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Submission + - Here Comes ACTA: Canadian Government Introduces ACTA Compliance Bill (michaelgeist.ca)

omega6 writes: The Canadian government today introduced a bill aimed at ensuring the Canada complies with the widely discredited Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Despite the European Union's total rejection of ACTA along with assurances that ACTA provisions would not resurface in the Canada — EU Trade Agreement, the new bill is designed to ensure that Canada is positioned to ratify ACTA by addressing border measures provisions.
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Submission + - US turning to offensive Cyber Warfair (thestar.com)

omega6 writes: "The State Department has launched a different sort of raid against Al Qaeda — hacking into the terrorist group’s websites in Yemen.

In a rare public admission of the covert cyber war against extremists, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says cyber experts based at the State Department hacked Yemeni tribal websites, replacing Al Qaeda propaganda that bragged about killing Americans."


Submission + - Canada: Police do not have power to wiretap without warrant (thestar.com)

omega6 writes: "The Supreme Court of Canada struck down Friday warrantless wiretap powers that police have in cases of emergency. The country’s top court said a 1993 provision of the Criminal Code is unconstitutional because there is no accountability or oversight for the warrantless searches, either to the person wiretapped or in reports to Parliament."

Submission + - Web links don't constitute defamation, Supreme Cou (theglobeandmail.com)

omega6 writes: Supreme Court of Canada ruled that posting links is not the same as posting the actual content, but more similar to a footnote.
"The top court ruled against former Green party campaign manager Wayne Crookes, who argued that posting links to sites with defamatory statements was the same as publishing the defamatory material."


Submission + - Microsoft files EU competition complaint against G (theglobeandmail.com)

omega6 writes: "Microsoft Corp. (MSFT-Q25.610.120.47%) stepped up its rivalry with Google (GOOG-Q581.840.110.02%) on Thursday by filing a formal complaint with the European Commission claiming Google systematically thwarts Internet search competition.

It is the first time Microsoft – itself the target of anticompetition action in the United States and Europe – has filed a complaint with regulators over competition issues. "


Submission + - Material on work computer private, court rules (theglobeandmail.com)

omega6 writes: "Ontario's top court has found a right to privacy in material contained on a work computer. [...] The case involved a Northern Ontario high school teacher charged with possessing child pornography. The judges said that police breached his Charter rights by viewing his [work] computer files without a warrant".
"“This case makes it clear that the employer may own the computer, but that doesn’t give them the power to waive the employee’s privacy rights,” Mr. Hutchison added."

Comment Re:Yeah Right. (Score 1) 223

Then would it surprise you to learn, that one of the first things cancer does is re-activate telomerase (the enzyme that extends the chromosomes to prevent deletions)?
Telomeres (the ends of the chromosome) are not extended in most human cells, precisely so that the cell dies after a certain number of replications. Re-activating telomerase will make the cells live infinitely long, and allow them to accumulate a number of mutations, but not die, increasing the risk of cancer.

Comment Wrong Issue (Score 1) 104

The issue is not competition or even wireless-related at all. There is a Federal Law specifying some minimum requirements. The cabinet decided that we will give a one-time exception to a particular private company, and allow them to break the law. A federal judge said: no, cabinet cannot do that, if they want to make exceptions in law, they have to do it the proper way: pass a bill, through parliament. I think this is a great decision since this gives more power to the democratically elected parliament, as opposed to a chosen Cabinet. (If the ruling party controls only 30% of the votes, they shouldn't have carte blanche to do anything they want, esp. breaking laws)

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is representation obsolete?

decent_dissent writes: Could the Legislative branch of government, be replaced by collaborative software? Is representation obsolete? As it was explained to me, many years ago in grade school, the founding fathers chose representatives to participate in the day to day legislative functions. This was to not burden the citizens with traveling via horse or carriages, the long distances required to collaborate. It occurred to me that this is no longer true. All of the proposed bills could be handled like wiki's and content. The voting interface could be like an email inbox, with alerts and links to new bills. Participation could be all you can eat, as much or as little. Best of all, make it all OSS. While definitely not a perfect idea, I think that with the right code it might operate better than the current method. Being a daily reader of slashdot, I am curious as to what the readers here think. Please discuss.

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