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Comment Bah, humbug (Score 1) 405

I am so sick of this whole entire issue. These days I just don't listen to anything if it isn't free of copyright or on the radio. There's a good variety of free music out there and I live in a large enough metropolitan area to have a good variety of radio available. My wife occasionally buys music but I haven't bought anything in at least several years. I used to have a decent music collection on LP, and then cassette. Of that music, I probably only upgraded around two dozen of my absolute favorite albums to CD and that was long ago. Am I missing out on anything? Not that I'm aware of, and if I'm not aware of it, then I'm obviously not missing it.

I've taken the same philosophy to my computer. I don't purchase OS or software although I do donate in some cases. When my wife's VAIO laptop gets replaced in a year or two, she'll be going Ubuntu and OpenOffice too.

MPAA Boss Makes Case for ISP Content Filtering 282

creaton writes "At the annual UBS Global & Media Communications Conference yesterday, MPAA boss Dan Glickman banged on the copyright filtering drum during a 45-minute speech. Glickman called piracy the MPAA's #1 issue and told the audience that it cost the studios $6 billion annually. His solution: technology, especially in the form of ISP filtering. 'The ISP community is going to be at the forefront of this in the future because they have everything to lose and nothing to gain by not seeing that the content is being properly protected ... and I think that's a great opportunity.' AT&T has already said it plans to filter content, but others may be more reluctant to go along, notes Ars Technica: 'ISPs that are concerned with being, well, ISPs aren't likely to see many benefits from installing some sort of industrial-strength packet-sniffing and filtering solution at the core of their network. It costs money, customers won't like the idea, and the potential for backlash remains high.'"
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YouTube Breeding Harmful Scientific Misinformation 816

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "University of Toronto researchers have uncovered widespread misinformation in videos on YouTube related to vaccination and immunization. In the first-ever study of its kind, they found that over half of the 153 videos analyzed portrayed childhood, HPV, flu and other vaccinations negatively or ambiguously. They also found that videos highly skeptical of vaccinations received more views and better ratings by users than those videos that portray immunizations in a positive light. According to the lead researcher, 'YouTube is increasingly a resource people consult for health information, including vaccination. Our study shows that a significant amount of immunization content on YouTube contradicts the best scientific evidence at large. From a public health perspective, this is very concerning.' An extract from the Journal of the American Medical Association is available online."

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