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Comment Funding Their Own Oppression (Score 1) 93

Or, "A Tale of Hi-Tech Hypocrisy"... I love how /.'s editors love to post stories railing against the end of a free Internet and the abuses of tech by authoritarians in western society, yet continually post these infotisements for two of the biggest players in the movement to abuse and restrict technology (AT&T and Apple). What's next? Are we soon supposed to start loving Disney?

Comment SORELY missed (Score 4, Informative) 132

Like so many folks, she was my first "Doctor Who Girl" and I've had a crush on her all these years. I got to interview her in the early 80s and a nicer, kinder and more friendly person I have never met. A great actress and good person. She's the first celebrity whose death I have wept for in I don't know how long. She will be sorely missed and always remembered.
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Submission + - Scientists Suggest Protocol For Contacting Aliens ( 1

RedEaredSlider writes: If people on Earth want to talk to aliens, we may have to change our tune — or at least the way we broadcast it. And we may need a crowd to help figure out what to do.

A team of three scientists recently wrote a paper suggesting that humans need to change protocols in order to have a message to possible aliens understood. Previous attempts at contacting aliens, known as messaging extra-terrestrial intelligence (METI), might be heard someday, but there is little hope that aliens will be able to decipher what the message is about (though they might see that it is artificial).


Submission + - File-sharing lawyers shut up shop ahead of court (

nk497 writes: Controversial legal firm ACS Law and its sole file-sharing client Media CAT have shut down their businesses, days before a ruling is due in a case they brought to the UK Patent Court. ACS Law is infamous for sending out letters to alleged illegal file sharers, demanding payment and threatening law suits. Now that ACS has a case before a judge, it's trying to drop the cases, and has now completely closed its doors. The defendants lawyers are trying to keep the case going, in order to be able to claim back costs.

Submission + - Giffords' Husband Will Fly Shuttle Mission (

RedEaredSlider writes: NASA astronaut Mark Kelly will resume training for a space mission a month after his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was critically injured by an attempted assassin.
Kelly, who was is the commander of the STS-134 space shuttle mission, contemplated taking a permanent leave after his wife was shot in Tuscon, Ariz. on Jan. 8. Giffords was shot in the head by Jared Lee Loughner. She is beginning rehabilitation in the wake of her injuries.

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