Adam Weiss writes "I am the creator and co-host of The Puzzle Podcast, a short weekly audio puzzle in the spirit of the Car Talk Puzzler and the NPR Sunday Puzzle. [For those of you who can use it, here's an iTunes link in case my site gets completely Slashdotted.] The puzzles we pose are from all genres, but so far, most of our puzzles come from books and games that are available commercially (we have of course been giving credit). I would love to be able to present our listeners with some puzzles that are in the public domain (or Creative Commons licensed) for variety and to support independent puzzle makers. Does anyone know of an online source of puzzles that would fit the bill?"
BostonBTS writes "According to this Macworld Story, the French Constitutional Council has made it illegal to film (or distribute video of) violence unless you are a professional journalist. The law was approved exactly 16 years after Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King were filmed by amateur videographer George Holliday. From the article:
"The broad drafting of the law so as to criminalize the activities of citizen journalists unrelated to the perpetrators of violent acts is no accident, but rather a deliberate decision by the authorities, said [Pascal Cohet, a spokesman for French online civil liberties group Odebi]. He is concerned that the law, and others still being debated, will lead to the creation of a parallel judicial system controlling the publication of information on the Internet.
DrEnter writes "According to this PC World story found on Yahoo!, the French government has made it illegal for anyone except a professional journalist to film or broadcast an act of violence. Civil liberties groups warn that the law could lead to the imprisonment of eyewitnesses who record acts of police violence, or the operators of web sites that publish them. The government is also discussing a method of government "certification" of web sites, blog hosters, mobile phone operators, and ISPs if they adhere to certain rules."
prostoalex writes "News.com.com says the art of writing newspaper headlines is changing due to reliance on search engines for traffic to newspaper archives. Forget about clever puns, double entendres and witty analogies: "News organizations that generate revenue from advertising are keenly aware of the problem and are using coding techniques and training journalists to rewrite the print headlines, thinking about what the story is about and being as clear as possible." One big winner for now is Boston.com, The Boston Herald property, which "had training sessions with copy editors and the night desk for the newspaper" to enforce Web-optimized keyword-rich headlines suitable for search engine queries."
slak11 writes "Thousands of visa applications and other sensitive documents, including paperwork submitted by top executives and political figures, sat for more than a month in the open yard of a San Francisco recycling center after they were dumped there by the city's Indian Consulate. It looks like even governments are incapable of handling an individuals confidential information properly. *sigh* Full story on the SF Chronicle website."
However, no indication was given of how much time was spent putting it off before it was begun.
No, but we do get a hint at it:
According to this AP article, the study entailed "10 years of research on a project that was supposed to take only five years."