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Submission + - UK Claims Link Between Child Porn and Terrorism-> 3 3

Brian Ribbon writes: "The Times reports claims made by government officials and security services, regarding an alleged correlation between the use of indecent images and terrorist activity. According to the article, "secret coded messages are being embedded into child pornographic images, and paedophile websites are being exploited as a secure way of passing information between terrorists" and "it is not clear whether the terrorists were more interested in the material for personal gratification or were drawn to child porn networks as a secure means of sending messages." The correlation is likely to be false; under UK law, nude photographs of all minors — including those who are over the age of consent — are illegal, so it's not surprising that many people (including terrorists) are found to have illegal material when their computers are searched. In reality, this story is probably just a poor attempt to justify the government's proposed big brother database."
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Comment Re:Correction Requested (Score 1) 498 498

No, actually, it means that any idea or design owned by a manufacturer in one country is a patent that can't be enforced in another. It's not THAT hard to reverse engineer stuff.
Actually, it is, when, as you suggested in another post, nobody travels outside the US and the internet is blocked off at the borders, AND you don't import anything. In fact, in your model you wouldn't even KNOW of the new idea or design. The US could just as well be in another galaxy. In some cases this shouldn't matter much, in other cases it could literally mean life or death.
Politics

Obama Requests Creative Commons for Presidential Debates 478 478

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama recently submitted a letter to the DNC asking for the Presidential debates to be licensed under the Creative Commons. This move would give everyone the freedom to share, recut, and edit the debates as they wish. "I am a strong believer in the importance of copyright, especially in a digital age. But there is no reason that this particular class of content needs the protection. We have incentive enough to debate. The networks have incentive enough to broadcast those debates. Rather than restricting the product of those debates, we should instead make sure that our democracy and citizens have the chance to benefit from them in all the ways that technology makes possible."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Looks to refuel talks with Yahoo

froggero1 writes: "Software-but-not-so-much-search giant Microsoft wants to rekindle the takeover talks with Yahoo. According to the New York Post article, Yahoo! has repeatability turned away their offers, but Microsoft hopes that a lucrative 50 billion dollar offer will bring them back to the table. This move would increase Microsoft's web search market share to roughly 38%. But will one company being in control of the second and third ranked search engines have any impact on Google?"
Networking

Submission + - First Internet-Enabled Game for the Commodore 64

Leif_Bloomquist writes: "At the World of Commodore 2006, we previewed our rewrite of the Commodore 64 classic 'Artillery Duel' that can be played over an Ethernet LAN or the Internet. A playable beta has now been released. We hope it will be the first of many new games written to take advantage of Ethernet cards now available for the C64!"
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Cisco on the brink of losing iPhone trademark

An anonymous reader writes: Just when everyone thought that Apple had made a big mistake by announcing the iPhone when Cisco held the rights, it seems Cisco could lose the rights in iPhone in Europe through non-use, according to Out-law.com. There's a trade mark attorney talking about it in their podcast (mp3). So what happens if Cisco has the rights in USA and Apple has the rights in Europe?

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