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Slackers. They should come to Belize.
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Hey, artists expect to starve! But think of the poor kid whose dream has always been to be a fat cat media executive--should he starve too, just because a bunch of artists want to be paid a fair price?
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A preview of SOPA. How a million small business sites at weebly.com almost got shut down by GoDaddy on the basis of one complaint by a business.

From Declan McCullagh (@declanm):
@drusenko: GoDaddy planned to suspend our domain after a "bad review of a local business." http://t.co/EoCGKZTN #cnet
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Annoying Google problem. I'm in Japan and am LOGGED INTO GOOGLE, but every time I do a search all of the results come up from google.co.jp in Japanese. Even though I have a Google account, and even though my Google language preference is ENGLISH, Google keeps defaulting to Japanese. It's infuriating.

it is hard for people to realize just how many bugs Google has. We need more competition.
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+G Kochanski the guy from Francis Bitter National Magnet Lab of yore? The bearded giant who struck fear into the heart of dilution fridges and grad students who were overrunning their time slots? No, not Bruce Brandt -- the other, younger guy.
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The US population is about 4.4% of the world population, so that's about 300,000+ world wide
Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count.
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Somebody is trying too hard to get a statistically significant result and some publicity. And, even if the 35% increase in the Pacific Northwest were real (it seems not to be), it would be silly to extrapolate that to the entire world. Africa, or Russia (to pick two examples) would be expected to have much less radiation than the Pacific Northwest.

The thing is, most statistical results are valid at the 95% level, which means they are 95% likely to be correct and 5% likely to be wrong, and the wrong results are often the surprising, "interesting" ones. So, they get reported.

In a case like this, do you think anyone would report a study saying "There were too few excess deaths to notice in the aftermath of Fukushima." ? Would they? Of course not. It would be boring. But if 20 researchers look for Fukushima-related fatalities, the 5% chance of error means that one of them will get a statistically significant result, and that one will be trumpeted across the world.

What's the moral? Don't settle for a 95% confidence level. Real men (and women, and real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri) operate at the 99% or 99.9% confidence level. 95% is for wimps and people who don't have real science to do...
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at least email the White House, though a phone call is even better, and a written US mailed letter most effective.
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Congress just passed a shocking new law allowing for Americans to be detained indefinitely by the military, without even being charged with a crime! Obama says he might veto it -- Please click here t...
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+James Salsman is correct, but writing is still a good idea to stiffen spines. Same goes for Congress critters who have already voted. It's more effective than you think - your elected officials are terrified of voters who get involved.
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What is Amanda running for?
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an unprecedented Internet event:

Click http://en.wikipedia.org AND do what it asks ! ! !

Please RESHARE this everywhere on the Internet.
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The most irrational of all human behavior is the nearly unshakeable expectation that human behavior be rational.
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If we lose the ability to completely control computers we own, these machine can, and will, be used to put us under constant surveillance. If that happens, computers will have completed a trajectory from contributing to human freedom and making the Iron Curtain look like a rusty sieve, to fulfilling the 1984 telescreen vision of pervasive monitoring of every activity of every person.

DRM isn't just a copyright issue, it is a human rights issue.
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Great analysis, with lots of examples (and links that don't appear in the cut-and-paste below): http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/how-would-sopa-be-used/

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Then there’s the case of Dajaz1.com, a hip hop blog seized for over a year by the government for hosting infringing music files. Except it turned out that those files had actually been provided by PR firms, working for the music labels, who hoped blogs like Dajaz1 would circulate them to create buzz for up-and-coming artists. Oops!

As legal scholar Jason Mazzone has amply documented, the use of dubious copyright claims to chill legitimate speech is depressingly common. The voting machine manufacturer Diebold has tried to use copyright to shut down whistleblower sites that published internal e-mails highlighting security vulnerabilities in software that could determine the outcome of elections. The Church of Scientology has similarly invoked copyright to stifle criticism. In Russia, political opposition groups are routinely raided under the pretext of searching for copyrighted software. Research suggests that most copyright takedown claims to search engines like Google are issued by companies targeting their competitors, and that nearly a third of takedown notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act lack a clear basis.

I could easily fill a dozen long blog posts with examples, but let’s cut to the chase. Major movie studios and music labels draw a lot of water in D.C.: The fact that a bill as massively unpopular as SOPA is even being seriously considered, let alone likely to pass, is proof of that. They will effectively control which foreign domains the Justice Department chooses to block directly, and shop around for friendly judges amenable to rubber-stamping orders in civil litigation that require payment providers and ad networks to cut off disfavored sites. The likely targets are their competitors, whether the copyright claims are valid or not.
Proponents of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart PROTECT-IP often affect incredulity that anyone would
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hm- do you know david english? he has an interesting view on thsi matter- that teh war without end started quite a few wars ago. but yes- its sad and frightening and horrible. . . .
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Google: CONTROL Abuse, NOT Names
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Google: CONTROL Abuse, NOT Names

Most of my posts are shares about google's snafu with it's real names policy fiasco
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Ecology, 1967 - 1971
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˙ɹɾ ɹǝʍoʇ uǝן, Leonard H. Tower Jr., Leonard Harry Tower Jr.
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Social Fixer for Facebook
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Social Fixer for Facebook fixes annoyances, adds features, and enhances existing functionality to make FB more fun and efficient

Could A Beautiful $5 Catalogue Save America's Oldest Seed Company?
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Anybody want to order a gorgeous seed catalog for $5? Or, better, invest in a seed company? This story behind this offer --- this extremely

Nym Wars
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SHITCOCK. Yes, yes, let's just get this one out of the way now. I hadn't been paying much attention to the Google "Real Names&q

Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer gala party on Mayan Doomsday at Boston's T...
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Katherine sez, "Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer will be performing a GALA PARTY on Friday, December 21st, 2012 (aka MAYAN DOOMSDAY) to benefit