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Submission + - European Court of Human Rights finds against copyright law ( 1

admiral snackbar writes: The European Court of Human Rights has declared that the copyright monopoly stands in direct conflict with fundamental Human Rights, as defined in the European Union and elsewhere. This means that as of today, nobody sharing culture in the EU may be convicted just for breaking the copyright monopoly law; the bar for convicting was raised considerably.

Submission + - Ants Use Sound to Communicate (

sciencehabit writes: A new study shows that even ant pupae—a stage between larvae and adult—can communicate via sound, and that this communication can be crucial to their survival. The young insects have a specialized spike along their abdomen that they stroke with one of their hind legs, similar to dragging the teeth of a comb along the edge of a table. This noise serves primarily as an emergency beacon, allowing the ants to shout for help when being threatened by a predator.

Submission + - Google's secret lab (

phaedrus5001 writes: Apparently, Google has a secret lab known as 'Google X' where they are working on over a hundred different projects. From the article:"These include a space elevator project, experiments working to connect home appliances and dinner dishes to the Internet, robots that can go to work instead of their owners, and the development of driverless cars for the mass market."
And, just maybe, Skynet as well...


Submission + - Will Google's "Social Voting" Kill SEO? (

An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday, Google unveiled their new "Google +" feature, which will allow internet users to rate webpages with a "+1" in much the same way users can "Like" something on Facebook. Although the feature is brand new (hardly a day old), it promises to revolutionize the way we view Search Engine Optimization and website ranking.

Submission + - FDA to Allow Production of Generic Preterm Baby Rx (

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes: "In February, the FDA sent many groups into revolt with the approval of a long-standing generic drug to a a sole pharmaceutical company under the trade name Makena. The widely used generic alternative was thereby disallowed (for 7 years), increasing average price-per-dose from $15 to $1,500. The average number of doses-per-pregnancy is 20.

Now, the FDA has announced that it will not pursue enforcement against pharmacies that continue to produce the generic compound. Many laud this situation-specific exemption as a success for pregnant families, especially those who cannot afford this crucial drug, but what kinds of implications might it have on the development of "longshot" drugs — ones which may cost a great deal to develop and not be necessarily affordable for the consumer?"


Submission + - Cable-backed anti-muni broadband bill advances in 1

suraj.sun writes: Cable-backed anti-muni broadband bill advances in North Carolina:

The North Carolina bill called the "Level Playing Field/Local Gov't Competition" act, intended to "protect jobs and investment by regulating local government competition", H129, passed the state's House of Representatives on Monday 81 to 37. Opponents call it just the opposite--cable industry-backed proposal intended to make it almost impossible for cities to build their own broadband networks.

Bill's sponsor, Marilyn Avila (R-Wake), told WRAL TV that the legislation would protect businesses from "predatory" local governments that want to build their own ISPs. Baloney, responded Rep. Bill Faison (D-Orange). The law will "make it practically impossible" for cities to provide a "fundamental service," he insisted. "Let's be clear about whose bill this is, this is Time Warner's bill."

ars technica:

Submission + - Robert Bunsen - An Open Source Pioneer? (

cygtoad writes: Today Celebrates Robert Bunsen's 200th Birthday. I found this interesting factoid on the man: Bunsen and Desaga did not apply for patent protection on their burner and it was quite soon that others began to produce their own versions. Some even went so far as to claim the invention as their own, including one person who was granted a patent on the device. Both Bunsen and Desaga were involved in writing letters to the proper authorities to refute these claims. Does anyone have an older example of such an open information pioneer? In my book he deserves some honor.

Submission + - DNSSEC Finally Arrives for .Com TLDs (

wiredmikey writes: major milestone for DNSSEC has been reached today, as this morning DNSSEC has been officially been signed for the .Com TLD. Following several other Top Level Domains already supporting DNSSEC, the added level of security can now be enabled on for the more than 80 million .Com names which have been registered according to VeriSign, the operator of .com.

DNSSEC is designed to protect the Domain Name System from authentication exploits, primarily cache poisoning which can allow internet requests to be intercepted, allowing an attacker to access a website, e-mail, or other services, and redirect or spy on the users without their knowledge.

But the technology community seems to still have many questions about DNSSEC, and lack understanding of even the basics of it. According to a very recent study of internal and external IT personnel in charge of Internet security at the world’s largest organizations, half of the respondents either hadn’t heard of DNSSEC or expressed limited familiarity with it.


Submission + - Church of Scientology violates Federal Law ( 5

FreedomToThink writes: "This is a very long story I'm sure the editors will have fun with, but I couldn't see how to cut it down at all.

On the eve of the Ides of March protest, from the source of the recent 'Anonymous' submitted CCHR leak on wikileaks, comes this message

"Dear $cientology,You attempt injunctions.I respond.Shall we continue the game? Much Love, DEEP CLAM"

Included was yet another PDF this time including yet more emails leaked from a Church of Scientology front group.

Vote Rigging?

From: "Mike Kaplan" <>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 11:53:07 -0400

See below. Everyone in Clearwater MUST vote. Every vote will be needed to be
sure Hibbard gets re-elected. The alternative is Rita Garvey who is an SP.

— Original Message —
From: Shelly <> Bauer
To: Shelly Bauer <>
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 8:09 AM


Lunch with your preferred Presidential candidates for a high price?


I have arranged a private one-hour luncheon with Ron Paul on 11/28 in St.
Pete when he will be in town for the CNN/YouTube Republican debate.

This luncheon is reserved for $1000+ donors to Ron Paul's presidential
campaign. 19 people so far have paid and confirmed and will have the honor
and pleasure of having lunch and communicating with Ron Paul directly.

From the head of the "Non Proffit" CCHR Bruce Wiseman

Go the the HELP committee website. The link is here.
Here you will see the names of the Committee members on the left hand
of the page. Please go to the individual websites of the Republican =
(this will take just a bit of leg work on your part by putting their =
into Google) and calling their office or sending a fax to them (email is =
least effective) stating your opposition to S. 1375 The Mother's Act.

Currently, the law prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one "which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."

An OCMB (Operation Clambake Message Board)regular adds :

I downloaded myself a copy and started looking through them. I found an interesting one on pages 47-48.

Karin Pouw of OSA of CofS writes a message.
It's forwarded by Michael Genung. He's the guy who runs ACSR, Association for Citizens Sociel Reform. ["CSR Background and Philosopy: CSR was founded in 2001 by a group of Scientologists and other like-minded individuals concerned with the escalating social ills in society. CSR's purpose is to work with in the field of public policy to bring about more effective and humane solutions to these social ills of illiteracy, criminality substance abuse and general decay of character."]

Then it's forwarded by Doyle Mills, of LEAF fame (Letters to the Editor Attack Force).
Then it's forwarded by Mary C. (possibly one of two Mary C's I'm thinking of, but unsure).
Then it's forwarded by Mike Kaplan, another person who runs an email list and forwards CCHR type stuff to CofS members.

If that ain't stringing a line from the CofS to CCHR and the CofS front group ("grassroots") movements, then I don't know what is!

Apologies in advance as the Enturbulation servers will not be up to a slashdotting so the Coral Cache link is here Enturbulation Discussion (already cached for you)

ANYONE CAN REPORT TAX FRAUD DIRECTLY TO THE IRS :,,id=106778,00.html It does require that you print out and mail in an actual hardcopy, but it does not require you to identify yourself.

Just a casual user passing on a message from the Enturbulation forum, this is already out there, there's no reason to attack the messenger."

Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.