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[News] Alleged Censorship and DRM Backfiring Again

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AT&T Blocks 4chan Over DDoS... But May Not Like What Happens Next...

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| A few folks have submitted the news that, apparently, AT&T is blocking access 
| to a certain subdomain of 4chan. I just checked on my own AT&T DSL account 
| and it's true that I can't get there (I can get there if I don't go via 
| AT&T). That doesn't mean that AT&T definitely is blocking it, but there are 
| reports that folks at AT&T have admitted that it's true. If you don't know 
| what 4chan is, the 4chan Wikipedia page is probably the best way to 
| understand it.      


On Pi Approximation Day, Flying Pigs and DRM

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| Those designing the DRM "simply refuse to face reality," he concluded. "I 
| have a machine with an AMD 7550 Dual Core, a ton of RAM, and most importantly  
| nearly a TB of hard disc space, and yet I am supposed to keep my games and my 
| movies piled around my machine so I can stuff in a disc every time I want to 
| use them? What good is all that space for if DRM won't let me use it?"   
| In short, "and it pains me to write this," hairyfeet said, "I have to agree 
| with RMS for once. DRM is simply too nasty to allow it to infect Linux." 



Amazon Faces a Fight Over Its E-Books

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| A growing number of civil libertarians and customer advocates wants Amazon to
| fundamentally alter its method for selling Kindle books, lest it be forced to
| one day change or recall books, perhaps by a judge ruling in a defamation
| case — or by a government deciding a particular work is politically damaging
| or embarrassing.
| “As long as Amazon maintains control of the device it will have this ability
| to remove books and that means they will be tempted to use it or they will be
| forced to it,” said Holmes Wilson, campaigns manager of the Free Software
| Foundation.


Amazon Kindle doomed to repeat Big Brother moment

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| Yes, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has apologized for the Orwellian removal of
| Orwell from digital book readers tucked inside the pockets of American
| citizens. And yes, the new-age retailer has promised not to repeat its Big
| Brother moment. But that's not a promise it can promise to keep.
| [...]
| This uneasy feeling was only exacerbated by the fact that Amazon removed the
| books out from under Orwell lovers without explicitly telling them it was
| doing so. There were refund notices sent via email, but nothing more. Many
| Kindlers were left to wonder why their books had disappeared - while others
| wondered why there was a refund.


Amazon Kindle powered by Linux, FSF not impressed

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| Amazon is also using BusyBox (how can you not if you're running embedded?),
| so it's a good thing they've released that code - BusyBox has been active in
| recent years by way of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) in making sure
| that vendors that use their code actually comply with the GPL.


Impeach Bezos for Amazon's Kindle Swindle

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| We hope he gets the message that he's swindling his customers and in the
| process undermining important fundamental freedoms to read and share. Amazon
| seems to understand this message when it comes to music -- why don't they get
| it when it comes to the Kindle?

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