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Comment: Yahoo's Version Is Nice (Score 1) 286

by davidpfarrell (#35101664) Attached to: Hotmail Launches Accounts You Can Throw Away

Yahoo's had this feature for years - You choose a separate prefix (not your actual email) and can configure '-suffix' addresses to create 'prefix-suffix@yahoo.com' temporary addresses.

These are managed from your main email account and you can configure as many as you want, I have more than 100 of them.

You can even configure to send from the address if you like and it shows up in your From dropdown when you create a new message.

Having a prefix separate from your actual email address provides some security.

Also, having to configure them vs creating them on the fly means that if you get a spam that someone truly gave/sold your email address away.

I do wish it were easier to create addresses, like a toolbar widget or a task tray app to quickly create one in when I'm on a website that needs an email.

Better would be no prefix at all and a simple app to generate random addresses and copy to clipboard with one click... Or right-click an input field and have an option to drop an email address.

Government

FCC Backs Net Neutrality, Chairman's Full Speech Posted 270

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the but-can-they-be-trusted dept.
ArmyofGnomes writes "FCC chairman Julius Genachowski delivered Monday on President Obama's promise to back 'net neutrality' — but he went much further than merely seeking to expand rules that prohibit ISPs from filtering or blocking net traffic by proposing that they cover all broadband connections, including data connections for smartphones. Genachowski stated: 'I understand the Internet is a dynamic network and that technology continues to grow and evolve. I recognize that if we were to create unduly detailed rules that attempted to address every possible assault on openness, such rules would become outdated quickly. But the fact that the Internet is evolving rapidly does not mean we can, or should, abandon the underlying values fostered by an open network, or the important goal of setting rules of the road to protect the free and open Internet. ... In view of these challenges and opportunities, and because it is vital that the Internet continue to be an engine of innovation, economic growth, competition and democratic engagement, I believe the FCC must be a smart cop on the beat preserving a free and open Internet.'"
The Courts

Swedish ISP Deletes Customer ID Info 177

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the putting-tread-on-the-slippery-slope dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "A Swedish internet service provider, Bahnhof, has begun deleting customer identification information in order to prevent it from being used as evidence against its customers under Sweden's new legislation against copyright infringement via peer-to-peer file sharing. According to this report on 'The Local,' it is entirely legal for it to do so. The company's CEO, Jon Karlung, is identified as 'a vociferous opponent of the measures that came into force on April 1st,' and is quoted saying that he is determined to protect the company's clients, and that 'It's about the freedom to choose, and the law makes it possible to retain details. We're not acting in breach of IPRED; we're following the law and choosing to destroy the details.'"

Comment: Ad Adjusts To Increase Attentiveness (Score 1) 238

by davidpfarrell (#26675731) Attached to: New Ads That Watch You

And I expect to see it done on The Simpsons first:

Homer stops to daydream in front of an ad cam.

The cam notices Homer and begins playing a Duff Beer ad.

Homer starts to lose interest so the ad steps it up with increased babeage.

Homer eventually loses interest again, so the ad steps up the babeage again.

But this time it doesn't work and Homer turns to leave.

In a last ditch effort, the ad tosses in some donut references and BAM!

Homer is locked into the ad again.

MMMM, beer and donuts...

Comment: equivalent on Wii ? (Score 1) 63

by davidpfarrell (#26240537) Attached to: 10 Years of <em>Baldur's Gate</em>

Some friends of mine, a couple, love to play Baulder's Gate together on their PS2.

They just recently acquired a Wii, and wanted to know if there are any equivalent games for the Wii?

I tried to do some research for a 2 player simul dungeon crawler but honestly couldn't find anything.

Anyone got any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your time,

-DavidPFarrell

The Courts

RIAA Litigation May Be Unconstitutional 281

Posted by timothy
from the what-about-ritchie-chaz-and-margot? dept.
dtjohnson writes "A Harvard law school professor has submitted arguments on behalf of Joel Tenenbaum in RIAA v. Tenenbaum in which Professor Charles Nesson claims that the underlying law that the RIAA uses is actually a criminal, rather than civil, statute and is therefore unconstitutional. According to this article, 'Nesson charges that the federal law is essentially a criminal statute in that it seeks to punish violators with minimum statutory penalties far in excess of actual damages. The market value of a song is 99 cents on iTunes; of seven songs, $6.93. Yet the statutory damages are a minimum of $750 per song, escalating to as much as $150,000 per song for infringement "committed willfully."' If the law is a criminal statute, Neeson then claims that it violates the 5th and 8th amendments and is therefore unconstitutional. Litigation will take a while but this may be the end for RIAA litigation, at least until they can persuade Congress to pass a new law."

Comment: Follow-Up By OP (Score 1) 586

by davidpfarrell (#25521075) Attached to: Reliable, Free Anti-Virus Software?

I just wanted to give a follow-up on my search for a 64-Bit Virus solution.

I ended up going with AVAST Free for now.

Installation was pretty smooth with the hardest part being updating my firewall to allow AVAST to grab updates.

In case anyone wonders, the following AVAST proggies need outbound access through the firewall:

* ashServ.exe
* ashWebSv.exe
* aswUPdSrv.exe
* Setup\avast.setup

"avast.setup" was a bit hard to configure because the "choose program" widget in the Vista firewall app only allows you to select ".exe" files - Just choose any nearby .exe file and then modify the input box by hand to point to avast.setup

If I end up having any problems with Avast, then I'll look into NOD32 and then Kaspersky

Thank you to everyone who took time to reply.

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