16 Nov

Electronic Frontier Foundation – Legal Attack on Internet Music Storage Threatens ‘Safe Harbor’ Rules for Online Businesses

MP3Tunes offers a locker service where users can sync their personal digital music and video up to "the cloud" to access from any web browser or many mobile and home entertainment devices. Recording giant EMI claims that MP3Tunes should be held responsible for infringing content stored in the lockers of some of its users. MP3Tunes contends that it is immune from liability because it does not engage in, encourage or benefit from copyright infringement and it quickly removes material identified in a copyright holder’s complaint against its users, as required by the "safe harbor" provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In the amicus brief filed Tuesday, EFF and its co-amici argue that EMI is trying to rewrite the "safe harbor" provisions and hold service providers liable for the actions of their users.

via Electronic Frontier Foundation – Legal Attack on Internet Music Storage Threatens ‘Safe Harbor’ Rules for Online Businesses. Sounds to me like a totally legal and awesome business. Even better the service isn’t all that expensive compared to buying the same amount of storage through something like Dropbox.

15 Nov

NBC News – Just 32% of Tea Party candidates win

For all the talk of the Tea Party’s strength – and there will certainly be a significant number of their candidates in Congress – just 32% of all Tea Party candidates who ran for Congress won and 61.4% lost this election. A few races remain too close to call.

via NBC News – Just 32% of Tea Party candidates win. Just a reminder don’t get to carried away with delusions of grandeur.

15 Nov

Helium – Reflections: Being an atheist

You will not vote for me for public office, but you will let me fight your battles. You will not let me teach your children, but you will let me protect them. You will not listen when I speak, but expect me to hang on your every word. You will question my morality, call me a sinner or worse, but will not see moral hypocrisy or the sins of your people. You call me irresponsible, misguided, unaccountable, but you are wrong. I am accountable to the world I live in, and whether you see it or not … so are you.

via Helium – Reflections: Being an atheist. There are atheists in foxholes.

15 Nov

Reuters – Study says most corporations pay no U.S. income taxes

The study showed about 28 percent of large foreign corporations, those with more than $250 million in assets, doing business in the United States paid no federal income taxes in 2005 despite $372 billion in gross receipts, the senators said. About 25 percent of the largest U.S. companies paid no federal income taxes in 2005 despite $1.1 trillion in gross sales that year, they said

via Reuters – Study says most corporations pay no U.S. income taxes. How about let’s start to fix the budget problems with taxes against those corporations Congress?

15 Nov

NYTimes.com – I Believe I Can Fly

Where do I start? We know that these were not the Republican goals because they had eight years under George W. Bush to pursue them and did just the opposite. And even if we assume that this time they really mean it, they’ve never explained what programs they would cut and how doing that now won’t make our recession worse. But even if they did, these are the wrong priorities. Our priorities now are to mitigate the recession that was set in motion under Bush and to put the country on a path to sustainable economic growth. That will require vastly improving the education and skills of our work force and enabling them with 21st-century infrastructure so they will be smarter and more productive. We know that tax cuts alone won’t do that; we just had that test, too, under Bush. It requires a complex strategy for American renewal — raising some taxes, like on energy, while lowering others, like on workers and corporations; and investing in new infrastructure, schools and research, while cutting other services.

via NYTimes.com – I Believe I Can Fly. Remember the Republican agenda old failed ideas and non-ideas.

08 Nov

TED.com – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers

Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with her interviews of young camp graduates. A shocking vision.

via TED.com – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers. A really great 6 minutes of film.

08 Nov

NYTimes.com – Worker Rights Extend to Facebook, Labor Board Says

In what labor officials and lawyers view as a ground-breaking case involving workers and social media, the National Labor Relations Board has accused a company of illegally firing an employee after she criticized her supervisor on her Facebook page.

This is the first case in which the labor board has stepped in to argue that workers’ criticisms of their bosses or companies on a social networking site is generally a protected activity and that employers would be violating the law by punishing workers for such statements.

via NYTimes.com – Worker Rights Extend to Facebook, Labor Board Says. Nice extension of privacy onto the online sphere. That being said critiquing bosses is a tricky matter even when done privately.