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America Online

Submission + - The Great Huffington Post Exodus->

JimLynch writes: So AOL has decided to pay $315 million dollars for the Huffington Post? Wow. I am in absolute awe of the incredible stupidity of AOL executives. Have these people lost their freaking minds? They are shelling out a third of a billion dollars for a site that is essentially a left-wing version of the Drudge Report with commenting & social media plugins? Amazing!
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Submission + - New Hampshire begins open-data efforts-> 1

Plugh writes: The Free State Project was created to move 20,000 small-government activists to New Hampshire (here's the Slashdot story from 2002).

IT people, with our ability to work anywhere, were some of the first to move. Now, with over a dozen Free Staters elected to the NH legislature, these geeks are starting to affect government data-sharing policy.

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Comment Net Neutrality is important (Score 5, Insightful) 125

To begin talking about Net Neutrality, it helps to clarify what the internet is. It’s simply data sent via TCP/IP (the protocol for sending data through routers). Some people host web sites, others connect to their company e-mail, others do other things - it’s all the internet.

Understanding that the internet is just a connection using TCP/IP, then Net Neutrality is simple, too. Net Neutrality simply means that your ISP may not interfere with the internet. They may not censor your packets (the data that is sent via TCP/IP). This means they can’t censor your news, keep you off of Skype, or otherwise interfere with your TCP/IP communications.

Any compromise on this is wrong for two reasons: 1) Your ISP should not have the right to interfere with your free speech, and 2) ISPs should not be able to tax the value creation of the media industry.

ISPs should not be able to interfere with consumer access to media companies, nor tax those companies for access to consumers. ISPs should not be able to interfere with our speech or block our access to the speech of others.

ISPs are in the business of providing internet access, but they don't own the internet; any attempts to eliminate net neutrality would violate our consumer rights and hurt the economy.

Privacy

Submission + - Egypt's cyber crack-down aided by US company->

pinkushun writes: Aljazeera.net news reports that a US company, Narus, provided Telecom Egypt deep packet inspection tools, to track and target content from users of the Internet and mobile phones, as it passes through routers on the information superhighway.

The Huffingtonpost tells us who else is using this technology, and that when commercial network operators use DPI, the privacy of Internet users is compromised. But in government hands it can crush dissent and lead to human rights violations.

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Debian

Submission + - Debian 6.0 Released->

Tubal-Cain writes: The Debian Project has announced the release of version 6.0 (codenamed "Squeeze") of their popular operating system. This version, the first first since they adopted a release schedule a year and a half ago, features KDE 4.4.5, Gnome 2.30, X.org 2.7, and the Linux 2.6.32 kernel. They are also introducing a port to a FreeBSD kernel on x86 and x86_64 platforms. Accompanying this new version is an updated layout for their websites, bringing a bit of consitency between their home page, wiki, package search, etc.
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Comment Isn't there an implied invitation (Score 1) 848

In the hedge fund industry it is well understood that even just hosting an http server is an "implied invitation" according to the law. That means that without broadcasting or sending any packets beyond our network, we are inviting the public to access our system. It seems like broadcasting an SSID and hosting a DHCP server is much more of an "implied invitation" than that. So, is it a felony to accept this invitation? I'm assuming that the coffee shop is broadcasting its SSID, of course.

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