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Censorship

+ - YouTube Censorship Reform->

Submitted by segagman
segagman (1234136) writes "YouTube's System for removing videos is being abused and many users with opposing views have resorted to false flaging, votebotting (running software that auto votes one star on videos) and filing false DMCA notices on users in an effort to silence them.

    Many people who have been unfairly censored have tried many things (email, mirroring videos, phoning...) to try and get google to reform their broken system but to no avail.

    This is a call to action, YouTube is the largest video sharing site in the world and the users demand reform!

    Please sign the petition to help get the message across to google that freedom of speech is vital to every society.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/StopYouTubeCensorship

http://www.censortube.eu/

http://code.google.com/p/gdata-issues/issues/detail?id=1743 Stared higher than any other issue on Googles code page with currently 2689 stars.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=243505071752"

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Microsoft

+ - What to do with Paper MCSEs

Submitted by
Cros13
Cros13 writes "I'm a senior engineer at a Microsoft gold partner. I recently discovered that a colleague new to my company has built up his MCSE through NDA-violating brain dumps. I reported this to management at my company and the response has essentially been support of this practice. The individual in question has now purchased further NDA-violating material on the company training budget and is planning to take another Microsoft certification.

Has anyone out there found themselves in a similar situation?
Can action be taken against this individual?"
The Internet

Towards a World Wide Grid? 105

Posted by samzenpus
from the one-world-government dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "In recent months, the concept of 'cloud computing' was all the buzz. European researchers think about another name, the World Wide Grid, which could run on top of the Internet. In an article to appear soon, ICT Results will report about the g-Eclipse project. As the scientists said, 'the g-Eclipse project aims to build an integrated workbench framework to access the power of existing Grid infrastructures. The framework will be built on top of the reliable eco-system of the Eclipse community to enable a sustainable development.' The project started in July 2006 and was successfully completed in June 2008 for a total cost of €2.5 million, including a EU contribution of €1.96 million."
Software

Adobe Releases C/C++ To Flash Compiler 216

Posted by samzenpus
from the transmutations dept.
SnT2k writes "Adobe recently released the beta version of Alchemy which compiles C/C++ code into AS3 bytecode (which runs on AVM2) that can run on the Flash or Flex platform and boasts increased performance for computationally-intensive tasks (but still slower than native C/C++). It was demonstrated last year during the Chicago MAX 2007 to run Quake. A few months later it has been demonstrated to run a Python interpreter and Nintendo Emulator. One interesting tidbit is that the thing is built upon the open source LLVM Compiler Infrastructure."
Portables (Apple)

Apple's New MacBooks Have Built-In Copy Protection 821

Posted by timothy
from the presumption-from-on-high dept.
raque writes "Appleinsider is reporting that the new MacBooks/MacBookPros have built-in copy protection. Quote: 'Apple's new MacBook lines include a form of digital copy protection that will prevent protected media, such as DRM-infused iTunes movies, from playing back on devices that aren't compliant with the new priority protection measures.' Ars Technica is also reporting on the issue. Is this the deal they had to make to get NBC back? Is this a deal breaker for Apple or will fans just ignore it to get their hands on the pretty new machines? Is this a new opportunity for Linux? And what happened to Jobs not liking DRM?"
Businesses

Interviewing Experienced IT People? 835

Posted by timothy
from the experience-is-not-just-a-euphemism dept.
thricenightly writes "After more than 20 years in IT I've learned that the most valuable people in a team are frequently the old timers. Young pups straight out of college might (think they) know all the latest buzzwords and techniques, but in the real world, where getting working products delivered on time and on budget is of paramount importance, people who have been doing the job for a decade or two tend to be the people I'd rather be working alongside. I've recently been elevated to a position where I get to interview and choose those who get hired in my department. Although I'm very much focused on choosing the right person for the role regardless of age, experience or whatever, it's probably fair to say the more mature applicants will get a more sympathetic hearing from me than they might from most other interviewers for IT roles. The question is, what do I ask older applicants to get them to demonstrate the value of their experience? My current gambit is something like 'IT is seen as a young man's game. My next applicant after you is 23 years old. What do you know that he doesn't?' This gets responses ranging from the vague to the truly enlightened. All next week I'm interviewing for a number of senior software designer and developer roles. What should I be asking of the more experienced applicants, and what responses should I be looking out for?"
Media

Monty Python Banks On the Long Tail Via YouTube 222

Posted by timothy
from the finally-a-perfect-use-for-the-foot-icon dept.
JTRipper writes "Monty Python seems to have done the right thing. Instead of issuing take down notices of their videos on YouTube, they are doing it better themselves with their own YouTube channel. They are putting all their clips (including snips from their movies) up in a decent resolution, with the only caveat being a link to buying the movies and TV episodes from Amazon."
Intel

+ - Intel intros 2.93GHz quad-core processor

Submitted by Dr. Damage
Dr. Damage (123558) writes "Intel has released its most powerful CPU ever, the Core 2 Extreme QX6800, and The Tech Report compares it to 16 other processors, from AMD's Quad FX down to the cheapest dual-core. The CPUs are tested in 32- and 64-bit applications in Windows Vista x64, including Oblivion, Supreme Commander, Folding@Home in Linux, computational fluid dynamics, and power efficiency. Unsurprisingly, the QX6800 creams the competition."

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