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+ - The Pirate Bay block will be lifted in the Netherlands-> 1

Submitted by swinferno
swinferno (1212408) writes "The Dutch ISP's Ziggo and XS4all are no longer required to block access to the websites of The Pirate Bay. This has been decided by the court in The Hague.
The blockade has proven to be ineffective. The Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN will have to reimburse legal costs of EUR 326.000. The internet provider XS4ALL has already started lifting the ban. The website of The Pirate bay was ordered to be blocked by the two major ISPs in January 2012. Recent studies by Amsterdam University and CentERdata.showed that this did not reduce the number of downloads from illegal sources. Many people circumvented the blockade."

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Comment: Refactor the NSA (Score 2, Interesting) 509

by MagicM (#45681001) Attached to: NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

Split the NSA into the Department of Big Brother and the New-NSA. Big Brother collects all the data and tracks everything about everyone, but the data is not query-able without a warrant (and all access is logged and reviewed, and abuse is actually penalized). Then the New-NSA can do their job the way they're supposed to, using warrants.

Comment: Nabi (Score 1) 682

by MagicM (#44989127) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

If you read the comments on Facebook you will see it has it's share of problems, however:

The Nabi is an Android tablet aimed at kids including 4-year-olds. It has age-appropriate software and parental controls that let you lock it down and install Skype. All the child needs is a wi-fi connection and a parent to help set up and explain.

(Flame war tags: Facebook, Android, lock down, child, age-appropriate, parent, Skype)

Comment: Re:Risk vs. Reward? (Score 1) 249

by MagicM (#43732057) Attached to: Drones: Coming Soon To the New Jersey Turnpike?

Americans have been conditioned to believe that the "real" speed limit is at least 10 mph over the posted limit.

Actually, it's the other way around. American speed-limit-setters have been told to post a speed limit that is at least 10 mph below the maximum speed people actually drive. More or less.

Or, from wikipedia:

The speed limit is commonly set at or below the 85th percentile speed (being the speed which no more than 15% of traffic is exceeding) and in the USA is typically set 8 to 12 mph (13 to 19 km/h) below that speed.

Comment: eat your oranges! (Score 1) 245

by MagicM (#43453631) Attached to: Giant Snails Invade Florida

"If you got a ham sandwich in Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, or an orange, and you didn't eat it all and you bring it back into the States and then you discard it, at some point, things can emerge from those products," Feiber said.

Remember kids, finish your oranges just in case there are baby snails in there. Don't discard, digest!

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