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House Approves “Get Out of My Nutsack” Legislation

By an overwhelming vote of 418 to 7, the House voted yesterday to create a “do not call” registry for people who want to be left alone by telemarketers: The House measure would allow the Federal Trade Commission to collect fees from telemarketers to pay for the registry, which would …

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DMCA Indictments

Six indicted on pay-TV satellite transmission hacking charges: The defendants allegedly created software and hardware designed to unscramble transmission signals sent by satellite TV operators, such as DirecTV and Dish Networks, said IDC with the computer crimes section of the U.S. Attorney General’s Office for the Central District of California. …

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Ultrawideband Interference

Ultrawideband, a new short-range wireless standard, is causing concerns about interference: UWB operates across a wide range of these so-called frequencies all at once. The “flooding” of the airwaves creates a short but powerful signal–about 100 times faster than Bluetooth, another short-range wireless standard. Beginning last February, the Federal Communications …

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New Cell Phone Chip Rivals WiFi

Maybe this is part of the answer to this foolishness: Australian researchers unveiled a chip that lets cell-phone users receive high-quality face-to-face video and other streaming media at rates faster than a home broadband connection. Developed at Bell Labs in Australia, the chip works on a next-generation cell-phone network like …

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Broadband Fools

Broadband, everything is dependent upon broadband to move to the next level of services, content, etc via the Internet. The single use most driving the expansion of broadband right now is P2P trading. So what do European ISPs want to do now? Limit usage – could they be more retarded? …

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Pretenders to the Throne

With her legal problems swarming like avenging dust balls, I find I dislike Martha Stewart less now. Perhaps it’s simply because she has been keeping a lower profile so I haven’t had to deal with her craft-nazi smugness, or perhaps she is less smug now with the prospect of prison …

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‘Tis the Season

You might as well stop fighting all of the 9/11 anniversary activity out there for the next week and go with the flow. Steve Kelly has just launched “36 Views of the World Trade Center,” “a communal art/photography project commemorating the WTC, inspired by the Japanese artist Hokusai’s ’36 Views …

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