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+ - Hugo awards live stream cut by copyright bot->

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Penmanpro
Penmanpro writes "Quotes from the linked article "UStream's incorrectly programmed copyright enforcement squad had destroyed our only access."

"just as Neil Gaiman was giving an acceptance speech for his Doctor Who script, "The Doctor's Wife." Where Gaiman's face had been were the words, "Worldcon banned due to copyright infringement." ""

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Comment: Link about Assange case gives us a clue (Score 1) 2

"Not only would Sweden – as a signatory to the European convention on human rights – be required to refuse extradition in circumstances which would breach his human rights, but the authorities in Sweden would also be legally obliged to seek the United Kingdom's consent before any extradition to a non-EU member state could proceed." http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/sep/03/ecuador-julian-assange-extradited-death-penalty?newsfeed=true

+ - Swedish legal authorities are looking to extradite yet another Netizen -> 2

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Penmanpro
Penmanpro writes "Linked story reports:"Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been arrested in Cambodia, Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. Sweden wants to extradite Warg from Cambodia because he is avoiding a prison sentence imposed by a Swedish court."

Are the Swedish legal authorities picking on freedom of speech on the web or why are they extraditing all these people?
It could be better for them in other cases maybe but it looks like one more Netizen to hand over to the Americans.
If the Swedish legal authorities do start handing 'political asylum seekers' over, it will not be a popular move. Especially given that Sweden homes many political asylum seekers, from around the world, this could start looking very dark indeed."

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Medicine

+ - Alcohol Doesn't Help Forget Bad Memories->

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An anonymous reader writes "People often take up drinking in order to overcome or forget a traumatic experience. However, excessive drinking can rewire the brain and the opposite effect is possible. According to a new research, people who drink excessively tend to linger with a trauma longer than sober people.
According to the researchers from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and UNC's Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, alcohol alters function in key area of brain that governs people's personality. The research could help in learning about alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder."

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Twitter

+ - Twitter based Ted Beats Seismometers, Detects Philippines Earthquake Earlier-> 2

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Twitter based system has managed to detect the earthquake off the Philippines before any other advanced spotting systems being used by Seismologists. US Geological Survey uses the micro-blogging site to quickly gather information about earthquakes around the globe through the use of a system – Twitter Earthquake Detection (Ted) which put behind USGS’ own sensors on Friday when it came to detecting 7.6 magnitude earthquake off the Philippine coast. The Ted system gathers earth-quake related messages (Tweets) in real-time from Twitter. The system takes into consideration various parameters like place, time, keywords, photographs of affected places where tremors have been detected. Online information posted by people, Tweets in this case, can be picked up faster by researchers as compared to scientific alerts that may take up to 20 minutes."
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Media

+ - Ask Slashdot: What Stories Would You Like to See Investigated? 8

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JoshJPhilipp
JoshJPhilipp writes "I work as a journalist. Yes, at a newspaper. My theory is that investigative journalism and good feature stories are key points for newspapers to stay relevant these days, but unfortunately I think the art of journalism has fallen too much into well-written nonsense. I’m curious what types of stories you would like to see. Are there any issues you know of that should be investigated or that you’d like to see covered? And on that note, are there any topics you think aren’t getting enough coverage or that you would like to see journalists giving more weight to?"

Comment: Solar would be a good way to supplement power (Score 1) 290

by Penmanpro (#38608132) Attached to: Nokia: the Sun Can't Charge Your Phone
I do not see why we are writing this idea off. I still want one. It would extend battery life between charges, and get me that all important emergency text after the wall charge is lost. I remember the first generation of mobile batteries: after they phone ran out of power, if you leave them alone for 20min would give you enough power for one more text. It was often very useful.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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