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Free Market Failure: Telco Profit Margin On Data Roaming Exceeds 1,000,000%

Free Market Failure: Telco Profit Margin On Data Roaming Exceeds 1,000,000% | neutopia | Scoop.it

The profit margin for the telecom industry on mobile data roaming is in excess of one million per cent. On healthy and functioning markets, the profit margins typically range between five and ten percent. This is an in-your-face example of free market failure.

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Eric Schmidt says it's 'extremely curious' that Apple lawsuits don't target Google directly

Eric Schmidt says it's 'extremely curious' that Apple lawsuits don't target Google directly | neutopia | Scoop.it
If you've been left a little nonplussed by Apple's lawsuits against Android hardware manufacturers, Google chairman Eric Schmidt is wondering the same thing. In an interview with the Wall Street...
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The darknet rises: how Microsoft engineers predicted the failure of DRM as we knew it

The darknet rises: how Microsoft engineers predicted the failure of DRM as we knew it | neutopia | Scoop.it
In 2002, four Microsoft engineers presented a paper titled The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution to a security conference in Washington, DC. They argued that DRM would be ineffective...
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Free Market Failure: Telco Profit Margin On Data Roaming Exceeds 1,000,000%

Free Market Failure: Telco Profit Margin On Data Roaming Exceeds 1,000,000% | neutopia | Scoop.it

The profit margin for the telecom industry on mobile data roaming is in excess of one million per cent. On healthy and functioning markets, the profit margins typically range between five and ten percent. This is an in-your-face example of free market failure.

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Updated: Sites Back Up After ‘Eboz’ Hijacked Google, Apple, 280+ Other Sites In Pakistan, Possibly Just To Highlight Security Hole

Updated: Sites Back Up After ‘Eboz’ Hijacked Google, Apple, 280+ Other Sites In Pakistan, Possibly Just To Highlight Security Hole | neutopia | Scoop.it
Pakistan's internet-using population were slammed today with a systematic take-down of local versions of some of the world's biggest names in tech, and several hours after first going down, Google.pk, Google.com.pk, Yahoo.pk, Apple.pk, Microsoft.pk...
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Implant Lets Blind Eyes “See” Braille

Implant Lets Blind Eyes “See” Braille | neutopia | Scoop.it
For the first time, blind people could read street signs with a device that translates letters into Braille and beams the results directly onto a person’s eye.
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David Cameron is accused of a 'sham listening exercise' on NHS reform after links to lobbyist are revealed

David Cameron is accused of a 'sham listening exercise' on NHS reform after links to lobbyist are revealed | neutopia | Scoop.it
Leaked document shows how private health firms worked with Downing Street to ensure new legislation went ahead...
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America's War on Drugs Sputters to an End

America's War on Drugs Sputters to an End | neutopia | Scoop.it

Oh, no one in Washington is going to make any sort of announcement to confirm this but take it from me -- our four-decades-old drug war strategy is now formally kaput. To be entirely honest, it has been sputtering along for years now accomplishing little and costing us upward of a trillion dollars.

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A free and open world depends on a free and open web.

A free and open world depends on a free and open web. | neutopia | Scoop.it
A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice.
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Particle physicists confirm arrow of time — for B mesons

Particle physicists confirm arrow of time — for B mesons | neutopia | Scoop.it

Four years after the facility’s closure, researchers have used data from the particle physics experiment BaBar (pictured right, at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California) to make the first direct measurement confirming that time does not run the same forwards as backwards — at least for the B mesons that the experiment produced during its heyday.

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UN official calls for marijuana ballot rollback

UN official calls  for marijuana ballot rollback | neutopia | Scoop.it

VIENNA—The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

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Is Black Friday edging out Thanksgiving?

Is Black Friday edging out Thanksgiving? | neutopia | Scoop.it

Black Friday has all the markings of a bona fide holiday. But is this the way we want to remember Thanksgiving?

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Drug War Leads to More HIV?

Drug War Leads to More HIV? | neutopia | Scoop.it

The report describes how the global war on drugs is driving the HIV pandemic among people who use drugs and their sexual partners. It condemns the drug war as a failure and recommends immediate, major reforms of the global drug prohibition regime to halt the spread of HIV infection and other drug war harms.

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A quick guide to the ITU's 'Internet takeover' conference, WCIT

A quick guide to the ITU's 'Internet takeover' conference, WCIT | neutopia | Scoop.it
On Monday, 193 United Nations member states will gather in Dubai to decide the future of the Internet. The details are messy, confusing, and sometimes secret. And nobody knows what's going to happen.

Here's a quick-and-dirty guide to filthy chaos that is the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications.


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Google Adds Medications To Its Knowledge Graph

Google Adds Medications To Its Knowledge Graph | neutopia | Scoop.it
Searchers in need of medical information will begin seeing detailed information on medications as part of Google’s Knowledge Graph product.
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Onion Convinces Actual Chinese Communists Kim Jong-un Is Actually Sexiest Man Alive

Onion Convinces Actual Chinese Communists Kim Jong-un Is Actually Sexiest Man Alive | neutopia | Scoop.it

We're not here to debate whether or not North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, is the sexiest man alive. No, we're here to snicker that The Onion fooled China's communist paper into thinking it so. The actual article from the People's Daily Online, the official newspaper of China's communist party, isn't much more than taking a few quotes from the Onion article and smacking them onto a 55-PAGE SLIDESHOW GALLERY of Kim looking all majestic and whatnot.

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Disney Research robot can juggle, play catch

Disney Research robot can juggle, play catch | neutopia | Scoop.it
Disney Research has created an animatronic robot that can play catch and juggle balls with a human partner.
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“Anonymous” File-Sharing Darknet Ruled Illegal by German Court

“Anonymous” File-Sharing Darknet Ruled Illegal by German Court | neutopia | Scoop.it
A court in Hamburg, Germany, has granted an injunction against a user of the anonymous and encrypted file-sharing network RetroShare .
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Furious Cameron tells EU leaders to join 'real world'

Furious Cameron tells EU leaders to join 'real world' | neutopia | Scoop.it

European leaders sat down to drink £130 bottles of wine just hours before crucial budget talks collapsed, with the British blaming EU President Herman Van Rompuy for the embarrassing failure.

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How Google's Kansas Internet Service Could Serve as a Blueprint for Delivering Blazing Fast Data Across the United States

How Google's Kansas Internet Service Could Serve as a Blueprint for Delivering Blazing Fast Data Across the United States | neutopia | Scoop.it
In a radical departure from its core business, the search giant is installing high-speed fiber neighborhood by neighborhood.
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European Union To Spend $900M Building Super Lasers More Powerful Than Any Yet Constructed

European Union To Spend $900M Building Super Lasers More Powerful Than Any Yet Constructed | neutopia | Scoop.it

On the coattails of CERN’s success with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), Europeans and the world at large have another grand science project to be excited about: the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) project involving 40 research and academic institutions. The project’s goal is to build powerful lasers — two in Romania and the Czech Republic and a third in Hungary. These lasers will progressively serve as prototypes for a fourth more powerful laser — the Ultra-High Field Laser — whose location hasn’t been decided yet, though the UK is the likely candidate.

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Researchers Show How We Can Do Math Problems Unconsciously

Researchers Show How We Can Do Math Problems Unconsciously | neutopia | Scoop.it
Can we actually read words and phrases and solve multi-step mathematical problems without our having consciously been aware of them?
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Has Curiosity Made an ‘Earth-Shaking’ Discovery?

Has Curiosity Made an ‘Earth-Shaking’ Discovery? | neutopia | Scoop.it
This image was taken by Front Hazcam onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 102 (2012-11-18 21:41:54 UTC).
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IBM simulates 530 billon neurons, 100 trillion synapses on world’s fastest supercomputer

IBM simulates 530 billon neurons, 100 trillion synapses on world’s fastest supercomputer | neutopia | Scoop.it

IBM Research – Almaden presented at Supercomputing 2012 last week the next milestone toward fulfilling the ultimate vision of the DARPA’s cognitive computing program, called Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE)...

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