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Submission + - Time to encrypt all P2P traffic? 3

VORNAN-20 writes: Yesterday's item here about Comcast screwing around with P2P traffic brings up an idea. Is it time to change the P2P standard to encrypt all traffic? I think that almost any current PC would have no problem handling the extra load, and really, Comcast or any ISP has no business knowing what you are sending in the first place. I am not a network guy but I think that this is doable. If azureus, ktorrent, etc were all to come out with an "encrypt all packets using " option maybe this could be managed quickly and cleanly. It would be best to move quickly before all of the ISPs catch on to this. Come on developers, liberate us from the network meanies!!
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Submission + - 15% of United States Workforce Routinely Drunk ( 3

bl8n8r writes: "According to an article based on research conducted by the University of Buffalo, Alcohol use and impairment at work is a problem for 15% of the U.S. workforce (19.2 million people). Not surprisingly, Among the broad group of occupations with the highest rate of use were the management and sales occupations with grounds maintenance pulling in an honorable mention. Perhaps the next interview will go better if you bring along some Crown Royal"

Submission + - The War on Free Speech

populist writes: "In a post-9/11 climate, the right of free expression is under attack. It's been endangered in the age of George Bush when dissent may be called a threat to national security, terrorism, or treason. But losing that most precious of all rights means losing our freedom; as 18th century French philosopher Voltaire spoke in defense of saying "I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Using it to express dissent is what noted historian Howard Zinn calls "the highest form of patriotism" exercising our constitutional right to freedom of speech, the press, to assemble, to protest publicly, and associate as we choose for any reason within the law."

OpenDNS Says Google-Dell Browser Tool is Spyware 188

PetManimal writes "David Ulevitch, the founder of OpenDNS, claims that Google and Dell have placed 'spyware' on Dell computers. Ulevitch made the claim based on his observation of the behavior of the Google Toolbar and homepage that comes preinstalled on IE in new Dell machines. He says that a browser redirector sends users who enter nonexistent URLs to a Dell-branded page loaded with Google ads. Another observer, Danny Sullivan, says that this is a different result than what happens on PCs without the redirector. However, the original article notes that Ulevitch has a vested interest in the results of mistyped URLs."
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Submission + - Pirate Bay has found permanent hosting solution

dysfunct writes: After considering many different options like purchasing their own island or the entire Republic of Sealand, the famous Swedish BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay has finally found a permanent hosting solution. According to their latest announcement, they have started a cooperation with North Korea in order to escape the increasing legal threats and controversies surrounding them. The logo on their front page was changed to reflect this new partnership.

Today we announce that we're moving some of our servers to the North-Korean Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. After lenghty discussions with the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Il we have decided to start a cooperation. Some of the reasons are the extremely good bandwidth agreement we get — redundant fibre links, redundant power with diesel to last for four years makes the colocation a very good deal for us.

Submission + - Copycat McCain Hack Backfires

Francsico Eduardo writes: "After hearing about the immaculate hack of John McCain's MySpace page, an unfortunate soul repeated the prank, using MySpace's comment feature. A few days later, he was visited by a Sheriff and two FBI agents wielding a search warrant. Aside from being charged with "unlawful entry to the Senator's official web site", they've seized his boxes, and even "items which contain or refer to protest movements or anti-government activities or organizations...". Details of version of the prank at the bottom of the page."

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