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Submission + - Net Neutrality Legislation Asks For Public Comment->

Understudy writes: GN Docket No. 09-191 and WC Docket No. 07-52 are now open for public comment. The issue of Net Neutrality has come to the public for comment. You can email and place get form in the body and send them back a comment that way. You can also go to and submit a comment that way.
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The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Money really can buy you happiness->

crimeandpunishment writes: It may not be able to buy you love, but money can buy you happiness...up to a certain point. New research says as our income increases, so does our emotional well-being. But before you envy that rich relative, consider this....things change once your income tops $75,000. AFter that, you may feel more successful the more you make, but your level of happiness doesn't rise along with your income.
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Submission + - French law to allow police to plant spyware 1

ICantFindADecentNick writes: In a classic case of "think of the children" lawmaking the French senate is debating the "Loppsi 2" law which amongst its wide ranging 48 articles includes more telephone tapping and video surveillence (now renamed video protection) and the right of the police to plant spyware.
Lemonde carries the story here (google translation fairly acceptable)
Zeropaid also has an english language discussion.

Submission + - WikiLeaks calls for Assange to step down->

Stoobalou writes: A member of Iceland's parliament and prominent organiser for whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks has turned on the site's founder, Julian Assange, demanding that he step down over rape allegations made against him in Sweden.

Birgitta Jonsdottir told Internet news site The Daily Beast that she did not believe Assange's repeated assertion that the allegations of rape and molestation made against him were part of a US-backed smear campaign to distract attention from documents posted on the site laying bare US involvement in the war in Afghanistan and further promised revelations.

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Submission + - ACTA Text Leaks:US Caves on ISPs, Seeks Super-DMCA->

An anonymous reader writes: Given the history of ACTA leaks, to no one's surprise, the latest version of the draft agreement was leaked last night on KEI's website. The new version — which reflects changes made during an intense week of negotiations last month in Washington — shows a draft agreement that is much closer to becoming reality. Perhaps the most important story of the latest draft is how the countries are close to agreement on the Internet enforcement chapter. In the face of opposition, the U.S. has dropped its demands on secondary liability for ISPs but is still holding out hope of establishing a super-DMCA with digital lock rules that go beyond the WIPO Internet treaties and were even rejected by U.S. courts.
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Comment Attorney for Satan. (Score 1) 671

I feel like I may be the one defending the great Satan here (Theo). But I will state a few things so no one jumps the gun to fast.

Theo doesn't really need defending. He quite capable of doing that himself. Theo is passionate. A trait most people don't have and others can't deal with. Theo dispute was that the issue was everyone who was cc on the inital email by Michael Buesch. The code dispute was brought up on a driver that didn't work. And the tone of the initial email was at the very least condescending.

Theo defended what he felt was an attack on one of his developers. Something Theo is rightly passionate about. Theo did not dispute the code was there. He does dispute who wrote the code. He did take personally to defending one of his developers. Good for him.

I have seen the posts in this thread by others including Bruce Perens: Oh? So, if I take my record collection and commit it to a public CVS repository, that's going to be OK with RIAA, then? :-)

Actually if I couldn't play any of the music because the code it was written in didn't work. I don't think anyone would really say anything except your files don't work and therefore suck. I think the RIAA would have a tough time winning a prosecution just because you had a bunch of files labeled as music files. That doesn't mean the RIAA wouldn't try and you would probably not be happy about it. Theo didn't seem happy about what was being done to one of his developers.

Again the initial tone and the number of people cc in Michael's letter was the problem.

Many of you have said that Theo was upset about being caught with GPL code in his CVS. Well isn't this how other developers get to make commits and corrections to code?(I may be wrong here don't be afraid to correct me I can take it) So a driver that doesn't work and is under development has some GPL code in it. Wouldn't one of the commits be to mention there is some GPL code in the drive that may need to be dealt with? (Instead of sending a harshly worded letter and cc the world on it?)

I am not a developer but I have to admit if I were I would want be one for OpenBSD because I know that I am going to work with people who strive to do the best and have someone who has their backs.

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein