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I've been reading about something called the Trans-Pacific Partnership  It appears to be a "Intellectual Property" partnership, involving 12 countries which touch the Pacific Ocean, and including Canada and the US.  

I say members, but I'm not sure that's correct as I think they're still working out the agreement under which each member agrees to operate.  Apparently there is a lot of secrecy involved in the process and people like +Elizabeth Warren  have complained that the Obama administration haven't even included most of the members of Congress in the details but companies like like Halliburton, Chevron, PHRMA, Comcast, and the Motion Picture Association of America are all being consulted and made privy to the details.

However a draft version of the agreement was leaked recently and apparently there are provisions that compel members to require ISPs to act as monitors and enforcers on behalf of the government and the owners of Intellectual Property, far beyond that which the US has required in the DMCA.  For instance: 

Three-strikes policies and laws that require Internet intermediaries to terminate their users’ Internet access on repeat allegations of copyright infringement

Requirements for Internet intermediaries to filter all Internet communications for potentially copyright-infringing material

ISP obligations to block access to websites that allegedly infringe or facilitate copyright infringement

Efforts to force intermediaries to disclose the identities of their customers to IP rightsholders on an allegation of copyright infringement. 

I encourage people to put links to petitions in the comments area that people can sign who want the Internet to stay free.  The next meeting is on May 12-15, 2014 in Vietnam.
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Let the Flood wash over you.  
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I just read something interesting I didn't know about the father of Sergey Brin (the famous co-founder of Google)

"In 1979, when Brin was 6 years old, his family felt compelled to emigrate to the United States. In an interview with Mark Malseed, co-author of The Google Story,[11] Sergey's father explains how he was "forced to abandon his dream of becoming an astronomer even before he reached college". Michael Brin claims Communist Party heads barred Jews from upper professional ranks by denying them entry to universities, as Jews were excluded from the physics departments in particular. Michael Brin therefore changed his major to mathematics where he received nearly straight A's. He said, "Nobody would even consider me for graduate school because I was Jewish."[9] According to Brin, at Moscow State University, Jews were required to take their entrance exams in different rooms than non-Jewish applicants and they were marked on a harsher scale.[12]"
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Just when you thought a select box couldn't get any more exciting.  ;-D
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I find this idea of our universe being on the edge of stability, and what that implies about existence very interesting.

But the idea that one day, even if it is tens of billions of years into the future, an ever growing bubble of true vaccum, more stable but fatal to our universe, gobbling up everything we know or can ever know, at the speed of light, depresses me.

Silly, I know.
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NASA is putting out a formal call for projects that will help robots and astronauts grab an asteroid from deep space and bring it closer to Earth for study.T...
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These are the coolest robots I've seen in a long time.  Check out the truss they build at the end:
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Is Saturn forming a new moon?

It's still only a kilometre across... which I think means it couldn't be much bigger than some of the other hunks of ice found in the outer rings.  
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I wish my computer looked like this in 2004.
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I'm going to patent multi-paw touch screen technology.  
 
Even my cat has entered the virtual world .............. gets sick freak.
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Great movie clip. My cat fails to notice anything strange.
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