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+ - TPP Fast-Track Bill Hits US Congress

Submitted by Crayz9000
Crayz9000 (2783019) writes "Slashdot previously covered the unwanted elements of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Now a bill has hit the floor of the US Congress which would grant Congress the ability to fast-track it and future trade agreements into becoming law. Fight for the Future has a tool to allow US citizens to look up and contact their Congressmen. Full text of the bill is available on the Senate site. From the Senate brief:

WASHINGTON — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) joined together today to introduce legislation that will establish strong rules for trade negotiations and Congressional approval of trade pacts, to deliver trade agreements that boost U.S. exports and create American jobs.

"Create jobs", of course, being the catch-all euphemism for enriching Big Media."

+ - Water Bottles Create Cheap Lighting In Philippines ->

Submitted by dryriver
dryriver (1010635) writes "A simple initiative in the Philippines is bringing a bit of brightness into the lives of the country's poorest people. The project is called "Litre of Light", and the technology involved is just a plastic bottle filled with water, and installed in the roof of a slum dwelling. With 50 to 60 Watts of light output during daylight hours, the bottle-light is an environmentally-friendly alternative to an electric light bulb, and it's virtually free."
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Comment: Re:Why are ISPs in bed with big content? (Score 5, Insightful) 292

It's puzzled me for some time that ISPs are so eager to help with these piracy measures. Can someone explain to my why they are so eager to please when there is no reasonable legal threat against them? (IIUC, the DMCA safe-harbor clauses immunize them.) The same goes for YouTube. Why is Google so eager to go above and beyond the DMCA(*)?

(*) I am aware of Viacom v. Google, but my understanding is the appellate judgment in many ways reaffirms the DMCA safe-harbor provisions.

Easy: Two of the biggest ISPs are also content owners. Time Warner and Comcast.

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin