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Submission + - Evidence that cable leak put lives at risk (

elucido writes: "3. (S) The Baku businessman is a UK-educated engineer from a
prominent Pre-Revolution Isfahan family, and formerly owned a
large factory in Iran. He is a former national fencing
champion of Iran. former President of the Iran Fencing
Association, and Vice-President of an Azerbaijan sports
association. He has been based in Baku for more than ten
years, working primarily as a sub-contractor to BP and the
Cape Industrial Services company. While his oil services
company includes an insulation division that may be in
competition with INSULTEC, source has provided "inside"
information on many other Iranian issues (including
comprehensive data on the status of new Iranian oil refinery
construction) that does not relate to his private interests
in any way.

4. (S) Note: A quick google check revealed several companies
with the name INSULTEC in the title — these may or not be
affiliated. Based on the information provided by source
(currently in Iran, where he frequently travels), one
possible candidate could be "INSULTEC Chitral Ltd." End

The Courts

Submission + - Do we have free speech? (

elucido writes: An editorial titled "EDITORIAL
A Bruise on the First Amendment" discusses the supreme court decision which says it is illegal to give advice or assistance. Quote:"The case arose after an American human rights group, the Humanitarian Law Project, challenged the law prohibiting “material support” to terror groups, which was defined in the 2001 Patriot Act to include “expert advice or assistance.” The law project wanted to provide advice to two terrorist groups on how to peacefully resolve their disputes and work with the United Nations. " The Supreme Court voted to uphold the ban on providing advice or assistance to designated terrorist groups. This means it may be a crime to communicate at all with any known terrorist group as any communication can be interpreted as advice or may be interpreted as assistance.

I interpret the Supreme Court ruling 6-3 in favor of upholding the advice and assistance (material support) section of the Patriot Act as evidence that we do not have "free speech." What we can say is governed by law.


Submission + - Owner Free File System, (

elucido writes:

Taken from site: "OFF, or the Owner-Free Filesystem is a distributed filesystem in which everything is stored in reference to randomized data blocks, as opposed to a 1:1 copy of the original data being inserted. The creators of the Owner-Free Filesystem have coined a new term to define the network: A brightnet. Nobody shares any copyrighted files, and therefore nobody needs to hide away.

OFF provides a platform through which data can be stored (publicly or otherwise) in a discreet, distributed manner. The system allows for personal privacy because data (blocks) being transferred from peer to peer does not bear any relation to the original data. Incidentally, no data passing through the network can be considered copyrighted because the means by which it is represented is truly random."

Is this the beginning of the P2P arms race?

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