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WilliamGeorge (816305) writes "Russia is further constraining access to the internet and freedom of speech, with new laws regarding public use of WiFi. Nikolai Nikiforov, the Russian Communications Minister, tweeted that "Identification of users (via bank cards, cell phone numbers, etc.) with access to public Wifi is a worldwide practice." This comes on top of their actions recently to block websites of political opponents to Russian president Vladimir Putin, require registration of prominent bloggers, and more.
The law was put into effect with little notice and without the input of Russian internet providers. Sergei Plugotarenko, head of the Russian Electronic Communications Association, said "It was unexpected, signed in such a short time and without consulting us." He added, "We will hope that this restrictive tendency stops at some point because soon won't there be anything left to ban."
In addition to the ID requirement to use WiFi, the new law also requires companies to declare who is using their web networks and calls for Russian websites to store their data on servers located in Russia starting in 2016." Link to Original Source top
WilliamGeorge writes "In their off-time, some of the folks over at Puget Custom Computers did a fun modding project — a mineral-oil cooled computer, in a small fish tank. Surprisingly functional and also reasonably good looking, this could be a great DIY project for those in the modding community. The charts showing temperature build-up in the cooling solution are interesting, and the linked time-lapse video on YouTube is definitely worth watching." top
WilliamGeorge (816305) writes "As I'm sure most Slashdot readers are aware, Windows Vista won't be available in time for the upcoming holiday season. In order to encourage consumers to buy PCs this year anyway, Microsoft recently began an upgrade program so that computers purchased today with Windows XP can get discounted or free upgrades to Vista when it is released. What many people are not aware of, though, is the restrictions on what upgrades are available and the true costs that consumers will be responsible for. This article posted on a custom system builder's website has a lot of details on this program that I could not find anywhere else."