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Comment Re:Charities? (Score 1) 464

That is bull and you know it. There are loads of assistance programs for young/single mothers. I had to take the bus a few months ago (car broke down) and the top of the walls inside were literally plastered with posters and advertisements. Every other one had information for single moms on how to get help, in English and Spanish. Its easier to find if you open your eyes though. With how many public assistance/charity/welfare programs there are in the US, there is no reason for someone not to find help if they try even a little. Although often its easier to wallow in the mire and say poor me.

Comment Re:oh joy. (Score 1) 268

If only there was some sort of equilibrium. A "balancing point" if you will between the perceived value to the consumer and the price of a good or service. The only way to fix this is with more laws! Congress get on this fast!
Privacy

British Court Rules Against Blogger Anonymity 238

An anonymous reader writes "In a dangerous judgment for British bloggers and whistleblowers, a British court has ruled (absurdly) that because blogging itself is a public activity, bloggers have 'no reasonable expectation of privacy' regarding their identities, and newspapers are allowed to publish their identities if they can find them by fair or foul means. A British police detective who recently won the Orwell Prize for his excellent political writing used his blog to write highly critical accounts of police activities and unethical behavior, making very powerful enemies in the process. A well-funded newspaper with powerful connections quickly heard of his blog and decided it was absolutely vital to expose his identity using an investigative journalist. Like any good newspaper, the blogger anonymized the people and the locations in all the cases he discussed on his blog, but the newspaper alleges these were not sufficiently anonymized and complains that they could work out the identities, though British newspapers don't complain that they are allowed to publish the identities of men who are falsely accused of rape and cleared in court. The newspaper also helpfully contacted the blogger's employer, and his job is now threatened."
The Internet

ISP Capping Is Becoming the New DRM 395

Crazzaper writes "There's a lot of controversy over ISP capping with Time Warner leading the charge. Tom's Hardware has an interesting article about how capping is the new form of DRM at the ISP level. The author draws some comparison to business practices by large cable operators and their efforts to protect cable TV programming. While this is understandable from the cable operator's perspective, the article points out how capping will affect popular services such as Steam for game content publishing and distribution, cloud-computing and online media services. Apparently this is also an effective way of going after casual piracy."

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