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+ - Google becoming a force in national campaigns->

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Reverberant
Reverberant writes "NPR's On the Media ran a segment on Google. While the segment touched about the widely reported story of Google's low privacy ranking, the segment also examined Google's growing influence on national politics by way of YouTube. The correspondents speculate that, in the not-to-distant future, candidates may have to make visits to Google's Mountain View headquarters in the same way that candidates today have sit-downs with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register "
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Software

+ - Media Cataloging Software

Submitted by Rich0
Rich0 (548339) writes "I have a growing pile of CDs/DVDs holding hundreds of GB of files. I would like a linux-compatible software solution to cataloging and searching these disks. Lots of solutions exist for music/video, but not so many for files.

Some features I'd like would be the ability to easily scan the disks (pop in disc, software reads disc, software prompts for a name (with something sensible defaulted), software ejects disc, softare tells me what if any label to write/apply to the disc, and software is ready for the next disc).

I've seen one or two packages out there but they usually require lots of manual disk labelling, or their search capabilities are limited. Windows-only software won't be of much use to me.

What are others using to manage their media collections?"
The Courts

+ - ND Farmers Sue DEA->

Submitted by MrMunkey
MrMunkey (1039894) writes "There is an article about two farmers from the US state of North Dakota suing the DEA. Earlier this year they underwent background checks and were granted state licenses to grow Hemp, a non-narcotic cousin of marijuana, and then the applications were sent to the DEA for approval at the federal level. The state's agriculture commissioner, Roger Johnson, hand delivered those applications, along with the required yearly application fees, to the DEA in February of this year. He asked for a decision by April so that the farmers would have time to plant the crops, but the DEA has failed to come to a decision.


Johnson repeatedly has said he is upset that [the] DEA refers to industrial hemp as marijuana and won't distinguish between the two.
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