StringBlade writes: "Recently in my area Time Warner Cable is trying to impose data caps on our rather isolated city — that is, there are no other high-speed broadband cable or fiber providers available. The move has caused a lot of anger and it caused me to think about billing for use instead of access. If Time Warner (or Comcast or AT&T) bills me for the data I consume in addition to, or instead of simply billing me for my access connection speed, is that not effectively billing me for the data itself? Since no one owns everything on the Internet nor do cable providers have a license to distribute everything on the Internet, aren't they infringing the copyright of the content owners by collecting money for content that isn't theirs? Doesn't that imply that data caps are quite simply illegal altogether?"
StringBlade writes: "Ulteo's first public Alpha release has occurred and is available for download (ftp and bittorrent). From the Ulteo announcement, "Ulteo was designed to ultimately simplify the use of computers. We think that users of modern computers spend too much time performing administration tasks...users have to perform tasks that should be reserved to computer specialists, while we think that users should just spend time using the applications they need. Ulteo tries to provide answers to these issues." Ulteo is a Ubuntu-based distribution that presently only runs on the 32-bit i386 platform with 64-bit support coming later."