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Comment: Re:Really... Really? (Score 3, Insightful) 367

by flamearrows (#23798969) Attached to: RIAA Says "Wanna Fight? It'll Cost You!"
Well, if we make your example into something more sensible: Say you walk into stores and threaten to sue them for $8000 if they don't pay you the $3000... Then there's nothing really wrong with that. You're not really exerting any undue influence or behaving unconscionably - just exercising your right to file suit. If you genuinely believe that the suit has merit (as the RIAA does), then them signing the contract as a genuine compromise is legal and really quite commonplace. I don't really see the problem with this.
Space

+ - Japan Launches Lunar Mission->

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Riding with Robots writes "After years of setbacks, today Japan successfully launched its first mission to the Moon, Kaguya, which is being billed as the "largest lunar mission since Apollo." The mission consists of three spacecraft working in tandem from different lunar orbits. Details can be found on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) site. JAXA has said it hopes to send crewed flights to the moon by 2025."
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Networking

+ - What's the Best Broadband ISP?->

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jcatcw (1000875) writes "According to Computerworld's reader survey of broadband providers, 58% of respondents use cable and 38% use DSL. Included in the DSL numbers are those who use fiber-optic FiOS connections. Despite the hype, VoIP isn't exactly skyrocketing with broadband customers; only 27% of you are using it. The biggest shock: For all the grumbling, and for all of the complaints lodged against broadband ISPs on message boards and blogs across the Internet, broadband providers generally do a good job. Furthermore, reliability of our broadband connections is also good. But one thing is very clear: Speed rules. Verizon FiOS ranked first: "Upload and download tested speeds are faster than ISP claims, " said one Computerworld reader. Another added, "Little or no downtime." Second place goes to Cox Communications. Comcast came in last."
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Networking

+ - Last-Minute Senate Amendment to appease RIAA

Submitted by Rodrigo
Rodrigo (666) writes "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has found the time to forget about fighting that pesty Iraq War and focus on the issues that really matter: making the influence of the RIAA and MPAA a mainstay in our college campuses. The EFF has put a call to arms against the proposed Senate amendment to the Higher Education Act. The amendment aims to force certain schools to police their network or risk losing federal funding for student aid. Naturally, this policing will come at the school's expense and through "technology-based deterrents," which raise privacy concerns. Please call your representatives and make sure they know what they're voting for under Senate Amendment 2314."
Privacy

+ - UK students must submit fingerprints for lunch->

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wikinerd writes "A school in the UK decided to start requesting fingerprint scans from its 1100 students before being allowed to get their lunch. From next term, the same school expects to use the biometric system for controlling entry into the school, as well as for dictating who is allowed to use the school's printers. According to a concerned citizen, the school did not consult the parents before implementing the new policy. Currently students carry ID cards that are used for getting their lunches, and the school claims that the biometric system is a means to limit expenses from lost cards, and since the fingerprint scans are not stored there is no breach of civil rights and no need for asking the parents first. However, a group named Leave The Kids Alone says that this is an infringement of liberty since fingerprint templates are stored and can be accessed by the police."
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Google

+ - Google Search Screws Over SomethingAwful.com

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An anonymous reader writes "You may have heard of the humour website SomethingAwful.com. Apparently, for all of their long history they've been having a problem where their website is listed far down Google's results (often last) for searches related to the site (such as the names of features and articles on the site). For example, when I google for "Photoshop Phriday", the site isn't in the first ten pages of results, despite the fact that Google has indexed the relevent page. In fact, the first result is a noproxy.us proxied version of the relevant page, and the rest of the results are blog and forum entries referring to Something Awful. (Results are apparently better on many non-English versions of Google, however.)

It's far from clear what's causing this; the site's PageRank is apparently fine. Attempts to contact Google have fallen on deaf ears and dumb autoresponders. The site was even recently redesigned in the hope of fixing the problem, with no luck so far. Is the world's most popular search engine really this broken, and how much money are people bringing in from knowing the black magic to work around it?"
Networking

+ - Videoconferencing server for Linux ?

Submitted by Hymer
Hymer (856453) writes "Well it is really a simple question: Does anyone here know a vidoconferencing server for Linux ? It may be a non-standard solution but the clients have to exist for at least Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The communication channel should preferably encrypted. I need video and some kind of common workplace or desktop sharing, audio is optional. I've searched the Net and found nothing... geeks do not need to look at other geeks to understand eachother but CEO's obviously does... ;-)"

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