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RC Submarine Lays Fiber Through Sewers In Italy 122

Posted by timothy
from the let's-not-see-the-camera-view-please dept.
Francesco Fondi writes "An Italian Company is using RC scale model submarines to lay fiber through Milan's sewage system. The RC submarine used is the Neptune SB-1, produced by Taiwanese company Thunder Tiger. It costs ca $600 in US hobby shops." In Italian, but the pictures speak for themselves.
The Media

Dutch Gov. Wants To Tax Online Media To Fund Print 187

Posted by kdawson
from the reverse-robin-hood dept.
Godefricus writes "Outrage ensued among Dutch techie and media websites, after a government report advised that the dwindling print media industry should be financially supported by the online industry (Google translation; Dutch original here). The idea is to help the old media fund 'innovative initiatives.' The suggested implementation of the plan is by taxing a percentage of each ISP subscription, and give the money to the papers. The report, which was solicited by the Dutch parliament and written by a committee of its members, specifically states that 'news and the gathering of news stories is not free, and the public must be made aware of that.' The report is not conclusive, but from here it's just one step toward a legislative proposal. Both industries are largely privately owned in The Netherlands, and the current government is center-left wing. Who needs an RIAA if you can build one into your government? And hey, why invest in the future if you can invest in the past?"
Censorship

+ - Flickr censors Egyptian blogger 1

Submitted by chaud lapin
chaud lapin (904458) writes "Egyptian blogger Hossam el-Hamalawy, whos has been reporting on the working class insurgency that has been rocking the Mubarak regime since 2006 and augmenting his coverage with photos posted on Flickr, claims Flickr is censoring his account:

I'm left with no other choice but to conclude that Flickr is moving along the path of its mother company Yahoo! in colluding with repressive governments (like what happened in China), and I demand to know whether they also passed another private details of me and other dissidents to the Egyptian regime.

and calls on others to assist him call Flickr to account. Hossam's case comes in the wake of another Egyptian dissident who not long ago had his YouTube and Facebooks acocunts disabled."

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