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Comment Phorm (Score 3, Informative) 238

From Phorm's website:

"With OIX and Webwise, consumers are in control: they can switch relevance 'off' or 'on' at any time at There's no small print and no catches: it's completely up to the consumer."

In the comments on the Techdirt article somebody is saying that Phorm are the latest incarnation of 121media which made the contextplus rootkit. A quick search later and indeed they are the same company.

Anybody got any more dirt on them?


Submission + - Linux "greener" than windows

GrapeSteinbeck writes: " reports a new study commisioned by the UK government of e-commerce:

A new report from the U.K. Office of Government Commerce about Open Source Software Trials in Government, has found that servers running Linux could combat the rising problem of e-waste because they last up to twice as long as machines running Windows.

The report said:

"One of the benefits frequently put forward for the use of open source software is the level of resources needed to support it. This means that for equivalent open source and Microsoft Windows systems, the open source will require less memory and a slower processor speed for the same functionality"

Submission + - UK military awaits Skynet launch

Charles Puffer writes: Like they can't wait for Judgment Day. The UK Military awaits Skynet launch set for 1925 local time on an Ariane rocket. The system will provide secure high bandwidth military communications. In about a week Skynet 5A will in it's orbit, with Skynet 5B going up later in the year, and 5C in 2008. Since the revolution should be televised the Indian TV satellite Insat 4B, is the second payload.
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Journal Journal: Argonne Hydrogen Catalyst Tools For Desalination

Argonne Labratories has just announced some advances in catalysts for fuel cells. They have developed some cool tools for catalytic research in doing so -- which I think might be applicable to desalination research as well. The idea would be to have a catalyst settle Na & Cl out of solution and skim off the fresh water. This would be an extremely cheap process. So cheap it would make it

Wind, Solar & Biofuels to Power Remote Cell Towers 119

tcd004 writes "How do you set up a cell network when there's no power grid? Namibia, India and Nigeria are building towers using localized power sources to provide critical cell phone access to the most remote parts of their countries. Wind/solar hybrids, and biofuel power plants will power the radio towers, peripheral communications, and even the protective fencing around the installations."

Submission + - A decade-long mystery has been solved

justelite writes: "A decade-long mystery has been solved using data from ESA's X-ray observatory XMM-Newton. The brightest member of the so-called 'magnificent seven' has been found to pulsate with a period of seven seconds. The discovery casts some doubt on the recent interpretation that this object is a highly exotic celestial object known as a quark star."

Submission + - UK Military to Launch Skynet

Khashishi writes: "The British military is set to take one of its most significant steps into the digital age with the launch of the first Skynet 5 satellite."
The rise of the machines has begun!

Submission + - Asimov's 3 laws? Ethical dilemmas of robotics

penguin_dance writes: "This week, experts in South Korea said they were drawing up an ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa. And, a group of leading roboticists called the European Robotics Network (Euron) has even started lobbying governments for legislation.

Of course this brings important delimas to mind: What happens to the Rockem' Sockem Robots (or is it all staged anyway)? Will it be a hate crime to eliminate a robot?"
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Submission + - Create your own instant messenger service !

Andy writes: Its easy to create your own instant messenger for your group of friends, community or website. As a webmaster I found "msgr" ( pretty simple to use, and I like the fact that I could setup and customize a messenger for each of my websites within a matter of minutes, even though I don't know much programming myself. I guess there would always be debates about whether we could use a tool such as meebo or trillian to get in touch with different groups of people who are using different messengers, but I find it better to have a messenger for each group/website having a particular interest.

Submission + - USG to spy all telecommunications in Mexico

An anonymous reader writes: The US government, by the contract S-INLEC-06-R-4042, Title 58 will monitor the full spectrum of telecommunications in Mexico. From the Contract description:
The U.S. Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs intends to issue Request for Proposal S-INLEC-06-R-4042 for the purchase of Communications Intercept Systems to include installation, technical support and training on-site in Mexico.
The scope of the contract is "the purchase and installation of a communications intercept system that enables the collection and analysis of information transmitted over all types of communications systems" in Mexico; this system sould enable the "timely receipt, processing, analysis, and storage of intercepted communications from the national telephonic and other communications service providers in Mexico. The proposed system must comply with the following AFI stated requirements for interception of target calls and sessions from (1) TELMEX PSTN network, through analog lines, (2) TELCEL TDMA network, (3) NEXTEL iDEIM/GSM network, (4) TELEFONICA network, (5) UNEFON network, (6) ISUACEL CDMA network and TDMA network, (7) Existing CISCO VoIP network at customer's premises, (8) packet data from the Mexico PRODIGY ISP network. Additionally the client desires the establishment of a central monitoring center with the capabilities of (1) real-time and off-line playback, (2) fax decoding, (3) packet data decoding, (4) storage of all calls for at least 25,000 hours, (5) storage of all session related information, (6) 30 monitoring stations and 30 printers, (7) cellular location and tracking. Capabilities must include TDMA, GSM, CDMA, iDEN, AMPS, PCS, landline, FAX, Email, chat, internet, SMS and VoIP"
Supposedly this will "strengthen the United States Government's (USG) and Mexico's protective posture to disseminate timely and accurate, actionable information to each countries respective federal, state, local, private (emphasis added), and international partners".
The leftist blog "Sendero del Peje" has more data in spanish and english on this post. This level of monitoring is illegal under the articles 7 and 16 of the Mexican Constitution, that provide similar protections to the 4th, 9th and 14th amendments to US Constitution.
This news have been meet with a deafening silence by the press, the Mexican Congress and the corporate media.

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