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Politics

Submission + - Romney invokes fair use in dispute with NBC over c (wsj.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Mitt Romney's campaign is airing an ad that is basically 30 seconds lifted from and NBC News broadcast and NBC is trying to stop them from using the ad. I found it interesting that the Romney campaign is invoking fair use to defend the ad. Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said "we believe it falls within fair use. We didn't take the entire broadcast; we just took the first 30 seconds."
Censorship

Submission + - German study finds data retention ineffective to f (golem.de)

An anonymous reader writes: A study by the Max Planck Institute in Germany (http://vds.brauchts.net/MPI_VDS_Studie.pdf in German) finds that data retention is ineffective to fight crime (translation of story here http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.golem.de%2F1201%2F89362.html)
Android

Submission + - Directory of Open Source Android Apps

An anonymous reader writes: This is more a question than a scoop.

I'm looking for a directory of quality FOSS for my Android. On my Ubuntu PC I can just search the Ubuntu repos for FOSS. The Android Market is a minefield of garbage. Where can I go for FOSS Android apps?
Censorship

Submission + - Poll: Americans Weigh Censorship vs Piracy (activepolitic.com)

bs0d3 writes: In the wake of the online protests against the pending PIPA, SOPA, and ACTA anti-piracy bills, Rasmussen asked US voters what their opinion is on the issue of censorship vs illegal downloading. Through a telephone survey, voters were asked: "Which is a bigger problem, that some people download movies online without paying for them or that the government will censor Internet content?" While 67% agreed that piracy is theft, 71% said that they were more worried about censorship than they were illegal downloading.

Submission + - MPAA's VP admits "not comfortable" with Internet

blue_goddess writes: Looks like hell is started melting. Michael O'Leary, VP of MPAA admitted the organization is not comfortable with internet. Quoting him and the article:

The MPAA's O'Leary concedes that the industry was out-manned and outgunned in cyberspace. He says the MPAA "is [undergoing] a process of education, a process of getting a much, much greater presence in the online environment. This was a fight on a platform we're not at this point comfortable with, and we were going up against an opponent that controls that platform."

Yes, even when he tries to say that they're trying to learn about that confounded internet thingy, he sounds ridiculous and dismissive. But the real point is his inadvertent admission within that statement: the MPAA (and the rest of "old" Hollywood) simply "is not comfortable with" the internet. And that's really what SOPA and PIPA were about. Rather than trying to understand this new platform, and learn from the many entertainers who do get the internet, they did what the MPAA does and simply tried to regulate that which they don't understand and fear.

The Military

Submission + - Aging U-2 Will Fight on into the Next Decade

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "For more than half a century, the CIA and US military have relied on a skinny sinister-looking black jet, first designed during the Eisenhower administration at Lockheed's famed Skunk Works facilities in Burbank headed by legendary chief engineer Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson, to penetrate deep behind enemy lines for vital intelligence-gathering missions. Although the plane is perhaps best known for being shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960 with the subsequent capture of pilot Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 continues to play a critical role in national security today, hunting Al Qaeda forces in the Middle East. The fleet of 33 U-2's was supposed to be replaced in the next few years with RQ-4 Global Hawks, but the Pentagon now proposes delaying the U-2's retirement as part of Defense Department cutbacks. The Global Hawk drone, costing an estimated cost of $176 million each, has "priced itself out of the niche (PDF), in terms of taking pictures in the air," says Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. "That's a disappointment for us, but that's the fate of things that become too expensive in a resource-constrained environment." The Pentagon has determined that operating the U-2 will be cheaper for the foreseeable future but it won't disclose how much operating the U-2s will cost for security reasons. "It's incredible to think that these planes are flying," says Francis Gary Powers Jr., Powers' son and founder of the Cold War Museum in Warrenton, Va. "You'd think another spy plane, or satellite or drone would come along by now to replace it.""

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