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Republicans

Submission + - US Eavesdropping Couples' Intimate Phone Calls (cnn.com)

asylumx writes: Congress is looking into allegations that National Security Agency linguists have been eavesdropping on Americans abroad, including military officers in Iraq who called friends and family in the United States. One former linguist said military intercept operators would often share recordings of what he called "phone sex" and "pillow talk."
Government

Submission + - House Rejects $700B Bailout Bill

EvilIntelligence writes: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080929/ap_on_bi_ge/financial_meltdown;_ylt=AryKiVLPR.V1wZw5SycI9p6yBhIF The House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue package, ignoring urgent pleas from President Bush and bipartisan congressional leaders to quickly bail out the staggering financial industry. Is this good or bad? But really, the question is, what's the next step?
The Courts

Submission + - Hot new laywer in eBay Reseller vs. Autodesk (aecnews.com)

New10k writes: "Timothy Vernor, the guy suing Autodesk in federal court over the right to sell used copies of AutoCAD, now has a high-profile new member of his legal team. Michael Withey of Seattle has won a number of front-page lawsuits over the years, including the first successful personal injury lawsuit against former Phillipine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Vernor is already represented by watchdog group Public Citizen, which heard of his case after Shashdot reported the initial lawsuit. It looks like Vernor now has a two-part legal team; one part wants settled case law regarding software licenses and private resale (Public Citizen), and one part wants a big settlement (Withey). The new legal team submitted a amended complaint in federal court yesterday, polishing up the original complaint written and filed by Vernor without benefit of an attorney."
Handhelds

Submission + - Study: Frequent cell phone use slows brain

thefickler writes: Frequent mobile phone users have demonstrated slowed brain function in a recent European-Australian study. The brain activity from frequent mobile phone users shows more slow activity (increased Delta and Theta) and a slowing of the Alpha Peak Frequency, interpreted as a general slowing of brain activity.

Feed Techdirt: Russia Cracking Down On Software Piracy... But Only On Gov't Critics? (techdirt.com)

It's no secret that the US has been pressuring Russia to crack down on intellectual property abuses which are rampant throughout the country. And, in fact, there's been some evidence that Russia is now trying to crack down on abuses in order to keep the US happy (and aid its own chances in joining the WTO). However, some are suggesting that while things like unauthorized software use is rampant almost everywhere in Russia, the only ones who are being targeted in the "crackdown" happen to be those who are critical of the current Russian government. Perhaps the authorities in Russia saw it as a way of killing two birds with one stone: show a crackdown on companies using unauthorized software to make the US happy... and come up with something to use to silence local government critics. Remember how the Big Copyright players were claiming that file sharing helps support terrorism (without any real evidence to support it)? Does that mean we can now claim that cracking down on software "piracy" helps stifle gov't dissent? Yes, it's ridiculous, but it's no less ridiculous than the terrorism claims.
Space

Submission + - French Threat to ID Secret US Satellites (beskerming.com)

SkiifGeek writes: "Space.com has reported that the French have identified numerous objects in orbit that do not appear in the ephemeris data reported by the US Space Surveillance Network. Since the US has claimed that if it doesn't appear in the ephemeris data, then it doesn't exist, and the French claim that at least some of the objects have solar arrays, it seems that the French have found secret US satellites.

While the French don't plan to release the information publicly, they are planning to use it as leverage to get the US to suppress reporting of sensitive French satellites in their published ephemeris.

The Graves surveillance radar (the French system) and a comparable German system may form the basis of a pan-European Space Surveillance network — another system that the Europeans don't want to rely on the US for."

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