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Comment: Re:Correct (Score 1) 209

by quippe (#43155207) Attached to: France Demands Skype Register As a Telco

Because both ends of the landline call need to be regulated. It has nothing to do with the computer aspect of it.

And aren't all you guys cheering on regulation the same people who would cry murder if they were trying to regulate the Internet?

You are confusing regulation on the content (free speech) with regulation of the transport (access to communication).


+ - Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage Suffers Major Outage Over Expired SSL Certificate->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 writes: Microsoft's public cloud storage service suffered a global outage due to a lapsed security certificate.

Beginning around 4 p.m. EST, developers and other Azure customers began being blocked from accessing files.

"Storage is currently experiencing a worldwide outage impacting HTTPS operations (SSL traffic) due to an expired certificate," according to a message on the Windows Azure Service Dashboard that remained posted Friday night. "HTTP traffic is not impacted. We are validating the recovery options before implementing them. Further updates will be published to keep you apprised of the situation. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our customers."

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Your Rights Online

+ - Whitehouse.gov petition to make cell phone unlocking legal needs 15K petitions->

Submitted by namalc
namalc writes: Recently the Librarian of Congress declared cell phone locking to be illegal for phones sold after Jan 26. Now, a whitehouse.gov petition https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-unlocking-cell-phones-legal is coming close to the number of signatures needed to get a formal response from the Whitehouse.
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+ - Wash. state bill allows police to enter gun owners' homes->

Submitted by Examiner News
Examiner News writes: A new gun control bill sponsored by three Democrats is making its way through Washington state’s legislature. On Tuesday, SB 5737-2013-14 was filed in the state legislature. If passed into law, it would allow local sheriffs to enter the homes of gun owners for regular inspections (more than once a year) on whether firearms are properly stored.
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+ - Moon Water: Apollo Astronauts Discover Plagioclase

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: A new analysis of lunar samples brought back to the Earth by Apollo astronauts in the early 1970s indicates that the moon's interior may have been a little damp in the early days. While this might not be any 'Moon River,' per see, scientists are baffled about the current beliefs for the planet as deposit's left on the moons surface are typically comets, asteroids and other object that bare no moisture. Yet the findings, published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, show mounting evidence that the moon once contained some "native" water.

+ - Bombardier to test electric buses that charge wirelessly->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Bombardier's electric transit technology will be tested next winter on buses in Montreal, followed in early 2014 on a route in the German city of Mannheim. The transportation giant's Primove technology is designed to allow buses to be charged by underground induction stations when they stop to let passengers hop on and off.

(This technology while impressive may not make it to the U.S. even if proven successful due to the lack of popularity of public transportation is still impressive. If they could only get my phone to charge wirelessly.) ZU

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+ - Facebook Lets Users Pay To Promote Friends' Posts->

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jfruh writes: "This fall, Facebook introduced the concept of "promoted posts" — posts that you could pay (generally small amounts, starting at under $10) to ensure that more people of your followers saw more often. Now, if you're feeling generous, you can promote your friends' posts as well. Facebook offers some semi-plausible reasons why you might want to do this (if your friend is raising funds for a charity marathon, say, or looking for a new roommate). Perhaps a more likely reason for the move came in Facebook's recent report to the SEC, in which it says revenues it's collected from the promoted posts program "have not been material.""
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+ - President Obama Calls For New 'Space Race' Funding->

Submitted by dmfinn
dmfinn writes: While his union address covered a wide range of topics, President Obama made sure not to skip over the U.S.'s space program. The talking point was nearly identical to the one he gave in 2009, in which he called for space R&D spending to be increased past the levels seen during the the original cold war space race. Now, 4 years after that speach, it appears things have gone the opposite way. Since 2009 NASA has seen some serious cuts. Not only has the space-shuttle program been deactivated, but the agency was forced to endure harsh funding cuts during the presidents latter term. Despite an ominous history, it now seems that Obama is back on the space objective, pushing congress to increase non-defensive R&D spending to 3% of the U.S. GDP. It's important to keep in mind that not all of this money goes directly to space related programs, though under the proposed budget the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Laboratories will have their budgets doubled.There will also be an increase in tax credits towards companies and organizations working on these R&D projects.

Should the U.S. go back to its 'Let's put a man on the moon" ideology, or is the federal government fighting an uphill battle against newly emerging private space expeditions? Either way, the question remains whether or not Obama will act on any of the propositions.

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+ - Putting a radio station on the Raspberry Pi->

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johanneswilm writes: "A project to stream an online radio station using a Raspberry Pi as the streaming and content organization server. Hidden away in a wall somewehre, this could apparently make it a bit harder for government censors in repressive regimes to shut down an unpleasant opposition station, assuming that the government has little technical expertise. Creative apps using the Raspberry Pi seem to be hot, but are they really useful? Will anyone actually ever use the device in a real production environment, or will people revert to using normal servers/desktop PCs when things get serious?"
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+ - Collaborative LaTeX editor with Preview in your web browser-> 1

Submitted by Celarent Darii
Celarent Darii writes: Slashdot readers have undoubtably heard of Google Docs and the many other online word processing solutions that run in the browser. However, as a long-time user of TeX and LaTeX, these solutions are not my favorite way of doing things. Wouldn't it be nice to TeX something in your browser? Well, look no further, there is now a Online collaborative LaTeX editor with integrated rapid preview. Some fantastic features: quasi-instant preview, automatic versioning of source, easy collaboration and you can even upload files and pictures. Download your project later when you get home. Are you a TeX guru with some masterpieces? Might I suggest uploading them? For the beginner: you can start here.

Full disclosure: I am not affiliated with the site in anyway, just a fan. Hope exposure on Slashdot gets the word out on this great resource, which is very useful while travelling!

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Wireless Networking

+ - Could Australia cancel Digital Dividend auction and create unlicensed band?->

Submitted by uanmi
uanmi writes: The Australian government is trying to sell 90 MHz in the 700 MHz band (the old analog television). One of the mobile carriers Vodafone has stated it will not participate in the auction for 700 MHz spectrum. Another Optus has stated the cost is too high and is yet to declare if it will participate. Telstra is expected to bid for a maximum allocation of 45 MHz. Another solution that has been proposed is for the 90 MHz to be turned into an unlicensed band for future use that might include high power public Wi-Fi system with cells that could be up to 30 km in size. If the carriers don’t realise that they’re getting access to waterfront property and act to purchase the spectrum at an anticipated cost of AUD$3 billion then the alternative could be a solution that brings change to the entire telco industry. 90 MHz unlicensed spectrum in the 700 MHz band would create havoc for the wireless industry and force price reductions across the board.
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