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Submission + - Council wants to remove 10 year old radio tower->

zeronode writes: In a stunning move of WTF, the Mt. Pleasant, Wi village council wants to force a 10 year old to remove his HAM radio tower. "Just days after a 10-year-old boy won an award for his ham radio contributions, his parents are worried local regulations will force them to take down the backyard tower he uses to communicate." Both Wisconsin and the FCC have laws saying the council can't force the family to take the tower down, but hey, who needs to play by the rules, right?
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Submission + - UK Could Ban Pirates from Using the Internet->

An anonymous reader writes: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry wants the UK — and probably everyone else in the planet — to follow France's President Nicolas Sarkozy example and ban everyone who uses the Intertubes to share copyrighted files. The plan will force ISPs to cut service if they catch you downloading copyrighted material three times. A spokesman from the Phonographic Inquisition said that it's the only "real deterrent" to stop people from becoming criminals beyond their preferred option, which probably includes the word "Siberia" and "Gulag." But is it really a good strategy? Would the idea of being banned from the Internet stop you from sharing copyrighted movies and music?
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The Courts

Submission + - Interesting twist for Hans Reiser murder case

BlackNova writes: "As you may have heard before on Slashdot, Hans Reiser has a court case going on for the alleged murder of his estranged wife. Well, it ends up that his former friend and her boyfriend has allegedly just admitted to 8 unrelated murders. Thus complicating matters a little for the prosecution in the Reiser case."

Submission + - Why you haven't heard of cell phone repeaters

SinaK writes: "Millions of people in the US have poor cell phone reception, whether because they are too far from a cell tower, or due to interference effects. A simple solution has existed for quite some time: cell phone repeaters. But most consumers haven't heard of them simply because current FCC regulations prevent networks from selling cell repeaters directly to customers."

Submission + - E-gold finally gets busted by feds

An anonymous reader writes: E-gold has been the leader in private Internet-based payment systems for many years. All that was needed to open an account was an e-mail address. It seems the federal government has finally found enough excuses to go after them: lcurrencycharges_1.html?source=NLC-SOA&cgd=2007-05 -03
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Wikipedia nofollow benefits it's founder

joeszilagyi writes: "TechCrunch has an interesting story here, which exposes possible financial and ethical conflicts of interest for Wikipedia. Wikipedia put 'nofollow' tags on all outbound links previously. It turns out, however, that certain approved domains on a map page are excluded from nofollow. Coincidentally, all pages at, the private for-profit company that Jimmy Wales founded, are exempt from nofollow restrictions. Wikia is also a financial benefactor of Wikipeda. Wikipedia's power to benefit SEO page ranking is what led people to link spam them. By allowing some financial backers to benefit, is Wikipedia putting committing ethical breaches?"

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