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+ - Coyne-Haught religious debate video released-> 1

Submitted by tkel
tkel (2454568) writes "On October 12, 2011 Theologian John Haught publicly debated prominent evolutionary scientist and atheist Jerry Coyne at the University of Kentucky. Although both agreed to a videotaping of the event, Haught later prohibited it's release because he felt he had been treated unfairly. Coyne released blog posts addressing the matter as an offense to free speech. Reviewing their new status in the blogosphere, Haught and his associates at the University of Kentucky have decided to release the video."
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+ - Facebook Easily Infiltrated By Bots->

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itwbennett writes "Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) created a network of 102 bots designed to mimic humans on social networks, and released them on Facebook with the intent of befriending as many users as possible and collecting private information. After an 8-week test, the researchers found that they were able to defeat Facebook's fake account detection mechanisms 80% of the time. Not too surprisingly, bots using female profiles had a better chance of having their friend requests accepted."
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+ - Consumer Tech: An IT Nightmare->

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snydeq writes "Advice Line's Bob Lewis discusses the difficulties IT faces in embracing the kinds of consumer technologies business users are demanding they support. 'Let's assume the consumerization of IT is the big trend many think it is. But using consumer tech in a business environment is a very different matter from being satisfied with consumer tech in a business environment. One of IT's legitimate gripes is that we're often asked to turn consumer-grade technology into business-grade technology with a wave of our magic wands. On top of the intrinsic technical challenges, there's this: IT doesn't have anything that even resembles a methodology for performing the business analysis we need to figure out what it means to put consumer tech to productive day-to-day use.'"
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+ - A sad day for internet freedom in France

Submitted by ChunKing
ChunKing (513714) writes "The French Senate has approved a bill which allows an internet content regulator to impose a "three-strikes-and-you're out" rule on users they say are illegally file-sharing.

Not only does this restrict internet freedom, but it has worrying implications for privacy, as ISPs snoop on les monsieurs data...

Read more here:

This comes despite an EU ruling last week on restrictions enforced by ISPs."

+ - YouTube to block UK music videos

Submitted by ChunKing
ChunKing (513714) writes "YouTube is to block all premium music videos to UK users after failing to reach a new licensing agreement with the Performing Rights Society (PRS). For many of us in the UK this is great news. The two main music licensing agencies in the UK — PPL and PRS — have a stranglehold on music use in this country and are stifling creativity.

PPL and PRS are way behind what the technology can now deliver, and another huge area of weakness in their approach is around licensing internet radio. These two bodies are way too greedy and are all too quick to try to extract their 'pound of flesh' from smaller broadcasters so it's fantastic news to see that a giant such as Google has had enough of them and has chosen to deprive them of significant revenues. Go Google!"

+ - BBC says "We'll ignore 600 Linux users"

Submitted by ChunKing
ChunKing (513714) writes "A classic case of foot-in-mouth syndrome this week from the possibly highly-educated and not-very-usefully-employed Director of Future Media and Technology at the BBC, Ashley Highfield who has claimed that among BBC's 17 million-odd users 5% of them use Macs but only about 400-600 users run Linux. The implication being that as so few users use Linux then they realistically be ignored with regard to the iPlayer and online media provision.

A Facebook group has already been started in an attempt to make Mr Highfield "eat his words" and in the great British tradition a petition is also under way. This blog site refers to figures from 2005 that would put Mr Highfield's wild and unsubstantiated claims out by at least a factor of ten.

Notwithstanding the fact that thousands of Linux users are also BBC licence payers, I wonder what response Slashdotters have to say to the BBC's Mr Highfield?"

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