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Comment Re:Oh please you old windbag (Score 1) 604

Because they're paying for their Internet connection. It's not up to AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, or anyone else to tell me whether or not I should be able to go to Amazon's website or the local bookstore down the street's website. Amazon is paying for a bigger pipe, bigger servers, etc. Their website is already going to be faster/more responsive, sure. And IIRC I've seen local commercials in the OTA broadcasts of the Superbowl (probably because the Network has a deal set up with their affiliates across the country). Allowing Amazon to pay ISPs to "prioritize" their packets (or really to de-prioritize their competition) would be kinda like saying Wal-mart paying affiliates to not air competitor's ads (or I guess really delaying the broadcast of those ads to later time). -- Worst analogy ever.
ISPs are basically trying to get a bite of the apple from you and the site you're visiting. You've both paid for your connection, there are peering agreements so it doesn't cost them any extra for you to visit Amazon or the local bookstore's site, yet they want the local bookstore to pay extra to every ISP to keep their packets flowing to anyone equally. And as much as I'm sure you would pay extra to have your packets get priority, good luck winning a money battle with Amazon on who gets higher priority with your customer's ISP.

Submission + - 6th Circuit Rules Email Search Requires Warrant (nacdl.org)

DarkVader writes: Fourth Amendment Protects E-Mail From Warrantless Government Surveillance, Federal Court Rules The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled in United States v. Warshak that the government cannot search email stored on a commercial ISP server without a warrant, and has ruled portions of the Stored Communications Act of 1986 that declare email left on an ISP server longer than six months to be "abandoned porperty" as unconstitutional as applied to searches of email.

Student Googles Himself, Finds He's Accused of Murder 184

University of Florida student Zachary Garcia was more than a little surprised to find out he was wanted for murder after Googling his name. It turns out the police were looking for a different man but had mistakenly used Garcia's photo. From the article: "Investigators originally released a driver's license photo of Zachary Garcia — spelled with an 'A' — but it was Zachery Garcia — spelled with an 'E'— who was charged in connection with the crime."

1928 Time Traveler Caught On Film? 685

Many of you have submitted a story about Irish filmmaker George Clarke, who claims to have found a person using a cellphone in the "unused footage" section of the DVD The Circus, a Charlie Chaplin movie filmed in 1928. To me the bigger mystery is how someone who appears to be the offspring of Ram-Man and The Penguin got into a movie in the first place, especially if they were talking to a little metal box on set. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

Submission + - Internet Petitions Stephen Colbert To Hold 'Restor (huffingtonpost.com)

jamie writes: "A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent "Restoring Honor" event. The would-be rally has been dubbed "Restoring Truthiness" and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own "Colbert Nation.""

Comment Re:Hypocrisy Isn't Free (Score 1) 671

The "health plan" as it stands is completey stupid sure, but I don't think it qualifies as "shredding the Constitution" as you so elequintly put it. Shall we just overlook the fact that his predecessor began (and he has kept up) the unconstitutional practice of wiretapping every phone line in the country? Sorry, I just had to point that out.

Comment Re:And this folks... (Score 1) 571

I'm not even a programmer, and I know that your last statement is wrong. Did you modify the code (yes/no). If yes are you distributing those modifications? (yes/no). If no, you have nothing to worry about. If yes, you've become a devloper, and as per the GPL, you are required to give the same freedom to anyone who wants your code the same freedom you were given when you recieved your code. If you answerd no to the first question (Did you modify the code), then what's the beef? Unless you are mirroring, but then, you're probably not doing that from a small office's network connection. So really, the question of narrowly defining when you are or not a user isn't artificial. If you choose to modify GPL code and release it, congratulations, you've made yourself a developer. Now kindly play nice and share your code, since, by virtue of you now being a developer and distributer of GPL'd code, you are bound by the GPL to give everyone else the same freedom the original devolpers gave you (the freedom to view and modify the source code to your heart's content).

Comment Re:I'm back from 2 weeks on the road (Score 1) 11

Yeah, but I live in Quincy (you had mentioned the rehab center here once, so I know you know where it is), and I may just pop over there sometime (if I can ever get my parents to take the kids for a weekend). We'll compare evil-Xs. So, if someone at Felber's says some leprechaun looking guy came in here looking for you, it would be me. (yes, I've got that much Irish in me)

Comment Re:How about this... (Score 1) 171

Ok, only one glaring flaw with your argument. If you go to the coffee shop and use the internet there, who do you think they get the connection from? You'll still be supporting the monopoly, only indirectly. And if everyone goes to places with free wifi, those cofee shops will have to get bigger pipes, which will either mean no more free wifi, or higher prices (which is the shop's right, I'm not going to argue that), but the net result is that they give more money to the monopoly ISP. The telcos got a lot of tax breaks to upgrade the networks, which they only half-assed. Yes, there are some small ISPs that do a great job maintaining and upgrading networks (usually these are rural telephone co-ops, the one in my area has had FOIS to most of thier customers for years, and are in the middle of rolling it out to all of them). But to say that the answer is to not support the major telcos by going to coffee shops and using the connections there is kinda silly, since the coffee shops get internet from somewhere (I'm not aware of any coffee shops running a backbone connection, and I would love to see a list of those who are operating as backbone carriers). Sometimes the answer, unfortunately, is the government (after all, the Interstate Highway system isn't all bad)

Best OSS CFD Package For High School Physics? 105

RobHart writes "I am teaching a 'physics of flight' unit to grade 11 Physics students. Part of the unit will have the students running tests on several aerofoils in a wind tunnel. I also want to expose them to a Computational Fluid Dynamics package which will allow them to contrast experimental results with those produced by the CFD package. There are a number of open source CFDs available (Windows- or Linux-based are both fine), but I don't have much time to evaluate which are the simplest to use in terms of setting up the mesh, initial conditions, etc. — a very important issue as students do not have much time in this unit." Can anyone offer insight about ease of use for programs in this niche?

Submission + - Britain's BPI goes after Google -- with US DMCA ! (p2pnet.net) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The BPI, the RIAA's UK counterpart, has gone up against the Holiest of Holies, American online advertising conglomerate Google, says Chilling Effects. The BPI contributed to the British government's Digital Ecomy bill, complete with its ACTA Three Strikes and you're Off The Net element, with hardly a murmur from the UK lamescream media. Now Chilling Effects quotes a missive directed at Gargle by the BPI. It states, in part, "We have identified the following links that are available via Google's search engine, and request the following links be removed as soon as possible as they directly link to sound recordings owned by our members ... " And what's even more interesting is: this British 'trade' outfity is using the American DMCA to attack Google. Can it do that?

Comment I concurr wholeheartedly (Score 1) 1

BTW: Almost everywhere else on the net (including your forums), I'm Arrach. And may I once again say it's about time someone else comes in here who doesn't go along with the "everything spiritual is bunk" groupthink that slashdot seems to have. I have noticed several christians in the forums, but I don't recall anyone else subscribing to alternate belief systems. Anyway, again, greetings and salutations. Hope to chat again

Comment Re:Dear Microsoft (Score 1) 497

Actually, MS has a nice thing called Microsoft Supplimental Update Services (basically allowed admins to set up a server to act as a local repository for all things MS Patch related). Having set up a few in my time, it was really handy for testing on small groups (I actually had set it up to do initial pushes to techs and sys admins first, then IT department, and wouldn't authorize patches for everyone else until I was satisfied that the patches wouldn't bork everything). It was also nice since you could download all the patches to a local server and not eat up your bandwidth when everyone came into work and powered thier computers on (we had updates set to run overnight, but since nobody ever bothered doing that, our bandwidth would get all eaten up by machines powering up and fetching updates). Anyway, I digress, simple fact is that the program exists, and is free even.

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