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Submission + - Comcast Selectively Blocking Subscriber Traffic->

madsheep writes: "It looks like Comcast is actively blocking subscriber traffic to a number of services that are primarily related to peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. From the story: "Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally. The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users." It looks like Comcast is out there to limit your bandwidth and where you can go. What's next?"
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The Media

Submission + - Laser Printers May Pose Health Risks->

madsheep writes: "From the article: "Emissions from office laser printers can be as unhealthy as cigarette smoke, according to an Australian professor who is now calling for regulations to limit printer emissions." It appears that device sitting next to could possibly releasing emissions that are bad for your health. Should there be new regulations on emissions from Laser Printers? Could this lead to the next wave of major lawsuits?"
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Businesses

Submission + - Verizon FiOS Internet Hits 1 Millionth Subscriber

madsheep writes: Verizon's FiOS Internet service, which brings fiber to he premises (FTTP), has recently reached its 1 millionth customer. This is quite a feat for the high speed service, which many were initially calling too expensive of an undertaking to turn profitable. It looks like the decision to bring fiber into homes has really paid off for them. However, it is also paying off for you the consumer in the way of lower prices, more choices, and better bandwidth. Another notable item is that the Verizon FiOS TV service has reached over 500,000 subscribers.
Privacy

Submission + - Labor Union Files Suit Agains TSA Over Lost Drive

madsheep writes: "Recently on Slashdot there was a story about how TSA lost a hard drive "containing Social Security numbers, bank data and payroll information for about 100,000 employees." Well now a federal labor union has filed a suit against TSA over the lost drive. A quote from the article: "TSA's reckless behavior is clearly in violation of the law," said John Gage, AFGE's national president. "TSA must be held liable for this wanton disregard for employee privacy. A DHS agency that cannot even shield its own employee data is not reassuring." In the wake of the numerous embarassing privacy issues hitting the both the commercial and federal sectors, will this lawsuit bring about even more change?"
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Submission + - Choosing the Right Registrar to Secure Your Domain

madsheep writes: Is your domain safe from deletion? In light of last weeks GoDaddy incident with Fyodor's seclists.org, you might be wondering what registrars will better serve you and protect your freedom of speech on the Internet. CNET sent a survey to twelve of the top registrars to find out information from them centering around what they do to protect domains from unnecessary suspension or deletion. Perhaps you should take this into consideration next time you purchase a domain.
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Submission + - Link for last story... oops - Seclists.org/GoDaddy

madsheep writes: Oops.. not sure if this will be seen before the story is auto-rejected but I noticed I left out the link to the story a moment ago! Woops.. here it is, feel free to repost with your own text.. I think it's a story people should read if they haven't: http://news.com.com/GoDaddy+pulls+security+site+af ter+MySpace+complaints/2100-1025_3-6153607.html?ta g=nefd.lede Thanks
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Submission + - GoDaddy Abruptly Pulls Seclists.org Domain

madsheep writes: From the article: "A popular computer security Web site was abruptly yanked offline this week by MySpace.com and GoDaddy, the world's largest domain name registrar, raising questions about free speech and Internet governance." Can you be (temporarily or permanently) eliminated from the Internet because of something posted on your forum or mailing list archive? Of course there's a clause that your domain can be revoked at any time for any reason, but should it be that simple?

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