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WikiLeaks, Money, and Ron Paul 565

Another day, another dozen WikiLeaks stories, several of which revolve around money. PayPal has given in to pressure to release WikiLeaks funds, though they still won't do further transactions. Mobile payment firm Xipwire is attempting to take PayPal's place. "We do think people should be able to make their own decisions as to who they donate to." PCWorld wonders if the WikiLeaks' money woes could lead to great adoption of Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer currency system we've discussed in the past. Meanwhile, Representative Ron Paul spoke in defense of WikiLeaks on the House floor Thursday, asking a number of questions, including, "Could it be that the real reason for the near universal attacks on WikiLeaks is more about secretly maintaining a seriously flawed foreign policy of empire than it is about national security?" The current uproar over WikiLeaks has prompted Paul Vixie to call for an end to the DDoS attacks and Vladimir Putin to break out a metaphor involving cows and hockey pucks.

Comment I am NOT disappointed! (Score 1) 150

If you have a data plan of 1 gig per month or better, tethering data comes out of your regular monthly allowance - no extra charge. I must say that this was a pleasant surprise. The fine print in the agreement is that Rogers / Fido may rethink the current arrangement in the new year after assessing the actual hit to the network that tethering may or may not incur.

Fingers crossed...


Submission + - New images of deep Martian caves

untree writes: The Astronomy Picture of the Day today is an image recently taken by the HiRISE instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. More information is available on the Planetary Society blog, including a description of the paper (pdf) that describes this series of caves.

From the image description:

"Black spots have been discovered on Mars that are so dark that nothing inside can be seen. Quite possibly, the spots are entrances to deep underground caves capable of protecting Martian life, were it to exist."

And for fans of traditional units of measure, this cave entrance is about the size of a football field.

Submission + - Rogers losing more customers

jgoguen writes: "Once again, Rogers has angered and annoyed people with their blocking of encrypted traffic. As is disturbingly common, instead of pointing at existing policies to avoid confrontation and provide good customer service, Rogers decides to show once again how incompetent they really are. Network neutrality is potentially also in danger here, with Rogers poised to prioritize their own content and Industry Minister Maxime Bernier pushing ahead with a deregulation scheme."
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Submission + - Fastest Notebook Drive Reviewed

Deathspawner writes: Seagate recently announced their new Momentus 7200.2 160GB notebook drive, the largest drive available for those speeds. Techgage has the first review on the web and is left impressed. Even though it's the fastest drive available at that density, it proves to be a better value than other 7200 RPM 2.5" drives on the market.

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