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Submission + - Another Expansion of Corporate Powers in Stop Onli (arstechnica.com)

mpapet writes: Get ready for another expansion of corporate media powers with the "Stop Online Piracy Act." The bill is another try at expanding the control of the Internet to corporations.
-Corporations can create and enforce nationwide DNS blacklists.
-Allows the government to deny the use of anti-censorship software.
The best for last:
-Unspecified copyright violations related to Internet activities will be classified as felonies.

A version of the bill dated 2011-10-26 is here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/71190678/E-PARASITES

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Submission + - U.S. Broadband Map Now Online (broadbandmap.gov)

mpapet writes: "The National Telecommunications Administration has created a website where you can input your zip code and see what Internet services are available.

Early reports suggest the data is wrong in many places, mine included. Other features that will add to the frustration is the use of 'advertised speed' as an equivalent for up/down bandwidth provided.

http://www.broadbandmap.gov/"

Submission + - FCC Allows MPAA to Block Home Recordings (google.com)

mpapet writes: Last Friday, the FCC granted media conglomerates the right to remotely control media outputs in consumer's homes. Previously, the FCC prohibits the use of so-called "selectable output control" technology. This prohibition allowed consumers to record media for their personal use. Like the DMCA, this is another step forward towards eliminating an individual's control over any media content.

Submission + - How Do You Evaluate a Data Center?

mpapet writes: Beyond the simpler questions of physical access control, connectivity, and power redundancy/capacity and SLA review, what other questions are important to ask when evaluating a data center?

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