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Congressmen Send Letters, Hope For Net Neutrality Fades 427

Posted by kdawson
from the making-sausage dept.
The odds of the FCC implementing net-neutrality rules just got much longer. "A bipartisan group of politicians on Monday told FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, in no uncertain terms, to abandon his plans to impose controversial new rules on broadband providers until the US Congress changes the law. Seventy-four House Democrats sent Genachowski ... a letter saying his ideas will 'jeopardize jobs' and 'should not be done without additional direction from Congress.' A separate letter from 37 Senate Republicans, also sent Monday, was more pointed. It accused Genachowski of pushing 'heavy-handed 19th century regulations' that are 'inconceivable' as well as illegal. ... [U]nless something unexpected happens, the fight over Net neutrality will shift a few blocks down Independence Avenue from the FCC to Capitol Hill. (In an editorial Monday, The Washington Post called for just that.)"

+ - Sen. Franken asks about Net Neutrality at Hearings

Submitted by blackraven14250
blackraven14250 (902843) writes "During supreme court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, newly-appointed Senator Al Franken asked her about her stand on Net Neutrality. He questioned whether there was an "overriding first amendment right" when it came to content providers not being able to speed up their own content when they are also service providers. Sotomayor dodged the question in the same manner as the day and a half of questions before it, but it's more about Sen. Franken at this point, as he hasn't had much time to make any sort of impression to the nation as a whole what his key fights are."

+ - The Vimperator: Vim bindings for Firefox->

Submitted by petrus4
petrus4 (213815) writes "I'm a neophyte Vim user, and a few minutes ago, I had a thought. "Damn, I wish I was able to get Vim keybindings in a Slashdot form in Firefox!"

As well as being incredibly useful, I'm still finding Vim's commands to be so
deeply strange that I really need to use them all the time in order to get them drilled into my head. I'm becoming a pure keyboard junkie over the last month or so, with a combination of ratpoison and screen as my UI in X. Navigation is much faster, and it is really demonstrating the degree to which, with FreeBSD, I can tailor an environment which is completely customised to my own neurology.

On Googling, "vim firefox," I discovered this wonderful addon. Not only does it allow complete control of Firefox via keyboard based (rather than mouse based) commands, but also opens a Xim window with a temp buffer for editing Slashdot comment forms with as well. Once you've finished typing your comment in the Xim window, using the usual good old :wq will paste it straight back into the comment form for you.

Although I don't use it myself, I then went looking for an equivalent for the Emacs people as well. For them I found Conkeror, which could possibly be even more interesting for vi users, too. Given that I'm starting to understand how much some of us live in one of these two programs, I figured these could help minimise interface difference while browsing."

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+ - Free software brings affordability to math.->

Submitted by writes "An article on PhysOrg explores the impact of free software on mathematics study and research, contrasting complicated and expensive tools with the Sage Open Source Mathematics Project. Wired News has also covered this tool in their article entitled Math Geek Software Smackdown: Sage v. Mathematica. Cool stuff."
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The Courts

+ - The 63,000,000,000 billion dollar lawsuit-> 1

Submitted by Crazy Taco
Crazy Taco (1083423) writes "This has to be the most ridiculous lawsuit ever filed in the history of the United States court system. Apparently a South Carolina inmate wants to sue Michael Vick for 63,000,000,000 billion dollars (and I don't believe the amount is a typo). He claims Michael Vick stole two white mixed pit bull dogs from his home in Holiday, Fla., used them for dogfighting operations in Richmond, Va., and then "used the proceeds to purchase missiles from the Iran government." His complaint alleges Vick would need the missiles because he pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda in February of this year. The complaint goes on to state that "Michael Vick has to stop physically hurting my feelings and dashing my hopes" and requests that the money, "backed by gold and silver," be delivered to the front gates of the Williamsburg Federal Correctional facility in South Carolina."
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Linux Business

+ - Citrix acquire Xen source-> 1

Submitted by
Mister-TECH writes "Citrix has signed a definitive agreement to acquire XenSource a leader in enterprise-grade virtual infrastructure solutions. The acquisition moves Citrix into adjacent and fast growing datacenter and desktop virtualization markets. The combination of Citrix and XenSource brings together strong technical, customer, partner, channel and go-to-market synergies that will make virtualization solutions easier to use and dynamically combined more relevant to business. The acquisition will also extend Citrix's leadership in the broader Application Delivery Infrastructure market by adding key enabling technologies that make the end-to-end computing environment far more flexible, dynamic and responsive to business change."
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+ - Hacker does a DIY Amiga in FPGA->

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An anonymous reader writes "Developer Dennis van Weeren recently announced completion of his from-scratch completely re-engineered Amiga chipset. His PCB design is fully operational and compatible and his verilog code has been released under GPL. Will this finally give the Amiga community a new breath of life?"
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Vista Worse For User Efficiency Than XP 546

Posted by kdawson
from the two-steps-back dept.
erikvlie writes "Pfeiffer Consulting released a report on User Interface Friction, comparing Windows Vista/Aero with Windows XP and Mac OS X. The report concludes that Vista/Aero is worse in terms of desktop operations, menu latency, and mouse precision than XP — which was and still is said to be a lot worse on those measures than Mac OS X. The report was independently financed. The IT-Enquirer editor has read the report and summarized the most important findings."

+ - Gore's Oscar

Submitted by
Roger Chriss
Roger Chriss writes "As everyone knows, Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth won an Oscar for best Documentary, and this has stirred up all sorts of crazy commentary on the Web. The best remarks I saw come from Notes of a Mad Scientist, where the author nicely said: You cannot document the future. He goes on to describe a discussion with a climate scientist about what is really known, and how politicians don't necessarily make good scientific decisions."
The Internet

EU Wants German Telekom Fiber Open to All 100

Posted by Zonk
from the don't-bogart-the-photons dept.
High Fibre writes "The European Commission has informed Germany that a new law protecting Deutsche Telekom's fiber optic network is illegal. Deutsche Telekom is in the process of rolling out a new fiber network that will serve the 50 largest German cities by the end of 2007 and convinced the German parliament to pass a law that would keep the competition from being able to lease its lines. The EC says that's a no-go: 'The EC believes that the German law would make it more difficult for competitors to enter the German market. More importantly, it runs contrary to an EC-endorsed recommendation that Deutsche Telekom be forced to open up its network — including the new fiber deployment — to competitors.'"

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