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+ - Canadian villagers petition for cell phone ban->

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CmpEng
CmpEng writes ""NEW DENVER, B.C. [Canada] — To some residents of New Denver, the greatest threat to their way of life is not terrorism, but cellphones. Citing concerns over health and a change of culture, about 250 people — roughly half the population of the southeastern B.C. village — are petitioning against Telus's plan to install an antenna and bring cellphone service to the community. 'People come here because in New Denver it feels like you're living 50 years ago and we would lose that if we had an influx of cellphones. Our teenagers would all start using them,' said Julia Greenlaw, chairwoman of the Healthy Housing Society.""
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United States

+ - Torrentspy.com disables searching for U.S. IPs

Submitted by dr_strang
dr_strang (32799) writes "Torrent indexing site Torrentspy.com appears to have disabled torrent searches for IPs that originate in the United States. Instead of a results page, users are directed to this page, which states:
Torrentspy Acts to Protect Privacy
Sorry, but because you are located in the USA you cannot use the search features of the Torrentspy.com website.Torrentspy's decision to stop accepting US visitors was NOT compelled by any Court but rather an uncertain legal climate in the US regarding user privacy and an apparent tension between US and European Union privacy laws.
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United States

+ - Gonzales Resigns

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cybermage
cybermage writes "With an announcement scheduled for this morning, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned. CNN has the story of Gonzales' resignation as the culmination of a process began when nine U.S. Attorneys were dismissed for seemingly political reasons. CNN believes Bush will move to replace Gonzales with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. It is unclear whether he will formally nominate him or take advantage of what remains of a congressional recess to put him in office directly."

Comment: Re:no standing (Score 1) 125

by 1ucius (#19963295) Attached to: USPTO Sued Over "Unqualified Appointment"
One of the few limitations on the judiciary has traditionally the concept of standing. Basically, federal courts can only resolve 'cases and controversies.' This, in turn, means that there must be a real plaintiff and a real defendant. To be a plaintiff, you must have suffered a concrete injury, and that injury must affect you in some generally particularized way. Thus, many, many courts have thrown out cases based on merely being a federal taxpayer.

Before last year, this case would get tossed out quickly on this ground - the plaintiffs really aren't hurt more than anyone else. Their one glimmer of hope is the global warming case you mentioned. It's probably easily distinguishable, though, because there the State of Mass itself alleged its tax revenues would go down because the EPA failed to enact regulations, which would have stopped global warming(!), which would have prevented sea levels from rising, which would have caused a net loss of coastline, which would have given some taxpayer an excuse not to pay their taxes. I kid you not.
Programming

+ - Open Source Economics and why IBM is winning

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driehle
driehle writes "In an article published in IEEE Computer magazine I recently looked at the economics of open source. I argue that large system integrators will do best and that open source startups will keep struggling. For developers, open source creates independence and new career paths as committers, while non-committers will fall on hard times. The race is on!"
Censorship

+ - Is the Global Warming Debate Buggy?

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DanielMarkham
DanielMarkham writes "Is there something basically wrong with the way we're discussing Global Warming? I've been a reader and sometime contributor on Slashdot for many years, and I'm really amazed at the level of discussion that's going on regarding androcentric climate change.

Aside from the question of the status of the issue, what's the status of the discourse? Are we talking about the role that skepticism plays in science? The basic premise of falsifiability? The relationships between theory and observation? The triad of induction, abduction, and deduction that Pierce wrote about? Has slashdot taken a look at the mathematical and computer models involved with various predictions? Or are we throwing rhetorical rocks at one another and angling for the cheap shot?

To address this, and to stir the pot some, I've written a blog article critiquing the current level of debate. I believe the level of debate sucks — it's more like a drunken european crowd at a soccer game than a bunch of science-minded analytical geeks. We can do better than that."

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