writes "Get ready for another expansion of corporate media powers with the "Stop Online Piracy Act." The bill is another try at expanding the control of the Internet to corporations.
-Corporations can create and enforce nationwide DNS blacklists.
-Allows the government to deny the use of anti-censorship software.
The best for last:
-Unspecified copyright violations related to Internet activities will be classified as felonies.
A version of the bill dated 2011-10-26 is here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/71190678/E-PARASITES"Link to Original Source
writes "Last Friday, the FCC granted media conglomerates the right to remotely control media outputs in consumer's homes. Previously, the FCC prohibits the use of so-called "selectable output control" technology. This prohibition allowed consumers to record media for their personal use. Like the DMCA, this is another step forward towards eliminating an individual's control over any media content."Link to Original Source
writes "Beyond the simpler questions of physical access control, connectivity, and power redundancy/capacity and SLA review, what other questions are important to ask when evaluating a data center?"
writes "The Obama administration is taking the health care fight to the streets. The Whitehouse has a new email address to submit suspicious facts regarding the health care debate. "If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com."
The word 'backfire' just doesn't describe the epic scale of failure for this scheme."Link to Original Source
writes "I live in a typical suburban neighborhood where it would be quite economical and well within my capabilities for me to provide Internet access to my neighbors. Except the problem I have is figuring out how to get neighbors connected to my data pipe.
Running an outdoor cat5 has multiples of low wife-acceptance factor (WAF) and isn't really expandable. It's easy to imagine my setup would rely on wireless, but I don't have any clear sense of how to scale it to maybe 10 houses or what kind of stuff to use.
What technology would you recommend?"
writes "A Linux distribution called Pioneer Linux distributed by TechAlign Inc. may be the first ever to claim that Linux can be pirated. The Pioneer Linux distro boldly declares As a business, you should purchase a copy of Pioneer and not pirate it.
Their announcement of a new re-branded Ubuntu distro on distrowatch.org states, " commercial establishments will be required to purchase a copy...". See the distrowatch.org announcement."
writes "For those Windows users looking for the easiest way ever to install Linux, Debian has a new win32 installer. http://goodbye-microsoft.com/
It downloads a Debian install image. On reboot, the image is loop mounted. The installer resizes your NTFS partition and installs Debian in the freed space.
The usual "back up your important windows stuff before trying this" applies."
writes "Debian's code name Etch (testing) has announced RC1. According to the announcement, the release is about 3 months behind schedule. To quote "Nevertheless, it would not be possible to release etch on the original target date while also meeting the Debian community's expectations of quality."
Interested parties are urged to download an install CD and give it a try! http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
Finally, the codename for the next Debian release is Lenny.
To read the full announcement, go to http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006 /11/msg00004.html."
writes "According to the Debian Weekly News dated Oct 30th, the Dunc-Tank project where funds are raised for Debian Project Managers appears to be a factor slowing the release of Sid.
Debian developer Jörg Jaspert posted this opinion of the Dunc-Tank project that was signed by several other Debian devs. The summary:
"So, to summarize DTs effects on Debian: It has demotivated a lot of
people who now either resigned, simply stopped doing (parts of their)
Debian work or are doing a lot less than they did before DT was
started. The freeze got delayed and getting the release out on schedule
has become nearly impossible. We are unable to see any good virtue in
There are a number of other very interesting comments regarding Dunc-Tank in the post making it a very worthwhile read."
writes "Over the last couple of weeks, Microsoft's latest attempts to defend itself against the Linux-based distro threat has been steadily increasing in intensity with the latest salvo claiming Linux infringes on Microsoft's patents. http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/17/ 1324248
Microsoft can eliminate the diversity of Linux-distros and swiftly end any hint of competition from Linux distros whenever they are ready. DSL, Slackware, Debian, Mandriva, Freespire, Mepis, are just a few popular distros (http://www.distrowatch.com) that I seriously doubt have the legal resources to go even one round in court.
What's YOUR idea to defuse the Microsoft's threat?"
writes "According to WINE developer Tom Wickline, the Microsoft/Novell deal for Suse support controls commercial customers use of Free Software.
Is this the end of commercial OSS developers who are not a part of the Microsoft/Suse pact?
More details at the reg."