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Avast, ye scurvy bilge rat! It's Pirate Insult Generator for webOS

Smartphones have all kinds of practical uses -- taking pictures, providing GPS-powered directions, saving money on purchases -- but suppose you get into a confrontation with an early 18th-century pirate at the office and you need to put him in his place? You couldn't resort to modern slang, since chances are good he probably wouldn't understand what you were saying. Fortunately, you've planned...

Sweden's Pirate Party set to launch private, anonymous ISP

Say what you will about Sweden's Pirate Party, but they certainly have some kick-ass ideas about protecting the rights of Internet users. Recently the Party announced that they would begin operating the Pirate Bay from within Swedish Parliament -- where they have immunity from prosecution for actions taken as part of their political mandate. Now they're preparing to offer Swedish residents...

PDF Search Tool helps you find PDF files by content

When I think about searching online, my first and often only thought is, "how can I do this with Google?" Well, Google's great at search, but that doesn't mean it's the best tool in every situation. Consider searching for PDFs containing specific information; wouldn't you like to see a nice clean list of PDF titles with links both to the PDF in question and an HTML version of it? PDF Search Tool...

Install0us, pirated iPhone app installer is shutting down

Install0us is an app that could be installed on jailbroken iPhones that would allow the user to installed pirated versions of commercial iPhone apps and avoid actually purchasing them. The developer of Install0us, puy0, recently posted in the Install0us forums that he has decided to discontinue work on the app and kill the project for legal reasons. You don't say? Amazingly, puy0 states that he...

PiratePad is EtherPad, elsewhere

After Google purchased the collaborative text editing site EtherPad and subsequently screwed up by trying to turn off the ability to create new pads, many people have lost confidence in Google's ability to effectively host their data on EtherPad. Google has been clear that it is their long-term plan to drop EtherPad as a service, but at the same time they have already begun open-sourcing the code...

7 Talk Like a Pirate Day Timewasters

[Creative Commons licensed image removed at the request of the rights-holder] Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, ye filthy barnacles! In the spirit of the day, we've put together a few fun, Pirate-themed timewasters. We've got trading games, tower defense, hack-and-slash (and cannonfire), and other saber-rattling goodness. It's all in the gallery after the break -- so crank up the Alestorm, grab...

Microsoft to pirates: you're bad, but you'll still get Windows 7 updates

If someone were to ask you what Microsoft's biggest competition is on the operating system front is, what would your guess be? OSX? No. Linux? Sorry, but no. Truth is, it's unlicensed Windows. So when you're developing a new operating system with a wide array of modern features, it's probably best to take a hard line against piracy, right? Maybe not. Paul Cooke, Microsoft's director of Windows...

Does software piracy hurt the open source community?

Louis Suarez-Potts, the community manager for the open-source Open Office project, says software piracy also hurts the open-source community, and though it can be argued that open-source is bad for innovation, most of us love the open source community. So does the occasional pirated piece of software really hurt our beloved open source projects? Suarez-Potts thinks it's bad for everyone including...

Study finds global piracy rates hold fast at 35%, Russian and Chinese scallawags belay a bit

The fourth annual Global Piracy Study, conducted by tech market research company IDC on behalf of the Business Software Alliance, was released this morning. The researchers estimate that again this year, 35% of all software on PCs worldwide is pirated. This is despite claimed advances in legitimate sales in traditional problem areas like China, where the government's decision to license...

Microsoft: don't use pirated software, but if you do, use ours

Microsoft spends an awful lot of money every year trying to make sure you don't use bootleg copies of their software. But Microsoft business group president Jeff Raikes had something interesting to say at the Morgan Stanley Technology conference last week. Essentially, he said if people are going to use pirated software, he'd prefer they use bootleg copies of Microsoft programs. While this sounds...

Ninja Loves Pirate - Today's Time Waster

I've never made a very convincing pirate, even on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but like you I can enjoy a hearty "yarr" now and again. What I enjoy even more, though, is Ninja Loves Pirate, a gorgeous side-scroller for Windows in which you play the dual roles of (wait for it) stealthy ninja Ichiro and dread pirate Blackbeard, who must battle their way through (wait for it) evil zombies...

Software pirate goes to jail for seven years

Does not pass go, does not collect $200. iBackups.net owner Nathan Peterson received an 87 month sentence for software piracy, which is a record for sentences to date. For those of you who don't feel like doing the math, that's seven years and three months. Nathan also has to repay $5.4 million in restitution in $200 monthly payments after he gets out of prison. iBackups.net damages were...

Windows Genuine Advantage workarounds

So let's just say, hypothetically, that your copy of Windows XP isn't "genuine." If you're tired of seeing the warning that alerts you to this fact, there's now a workaround to disable the WGA notifications. Does it work? Honestly I don't know, because every version of Windows I touch appears to be the real thing. And of course, I'm not here to advocate piracy. But the incessant...