dredwerker writes "The government is considering including a bill in the Queen's Speech next month to extend the ability to monitor all phone calls, email and internet use in the UK. The Sunday Times reported that the idea is to allow GCHQ — the government's listening agency — to be able to access this information in "real time" and "on demand".
What do internet service providers say?
Trefor Davies, a board member at the UK's Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), told the BBC that the technological challenge of collating and storing such vast levels of data would be huge. Although a large amount of data about us is already collected for billing and other purposes — such as who we call and when — ISPs do not currently store detailed data on what websites we visit, or details about the emails we send. Mr Davies said: "The email stuff isn't straight forward, and neither is the web. Those aren't bits of information that traditionally we keep. We don't keep backups of deleted emails. Think of all the spam people get," Mr Davies added. "We delete it, but under the new rules would we be allowed to?"" Link to Original Source top
dredwerker writes "I can't believe that Diaspora hasn't disappeared"
I got this asking for money this morning. We have google+ and facebook already.
Diaspora's business model seems to be: 1. Invent project in a p2p manner to stick it to the large corporations. So the common man champions it. 2. Ask for funding? 3. Take forever 4. Ask for more funding? 5. Profit
"Dear Friend of Diaspora* -
We love you. Yes. Really, we do.
We’re building Diaspora*, in a spirit of community, because we believe in you. You’re one of the innovators, the creative ones, the people who make the world awesome.
We’re building tools that we hope will help you bring your true voice to the world. For no other reason than we want to see what you’ll say and do here, where you’ll have total control over your privacy, identity, and data. We’re doing this for the pure joy of it.
You’ve been incredibly patient in waiting for an invitation. We’re still working as fast as we can to get yours to you, and we’re sorry it’s taking so long.
In the meantime, though, we’re reaching out to ask if you’d be willing to help us go faster. Every dollar we’ve spent building Diaspora* has come from the generosity of our community, from people like you who believe in what we’re building, and have given some of their hard-earned money to support our work.
Every one of these gifts has been incredibly humbling. Each one says that someone shares our belief in what’s possible, and is willing to go the extra distance to help make it happen. Every time someone contributes, it feels like a huge, warm hug.
With love, humility and respect, we‘re writing to ask if you’d be willing to make a gift as well.
Can you contribute $25.-, or any other amount you feel comfortable with?
We’re not in this for the money. But any amount you can give will really make a difference. It will help us bring Diaspora* to you faster, and it will help us keep building the best service we possibly can, for everyone. "" top
dredwerker writes "EU's new copyright leader doesn't believe private copying should exist.
"Martin-Prat has worked for the European Commission before and will be returning from a stint in charge of the legal department of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
Yes, Europe has put a record industry lobbyist in charge of the department that will oversee the future of copyright in Europe." The Daily Telegraph
I didn't see the original furore over the Brennan home cd ripping machine but I can't believe they banned the advert for it. I can't believe the music industry would even want to disallow this. Most people who have this would have their own cds IMHO." Link to Original Source top
dredwerker writes "The BBC is reporting where in the UK gets less than 2Mbps. According to replies on slashdot that was most of us, even if we had a reported 10 or 20 meg line.I certainly rarely see speeds much over 2MBps and I am supposed to have a 20MBps cable line. Join the grassroots campaign and lets get it faster or not if you can't be bothered.
Around three million homes in the UK have broadband speeds of less than two megabits per second (2Mbps) according to research commissioned by the BBC.
The government has promised to provide all homes in the UK with speeds of at least 2Mbps by 2012.
I have booted it up on my HTC Kaiser using the haret emulator thanks to the guys at Xda developers
but it's really a preview of the menuing system — I haven't managed to make any calls or get any data as yet.
I was thinking of getting a Nokia N810 and running it on that but I can't seem to get to the bottom
of what you get, if you run it on the N810.
So does anyone out there have the actual hardware?
Are you running it day to day on an N810 etc.. or is it just a toy still?