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*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:01:06 PM EST
EUobserver.com / Creative Industries / EU court rules social networks cannot police downloads

BRUSSELS - The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck the latest blow in the debate over internet policing, ruling on Thursday (16 February) that online social network sites cannot be forced to construct measures to prevent users from downloading songs illegally.

The court, which is the highest judicial authority in the EU, stated that installing general filters would infringe on the freedom to conduct business and on data privacy.

In a press statement accompanying its judgement, the court stated that forcing sites to police their network for illegal downloads "would not be respecting the prohibition to impose on that provider a general obligation to monitor nor the requirement that a fair balance be struck between the protection of copyright, on the one hand, and the freedom to conduct business, the right to protection of personal data and the freedom to receive or impart information."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:01:15 PM EST
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Faith groups warned they 'must abide by laws' - Home News - UK - The Independent
Christians who think they should be exempt from equality legislation are like Muslims trying to impose sharia law on Britain, the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said.

Trevor Phillips said faith groups that provide a public service must abide by the law.

Speaking at a debate in London on diverse societies last Wednesday, Mr Phillips singled out Christian adoption agencies that fought legal battles against rules requiring them to treat gay and straight people equally.

"You can't say because we decide we're different then we need a different set of laws," he said.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:01:24 PM EST
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These agencies need to call up the U.S. Air Force Academy to get pointers on how to evangelize effectively.

Although the AFA methods may now be backfiring on them, as the Academy is in the news again today because the evangelical Christians who run the place got caught lying to the college accreditation board about the qualifications of their instructors...

An Air Force Inspector General's investigation has found that two top Air Force Academy officials were negligent in statements they made about the academic credentials of military faculty at the Academy...were both found to be negligent in making absolute statements to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools... The commission is a higher education accrediting body.

The complaint that triggered the investigation alleges that about 60 percent of academy cadets who took introductory calculus classes between 1996 and 2006 were taught by instructors who did not have master's degrees in mathematics, statistics or mathematics education.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2012/02/air-force-academy-officials-negligent-on-faculty-remarks-0 21712/

The whistle-blower in this case is a (qualified) professor who was kicked out of the Academy for not cooperating with the Christian curriculum and who then went crying to the local troublemakers who are trying to bring the AFA into compliance with legal requirements.

It has come to our attention that, contrary to the sworn testimony of Brig. General Born, she directed, in writing, at least one subordinate, Col. Thomas A. Drohan, Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Military Strategic Studies, to conduct a counterinsurgency campaign against MRFF [Military Religious Freedom Foundation] and presumably, MRFF clients at the USAFA. We understand that at the direction of Brig. General Born, Col. Drohan's mid-term performance appraisal specified that he was to conduct a "COIN" against MRFF and its clients. In this context "COIN" is shorthand reference to counterinsurgency.

http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2012/02/02/academy-accused-of-targeting-religious-group

Locally, it is turning into an "officers versus enlisted" argument and an "Army versus Air Force" argument. We've got lots of people in all four camps, plus even a few people (you can count them on the fingers of one hand) who were never in the military.

by asdf on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 09:42:36 PM EST
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BBC News - Google cookies 'bypassed Safari privacy protection'

Google has been accused of bypassing the privacy settings of users of the Safari web-browser.

The Wall Street Journal said Google and other companies had worked around privacy settings designed to restrict cookies.

Cookies are small text files stored by browsers which can record information about online activity, and help some online services work.

However Google says the story "mischaracterises" what happened.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 03:18:39 PM EST
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Unfortunately, the other two big search engines, Bing and Yahoo, have at least until recently given much less useful results.

Although I've noticed in the past few weeks though that Google seems to have changed its algorithms to allow more invisibly-promoted results. It seems just a bit strange to get a half dozen front-page hits on one commercial site when you are looking for something that should be coming up with academic papers...maybe I will try Bing again for a few days...

by asdf on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 09:45:11 PM EST
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Yes, Google search results have changed significantly over the past year.  I find it less useful and have been migrating elsewhere more frequently.
by paving on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 03:47:02 PM EST
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