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Social Networks

Facebook Blocks Users From Mentioning 448 448

ThinkingInBinary writes "The other day, I was trying to mention in my Facebook status, and I discovered to my horror that Facebook blocks the phrase '' as "abusive" in status updates, messages, and presumably any other communications on the site. Facebook isn't even listed on BugMeNot, as they requested that logins for Facebook be blocked. This is pretty ridiculous, as I can't even send my friends a message mentioning!"
Data Storage

Best Shrinkable ReiserFS Replacement? 508 508

paulkoan writes "I have been using ReiserFS for my file system across a few servers for some time now (follow the link below for details of my experience). I can't foresee the future of ReiserFS, but if I'm going to have to migrate as support diminishes, I'd like to begin that process now. My criteria are: in-kernel support, shrinkable, and has good recovery when the file system is not closed properly. That shrinkable requirement precludes a lot of options. What's a good replacement for ReiserFS?"

Every Satellite Tracked In Realtime Via Google Earth 196 196

Matt Amato writes "With the recent discussion of the ISS having to dodge some space junk, many people's attention has once again focused on the amount of stuff in orbit around our planet. What many people don't know is that USSTRATCOM tracks and publishes a list of over 13,000 objects that they currently monitor, including active/retired satellites and debris. This data is meaningless to most people, but thanks to Analytical Graphics, it has now been made accessible free of charge to anyone with a copy of Google Earth. By grabbing the KMZ, you can not only view all objects tracked in real-time, but you can also click on them to get more information on the specific satellite, including viewing its orbit trajectory. It's an excellent educational tool for the space-curious. Disclaimer: I not only work for Analytical Graphics, but I'm the one that wrote this tool as a demo."

Submission + - Will User Generated Narration Change TV->

JoeBorn writes: "Neuros is showcasing a hack to their 'OSD' device that was created at a BBC sponsored event, that allows a couple lines of IRC chat to be overlaid on top of a tv show. The experience is open commentary on any tv show or event. There's a video demo showing what it might be like using the State of the Union address as the event. The idea is that a viewer might ultimately have multiple channels to choose from, some open chat with friends, some professional commentary. It's an interesting view into what's at least one person's idea of the future of TV."
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Submission + - U.S. plots "Pirate Bay killer" G8 trade ag->

An anonymous reader writes: Wikileaks has revealed that the United States is plotting a "Pirate Bay killing" multi-lateral trade agreement called "ACTA" with the EU, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland and New Zealand. The proposal includes clauses designed to criminalize the non-profit facilitation of copyrighted information exchange on the internet, which would also affect transparency sites such as Wikileaks. The Wikileaks document details provisions that would impose strict enforcement of intellectual property rights related to Internet activity and trade in information-based goods. If adopted, the tready would impose a strong, top-down enforcement regime imposing new cooperation requirements upon internet service providers, including perfunctory disclosure of customer information, as well as measures restricting the use of online privacy tools.
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Submission + - Pine/Alpine Developers laid off from UW->

warday writes: Mark Crispin and other University of Washington Technology staffed were dismissed according to The Seattle Times. The article claimed a $10 million budget shortfall that went largely unnoticed as the primary reason for staff cuts. A cross-posted article from USENET, on comp.mail.imap & comp.mail.pine, from Mark Crispin confirmed that he is no longer employed with the University of Washington. He thanked the community for their years of support for IMAP & Pine, and went on to say about the future of their development, "I don't know who will take over UW imapd, but some members of the Alpine development team survived the layoffs.
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Operating Systems

Submission + - Who do I donate to? 1 1

jasonmanley writes: "I use an OS called DesktopBSD. The other day I gave some thought to donating some money to the project, but then I got to thinking — who would I donate to? DesktopBSD benefit from FreeBSD and KDE among others. Should I donate to FreeBSD, or what about openSSH if they use that? In fact there are heaps of other project's software embedded in FOSS packages and I would like to know who the community thinks should get the donations."

Submission + - Google Treasure Hunt->

googler writes: The Google Engineering team is launching its first ever Treasure Hunt — a contest designed to challenge your problem-solving skills. Starting soon, we'll be releasing the first of four puzzles, drawing from computer science, networking, and low-level UNIX trivia. Each puzzle will be posted online week by week, and the first entrants to submit correct answers to each question will receive a prize.
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Submission + - Patriot Act raining on cloud computing?-> 1 1

Julie188 writes: "The Canadian government is forbidding its IT organizations to use services which store or host the government's data outside their sovereign territory. They especially cannot use services where the data is stored in the United States because of fears over the Patriot Act. Whoa. Governments are turning the Internet into a cyberspace reflection of real-world geographic conflicts. (Google cooperating with the Chinese government is another example). What kinds of jurisdiction issues might people face as cloud computing becomes the norm and your data is stored in "offshore part" of the cloud?"
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Submission + - New York Asks for Open Formats-Microsoft Responds

An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday May 20th, New York State published on its website a scathing rebuke of Microsoft's format position and recommended use of ODF. The next day (Wednesday) Microsoft came out with an announcement that it will meet one of New York State's recommendations by offering native support for Open Document Format. Why did Microsoft heed this particular government's call, when it has ignored so many others? There are some theories on Groklaw: Any others?
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - MySQL Reverses Decision on Close Source-> 1 1

krow writes: "I am very happy to be announcing that MySQL will be forgoing close sourcing portions of the MySQL Server. Kaj has the official statement in his blog. No portion of the server of the sever will be closed source including backup, encryption, or any storage engines we ship. To quote Kaj "the encryption and compression backup features will be open source". This is a change from what was previously posted here on Slashdot. I've posted some additional thoughts on my own blog concerning how we keep open source from becoming crippleware. Word has it that we will also have a panel at this year's OSCON discussing this relevant topic. Contrary to the previous Slashdot post, this shows Sun's continued commitment to Open Source."
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Submission + - San Francisco to ban plastic grocery bags -

gollum123 writes: " .reut/index.html San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to become the first U.S. city to ban plastic bags from large supermarkets to help promote recycling. Under the legislation, beginning in six months large supermarkets and drugstores will not be allowed to offer plastic bags made from petroleum products. The city's Department of the Environment said San Francisco uses 181 million plastic grocery bags annually. Plans dating back a decade to encourage recycling of the bags have largely failed, with shoppers returning just one percent of bags"
The Media

Blogger Vs. Journalist — Access Denied 154 154

An anonymous reader writes "The Application Delivery Networking blog has an interesting take on bloggers vs. journalists. The post is a response to a complaint on Mark Evans' blog about why Nortel wouldn't give him access, despite the fact that he's the only blogger that focuses solely on Nortel. As a tech PR guy I can tell you that the article hits the nail right on the head about vendors' tenuous relationship with bloggers." Quoting: "You probably aren't aware of the hierarchy out there [in] the media community. Access to information from vendors is based on your status within the hierarchy. The information a member of the press gets from a vendor is different from what's given to an analyst and is different than what a blogger is going to receive. Bloggers... [can] be dangerous because they aren't bound by any rules. And that's what you're missing because you've not been a member of the press... And guess where bloggers fall [in the hierarchy]? Yup. Stand up straight, there, private!"

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