Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need? That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did. It’s irresponsible.” Mr. Obama acknowledged the anger felt by many Americans over the bailouts of banks, the automobile companies and homeowners who are in over their heads. But he made a case that all those steps were necessary, not to help the institutions or people receiving taxpayer money, but to avert deeper economic problems that would afflict everyone for years to come. At a time of crisis, he said, “we cannot afford to govern out of anger, or yield to the politics of the moment.” Mr. Obama sought to explain the program he announced last week to help some homeowners prevent foreclosure. He asked for understanding from Americans who have made their payments on time and who regard the bailout plan as an unfair reward to those who lived beyond their means. The president urged Americans to consider refinancing their homes, which he said could save nearly $2,000 on their mortgage. On health care, Mr. Obama said, “Let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.” The president waited until the last moments of his speech to address America’s relations with the world, and when he did, he struck broad themes while eschewing specific policy directives. He pledged to end the war in Iraq and to bring home troops — although he did not say how, or how soon. He pledged to defeat Al Qaeda and to combat extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, although, again, he did not say how, leaving the details to the pending reviews under way on both Iraq and Afghanistan policy. Instead, Mr. Obama sought to convey a new American administration that will try to lead by example. “As we stand at this crossroads of history, the eyes of all people in all nations are once again upon us — watching to see what we do with this moment; waiting for us to lead,” he said. With Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Speaker Nancy Pelosi sitting behind him, Mr. Obama looked out across a sea of senators, representatives, Supreme Court justices and high-ranking military officials. The cabinet members who have been confirmed were also on hand, except for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who was designated to stay away to uphold government continuity in case of an emergency. The crowd was significantly smaller — and more politically divided — than most of the audiences Mr. Obama addressed in the major junctures of his candidacy and since winning election. But the White House, like others before it, sought to personalize the policy proposals by introducing the stories of real people into the speech and inviting 22 guests to sit in the balcony with First Lady Michelle Obama. “I know that we haven’t agreed on every issue thus far, and there are surely times in the future when we will part ways,” Mr. Obama said. “But I also know that every American who is sitting here tonight loves this country and wants it to succeed. That must be the starting point for every debate we have in the coming months.”

Stronger Rs = Stronger India

Let me ask a question first.

What type of economic strength is preferable to India?

A) A strong Indian economy fueled by its cheap labor due to a weaker rupee against dollar, where the Indians end up working in shifts, late nights, whole nights and what not… only doing low profile jobs which foreign companies want to offload to India, so that they can concentrate on high end works and become even better. For instance in IT field, providing BPO services, support and maintenance work for products…

OR

B) A strong Indian economy fueled by its strong innovations and products, no matter whether the rupee is strong or weak against dollar.. where Indians work only in regular office hours of 9 to 6, developing cutting edge technologies and solutions, selling our world class products both inside and outside India. For instance in IT field, imagine operating systems, compilers, databases etc all coming out of India…

I do not deny the fact that the IT boom in India came to a large extent because of (A). Well and good, we have had the benefits of our cost being cheap in western markets due to a weak rupee against dollar.. We have had our share because of this advantage in the past 2 decades…

But at the same time doesn’t it make sense to move towards (B), instead of crying foul against rupee becoming stronger against dollar?

What a pity! Indian IT companies are feeling bad because rupee is becoming stronger against dollar! Reason, their profits will go down when the value of rupee is stronger, as every single dollar that comes into their account now means lesser rupee than earlier..(if for instance earlier they used to get 47 rupees for every dollar that comes in, but today its about 40!)

But isn’t this a matter of celebration? Our rupee is gaining importance internationally and is becoming stronger again .. How many of us know that in 1947 when India got independence 1 Rupee was 1.2 US dollars?

These Indian IT companies instead of relying on a weaker rupee for their profit should now look at coming out with innovative products and technical solutions. What have these companies done in the arena of core system products? Why don’t we have any operating systems, compilers, database systems, development platforms etc coming out of India? Why don’t we develop tools like photoshop or flash? We have talent, but they all are working in American companies on these products… Cannot our Indian IT companies setup at least small teams to develop such products?

Instead they are planning to make their employees work on saturdays too ! So that their profits can increase due to extra hours the employees put in.. As if India doesnt have any other option other than cheap labour, workaholic labor!! Are there no brains in India who can setup companies developing products and make money just by printing out more serial numbers and burning their product DVDs?

If Indian companies continue to depend on its weak currency, then how would Indian economy survive in a world where all currencies have equal value? Survival of the fittest.. Only greater innovation can help us in that case…

We need to have knowledge and technological advantage if India wants to become a superpower, not low cost based cheap labor advantage! Let the Chinese do it…

I hope that rupee becomes more and more stronger so that Indians are forced to use their brains and come up with innovative products and next generation technologies, than to provide low end services…

We need to create a situation where other countries line up to buy our F-16s, to buy our operating systems, to buy our mobile phones and I-pods, to buy our Boeing, to buy our Mercedes…

A stronger rupee means we can easily afford foreign trips!

“A stronger rupee means Indians can buy things anywhere in the world on par with developed economies! We dont have to spend crores of rupees then to buy a Boeing! We don’t have to pay tens of thousands of rupees for international air travels! A stronger rupee means greater international exposure! There wont be a difference between buying a Maruti and buying a Mercedes! One can go on a trip to the Grand Canyon just like the way one goes to Ladakh or Nepal ! How do you think american citizens are able to tour all over the world? Because they earn more? No. But because their currency USD is stronger.. and this is where a strong rupee will lead us to!… ”

I am not saying providing low end services is wrong… It gave us a very good start in the 90s. But that should definitely not be the bread and butter fueling our economic boom indefinitely in the future… For the simple reason that it can’t continue to do so any longer… other low cost destinations, cheaper than India are already coming up in the world… Let us move ahead… become more innovative… the journey has just started… This is just the beginning of all the beginnings…

8 Things that Google Ignores

We all want to get first page on Google search results and do a lot of things. There are some HTML attributes that Google pays no attention to when it goes through its crawling process. Google won’t penalize you for these HTML attributes, but why waste time on these attributes. There may be some exceptions to these rules.

Meta tag keywords and Description: Google crawler doesn’t look your web pages Meta tag key words and their description. But other search engines look for Meta tag keywords and for Meta tag description. It’ better to use Meta tag keyword and description.

Comments Tag

Comments tags are used by designers or web developers in order to understand the code easily. Google search crawler completely ignores the comment tags. It’s always better to delete all the comment code before putting web pages on to the server. Comments are very useful; if more then one webmaster is working on the same web page.

Style Tag

most of the Websites now a days use a separate CSS file, but it is not possible for webmaster to make a CSS entry for each and every design. Style tags that are present in web pages are also ignored by Google crawler.

 

Script Tag

Script tag is used to get advantage of JavaScript in web pages. Script written between the script tags is not useful for Google crawler and it will be ignored completely. Webmasters use JavaScript code to run Applet, AJAX code or any other program that run in a new window.

Duplicate Links

If your web pages has more then one link for the same web page then Google crawler only count the first one.

Linking points on Same Webpage

This time of web pages you find when the information on web page is too large and the user may not interested in all the information, so the webmaster creates page that will link to the same webpage points.

Multimedia Content

Google crawler does not pay attention to images, Flash content, Video and other multimedia content. Text surrounding to any multimedia content is May notice by Google and other search engine crawlers.

Boolean Words

Words like a, an, the, is, etc don’t make any sense for Google crawler. If you are optimizing your website only for Google then don’t use these keywords, for other search engine crawlers these keywords may make some sense

Stanford arrested and charged with fraud

Antigua-based billionaire Allen Stanford has been arrested and charged with fraud by US authorities. The Securities and Exchange Commission said that they were “alleging a fraud of shocking magnitude”.

The ECB reacted to the news with a statement saying it and the West Indies board had “suspended negotiations with Stanford and his financial corporation concerning a new sponsorship deal”.

Linda Chatman Thomsen, director of the SEC’s division of enforcement, said: “As we allege in our complaint, Stanford and the close circle of family and friends with whom he runs his businesses perpetrated a massive fraud based on false promises and fabricated historical return data to prey on investors. We are moving quickly and decisively in this enforcement action to stop this fraudulent conduct and preserve assets for investors.”

A US district judge granted the SEC’s request to impose a temporary restraining order on the Stanford operations and to freeze the defendants’ assets, and appoint a receiver to marshal those assets.

Earlier today the SEC had filed a complaint in federal court in Dallas accusing Stanford, the head of the Stanford Financial Group, of fraud in the sale of about US$8 billion of high-yielding certificates of deposit held in the firm’s bank in Antigua. James M. Davis, a director and chief financial officer of Stanford Group, was also arrested

The SEC said it could not account for the US$8 billion in assets that were housed in the Antigua bank after issuing subpoenas for bank records and to various witnesses. Most of those subpoenaed, including Davis and Stanford, failed to testify or produce documents relating to the assets.

The SEC went on to describe claims by the bank that it paid “significantly” higher returns on its CDs because of the high quality of its investments as “improbable, if not impossible”. It is believed that Stanford and Davis’s assets have been frozen pending further investigations and that their passports have been confiscated.

The SEC’s investigation into Stanford Financial Group comes at a time it is under considerable pressure inside the USA for its inaction regarding the multi-billion Bernard L. Madoff case.

© Cricinfo

Clinton Tells of Why She Took the Job

 

Mast Irham/European Pressphoto Agency

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday in Jakarta, where she pushed for broader relations with Indonesia.

 

 

Published: February 19, 2009

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited a development program in a working-class neighborhood here and spoke about her decision to work for the man who defeated her for the presidential nomination, on her second day in Indonesia before flying to Seoul.

“It was not anything I had any reason to expect or had even thought about,” Mrs. Clinton said of President Obama’s offer to her to be the nation’s chief diplomat. “I had to make a hard decision.”

Mrs. Clinton said she put aside the disappointment of the election to take Mr. Obama’s job offer because, she said, “We have so many of the same views of what we should do in the world.”

Touring a neighborhood where a third of the residents are below the poverty line, Mrs. Clinton spoke to women making handbags from wastepaper and purifying water with chlorine drops.

Appearing on a popular Indonesian television show, Mrs. Clinton was asked to name her favorite music artists — she said The Beatles and The Rolling Stones — but politely declined to sing.

In a light-hearted visit to Mr. Obama’s boyhood home, Mrs. Clinton paid tribute to Indonesia’s thriving democracy.

“If you want to know if democracy, Islam, modernity, and women’s rights can coexist, go to Indonesia,” she said at a dinner with scholars, environmentalists and women’s rights advocates.

After Mr. Obama’s highly visible appeal to the Islamic world, and similar overtures by Mrs. Clinton, she seemed careful not to single out Muslims at the expense of other religious groups.

“There is no pigeon-holing, there is no exclusivity,” she said. “We are reaching out to the entire world.”

She announced that the Indonesian government had agreed to negotiations to allow the Peace Corps to return to the country after a 43-year absence. The volunteers were forced out of the country in 1965 in the turmoil that culminated in a military coup by General Suharto.

Mrs. Clinton was greeted by friendly crowds, though she acknowledged being a warm-up act for Mr. Obama, who lived in Jakarta from 1967 to 1971. “I’ve already been asked, over and over again, ‘When is he coming?’ ” Mrs. Clinton said at the dinner, with mock exasperation.

She suggested that Mr. Obama might save the visit for a time when he was beleaguered in his job and needed a morale boost. That suggests he may not be visiting anytime soon.

Shortly after noon, Mrs. Clinton left Jakarta for Seoul, where, after a short respite in Southeast Asia, North Korea’s threats to test a long-range missile were likely to return to her agenda.

Geo TV reporter murdered in Pak’s restive Swat valley

A Pakistan TV journalist covering talks between two hardline clerics was killed on Wednesday unidentified gunmen in the country’s restive Swat valley, jeopardising the just inked peace pact reached between one of the pro-Taliban group and the government.

Twenty eight-year-old Musa Khan Khel, who was working for Geo News channel and The News daily, was shot dead in the Matta area of Swat, considered a stronghold of the local Taliban.

Khan Khel had gone to the area to cover talks expected to be held between Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah and his father-in-law Maulana Sufi Mohammad, whose group has reached an agreement with the North West Frontier Province government on enforcing Sharia law in Swat and in parts of the province.

“We announce the sad news that the Geo TV correspondent in Swat was assassinated by unidentified gunmen,” an anchor on Geo News announced.

“We demand that the government trace the killers and punish them,” the anchor said. Khan Khel was the second journalist to be shot dead in Swat valley in three months. No group claimed responsibility for the killing.

Information Minister Sherry Rehman condemned Khan Khel’s murder, saying the killers would be brought to justice.

Meanwhile, septuagenarian Sufi Mohammad, the chief of the outlawed Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammedi, and some 300 followers marched through Mingora, the main city of Swat district in the NWFP.