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The Courts

+ - GPL click-through licenses?

Submitted by Kuciwalker
Kuciwalker (891651) writes "It seems that every other open-source program I download includes the GPL as a click-through license during the install. What's the point of this? If the GPL is a distribution, not use license then I don't do anything by agreeing to it during installation. Are we just so acclimated to clicking "yes" to an EULA, or are there valid legal reasons it's put there?"
Businesses

+ - Get Healthy - Or Else

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theodp
theodp writes "Scientists, regulators, and farmers may find dabbling with transgenic grass too risky, but not Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn. And the risks associated with air shows and NASCAR auto and truck racing haven't discouraged Hagedorn and Co. from participating. So what kind of risks won't one-time smoker and muscle-car fan Hagedorn tolerate? Scotts Miracle-Gro employees who are fat or smoke. BusinessWeek reports on the get-healthy-or-else initiative at the $2.7 billion lawn-care company, where you fail a drug test by testing positive for nicotine."
Biotech

+ - Search for New Autism Genes

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iuvasago
iuvasago writes "The largest search for autism genes to date, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has implicated components of the brain's glutamate chemical messenger system and a previously overlooked site on chromosome 11. Based on 1,168 families with at least two affected members, the genome scan adds to evidence that tiny, rare variations in genes may heighten risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). [Read More] from Physorg.com"
Security

Network Computing Editor Wins RSA Hacking Contest 65

Posted by Zonk
from the hack-on-hack-off dept.
richkarpi writes "Network Computing's security editor won the recent RSA Interactive Testing Challenge. He has up a blow-by-blow description of the events at their site: 'The most important factor in the contest besides basic web exploitation skills (cross site scripting (XSS), SQL injection, cross site request forgeries (CSRF), etc.) was speed ... I squeaked out a win in the tie-breaking challenge the first day with only a few seconds to spare as my opponent was right behind in the hunt to combine three injectable fields into one long javascript function.'"
Programming

+ - How do you change careers into programming?

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An anonymous reader writes "I have worked in tech support for the last several years, but find myself wanting to move on to something else — programming. I've written some small programs in my limited spare time but nothing particularly impressive; just functional stuff to make my life easier. I've spent a lot of time recently working through programming books, and feel I'm ready to make the switch in my career. That said, I don't have a CS degree, and find that responses to my resume have been along the lines of "Thanks, but we aren't hiring for tech support positions." Surely someone from the slashdot crowd has been in the same position — what would you recommend?"

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