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United States

Submission + - Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority Says Obama

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "VOA reports that President Obama says it does not make sense for federal authorities to seek prosecution of recreational marijuana users in states where such use is legal. "As it is, you know, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions," said Obama during a television interview with ABC's Barbara Walters . "It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that, under state law, that's legal." When asked if he supported legalizing marijuana, the president said he was not endorsing that. ""I wouldn't go that far, but what I think is that, at this point, Washington and Colorado, you've seen the voters speak on this issue.""

Submission + - After ACTA: More internet repression in the EU pipeline (

An anonymous reader writes: La Quadrature du Net writes about the recently published roadmap from the EU commission about a revision of the infamous IPRED directive. It looks like some of the criticised and vaguely worded parts of ACTA, such as "encouraging cooperation between internet providers and copyright holders" which has been interpreted as support for a three-strikes policy, are going to be defined more clearly in the new IPRED, in a more legally binding way.
Data Storage

Submission + - Intel Releases Cherryville SSD - 80,000 IOPS (

Lucas123 writes: Intel today began shipping its fastest SSD to date and the first one to a SandForce controller — the SF2281. The spec sheet for the Cherryville 520 Series 2.5-in SSD shows sequential read/write speeds of 500MB+ per second and random read rates exceeding 80,000 IOPS. Actual testing on a MacBook Pro showed significantly lower performance, but it's still a drive that can offer 15-second system boots and application loads that seem instantaneous. Intel has also for the first time added a 5-year warranty on its SSD.

WSJ's Mossberg Calls For a Tougher Broadband Plan 332

GovTechGuy writes "Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walt Mossberg thinks the FCC's national broadband plan is long overdue, but he criticized it for being vague on the details and too focused on expanding access into rural areas. Mossberg pointed out that what passes for broadband in the US wouldn't even qualify as such in many other developed countries. He also noted that Americans pay more per unit of broadband speed than our competitors. He called on the government to devote time and resources to making sure Americans have the broadband access they need to stay competitive in the 21st century global economy."

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