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Submission + - Call To Halt Donations To Stop Wikipedia Deletions 4 4

ObsessiveMathsFreak writes: "Howard Tayler, the webcomic artist of Schlock Mercenary fame, is calling on people not to donate money during the latest Wikimedia Foundation fund-raiser, in protest at the "notability purges" taking place throughout Wikipedia, where articles are being removed en-masse by what many see as overzealous admins. The webcomic community in particular has long felt slighted by the application of Wikipedia's contentious Notability policy. Wikinews reporters have recently begun investigating this issue, but are the admins listening? Is Deletionism becoming a dominant ethos on Wikipedia? Are the right people holding the reigns?"
Announcements

Submission + - Area 51 sequel; politically alienating?

njkid1 writes: "Area 51 is forbidden territory in real life, but fair game as far as entertainment is concerned. The creators of the next Area 51 game have taken the taboo out of the setting and into the story with an potentially polarizing political angle. http://www.games.net/blog/23173/area-51-sequel-pol itically-alienating/"
Music

Submission + - RIAA "Incriminate Yourself" Web Site Onlin

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Apparently the RIAA's new "Incriminate Yourself" — er, "Early Settlement" — website is now online. Is it safe to visit such a site or might visitors be subjected there to unwelcome surveillance, such as cookies, spyware, IP address tracking, etc.?"
Music

Submission + - RIAA slams FAIR USE Act

Tyler Too writes: The RIAA has weighed in on the just-introduced FAIR USE Act, and to no one's surprise, they're not at all happy with it. 'The FAIR USE Act "would repeal the DMCA and legalize hacking," says the RIAA. "It would reverse the Supreme Court's decision in Grokster and allow electronics companies to induce others to break the law for their own profit."' Looks like the CEA's lobbyists and the RIAA's lobbyists will be battling it out on Capitol Hill.
Quickies

Submission + - Big 'Ocean' Discovered Beneath Asia

anthemaniac writes: Seismic observations reveal a huge reservoir of water in Earth's mantle beneath Asia. It's actually rock saturated with water, but it's an ocean's worth of water ... as much as is in the whole Arctic Ocean. How did it get there? A slab of water-laden crust sank, and the water evaporated out when it was heated, and then it was trapped, the thinking goes. The discovery fits neatly with the region's heavy seismic activity and fits neatly with the idea that the planet's moving crustal plates are lubricated with water.

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