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The Internet

YouTube Fires Back At Viacom 183

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "As we say in the legal profession, 'issue has been joined' in Viacom v. YouTube. In its answer to Viacom's complaint (PDF), filed Friday, YouTube says Viacom's lawsuit is intended to 'challenge... the protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") that Congress enacted a decade ago to encourage the development of services like YouTube.' It goes on to say that the suit 'threatens the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment, and political and artistic expression.'"
The Courts

Internet-Based Realtors Win Monster Settlement 337

coondoggie writes "Until today, most Internet-based real-estate brokers were considered second-class citizens, and their clients were left in the cold. But perhaps that will change with today's news that the Department of Justice has reached a proposed settlement with the National Association of Realtors that requires NAR to let Internet-based residential real estate brokers compete with traditional brokers. NAR has agreed to be bound by a 10-year settlement, under whose terms NAR will repeal its anticompetitive policies and require affiliated multiple listing services to repeal their rules that were based on these policies." Here's the whole settlement document on the DoJ's site.
Networking

Submission + - Build a Neighborhood (Or Apartment) Social Wifi?

Ecifer writes: After recently moving into a new apartment complex, getting Comcast service, and setting up my wireless network, an oddly socialist idea came to mind... "Wouldn't it be nice of me to just share this WiFi with everyone on this floor?"... well, financially, that'd be a Snafu, but is there a way to set it up so that we're all saving money, AND I'm not breaking any usage agreements?

The way I look at it, I'd need the following:
1) An ISP that would let me share the bandwidth... Even Comcast Business doesn't do this w/o express written permission, and since I'm pretty much stealing their customers, I'm gonna bet they'd say 'No.' That means I'm probably paying more (Than comcast, now there's a comical sentiment)... but the cost would be distributed, you'd just need to find enough people to make the pricing work out.
2) A series of wireless repeaters to cover the entire area. This one isn't so hard... WRT54G + Specialized Firmware can do that... and that's just one option. Again, I'm not looking for a bullet-proof business network, these are just normal people, doing normal internet browsing. That brings us to point 2a) Firewall and Antivirus. Perhaps offer a secure subnet option.
3) For any users who'd want to have wired, they'd either need a modified router (such as that in point 2), or a specialized wired->wireless bridge.
4) A usage agreement for all involved.

So am I crazy, or could this work? How would YOU do it?
Programming

Submission + - Python 3.0 Alpha Released (python.org)

AWG writes: Although not due for a production release until August 2008, eager python developers can take a sneak peak at the first alpha build of python 3.0 (aka "Python 3000"). This next leap in python will finally cull a lot of deprecated technology as well as re-organize a lot of the libraries and underlying data structures. In short, it isn't necessarily backwards compatible! Release announcement is here, or just skip ahead to read about what's new.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Is "borrowing" Wi-Fi ethical? (bbc.co.uk)

Z80xxc! writes: BBC has written an article about "stealing" Wi-Fi, and whether or not it is ethical. After all of the recent attention given to arrests due to wireless borrowing, it makes me wonder what will happen in the future. Do you steal wireless? Do you think it's ethical? I do.

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