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Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.

Submission + - Google Chrome OS - Pre Aplha To Be Previewed Today (

samzbest writes: The event of the day is all about Google Chrome OS, the highly speculated OS is said to be previewed in its early form today. Google is hosting an event today at its Mountain View, CA headquarters to showcase its progress, provide an overview of the platform, and give information on its “launch plans for next year.”

Comment Laptop with finger print or retina recognition (Score 1) 86

If you are worried that your laptop containing sensitive data might get stolen and thief would there by get the passwords stored in your firefox browser, then here is my suggestion.
Use the finger print or retina recognition so that the laptop operates only when it recognizes you. These are becoming standard these days with IBM T400 series having finger print recognition and Dell Inspiron 15 series having retina recognition.
If you are worried that there are so many passwords to maintain, then yes, I am worried about that too. Open IDs are coming up for help, but there are not there yet.

I, whenever possible use OpenID. then I store my passwords in firefox sxipper (with not all the values default, like I wont store my expiry date of the card, but would have input card number and password) and I dont use finger print recognition as I did not feel the need for it.


Submission + - SPAM: X Prize car gets $5.5M of economic stimulus money

coondoggie writes: The Department of Energy today said it would give $5.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the X Prize Foundation's competition to build mass-production-capable cars that can get at least 100 MPG. X Prize recently whittled down the amount of qualified teams looking to build mass-production-capable cars that can get at least 100 MPG and qualify for the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize from 111 to 43. Performance testing will begin in spring 2010 and winners will be announced in September 2010.
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Submission + - Canonical halts Ubuntu CD free-for-all ( 1

Barence writes: Canonical has announced that it's to begin limiting the number of free Ubuntu CDs people can order. The ShipIt scheme has proved so popular that Ubuntu will now only ship one free CD to users who haven't ordered a disc before. Users will now be required to upgrade to new versions through online upgrades, or by downloading the latest version as an ISO and burning it to CD themselves."While these CDs are often referred to as 'free CDs', they are of course not free of cost to Canonical," says Canonical's chief operating office Jane Silber. "We want to continue this programme, but Ubuntu’s growth means that some changes are necessary."

Submission + - Ukrainian goverment pushing to internet censorship (

cedr1ck writes: Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada made the first step towards restriction of rights for free information due to the project of the law 327 with an additional edition for the Ukrainian law about telecommunications. According to this changes, now police, state courts and government will have an opportunity to control telecom providers and can make then to restrict access for a certain type of content and information due to the decision of the court.

Comment Re:Pretty soon... (Score 1) 169

Yes, you are right. With the development of Google we have similar seen development of Open Source technologies too. Google offers a convenience to a lot of users. They don't force themselves upon users. That is why they seem to be popular with both general crowd(solely for convenience) and technical /philosophy minded crowd ( not forcing down your throat). People who don't want it, can of course live without it.

Comment Re:1984 (Score 1) 646

Well, it is present as a required reading in many US schools, I suppose.
No wonder, how they got the Apple's 1984 advertisement properly. If it had not been in their textbooks, do you think Apple would be where it is today?

Comment Re:entirely not the problem (Score 2, Insightful) 137

You probably are right. I have heard Negroponte a couple of times and have had the impression. I also have a couple of facts to illustrate that his vision is not shared by prominent people.

  1. India did not participate in the OLPC project itself. If it had caught in India, it could have been a different story altogether. There are thousands of kids in India, who in couple of years come to grasp with technologies. Government of India, did not feel that OLPC was a viable thing to do for India schools. Instead of backing off, OLPC should have worked out a solution for Indian market. Considering that India is a third world country and where technology catches up pretty quickly and students catch up with the learning curve easily (British gift of English and Infrastructure being one reason)
  1. Even before OLPC initiative, Negropontes Media Lab initiative suffered in India. Then minister Arun Shourie (who is a recognized leader and thoughtful person in his own right), felt that Negropontes Intiative's were not very convincing. Even if it had a tag of MIT.

Also I tend to trust Ivan KrstiÄ more than Negroponte. Those were the guys who sweated it out to bring OLPC. It was sad to see all the tech guys back off the project.

One more thing, If you beat your drums before you have something, you are basically full filling your ego, nothing else. OLPC did that from the first day.
It was also called 100 dollar laptop. Is it available for 100 dollars yet?

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