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Comment How is this different... (Score 2, Insightful) 352

How is this different from laws we have in the US where we require people in public protests to be "unmasked"? Example: The KKK used to do their marches in the full hoods and robes. states started passing laws requiring their faces to be revealed during their marches in order to "shame them" into not doing it. Those laws were ruled constitutional because their right to speak is impinged in any way shape or form.

I'm failing to see how this is different. A right to speak is not the same as a right to speak anonymously.

Comment Re:Reboot should get a Reboot! (Score 1) 922

Interestingly enough (from the wiki article on reboot) "On June 1, 2008, it was announced that there will be a trilogy of ReBoot films coming to theaters. Jon Cooksey was assigned to write the script for the first film, but as of August 2008, he was dropped due to Rainmaker deciding to take a different direction with the story. At this time, it is unknown who will replace him.[10] The films are expected to follow a different story from the comic, but the overall plan is to continue the methodology in terms of engaging the fans.[11] The movie is currently listed as in development on the IMDB website. It is currently listed for release in 2010. A teaser trailer for the film was released on October 5, on Rainmaker's official site." The current production company that owns the rights to "ReBoot" bought out Mainframe Inc. (creator of ReBoot) explicitly to get the rights to the show. Although the current crop of movies may be closer to duke nukem forever than is desirable.

Comment Re:RIAA seeks $1 million for seven songs (Score 0) 291

alternately you could use a better damages analogy and say "can you imagine if I stole 7 pieces of jerky, broke it into bits and sold all those bits to several million people at a price of $1.00 per person"

See, the problem with your thinking is she's not being sued for downloading anything. She is being sued for uploading it to other people. HUGE difference.


UN Makes Its Statistical Data Free and Searchable 79

NorseWolf writes "Since its foundation, the United Nations system has been collecting statistical information from member states on a variety of topics. The information thus collected constitutes a considerable information asset of the organization. However, these statistical data are often stored in proprietary databases, each with unique dissemination and access policies. As a result, users are often unaware of the full array of statistical information that the UN system has in its data libraries. The current arrangement also means that users are required to move from one database to another to access different types of information. UNdata addresses this problem by datapooling major UN databases and those of several other international organizations into one single Internet environment. The innovative design allows a user to access a large number of UN databases either by browsing the data series or through a keyword search."

Submission + - NPR picks up RIAA lawsuits stories 3

An anonymous reader writes: NPR's programme Marketplace is running a series of segment specials in regard to how the RIAA's lawsuit strategy. The series is available for podcast, with the first being linked here, beginning at time stamp 19:50. While there is little new content for Slashdot readers, could this be the harbinger of the mainstream media and the general public finally taking notice?
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Submission + - Homeland Security: The Game (

Wowzer writes: "The US Department of Homeland Security is developing a video game titled Ground Truth. Think along the lines of other government-created games like America's Army or Full Spectrum Warrior. From the article: "The game has you playing as a first responder to a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Success in the game would be dependent not only on the quickness of your response, but also how you go about responding. Make poor choices and you can expect larger casualties and a lower score.""

Submission + - Oral Sex Implicated in Some Throat and Neck Cancer (

JayFNG writes: A headline that may frighten your wife, girlfriend, or friend with benefits into never performing the act of oral gratification again. Dr. Erich Sturgis: "For now, he said, women who've had an abnormal Pap smear and their partners probably shouldn't engage in oral sex" Men everywhere can be heard saying: "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Submission + - Google accused of aiding far-right in Germany (

athloi writes: "The Central Council of Jews in Germany wants the government to begin a criminal investigation into Google and YouTube for airing neo-Nazi and Nazi videos they claim violate Germany's strict laws against inciting hatred toward minorities. Salomon Korn, VP of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, called for an investigation of YouTube for allegedly allowing the spread of anti-Semitic propaganda. They include World War II Nazi propaganda clips, as well as recent clips from neo-Nazi groups active in Germany. German journalists said one of the YouTube-aired clips was viewed more than 400,000 times in eight months, despite pleas from several German groups to take it down.

I hate what they say, but I'll defend to the death their right to say it. IIRC, one of Google's founders is Jewish, so I doubt it's sympathy that's making YouTube keep these videos online."

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