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Submission + - Muzzling of Canadian scientists an election issue. Maybe.->

sandbagger writes: While it is certainly not unusual for government departments to have a media office, the way the current Canadian Conservative government has systematically used them to restrict the public’s access to researchers and their data has sparked outrage from scientists around the world.
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Submission + - Regionally encoded toner cartridges 'to serve customers better'->

sandbagger writes: The latest attempt to create artifical scarcity comes from Xerox according to the editors at TechDirt who cite German sources: Xerox uses region coding on their toner catridges AND locks the printer to the first type used. So if you use a North America catridge you can't use the cheaper Eastern Europe cartridges. The printer's display doesn't show this, nor does the hotline know about it. When c't reached out to Xerox, the marketing drone claimed, this was done to serve the customer better,
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Submission + - Doctors Without Borders TPP petition against patenting surgical techniques->

sandbagger writes: The international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders has a petition where you can add your name to the protest against patent extensions it says will keep generic medications off the market. The group believes this will have a disproportionate effect upon poor people. However, the group is also protesting against the patenting of surgical techniques, which is also in the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement
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Comment Gopher, as of last year (Score 2) 620

Last year that old guy finally retired. That afternoon we took Copher off the friggin' network.

It didn't mean much as we did so automated end runs around it but he insisted that it stay there because of some manifesto a neckbeard wrote 20 years ago that was the darkest day of the Internet when Gopher was subsumed. He was somehow still shocked that the community of network administrators failed to rally to save it.

Submission + - What technical reason is there for charging more for long distance?

sandbagger writes: I had to go on some business trips recently and, yep, the long distance bill was big this month. I was just in a neighbouring city less than 1,000 KM away. It's not foreign travel. It's all networked packets. In the old analogue days when signal boosting was required, I can see a reason but apart from inter-corporate pass through fees, what's the technical reason for expensive long distance?

Submission + - Student photographer threatened with suspension for sports photos->

sandbagger writes: Anthony Mazur is a senior at Flower Mound High School in Texas who photographed school sports games and other events. Naturally he posted them on line. A few days ago he was summoned to the principal's office and threatened with a suspension and 'reporting to the IRS' if he didn't take those 4000 photos down. Reportedly, the principle's rationale was that the school has copyright on the images and not him.
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Comment Just put a ban on computer science (Score 3, Insightful) 208

No, really. This is what it would come down to.

We need encryption for banking, day to day transactions at every store, as well as general communications in industry generally. Banning the study of encryption would guarantee that Australia becomes a second rate country in computer science.

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein