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Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 1) 315

So long as the majority of broadband is offered by corporations that have 'content generation' as a part of their business model, there will never be a real chance for net neutrality. The conflict of interest there is just too strong a force.

That's why here in Israel the law mandates that service is split 3 ways, one company provides physical infrastructure ( the bit pipe ), another company acts as an ISP ( basically reselling bandwidth ) and a third company provides content ( basically tv ).

Comment Re:Bureaucracy (Score 1) 571

How about this fix? Require a mandatory 2 week "cooling off" period for all legislation, plus one additional week for each 100 pages of the bill prior to any vote on the bill. During this period the bill must be published on the front page of the Congressional and / or House websites.

Publishing Company Puts Warning Label on Constitution 676

Wilder Publication is under fire for putting warning labels on copies of historical US documents, including the Constitution. The label warns "This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today." From the article: "The disclaimer goes on to tell parents that they 'might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.'"

Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

Super-Earths Discovered Orbiting Nearby, Sun-Like Star 242

likuidkewl writes "Two super-earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away. 'These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away,' said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC. Among hundreds of our nearest stellar neighbors, 61 Vir stands out as being the most nearly similar to the Sun in terms of age, mass, and other essential properties."

Comment Re:Alternative materials? (Score 1) 581

France, Russia and Japan have been running "commercial" FBR's for decades. In fact, the USA has been shipping used fuel to France for years to be reprocessed. FBR's pose no more of a security risk than regular nuke plants, as long as they're in the hands of democratic or semi-democratic secular nations. In the hands of fundamentalist religious wack-jobs like the Iranians that's a different matter, but that's the same regardless of the type of nuclear plant.

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