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  • Technical questions about internet TV? (Vanity)

    09/16/2012 2:16:40 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 45 replies
    Vanity | 09/16/12 | Vanity
    I have been disgusted with my Television bills and what I'm paying for lately. I have been thinking lately to switching over to internet for television. There are some relatively cheap products out there such as Roku and others. I Was looking for any reviews of this product as well as any other similar products. We rarely get into any TV show series except for a few like walking Dead & and my wife has a few shows. The only thing I watch anymore is baseball and football. All news comes from internet(mainly FR-always ahead of everybody else) and anything...
  • Jihad Teen Arrested for Plotting to Blow Up Chicago Bar

    09/15/2012 6:11:47 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 28 replies
    A Chicago teen was arrested in Chicago for trying to blow up a bar with a car bomb. News 9 reported: Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be extremists provided him with a phony car bomb. The U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Chicago announced the arrest Saturday and said the device was inert and...
  • LEAKED! Here's The White House's Draft Cybersecurity Executive Order

    09/15/2012 8:25:16 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 9 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | 9/14/12 | Mike Masnick
    Earlier this week, we wrote about how the White House was working on an executive order to act as a "stand in" for cybersecurity legislation that has so far failed to pass Congress (CISPA passed in the House, but a different effort, the Cybersecurity Act, failed in the Senate, and it would have been difficult to get the two houses aligned anyway). Last weekend Jason Miller from Federal News Radio wrote about a draft he saw... but failed to share the actual draft. We got our hands on a draft (and confirmed what it was with multiple sources) and wanted...
  • Glenn Beck's 'The Blaze' Internet TV; Daily Thread

    09/14/2012 2:07:49 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 64 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 14, 2012
    Discussion of Glenn Beck's program at 'The Blaze' Internet TV. Today Glenn is focusing on Mitt Romney.
  • Internet sales tax on Amazon purchases in Calif. begins Saturday

    09/14/2012 6:48:37 AM PDT · by Jimmy4Toes · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 09/13/2012 | AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Online retailer Amazon.com has tried to become all things to all consumers, but in California, it is about to take on a role it has fought against for years: tax collector. The change, which takes effect this weekend, comes after years of bitter back and forth between the world’s largest online mall and the California Legislature over whether Internet retailers should have to impose sales taxes on customers. The two sides reached a deal in 2011 that included a one-year grace period set to end Saturday.
  • BitTorrent file sharers are heavily monitored, study finds

    09/12/2012 11:42:09 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 16 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 10, 2012 | Kazi Stastna
    If you've downloaded even one movie, song or TV show using the BitTorrent file-sharing system, chances are, it didn't go unnoticed. A U.K. study has found that pretty much all files shared with the help of popular torrent sites like The Pirate Bay are monitored — mostly by large internet service companies likely acting on behalf of copyright enforcers or private corporations.
  • GoDaddy Outage Takes Down Millions of Sites (Hacked)

    09/10/2012 12:24:09 PM PDT · by TheBattman · 33 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 09-10-2012 | Klint Finley
    According to many customers, sites hosted by major web host and domain registrar GoDaddy are down. According to the official GoDaddy Twitter account the company is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it. Update: customers are complaining that GoDaddy hosted e-mail accounts are down as well, along with GoDaddy phone service and all sites using GoDaddy’s DNS service. Update 2: Anonymous is claiming responsibility. A member of Anonymous known as AnonymousOwn3r is claiming responsibility, and makes it clear this is not an Anonymous collective action. The service Down For Everyone Or Just Me says the GoDaddy company...
  • (WFMU RADIO) The Rise & Fall of MP3 Blogs

    09/04/2012 10:41:09 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies
    WFMU Radio ^ | August 22, 2012 | Casey Rae
    The history of the MP3 is one of technological innovation, consumer demand and all-too-persistent litigation, often against those very consumers who embraced the format in the heady post-Napster days. The story of this resilient digital audio file has been recounted many times — from the recording industry’s early wars of attrition to the MP3s role in the filesharing explosion to the bloggers who help curate an oversaturated music marketplace. What doesn’t garner as much discussion is how the MP3 format — celebrated, reviled or somewhere in-between — has come to define the digital music experience, both for millions of listeners,...
  • Internet Cat Video Festival draws 10,000 (!) to Walker Art Center

    09/01/2012 4:24:33 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-1-12 | Amy Carlson Gustafson
    The Walker Art Center truly did go to the cats, and the world meowed its approval. On Thursday, Aug. 30, more than 10,000 folks turned up for the outdoor Internet Cat Video Festival at the museum's Open Field area. Organizers had expected 2,500 to 3,000. By Friday afternoon, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, Slate.com, Buzzfeed and Mashable had all contributed articles to the viral purrs going around the Internet. And those stories were shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter. "Internet cat video stories galore today," wrote technology journalist and former New York Times...
  • September 2001 - September 2012

    09/01/2012 1:56:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies
    TRUTHUSA.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | n/a
    Brief thoughts/quotes from the last 11 years. "Looking away, not caring, or hoping for the best are not viable options in fighting terrorism (in general) and the global jihad (specifically). Terrorism must be fought head on 24/7 and preventing terrorism is far better than just reacting to one terror-related event after another." -Cindy (July 1, 2011) ~ "WHAT DID I LEARN from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001? OPINION: I have learned that more Americans love America than the lame-stream media will ever let on. I have learned that America's military is the finest in the world. I have...
  • The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (free downloads)

    08/30/2012 9:23:43 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Harvard University Press ^ | August 30, 2012 | From the website
    Already famous throughout Europe, this international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years. "Revolutions, like trees, must be judged by their fruit," Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is the standard the authors apply to the Communist experience—in the China of "the Great Helmsman," Kim Il Sung’s Korea, Vietnam under "Uncle Ho" and Cuba under...
  • Reactions to cable outages in Hurricane Issac's Path

    08/29/2012 4:22:39 PM PDT · by matt04 · 19 replies
    Facebook
    I live in CT. I lived thru Irene and the freak October snowstorm that left parts of the region without power for over a week in some cases. The supposedly hearty New England residents were crying within two days how they didn't have power and cable. I decided to take a look at the Facebook page of one of the major cable companies in the path of Isaac. All these screen shots were taken around 6:30 PM Eastern time on 8/29. http://imgur.com/a/0sVS0
  • Don't let the UN steal the Internet

    08/29/2012 7:22:08 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 6 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 8/28/2012 | David Gewirtz
    Summary: If the UN seizes control of the Internet, they'll take the Internet from the voices of freedom and give it to nations who'd prefer to either kill it or refashion it into another tool of state control.
  • Brides website changed life of man awaiting sentencing in death plot

    08/27/2012 4:43:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 27, 2012 | Cindy Horswell
    David Sartin.......The 49-year-old's only scrape with the law had been a single traffic ticket - until he visited a "dream marriage" website that boasted the "hottest Russian brides." Now he finds himself sitting in a jail cell, waiting to be sentenced after pleading guilty last week in Beaumont to attempted kidnapping and brandishing a firearm in connection with a bizarre murder-for-hire plot involving a Ukrainian blonde half his age. The scheme involved abduction, lead poisoning and a fortified room that Sartin added onto his home where he allegedly planned to imprison his would-be wife. Before his life spun out of...
  • FCC eyes tax on Internet service

    08/26/2012 8:45:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    FCC eyes tax on Internet service By Brendan Sasso - 08/26/12 06:00 AM ET The Federal Communications Commission is eyeing a proposal to tax broadband Internet service. The move would funnel money to the Connect America Fund, a subsidy the agency created last year to expand Internet access. The FCC issued a request for comments on the proposal in April. Dozens of companies and trade associations have weighed in, but the issue has largely flown under the public's radar. "If members of Congress understood that the FCC is contemplating a broadband tax, they'd sit up and take notice," said Derek...
  • World Wide Televised Evangelical Crusade to be Live Streamed on Internet

    08/26/2012 9:15:36 AM PDT · by OneVike · 15 replies
    GATE ^ | 8/26/12 | Chuck Wolk
    Today there will be a world wide Evangelical Crusade live on television, radio, and HD via internet streaming. Starting at 4pm PT, 5pm MT, 6pm CT, and 7 pm ET, the Crusade will have live music by some of the top bands of Christian Rock Music. Mercy Me, Third, Day, Jeremy Camp and others will all lead the worship service. Since this event first took place in 1990, it has grown into a world wide phenomenon that the secular world is at a loss to understand, or report. Well, the world may be confused and the MSM may never...
  • The Beginning of the End of Print: The Lessons of an Amazingly Prescient 1992 WaPo Memo

    08/25/2012 1:29:35 PM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 21, 2012 | Jordan Weissman
    "Our goal, obviously, is to avoid getting boiled as the electronic revolution continues." "I am not here dreaming of (or worrying about) a world in which computers have displaced the printed word, and us too. I could find no one at this conference who would predict the demise of the newspaper. No one. All saw an important place for us." Those words come from a remarkable letter written by Robert Kaiser, then the Washington Post's newly appointed managing editor, to publisher Donald Graham following a 1992 conference on the future of digital media. Kaiser had attended the event after being...
  • Why is the FCC Looking Backwards on Broadband?

    08/22/2012 10:44:35 AM PDT · by 92nina · 9 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-08-21 | Kelly William Cobb
    The tech sector is one of the most forward looking, fastest growing, and innovative industries. It represents one-sixth of our economy and investment is going nowhere but up. But today’s Federal Commissions Commission (FCC) report on the progress of broadband adoption makes one wonder how the industry flourishes despite being regulated by one of the most mind-bogglingly backward looking and pro-regulatory agencies in government. The FCC has determined – for the third year in a row – that broadband “is not yet being deployed ‘to all Americans’ in a reasonable and timely fashion.” The Commission’s Eighth Broadband Progress Report (known...
  • The Victorian Internet (Precursor to the Modern internet)

    08/18/2012 7:44:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    Tom Sandage ^ | 8/18/2012 | Tom Sandage
    In the nineteenth century there were no televisions, aeroplanes, computers, or spacecraft; neither were there antibiotics, credit cards, microwave ovens, compact discs, or mobile phones. There was, however, an Internet. During Queen Victoria’s reign, a new communications technology was developed that allowed people to communicate almost instantly across great distances, in effect shrinking the world faster and further than ever before. A world-wide communications network whose cables spanned continents and oceans, it revolutionised business practice, gave rise to new forms of crime, and inundated its users with a deluge of information. Romances blossomed over the wires. Secret codes were devised...
  • Politics and the Internet Timeline (FR mentioned)

    08/15/2012 8:56:26 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 39 replies
    techpresident.com ^ | May 2012 | multiple
    Technology is changing politics, government and civic life. This timeline shows the accelerating pace of change in the United States, in the international arena, and online. Here are the seminal moments, inventions, and first uses that mark the early emergence and then growing importance of the Internet and connection technologies on the political arena. To view it in it's original setting, go here. This timeline is meant to be a living document. We intend to keep updating it as events unfold. If you would like to suggest an important development that we may have missed, or make a correction to...
  • Ben Rattray and Change.org

    08/12/2012 3:17:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 12, 2012 | Meredith May
    .....It was a learning moment for the entire family, and everyone, including Nick, emerged stronger for it. But it made Rattray re-examine all his priorities, about family, love, happiness and his goals. He decided that a life in pursuit of making money and personal indulgence was empty. But he didn't know how he could empower people all by himself. He just knew that he didn't fit in anymore with the corporate banking track at Stanford. ............Spreading democracy After graduating, he left for London to get a master's degree in political theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science....
  • Europe's quixotic plan to "clean" the Internet of terrorists

    08/11/2012 9:57:42 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Goldstein Report ^ | August 10, 2012
    Delegates from Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Europol -- the European Union's criminal intelligence agency -- will gather in London this September as part of a project to cleanse the Internet (or at least the European section of the Internet) from "terrorist websites." And they have European Union money to do it. The CleanIT project hopes to develop a flagging system for "terrorist" content. It wouldn't be mandatory, but Internet providers would be encouraged to take down or block the flagged material. The aim is to create "a non-legislative 'framework' that consists of general principles and...
  • Mark Levin Tweets "I NEED YOUR HELP!"

    08/07/2012 3:22:39 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Mark Levin Twitter ^ | August 7, 2012 | Mark Levin
    I NEED YOUR HELP! http://fb.me/1eS3kSsYn How fast can we get the Levin Facebook and Twitter numbers up to 500,000? As we go into this crucial election, with only a few months left, I want to encourage you to ask as many of you family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers as you can to join my social sites. I am going to be posting more notes, and more urgent notes, as we get closer to the election, and the more people who can read them and pass them along the better. But I must have your help. So, all of you...
  • The ITU December Conference: A Threat to the Free and Open Internet

    08/06/2012 9:03:37 AM PDT · by 92nina
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-08-03 | Laurel Kays
    With the Olympics and upcoming election dominating news coverage, The United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Conference on International Telecommunications in December is not a likely source of interest for most Americans. Yet it certainly should be, for the anti-freedom, pro-regulation policies being considered at the conference are serious enough to have given rise to a rare show of bipartisan action in Congress. The ITU Conference will, among other things, be considering proposed amendments to an international telecommunications treaty, two of which are of particular concern to advocates of a free and unregulated internet. In light of this threat,...
  • The Ramifications of Congress's Internet Sales Tax

    08/02/2012 8:11:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 42 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-01 | Kelly William Cobb
    [Yester]day the Senate Commerce Committee [held] a hearing to push for an Internet sales tax. This follows a similar effort by the House Judiciary Committee late last month. And while the Wall Street Journal ran a cover story recently claiming (somewhat misleadingly) that GOP governors are throwing in the low-tax towel and signing off on online sales taxes, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has an op-ed in the same pages today telling fiscal conservatives why they should do the opposite. So, what’s all this Internet tax talk about? The Senate’s Marketplace Fairness Act and House’s Marketplace Equity Act – currently the...
  • The woman who made your WiFi work. (RF tech trivia)

    08/02/2012 6:51:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Diogenes' Middle Finger ^ | August 1, 2012 | Diogenes
    Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-born American actress. Max Reinhardt called her the “most beautiful woman in Europe” due to her “strikingly dark exotic looks”. Mathematically talented, Lamarr came up with an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, necessary for wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day. The international beauty, along with co-inventor composer George Anthiel, developed a "Secret Communications System" to help combat the Nazis in World War II. By manipulating radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, the invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by...
  • Cybercrime On The US Government Made Internet Is $338B Per Year, Greater Than Drug Trade

    08/01/2012 1:31:46 AM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 5 replies
    ZDNet ^ | September 7, 2011 | Zack Whittaker
    Norton reports that cybercrime is costing the global economy $338 billion a year, overtaking a still a lucrative trade in the underground drugs market. For every second that goes by, 19 people worldwide fall victim to some form of online crime, most commonly social network hacking and credit card fraud. The report suggests that more than 69 percent, at two-thirds of online adults, have fallen victim to cybecrime; a figure that is still on the rise. Symantec, the anti-virus maker who issued the report, noted that it takes U.S. authorities nearly twice as long to resolve cybercrime than its British...
  • (Vanity) Internet Forums and Social Dynamics, Part V: Like Sand Through the Hourglass

    07/29/2012 9:52:57 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 07-29-2012 | grey_whiskers
    This is a belated fifth post in a series on Internet Forums and Social Dynamics. In Part I, I pointed out how the internet self-selects into mutually exclusive groups according to common interests or beliefs. Part II provided an amusing look at the reactions within a group when posters to a forum go against the prevailing groupthink. Then Part III showed how segregation of internet groups occurs not only by interests but by common levels of intellect, sophistication, or expertise in a subject. And most recently, Part IV showed how the sheer size and untamed nature of the Internet, and...
  • Zynga Inc(NASDAQ:ZNGA)

    07/25/2012 4:25:10 PM PDT · by Cplus · 8 replies
    Google Finance ^ | July 25, 2012 | Staff
    After Hours: 3.16 -1.92 (-37.77%)
  • Newsweek may cease print edition (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/25/2012 10:47:29 AM PDT · by abb · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | July 25, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    Newsweek may cease its print publication by the end of this year, according to IAC chief Barry Diller, who as of this week owns the majority stake in the company. During a conference call with analysts this morning, Diller suggested that the magazine would eventually transition to an online-only publication, and that changes would begin to take place as early as this Fall. "The transition will happen,” Diller said. "The transition to online from hard print will take place. We’re examining all of our options." UPDATE: IAC spokesperson Justine Sacco emails to clarify: [Diller] was speaking about the weekly print...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Jim....What's His name, Free Republic Got Banned at CompuServe And...

    07/24/2012 12:21:27 PM PDT · by blam · 318 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Radio Program - Live Report | 7-24-2012 | blam
    Rush Limbaugh: Jim....What's His name, Free Republic Got Banned at CompuServe And... Rush LimbaughJuly 24, 2012Rush is talking about the early internet and mentions Jim Robinson and Free Republic. Free Republic Rules!
  • Jihadis Online: A Few Thoughts

    07/24/2012 3:24:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies
    Society For Internet Research ^ | JULY 5, 2011 | S.O.F.I.R.
    SNIPPET: "I. When considering the matter of jihadis online, remember that most of what we think we know is based on analyses of the comments made by an handful of vocal activists. The vast majority of jihadis online, be they on forums or social networking sites[i], say nothing. Skillful translations and insightful analyses by definition tell us little about this potentially lethal yet silent majority."
  • Who Really Invented the Internet?

    07/23/2012 7:06:51 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 239 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2012 | L. GORDON CROVITZ
    Contrary to legend, it wasn't the federal government, and the Internet had nothing to do with maintaining communications during a war. A telling moment in the presidential race came recently when Barack Obama said: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." He justified elevating bureaucrats over entrepreneurs by referring to bridges and roads, adding: "The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet." It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is that the Pentagon...
  • US senators revive US cybersecurity bill, with changes

    07/21/2012 5:34:43 PM PDT · by SCalGal · 9 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 07/21/2012 | Clotilde Official Site
    WASHINGTON: A group of US senators has revived stalled cybersecurity legislation by offering compromises to address civil liberties concerns, an effort quickly endorsed by President Barack Obama. The new bill drew some support from Republican lawmakers amid a drive to pass legislation before the summer recess, but prospects for passage were unclear. Lawmakers said they hope to bring the measure to the Senate floor in the upcoming week. The bill aims to identify so-called "critical infrastructure," including electric power and utility computer networks, and provide oversight to ensure these are secure from attacks. The revised measure removed some parts of...
  • (Vanity) Internet problems today?

    07/21/2012 1:47:36 PM PDT · by TheZMan · 19 replies
    Web | 7/21/2012 | Me
    Hate posting vanities, but I'm having some odd internet troubles today and wonder if anyone else is having the same. I'm in East Texas on Suddenlink. Can access Google, some Google related sites, and FR, but not much else (in fact nothing else for the last few minutes). Anyone seeing the same? .... and now Google isn't accessible. Curious to see if this will actually post.
  • James Holmes - Cops Investigating Sex Site Profile

    07/20/2012 6:48:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies
    TMZ ^ | July 20, 2012 | TMZ Staff
    A man claiming to be James Holmes created a profile on a popular sex website just days before "The Dark Knight Rises" massacre ... in which he described his penis as "short/average" ... and law enforcement sources tell TMZ investigators are now looking at the site to determine its authenticity. "Holmes" created the profile on AdultFriendFinder.com July 5 -- and included a picture of himself with reddish, orange hair ... just as officials in Aurora, CO said he looked when he was apprehended Friday morning. "Holmes" -- who used the screen name classicjimbo -- included a cryptic message on the...
  • The Secret Online Weapons Store That’ll Sell Anyone Anything

    07/20/2012 7:14:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    gizmodo.com ^ | 19 July, 2012 | Sam Biddle
    The Bushmaster M4 is a 3-foot rifle capable of firing thirty 5.56Ă—45mm NATO rounds, and used by spec ops forces throughout Afghanistan. It's a serious weapon. But in the Internet's darkest black market, it's all yours. Who needs a background check? Nobody. The Armory began as an offshoot of The Silk Road, notable as the Internet's foremost open drug bazaar, where anything from heroin and meth to Vicodin and pot can be picked out and purchased like a criminal Amazon.com. It's virtually impossible to trace, and entirely anonymous. But apparently guns were a little too hot for The Silk Road's...
  • Lawmakers push Web retailers to collect sales tax

    07/20/2012 4:38:41 AM PDT · by Conservative Vermont Vet · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 18, 2012 | Tim Devaney
    Online retailers are coming under fire from Washington and state governments for not collecting sales tax from customers who purchase goods and services through websites such as Amazon and eBay. The tax itself is not new. The only difference is that online retailers could soon be required to collect it — just like their traditional bricks-and-mortar peers — instead of trusting customers to pay it on their own to the state, which is a requirement few heed.
  • The President’s Internet Blunder

    07/20/2012 1:54:37 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 19, 2012 | Nick Schulz
    Advocates of increasing taxes and government spending frequently point to the existence of the Internet to make their case. “The Internet didn’t get invented on its own,” President Obama said in a recent speech arguing that entrepreneurs aren’t entitled to all the riches they generate. After all, “government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.” The implication is that government deserves a bigger slice of the wealth created in the private sector because that wealth was impossible without the initial taxing and spending — and because future taxing and spending will...
  • FCC Oversight Hearing Puts Regulation and Taxes in Spotlight

    07/17/2012 8:54:05 AM PDT · by 92nina
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-07-11 | [Staff]
    [Last week], the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology dragged all five FCC commissioners up to Capitol Hill to oversee the agency on a wide range of issues. As to be expected, there were some notable takeaways on regulation, taxes, spectrum, and more. First, Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) managed to get FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to commit to maintaining a “light touch” approach and not enact new regulations on fiber networks, including price controls. The FCC adopted the policy back in late 2003, noting that such requirements “tend to undermine the incentives of both incumbent LECs and...
  • Thank you, Government, for permitting success. Or something.

    07/17/2012 8:33:07 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 16, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Thank you, Government, for permitting success. Or something. I was going to re-blog an article written by Mike at Make an Effort. I agree with what he said there. However, when I got to writing a short comment for the re-blog it quickly got too long. So, here it is. President Obama recently gave an historic address on business creation. It expressed his apparent views. He said, “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that...
  • More Taxes, Much More Problems

    07/16/2012 9:19:35 PM PDT · by Mackaywarrior · 13 replies
    7/16/12 | Self
    Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) are rallying this week to pass a bill known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act” that will impose sales tax on internet purchases under the bill of “Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief.” The new tax is a deadly spike being driven into our already handicapped economy. A tax on internet sales would harm America in a time when the economy is already fragile. Many companies have used the internet to sell their products in a quicker and more efficient means. Consumers will now see the prices they pay on...
  • Tax Break Nears End for Online Shoppers

    07/16/2012 2:29:10 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 43 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 16, 2012 | Monica Langley
    Republican governors, eager for new revenue to ease budget strains, are dropping their longtime opposition to imposing sales taxes on online purchases, a significant political shift that could soon bring an end to tax-free sales on the Internet. The newfound support among Republicans is a dramatic change from just a few months ago. [N.J. Gov. Chris]Christie called taxation of online sales "an important issue to all the nation's governors" and endorsed federal legislation giving all states taxing authority.
  • Ding Dong, Lean Forward Is Dead

    07/16/2012 7:24:32 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 15 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 7/16/12 | Shout Bits
    Today, the AP is reporting that MSNBC.com will be no more. Formed in 1995 to be a powerhouse combination of NBC's mass market muscle and Microsoft's online dominance (remember MSN TV?), the site has become the online home of partisan hacks devoted to socialism and Pres. Obama in particular. While MS's Bill Gates is a closeted liberal, he has not controlled the giant for some time, so this divorce is well overdue. Can a reboot of the cable franchise be far off? Freedom loving internet consumers should avoid Google's products because of the company's hard left ideology. Google's founders think...
  • Payphones become WiFi hotspots

    07/13/2012 11:04:16 AM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies
    EDN ^ | July 13, 2012 | Suzanne Deffree
    Clark Kent  may have to find another place to change into his Superman getup because phone booths are about to get used again. Payphones in major cities like New York have become less and less a public resource as mobile communications continue to grow. This New Yorker can’t remember the last time she used a payphone terminal, other than to duck out of the rain. Looking to once again make these kiosks valuable, the Big Apple’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) this week made available the city’s first payphones-turned-Wi-Fi hotspots. The pilot program began on Wednesday and...
  • Facebook Monitors Your Chats for Criminal Activity [REPORT]

    07/12/2012 8:56:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Mashable ^ | July 12, 2012 | Alex Fitzpatrick
    Facebook and other social platforms are watching users’ chats for criminal activity and notifying police if any suspicious behavior is detected, according to a report. The screening process begins with scanning software that monitors chats for words or phrases that signal something might be amiss, such as an exchange of personal information or vulgar language. The software pays more attention to chats between users who don’t already have a well-established connection on the site and whose profile data indicate something may be wrong, such as a wide age gap. The scanning program is also “smart” — it’s taught to keep...
  • Search Engines Don't Need To Be Leftist

    07/12/2012 7:30:12 PM PDT · by Old Sarge · 41 replies
    Search Engine List ^ | 7/12/12 | Old Sarge
    Okay, Folks, on a recent thread about the demise of NBC News, the following observation was made: Google has gone far left. People are looking to leave Google, but the only real competition in a search engine is Bing, owned by MS. I have seen and made several comments about how I’d like to leave Google, but why hop to MS, of MSNBC?Well, that got me thinking: what alternative search engines are out there?The link I found provides a neat, but HUGE, rollup of various search engines, search sites and alternatives to the Leftist monoliths of the Web. Personally, I...
  • Russian lawmakers vote to increase Internet control

    07/12/2012 5:09:03 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 July 2012 | Nastassia Astrasheuskaya
    * Duma passes new information law blacklisting some websites * Ruling party says bill aims to fight child pornography * Critics see bill as Putin crackdown on Internet freedom By Nastassia Astrasheuskaya MOSCOW July 11 (Reuters) - Russia's lower house of parliament approved a law on Wednesday that the opposition says could be used to censor the Internet and crack down on one of the last forums of open political debate under President Vladimir Putin. His United Russia party says the law, passed in the third and final reading by the State Duma, is needed to combat child pornography. It...
  • The White House Now Controls All Private Communications in the United States

    07/11/2012 11:11:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Kulture Kritic ^ | July 11, 2012 | Staff
    In a shocking revelation on RT.com, it has been reported that President Barack Obama’s White House has now quietly taken control over all private electronic communications in the United States. The move was made in the name of national security and has some civil liberties groups quite concerned. President Obama signed an Executive Order on Friday, July 6. The order was a statement provided as the “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions.” This is considered to be the broadest move yet by the White House when it comes to expanding the power of the federal government. “The...
  • Is the Internet Making Us Insane?

    07/09/2012 2:57:31 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 27 replies
    Newsweek (via The Daily Beast) ^ | 7-9-2012 | Tony Dokoupil
    Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness, Tony Dokoupil reports. (snip) Questions about the Internet’s deleterious effects on the mind are at least as old as hyperlinks. But even among Web skeptics, the idea that a new technology might influence how we think and feel—let alone contribute to a great American crack-up—was considered silly and naive, like waving a cane at electric light or blaming the television for kids these days. Instead, the Internet was seen as just another medium, a delivery system,...