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  1. Correction: Maybe the FCC Isn’t Planning Free “Super Wi-Fi” After All…

    Yesterday, I wrote about a story in The Washington Post that said there was an FCC plan to offer free "Super Wi-Fi." This morning Techdirt is saying that The Washington Post -- and by extension everyone else -- is wrong, and tried to clear things up. It turns out the story is a combined misunderstanding of a few things going on in the world of the FCC and the broadcast spectrum.

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  2. Boy Scouts of America Says Legally Burned CDs Send Children the Wrong Message

    Today's out-of-touch facepalm comes courtesy of Scouting magazine, the official publication of Boy Scouts of America. In an article on the "dilemma of downloading" music, the unnamed authors helpfully suggest that parents should only play CDs that they've bought from stores, and that they shouldn't play burned CDs -- even if they contain legally purchased music. From the article:

    So how can Scouters teach ethical behavior related to music downloading? One way: Set a good example. When you haul around Scouts in your car, for example, only play CDs that you’ve purchased. If you play CDs that you’ve burned—even if they’re legal—your Scouts may not recognize the difference between those and the pirated CDs friends have given them.
    It gets worse, though:

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