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Japan

+ - Radioactive releases in Japan could last months->

Submitted by unity100
unity100 (970058) writes "Japanese and American experts are saying that under the best conditions, not only the situation may continue for months, but also the radioactive releases of steam could last for months. Currently, the plant is being cooled off by pumping seawater into the plant, which cools the reactor, and then the now-radioactive steam is released into the atmosphere. Even if the situation is taken under control now, this process may need to continue for months. One senior official put it, “under the best scenarios, this isn’t going to end anytime soon.”"
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+ - Considerably priced Mobile/Satellite Internet

Submitted by unity100
unity100 (970058) writes "One of my friends, works in the merchant fleet, going from one port to another as required. Nowadays almost all ships have internet access, but the connections are generally usable for only email sending and receiving, being too expensive for any considerable data usage. There may be found much more solid internet connections in some agencies' ships, but, you need to be lucky to consistently chance up with assignments on these ships.

So, i thought that, if there are considerably priced global, roaming, mobile-usable internet access services present, my friend can acquire one, and solve his internet connectivity issue. Back in 1990s there were companies offering such satellite connectivity, but, it was totally out of the reach of 'normal' people. I am guessing that, since times changed a lot, there may have come up plans that we, the unwashed masses can expect to use, even if we pay a lot of money.

So, what im asking slashdot users is that, do they know of any such reliable and acceptably priced service plans, from any service provider? What are the requirements, connectivity quality, and steps one needs to take to get one and use ?"

+ - WikiLeaks' Swiss host dismisses France, USA->

Submitted by unity100
unity100 (970058) writes "From Guardian's own website :

WikiLeaks received a boost tonight when Switzerland rejected growing international calls to force the site off the internet.

The site's new Swiss host, Switch, today said there was "no reason" why it should be forced offline, despite demands from France and the US. Switch is a non-profit registrar set up by the Swiss government for all 1.5 million Swiss .ch domain names.

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+ - Wikileaks releases U.S. War logs of Afghan War->

Submitted by unity100
unity100 (970058) writes "From the wikileaks website itself :

"At 5pm EST Friday 22nd October 2010 WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout."

Diary Dig — War Log Explorer link provides an easy way to browse and search war logs, linked from the main wikileaks site at Wikileaks"
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+ - AT&T Funds right wing group against Net Neutra->

Submitted by unity100
unity100 (970058) writes "AT&T Funded the right wing lobby group Americans For Profit, launching a $1.4 Million ad campaign against network neutrality. Within hours, Fox News network and their anchors have also taken the issue as their own, attacked network neutrality throughout long broadcasts. This seems to be repeitition of a similar attack against network neutrality in 2005-2006, when close to $100 million was spent by telecom companies in ad campaigns against network neutrality. That period also awarded us with Sen. Ted 'Tubes' Stevens, appearing in many news shows to tell us how internet was actually 'a series of tubes'. Current budget is much smaller compared to back then, however there is still chance for it to pick up. Savetheinternet.com has more

On Tuesday morning, an AT&T-funded front group, Americans for Prosperity, announced a $1.4 million advertising blitz to try to convince Americans that the FCC is plotting to "take over the Internet."

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+ - EU Parliament Passes Resolution Calling on Canada ->

Submitted by unity100
unity100 (970058) writes "Eu Parliament passes resolution calling on Canada to support greater ACTA transparency, and to move negotiations closer to WIPO. Michael Geist writes :

"With the Canada — European Union summit underway this week, the European Parliament has just passed a resolution that calls on Canada to support even greater ACTA transparency and to shift the negotiations to an international organization such as WIPO. The full paragraph within the resolution states that the European Parliament:

Hopes that Canada will fully support the EU's request to open up the ACTA negotiations to public scrutiny, as it requested in its resolution of 10 March 2010, and to have those negotiations conducted under the auspices of an international organisation, the most suitable being WIPO;

In the aftermath of its success in promoting release of the ACTA draft text, it is interesting to see the European Parliament becoming increasingly vocal about the ACTA negotiations. Canada has remained generally silent on these issues and the EP resolution may help coax out a response.""

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+ - Stranted Norwegian PM runs the country remotely->

Submitted by unity100
unity100 (970058) writes "On a hilarious sidenote to all the stranded travelers' misery, Norwegian PM, stranded in Madrid due to volcano ash disrupting flights in Europe, is running Norway from Madrid by using phone, computer and iPad through internet. This is quite an interesting case for the cause of telecommuting."
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+ - P2P Link sites and P2P declared legal in Spain->

Submitted by unity100
unity100 (970058) writes "Spanish music group SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores) lost big time, and maybe set a Europe-wide precedent in regard to noncommercial p2p link sites, and noncommercial p2p filesharing in Spain. Despite many prior rulings declaring filesharing sites legal if they didnt directly profit from copyright infringements, music groups in spain were still shutting down individual sites in advance of court hearings to assess their legality. After looking at the finances of the website operated by Jesus Guerra and concluding that he didnt profit from copyright infringement, Judge also delivered a staggering blow to copyright groups, saying “P2P networks are mere conduits for the transmission of data between Internet users, and on this basis they do not infringe rights protected by Intellectual Property laws ...” Now two routes open for SGAE is appealing the decision, or trying to get law changed."
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Censorship

+ - Turkish Internet Censorship Board starts operation->

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unity100
unity100 writes "As of today, the new law on "Preventing 'catalog' crimes on internet" have taken full effect with the Censorship Board starting official duty in Turkey. Law states that access to entire websites that are found with 'objectionable' content can be prevented without court order, only with approval of the board. The catalog crimes are as follows ; 'Crimes against personality of Ataturk on internet', 'Encouraging people to suicide', 'Sexual abuse of children', 'Drug encouragement and providing', 'Providing health-hazard materials', 'Obscenity', 'Prostitution', 'Gambling'. The board members themselves are going to decide whatever falls in any category, especially 'obscenity'. A lot of sites with filesharing content was blocked as soon as the board started operation. Law shuts down even entire sites due to a single 3 word text comment found objectionable. (The news didnt make cnn website yet, its in local cnn affiliate's site)"
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Censorship

+ - Wordpress.org blocked in Turkey-> 2

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unity100
unity100 writes "Wordpress.org domain has been blocked by monopoly infrastructure backbone provider Turkish Telekom in Turkey. Turkish internet users are not able to reach anything with wordpress.org domain extension due to DNS filtering. The move is due to a recent court order, in which a controversial religious sect leader, Adnan Oktar have sued wordpress.org for many blogs, containing criticizm about him. Since wordpress.org did not respond, Turkish courts have taken the 'Turkish' way and totally blocked wordpress.org domain instead of blocking the blogs in question one by one. Read more in below links :

http://wordpress.com/blog/2007/08/19/why-were-bloc ked-in-turkey/
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/home/home?wid=10&func =viewSubmission&sid=2883"

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Real Time Strategy (Games)

+ - Starcraft 2 Officially announced by Blizzard

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unity100
unity100 writes "Blizzard has just officially announced Starcraft 2. From the faq on their site, the game will have the 3 initial races, with some units from Starcraft gone, some new units added. They promise good deal of cinematics, and excellent balance between 3 races again. Storyline will continue where Broow War has left off. Blizzard also promises to preserve qualities that made Starcraft a lasting classic. Read more here : http://www.starcraft2.com/"
Censorship

+ - Turkish Assembly Votes Censoring of Web sites

Submitted by
unity100
unity100 writes "Cnn has some piece of news about recent a development in turkey, where turkish assembly, totally in lieu with turkey's commitment to european union membership and european ideals, have voted to have sites that "insult" Turkish Republic founder M.Kemal Ataturk censored from entire Turkish population.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/04/06/turkey .youtube.ap/index.html"
Censorship

+ - YouTube banned nationwide in Turkey

Submitted by
unity100
unity100 writes "As of 07.03.2007, access to YouTube.com has been banned nationwide in Turkey through the nations' one and only internet backbone provider, Turkish Telecom, in accordance with decision no: 2007/384 dated 06.03.2007 of Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court.

The reason for this court's decision is a recent video that has been published on YouTube.com recently which is said to be insulting Turkish Republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal.

Curiously, this follows on the heels of a 3-4 month long campaign by the ruling party and the media supporting them against the freedom in the internet, citing "internet needs to be 'straightened up'".

All internet users nationwide are met with the below message that apparently emanates from Turkish Telecom DNS server or access filters :

"Bu siteye eriim mahkeme kararyla engellenmitir !...

www.youtube.com sitesine eriim stanbul 1. Sulh Ceza Mahkemesi'nin 2007/384 say ve 06.03.2007 tarihli karar gerei engellenmitir.

Access to www.youtube.com site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/384 dated 06.03.2007 of Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court.""
PC Games (Games)

+ - "Violent" Games banned In Turkey

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unity100
unity100 writes "Last in a series of moves in order to "protect children" against harmful content, government branches in cities around turkey have banned a list of 19 games including Counter Strike, GTA Vice City, Half Life, GTA San Andreas, Delta Force, Swat, Call Of Duty, Knightonline, The Punisher, Louncher, Hitman, Counter, Hell Forces, Halo, Line Of Sight Vietnam, Pariah, Serious Sam, Return To Castle Wolfenstein as unplayable through internet cafes around turkey. Cafes who are found to have these games are fined 12.000 Turkish Liras, which equal roughly $ 8500, as reported by the website of the foremost newspaper belonging to one of the two biggest media monopolies in turkey :

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/teknonet/5653536.asp? m=1&gid=112&srid=3439&oid=1

The ban was initiated with the directive of governors, and is enforced by police force. Governors are not elected, but appointed in Turkey, by buraeucratic arm of the government. The 'council' that decides these games are 'violent' and therefore 'harmful are comprised of a hilarious compendium of instutitions, which include national lottery instutition, State monopoly instutition, fiscal police instutition, police force (national) and some branches of health ministry and child health branches of some universities — which with a whopping percentage consist of people who are not even able to turn a computer on by themselves.

The move follows on the wake of the turmoil resulting from a high profile child porn distribution crime case, which was also much hyped by the same major newspapers."

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