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Comment Re:privacy laws won't fix a broken privacy model (Score 1) 236

The model is flawed, but there are ways of having some privacy ; for example, hosting your own email on your own server, using encrypted partitions and encrypted swap over https, imaps, and if needed, pop3s, and giving emails addresses to friends and people you wanna have communication with. Having a drill press near the harddrive for when cops show up is optionnal. Basically the dead letter model will still work. I assumed this is why so many businesses have domain name email hosted on a single server.

Atari Loses Copyright Suit Against RapidShare 198

dotarray writes "Online copyright lawsuits aren't all about music. Video game publisher Atari Europe recently became concerned that copies of its game Alone in the Dark were floating around one-click file-hosting service RapidShare, so it took the hosting company to court. While they won the initial case, the decision was overturned on appeal, finding that RapidShare is doing nothing wrong."

Comment This is crap (Score 1) 1348

... a 1-2% user base hosting install parties in so many different cities when new versions are launched and maintaining user groups isn't qualitatively the same as a 92% user base that are mostly apathetical. It doesn't seem like Microsoft will ever put a break on software piracy, because that's who's their tech enthusiast user basis is. Wine is getting better and better though. Obviously, north american and west european governments can sorta afford to get Windows this or that, but even then, for political reasons (read realpolitik), its way better to have software built locally, or at least that you can review locally.

Pope Says Technology Causes Confusion Between Reality and Fiction 779

Pope Benedict XVI has warned that people are in danger of being unable to discern reality from fiction because of new technologies, and not old books. "New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality. The image can also become independent from reality, it can give birth to a virtual world, with various consequences -- above all the risk of indifference towards real life," he said.

Comment Re:WTO? (Score 2, Interesting) 305

It would be nice if you remembered that in the same wave of protests the Free Trade Area of Americas got abandoned, and the role of the WTO got totally toned down. Obviously the government doesn't recognize that, because the rule #1 is to "never surrender to violence", and they pretended that the reorientation of the WTO priorities was in the air, somehow.

If you read actual documents on the riots that happened in Gothenborg and Prague around those time, the governement feels definitely threatened by widespread resistance to itself, and even more by the black blocs tactics that are considered by governement as decentralized cell-based potentially terrorist organizations. How do you think the cops got 1,2 billion dollar Canadian to protect Toronto in June ?

Also remember that north-american countries are directly relying on cheap labour in most of the "third-world" countries to keep on top of the imperialist food chain. Challenging such systems of oppression, when your benefiting from it, is surprising form altruism.

Overall I'd like if you would acknowledge the role of the government in decentralizing jobs to the southern hemisphere instead of eating their racist bullshit of: "immigrants are stealing our jobs".


Selling Incandescent Light Bulbs As Heating Devices 557

Csiko writes "The European Union has banned by law trading of incandescent light bulbs due to their bad efficiency/ecology (most of the energy is transformed into heat). A company is now trying to bypass this restriction by offering their incandescent light bulb products as a heating device (article in German) instead of a light device. Still, their 'heat balls' give light as well as heating. So — every law can be bypassed if you have some creativity!"

Today's Children Are Officially Potty Mouths 449

tetrahedrassface writes "When the Sociolinguistics Symposium met earlier this month swearing scholar Timothy Jay revealed that an increase in child swearing is directly related to an increase in adult swearing. It seems that vulgarity is increasing as pop culture continues to popularize vulgarities. The blame lies with media, public figures, politicians, but mostly ourselves. From the article: 'Children as young as two are now dropping f-bombs, with researchers reporting that more kids are using profanity — and at earlier ages — than has been recorded in at least three decades.'"

Comment The riots of 2005 in France we're powered by blogs (Score 2, Interesting) 199

As told in a lot of reports. But the government can't do much when suddenly it's stormed from everywhere, and after days and days of riots, some cop say: "hey I saw a blog that calls for this demonstration that was more like an angry mob !" I even think they didn't manage to close one of those blog. Also the election of 2004 in Spain, which happened three days after the Madrid train bombing, was won by the socialists, even though national TV was continually broadcasting that the ETA made those bombing (the ETA is a left wing basque nationalist group). Manuel Castells, a Spanish sociologist claim that everybody in the country was just SMSing all day for those three days, since it was clear for anyone left wing that it wasn't the ETA: the ETA usually claim their attacks, and do not usually target civilian.

Comment Re:obvious why ... (Score 2, Insightful) 317

That is the only reason why they do it: generic medecine spread through africa and south america, and they want to get their market back. This operation is a desperate attempt to make more profit, as they are a corporation, which mean they want to make the most for the shareholders.

Real compassion would be to drop the patents on aids medecine to help africa, just as the WHO propose (http://www.aegis.com/NEWS/AFP/2001/AF0103B8.html).

Submission + - Jack Valenti has a stroke

An anonymous reader writes: According to CNN , Jack Valenti, the former head of the MPAA and the driving force behind most of the MPAA's current lawsuit friendly policy has suffered a stroke.

Submission + - Pizza now a health food

An anonymous reader writes: University of Maryland food chemists find ways to improve the health-promoting properties of wheat-based food products. They found ways to enhance the antioxidant content of whole-grain pizza dough by baking it longer at higher temperatures and giving the dough lots of time to rise. "The reason that we chose pizza is just because it is a very popular food product, " researcher Jeffrey Moore added. "So we thought if we could find ways to improve [its antioxidant] properties, doing this for such a product could have a larger impact on public health." Researchers found antioxidant levels rose by up to 60 per cent with longer baking times and up to 82 per cent with higher baking temperatures. The precise mechanisms involved were unclear, they said. They looked at fermentation times up to two days, and found that longer periods could double antioxidant levels. A common fermentation time is about 18 hours.

Submission + - Delphi for PHP released

Gramie2 writes: Codegear (now a subsidiary of Borland) has just released version 1.0 of Delphi for PHP, a RAD development environment (running on Windows) that produces standard PHP code. It features a large set of built-in components, including ones that use AJAX for database access, and Codegear is encouraging users to develop their own components. The framework, VCL for PHP, is open source, and documentation follows the PHP model.

Initial database connectivity is for MySQL and Interbase (Codegear's commercial database that spawned the open-source Firebird), but more are promised.

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