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Comment: Re:Its the monopoly stupid (Score 1) 605

by Clete2 (#26214129) Attached to: Microsoft Extends XP To May 2009 For OEMs
It is NEVER a good time to have the government intervene and split up a company. Ever watch what happened to AT&T? 20 (or so) years ago, our brilliant government decided to split them into a bunch of pieces. Now, look, they have bought back all of their subsidiaries and are now as they were 20 years ago. They, like Microsoft, succeeded in their trade. They are back now to what they were 20 years ago. Splitting Microsoft is the worst possible thing that could happen. You may not like them, but the government only messes things up. Intervention NOT needed.
Privacy

+ - Is Your Printer Spying on You?

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gnujoshua
gnujoshua writes "In 2005, the EFF alerted the world to how laser printers are spying their users by providing tracking information in the form of a unique smattering of barely detectable yellow dots that appear on every printout. Revitalizing this issue, the Computing Counter Culture Group at the MIT Media Labs has launched Seeing Yellow. They provide instructions to see the tracking dots, as well as provide you with a list of clever questions, and appropriate contact information so that you can confront your laser printer manufacturer. Let's act before this issue slips through the cracks again and send the message that manufacturers' must respect our privacy and our right to anonymous free speech."
Handhelds

+ - Where in the US can you get JUST a Cell Phone? 6

Submitted by arakon
arakon (97351) writes "I am looking around for a cell phone for my technically challenged mother and all she wants is just a phone, and yet there seem to be no carriers in the US that carry a plain cell phone with good reception and battery life. All of them bundle camera's, pda's, mp3 players and a kitchen sink with a battery life of 2 hours, all for the low price of $350 or more...

Having looked around, the Motorola F3 is exactly what she wants but it doesn't seem to be available in the US. If we order it online will it work on US carriers? Are there any comparable products out there with a similar feature set and price range available for US networks? I appreciate the help."
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+ - Oregon man flies lawn chair 193 miles at 13,000 ft->

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Jeff
Jeff writes "Kent Couch, an Oregon cluster balloonist has flown a lawn chair above Oregon at an altitude of 13,000 feet using helium balloons. The AP reports he received rope burns trying to hang on during a bout of turbulence having forgotten to buckle his seat belt.

Couch, 47, is the latest American to emulate Larry Walters — who in 1982 rose three miles above Los Angeles in a lawn chair lifted by balloons. Walters surprised an airline pilot, who radioed the control tower that he had just passed a guy in a lawn chair with a gun.
Snopes confirms the Walter flight but has no entry yet for Couch."

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The Internet

+ - eBay vs Google vs Amazon all out war pending->

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BenelliShooter
BenelliShooter writes "eBay LIVE was held last week in Boston, Google planned a Boston Tea Party type event that offended eBay causing them to pull their entire Google AdWords spending (over $1MM per day) and divert it for 'testing' elsewhere. Like an intimidated schoolyard nerd Google canceled the party but the money isn't coming back. As any good geek would Google got their revenge cold by reducing or removing eBay's vital organic search results. Stay tuned to see who loves who the least in this mash-up gone awry. Google is not the only target of eBay's savvy moves of late... Amazon's bottom line is next. Having seen what 'Third Party Sales' did for Amazon's profit sheet the last few quarters, eBay management has now decided to nourish eBay Store's. eBay sellers, especially store owners are a sales hungry mob of third party sellers the likes of which Amazon cannot draw upon. With proper traffic management and attention to the stores that excel, eBay Stores will win the day for eBay and deprive Amazon of 'Third Party Sales' this fall. Wall Street will take notice soon enough, but as a programmer living full-time off my eBay Store (TECKWAVE) I'm liking it right now!"
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Education

+ - Nationalizing Education is Dangerous->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "'Fat people, smokers and soon drinkers deserve less health care because they bring their problems on themselves. In short, they deserve it. This is a perfectly logical perspective, and if I were in charge of everybodys health care, I would probably resort to similar logic.'

What would happen if we used similar logic to nationalized education? Would schools in predominantly black areas receive less funding because those areas tend to be socio-economically disadvantaged and thus worse performing in school? According to the logic of rationing, this would make perfect sense."

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Privacy

+ - Maine passes net neutrality bill->

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jihadist
jihadist writes "Maine has become the first state in the union to pass legislation on net neutrality. The resolution, LD 1675, recognizes the importance of full, fair and non-discriminatory access to the Internet and instructs the Public Advocate to study what can be done to protect the rights of Maine internet users. http://www.lawbean.com/2007/06/16/maine-becomes-th e-first-state-to-pass-internet-neutrality-legislat ion/"
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Security

+ - Red Hat Linux gets top government security rating

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zakeria
zakeria writes "Red Hat Linux has received a new level of security certification that should make the software more appealing to some government agencies. Earlier this month IBM was able to achieve EAL4 Augmented with ALC_FLR.3 certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, putting it on a par with Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Trusted Solaris operating system, said Dan Frye, vice president of open systems with IBM."

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