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The Military

Submission + - Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand (nytimes.com)

gollum123 writes: "From the NyTimes, Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity of military analysts on the major networks, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration's wartime performance. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/washington/20generals.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin ) The effort, which began with the buildup to the Iraq war and continues to this day, has sought to exploit ideological and military allegiances, and also a powerful financial dynamic: Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air. several dozen of the military analysts represent more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants. Records and interviews show how the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform the analysts into a kind of media Trojan horse — an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks. Analysts have been wooed in hundreds of private briefings with senior military leaders, including officials with significant influence over contracting and budget matters, records show. They have been taken on tours of Iraq and given access to classified intelligence. In turn, members of this group have echoed administration talking points, sometimes even when they suspected the information was false or inflated. Some analysts acknowledge they suppressed doubts because they feared jeopardizing their access. So much for objectivity in the media."
Privacy

Submission + - British Police Get 'Military-Style' UAVs

An anonymous reader writes: More police UAVs are being planned for use in the UK, reports The Times. The BAe HERTI autonomous UAVs which were previously a classified 'black' project are expected to be used by the Kent and Essex Police forces and in London. The craft can be equipped with four missiles and a 70mm cannon, along with full motion video, infra red camera and Synthetic Aperture Radar.
Editorial

Journal Journal: Why I'm boycotting China. 8

I have made it a point of always boycotting the Olympics - they're meaningless, at least to me. You want to enjoy a sport, then go out and PLAY IT. Sitting around watching someone else participate is about as meaningful as trying to lose weight by watching someone else work the StairMaster.

The Media

Submission + - Red scientology tomato rotting in Firehose? (slashdot.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: A posting to the Slashdot Firehose related to a Wikinews story on Wikileaks and legal threats from Scientology, seems to be stuck in the Slashdot firehose red as a ripe tomato for more than 24 hours.
The story that covers a recent press release on Wikileaks relating to copyright claims made by the Church's legal representatives towards the published "Operating Thetan" cult manual, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in scam money, already spawned a hot discussion on the Wikinews portal. With critics of cult-critics trying to shut the story down for hours, it finally went online. And now seems stuck in the Firehose. One can only hope not for the wrong reasons.

Editorial

Submission + - The Register: Scientology Contacts Wikileaks (theregister.co.uk)

msheekhah writes: "The Register covers Scientology's latest act of internet suppression: Wikileaks. Considering their main server is hosted by The Pirate Bay, how do you think this is going to turn out? From the article: "The Church of Scientology has acknowledged that Wikileaks is offering the world quick and easy access to the church's top-secret "bibles". Or should that be formerly top-secret? On March 24, the swashbuckling truth-seekers at Wikileaks.org published what they referred to as "the collected secret 'bibles' of Scientology," and three days later, church-friendly lawyers threatened the site with legal action if the documents weren't taken down. Calling them "Advanced Technology of the Scientology religion," the lawyers pointed out that the documents are copyrighted works registered to the Religious Technology Center (RIC), a church-related holding company. Wikileaks did not remove the documents. But it did tell the world their veracity has been verified." At the end of the article is a scathing indictment of the Church of Scientology and Western Media. Wow, it's like they (wikileaks and thepiratebay) were twins seperated at birth..."
User Journal

Journal Journal: Why I now refuse to moderate 4

Moderation Rated As Unfair
sent by Slashdot Message System on Tuesday April 08, @12:05AM

Some of your past moderations have been meta-moderated by other Slashdot readers. Here are the exciting results:

* Re:Moon landing 1969 from the discussion "Design of Next-Gen NASA Rocket Showing Flaws" which you moderated as Interesting was voted Unfair.

Censorship

Submission + - Wikileaks to retaliate aganist Scientology (wikinews.org) 5

DragonFire1024 writes: "Wikinews.org — Wikinews has learned that The Church of Scientology has warned the documents leaking site Wikileaks.org that they are in violation of United States copyright laws after they published several documents related to the Church. Wikileaks has no intentions of complying, and states that in response, they intend to publish thousands of Scientology documents next week.
In the letter to Wikileaks, lawyers for the Church's Religious Technology Center (RTC), which oversees the use of the their logos, writings and religious content, states that the site "placed RTC's Advanced Technology works on Wikileaks.org's website without the authorization" of the Church.
"I have a good faith belief, and in fact know for certain, that posting copies of these works through your system was not authorized by my client, any agent of my client, or the law. Please be advised that your customer's action in this regard violates United States copyright law. Accordingly, we ask for your help in removing these works immediately from your service," states the letter from Ava Paquette of Moxon & Kobrin which was published by Wikileaks.
"Wikileaks will not comply with legally abusive requests from Scientology any more than Wikileaks has complied with similar demands from Swiss banks, Russian off-shore stem cell centers, former African Kleptocrats, or the Pentagon. Wikileaks will remain a place where people of the world may safely expose injustice and corruption," stated Wikileaks in a statement on their website.
Wikileaks further states that "in response to the attempted suppression, Wikileaks will release several thousand pages of Scientology material next week.""

Idle

Don't Double Dip That Chip 2

A study by some Clemson University undergrads has shown that putting a food item in your mouth and then putting that item into a bowl of dip, causes that dip to have more bacteria than normal. Transfering 50-100 bacteria between mouths with every dip to be precise. Amazing. The results of their, "running downstairs with scissors in your mouth" study have been inconclusive.
Patents

Submission + - Apple Even More Committed to DRM

An anonymous reader writes: Apple seeks to patent anti-piracy technology that is far more onerous than Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage.



The scheme Apple outlined in the patent application would rely on a cryptographic key generated prior to the hardware reaching the user. As an application launches, the technology would inject code into the app's executing code stream, generate data that's sent to a digital rights management module, then compare that signed data with the key. If they match, the application continues to open. If not, it's stopped in its tracks.

Such checks could be done on a very frequent basis, said Apple's patent application.
Microsoft

Submission + - The Economist says Linux is easier than Windows (economist.com) 1

alexsingleton writes: "The Economist says Linux will become "the operating system of choice" for low-price PCs in 2008 and raves about the latest version of Ubuntu Linux: "No question, Gutsy Gibbon is the sleekest, best integrated and most user-friendly Linux distribution yet. It's now simpler to set up and configure than Windows. A great deal of work has gone into making the graphics, and especially the fonts, as intuitive and attractive as the Mac's.""
Music

Submission + - RIAA Puts Out 'Fake News' (fakenewser.com)

Fake Newser writes: "The Recording Industry Association of America wants to communicate with TV News audiences. The company I work for just distributed this video package nationwide to TV News Stations. It already aired in Dallas and one network and one major news gathering service have requested tapes. This thing could be all over the news this week. The video you see was preceded by graphics which told stations who paid for the content and offered the name and title of the spokesperson. This is how the RIAA and other organizations get their news out and influence consumers like you. Here's the actual VNR, missing only the informational slates that preceded it on the satellite feeds.... http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f09_1198188234"

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