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Verteiron (224042) writes "Cable company Mediacom recently began using deep packet inspection to redirect 404 errors, Google and Bing searches to their own, ad-laden "search engine". Despite repeatedcomplaints from customers, Mediacom continues this connection hijacking even after the user has opted out of the process. Months after the problem was first reported, the company seems unwilling or unable to fix it and has even experimented with injecting their own advertising into sites like Google. How does one get a company infamous for its shoddy customer service and comfortable, state-wide cable monopolies to act on an issue like this?" Link to Original Source top
Scientist predicts our extinction within 100 years
Verteiron (224042) writes "Australian scientist Frank Fenner claims that humanity will face extinction in as little as 100 years. Using Easter Island as an example, Fenner says that imminent climate change and massive overpopulation has already sealed the fate of humanity, and that all attempts to slow or reverse it are merely delaying the inevitable. Bummer." Link to Original Source top
Verteiron (224042) writes "By now you all know that the FISA "compromise" bill passed today by a large majority, thus granting telecoms retroactive immunity for their illegal wiretapping. What you may not know is that Barack Obama has stated he will support this bill when it gets to the Senate, even if he cannot get the retroactive immunity clause removed." Link to Original Source top
Verteiron (224042) writes "According to the BBC, a recent study shows that people who claim to suffer from electromagnetic "allergies" or "electrosensitivity" are really only suffering from their own paranoia. Those who claimed to be "electrosensitive" were actually worse at telling when the towers were on or off than the control group. Better tell theseguys." top
Verteiron (224042) writes "The former CEO of AT&T, Ed Whitacre, had some interesting remarks to make about Net Neutrality during his parting speech. Choice quotes include his plans for getting anti-neutrality legislation through: "Will Congress let us do it?" Whitacre asks his colleagues. "You bet they will — cuz we don't call it cashin' in. We call it 'deregulation.' "
More information on AT&T's attitude problem and a video of the speech are available here. There's no sign that his replacement is any better."