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Submission + - Apple Patents Crowdsourced P2P Mobile Banking (

psema4 writes: Techcrunch has a story today on an Apple Patent application "that ventures a little farther afield than most, and describes a mobile banking concept that is truly innovative, which could essentially turn iTunes into a micro-lending bank."

What's particularly interesting (and depressing!) is that standards bodies working on developing protocols in this space can't discuss the patent online without serious risk.


Submission + - In the new Canada, the web browses you (

psema4 writes: "FTA: "This fall, legislatures in both Canada and the U.S. are set to vote on bills that would force private Internet service providers (ISPs) to store information about their customers, in order to allow the government to spy on its citizens."

The most disturbing part to my mind is that, in Canada "The so-called 'lawful access' legislation would force ISPs to disclose customer information to the government on demand and without obtaining a warrant."

The "West" is increasingly becoming the very thing our forefathers fought to protect us from — for our own safety, of course."


Submission + - Pirate Party to protect citizens from Big Brother (

psema4 writes: "From the press release: "If given a majority government, the Conservatives are promising to ram through a bill that would provide unprecedented systematic interception and monitoring of Canadians’ personal communications. In short, Canada will soon join the growing list of countries subject to invasion of privacy and internet censorship. Therefore, the Pirate Party is preparing to extend the services presently offered to residents of repressive regimes to protect the people affected by the aspiring dictator right here at home."

For every paid account opened, the Pirate Party of Canada will provide a free VPN account to a citizen of a nation with censored internet.

For background on the "Lawful Access" situation in Canada, see Canadian police state legislation needs closer examination.

Disclaimer: I am a member and the Clerk of the Pirate Party of Canada."


Submission + - BSA Admits Canadian Software Piracy Rates A Guess (

psema4 writes: "Following yesterdays story ("Canada's Conference Board Found Plagiarizing Copyright Report") Michael Geist reports following up with Canadian arm of the Business Software Alliance:

Yet what the BSA did not disclose is that the 2009 report on Canada were guesses since Canadian firms and users were not surveyed. While the study makes seemingly authoritative claims about the state of Canadian piracy, the reality is that IDC, which conducts the study for BSA, did not bother to survey in Canada. After learning that Sweden was also not surveyed, I asked the Canadian BSA media contact about the approach in Canada.



Submission + - MIT Students Fight Poverty With Cellphones (

psema4 writes: "This just in from my LinkedIn network:

As a recent article in the New York Times reports, the rapidly spreading availability and affordability of cell phones in the developing world is transforming local economies and creating new opportunities for development. Come see how MIT students, together with 8 partner organizations in 7 developing countries, are inventing — and deploying — new ways of using mobile phones and other information and communication technologies to address some of the world's most pressing problems.

Wish I could be there to check it out. According to my LinkedIn message, it's open to the public and takes place on May 8th."

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Submission + - Howto react to potential /. "abuse"

psema4 writes: "Last night a story was submitted to Slashdot about ECMAScript 4.

After hearing about the story, I passed a message along to the ES4 discussion list. From my perspective as author of a FOSS project (Atomic OS) that relies heavily on Javascript, I think Brendan Eich has quite neatly ripped into the anonymous coward. I find some of the implications a bit disconcerting.

My question comes in three parts:
  • Do Slashdotters have an opinion on the ease of 'abusing' Slashdot?
  • How should one (or the community for that matter) react to the threat of 'psychological espionage' in large social sites?
  • My understanding is that Wikipedia is 'self-healing,' in that there is enough volunteer involvement to detect and correct. How does Slashdot deal with this type of issue?

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