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How Much Does The Internet Weigh?
ChunKing (513714) writes "How much in grammes is the mass of information on the Internet? About 0.2 millionths of an ounce — about the mass of a very small grain of sand — and another 40 grammes of mass energy to drive that data around according to this guy."
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A sad day for internet freedom in France
ChunKing (513714) writes "The French Senate has approved a bill which allows an internet content regulator to impose a "three-strikes-and-you're out" rule on users they say are illegally file-sharing.
Not only does this restrict internet freedom, but it has worrying implications for privacy, as ISPs snoop on les monsieurs data...
Read more here: http://www.rfi.fr/actuen/articles/113/article_3753.asp
This comes despite an EU ruling last week on restrictions enforced by ISPs."
YouTube to block UK music videos
ChunKing (513714) writes "YouTube is to block all premium music videos to UK users after failing to reach a new licensing agreement with the Performing Rights Society (PRS). For many of us in the UK this is great news. The two main music licensing agencies in the UK — PPL and PRS — have a stranglehold on music use in this country and are stifling creativity.
PPL and PRS are way behind what the technology can now deliver, and another huge area of weakness in their approach is around licensing internet radio. These two bodies are way too greedy and are all too quick to try to extract their 'pound of flesh' from smaller broadcasters so it's fantastic news to see that a giant such as Google has had enough of them and has chosen to deprive them of significant revenues. Go Google!"
Suggestions for geek film festival
ChunKing writes "I'm thinking of organising a geek documentary film festival and was
wondering what Slashdotters would expect to see at such an event. I
think we've probably all seen Revolution OS, Startup.com, and
The Code a
bazillion times and those films are getting a little long in the tooth
Wanted would be great but I don't think it has been released yet.
The Stephen Fry film out
recently is ideal and will encourage discussion. Downloading content
from YouTube for screening would
be fine so what does the community recommend?"
BBC says "We'll ignore 600 Linux users"
ChunKing (513714) writes "A classic case of foot-in-mouth syndrome this week from the possibly highly-educated and not-very-usefully-employed Director of Future Media and Technology at the BBC, Ashley Highfield who has claimed that among BBC's 17 million-odd users 5% of them use Macs but only about 400-600 users run Linux. The implication being that as so few users use Linux then they realistically be ignored with regard to the iPlayer and online media provision.
A Facebook group has already been started in an attempt to make Mr Highfield "eat his words" and in the great British tradition a petition is also under way. This blog site refers to figures from 2005 that would put Mr Highfield's wild and unsubstantiated claims out by at least a factor of ten.
Notwithstanding the fact that thousands of Linux users are also BBC licence payers, I wonder what response Slashdotters have to say to the BBC's Mr Highfield?"
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