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Submission + - When your backhoe cuts "Black" (Top Secret (washingtonpost.com)

bernieS writes: "The Washington Post describes what happens when a construction backhoe accidentally cuts buried fiber so secret that it doesn't appear on public maps--and what happens when the Men in Black SUV's appear out of nowhere. Apparently, the numerous secret fiber and utility lines used by government intelligence agencies are being dug up with increasing frequency with all the increased construction projects in the DC area. It's amazing how quickly they get repaired!"
Education

Massive Increase in RIAA Copyright Notices 179

According to Wired, universities in the US are experiencing a "20-fold increase" in the number of takedown notices from the RIAA in the last ten days. Indiana University reports 80 notices a day, but they say their traffic hasn't increased significantly over the same time period. It will be interesting to see if the affected schools join the legal battle against the RIAA, or cave under the increased pressure. "University of California at Berkeley's chief information officer Shel Waggener confirmed he'd heard of the spikes and suggested there was a political purpose driving them. 'Public universities are in a unique position since the industry puts pressure on us through state legislatures to try to impose what are widely considered to be draconian content monitoring measures and turn us into tech police forces in support of a specific industry,' Waggener said. The RIAA is also backing legislation in states such as Illinois and Tennessee that would require schools that get a certain number of notices to begin installing deep packet monitoring equipment on their internet and intranets, according to Luker."
Networking

Submission + - Build a Neighborhood (Or Apartment) Social Wifi?

Ecifer writes: After recently moving into a new apartment complex, getting Comcast service, and setting up my wireless network, an oddly socialist idea came to mind... "Wouldn't it be nice of me to just share this WiFi with everyone on this floor?"... well, financially, that'd be a Snafu, but is there a way to set it up so that we're all saving money, AND I'm not breaking any usage agreements?

The way I look at it, I'd need the following:
1) An ISP that would let me share the bandwidth... Even Comcast Business doesn't do this w/o express written permission, and since I'm pretty much stealing their customers, I'm gonna bet they'd say 'No.' That means I'm probably paying more (Than comcast, now there's a comical sentiment)... but the cost would be distributed, you'd just need to find enough people to make the pricing work out.
2) A series of wireless repeaters to cover the entire area. This one isn't so hard... WRT54G + Specialized Firmware can do that... and that's just one option. Again, I'm not looking for a bullet-proof business network, these are just normal people, doing normal internet browsing. That brings us to point 2a) Firewall and Antivirus. Perhaps offer a secure subnet option.
3) For any users who'd want to have wired, they'd either need a modified router (such as that in point 2), or a specialized wired->wireless bridge.
4) A usage agreement for all involved.

So am I crazy, or could this work? How would YOU do it?
Programming

Submission + - Python 3.0 Alpha Released (python.org)

AWG writes: Although not due for a production release until August 2008, eager python developers can take a sneak peak at the first alpha build of python 3.0 (aka "Python 3000"). This next leap in python will finally cull a lot of deprecated technology as well as re-organize a lot of the libraries and underlying data structures. In short, it isn't necessarily backwards compatible! Release announcement is here, or just skip ahead to read about what's new.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Is "borrowing" Wi-Fi ethical? (bbc.co.uk)

Z80xxc! writes: BBC has written an article about "stealing" Wi-Fi, and whether or not it is ethical. After all of the recent attention given to arrests due to wireless borrowing, it makes me wonder what will happen in the future. Do you steal wireless? Do you think it's ethical? I do.

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