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1. Defend yourself against the coming Robot Rebellion!

2. DRM

Story of how the DRM on a Sony CD installed a rootkit on a customer's PC


Mobile phones open new front in war on music piracy October 28, 2005,16559,1602743,00.html
Children with the latest mobile phones are posing a new threat to
sales of recorded music by illegally sharing songs, according to
music industry leaders.
The spread of mobile phones capable of carrying hundreds of easily
transferable songs has opened a new front in a war against piracy.
Illegal downloading has already cost the British music industry
£650m in the past two years.
The chief executive of a company planning to sell mobile phone
downloads said the piracy problem caused by mobiles could be worse
than that caused by the internet. Martin Higginson, the chief
executive of Monstermob, told Music Week: "If piracy on the
internet was a tidal wave, this is going to be a tsunami."

3. Skype Flaws Prompt Warnings Peer-to-peer VoIP software could pose dangers to IT <,10801,105796,00.html>

4. The Chronicle of Higher Education discussing Microsoft's commitment of 5 million dollars to scan 150,000 public domain books.

5. Google

Consumer Group Raises Concerns about Google Print Library
"In a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary
subcommittees overseeing intellectual property issues, the nation's
oldest consumer advocacy group...warned...that the project, which will
resume scanning on November 1, 2005 poses dramatic threats to the
principle of copyrights; fairness to authors; and cultural selectivity,
exclusion, and censorship."
Press release:
Copies of letters to Congress:

Splogs' Roil Web, and Some Blame Google
October 19, 2005; Page B1
Spam, long the scourge of email users, rapidly has become the bane of
bloggers too.
Spammers have created millions of Web logs to promote everything from
gambling Web sites to pornography. The spam blogs -- known as
"splogs" -- often contain gibberish, and are full of links to other
Web sites spammers are trying to promote. Because search engines like
those of Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. base their
rankings of Web sites, in part, on how many other Web sites link to
them, the splogs can help artificially inflate a site's popularity.
Some of the phony blogs also carry advertisements, which generate a
few cents for the splog's owner each time they are clicked on.
The phony blogs are a particular problem for Google, Microsoft and
Yahoo because each offers not only a Web search engine focused on
providing the most relevant results for users but also a service to
let bloggers create blogs.
Just this past weekend, Google's popular blog-creation tool, Blogger,
was targeted in an apparently coordinated effort to create more than
13,000 splogs, the search giant said. The splogs were laced with
popular keywords so that they would appear prominently in blog
searches, and several bloggers complained online that that the splogs
were gumming up searches for legitimate sites.
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Google and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Provide
Access to Historic Television Archives
Taped Interviews of America's Greatest Television Actors, Writers,
Producers, Directors Made Available For Free Viewing on Google Video
MOUNTAIN VIEW & NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., October 26, 2005 - Google
(NASDAQ: GOOG) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Foundation today announced a joint effort to make the Foundation's
Archive of American Television interviews available for free viewing
on Google Video. This historic collection includes interviews with
Alan Alda, Dick Wolf, Steven Bochco and many of television's greatest
actors, writers, producers, directors and others.

6. White House to Onion: Stop using seal
Symbol 'being used inappropriately,' says spokesman
Wednesday, October 26, 2005; Posted: 9:04 a.m. EDT (13:04 GMT)
The White House is not amused by The Onion, a
newspaper that often spoofs the Bush administration, and has asked it to
stop using the presidential seal on its Web site.
The seal was still on the Web site on Tuesday at the
spot where President George W. Bush's weekly radio address is parodied.
With headlines like "Bush To Appoint Someone To Be In Charge Of Country"
and "Bush Subconsciously Sizes Up Spain For Invasion," The Onion is
popular with readers looking for a little laughter with their politics.
White House spokesman Trent Duffy said people who work in the executive
mansion do have a sense of humor, but not when it comes to breaking
regulations. <snip>
"I would advise them to look for that other guy Osama (bin Laden) ...
rather than comedians. I don't think we pose much of a threat," Dikkers

7. 2 Science Groups Say Kansas Can't Use Their Evolution Papers
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2 Science Groups Say Kansas Can't Use Their Evolution Papers
CHICAGO, Oct. 27 - Two leading science organizations have denied the
Kansas board of education permission to use their copyrighted materials
in the state's proposed new science standards because of the standards'
critical approach to evolution.
The National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers
Association said the much-disputed new standards "will put the students
of Kansas at a competitive disadvantage as they take their place in the
The stinging rebuke came less than two weeks before the state school
board is expected to put the science standards into effect. The new
standards have also received a lukewarm review from an external
education company.

Evolution vs. Intelligent Design

8. Mark Daims reviews Education as Enforcement: The Militarization and Corporatization of Schools edited by Kenneth J. Saltman and David A. Gabbard Book Review Reviewed by Mark Daims, DVM, Hudson, New York, USA. Education as Enforcement incorporates 21 compelling essays (including the foreword and introduction) on the subtext of the process of education in America. Whether or not a reader agrees with any particular essayist, each writer defends children passionately and should be heard. Henry Giroux's foreword forcefully attacks the current administration's tactics concerning education and the greater society. Alluding to a "tyranny of emergency" and an inauthentic use of the country's fear of terrorism, Giroux feels the President is changing the nature of our society -- community is constructed "through shared fears rather than shared responsibilities." Giroux wants educators to act collectively to instill democratic and social values in children and move back towards a society of shared responsibilities. The greatest struggle Americans face is not terrorism, but a struggle on behalf of justice, freedom, and democracy for all the citizens of the globe, especially youth. The introduction by Kenneth Saltman's that follows explores the messages given to the nation's children. He examines the nation's "walk" not its "talk" and finds all the discussion about conflict resolution denied by the nation's military responses and violent actions. He notes that on the pages following a Time's article on Columbine, there was a two page advertisement by the Internet search engine Alta Vista that pictured a Lockheed martin F-16 fighter. The search words that found the fighter were "Who will guide my sleigh tonight." Examining movies and other media, the essayist finds that militarism is us. Even our economic structure, including free-trade agreements, undermines the lives of children. With globalization, Coca Cola has infiltrated every niche in the globe, yet inexpensive medicines and nutritious foods are unavailable to many, many children.

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