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Oct 15 18:13

DIY: Defending Against A DDoS Attack

There's no way to prevent a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, but there are some do-it-yourself techniques and strategies for fighting back and minimizing its impact.

DDoS victims can "tarpit," or force the attacking bot to drastically scale back its payload, enlist the help of the botnet hunter community, or even get help to wrest control of the botnet. Joe Stewart, a researcher with SecureWorks' Counter Threat Unit, says these self-defense techniques are little known or used today by victims of DDoS attacks, but they offer an alternative to purchasing a commercial DDoS product or service and working with ISPs to try to stop an attack.

Oct 15 13:01

Teenager fined for offensive image

Yesterday, Lowestoft teenager Damien Wentworth, of Laurel Road, was fined after police found a short video on his mobile telephone which contained an extreme image.

“He was not putting it on the internet or distributing it to anybody.”

Wentworth was ordered to pay £175 in fines and costs. Magistrates also ordered the destruction of the image.

The new law covers any images, including those stored on mobile telephones, DVDs and on computer hard disks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a new law in Great Britain but obviously likely to arrive here in the United States.

The implications of the law are astounding. First off, the police are apparently able to search mobile telephones, DVDs and on computer hard disks at will, without a warrant, and without probable cause.

Any image deemed "extreme", apparently applied on an ad hoc basis, is now an offense punishable by (big shock here) a fine, even if the image is private and not intended for distribution!

Oct 15 08:55

Arrested Development -

Over the past few weeks technophiles have been giving a great deal of attention to Google’s plan to digitize gazillions of books. However things turn out, the impacts of these decisions are going to reverberate across the planet, and warrant careful scrutiny. Whether in Zimbabwe or Bali, California or the Yukon, the whole world could benefit from Google’s efforts. By providing access to millions of digitized books to anyone with an Internet connection, Google seems poised to usher in a dead tree-free future while simultaneously undercutting several powerful industries (e.g., authors, publishers, libraries). With an army of scanners and some legal posturing, they have the power to remove artificial barriers that currently limit access to information.

Oct 15 07:39

VICTORY FOR THE BLOGS! - Trafigura Drops Bid To Gag Guardian Over MP's Question

An unprecedented attempt by a British oil trading firm to prevent the Guardian reporting parliamentary proceedings has collapsed following a spontaneous online campaign to spread the information the paper had been barred from publishing.

Carter-Ruck, the law firm representing Trafigura, was accused of infringing the supremacy of parliament after it insisted that an injunction obtained against the Guardian prevented the paper from reporting a question tabled on Monday by the Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

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Oct 14 13:02

Snow Leopard bug deletes all user data (Updated)

Oct 14 09:21

Are hoaxes being planted on the internet so that the corporate media can try to discredit it?

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Oct 13 17:16

skinnypuppy link fixed

hijacked skinnypuppy site (http://www.skinnypuppy.ca) redirected by self-titled "fan" now points to skinnypuppy.com. so if this longtime skinnypuppy fan smells a rat, it is now an old one....

Oct 13 11:42

How skinnypuppy.ca became THEJIDF.ORG

I recently decided to forward my website www.skinnypuppy.ca to thejidf.org site... the reason?

Originally, I registered the domain because I was a fan of the band, but recently one of the band members posted a youtube video that involved 911, implying that it was a jewish consipracy... I was so upset at his actions that i deleted his friend account on facebook, took the website and decided to point it to yours instead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I thought these guys announced they were shutting down!

Oct 13 10:56

PREDATOR protects your PC with a USB flash drive

PREDATOR locks your PC when you are away, even if your Windows session is still opened.
It uses a regular USB flash drive as an access control device, and works as follows:

* you insert the USB drive
* you run PREDATOR (autostart with Windows is possible)
* you do your work...
* when you're away from your PC, you simply remove the USB drive:
once it is removed, the keyboard and mouse are disabled and the screen darkens
* when you return back to your PC, you put the USB flash drive in place:
keyboard and mouse are immediately released, and the display is restored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why aren't all these government agencies carrying around your data on their laptops not using this or a similar system?

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Oct 12 11:09

Salon Hit Piece Implies Truth Seeking Is A Mental Illness

Ludicrous "agony uncle" advises that teenagers visiting Alex Jones' websites may be psychologically unstable

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very Soviet of them!

Oct 12 10:36

Chasing online pirates is a gold mine!

Pirate-hunting companies generate their revenue by identifying alleged pirates and sending them notifications, demanding to pay damages for illicit acquisition of copyrighted content. Violators often pay out of fear of legal action, which allows the firms to hand over part of the cash to the copyright owner and leave the rest for themselves.

The relatively new scheme is used mostly in Germany and the UK due to the legislative opportunity there. A presentation by one of them, Germany-based DigiRights Solutions, reveals how profitable this business actually is, reports TorrentFreak news website.

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Oct 12 08:13

The UPS/FedEx/DHL Delivery Failure Virus

You will receive an email from UPS/Fed Ex Service along with a packet number. It will say that they were unable to deliver a package sent to you on such-and-such a date.

It then asks you to print out the invoice copy attached.

DON'T TRY TO PRINT THIS. IT LAUNCHES THE VIRUS!

Oct 12 06:45

Godmen and the Sheeple

According to the ideas of “transhumanism,” the human race is a transient, temporary species, meant to fill-in some of the gaps in the evolutionary chain, between the Neanderthal/Cro-Magnon hybrid known as “human” and whatever comes next. According to the transhumanists,

Are we to be sad at the thought of the passing of mankind, with all his weaknesses and defections? Or is the proper reaction to take joy that our species is evolving into something different, perhaps better? Who is to say what is proper or better for us all? Certainly not the men who have taken it upon themselves to decide all our fates.

Oct 12 02:54

Who's in Big Brother's Database?

On a remote edge of Utah's dry and arid high desert, where temperatures often zoom past 100 degrees, hard-hatted construction workers with top-secret clearances are preparing to build what may become America's equivalent of Jorge Luis Borges's "Library of Babel," a place where the collection of information is both infinite and at the same time monstrous, where the entire world's knowledge is stored, but not a single word is understood. At a million square feet, the mammoth $2 billion structure will be one-third larger than the US Capitol and will use the same amount of energy as every house in Salt Lake City combined.

Oct 11 10:03

How to fight DMCA... and WIN! (BoingBoing vs. Ralph Lauren)

Last month, Xeni blogged about the photoshop disaster that is this Ralph Lauren advertisement, in which a model's proportions appear to have been altered to give her an impossibly skinny body ("Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis"). Naturally, Xeni reproduced the ad in question. This is classic fair use: a reproduction "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting," etc.

Oct 11 07:19

Windows 7 Called Slower than Vista

Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system boots slower than its unloved predecessor, Windows Vista, a PC tune-up developer said today.

The claims by iolo Technologies, a Los Angeles maker of PC software, contradict Microsoft's boasts that Windows 7 starts up faster than Vista.

According to iolo's tests, Windows 7 starts up 42% slower than Vista -- one minute, 34 seconds versus one minute, six seconds -- on a brand new machine when the time trials are run to the point where the machine is usable, at least by iolo's standards.

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Oct 10 03:11

Telephone Company Is Arm of Government, Feds Admit in Spy Suit

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffery White disagreed and ruled on September 24 that the feds had to release the names of the telecom employees that contacted the Justice Department and the White House to lobby for a get-out-of-court-free card.

“Here, the telecommunications companies communicated with the government to ensure that Congress would pass legislation to grant them immunity from legal liability for their participation in the surveillance,” White wrote. “Those documents are not protected from disclosure because the companies communicated with the government agencies “with their own … interests in mind,” rather than the agency’s interests.

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Oct 08 08:10

Laptop theft gives 850,000 doctors the blues

Another stolen laptop ... and this time we have 850,000 doctors swallowing the bitter pill of knowing that their sensitive professional and personal information may have fallen into hands bent on identity theft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is such an easy solution to this.

Encrypt the data and have the encryption software and keys on a jump disk ON YOUR KEYRING.

(Nobody listens; I don't know why I bother any more.)

I think it is time for all Americans to start top refuse to be on databases, public or private. The endless string of identity theft proves that neither government nor corporations can get their act together regarding data security and the best way to prevent identity theft is to keep your life off their computers.

Oct 08 07:55

Music piracy costs money; does fighting it cost more?

The major music labels say that they stand to lose £200 million this year in the UK alone thanks to Internet file-sharing. But one of the country's biggest ISPs is now slinging around some huge numbers of its own, saying it will actually cost ISPs £365 million a year to adopt "three strikes" rules meant to stem piracy.

Oct 08 07:46

Google: Computer memory flakier than expected

Wondering why your computer just crashed again? Its memory might be to blame, according to real-world Google research that finds error rates higher than what earlier work showed.

With hundreds of thousands of computers in its data centers, Google can collect an abundance of real-world data about how those machines actually work. That's exactly what the company did for a research paper that found error rates are surprisingly high.

"We found the incidence of memory errors and the range of error rates across different DIMMs (dual in-line memory modules) to be much higher than previously reported," according the paper jointly written by Bianca Schroeder, a professor at the University of Toronto, and Google's Eduardo Pinheiro and Wolf-Dietrich Weber. "Memory errors are not rare events."

Oct 07 16:12

Email phishing attack spreading, say experts

Experts at Websense say they have identified a sharp increase in the number of spam emails originating from Yahoo!, Gmail and Hotmail accounts.

The news comes just days after an industry-wide phishing scam saw the account details and passwords of thousands of web-based email users posted online.

Carl Leonard, a security specialist with Websense, told the BBC that infected email accounts were being used by hackers and cybercriminals to send out personalised emails containing links to shopping websites on online videos. The links contained within those emails are fake, and are instead designed to capture personal information about the recipient.

Oct 07 08:05

Mummy bloggers spit the dummy over Nestle's spoilt milk

Hell hath no fury like a mummy blogger scorned - a lesson quickly learnt by Nestle this week after its attempt to buy bloggers' affections backfired spectacularly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, with the arrival of the blogs, it is clear that marketing has to change focus away from pure image and back onto product quality.

Some corporations are a little slow in getting the message.

Oct 07 07:41

10 more ways to detect computer malware

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Oct 06 14:02

Windows 7 Will Let Microsoft Track Your Every Move

From FireEagle to iPhone apps that use your current location, everyone it seems is racing to get on the geo-aware software bandwagon. So far most geo-aware features have been opt-in and offer reasonable privacy controls (FireEagle is a good example of this), but Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 plans to offer developers location tools at the operating system level and the company doesn’t seem to think users care about control or privacy.

Oct 06 13:48

FLASHBACK - NSA Had Access Built into Microsoft Windows

A CARELESS mistake by Microsoft programmers has revealed that special access codes prepared by the US National Security Agency have been secretly built into Windows. The NSA access system is built into every version of the Windows operating system now in use, except early releases of Windows 95 (and its predecessors). The discovery comes close on the heels of the revelations earlier this year that another US software giant, Lotus, had built an NSA "help information" trapdoor into its Notes system, and that security functions on other software systems had been deliberately crippled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good reason to be on LINUX.

Oct 06 13:47

MoD 'how to stop leaks' document is leaked

A Ministry of Defence document giving advice on how to stop documents leaking onto the internet has been leaked onto the internet.

Oct 06 09:04

Pirated Music Crackdown...at the Airport?

Ah, airport security. It's all about keeping our skies safe from weapons, dangerous chemicals -- and now, possibly pirated music.

The Australian government is apparently looking at a plan to start searching iPods and other MP3 players at security checkpoints. The sole purpose? Seeking out illegally downloaded songs, according to a "leaked discussion paper" exposed by the media down under (including News Corp's Australian arm, News Digital Media). The Aussies may not be he only ones considering the idea, either: The proposal is said to be part of a broader
international treaty -- one believed to include the good ol' U.S. of A. -- so we could ultimately see the concept pop up here, there, or anywhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I started digging back into this following that priest who got nailed at the airport for child porn on his laptop, and I realized that the guy probably erased the files but a scan of the disk brought them up again.

Now free space erasers exist for computers and the iPhone (and I suggest getting them) but I have to wonder when it comes to music on the iPhone or iPod or any other mp3 player how the TSA goons know whether the tracks are pirated or not? One comment I saw repeatedly in searching this topic is that if TSA detect music files on your laptop which are NOT part of iTunes or other downloading service, they are assumed to be pirated tracks, but this presents a problem for my wife and I, because we carry copies of her music demos on our players/laptops.

I have already lost one laptop to these butter-fingered bozos. I do not need any more inconvenience from these idiots. What do I have to do to make sure that the demo music tracks we have created for ourselves are not erroneously flagged as pirated music?

Any experts out there able to clear this up?

Oct 06 08:32

IBM to buy Bank of America mortgage servicing unit

IBM has signed a deal to buy the core operating assets of Bank of America's mortgage servicing unit Wilshire Credit Corporation. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Under the deal, Big Blue will add Wilshire's mortgage servicing platform and 900 employees to its Lender Business Process Services unit. Wilshire will work with its clients, IBM and BofA to move its mortgage servicing rights and related assets to the bank.

Oct 05 11:17

Embarrassment for MoD as anti-leak guide gets leaked on to the internet

Oct 05 09:04

Air Force Readying Cyber Strikes

A few months back, Pentagon officials were saying that "the military had no plans to shift its cyber warfare focus from a defensive mindset to an offensive one." But now that the Air Force has declared themselves the service in charge of all things electronic, "high-ranking service officials say they are developing offensive strategies to attack enemies’ cyber assets."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Starting with those %$#@%# bloggers!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 05 09:03

TD Bank Says U.S. Account Processing Is Delayed

Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canada’s second-biggest bank by assets, said technical glitches delayed the processing of bank transactions at some U.S. branches today.

Toronto-Dominion converted some of its branches in the U.S. from Commerce Bancorp Inc. to its TD Bank brand over the weekend, spokesman Nick Petter said. The Toronto-based bank acquired Commerce in March for about $7.1 billion, giving it about as many branches in the U.S. as in Canada.

Keisha Shore of Brooklyn, who works in customer service at a dry cleaner, said her paycheck didn’t go through direct deposit. Her bills were paid through preauthorized payments, leaving her with a negative balance.

Oct 05 08:04

McCain, Obama back law shielding reporters

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The important question is whether online journalists are also covered by this law. The issue of whether bloggers are journalists has flip-flopped in the courts several times.

Oct 05 08:02

DDoS attack against Bitbucket darkens Amazon cloud

Initially, they had a difficult time convincing Amazon technicians that the problem was on their end, and it was at least 16 hours before a DDoS attack was identified as the culprit.

Oct 05 07:42

Anti-Wi-Fi paint keeps your wireless signal to yourself

Don't like the idea of your neighbors rudely snooping on the wireless signal you slaved to pay for from the lazy comfort of their living room? It's not just about slowing down your connection; while they're downloading Mad Men via bittorrent, you could be on the hook for their actions.

Wireless security and encryption systems are fraught with problems and insecurity, and other methods to restrict your signal to a small area are cumbersome at best.

Enter a new solution: Anti-Wi-Fi paint.

Oct 04 18:18

ISRAEL'S PROPAGANDISTS HIJACKING TWITTER PORN ACCOUNTS?????????

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While searching Twitter for posts about Iran I stumbled across what seemed a rather odd source for a posting supporting an attack on Iran. When I examined a bit further, I found the account is 99% about promoting an online porn site, but had somehow suddenly become a political poster.

Previously we had busted Israel's propagandists for using bogus accounts to re-tweet the same propaganda over and over again, but it looks like they may be trying something different by hijacking real users accounts now. This one called attention to itself.

Oct 04 10:38

See Through Walls Using a Wireless Network

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Keeping an eye on the government goons keeping an eye on you!

Oct 04 09:34

Graham: ‘If we’re going to let the bloggers run the country, then the country’s best days are behind us.’

“My hope is that our Democratic colleagues — if you start listening to the bloggers — if we’re going to let the bloggers run the country, then the country’s best days are behind us.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Oct 04 07:51

Internet Death List

The American resisters are self-identifying themselves by their Internet searches and activities,
in effect, signing their names to subversive lists every time they surf conspiracy or antiwar sites,
or dare to express themselves on any forum. This is the sinister motive behind the seemingly
benign creation of the Internet. Every technological innovation in communications is co-opted
into servicing the malignant government plans through the insertion of “backdoors” and the sec
ret installation of government software

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Oct 02 13:16

Online thieves step up bank raids

Cyber-criminals have developed sophisticated ways to remain undetected, a new report finds.

The report, from security firm Finjan, describes how one gang, based in the Ukraine, stole 300,000 euros (£269,000) in 22 days.

It used a sophisticated piece of malicious software which fooled banks' anti-fraud systems as well as forging bank statements to hide the thefts.

It also recruited innocent job-seekers as so-called money mules.

Oct 02 07:21

US relinquishes control of the internet

After complaints about American dominance of the internet and growing disquiet in some parts of the world, Washington has said it will relinquish some control over the way the network is run and allow foreign governments more of a say in the future of the system.

Icann – the official body that ultimately controls the development of the internet thanks to its oversight of web addresses such as .com, .net and .org – said today that it was ending its agreement with the US government.

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Sep 30 21:34

Banking Trojan steals money from under your nose

Researchers at security firm Finjan have discovered details of a new type of banking Trojan horse that doesn't just steal your bank log-in credentials but actually steals money from your account while you are logged in and displays a fake balance.

The bank Trojan, dubbed URLZone, has features designed to thwart fraud detection systems which are triggered by unusual transactions, Yuval Ben-Itzhak, chief technology officer at Finjan, said in an interview Tuesday. For instance, the software is programmed to calculate on-the-fly how much money to steal from an account based on how much money is available.

It exploits a hole in Firefox, Internet Explorer 6, IE7, IE8, and Opera.

Sep 30 19:01

BT blasts BPI's file-sharing evidence

The music industry group launched a scathing attack on BT in the national press over the weekend, with BPI chief Geoff Taylor branding BT "shameless" for failing to tackle file sharers. The BPI claims it has identified more than 100,000 cases of illegal file sharing on BT's network since February, but that BT has "failed to act on a single one of those".

BT has reacted angrily the accusations. The ISP claims it agreed to send out warning letters to just 1,000 alleged file sharers under a memorandum of understanding signed at the beginning of the year. However, BT claims the BPI deluged it with more than twenty times the agreed figure, many of which were inaccurate.

Sep 30 18:58

Carphone Warehouse threatens legal action over file-sharing plans

Carphone Warehouse chief executive Charles Dunstone has threatened to take the Government to court if his company is forced to disconnect file-sharers.

Carphone Warehouse owns TalkTalk, the UK's biggest broadband provider with 4.25 million customers, and Dunstone said the company would "continue to resist any attempts to make it impose technical measures on its customers (unless directed to do so by a court or recognised tribunal).

"The approach proposed by Lord Mandelson is based on the principle of guilty until proven innocent and substitutes proper judicial process for a kangaroo court," he said.

Sep 30 13:48

US relaxes grip on the internet

The US government has relaxed its control over how the internet is run.

It has signed a four-page "affirmation of commitments" with the net regulator Icann, giving the body autonomy for the first time.

Previous agreements gave the US close oversight of Icann - drawing criticism from other countries and groups.

Sep 30 08:34

Israel’s propagandists shoot themselves in the foot as they shoot off their mouths

They are known by the language they use: depraved sexual insults, bile, bigotry, threats, disinformation and character assassination. That’s right: I’m talking about “hasbarats,” zionist trolls who infect the Internet with hasbara, pro-Israel propaganda. Of course, mainstream media hasbarats have been around for decades, as have “hasbaratchiks,” fifth-columns in foreign governments who subvert national policies to serve Israel. The Internet, though, is the latest, some might say the greatest, propaganda playground, and Israel cannot cope with factual, passionate, well-documented stories that expose its war crimes and unrepentant criminality.

Sep 30 01:32

'Net Neutrality' Will End Net Freedom

n a bold new move to establish federal censorship of the internet, Pres. Obama has directed FCC chairman Julius Genachowski to seek legislation that will forbid large internet providers such as Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T to "favor certain content or applications over others." In other words, they cannot "discriminate" against content of which they disapprove or simply do not want to promote.

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Sep 26 19:18

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's blog

Sep 26 14:24

HOAX ALERT - Navy ship docking in CA with onboard fatalities

Much of the wording of the story being circulated now as if it is current news (starting on September 24th) was stolen verbatim from a true CBS news story dated July 21st. The base true story was radically altered, with dramatic fictional elements added, and "rebranded" to make it appear it's happening now. It isn't.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, before you flood my email box with stories like this one, please remember that the US Government, corporate media, and Israel are desperate to destroy the credibility of the blogs.

They know they have wrecked theirt own credibility with all the lies about Iraq, Iran, WW2, JFK, etc. etc. etc. etc.

They cannot start telling the truth, so the only way to win the info war is to plant bogus nonsense in the blogs to make the playing field equal, as in pulling the credibility of the blogs down to the same level as ABCNNBBCBS.

So, US Government, corporate media, and Israel are trying to "poison the well" by flooding bloggers with junk stories.

EXERCISE THE APPROPRIATE DUE DILIGENCE, PLEASE!

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Sep 23 16:43

Broadband ISP BT Slams High Costs of Tackling Illegal UK Downloads

Telecoms giant BT has warned that the high costs involved with tackling illegal UK file sharing (P2P) could result in customers having to pay an extra £2 per month (£24 per year) on their broadband bills.

Sep 23 09:24

ISRAEL'S PROPAGANDISTS FLOODING THE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AGAIN

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so why is Israel and their slaves in the US Government in a panic?

Set aside all the crap about "wipe Israel off of the map" and "Deny the Holocaust".

What they are REALLY afraid Ahmadinajad will do is ...

1. Remind everyone that the US funded the attempted coup in Iran.

2. Remind everyone that the IAEA has never found any evidence of nuclear weapons development at Iran's power station.

3. Remind everyone that Iran a signer to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty which grants Iran a right to peaceful nuclear power.

4. Remind everyone that Iran allows full inspections of their nuclear facilities.

5. Remind everyone that Israel is NOT a signer to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.

6. Remind everyone that Israel does NOT allow inspections of their nuclear facilities, despite a recent United Nations request that they do so.

7. Remind everyone that the United nations has accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza.

Here is a pop quiz.

A. Iran

B. Israel

C. United States

Which of the above three did NOT lie to the world about Saddam's "nookular" bombs?

This is why the US and Israel are working so hard to deny Ahmadinajad any audience, even to the point of forcing the cancellation of a banquet in his honor. They know the world will give him a fair hearing if they get the chance.

Sep 23 07:29

A data breach with a twist

An employee at a Wyoming bank screws up and sends a bunch of confidential customer information to the wrong Gmail account. When the inadvertent recipient fails to even acknowledge a subsequent "please delete that" plea from the bank, the bank sues Google to force the company to cough up the recipient's contact information.

Sep 22 12:14

The Day Internet Freedom Died (NOT!)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a classic case of Orwellian double-talk. In this case, "Freedom is slavery."

Net Neutrality has been the norm up until now. It plain language it means all users have equal access to the available bandwidth.

Opponents of net neutrality are the major corporations who want a system set up where they can obtain favorable handling. An example would be that ABC's website blasts onto your computer at top speed while alternative sites like whatreallyhappened are slowed down by a corresponding amount. For those corporations whose job it is to tell Americans what to think, this would be a Godsend, as a free and open and neutral net has allowed the full exposure of spin and lies over the last quarter century!

There is no question that the media corporations want to turn the internet into just another TV network, albeit with a few more buttons, but the goal is to erase public discourse and replace it with a Hulu-fest of delivered media product intermixed with the usual interminable advertisements. Net neutrality gets in the way of that.

Hence, following the FCC's announcement that net neutrality will be the policy (based on the already existing common carrier rules), those interests both government and corporate that wanted an internet biased in their favor are pulling out all the stops to claim that equal access is somehow a bad thing, indeed a "Threat to Democracy" as Obama put it.

Sep 22 09:00

FACEBOOK STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF A BORDER DISPUTE

Hopefully they will stick to their guns and not be coerced by zionist bullies on the Web. It was a victory for groups such as Honest Reporting. Com to get Israel as an option for those living in the ‘Heights’…. but the question remains, how long will Syria remain as the other option? An earlier ‘victory’ for the zionists was to allow the illegal settlers in the Occupied West Bank to identify Israel as their country, rather than Palestine where they actually live.

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Sep 21 11:20

Dear President Obama: Blogs Fact-Check and Put Stories in Context Much Better than the Corporate Media

President Obama said yesterday:

I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding.

But as Dan Rather pointed out in July, the quality of journalism in the mainstream media has eroded considerably, and news has been corporatized, politicized, and trivialized.

Sep 21 09:13

autonet - an autonomous internet ¶

Autonet is a project to create a wireless, global internet that can provide more reliability than corporate phone companies by being community based and freely licensed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and free of government and corporate censorship.

I saw a pilot program along the same lines in San Francisco while I was there working on "The Day After Tomorrow." It was intended to bring wifi internet into poorer neighborhoods where the kids owned wifi laptops but did not have access to broadband internet in their homes. It worked pretty great and was very inexpensive to set the repeaters and nodes up.

It also had the advantage that, like the original internet, there was no way for the government or corporations to block content, so maybe (since FIDnet appears to be defunct now) it is time for patriots to start setting up Autonet and bypass the filters.

Sep 21 07:45

Obama: We Need To Bail Out Newspapers Or Blogs Will Run The World

Obama yesterday expressed concern at the sorry state of the news industry and said that he will look at a news paper bailout, because otherwise, blogs will take over the world, and that would be a threat to democracy, The Hill reports.

"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The blogs are serving the traditional media role of watchdog against government abuse. After decades of consolidating the corporate media into a few hands in CIA control the public media is breaking free again, making it impossible for the government to lie the people into more wars.

But Obama is not paying attention to what is really going on. The corporate media tried to compete with the blogs by spending millions of dollars on slick websites, only to learn that it was never about whiz-bang technology but about getting the truth. What the blogs are doing in the US today was done with FAX machines in the USSR and with simple printing presses in tyrannies from Louie the 16th's to Charles the First, to Mussolini, to Ceausescu. Once the people know they are being lied to by the government, they will seek the truth wherever it is found and in whatever form it takes. At the moment, it is the blogs. Absent a brand new news entity staffed with trusted names from the blog-o-sphere, the TV networks and newspapers will be a long time gaining back the trust they lost by lying to the people about Saddam's "nookular" bombs.

Absent confession of the previous lies and a true act of contrition, this government will never regain the trust of the American people.

Trust arrives on foot but departs on horseback!

See Media "Distortions"

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Sep 20 09:29

FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

The head of the FCC plans to propose new rules that would prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information and certain applications over their networks, an official at the agency said Saturday.

The Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski, will announce the proposed rules in a speech Monday at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, the official said on condition of anonymity because news of the announcement had not been formally released.

Sep 19 08:09

OpEdNEws takes major hit

Friday evening, between 5 and 6 PM EST, all the articles and quicklinks posted in the past two days disappeared. We don't know if it was a server glitch or hacking. But they disappeared. If you tried to access an article through a link in the newsletter and it took you to our homepage, this was the reason why.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My nickle is on "hackers".

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Sep 17 11:02

French 'pass' piracy legislation

The French National Assembly has passed a draft law that would allow illegal downloaders to be thrown off the net.

The law was narrowly passed by 285 votes to 225.

The French hard-line policy on piracy has drawn worldwide attention as nations around the globe grapple with the issue of piracy.

The ruling majority UMP voted in favour but the Socialist Party has already announced that they will appeal to the Constitutional Court once again.

Sep 17 02:08

US Spec Ops operates psywar websites targeted at UK

The secretive US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded arms globocorp General Dynamics a $10m contract to set up a network of psychological-warfare "influence websites" supporting the Global War On Terror. France and Britain are specifically included as "targeted regions".

SOCOM is principally famous for its large contingents of elite, secret operatives from all four US armed services (Navy SEALs, Green Berets, Delta Force, Team-6/DevGru, "the Activity" etc etc). What's less well-known about the organisation is that it also includes the US forces' active psychological-warfare apparatus. According (pdf) to the 4th Airborne Psychological Operations Group - the only full-time psywar unit in the US Army, and part of SOCOM:

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