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This is the first printed issue of the Computer Science and Engineering Association Magazine - The Monthly Byte.

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  • The monthly byteSpecial Issue

    CSEA

    00101010

    The Pirate Bay AFkFeaturing

    CES2013

  • Abdel-Rahman Hassan

    Ive met a few people who can genuinely argue that The Pirate Bay (TPB) has offered them more in their lifetimes than did their local government. Although such is a highly debatable argument, it comes with no surprise. The p2p file sharing system that TPB has developed and adopted has revolutionized many aspects of information sharing. The website which facilitates peer-to-peer file-sharing using the BitTorrent protocol, was only founded in 2003. Today, The Pirate Bay stands as one of the most influential file sharing websites on the internet.

    However, every technological advancement is accompanied by an array of social and ethical implications. In the case of TPB, these implications were immense, as many outlets and entities have viewed TPB to promote digital piracy on a mass scale. It is often when such entities perused TPB owners in court, leading to two of the websites founders to be fined and sen-tenced one year in jail by Swedish courts back in 2009. TPB now continues to function, but is blocked by ISPs in more than 20 countries.

    As the legitimacy and intentions of TPB have always been put to question, its founders have recently brought to light a movie documenting their journey. The movie is titled The Pirate Bay AFK standing for, The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard. Here are a few reasons why you should watch it:1. You might get a glimpse of the truth.

    Viewing anything from a different perspective will get you closer to truth, and give you more power as a viewer. Media and court reports about fraudulent practices of TPB may hold a degree of correctness, but the release of this movie means the founders have something to say as well.

    2. Get a glimpse of file-sharing and its influence.A heads up and a spoiler: Although the movie is a documentary, it will probably not include much technical detail about file sharing, the ways of TPB in enhancing the Bit Torrent Protocol or how they refine their torrents. However, the audience of the movie will be given an idea of what file sharing is, why it is so special, and why is it that the worlds governments are fighting it.

    3. Give TPB a chance to declare their good intentions.Watching the documentary, you will get acquainted with the message and mission of TPB. Those peeps have gone through jail to get the message across, It is definitely worth hearing.

    4. The movie is a good production.The movie was well funded and well promoted, although TPB generally rely on donations for funding. Although the movie is short of explosions and gun action, the producers have still managed to give it components of excitement. Replayed shots from TPB trials and real time interviews with founder is definitely some materials of value.

    Some food for thought in conclusion; next time you download a torrent of your favorite movie , Role Playing Game or First Person Shooter, just remember that someone has been jailed in the sake of your download. 0x1

  • Abdel-Rahman Hassan

    Ive met a few people who can genuinely argue that The Pirate Bay (TPB) has offered them more in their lifetimes than did their local government. Although such is a highly debatable argument, it comes with no surprise. The p2p file sharing system that TPB has developed and adopted has revolutionized many aspects of information sharing. The website which facilitates peer-to-peer file-sharing using the BitTorrent protocol, was only founded in 2003. Today, The Pirate Bay stands as one of the most influential file sharing websites on the internet.

    However, every technological advancement is accompanied by an array of social and ethical implications. In the case of TPB, these implications were immense, as many outlets and entities have viewed TPB to promote digital piracy on a mass scale. It is often when such entities perused TPB owners in court, leading to two of the websites founders to be fined and sen-tenced one year in jail by Swedish courts back in 2009. TPB now continues to function, but is blocked by ISPs in more than 20 countries.

    As the legitimacy and intentions of TPB have always been put to question, its founders have recently brought to light a movie documenting their journey. The movie is titled The Pirate Bay AFK standing for, The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard. Here are a few reasons why you should watch it:1. You might get a glimpse of the truth.

    Viewing anything from a different perspective will get you closer to truth, and give you more power as a viewer. Media and court reports about fraudulent practices of TPB may hold a degree of correctness, but the release of this movie means the founders have something to say as well.

    2. Get a glimpse of file-sharing and its influence.A heads up and a spoiler: Although the movie is a documentary, it will probably not include much technical detail about file sharing, the ways of TPB in enhancing the Bit Torrent Protocol or how they refine their torrents. However, the audience of the movie will be given an idea of what file sharing is, why it is so special, and why is it that the worlds governments are fighting it.

    3. Give TPB a chance to declare their good intentions.Watching the documentary, you will get acquainted with the message and mission of TPB. Those peeps have gone through jail to get the message across, It is definitely worth hearing.

    4. The movie is a good production.The movie was well funded and well promoted, although TPB generally rely on donations for funding. Although the movie is short of explosions and gun action, the producers have still managed to give it components of excitement. Replayed shots from TPB trials and real time interviews with founder is definitely some materials of value.

    Some food for thought in conclusion; next time you download a torrent of your favorite movie , Role Playing Game or First Person Shooter, just remember that someone has been jailed in the sake of your download. 0x1

    Technology Meets AwesomeOmar Yasser Nawar

    0x2

    How long ago did people everywhere go crazy when Kingston announced their 128 GB ash drive? This years show was more surprising than ever. Kingston announced the worlds rst 1 TB ash drive. Seeing as quite a lot of people have computers with a total storage of less than 1 TB, this ash drive could be used to, literally, carry your entire computer in your pocket. The powerhouse ash drive will be released in the rst quarter of 2013, and is called the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0. Cant wait till its out? You can get its younger version, at 512 GB, right now. Both devices boast 240MB/s reading and 160MB/s writing speeds and, of course, are USB 3.0. Technologies that strong dont come cheap, however, as Kingston announced that the 512 GB model would set consumers back at least $1,300. While these devices will most denitely go mainstream in the near future, we just have to wait in the meantime for the prices to go down. Judging by its speed, mind-boggling storage capa-bilities, and its name, I wouldnt be surprised if it somehow tries to take over the world in a machine revolution.

    Few shows can capture the attention of all types of technology enthusiasts: companies, distributers, tech geeks, gamers and even the average Joe. With more

    and more people using and relying on a lot of forms of technology in their day-to-day life, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the most anticipated

    and most inuential technology shows in the world, and CES 2013 was no dierent. With amazing strides in display, storage, tablet computers, and the sur-

    prising disappearance of 3D, CES brought a lot of surprises this year. Trying to discuss every single technology at the show would take a whole lot more than an

    article and would probably take weeks. So for now, well be discussing what we believe is the best and craziest of the show.

    Kingstons 1 TB Flash Drive

  • 0x3

    Thats right, our next entry is exible screens. Samsungs keynote at CES was nothing short of amazing, as is their usual. The main event, however, was the announcement of their bendable screen technolo-gy, which they dubbed Youm. Although the concept of a exible, bendable screen has been at Sam-sung for over two years now, this year was the rst time they showed a working prototype on an actual functioning device. Because these screens use OLEDs (Organic LEDs) that generate their own light, theres no need for bulky backlights like other display technologies. And because of that, the demoed Youm screens are made from thin plastic, rather than glass, making it virtually unbreakable. Not only that, but with bendable screens the limits of what screens are capable of are, slowly but surely, getting pushed further and further out. In the keynote, Samsung showcased a paper-thin screen that can practically be rolled and bended like an arc and another screen on a phone that curves with the side of the phone to provide notications. Incredibly inspiring as they are, they also raise a question, what abouttablets and phones? Because even though screens can now bend, motherboards, chips, and other parts cant. I am certain, however, that well be nothing short of surprised when devices using these technologies start appearing in our lives.

    Another one from Samsung, and this time, its in the processing department. During its keynote, Samsung unveiled yet another powerhouse, the Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor. The Octa is Samsungs successor to the Exynos 4, the quad-core processor that ranked at the top of the chain when it debuted within the companys latest agship Android device, the Galaxy S3. Designed for higher-end phones and tablets, devices running this processor would be able to handle a lot more than the curren