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Submission + - Opera = Overrated? (

An anonymous reader writes: You undoubtedly have heard of the web browser Opera. It is a tabbed browser, similar to FireFox or Internet Explorer. But the tabs is where the similarity stops.
We were first disappointed in Opera when we...

United States

Submission + - Senate Bill 1959 to Create Thoughtcrime ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: "The end of Free Speech in America has arrived at our doorstep. It's a new law called the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, and it is worded in a clever way that could allow the U.S. government to arrest and incarcerate any individual who speaks out against the Bush Administration, the war on Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security or any government agency (including the FDA). The law has already passed the House on a traitorous vote of 405 to 6, and it is now being considered in the Senate where a vote is imminent." Source:

Submission + - Over 500 Scientists Question Global Warming ( 3

Forrest Kyle writes: "According to research conducted by the Hudson Institute, a right-leaning (according to Wikipedia) political think tank, over 500 scientists have published peer reviewed evidence that contradicts the current scientific "consensus" on anthropogenic global warming. According to the article, "the names were compiled by [Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Dennis] Avery and climate physicist S. Fred Singer [Professor emeritus of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia], the co-authors of the new book Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years, mainly from the peer-reviewed studies cited in their book." For an issue about which Al Gore claims there is no scientific debate, there seems to be a lot of scientific debate.

Author's Note of Disclosure: It is not my intention to stake a claim in the global warming debate. My position is to not immediately take a position without enough scientific facts, which I do not personally possess. As an environmentalist, I take the global warming issue very seriously, but as a thinking person, I am opposed to sensationalism, or claiming a debate is over during a debate. So in other words, don't flame me to death because this article is slanted against Gore's position. =)"


Submission + - Getting hired with a criminal record.

24601 writes: Hello fellow Slashdot nerds. This is a very hard question to ask, but I figured you guys would probably have the best advice. I am finding myself in my young, soon to be post college career with a brand new criminal record. To make matter's worse, it's for a sex crime (was mislead by someone about their age. Nothing violent or involving children). Yes I will have to register, be on probation for quite a while, and currently reside in a certain very conservative state in the south famous for a certain cartoon mouse. I completely accept the stupidity of what I have done and very much want to grow and move on past it. I'm a graphical artist by trade, but with a lot of web design experience as well. Also have a good deal of IT experience, was thinking of getting a certification in something. What I want to know, however, is how hard is it to get a job in the tech industry with this kind of Scarlet Letter? I have every intention of being upfront and honest about my past with any potential employer, and making every effort to communicate my regret for my past, the fact that I'm not a threat to anyone, and my desire to prove myself. Are more technical employers willing to look past such things and give you a chance? Is there any advice people can give me on properly presenting this issue, and finding understanding employers? thanks!
United States

Submission + - Government won't allow green car sales (

Geoffrey.landis writes: "Auto industry blogger Lawrence Ulrich notes that Honda is now making a "Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle" (or PZEV for short) version of the 2008 Accord, an all-new vehicle that is redesigned to meet California emission standards. He notes "So, just how green is a PZEV machine? Well, if you just cut your lawn with a gas mower, congratulations, you just put out more pollution in one hour than these cars do in 2,000 miles of driving." But the irony is that it's actually illegal for automakers to sell these green cars outside of the special states they were designed for! Apparently, anybody selling one of these ultra-green vehicles out of the correctly-designated venue — which means either California, or seven northeast-states with similar pollution laws — "could be subject to civil fines of up to $27,500. Volvo sent its dealers a memo alerting them to this fact, noting that its greenest S40 and V50 models were only for the special states.""

Submission + - NBC wanted $5 per TV show, more restrictive DRM 1

Slaine writes: More information has come to light about why Apple and NBC aren't seeing eye-to-eye on selling TV shows through iTunes (previous /.). NBC wants far more restrictive DRM, and demanded $4.99 pricing for TV shows, more than doubling the price. Apple has retaliated by refusing to sell NBC's new fall shows, even though they have a contract through the end of the year. Something tells me NBC will be regretting this decision once the new season of shows starts.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Maybe Bioshock's Activation is a Good Thing

An anonymous reader writes: While the rest of the internet is decrying the past week of installation woes for 2K's Bioshock as the worst fumble in PC game launch history, Shawn Andrich at Gamers With Jobs thinks 2K has won a battle against pirates here, and we should be happy about it. In his piece provocatively titled "How 2k Games and Bioshock Took Back the West" he suggests:

This may be the first real strike against pirates in some time that actually slows them down without completely alienating paying customers. Even if they were to crack the game today, the damage has already been done. The lure of getting the game first has come and gone, leaving casual pirates who enjoy downloading games from their favorite sites left choosing between patience and spending their money. Even the most hardcore, savvy game pirates have little recourse short of buying the game or, oddly enough, modifying their Xbox 360. In an interesting switch, the Xbox 360 version of Bioshock was hacked and made available for download on major torrent sites on release day.
It's such a thin line between complete victory and utter ruin.
The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia: "suggest an edit to this page" (

An anonymous reader writes: A little-noticed proposal on Wikipedia — "flagged revisions" — will create a new class of editor: the "Surveyor," with the power to veto any content change suggested by ordinary user's before it's shown. Gradually at first (the rollout is planned for this Fall) articles will transition to this new scheme, where you may "edit this page" but your edits will not be shown to the public at large until certified by this new class of editor. The official "flagged revisions" page on the wiki is obfuscatory; rhubarb is susan has a more polemical take (and summary of the changes) that views this move as the self-assertion of a small bureaucratic class — under ten thousand — against the five million users who contribute actual content.

Submission + - Patent Nonsense extends to retiring a medication

CodeShark writes: "Yesterday I went to the pharmacy to pick up a new Asthma rescue inhaler for the beginning of the school year that the school keeps on hand for my daughter. Usually this requires a $10 copay for the generic — but now the generic is no longer available, leaving my only choices to be very expensive patented versions of the same medicine. When I went up on the web to find out why, I found this article from US News and World Report that just happens to explain that that Asthma inhalers no longer qualify for the "essential use" of a CFC propellant, therefore the only choices left happen to be those patented medications — even if the only difference is the propellant that delivers the albuterol from the inhaler.

Those patents don't run out until around 2012 — and it strikes me that this is more about corporate greed than it is about health, the ozone layer, or any other good reason for the FDA to make the change. Doesn't this strike you as governmental regulation gone horribly terribly wrong? And more importantly, how can we do something about it?"

Journal Journal: P2P over IPv6?

The last few days i was discussing with a friend over the poor connectivity in his ISP. He's having trouble connecting to MSN and P2P apps because his ISP suddenly switched to NAT. So I wondered... what about IPv6? It's old enough, and maybe it would be time to switch (our country's NIC has decided to stop assigning IPv4 addresses by 2011). But is IPv6 available for users already?


Submission + - Help building computer for visually-impaired kid?

a_red_man writes: My nephew is three years old, and was born with visual-impairments. He has already had several eye surgeries since he was born. Recently his parents learned that there is a possibility that his condition may be degenerative over time, which is a scary thing to hear. I'm hoping and praying that he does not lose all of his sight, and that this is NOT degenerative.

Cognitive testing places him mentally well above his age. I think he's aware that he doesn't see the world exactly the same as everyone else does, but he can see enough of it to know what's happening around him. He's always seen the world that way — so it's all he knows. He's smart, funny, inquisitive about the world, and a joy to be around!

Like many things in life, I have remained blissfully uninformed about dealing with visual impairment in children until it touched my own family. And, like many readers of Slashdot, I believe that technology can be a significant enabler.

I'm seeking advice on putting a computer together for him for educational purposes (reading/math/etc) and I don't know where to start. I'm working off of the assumption that his vision will not worsen, so I'm assuming he'll be able to see but at a level that counts as legally-blind. He can read letters and words in children's books, but has trouble reading words on a computer monitor unless they're very large. I know there are features and programs out there for people with visual-impairment, but I'm curious to see if anyone out there has had personal experience and can point me in the right direction (operating system, programs, existing vendors, etc?).
The Internet

Submission + - Don't Kill The Trolls, But Feed Them ( 2

Henk van Ess writes: " has initiated an idea to rid communities (be it forums, blogs, whatever) of trolls. Not get rid of them by banning them or nuking their posts, no, by accepting their trolly messages and keeping them at ease. The smart thing is that this anti-troll plug-in only shows the trolly stuff to the troll itself. That way, the other community members need not suffer. The idea was presented today on Dutch radio in Radio Online. A free beta plug-in for Wordpress will be available soon."

Bell Labs Unix -- Reach out and grep someone.