rwven writes: As a US citizen I don't believe you have to be doing something wrong in order to want to protect your privacy. Therefore, with all the NSA domestic spying coming to light, I've become drawn toward moving my hosting outside of the country. I know virtually nothing about hosting providers outside the US. Would my fellow slashdotters be willing to suggest some businesses based in locations that would be (reasonably) assumed to be immune from a government's snooping? I am looking for 1-to-few small scale instances at a reasonable price.
rwven writes: Yesterday Sony sent an email to PSN members regarding a change in the Terms of Service for PSN. When agreeing to this new terms of service, you must waive your rights to a class action suit against Sony. I, for one, will not be agreeing to any such thing. You can view section 15 of the new ToS here. Link to Original Source
rwven writes: A federal judge in Florida has struck down as unconstitutional key parts of the sweeping health care reform bill championed by President Barack Obama. Officials in Florida and 25 other states are challenging sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the "individual mandate" requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance in four years or face stiff penalties. Link to Original Source
rwven writes: President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, arguing that too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air channels won't be ready. Obama officials are also concerned that the government is not doing enough to help Americans — particularly those in rural, poor or minority communities — prepare for and navigate the transition.
rwven writes: '1080p is the resolution of the gods. Promised by Sony, attainable by few displays, and argued about all over the Internet, 1080p is something that doesn't affect many television owners while remaining a major sticking point in the current console wars. Microsoft gave the 360 the ability to run games in 1080p in the October firmware update...' EA and Sega are both producing games which will render on the 360 in 1080p. Does this change the playing field for the next generation of console games?
rwven writes: Prominent adult movie producer Digital Playground says it is forced to use HD DVD instead of Blu-ray, because Sony will not allow XXX-rated movies to be released on Blu-ray. It appears as though Sony hasn't learned anything since the days of Betamax. While plenty of people may agree (or disagree) with Sony's decision on a personal level, it's almost undeniable that the format which is adopted by the pornography industry is the format which will survive, regardless of technical superiority.