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Comment Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 550

Those laws do exist in some states and the FCC also voted to ignore them.


Competition from cities, which can and usually do own the right of way (ie. putting fiber cable on utility poles), is what will ultimately hit AT&T, Verizon and comcast's bottom line.


Fake Tamiflu "Out-Spams Viagra On Web" 65

cin62 writes "The number of Internet scammers offering fake versions of the anti-swine flu drug Tamiflu has surpassed those selling counterfeit Viagra, reports CNN. Since the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, was declared a global pandemic last month, there has been an increase in the number of Web sites and junk emails offering Tamiflu for sale. 'Every Web site that used to sell Viagra is now selling Tamiflu. We are pretty sure that the same people are making the Tamiflu as are making the Viagra,' said Director of Policy for the UK's Royal Pharmaceutical Society." This news fits in nicely with a report Wired ran a couple weeks ago about the hysteria behind H1N1.
Linux Business

Why Linux Doesn't Spread - the Curse of Being Free 1243

Vlad Dolezal tips us to a philosophical take on why Linux hasn't grown to challenge Windows as the most popular operating system. According to the author, the reason is simple; Linux is free, and humans tend not to equate free things with being valuable. "Here's what Compy McNewb sees. He can get both OS's for free. But one of them is worth over three hundred dollars, while the other one is worth nothing. 'That's not true!' I hear you scream. 'Linux is worth a lot! It's just being offered for free!' I know it's not true that Linux is worth less than Windows. It's far more valuable to the end user in terms of getting things done. But that's not what Average Joe Computer Newbie sees. He sees a free product versus a three-hundred-dollar product he can get free. It's all about the perception!"
Networking (Apple)

Submission + - Leopard bug - SMB share access broken

RMH101 writes: I've just setup my new Macbook Pro with Leopard 10.5.1 and have noticed a killer problem: it doesn't work with my NAS and SMB shares, in fact SMB seems fairly comprehensively broken. Googling around, it seems I'm not alone: there's a fair number of people with the same problem, and Apple don't have a fix: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=5922282
Main problem: when I connect to my (open, non password-protected) NAS SMB share via Finders "Go To Server" and SMB://my.nas.ip.address, it'll let me view the open shares on that device. However, opening one shows it as having blank contents. Creating a new folder within that folder via Finder causes the "New Folder" icon to appear for a split second, then vanish. The same NAS SMB shares work fine when accessed from OS X Tiger, Ubuntu, XP — and even from the Leopard machine via virtualised XP under Parallels — even showing the "New Folder" mentioned above.
What the hell is going on?

I've also noticed problems with the autodiscovery of network shares under Leopard, with devices appearing and disappearing in the sidebar randomly, and am failing to connect to open SMB shares on Windows boxes, too: it asks to authenticate as Guest or named user, and fails on both.

Is anyone else seeing similar issues, and more importantly has anyone got a fix? This has broken networking so badly that I'm going to have to revert to Tiger until one appears.

Submission + - Deep packet inspection meets Net neutrality, CALEA (arstechnica.com)

audi100quattro writes: "Imagine a device that sits inline in a major ISP's network and can throttle P2P traffic at differing levels depending on the time of day. Imagine a device that allows one user access only to e-mail and the Web while allowing a higher-paying user to use VoIP and BitTorrent. Imagine a device that protects against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, scans for viruses passing across the network, and siphons off requested traffic for law enforcement analysis. Imagine all of this being done in real time, for 900,000 simultaneous users, and you get a sense of the power of deep packet inspection (DPI) network appliances. ..the time to debate the proper limits of shaping, blocking, and spying is now, before they become ubiquitous features of the ISP landscape."

Submission + - Cat Can Predict Death

jeepliberty writes: Yahoo and CNN are reporting a cat in a nursing home that can predict death. Cat Can Predict Death. Is the cat the cause or the effect? Didnt Dr Jack go to prision for the same thing? I wonder if the cat can predict a Blue Screen? Gives new meaning to the term lap top.

Submission + - Americans Clueless About Cancer Risks (cancer.org)

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes: "A study conducted by the American Cancer Society found that a surprising number of Americans believe scientifically dubious claims concerning cancer, and that the groups with the greatest burden of cancer are the most likely to be misinformed. For example, the majority of survey respondents didn't think smoking was more likely to cause lung cancer than pollution — despite 87% of lung cancer cases being due to smoking. The most interesting finding was that people who described themselves as knowing the most about cancer were more likely to have false beliefs. Participants who labeled themselves as "very informed" about cancer were more likely to believe underwire bras cause breast cancer, or that quitting smoking did nothing to reduce cancer risks. The article abstract is availabe from the journal Cancer."

Submission + - Wind farms might not reduce pollution

catbutt writes: "According to a NYTimes article, which references a National Academy of Sciences study, wind farms may not be effective at reducing polution. The logic seems a bit odd, though, because it says that the reason it won't reduce certain types of pollutants is that there "was already a cap on sulfur emissions and one on nitrogen oxides was likely to follow. Is is possible such caps are a bad idea, then, if they cause people to not bother reducing their output of pollutants, since all it would end up doing is allowing someone else to pollute more?"

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.