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Comment: IT creep (Score 1) 2

by Billosaur (#22213434) Attached to: Desk jobs and getting fat (not phat)

I'm going through the same thing myself. The problem is that it's very hard to force yourself to go out and walk around at work. The most walking I do is to the cafeteria. When I worked in NYC, I had a lot more walking to do, because I walked from Penn Station to my office, 20 minutes each way. Now I'm much too sedentary; combine that with having too much work waiting at home (renovations, children, laundry, etc.), lack of sleep (5 hours or less a night), and bad eating habits (I find myself snacking after 9 pm), I've gone from a 36 inch waist to a 40.

The Courts

+ - No Right to Privacy When Your Computer Is Repaired-> 3

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Billosaur writes "ZDNet's Police Blotter bring us the interesting story of a Pennsylvania man who brought his computer into Circuit City to have a DVD burner installed on his computer and wound up being arrested for having child pornography on his hard drive. Circuit City employees discovered the child pornography while perusing Kenneth Sodomsky's hard drive for files to test the burner, then proceeded to call the police, who arrested Sodomsky and confiscated the computer. Sodomsky's lawyer argued in court that the Circuit City techs had no right to go rifling through the hard drive, and the trial court agreed, but prosecutors appealed and the appeals court overturned the lower court's decision, based on the fact that Sodomsky had consented to the installation of the DVD drive and the techs "weren't randomly perusing the drive for contraband, but instead were testing its functioning in a 'commercially accepted manner.'""
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Education

+ - John Haught on Theology and Science->

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Billosaur writes "Salon.com has this excellent interview with John Haught, a Roman Catholic theologian at Georgetown University, whose newest book ("God and the New Atheism") takes a look at how religion and science can co-exist. He testified in the landmark 2005 Dover trial, against intelligent design. He does not see evolution as something that invalidates theology, but pushes theology to re-examine its view of God. As well, he believes that the "new atheism" (proposed by Richard Dawkins and others), whereby God can be removed from the equation as some sort of delusion, as showing too much faith in science's ability to identify and explain the functioning of the universe."
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Security

+ - IT Pro Admits Stealing 8.4M Consumer Records->

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Billosaur writes "The Channel Register is reporting that a database administrator at Fidelity National Information Services, a consumer reporting agency in Florida, has admitted to stealing more than 8.4 million account records and selling them to a data broker. The DBA, William Gary Sullivan, faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of $500,000. He worked at a subsidiary of Fidelity and used his access to its database to steal customer names, addresses and financial account information, then used a business he incorporated to sell the list to an accomplice, who eventually sold it to direct marketing firms."
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Operating Systems

+ - Commodore 64 Still Beloved After All These Years->

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techsoldaten writes "CNN is running a story about the Commodore 64 and how people are still devoted to it after all these years. From the article, "Like a first love or a first car, a first computer can hold a special place in people's hearts. For millions of kids who grew up in the 1980s, that first computer was the Commodore 64. Twenty-five years later, that first brush with computer addiction is as strong as ever." Now if they will only come talk to me about my 8088."
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Communications

+ - Site to Resurrect Dead Forum Comments->

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Billosaur writes "May the airing of grievances commence! Via Wired, we find out that Billy Chasen, responsible for the exploded iPod display is starting a new website called "Don't Censor Me", dedicated to horror stories about online moderators and their negative treatment of comments/posts. It is described as a site to counterbalance unfair website moderation. Apparently Digg is such a large offender that it has its own tab."
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