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+ - Muslim constitution bans all "wrong" thoug->

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An anonymous reader writes "This, unfortunately, is not a joke

The constitution proposed to president Karzai of Afghanistan as part of a "peace initiative" forbids thought and mandates fighting -jihad- as a duty for every muslim, including every last Afghan. Bans all other constitutions and laws as un-islamic.

The Taliban has published a shadow Afghan constitution outlining an alternative hardline government to that of President Hamid Karzai.

On freedom of speech the Taliban charter, which is written in Pashto and Dari, is clear: "Every Afghan has the right to express his feelings through his views, writings or through other means in accordance with the law."

However "un-Islamic thought" is strictly forbidden and "violators will be punished according to sharia" — under the Taliban's strict interpretation of Islamic teachings.

The document also stresses the importance of jihad as an obligation for every citizen. It offers the Taliban's support for the United Nations and upholds human rights — "until it is contrary with the teachings of Islam".

Source"

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Networking

+ - Last-Minute Senate Amendment to appease RIAA

Submitted by Rodrigo
Rodrigo (666) writes "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has found the time to forget about fighting that pesty Iraq War and focus on the issues that really matter: making the influence of the RIAA and MPAA a mainstay in our college campuses. The EFF has put a call to arms against the proposed Senate amendment to the Higher Education Act. The amendment aims to force certain schools to police their network or risk losing federal funding for student aid. Naturally, this policing will come at the school's expense and through "technology-based deterrents," which raise privacy concerns. Please call your representatives and make sure they know what they're voting for under Senate Amendment 2314."
Security

+ - Russian Users on LiveJournal Being Censored->

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Sidepocket_Pro
Sidepocket_Pro writes "LiveJournal user fragiletender posted in the LiveJournal Community dark_christian:

"The Russian LJ-ers are currently complaining in LJ News that they are being censored (they fear by the KGB or similar government areas). As I understand it, they can't post the letters d-p-n-i without dashes. The censorship of Russian LJ-ers is interesting enough and something that should obviously be addressed if true but what really interests me is that this may not be confined to the 'Russian area' of LJ but may be across the whole of LJ. I just tried a little test. I attempted to post the letters d-p-n-i in my journal. It failed twice, I got an LJ StreamError_1_54 message. I immediately tried with the word 'test', which posted instantly. I also attempted to post the disputed letters in LJ News without the dashes and it wouldn't post there either. I had to close my window, cut and paste and add the dashes in to be able to post my comment.""

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Censorship

+ - Webcomic Author Fired for Talking About Firearms

Submitted by Plekto
Plekto (1018050) writes "Basically, this guy was talking about firearms with his friend at work. He decided to buy a gun. Nothing wrong with that — so was talking it over with his friend and decided to get a .22 for target shooting(paper targets and such at a range). This is a typical choice for someone who wants to learn how to shoot as their first firearm. His co-worker overheard and complained. Management fired him in a what's becoming all to typical knee-jerk reaction.

It's pretty appalling how low our society has sunk if you aren't even allowed to talk about your 2nd Amendment rights in public anymore.

http://threepanelsoul.com/view.php?date=2007-04-20

http://threepanelsoul.com/view.php?date=2007-04-24

He runs a webcomic and made a couple of strips about what happened. Welcome to the new America."
The Courts

+ - Literary agent sues Wikimedia Foundation & SFW

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julesh
julesh writes "Literary agent Barbara Bauer, listed as one of the 20 worst literary agents by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and well known for making legal threats has initiated a law suit against a long list of individuals who have reported on her inclusion in the list, including the SFWA, the Wikimedia Foundation, and a number of prominent publishing industry personalities who maintain web sites that discussed her actions. One defendant is named only as "Miss Snark, Literary Agent", a well-known psuedonym of an anonymous blogger. See her Wikipedia article for more details. This action prompted the deletion and then restoration of her Wikipedia article, which is now being considered for deletion again. This raises the question: can you effectively silence criticism of you via litigation, even when the criticism is based on widely published (and almost-certainly true) information?"
Wireless Networking

+ - Brussels Proposes 4000 Euro WiFi Antenna tax

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An anonymous reader writes "Olivier Maingain, the mayor of Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, one of the 19 Brussels boroughs, is planning to tax all "antennas for the transmission of data",. Each antenna will be taxed a staggering 4,000 euros per year. Such antennas are used for WiFi or WLAN, i.e. wireless internet or wireless networks over relatively short distances. While the small antenna on your wireless router could theoretically be taxed, the new tax seems to target WiFi-antennas that can be seen from the outside, i.e. that are positioned on the outside of buildings. If the owner of the aerial cannot be identified the owners of the buildings have to pay the new tax."
Java

+ - Original DOS Boots in Java Applet

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Rhys Newman
Rhys Newman writes "Oxford Physics Developers have just released a demo version of JPC; a pure Java applet which boots original DOS and can run a selection of classic DOS games. See the JPC homepage for more information and online demo.

JPC emulates all the hardware of a standard PC sufficient to get DOS booting and running classic (or old) software in original form. As the DOS software is running in a completely emulated environment, the standard JVM security model applies and makes JPC a 100% safe environment to run third party x86 untested/unvetted code.

JPC can run on a mobile phone (or any other device which supports a Java 2 VM), and is also intended to enable secure sharing of CPU resources in a computer grid deployment."
Google

+ - Google vs. Transbois

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Kanebus
Kanebus writes "Google is banning in its advertising positive transgendered terms because it believes those terms promote child pornography. Red Handed Porn, a masturbation porn site that features a variety of people including some transgendered folks, walked into this weird policy decision when they started creating ads via Google's AdWords program. In order to continue advertising, Red Handed Porn, has had to remove not just from their ads but also from their website terms that transgendered people have chosen to identify themselves, such as 'transboi' and 'transgrrrl'. To add insult to injury while truly offensive words like "shemale" are allowed to flourish within AdWords, Red Handed Porn is banned from calling itself 'dyke-owned' because the term 'dyke' is offensive to Google.

In Violet' Blues recent article Don't Be Evil (Or A Dyke, Or Trans) sexologist Carol Queen is quoted saying "The real issue here, it seems to me, is insensitivity to the needs and culture of a sexual or gender community." However, Violet Blue in her blog Tiny Nibbles has pointed out that AdWords' content policies have far reaching implications with advertising in new media. An article in Marketing Shift called Google Needs Sex Education also points out that the automation and algorithms of Google can "go against logic" and need to be "continually tweaked by actual people who understand how words are used in contemporary language".

If you aren't searching for or advertising "Transboi Porn" this may seem like a non-issue, but AdWords has no real mechanisms for complaints. They in essence can ban any ad or site for any reason, which could make exploring the internet very limited, very fast."
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+ - Stallman's Hypocrisy

Submitted by TheAmigo
TheAmigo (10935) writes "If Richard Stallman is such a friend of freedom why was he recently in Cuba attending a conference hosted by Ramiro Valdez, Cuba's "spanking new minister of information and technology", as reported by Newsmax. From The Article: "Everyone familiar with Cuban history (this naturally excludes all the MSM Cuba experts) know Ramiro Valdez as the Cuban regime's Lavrenti Beria, with a dash of Heinrich Himmler. This was a position he inherited when his chum Ernesto "Che" Guevara was promoted from Cuba's chief executioner to minister of the economy, where he murdered the Cuban economy as efficiently as he had murdered hundreds of defenseless Cuban men (and boys.)"
My favorite part of the article: "Here's a fanatic for free information flow accepting accolades from a regime that jails the most journalist per capita on planet earth.""
The Internet

+ - Conservapedia, religious right answers Wikepedia

Submitted by EponymousCoder
EponymousCoder (905897) writes " The Guardian is carrying an article about "Conservapedia" the religious rights answer to the "overly liberal" Wikipedia.

From TFA "I've tried editing Wikipedia, and found that the biased editors who dominate it censor or change facts to suit their views," Andy Schlafly, the founder of Conservapedia, told the Guardian. "In one case my factual edits were removed within 60 seconds — so editing Wikipedia is no longer a viable approach." I wonder whether the factual edits were something like the differences mentioned between the two: Dinosaurs Wikipedia "Vertebrate animals that dominated terrestrial ecosystems for over 160m years, first appearing approximately 230m years ago." Conservapedia "They are mentioned in numerous places throughout the Good Book. For example, the behemoth in Job and the leviathan in Isaiah are almost certainly references to dinosaurs.""

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