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Submission + - Obama Administration Seeking Internet Wiretaps (foxnews.com) 1

EaglemanBSA writes: The Obama administration is seeking to expand domestic and international wiretapping powers, forcing email, social networking and VOIP services to allow the government in. While this isn't exactly news for services like Skype, the specific requirements in the bill outline a need for such services as Blackberry's encrypted email to provide the government with the capability to decrypt them. There is another story running at the NYT here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/us/27wiretap.html.
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Submission + - Can copyleft apply outside the realm of software?

EaglemanBSA writes: I'm currently working on a machine design project for transport in developing communities, and would like to release my design under a 'copyleft' like the GPL. Has anyone heard of such a license being applied outside the realm of software, and if so, how?
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Submission + - Data - Do Politicians Really Understand?

EaglemanBSA writes: It's not cutting-edge news that Al Gore has been ringing the environmental 'fire-bell' (example) on what many see as a significant turn for the worse in terms of climate change. As we've seen in the past, many of our legislators don't quite understand the concepts they're formulating legislation about (see Ted Stevens).My question is this: Do you think our politicians really understand the data in the global warming case enough to make a decision that will dictate multi-billion dollar energy policy? If not, what can we do to make a difference?

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