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Submission + - It Will Soon Be Illegal To Punish Customers Who Criticize Businesses Online (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Congress has passed a law protecting the right of U.S. consumers to post negative online reviews without fear of retaliation from companies. The bipartisan Consumer Review Fairness Act was passed by unanimous consent in the US Senate yesterday, a Senate Commerce Committee announcement said. The bill, introduced in 2014, was already approved by the House of Representatives and now awaits President Obama's signature. The Consumer Review Fairness Act—full text available here—voids any provision in a form contract that prohibits or restricts customers from posting reviews about the goods, services, or conduct of the company providing the product or service. It also voids provisions that impose penalties or fees on customers for posting online reviews as well as those that require customers to give up the intellectual property rights related to such reviews. The legislation empowers the Federal Trade Commission to enforce the new law and impose penalties when necessary. The bill also protects reviews that aren't available via the Internet.

Comment Re:Big Bang is stupid (Score 1) 495

I know, and the question they asked:

"The universe began with a big explosion" Agree/Disagree

If big means it filled the whole universe at the time, then I'll agree to the big, but if you mean larger than an atom, then I'll disagree.

Which still leaves them to define all the other terms like 'explosion': I mean it was the beginning of space-time as we know of, so it didn't really explode because it was already everywhere, but it was rather hot, like explosions I'm familiar with. Marginally agree? maybe?

'Began'...I don't know, heard that time was different then, not really sure what you mean there. And is Universe all matter we know of, I mean, we're not in some sort of black hole in the larger unobservable universe?

...Fuck it: I disagree.

Submission + - Vegetative patients 'still learn' (scienceblog.com)

enigma48 writes: "Scientists have found that some individuals in the vegetative and minimally conscious states, despite lacking the means of reporting awareness themselves, can learn and thereby demonstrate at least a partial consciousness. Their findings are reported in today's (20 September) online edition of Nature Neuroscience.

It is the first time that scientists have tested whether patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states can learn. By establishing that they can, it is believed that this simple test will enable practitioners to assess the patient's consciousness without the need of imaging.

The abstract is available in the advance issue of nature here: http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nn.2391.html"

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Submission + - Bill ready to ban ISP caps in the US

xclr8r writes: Ars has a story on Eric Massa a congressman representing a district in western New York has a bill ready that would start treating Internet providers like a utility and stop the use of caps. Nearby locales have been used as test beds for the new caps so this may have made the constituents raise the issue with their representative.
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Submission + - Fight back: Elude your ISP's BitTorrent blockade (idg.com.au) 1

StonyandCher writes: "More and more ISPs are blocking or throttling traffic to the peer-to-peer file-sharing service, even if you are downloading copyright free content. Have you been targeted? How can you get around the restrictions? This PC World report shows you a number of tips and tools can help you determine whether you're facing a BitTorrent blockade and, if so, help you get around it."
The Internet

Submission + - Comcast Blocks BitTorrent (torrentfreak.com)

FsG writes: Over the past few weeks, more and more Comcast users have reported that their BitTorrent traffic is severely throttled and they are totally unable to seed. Comcast doesn't seem to discriminate between legitimate and infringing torrent traffic, and most of the BitTorrent encryption techniques in use today aren't helping. If more ISPs adopt their strategy, could this mean the end of BitTorrent?

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