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Comment Re:One lost vote for the Liberal Democrats then (Score 1) 208

Please do continue to vote Lib Dem! Our party policy on this is fairly clear, but we can't entirely control what individual parliamentarians do, especially Lords .... (elected Lords anybody?) I should say that I'm the Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge ... I and many colleagues have contacted the party and those peers to push the party line - which is clearly against any sort of DMCA-UK. You may be interested in official party policy at http://www.makeitpolicy.org.uk/it-policy-paper/delivering-the-information-society/regulation-of-internet-content-and-copyright/ Otherwise, can I suggest you write to your local candidate and ask them what they think? You'll find many of us on the Open Rights side .... Julian

Submission + - Lily Allen's Anti-Piracy take is evaluated by an I (torrentfreak.com)

jodzilla writes: "Since Lily Allen suddenly burst onto the scene as the new darling of Anti-Piracy she has taken flack from many different places, even to the tune that she has taken back some of her words and statements. The labels are all for it, the majority of the fans are apprehensive and several bands simply do not like the idea of making enemies of their fans. The public battle over Anti-Piracy takes a new twist as an Open Letter to Lily Allen starts to do the rounds on YouTube. Do the words hold any more water when they come from a fellow industry professional who is independant?"

Submission + - Pirate Party being founded in Australia too... (pirateparty.org.au)

johnoes writes: "Australia says me too, mates. "Founded on the same principles as other International Pirate Parties, it is part of a global movement against increasingly draconian copyright and patent laws, and the erosion of the right to privacy. The basic tenets of this movement are Free Culture, Civil Liberty and Intellectual Rights Reform.""

Submission + - UK musicians back 'three-strikes' rule for illegal (guardian.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The Guardian has a piece on a couple of UK-based music industry lobby groups (the Featured Artists' Coalition and UK Music) showing their support for the government's proposed 'technical measures' to tackle illegal file sharing. It's all pretty standard fare, but the final quotation is precious:

"BT is clinging on to an old business model which is supported by illegal downloading. That's not only unfair to artists and creators, but penalises BT's many customers who use the internet legally," [Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of the BPI] said.

Microsoft

Submission + - Zune HD to kill off all previous Zunes

An anonymous reader writes: All of the current generation Zunes will be discontinued once the Zune HD drops is released in two weeks, meaning all that will be left are two Zune HD models priced at $220 and $290. 'As you know, the new Zune HD device--featuring a touch OLED screen, HD Radio, HD video out capabilities, Internet browser and more--is available for preorder now and will be available at retail on September 15,' a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars. 'Additional flash Zune devices (Zune 4GB, 8GB and 16GB) and hard drive devices (80GB and 120GB) will continue to be available at retail until sold out, though we will not continue to manufacture those devices.'
NASA

Submission + - Sending Astronauts on a One-Way Trip to Mars

The Narrative Fallacy writes: "Cosmologist Lawrence M. Krauss, director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University, writes in the NY Times that with the investment needed to return to the moon likely to run in excess of $150 billion and the cost of a round trip to Mars easily two to four times that, there is a way to reduce the cost and technical requirements of a manned mission to Mars: send the astronauts on a one way trip. "While the idea of sending astronauts aloft never to return is jarring upon first hearing, the rationale for one-way trips into space has both historical and practical roots," writes Krauss. "Colonists and pilgrims seldom set off for the New World with the expectation of a return trip." There are more immediate and pragmatic reasons to consider one-way human space exploration missions including money. "If the fuel for the return is carried on the ship, this greatly increases the mass of the ship, which in turn requires even more fuel." But would anyone volunteer to go on such a trip? Krauss says that informal surveys show that many scientists would be willing to go on a one-way mission into space and that we might want to restrict the voyage to older astronauts, whose longevity is limited in any case. The largest stumbling block is probably political as NASA and Congress are unlikely to do something that could be perceived as signing the death warrants of astronauts. "Nevertheless, human space travel is so expensive and so dangerous that we are going to need novel, even extreme solutions if we really want to expand the range of human civilization beyond our own planet" writes Krauss. "To boldly go where no one has gone before does not require coming home again.""
Patents

Submission + - Patent Theft Should be a Crime (bbc.co.uk)

Anon-mouse writes: The inventor of the clockwork radio has written a letter to the business secretary, Lord Mandleson, asking him to make stealing patents a criminal offence, as opposed to a civil one. He argues that the state should pay to enforce individuals' patents, not the patent holders. Full story here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8232130.stm
Supercomputing

Submission + - Move Over Silicon; Here Come Quantum Bismuth Chips (popsci.com.au)

RubenFitzSimons writes: PopSci has a great article: "Bismuth Telluride Valley doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but a new discovery may mean the end of silicon chips. After decades of using Bi2Te3 for its thermoelectric properties, researchers have discovered new properties of the material that paves the way for bismuth telluride chips constructed to power quantum computers..." Read On
The Internet

Submission + - UK libel law is a global threat to web free speech (opendemocracy.net)

uctpjac writes: London media lawyer Emily MacManus argues that UK libel law has three features which make it the "defamation tourism" capital of the world and a serious threat to web free speech. First, there is no free speech presumption in the UK as there is, for example, in the US. Second, every access of a web page is considered to be a separate act of publication in the UK (unlike the US, where "original publication" holds). Third, "no-win-no-fee" libel litigation is now allowed in the UK. If any blog, anywhere, publishes something you'd like taken down, threaten libel action in the UK: no one except the super-rich can afford to even take these cases to court, so media lawyers advise publishers to "take it down, take it down quickly, take it down again". There's not much chance that the judges will move the law any time soon because they are just not seeing the cases to make precedent over.

Feed Engadget: Samsung N310 netbook gets hands-on treatment (engadget.com)

Don't be deceived -- Samsung's N310 looks an awful lot tougher, bulkier and manly than it really is. 'Course, it probably will handle gentle bumps a bit better than your average Wind / Eee / Mini xx machine, but it's really only the embossed Sammy logo that's built to withstand flying bullets. All kidding aside, we'll invite you to visit the read link if you're scouting a hands-on experience that just might change your life. Or at least the next 4 minutes of it.

[Via Slashgear]

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Government

Journal Journal: Freedom of speech gets smacked down again 2

in the name of god

Western governments and a broad alliance of activist groups have voiced dismay about the religious defamation text, which adds to recent efforts to broaden the concept of human rights to protect communities of believers rather than individuals.

Censorship

Submission + - Graphic Artists Condemn UK Ban on Erotic Comics

mdwh2 writes: Graphic artists, publishers and MPs have condemned the UK's Coroners and Justice Bill, which will criminalise possession of sexual depictions that appear to show someone under 18 (the age of consent is 16 in the UK), as well as adults where the "predominant impression conveyed" is of someone under 18, and even if they are merely drawn as being present whilst sexual activity took place between adults. The definitions could include Lost Girls, Watchmen, and South Park. The Comic Book Alliance has launched a Petition against the law.

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