Luyseyal writes: Now that the shoe is on the other foot, Google has decided that Network Neutrality only applies corporation-to-corporation. Too bad for you if you want to run a Minecraft server on Google Fiber without violating the Terms of Service. Of course, ISPs regularly overlook all but the most heavily trafficked residential servers. Given that, one wonders whether this provision is even enforceable.
Luyseyal writes: "Ex-News of the World journalist Paul McMullan told a British panel in the phone hacking scandal, "Privacy is the space bad people need to do bad things in. Privacy is for paedos." Is privacy over? Should journalists be able to use any means necessary" to deliver the truth to the public?"
Luyseyal writes: "Advanced Micro Devices Inc. slashed its global employment by 1,400 jobs Thursday as the company seeks to boost profits and re-balance its work force to pursue new product areas. This amounts to over 11% of its global workforce, including Mark Langsdorf, who often posts AMD patches to the Linux Kernel Mailing List."
That, he says, can cause a lot of problems. He sees the e-personality escaping from its cage and creeping into more parts of day-to-day society. He sees the behavior that happened at health care debates last year as being very much informed by the inflammatory rhetoric associated with online forums. And while he won't say that online culture led to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, he thinks that the climate in which the shooting took place could be an indirect effect of the Internet. "It was a YouTube video played out in real life."
Luyseyal writes: "Hey Slashdot. I unwittingly bought one of these terrible flash cards at Fry's and have managed to nuke two of them, successively. I have a USB flash card reader that will read/write the current one at USB 1.0 speed, but it locks up every Ubuntu and XP machine I've come across in high speed access mode. I have read that if I low-level format it that it could be fixed, though my current one doesn't support it. My Google-fu must be weak because I cannot seem to find a USB flash reader that specifies that it will do low-level formatting. Help me Natalie Portman's grits — you are my only hope!"
Luyseyal writes: "Ricardo Montalban, the actor who played everyone's favorite enemy, Khan, in Star Trek has died at 88. He'll be missed. Apparently he was in Fantasy Island too, but apparently I didn't come out of my basement often enough to know that."
Luyseyal writes: "Gadi Evron, a computer security expert at Afilias Global Registry Services, wrote to the Bugtraq mailing list today, "About a year ago after coming back from Estonia I promised I'd send in an account of the Estonian 'war'" [PDF]. His account details the background, circumstances, and general methods used by Russian attackers, as well as the political fall-out and recommendations for Internet security."
Luyseyal writes: "A 13yr old boy in Marble Falls, TX, a small city about 50 miles west of Austin, shot 15yr old Troy Guthrie in the head while playing God of War. You can follow Troy's condition at his care blog. Brace yourselves for a backlash against violent video games as this story evolves."
Luyseyal writes: "On November 14, 2007, FBI agents raided the offices of the Liberty Dollar, an alternative gold-backed currency, which has taken great pains to stay within the bounds of US law. One wonders if Linden Labs got in the business of printing Linden Dollars if they would get the same treatment. With the dollar falling, metal-backed, online-usable currencies may see more demand. PayPal Goldstandard[tm] anyone?"
Luyseyal writes: "IBM has developed a process for scrubbing the data clean from waste silicon wafers, allowing the otherwise highly secret waste to be sold. The silicon quality usually necessary for solar production is very high and the cost of solar panels reflects it. Recycling this waste should help bring down the cost in the long run and add a new profit vector for chip manufacturers."
Luyseyal writes: "I tried to submit some items to craigslist but was blocked. I emailed customer service and got this wonderful response: "Yep '.info'. We had to block that due to the large volume of spam eminating [sic] from that extention [sic]. You'll need to use a different email." Harsh."