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+ - Military kills access to YouTube, MySpace

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "The Department of Defense is on the Web warpath again, this time blocking access to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other popular Web sites on its networks. According to a memo sent by Gen. B.B. Bell, the U.S. Forces Korea commander, overseas military personnel will be prevented from using these sites in a effort to protect information and reduce drag on the department's networks. Detractors of the plan says the net effect will be to block access to servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan who are the primary users of the sites. Troops and families living on U.S. bases will still be able to view the sites. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1512 6"
Education

+ - Bullied Kid to Recieve $1m Payout.

Submitted by had3l
had3l (814482) writes "BBC News reports: "An Australian teenager has won record damages after a court found that his school "grossly failed" in its duty to protect him from a school bully: Benjamin Cox, now 18, was regularly teased and beaten from the age of five by an older pupil, leaving him with psychiatric problems, a court heard.""
Microsoft

+ - Top 10 reasons Microsoft loves/hates open souce

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Over the years, Microsoft has had some pretty harsh words (and actions) for the open source community in general and for Linux in particular. And with news this week that the company reportedly wants open source software users to pay royalties on 235 alleged patent violations, the relationship is obviously changing. We take a look at five ways Microsoft is embracing open source or Linux and five ways it is doing to battle against those same forces. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/051407-micro sft-open-source.html"
Censorship

+ - Canadians Require Permission for Political Clips

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "While C-SPAN recently adopted Creative Commons-style licensing for government proceedings so that they can be used by bloggers and video clip creators, the situation is much more restrictive in other countries. Michael Geist's column focuses on Canada, explaining how permission to use government clips is literally still needed from the Speaker of the House of Commons."
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+ - US wants everyone else to destroy the climate too

Submitted by minuszero
minuszero (922125) writes "BBC news Is reporting on some of the changes the US wants to put in the new G8 climate texts.

Such changes include:
Striking out "climate change is speeding up and will seriously damage our common natural environment and severely weaken (the) global economy... resolute action is urgently needed in order to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions".
and "we are deeply concerned about the latest findings confirmed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)".

Yet, a spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environmental Quality claims "The US continues to lead the global effort on climate change."

Question is, did she mean stopping climate change, or encouraging it?"
Google

+ - Is Google making us dumber?

Submitted by
franticindustries
franticindustries writes "Does this happen to you a lot: you try to remember something, but then you give up quickly and just Google it? Google is so effective in retrieving information that our brains are telling us this information is not needed. Therefore, we're forgetting things like unit conversion, basic calculus, addresses and phone numbers. This might be an evolutionary step towards forgetting what's irrelevant and focusing on what's important; or maybe Google is just making us dumber."

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