chimpo13 writes: "A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case includes a copy of the Ohio Secretary of State election production system configuration that was in use in Ohio's 2004 presidential election when there was a sudden and unexpected shift in votes for George W. Bush." Link to Original Source
chimpo13 writes: "In a long and interesting article called "Daniel Ellsberg And Others Discuss The Serious Implications Of Wikileaks", Mike Masnick talks about Amazon's decision to shut down Wikileaks had much further reaching consequences than most people realized. Roy Singham, the founder and chair of ThoughtWorks said, "What Amazon has done has totally set back the cloud computing movement." As Singham pointed out, this move is making many individuals and companies think twice about using cloud computing — especially if it involves servers based in the US or run by US companies. People haven't fully considered the ramifications of this." Link to Original Source
chimpo13 writes: "As it says on Techdirt, "It's no secret that Monster Cable is a notorious abuser of intellectual property laws often just to try to get any other company using "Monster" anywhere in its name to pay up. Of course, it's normally trademark law that it abuses. However, it looks like it may be abusing copyright law as well. The website Jaxed, which is a meta-classifieds search engine (it searches Craigslist, eBay and a few other sites via a single interface) recently had its entire site taken down after Monster Cable filed a DMCA notice against the site." Jaxed still isn't letting people search electronics. They say, "Due to a DMCA copyright notice received on Nov. 2nd 2010, we are currently filtering all Monster Cable products from our listings. Unfortunately, the filter is excluding other listings that may not contain Monster Cable products."" Link to Original Source
chimpo13 writes: "My ISP, pair Networks, tells me
they'll remove my entire site if they get another DMCA request about
my posting 17
out of 600 questions from the MMPI. It's the same issue that
slashdot has posted
before. My problem is, the same attorney, Carl W. Covert,
Jr. from NCS Pearson, Inc., has sent my ISP two DMCAs about the
same page, two months apart, and pair hasn't had a customer who sent
in a non-compliance response.
With my first DMCA, I went to Chilling Effects and used a
boilerplate response. I had a copyright attorney check it before
sending it. The DMCA says they have 14 days to sue. I asked pair if
it was settled after 14 days went by and only received the "we
received your response and will respond". I figured if they ignored
that, then the issue was settled. After two months, I got another
pair removed my page for 14 days and sent an email saying that if they
get another DMCA they will remove my entire site. My site covers a
Star Trek band, Sacramento punk rock history, and a blog about riding
a crappy old motorcycle round the world. Now I'm in Korea, trying not
to fight with an ISP that I was happy with, over 17 questions. I know
the easy thing is to edit the single page, and I let most things
slide, but issues like this are one my windmills. Any suggestions? Is what pair is doing to me even legal?"
chimpo13 writes: "As BoingBoing points out iPhone repair company iResQ: No bad-service refund unless you delete blog posts complaining about the bad service. Apple's authorized iPhone repair service, iResQ, advertises same-day repair and overnight shipping. When Lindsay's iPhone screen shattered, she sent the phone to iResQ, and two weeks later it still hadn't been fixed. After she emailed to complain and posted the email to her (lightly trafficked) blog, iResQ agreed to eat the expedited shipping charge and part of the bill. However, now they're threatening to "rescind the refunds" unless Lindsay takes the blog post down." Link to Original Source
chimpo13 writes: "Techdirt posts to an article from Vanity Fair about The First Fifty Years of the Internet. Fifty years ago, in response to the surprise Soviet launch of Sputnik, the U.S. military set up the Advanced Research Projects Agency. It would become the cradle of connectivity, spawning the era of Google and YouTube, of Amazon and Facebook, of the Drudge Report and the Obama campaign. Each breakthrough — network protocols, hypertext, the World Wide Web, the browser — inspired another as narrow-tied engineers, long-haired hackers, and other visionaries built the foundations for a world-changing technology. Keenan Mayo and Peter Newcomb let the people who made it happen tell the story." Link to Original Source
chimpo13 writes: "Phil Yanov talks about how Spoke.com is stealing your soul.
Spoke says that it launched it's free service in August and that they have added 3 million new names since August. How did they do that? It was easy! To get access to Spoke's "free" service, you must install the Spoke toolbar. The Spoke toolbar then copies all of the information from your address book into the Spoke database. It's at this point you should be able to smell the burning sulfur.
Spoke can sell those names, titles, companies, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers (listed and unlisted), passwords and PIN numbers to direct marketing organizations."