Updates on technology for the home from the tech blog Slashdot:
•Verizon's Version of Do Not Call List: If you don't want your information shared with Verizon's business partners, such as number called, length of call, etc., call 1-800-333-9956 to opt out. It's unclear if this sharing would affect all of Verizon's customers, but we're guessing it can't hurt to call.
•Qwest Punished for Non-Cooperation: It's not what you think--not as good as revenge for all the crappy service they've given us, but still something for privacy advocates to cheer: Qwest has received retaliatory action by the NSA for not cooperating with Bush administration's domestic data-mining activity.
•Your Internet Bill Could Go Up Come Nov.1: The ban on taxing internet service-providers is set to expire on November 1--it was originally established in 1998. Two bills exist to deal with the issue, one would extend the ban for 4 years; the other, would remove the tax indefinitely. If neither passes by November 1, your internet bill could increase by as much as 17%.
•The first "MPG" ratings for computer: The US Environmental Protection Agency asked server manufacturers to compile data on actual energy usage from users that gave permission for the data to be gathered. It's a sort of miles-per-gallon rating for computers. We're hoping that this same request is made of personal computers and therefore becomes a factor when buying a new computer.