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Comment: seriously? (Score 1) 332

by Rock (#32946566) Attached to: WSJ's Mossberg Calls For a Tougher Broadband Plan

"He also noted that Americans pay more per unit of broadband speed than our competitors. He called on the government to devote time and resources to making sure Americans have the broadband access they need to stay competitive in the 21st century global economy."

Darn straight! A truly advanced nation needs faster, cheaper porn!

(I can't take anything seriously said by a Murdoch man.)

Idle

+ - How to Lose Friends and De-Influence People->

Submitted by Rock
Rock (16836) writes "Seth MacFarlane has had his own quasi-commercial YouTube channel for some time, SethComedy. His latest upload, The Sneeze-Throw-Up — HIGH QUALITY", has proven extremely unpopular. Unless you have high tolerance for his shtick, I don't advise actually watching the video. It contains 20 seconds of commercial, 4 seconds of "content", and 6 seconds of credits (times approximate). The comments are much more instructive, with a seemingly unending stream of:
Unsubscribe
Unsubscribe
WTF?! Unsubscribe!


Yes, I unsubscribed also."

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The Internet

+ - Every British Citizen to Have a Personal Webpage 1

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is about to announce that within a year everyone in Great Britain will be given a personalized webpage for accessing Government services as part of a plan to save billions of pounds by putting all public services online. The move could see the closure of job centers and physical offices dealing with tax, vehicle licensing, passports and housing benefit within 10 years as services are offered through a single digital 'gateway. [This] "saves time for people and it saves money for the Government — the processing of a piece of paper and mailing it back costs many times more than it costs to process something electronically," says Tim Berners-Lee, an advisor to the Prime Minister. However, the proposals are coming under fire from union leaders who complain that thousands of public sector workers would be made jobless and pointed to the Government's poor record of handling personal data. ''Cutting public services is not only bad for the public who use services but also the economy as we are pushing people who provide valuable services on the dole," says one union leader."
Youtube

+ - Flash vs HTML5 - should we care?-> 2

Submitted by qwerty2k
qwerty2k (1105569) writes "Flash has become ubiquitous on the web these days, its used for everything (rightly or wrongly) from video streaming, website navigation and online games. There is a new revision of the HTML standard being finalised called HTML5 that implements a lot of features that has previously been the domain of flash (particularly video streaming with the tag), the question is: should we care if we use flash or should we move to the new HTML5 standard?"
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+ - Memorizing language / spelling techniques? 2

Submitted by NotesSensei
NotesSensei (997996) writes "My kids are learning Chinese in school. While grammar is drop dead simple writing is a challenge since there is no relation between sound and shape of the characters. I would like to know if there good techniques (using technology or not) to help memorize large amount of information, especially Chinese characters. Most of the stuff I googled only helps on learning speaking."
Technology

Full Body Scanners Violate Child Porn Laws 751

Posted by samzenpus
from the think-of-the-children dept.
gandhi_2 writes "The Guardian has a story about an ongoing legal battle over the use of full body scanners in the UK. The Protection of Children Act 1978, includes provisions in which it is illegal to create an indecent image or a 'pseudo-image' of a child... which a full body scanner does."
Privacy

Net Users In Belarus May Soon Have To Register 89

Posted by timothy
from the not-just-register-their-displeasure dept.
Cwix writes "A new law proposed in Belarus would require all net users and online publications to register with the state: 'Belarus' authoritarian leader is promising to toughen regulation of the Internet and its users in an apparent effort to exert control over the last fully free medium in the former Soviet state. He told journalists that a new Internet bill, proposed Tuesday, would require the registration and identification of all online publications and of each Web user, including visitors to Internet cafes. Web service providers would have to report this information to police, courts, and special services.'"
Google

+ - Google Betas a new game

Submitted by Belial6
Belial6 (794905) writes "I don't know if I'm the only one that missed this, but Google has launched a new game. Image Labeler. The game involves players being randomly matched with other players, and being presented with images. Each player starts typing what they see, and when a match is found, the players get a score based on how common their words are. Fun AND useful!"

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