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Comment Re:This will help you feel safe... (Score 1) 241

It makes me feel like my friends are being forcibly outed. It makes me feel like they're being attacked for having unusual names. It makes me feel like they're being attacked for using the name I knew them by because that name is kind of unusual and doesn't show up on their driver's license.

Do you think maybe you're taking it a little personally? I mean really, whatever the pluses or minuses or this, it may be a ridiculous bureaucracy or a bit of a hassle or just no fun but Google really aren't 'attacking' your friends for having unusual names.

Can we get some insight into why the above was modded down? Does anyone disagree that Omnifarious' feeling that his friends are being attacked is completely ridiculous?

Comment Re:court intelligence (Score 1) 363

Looking at pictures of naked children is 'one of the most heinous and despicable offences'?

Doing so deliberately for purposes of arousal, yes it is.

Where do you put things like theft, rape, assault, or murder then?

Rape and murder are also some of the most heinous and despicable offences. Assault can be, depends on the details. Theft, absent aggravating cirumstances, isn't.

Do you really need people to tell you that?


Submission + - NASA to Britain: Join Us

syguy writes: "NASA chief, Michael Griffin, challenged Britain to rekindle its adventurous spirit by joining NASA in its quest to explore the Moon and Mars. Griffin likened NASA's current mission to the maritime exploits of British pioneering explorers, Francis Drake and Captain Cook."
The Internet

Submission + - Politic in Netherlands Think About Internet Tax

robinvanleeuwen writes: "Two political parties in the Netherlands are thinking about introducing a
tax for internet that will compensate the music industry for their loss of
income due to illegal downloading.

Nicolien Vroonhoven (member of politic party CDA) says: "In practice you see that
many people who use the internet also illegaly download"

Following a bablefish translation of the original dutch article on: _na_over_heffing_internetabonnement.html

PvdA and CDA thinks Internet subscription after concerning levy read

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Last modified: 26 January 2007 16.45
AMSTERDAM — plate societies would have accept that by means of Internet unpaid music is copied. If financial compensation could would be considered in that case a levy on Internet subscriptions. That says PvdA-Kamerlid Martijn of dam in an interview with

"we must be realistic", thus of dam, Internet spokesman for the PvdA. "it is not fine to hear for muzikanten, but it is a lost fight to copy on Internet to reduce", says of dam.

The plate societies have also reached themselves the conclusion that kopieerbeveiligingen do not work. There needs, as it happens, but the one someone beveiliging to break through and the product stands on Internet. The moment protection or suppression becomes more malignant, directly also technique becomes more malignant exchange music.

The Dutch line organisation for the music industry NVPI made recently confessed that music societies none more use of kopieerbeveiliging on muziek-cd's, because the costs do not even out the results.


To approach the muzikanten and authors, see of dam a possibility of laying levies on Internet movement. "the chamber was against levies on Mp3-spelers whereas there are also beveiligingen", thus of dam.

As plate societies less molars for beveiliging and DRM, if they accept that there is copied, then can it talk there concerning more compensation by means of levies. The degree of protection and levies is himself in communicating barrels. Of dam it finds more logical than levies lay on Internet movement, then on products.


CDA also philosophises concerning such a Internet levy. "in practice to see you that many people who Internet uses illegally will download", thus cda-Kamerlid Nicolien of Vroonhoven compared with "condition for such a levy is, however, that people must pay then not also once more for downloading music himself."

The culture spokesman of the cda-fractie recognises that the protection of copyright is a complicated subject. It is difficult there get the finger. Technology goes very fast.

Update of dam emphasise Friday in a response that its party has no concrete plans for Internet levies. It would go for a ' purely hypothetical idea pace '."
The Courts

Submission + - British Police Identify Killer in Radiation Case

reporter writes: "According to a story by the Associated Press and a front-page story by "The Guardian", British authorities have identified Andrei Lugovoi to be the murderer who used radioactive pollonium-210 to kill Andrei Litvinenko. The British government will ask Moscow to extradite Lugovoi. "The Guardian" states, "The British government is preparing to demand the extradition of a Russian businessman to stand trial for the poisoning with polonium-210 of the former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko. Senior Whitehall officials have told the Guardian that a Scotland Yard file on the murder which is about to be passed to the Crown Prosecution Service alleges that there is sufficient evidence against Andrei Lugovoi for the CPS to decide whether he should face prosecution.""
The Internet

Submission + - Sweden to open embassy in Second Life

paulraps writes: Sweden is the first country to announce that it will open an open an embassy in the virtual world Second Life. The embassy "will not provide passports or visas but would instruct visitors how to obtain such documents in the real world and act as a link to web-based information about the Scandinavian country".

Submission + - Microsoft copies, then patents IDE technology

Michael Kolling writes: "Not content with a monopoly only in the office, Microsoft goes after the schools and university market.

A while ago, Microsoft caused a minor ripple in the world of educational software when it appeared that they were blatantly copying features from the small, but reasonably popular BlueJ IDE.

Now they are about to make bigger waves by applying for a patent for the technologies they copied, potentially muscling the environment that orignially popularized these features out of the market.

BlueJ is a not-for-profit project at the University of Kent, and the software is distributed free. It is doubtful that the University could or would sustain a court clash with the Redmond giant.

Microsoft have long tried to increase their share in the beginners' programming market, where BlueJ is at home. Now they are getting into a position to sue the competitor out of the market. Using the technologies they copied as the weapon against the competitor is a twist worthy of Conan The Barbarian.

Details of the case are here."

Submission + - ABC warned over blogger shutdown

An anonymous reader writes: Remember the story about ABC/Disney shutting down a blogger who criticized them? I am glad to announce that the tables have just turned on them. Electronic Frontier Foundation has warned them to drop the case against If they fail to comply immediately, EFF has threatened to sue them for (a) misrepresentation of liability under DMCA, and (b) engaging in unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices.

This chilling abuse of DMCA to silence critics has gone on for long enough. I am glad EFF is fighting for the rights of bloggers around the world. I hope they manage to teach ABC a lesson in fair use.

Submission + - AACS says hack can be contained

Bart writes: Ars Technica reports that the AACS Licensing Authiroty is doing some damage control today on the AACS hack that effects both Blu-ray and HD DVD (previous /. coverage). From the article, "The statement was firm in expressing the viewpoint that this attack is not a wholesale attack on AACS, nor does it represent a serious threat to AACS. 'Instead,' the statement reads, 'it illustrates the need for all AACS licensees to follow the Compliance and Robustness Rules set forth in the AACS license agreements to help ensure that product implementations are not compromised.'" The group thinks that the attack can be thrwarted, and while Ars seems to aggree, they suspect another hack will soon follow.
The Internet

Submission + - Is there money for individuals on the internet?

silarulz writes: "I've been scouring the net since late last year when we got some affordable internet in Kenya (Safaricom GPRS, Ksh.10 per Mb — around $0.14. Roughly the same for Celtel too). I'm a Multimedia Designer so naturally I started at the "rentacoder" type of websites. Most of them are biased against people who don't live in America or Europe and the pay is pathetic even for someone who lives in a third world country like me. Other than "how to make money online gurus" is there a way one can make money online?"
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Playstation 3 hardware scaler exposed to developer

ryszards writes: "Since its launch last November, Sony's latest gaming platform has given early adopters trouble when attempting to play certain titles in 1080i/p. The console did not automatically upscale its video output to desired resolutions; it was up to either the game software to support these resolutions natively or the internal scalers of users' HDTVs. This forced many people, developers and owners alike, to question the very existence of scaling hardware in the PlayStation 3.

However the latest PS3 SDK update has revealed that hardware accelerated horizontal scaling is now available to the developer, allowing for 1080i/p output scaled from other sources, via new framebuffer modes. Beyond3D have the full details."

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