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+ - Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use

Submitted by Defenestrar
Defenestrar (1773808) writes "I've recently taken a job at a large state university where I manage the laboratories for a couple of departments. We have a good system to pro-rate costs for shared use of big ticket items, but don't have anything in place for small to medium expense pieces which don't require software control (i.e.AD user authentication logs). It is much more efficient to designate a common room for things like water purifiers and centrifuges. but log books have a history of poor compliance. Also, abuse or neglect of communal property has been an issue in the past (similar to the tragedy of the commons).

Do any of you know of good automatic systems to record user/group equipment usage which would allow for easy data processing down the line (i.e. I don't want to go through webcam archives). Systems which promote accountability and care are a bonus, but for safety reasons we don't want the room's door locked (i.e. no pin/badged access). Most of these systems also require continuous power — so electrical interlocks are not a good option either.

I call on you my fellow Slashdotters to your best and get quickly sidetracked while still including the occasional gem in the comments."

+ - Best device for handwriting recognition and simple sketching?

Submitted by Defenestrar
Defenestrar (1773808) writes "Schools may have stopped teaching cursive, but the tech crowd has long been asking about the obsolescence of typing. Digital note software is already here, as the increasing prevalence of OneNote and our old discussions of Unix software equivalencies demonstrate. But I, for one, would like to take notes and sketch diagrams without juggling input devices.

Touchscreens might be on their way, but graphic pads and pen mice are here today. What do my fellow readers use for their handwriting recognition and sketching needs? Are there any options of sufficient quality for a low enough cost to become standard office equipment issue? And does anyone remember which sci-fi author coined the phrase: light pen?"

+ - SPAM: Hollywood Stops Financing Obama Campaign After Whi

Submitted by Defenestrar
Defenestrar (1773808) writes "Individuals and groups within the wealthy Hollywood circles have stopped their previously generous financial support for Obama's campaign after the White House responded to yesterday's blackouts, petitions, and protests with assurances that they “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

In a telling response about pay-for-favor American politics, "the moguls are reminding Obama et al that, in the words of one studio chief, 'God knows how much money we’ve given to Obama and the Democrats and yet they’re not supporting our interests.'""

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+ - A voter mandate against Net neutrality?->

Submitted by Defenestrar
Defenestrar (1773808) writes "CNN money is reporting that of 95 candidates who had pledged support for Net neutrality — not a one was elected. Trouble with the FCC proposed law met with trouble earlier this year when the House Democrats shelved the legislation in light of Republican opposition.

The existing legislation was attempting to classify broadband providers as Title II telecommunications — mandating the same neutral carrier regulations that are imposed upon telephone companies. Those against this Net neutrality plan claim that it prevents broadband providers from implementing so called neutral traffic shaping saying that Title II status "is a nuclear option, since it could potentially prevent broadband providers from implementing legitimate controls over their service, such as curbing massive downloads that swallow up bandwidth for users."

With congress failing to act, it is possible that the FCC will have to go it alone but this will likely lead to a series of lawsuits such as the one it lost last April."

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+ - Congress leaves net-neutrality issue undecided->

Submitted by Defenestrar
Defenestrar (1773808) writes "The AP reports that congress will not resolve the question of net-neutrality or clarify the internet regulatory role of the FCC at this time. The reason cited is the elevated attitude of no-compromise which permeates DC near mid-term elections.

House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., abandoned the effort late Wednesday in the face of Republican opposition to his proposed "network neutrality" rules. Those rules were intended to prevent broadband providers from becoming online gatekeepers by playing favorites with traffic.

There is some thought that the failure of this legislation will allow for an alternate plan legislating internet service providers as telecommunication services subject to common carrier status, which the current proposal did not do.

With Congress making no progress to resolve this issue, several public interest groups on Wednesday called on Genachowski to move ahead with his proposal to reclassify broadband as a telecom service.

However, this plan would likely meet with stiffer opposition from broadband providers and political opponents

But Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the House Commerce Committee, said Genachowski's proposal would "stifle investment and create regulatory overhang in one of the most dynamic sectors of our economy."


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+ - Net Neutrality Loses Firepower->

Submitted by Defenestrar
Defenestrar (1773808) writes "The Hill reports that Gun Owners of America (GoA) have withdrawn their membership from the group Save the Internet of which they were a charter member. Originally joining to prevent the censorship of their views on the Second Amendment they have quit the group because they believe that "the issue has now become one of government control of the Internet, and we are 100 percent opposed to that." This was in response to criticism GoA had received in belonging to an association where membership was shared by groups such as the ACLU and ACORN.

The GoA retreat reduces the efficacy of Net Neutrality's argument that it is a bipartisan issue. This year's the extra-partisan midterm election seems to be forcing the left and right to take sides on an issue which is increasingly in the national focus."

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+ - Hopes for net neutrality dies in court->

Submitted by Defenestrar
Defenestrar (1773808) writes "A federal appellate court has decided that the FCC has no congressional authority to regulate net neutrality, and as such; companies such as Comcast are free to shape traffic as they see fit until the United States Congress empowers the FCC with regulatory power over internet traffic within the United States (and consumer protection from ISP intentional data corruption for the sake of traffic shaping)."
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