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Submission + - UPC Ireland latest to do a DNS hijacking trial (service.upc.ie)

CaptSolo writes: UPC Ireland has started a trial of a DNS hijacking "service", in a violation of net neutrality. When users enter a URL for a non-existing domain, they are redirected to a landing page (for example, this). They do provide instructions for disabling this service, consisting of a PDF with screenshots demonstrating how Windows users can change DNS servers.

An example log of a hijacked HTTP request: http://gist.github.com/211317

Related: http://slashdot.org/story/09/08/05/1926257/Comcast-the-Latest-ISP-To-Try-DNS-Hijacking


Submission + - EU Council refuses to release ACTA documents (ffii.org)

CaptSolo writes: "The EU Council refuses to release secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) documents stating that disclosure of this information could impede the proper conduct of the negotiations, would weaken the position of the European Union in these negotiations and might affect relations with the third parties concerned [10-Nov-2008].

The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) requested these documents last week.

FFII's response questions ACTA's secrecy saying: "The argument that public transparency regarding 'trade negotiations' can be ignored if it would weaken the EU's negotiation position is particularly painful. At which point exactly do negotiations over trade issues become more important than democratic law making? At 200 million euro? At 500 million euro? At 1 billion euro? What is the price of our democracy?""


Submission + - Liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis (bbc.co.uk)

CaptSolo writes: "Today at 2:45pm EST there was a successful launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Among other tasks the orbiter is taking Europe's Columbus science laboratory to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA Space Shuttle page has more information, podcasts and videos. The mission can also be followed NASA online TV.

Atlantis is due to dock with the ISS on Saturday. Its return to Earth is planned for Monday, 18 February."

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Submission + - SPARQL query language published by W3C

CaptSolo writes: "SPARQL (pronounced "sparkle"), the query language for data integration on the Web and one of the foundations of the Semantic Web, has just been published as a W3C Recommendation.

Quoting Tim Berners-Lee: "Trying to use the Semantic Web without SPARQL is like trying to use a relational database without SQL".
There are at least 14 implementations of the standard, most of them free and open source software.

A significant amount of data is already available to run SPARQL queries on, such as the DBpedia (from the Linking Open Data project) with structured data extracted from the Wikipedia; SIOC exporter tools represent your blog data in RDF for query in SPARQL; data residing in RDBMS can also be exposed to SPARQL queries. Info for further exploration:

What makes SPARQL interesting is the ability to integrate data from a number of different sources in one query — so that we combine data from blogs, DBPedia and RDBMSs all together."

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