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+ - FCC approves net neutrality rules, most unhappy

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The US Federal Communications Commission has adopted new rules that will govern how Internet providers treat Web traffic and services. The first enforceable Net neutrality rules, led by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, will prohibit Internet service providers from blocking access to lawful content and websites. The rules passed with three votes against two, and now have to go before Congress for final approval.

The move marks the government's biggest move yet in a long debate between companies providing access to the Web and consumer groups advocating for an open Internet. Unfortunately, it appears that the only group that seems to be especially happy about the proposed rules is the one consisting of telecom companies. Many conservatives see any net neutrality ruling as a federal overreach and liberals denounce this particular set of rules as inadequate. The rules reserve the possibility for phone companies to charge more for certain kinds of high-speed traffic: "paid prioritization." Wireless carriers could thus block or charge more for other types of Internet applications, such as video or social networking services."
Privacy

+ - Pirate Bay Defendant Heads For Supreme Court->

Submitted by justice4all
justice4all (1735642) writes "One of the defendants in the Pirate Bay trial says he will take his appeal bid to the Supreme Court in Sweden

One of the defendants of the Pirate Bay trial, the Swedish tech magnate Carl Lundstrom, has confirmed he will appeal the sentence imposed by a Swedish appeal court, by taking his case to Sweden’s Supreme Court.

Lundstrom, along with his three co-defendants – Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, and Fredrik Neij – were found guilty of being accessories to copyright violations by a Swedish court back in April 2009.

The copyright test case against The Pirate Bay was brought by the Swedish subsidiaries of leading music and film companies, including Sony BMG, Universal Music, EMI and Warner Brothers."

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Transportation

+ - Boeing, Boeing ... Gone? 1

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "The Seattle Times reports that as Boeing prepares to announce yet another delay for the 787 Dreamliner — at least three months, possibly six or more — the crucial jet program is in even worse shape than it appears with problems go well beyond the latest setback, an in-flight electrical fire last month that has grounded the test planes. Meanwhile, on the production side, one veteran employee on the 787 said he's witnessing "the perfect storm of manufacturing hell." The global supply chain is at a standstill, and outside the Everett factory the rows of partly finished jets will take many months to complete. "The purpose of flight tests is to find out what you did wrong," says a senior engineer who expects the 787 will ultimately prove successful. "But the amount of stuff we are finding is horrible. We shouldn't be dealing with this many issues this late in the program." Jon Talton writes that Boeing has bet the company on the Dreamliner and now faces cost overruns of $12 billion or more. "The experience of doing the 787 on the cheap with a globalized supply chain should shake the foundations of "Welchism," the brutal management style, intimidating anti-employee bias and mania for quick results of retired General Electric chief executive Jack Welch," writes Talton. "Boeing is running out of time to ensure its "game changer" doesn't change the game permanently in favor of Airbus and new competitors.""
Biotech

+ - Formula One Must Go Green->

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PJ1216
PJ1216 writes "The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile has announced a ban on further investment into F1 engines and must look into more environmentally friendly technology. From the article, "The biggest teams — Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Toyota among them — each spend $200 million or more a year on fossil-fuel technology with little real-world application. But now the sport's ruling body has said, "Enough," and banned further investment in F1 engines. Teams must now focus on hybrid systems and other eco-friendly means of producing power."
Looks like the race needs more green than just a flag. The upshot of this is that this will spur eco-friendly technology that can make its way onto our streets and into our cars."

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The Courts

+ - Ohio University finds key to getting RIAA to stop 7

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, has found the key to getting the RIAA to stop inundating it and its students with "settlement" letters. According to the university's student online publication, the university paid $60,000, plus $16,000 per year "maintenance", to Audible Magic, the business partner of the RIAA's all-purpose expert witness Dr. Doug Jacobson, for its "CopySense" filtering software. Once it made the payments, the letters stopped. This of course raises a lot of questions as to the 'disinterestedness' of Dr. Jacobson, whose deposition in the UMG v. Lindor case was the subject of interesting Slashdot commentary."
Patents

+ - End of VoIP in the US?

Submitted by fermion
fermion (181285) writes "The register is reporting that Vonage can't work around Verizon's VoIP patents. Combined with the judges interpretation of the patents, this seems to indicate that competitive VoIP, at least i the US, is dead. I can see shades of the bad of days when AT&T rented phones at an exorbitant rate and invented a new charge every month.

The only hope appears to be that "According to Paul Derry, from patent experts Venner Shipley, most of Verizon's claims should only apply to companies with servers located in the US, even if services are being offered to US citizens." Perhaps Iceland is to become the server capital of the world."
Mozilla

+ - Firefox usage close to 25% in Europe.

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donstenk72
donstenk72 writes "Firefox cannot be stopped: close to 25% of the Europeans use the open source browser, according to the Xiti monitor.

http://www.xitimonitor.com/en-us/browsers-baromete r/firefox-march-2007/index-1-2-3-77.html.

In Slovenia usage tops 40% whilst France, Germany and Finland show a percentage that is much higher than the world average.

Not really a surprise, many Europeans are open to alternatives, particularly when they work well!"
The Almighty Buck

+ - Is Coal (Yes, Coal) the Next Hot Technology?

Submitted by nlseaver
nlseaver (1066860) writes "From a greenhouse gas perspective, coal is one of our dirtiest sources of energy. It's also widely available and cheap, and so it will continue to be a critical source of energy in the twenty-first century. Despite hopes for "clean coal" technology, no clear solution has emerged. Furthermore, because no policy framework (like a carbon tax or incentives to invest in clean technology) yet exists, coal companies are putting into place long-lived "dirty" coal facilities. As the article states: "Within the next few years, power companies are planning to build about 150 coal plants to meet growing electricity demands. Despite expectations that global warming rules are coming, almost none of the plants will be built to capture the thousands of tons of carbon dioxide that burning coal spews into the atmosphere." http://select.nytimes.com/mem/tnt.html?emc=tnt&tnt get=2007/02/21/business/21coal.html&tntemail1=y"
Spam

+ - Can anti-spamming laws ever be enforced?

Submitted by paulraps
paulraps (1007407) writes "In the three years since Sweden made spamming a criminal offence, the authority set up to enforce the law has received 72,121 complaints, reports The Local. The result of investigations into these cases was one single prosecution. And that was dropped. The ratio of 72,121:1:0 begs the question — how can legislation against spammers ever be enforced?"

Comment: Re:You know, it's not like he *hid* that fact... (Score 1) 619

by fordgj (#12470370) Attached to: Chronicles of Narnia Trailer
I am exactly one of those children. I was not raised in a christian family, or with any other religion. I also read the entire series and enjoyed it very much. I remember having a certain affinity to some of the principles that underly the story and that can be attributed to my upbringing in western, judeo-christian society.

The way I read it is this: everyone will take from the story the message they want to take, their interpretation will be founded upon their perspective.

For me this meant these were just characters who displayed characteristics that I identified as right and wrong because that's what my parents and society taught me, not the bible.

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder. -- Dr. Laurence J. Peter

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