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Submission + - Trans Pacific Partnership Threatens Freedom Online

pafein writes: "Hot on the heels of the SOPA blackout and ACTA protests in Europe comes reports about a new threat to online freedom, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement or TPP. A trade agreement covering a dozen Asian, North & South American countries, TPP is being negotiated this week in a Hollywood hotel. It contains many of the most troubling provisions of other online anti-piracy bills: prohibitions on circumventing digital locks, three strikes rules, domain seizures, criminal penalties for peer-to-peer filesharing, as well as new ones, including treating temporary copies as copyright infringement, a proposal experts called 'crazy'. Offline, worries have been raised that TPP threatens access to generic drugs in developing countries and enables corporations to sue governments over health, environmental and other laws.

The treaty is characterized by a lack of transparency: the proposed text is only known by leaks while documents from negotiations would be secret for four years after adoption. The dates and locations of negotations themselves are secret: NGOs who tried to hold an event in the hotel were thrown out by the US Trade Representative; meanwhile, negotiators went on an MPAA sponsored tour of a movie studio. TPP has already attracted the attention of L.A.'s Occupy movement; concerned Netizens are encouraged to contact the USTR and their senator."

Submission + - Building a Data Warehouse (softlayer.com)

TinoMNYY24 writes: "My web host's developer blog recently ran this story on how they created their new bandwidth data warehouse product. It's a very interesting read for anyone who's had to deal with billions of rows of data. Not only that, but apparently this particular type of data doesn't conform to the format database systems generally expect, causing all sorts of problems for the developers."

Comment Re:There's no way they'll abuse this (Score 1) 570

Unfortunately, that's exactly what they do. They find fingerprints and hair at a scene, and then run them through "the system" to see if they can find a match. Any matches are immediately suspects.

For certain crime scenes (like a single woman's bathroom) random bits of hair and skin from a stranger is a decent indicator that the stranger was involved with the victim in the recent past. For others, like the aforementioned convenience store, all it means is that you're a person who lives on this planet.

I would be ok with these national database if there were rules as to who could access them and for what purpose. Like you said, they need to be locked down so that only a detective who has convinced a judge that the hair or blood found at the scene of the crime is likely to belong to the suspect can push the DNA through the database and proceed to harass the 300,000 Americans that DNA will "match."

Comment Re:There's no way they'll abuse this (Score 1) 570

By allowing law enforcement to have a global databank of the DNA of anyone arrested for any reason (even falsely) you're allowing innocent people to be linked to crime scenes that they simply passed through. Do you know what the odds are of leaving your DNA in a place where a crime would be committed? Have you ever scratched your head in a motel room or a convenience store? Have you ever used a public toilet (or a tree on the side of the road)? The situation where the police take DNA from anyone arrested for any reason and keep it indefinitely (which, I agree with Jason, is the eventual end-game for this law) means that any shoplifter, speeder, or protester can be linked to much more serious crimes they had nothing to do with, arrested and held for the extent of the investigation, or even convicted. That's where your liberty goes. Though, as stated by other posters, that's the declaration of independence and non-binding.

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