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Submission + - Google News gets a separate web crawler and index

markkezner writes: In response to complaints by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and others, Google has given Google News its own web crawler. The service had previously relied on the same web crawler that is used to index pages for regular web search. This change allows publishers to use robots.txt to finely control how Google News indexes their content without affecting how it is indexed for normal Google web searches. Before this change occurred, publishers could have contacted Google to specifically de-index content from Google News.

Submission + - AT&T may censor copyrighted data at the ISP le (

Streakist writes: "The RIAA and MPAA are at it again. This time they're going straight to the source with plans to block pirated materials at the ISP level. Of course those who don't approve of this tactic can always switch providers, but how long until they all fold to the will of these overly assertive cartels? I think what bothers me the most is that a portion of my monthly payment is going to fund these activities."

Submission + - New Nuclear Powerstations given go ahead

Timberwolf0122 writes: "A new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK has been given formal backing by the government, the first station is scheduled for completion before 2020.
Business Secretary John Hutton told MPs they would give a "safe and affordable" way of securing the UK's future energy supplies while fighting climate change. Read the full story here
Could this be a sudden out-break of common sense?"

Submission + - Did Diebold flip the votes in New Hampshire? (

lakshmanok writes: "Bill Noxoid breaks down New Hampshire democratic primary votes based on whether they were counted by hand or using Diebold voting machines:

What this clearly shows however, is where the 14% points some polls indicated Obama was leading by went. As you can see, the ballots that were counted by hand give Obama a 7.5% win while the Accuvote "count" gives Clinton a 5.5% win. The combined "shift" is 13%. Here is where the percentage points disappear that were expected right up to the casting of ballots. Not tears, not lazy young people, right here in this "shift".
There's no way to legitimately explain why this discrepancy would exist. These are people in the same state, voting for the same set of candidates, from the same party, and on the same day. Nothing happed to one group that didn't happen to the other. One group doesn't have information that the other group doesn't have. One group couldn't have been "moved" by the "tears" while the other was not. One group could not have had sudden "black-voting phobia" while the other did not, so these "news" people need to start looking for a plausible explanation. The only difference between these two groups is that one had their votes counted by hand, and the other by Accuvote. One group voted definitively for Obama, and the other definitively for Clinton...
If we were to apply the hand count as the standard, then the 5.5% win given to Clinton by Accuvote would actually be a 7.5% Obama win. Thus Obama would have won by 15% and the pre-primary polls, the genuine voter turnout, and the pundits themselves would have all been right for a change. The real question then is which is harder for the American people to believe? The fact that every poll, every pundit, every voter interviewed, and every sensibility turned out to be so drastically wrong or that Accuvote "flipped" the vote as it has done so many times before?

United States

Submission + - Diebold vote fraud in New Hampshire primaries

Westech writes: Multiple indications of vote fraud are beginning to pop up regarding the New Hampshire primary elections. Roughly 80% of New Hampshire precincts use Diebold machines, while the remaining 20% are hand counted. A Black Box Voting contributor has compiled a chart of results from hand counted precincts vs. results from machine counted precincts. In machine counted precincts, Clinton beat Obama by almost 5%. In hand counted precincts, Obama beat Clinton by over 4%, which closely matches the scientific polls that were conducted leading up to the election.

Another issue is the Republican results from Sutton precinct. The final results showed Ron Paul with 0 votes in Sutton. The next day a Ron Paul supporter came forward claiming that both she and several of her family members had voted for Ron Paul in Sutton. Black Box Voting reports that after being asked about the diecrepancy Sutton officials decided that Ron Paul actually received 31 votes in Sutton, but they were left off of the tally sheet due to "human error."

Submission + - Why Java needs 'effectively final' fields (

Peter Kehl writes: "Java allows you to create multithreaded applications. Java Memory Model describes correct synchronization. If your objects are immutable you can use final fields, which are thread-safe. However, you'll see that the very J2SE sources fail to follow JMM. There are inconsistencies between some multi-threading guarantees of Java Memory Model (JMM) and current practice — J2SE sources and examples in Java Language Specification (JLS). I suggest a win-win solution using 'effectively final' fields. It also gives us extra benefits — immutable arrays checked in runtime."
The Internet

Submission + - Network Solutions Stands by Name Policy 1

Esther Schindler writes: "As a followup to the slashdot story about Network Solutions registering domain names that you enquire about, IDG News is reporting that the company is standing behind its decision and will take steps to better notify customers of its controversial policy of temporarily registering domain name searches:

Ironically, Mitchell said that Network Solutions came up with the search registration process in an effort to cut down on the scamming that has plagued the industry over the past two years. "We are not trying to make a bunch of money off of this," he said.

Submission + - Swedish MPs: Legalizing File Sharing Only Solution ( 1

CrystalFalcon writes: In the past week, the file sharing debate has exploded in Sweden, with numerous mainstream politicians finally having understood the issue. Last week, seven Swedish MPs wrote a prominent opinion piece saying that fully legalized file sharing is not just the best, but the only solution. Now, that number has increased to 13, and the issue seems to keep growing. Good summaries at TorrentFreak and P2P Consortium. Original opinion piece in English here.

Submission + - End of 32 Bit Time Problem 1

georgetirebiter writes: "At least one large, very successful financial services organization in the last few days fell victim to the Unix year 2038 problem when trying to create a standard 30 year risk contract in their proprietary financial software. The problem occurred when trying to make a standard time call in sql. I wonder how many other programmers have had to try to solve this problem in legacy systems? What solutions did they use? Is this really an incipient and perhaps more serious successor to the Y2K bug?"

Submission + - Microsoft Says Blu-Ray For 360 Is Possible (

wanderingknight writes:
The latest company to possibly jump on the Blu-ray bandwagon is none other than Microsoft itself, the backers of the rival HD-DVD format. According to BetaNews, Albert Penello, director for global marketing at Microsoft, revealed that while his company will continue to back the HD-DVD for the 360, that because of the external drive capability of the Xbox, that it would be also possible to ship a Blu-ray drive for the game machine if HD-DVD didn't survive the battle against Blu-ray.


Submission + - Microsoft tries to get writer fired! 1

Blake Gombrich writes: "As a loyal reader I feel it is my duty to inform you of this: I am a regular on the Penny Arcade forums and one of the developing stories I have been watching is one in which one of my fellow PAers seems to be having a bit of trouble with Microsoft. After moving from the UK to the States, he had problems getting his Live account working in his new area. He called Microsoft with help on the issue. As I understand it, all calls were unhelpful, emails ignored and 2 advisers on phone support told him to "go back to England". Amazing. Now it is apparent that he works for a gaming publication. He posted the situation in his blog to raise awareness of the issue. In what shocked me, a representative from Microsoft called his editor and asked that he be dropped from the writing team! Apparently this was requested to remove "any contention between the publication and Microsoft." In my honest opinion this is totally unacceptable. As writers and bloggers yourselves this kind of behavior should alarm (if not anger) you. As a 360 owner myself this is very troubling, and as a gamer this is infuriating. Here is the forum thread with all the information: Thank you for your time and keep up the good work! Blake Gombrich"

Submission + - Managing Memory Leaks (C/C++)

cbart387 writes: I'm sure many of us have encountered a memory leak while testing programs. Memory leaks that only manifest over 'loops' of running a segment of code. This is what I encountered with a C++ project I am currently working on. I got it under control by running Valgrind.** Valgrind, to me, seems to do a decent job with memory leak detection. Also it is highly customizable and has other detection besides memory leaks. My question is, what are the slashdotters preferred tools to use for memory leak detection?

**I used wikipedia since Valgrind's server seems flakey. Valgrind's site is here if you wish to take a chance.

Submission + - When Superconductivity Became Clear (to Some) (

mlimber writes: The New York Times has a story in today's science section recounting the history of superconductivity — a problem which a number of notable theorists such as Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr and Pauli attempted but failed to solve. The three men who solved it received a Nobel for their work, which is hailed as "one of the greatest achievements in physics in the second half of the 20th century."

Submission + - Recent Valve Region Locking?

dalboz writes: I just received this email from Dungeon Crawl, an Australian online games retailer. Is it true that Valve have introduced new region locking as recently as last week?

Dear customer,

In the last few days we have received multiple emails about the versions
of Half Life Orange Box and Counter Strike Source we have been selling.

The following error has occurred when customers have attempted to install
their game:

"This product code is only valid for Russia and nearby territories. Since
you are not currently in that region, this product code cannot be activated."

We can assure customers that the products are not Russian, this is Valve
lying to the end-user. We have supplied you with Asia region official products
that were fully Australian compatible up until a few days ago. Up until last
week, we had sold hundreds of each product to 100% satisfied Australians,
this reflected in our perfect feedback for these items.

Just this week, Valve decided to put in place previously non-existent region
restrictions on these products that will restrict new accounts. Now, every
single version of Half Life Orange Box, CS Source and related steam titles
cannot be activated unless the product code being used matches the exact
territory it is being activated in.

This is not a case of Valve blocking cheap Russian copies, they are region
locking every single official version so that they can force each territory
to pay a different price. This kind of region locking with PC games is previously
unheard of. It represents a new low for the game industry and a new high
point for publisher greed, with Valve now forcing Australians to pay RRP

Unfortunately, this all means that we must undertake to accept returns of
these products from all customers who have bought from us and are experiencing
the above problem with their product key.

Please return your product in its original condition (including full packaging)
& the new cd-key to:

Dungeon Crawl Pty Ltd
PO Box 904
Sunshine Post Shop, Victoria 3020

Bear in mind that before a refund is issued all cd-keys will be tested for
the above error. The product key must be new and not be attached to an existing
steam account.

We apologise greatly for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused.

The publisher has demonstrated complete contempt for us (the reseller) and
you (the end-user) by region locking a product without warning and months
after release.

We may never again stock Valve products and encourage customers to reconsider
supporting a publisher which repeatedly attempts to manipulate the market
at the expense of the average gamer.

Thankyou for your patience,
Dungeon Crawl

Submission + - How Ron Paul Changed Politics (

Anti-Globalism writes: "We laugh at independents because we know that most Americans have taken one side or the other, and use that idea set as common ground with others to drum up public support for their businesses, personalities, films and books. You can convince anyone youre a friendly good guy by being liberal and permissive, or convince those experienced enough to be cynical that youre a realist by drawing a clear line between whats acceptable and not. Its more than a political view; its a definition of your personality, and a reflection of the audience to which you want to appeal. In a more cynical statement, we want liberal neighbors and conservative bankers and lawyers, because those are the personalities who either leave us alone or work carefully with our money, respectively.

With this in mind, Pauls success is nothing short of amazing. Candidates like Nader and Badnarik appeal to a small few who are already alienated, but scare off most voters because the single-minded single-solution approach they have taken does not address a range of problems. Paul took basic conservative values, and applied to them a traditionalist twist as interpreted through the mechanism of modern libertarianism. He is both recognizably part of something we would like, which is a solid and moral conservative leader, and a bridge to a new way of thinking about government.

How Ron Paul Changed Conservatism"

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