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+ - US demands biometric Passports ?

Submitted by guisar
guisar (69737) writes "As relayed in the Edmonton Journal, it seems the US may be exerting pressure on other Governments to include biometrics in official IDs. Is this so that the US can justify it's own proposals or are other Governments using the US as a scapegoat? "As the world becomes more complex, and as our expectations with respect to safety and security become greater, governments are going to have to invest in appropriate [measures] ... in order to make sure that people can move freely," That's my favorite quote. The paper seems to be pushing an agenda rather than reacting to a need or perceived need. What, beyond a desire to centralize power and manipulate the populace is driving Governments to even allow such proposals to even be discussed? I would expect this sort of discussion within the United States but am very disappointed to see Canada regarding such notions with anything other than complete and total disgust.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.h tml?id=6d8beaea-454e-4ace-a9e2-444823b13d11&k=7585 3"
The Media

+ - DRM Free music is everywhere

Submitted by guisar
guisar (69737) writes "I continue to endure stories on Slashdot and elsewhere complaining about EMI, itunes and other organizations maybe (or maybe not) releasing material in DRM free format. Well- here's some news there's LOTS of material out there. So instead of complaining, download what you like. There are plenty of artists releasing their material in FLAC and other DRM free format. Just look around. Most artists are doing their part by releasing their music in the hopes they can gain enough exposure to earn a living at what they love. If you're complaining about major labels not releasing material, it's probably too late and you are part of the problem."

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