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Comment: Re:It's the cold and Isolation (Score 1) 159

by Ambush (#40305359) Attached to: Russian Programmers Dominate At Google Code Jam

I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic, but yes, people should have access to computers in prison. Unlike in USA, many other countries do actually try to get prisoners back to being normal, productive people instead of just punishing them. Now, internet access and such is another point because that could be used to communicate with other criminals outside.

Actually, you might be surprised. Some prisons do provide web and email access, albeit extremely filtered, logged, etc. The issue at hand is that the vast majority of work-place jobs require some interaction with a keyboard and screen, and that without adequate experience with computers then ex-offenders' job prospects include only labouring work and similar. The cost of recidivism is far higher than the cost of rehabilitation (assuming the offender wants to be rehabilitated, of course).

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+ - Aussie prisoners escape lock-in with Ubuntu 2

Submitted by Ambush
Ambush (120586) writes "Shameless self-plug... A prison in Canberra Australia is deploying another 30 transparent desktops running Ubuntu Linux for use by their inmates. This will supplement stage-1 of a network comprising of Ubuntu servers and desktops which my company recently deployed. Prisoners have extremely limited access to email and web browsing, as well streaming media, educational applications, etc. More info here."
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+ - Aussie prisoners escape lock-in with Ubuntu PCs-> 1

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bfire (666) writes "Prisoners at two jails in Australia have implemented a centrally managed and distributed desktop environment that runs on the Ubuntu OS. Desktops boot from a central server but everything executes in local resources. The desktops are assigned to 'realms', such as a cell block wing, and each realm has a system image (with the Ubuntu OS and all necessary applications) that loads onto the PC at boot and can't be modified. The makers hope the Prison PC could eventually provide a single, centrally-managed device to replace a PC, TV, DVD player and stereo in individual cells. They also hope prison authorities will elect to stream online radio, IP and free-to-air TV, on-demand video such as for education, and even minority religious content using the system in the future. The system is already gaining international interest because it also means that custodians could deny or revoke rights to use parts of it, without having to go to the cell and forcibly remove the kit as punishment."
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+ - Skype-Linux reads /etc/passwd and firefox profile!->

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mrcgran writes "Users of Skype for Linux have just found out that it reads the files /etc/passwd, firefox profile, plugins, addons, etc, and many other unnecessary files in /etc. This fact was originally discovered by using AppArmor, but others have confirmed this fact using strace on versions 1.4.0.94 and 1.4.0.99. What is going on? This probably shows how important it is to use AppArmor in any closed-source application in Linux to restrict any undue access to your files."
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