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Submission + - ACTA rejected by European Parliament (

swinferno writes: The European Parliament has voted to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).

The proposed agreement sought to curb piracy, but internet campaigners said it posed a threat to online freedoms.

The rejection vote followed a failed attempt to postpone the decision because of ongoing investigations into Acta by the European Court of Justice.

The votes were: 478 against, 39 in favour and 165 blank.

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Submission + - ACTA rejected by EP; renaissance via IPRED in the making? (

radl writes: What started 2006 has now come to an end. This noon (CET) the European Parliament voted against the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Following, it is now Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States left committed to the treaty.
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Submission + - ACTA rejected by European Parliament (

Grumbleduke writes: Today the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Despite attempts by the EPP Group to delay the vote until after the Courts have ruled on its legality, the Parliament voted against the Treaty by 478 to 39; apparently the biggest ever defeat the Commission has suffered.

However, despite this apparent victory for the Internet, transparency and democracy, the Commission indicated that it will press ahead with the court reference, and if the Court doesn't reject ACTA as well, will consider bringing it back before the Parliament.

Comment different schemes (Score 1) 429

Devices at home get named after SC-BW buildings. Like Nexus for the server, Forge is the development machine, Pylon the Windows box and so on. At my current workplace the servers are named pretty bad. They are named with Manufacturer_Model_Number. I'd try to avoid that if I'd be in charge. In a company I worked for long ago, every maschine had to have the name of an alcoholic drink. Beer was a DB-Server there, Port did the firewalling. Employees workstations must have names from drinks which were typical for the country/region the employee originated from. Like the Russian dude's workstation was Vodka, the German guy's Korn. I think that was a good directive.

Comment Re:Doctors presciptions my ass: Agriculture (Score 2) 433

Recent inspections in Germany showed that over 90% of all chicken produced for consumption contain remains of antibiotics. So I guess you are right.,1518,797970,00.html (german), (Yahoo Babelfish Translation)

Submission + - Borrowed too many books - Aaron Swartz arrested (

ahaubold writes: Aaron Swartz, former executive director and founder of Demand Progress, was indicted by the US government. As best as we can tell, he is being charged with allegedly downloading too many scholarly journal articles from the Web. The government contends that downloading said articles is actually felony computer hacking and should be punished with time in prison.

Comment Re:Oh, a not so smartarse. (Score 1) 1148

I am not a native English speaker, so maybe my grammar was unlucky. What I wanted to say be using the words radiation and contamination in one sentence was something like "radioactive contaminiation". Anyhow, the first reply already told me, that this discussion is going to be Haarspalterei and Kindergartenkacke. Nevermind. Have a nice day though.

Comment The Remaining Risk (Score 1) 1148

It exists. Although the Power providing companies want us to believe it does not matter. It is there and now we can see it. And it is not only in Japan. With every nuclear power plant comes the risk of nuclear incidents. Politics ignored that for ages. Hope they wake up now. Fukushima is not the first and will not be the last. There is an incomplete list at wikipedia: Next time it can happen at a plant near your hometown. Keep that in mind.

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