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Comment Re:Flaimbait? (Score 5, Informative) 311

where does the article say that *ALL* conservatives are would vote for this and *all* NDP, Bloc, Green and Liberals would vote against ?

I don't think you understand how Canadian politics works. Unlike in the USA, the Prime Minister is a member of the house and has direct control over the party stance. This, coupled with extremely strong party discipline (you vote with the party EVERY time or you get kicked out, ruining your career), means that the P.M. is far more powerful than the President (within the political system; not in terms of overall world power) because in a majority government, the P.M. can pass basically any law he wants, as long as it satisfies the constitution.

That's not the case though, since he only has a minority of seats. Unfortunately, if a law fails to pass and it's an important one (read: whatever they want, so basically all of them), then the government fails and we have an election. But the Liberals won't allow this because they are very weak and would likely lose more in another election. If they go to the polls, it'll be about the budget or the Afghan war, not a copyright bill. TL;DR:
The bill will pass because the opposition Liberals have too much to lose in the election that will be called if it fails. End of Story.


Submission + - Perl is 20!

ChurchyardTX writes: "According to Wikipedia:

Larry Wall began work on Perl in 1987, while working as a programmer at Unisys, and released version 1.0 to the comp.sources.misc newsgroup on December 18, 1987.

Happy Birthday, old friend..."

Submission + - KDE and KOffice rebuke OOXML; GNOME dithers 3

Peter writes: Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman and ITWire have praised KDE and KOffice developers for taking a principled stand against OOXML, while raising serious concerns about the GNOME Foundation's decision to give credibility to Microsoft's broken format. This comes on the heels of GNOME co-founder Miguel de Icaza's depiction of OOXML as a 'superb standard', and GNOME Foundation director Quim Gil's stonewalling of the patent-free Ogg Vorbis / Theora format on behalf of Nokia. Have GNOME's leaders completely sold out their free software credentials to corporate and anti-consumer interests? And will the GNOME Foundation's indifferent response to Richard Stallman's appeal drive him to throw his weight behind KDE?

Submission + - NZ teen accused of being cyber crime kingpin (news.com.au) 3

davetv writes: "A YOUNG New Zealand man has been accused of leading a group of cyber criminals who caused at least $US20 million ($A22.7 million) damage around the world. In a joint investigation between New Zealand Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Dutch authorities, the home of an 18-year-old known online as AKILL was raided on Wednesday."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Gates' charity won't negotiate with union

An anonymous reader writes: Bill and Melinda Gates' charitable foundation is refusing to negotiate a labor contract. They're the largest share holder in Pacific Ethanol LLC, which employs all of 27 people. The United Steelworkers is representing the workers, and wrote the billionaires asking them to get their charitable foundation to act charitably toward the workers. But Bill and Melinda haven't bothered to reply. The 27 workers have been harassed and intimidated by Pacific Ethanol since December when they started trying to negotiate a labor agreement. If you want to encourage Bill and Melinda to act charitably, you can send them a note: media@gatesfoundation.org.
The Internet

Submission + - Trueman.tv: First German living on the Internet (trueman.tv)

wildzer0 writes: Marcel is the first German living completely on the Internet — A camera follows him wherever he is and transmits live into the internet via UMTS. There are no pauses, that means you can see him sleeping as well as taking a bath or simply going to the toilet. The website features a live chat, a calendar with activities and a map, that is connected to a GPS transmitter Marcel is carrying. The plan is to have the camera online at least a year. Some friends are not that happy about this though: "Sadly I won't be able to see some good friends for a long time, but I hope this experience is worth it". Currently, he is online for more than 2 days (6 days including the test phase).
Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - The Wiimote as God intended - a lightsaber.

An anonymous reader writes: Finally we get to use the Wiimote for its intended purpose — as a lightsaber. So what if the Wii cannot handle the awesome 'next-generation' physics engine the other consoles will enjoy when Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is released. They get duel mode! DUEL MODE! LucasArts announced today that Krome Studios is developing a version of the game for the Nintendo console, and players will finally get to use the Wiimote for its intended purpose — as a lightsaber! With the Wiimote saber and the nunchuk controlling force powers, I'll be hard pressed to choose which console to pick the game up for. Adding to my inner turmoil is the aforementioned duel mode, which lets you take your friends in one on one Jedi battles to the death! I am so completely geeking out right now it isn't funny. You guys read the press release, I'm going to need a moment.

Submission + - Firefox Lite: Together, old PCs can crush IE[-> (cnet.co.uk)

Philip McCartney writes: An article on CNET implores the Mozilla community to release a completely stripped down version of Firefox in order to get the browser onto even low-spec machines, thus increasing the brand's awareness and its overall market share.

From the article: "...giving the lightweights a browser they can use only further increases Firefox's market share. The by-product is that the Firefox name will be in more households, more novices' minds and will be their first choice of browser when they buy their new pre-built system sporting Internet Exploiter... Give the Celerons and the K6s some of the power back and let light users rediscover what it's really like to rediscover the Web with Firefox...".


Submission + - Does Comcast hate Firefox? (blorge.com)

destinyland writes: "Comcast is the largest ISP in America. And they're requiring Internet Explorer for installations — even if you're using a Mac. The Comcast homepage even species that the page is optimized for IE 5.5 (which was released in 2000), and "is not optimized for Firefox browsers and Macs." With 13 million subscribers, you'd think they could spring for a web developer who could handle multiple browsers. (From the last line of the article: "I'm afraid to ask how Comcast handles Linux...""

Submission + - Greatest Book Dedication Ever? (tippingpoint.com)

Pedram Amini writes: "Not to brag or anything, but who can deny this as the greatest book dedication the world has ever seen: Fuzzing: Brute Force Vulnerability Discovery — Dedication. For those of you without a PDF reader, the dedication reads: "I dedicate this book to George W. Bush, my Commander-in-Chief, whose impressive career advancement despite remedial language skills inspired me to believe that I was capable of authoring a book.""
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Feasibility of State-Wide WiFi? (greenvilleonline.com)

crtrue writes: "The House here in South Carolina approved a bill several months ago to explore the possibility of blanketing the state in a wireless signal. The idea revolves around using the ETV public television towers as the backbone, probably having both a free, low bandwidth signal and a higher, paid one to help pay for the project / make the state some cash. It seems like fantasy to me, and I'm sure I'm not the only one with a "Put Up or Shut Up" attitude. Still, a good chunk of this state is rural, so this would be really nice in places where the only option realistically available is dial-up. I would also kill to be able to drive across the state and not have to worry about finding public hotspots. So, Slashdot, is there any way this system could work? Or, as I fear, is the idea either too unrealistic or prohibitively expensive to take off the ground?"

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