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Comment: I know a better way to radicalise people (Score 2) 250

by BlatantRipoff (#46501151) Attached to: UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

"Terrorist propaganda online has a direct impact on the radicalisation of individuals and we work closely with the internet industry to remove terrorist material hosted in the UK or overseas,"

Trying to restrict the free flow of information through censorious means is a sure way to get a few radicals. So is trying to enforce your rule and remove info that isn't in your country.

Comment: Easy. Quit treating him like a criminal first. (Score 1) 822

by BlatantRipoff (#46082103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
Give him the whistle-blower protections he should have and go after the actual criminals. Calling him a traitor and having the Espionage Act hanging over his head only serves those who need to be investigated, giving them the opportunity to further treat the Constitution like so much tissue paper.
Privacy

+ - Benchmark Reviews Caught Red Handed Over 'Review'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Benchmark Reviews were thoroughly caught out recently when it turned out that a 'review' for a $1300 office chair was a near bare-faced reproduction of a number of press releases provided by the manufacturer. Forum goers investigated the strange wording of the review and laid their findings bare. When an investigative journalist e-mailed Benchmark Reviews asking for citations of studies mentioned in the review, what was their response? Dig up the personal details of the journalist, including address and phone number, and post them publicly online in a "Hall of Shame"."
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Comment: Because we all know... (Score 5, Informative) 418

by BlatantRipoff (#25271947) Attached to: Senate Votes To Empower Parents As Censors
...how much the V-chip is used by parents. In a nutshell, an FCC report tells us that a 2007 Zogby poll reported a V-chip usage of 12 percent. What I want to know is how are they going to get parents to use "advanced blocking technologies" when the parents won't even use what they currently have?
Censorship

YouTube Reposts Anti-Scientology Videos 435

Posted by timothy
from the fun-and-easy-to-destroy-stuff dept.
Ian Lamont writes "YouTube has reposted anti-Scientology videos and reinstated suspended YouTube accounts after receiving thousands of apparently bogus DCMA take-down notices. Four thousand notices were sent to YouTube last Thursday and Friday by American Rights Counsel, LLC. After YouTube users responded with counter-notices, many of the videos were reposted. It turns out that the American Rights Counsel had no copyright claim on the videos, and the group may not even exist, although the text of the DCMA notices have been linked to a Wikipedia editor. While filing a false DMCA notice is a criminal offense, prosecution in these cases rarely comes about."
PC Games (Games)

Will DRM Exterminate Spore? 881

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the please-don't-make-me-insert-a-cd dept.
AC Dude writes "Will an anti-DRM flash mob that's determined to give EA's latest sim game Spore a rock bottom rating on Amazon.com sink the game, or will Spore evolve and shed the DRM? Is this the beginning of the end for DRM-laden games? 'Over the past few years we've focused a lot on the music industry and how it has attempted to use DRM to control distribution. While DRM in this market segment has been unpopular, anti-DRM campaigns have largely fallen flat when it comes to attracting widespread public attention because of the fragmented nature of music. Games are a much easier target given the monolithic nature of their release — campaigners only need to spread the word on a handful of specific online outlets to reach a wide audience. A quick read through the Amazon reviews of Spore seems to suggest that the negative comments are already putting people off from buying the game.'"

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