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Comment Hair on fire (Score 1) 276

Before we all set our collective hair on fire, if this does actually turn out to be the case and it's not a complete dud, then the value of consumer information as a commodity is going to increase and finally be recognised.

IMHO, this will only lead to:

1. better return for the information that's gleaned from our consumer habits
2. better protection for our individual privacy


Biden Promises 'Right Person' As Copyright Czar 492

Hugh Pickens writes "Vice President Joe Biden lauded Hollywood at a gala dinner in Washington, assailed movie piracy, and promised film executives that the Obama administration would pick 'the right person' as its copyright czar. Biden warned of the harms of piracy at the private event organized by the Motion Picture Association of America in the sumptuous, newly renovated Great Hall of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. 'It's pure theft, stolen from the artists and quite frankly from the American people as consequence of loss of jobs and as a consequence of loss of income,' Biden said, according to a White House pool report. Biden addressed President Obama's forthcoming decision about who will be named the intellectual-property enforcement coordinator, better known as the copyright czar. Under a law approved by the US Congress last October, Obama is required to appoint someone to coordinate the administration's IP enforcement efforts and prepare annual reports. Copyright industry lobbyists sent a letter to the president asking him to pick someone sympathetic to their concerns, while groups that would curb copyright law sent their own letter (PDF) urging the opposite approach. We 'will find the right person for intellectual property czar,' Biden said."

Submission + - Envisioning the Whole Digital Person

LaoziSailor writes: "Current Cites, February 2007 presents an article that touches on an issue that may concern many of us.

Follett, Jonathan."Envisioning the Whole Digital Person" UXmatters (20 February 2007). — This article looks at the growing mass of digital artifacts that we accumulate from cradle to grave and wonders how to deal with it from the user experience or designer's point of view. The material in question includes everything from email to photos and is likely to be around far longer than we. The suggestions on what to do as "user experience practitioners" will sound familiar to librarians: "...we can advocate for data portability, accessibility, and standardization and prepare ourselves and our customers to manage our new digital lives." — LRK
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Journal Journal: Top 50 Things To Do To Stop Global Warming

Global warming is a dramatically urgent and serious problem. We don't need to wait for governments to solve this problem: each one of us can bring an important help adopting a more responsible lifestyle: starting from little, everyday things. It's the only reasonable way to save our planet, before it is too late.

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Submission + - BBC To Host Multi-OS Debate

Bananatree3 writes: BBC is currently seeking submissions from all you Microsoft Windows, Mac and Linux devotees "in 100 words or less, why you are such a supporter of your chosen operating system and what features you love about it". They will then select one user of each platform to go head to head in a debate that will be part of the BBC's Microsoft Vista launch coverage on January 30th.

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