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Submission + - Google TV censors political ads (jillstein.org)

Jewfro_Macabbi writes: Last week, the Jill Stein for President campaign placed over a hundred thousand dollars worth of airtime on cable TV nationally and in select markets across the country. The ads were scheduled to air September 4th through September 6th. Yesterday Google, which served as a broker for national satellite and cable television ad placements, informed Jill Stein's campaign that they were censoring the campaign's ads due to "inappropriate language." (The ads in question can be viewed here: http://www.jillstein.org/first_tv_ad_campaign).

The ads comply with FCC regulations regarding appropriate content, and federal law prohibits broadcasters from censoring ads submitted by candidates for public office.

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Submission + - Alltel dictates customers OS

Jewfro_Macabbi writes: Are you a Linux user considering Alltel's mobile broadband internet service? You may want to think again. After several month of poor service (constant dropped connections), and several months of filing complaints I canceled my mobile broadband service with Alltel. I find paying $59.99 per month for a service offering 50/50 reliability objectionable. In usual manner, I was accessed a $200 early termination fee. I did pay the fee, but I also filed a Better Business Bureau complaint. I consider Alltel broke the contract in failing to adequately provide the service. The most interesting thing, was Alltel's response:

"our records show that Ms. X is currently using an operating system named "Linux". Ms. X was advised that Alltel does not support this system. The operating system "Linux" caused Ms. X to lose her connection or reboot her computer."

I'd like to mention the company which manufacturers the wireless card sold by Alltel (Franklin Wireless CDU-550) makes an official Linux driver. My Linux computer has no issues with "rebooting", I believe that's a well known problem with other OS's. I'd also like to mention that my Windows XP computers had no better luck in maintaining an internet connection.

Submission + - Amazon.com surfing your hard drive for targeted ad

Jewfro_Macabbi writes: Recently after browsing major online retailers for bluetooth adapters, I went to amazon.com to find front page ads for, you geussed it, bluetooth adapters. Disable cookies, the ad goes away. Re-enable cookies, and the ad re-appears. The eula is a bit ambiguous as usual: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.htm l/103-0032908-9821467?ie=UTF8&nodeId=468496 Try it for yourself and see.

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