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Censorship

Submission + - YouTube Censorship Reform (thepetitionsite.com)

segagman writes: YouTube's System for removing videos is being abused and many users with opposing views have resorted to false flaging, votebotting (running software that auto votes one star on videos) and filing false DMCA notices on users in an effort to silence them.

    Many people who have been unfairly censored have tried many things (email, mirroring videos, phoning...) to try and get google to reform their broken system but to no avail.

    This is a call to action, YouTube is the largest video sharing site in the world and the users demand reform!

    Please sign the petition to help get the message across to google that freedom of speech is vital to every society.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/StopYouTubeCensorship

http://www.censortube.eu/

http://code.google.com/p/gdata-issues/issues/detail?id=1743 Stared higher than any other issue on Googles code page with currently 2689 stars.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=243505071752

Windows

London Stock Exchange To Abandon Windows 438

BBCWatcher writes "Computerworld's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports that the London Stock Exchange is abandoning its Microsoft Windows-based trading platform: 'Anyone who was ever fool enough to believe that Microsoft software was good enough to be used for a mission-critical operation had their face slapped this September when the LSE's Windows-based TradElect system brought the market to a standstill for almost an entire day .... Sources at the LSE tell me to this day that the problem was with TradElect ...'"
Media

Empirical Study Shows DRM Encourages Infringement 375

Hucko writes "Ars Technica has a story about a study by Cambridge law professor Patricia Akester that suggests (declares?) that DRM and its ilk does persuade citizens to infringe copyright and circumvent authors' protections. The name of the study is 'Technological accommodation of conflicts between freedom of expression and DRM: the first empirical assessment.'" The study itself is available for download (PDF); there's also a distillation here.
Education

Discuss the US Presidential Election & Education 1515

In 24 hours, many of you will be able to vote. So as we come down to the wire, this is really our last chance to talk about the issues. We've already discussed Health Care, the War, and the Economy. Today I'm opening up the floor to discuss education. Perhaps no other issue will matter more in 50 years. Which candidate will make the next generation smarter?
Communications

Submission + - Ma Bell Is Calling Big Brother 2

GeekAlert writes: Well, the Fairpoint purchase of Verizon assets is nearly complete in NH. It's at the laughable NH PUC for final review/approval. PREDICTION: Verizon keeps fiber backbone assets and cellular and merges them with AT&T creating Ma Bell all over again (no surprises here I'm sure). Expect to rent phones and share party lines in the near future. BONUS PREDICTION: The reason AT&T/Verizon will give for merger and to allow AT&T to have a monopoly in the states .. "to compete with other global Telecoms/Telcos in the New World Economy". Note too that AT&T will be a willing (and immune) participant in NSA spying. Note also that it will be in the interest of "National Security" that all these remaining infrastructure resources (read countries building their own fiber to escape our "big brother" mentality) fall under one large house to make coordination with the DHS all the easier. A big thank you also goes out to West Virginia. I'm sure the DHS has recorded this post. Hey NSA .. while you have my info on hand .. can you extradite me to the EU?

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