h00manist writes: The police executed an order to detain Google's top executive in Brazil, Fábio José Silva Coelho. Google refused an order to remove a youtube video which accused a mayoral candidate of several crimes. Police say he will be released today; Brazilian law for the case allows for a one-year max sentence. Streisand Effect, anyone?
h00manist writes: Nicholas Merrill ran a New York based ISP and got tired of federal "information requests". He is planning another ISP, which would be built from the ground up for privacy. Everything encrypted, maximum technical and legal resistance to information requests. Merrill has formed an advisory board with members including Sascha Meinrath from the New America Foundation; former NSA technical director Brian Snow; and Jacob Appelbaum from the Tor Project. Kickstarter-like IndieGoGo has a project page.
h00manist writes: If http://www.onlive.com/ can stream a game to an old computer, there should be a way to do it on computers at your own LAN too. What is the software Onlive uses? Is there anyone developing a public-use version for it? Can we too get all our old computers to run modern games by getting some sort of "graphics accelerator for the LAN"?
h00manist writes: Mesh networking protocol 802.11s is getting ratified by the IEEE. LWN has news from the Linux Wireless Summit. — "802.11s Mesh Networking was ratified by IEEE for integration into 802.11. Javier Cardona has been leading its implementation and support on mac80211. In this session he reviews 802.11s with open and encrypted environments." — You can set it up on OpenWRT. It's been in the kernel since version 2.6.22. So it seems like it should be stable by now. Has anyone used it?
h00manist writes: Libya's Gaddafi apparently loves radio hacking. Confirmed to be using signal jamming to disable Thuraya satellite phones. Also satellite TV network provider Arabsat, affecting vast areas in the Middle East, Gulf, Africa and Europe. Perhaps cellphone and internet transmissions also too, which work intermittently. Soldiers confiscate electronics, too. This has gone on for days, allowing killing carried out largely hidden from the world view, quite different from what happened in Egypt. The locations of the jamming signals is known to company executives, around capital Tripoli, but nobody can do anything. Only POTS available, and monitored. Technically, could this happen everywhere? Alternatives?
h00manist writes: Internet connectivity is returning in Egypt after a historic censorship, 100% total disconnection, country-wide, for several days. The attempt to quell the protests did not work. Google's voice-call-to-twitter SayNow, dialup, ham radio, Al-Jazeera all established communication via many other channels, mixing Internet and other paths. Everyone is waiting for the exit of the dictator.
h00manist writes: Severalsources are reporting Egypt has shut off all Internet accesses. There is still no official confirmation. Blackberry, twitter and SMS seem confirmed off. So, if you were there, what would you do to get communications for everyone? Do you still have a POTS modem?
h00manist writes: Brazil has opened public, free, internet debate on it's new internet law proposal. A hodgepodge of contradicting state laws, lawsuits, and rulings were blocking efforts to encourage more internet use, so a new federal law proposal is open to debate, including topics such as education, culture, freedom of expression, right-to-use, user and provider rights and responsibilities, anonymity, content removal and notices, crime and law enforcement, everything. Currently the site accepts comments on each paragraph of the law. Last October there was debate on the general principles to be included in the law. Brazilian Portuguese, but there is google translate and volunteers translating to English.