Anon-Admin writes: Regularly, on various media, you hear experts say "there are hundreds of studies that show..." how important music is for kids, that minimum wage increases have little effect on employment, that self-criticism is neurologically destructive, that creatine supplements affect athletic performance, or that electromagnetic fields have no effect on human cells,... This plethora of studies is supposed to quell any doubts you may have about the assertion they support. And hundreds of interviews have shown that it works, and that this glib statement often ends the line of questioning.
Anon-Admin writes: Every time there is a question of an ISP monitoring, censoring, or blocking content some one comments about Common Carrier requirements. It is true that most do not make attempts to claim Common Carrier Status. There are many pros and Cons to being a common carrier and it is best summed up in Geoff Huston's article The ISP — The Uncommon Carrier
"Today the short-term expedient measures abound. There is enormous pressure on ISPs from both the Internet's user base and numerous legislatures to take an active position of being responsible — and liable, for the content on the networks and the actions of their clients. If left unchecked, this will have severe longer-term consequences for free speech, basic personal privacy, and uncensored, nondiscriminatory, universal access to the Internet. And when the user base comes to recognize the debased value of such a compromised communications system, they will inevitably look to other means of communication that have retained their essential integrity as a common carriage service."
Maybe we should push for ISP's to be covered as Common Carriers. What do you think?
Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies and potentially violent skills over the Internet and that could present the next major U.S. security threat, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday.
"We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the Internet," Chertoff said on the sidelines of a meeting of International Association of the Chiefs of Police.
Anon-Admin writes: "SEATTLE Microsoft said Wednesday that its forthcoming Windows Vista would take much harsher steps to curtail piracy than previous versions of its operating system, including crippling the software's functionality in computers found to be running unlicensed copies.
It looks like Microsoft is making a futile move to stop piracy, once vista comes out I wonder how long it will be before a crack is released."