blackfrancis75 writes "The erosion of civil rights is on the rise, as well documented on Slashdot. It seems that the picture north of the US border is also getting more bleak. This time an aspiring teenage journalist in B.C who witnessed a Mall takedown and decided to photograph it (using a real-film camera), was told to 'delete' the photo by Security guards. He (quite legally) refused to do so, and when local police arrived they assisted Mall security in pushing him to the ground, handcuffing him, cutting off his backpack with a utility knife and searching it. Whoever thought Canada was less likely to become a Police State than their U.S. counterparts will be disillusioned by this story." Link to Original Source top
Ask Slashdot - Who has been sued by RIAA, and for what
blackfrancis75 writes "We keep hearing different figures quoting the thousands of people who've been sued by RIAA for illegally downloading online music, but I don't know anyone personally to whom it's happened. Infact it seems no-one I know knows anyone to whom it happened. Do you know anyone who was sued for 'piracy', or were you sued yourself? What was your experience?" top
blackfrancis75 writes "A newly designed oil skimmer, backed by Kevin Costner, is scheduled for deployment in the Gulf of Mexico. The system was built in 10 days, and has numerous advantages over existing skimmers. For example, the skimmer has it's own onboard centrifuge for separating oil from water at sea. Normally, the oily water has to be taken to a receiving point for separation." Link to Original Source top
blackfrancis75 writes "The Times Online is reporting that Google and Facebook rushed out Farsi versions of their websites and services today, emphasising the importance of internet based social networking in geopolitics, especially where oppressive regimes are involved.
"The internet has played a key role in allowing many Iranians to communicate since last week's disputed presidential elections, and the international media has used web services like Twitter and YouTube in their reporting of the protests.
Recognising the web's crucial role on events in Iran, Google added a Fasri dictionary to Google Translate, its online translation service."" Link to Original Source