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Privacy

Submission + - CA Mandates Remote-Controlled Thermostats (americanthinker.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The new 2008 California building codes require programmable communicating thermostats that the government can override remotely during "price events," in all new or remodeled homes. With the state's population growing nearly 10% a year, mostly in hot inland areas, it seems like a better long-term solution would be to build more power plants instead.
Media

Submission + - Dvorak gets it...

kristjansson writes: Dvorak rants about the latest bits of outrage from the RIAA and the trend towards making any sort of copying illegal.
Censorship

Submission + - Prince Sues Youtube, eBay, among others (msn.com) 1

freyyr890 writes: The Artist Formerly Known as Prince has announced his intention to sue numerous websites such as Youtube, eBay, and The Pirate Bay for allegations of copyright infringement, and has enlisted the help of Web Sheriff to help him take down his work which has been posted on the internet. Prince accuses these websites of not making an effort to filter his work from other user's uploads.
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Steps on Attack on Multiple Sclerosis Mom

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA has stepped up its attack on a Queens, New York, mother who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, and who never even heard of file sharing, in Elektra v. Schwartz, a Brooklyn federal court case in which a Guardian Ad Litem had been appointed to protect the interests of the defendant. The RIAA is now seeking to go ahead with discovery of defendant's hard drive with a "John Doe" proceeding. This is the same case in which the RIAA had written a letter to the Judge mischaracterizing the contents of a letter it had received from AOL."

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