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+ - The Role of Religion on Technology

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Anonymous Coward writes "Many types of media have been credited with being an influential force driving technology (such as porn), but is it possible that the next revolution in technology and software might come from an unlikely source, namely Religion? This appears to be a relatively untapped market, but as the article points out, the real progress might be how Religions themselves define the role of technology within the life of a Christian, which will in turn, make or break this potential "revolution"."
Google

+ - Google Search Screws Over SomethingAwful.com

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An anonymous reader writes "You may have heard of the humour website SomethingAwful.com. Apparently, for all of their long history they've been having a problem where their website is listed far down Google's results (often last) for searches related to the site (such as the names of features and articles on the site). For example, when I google for "Photoshop Phriday", the site isn't in the first ten pages of results, despite the fact that Google has indexed the relevent page. In fact, the first result is a noproxy.us proxied version of the relevant page, and the rest of the results are blog and forum entries referring to Something Awful. (Results are apparently better on many non-English versions of Google, however.)

It's far from clear what's causing this; the site's PageRank is apparently fine. Attempts to contact Google have fallen on deaf ears and dumb autoresponders. The site was even recently redesigned in the hope of fixing the problem, with no luck so far. Is the world's most popular search engine really this broken, and how much money are people bringing in from knowing the black magic to work around it?"
The Internet

+ - Non-Proft Web Site Uses Pyramid Scheme for Good

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jsburke
jsburke writes "The Darfur Wall is a web site that raises money for Darfur, Sudan, where 400,000 people have been killed and over 2 million displaced since 2003. The site recently introduced a referral program called 'Advocates,' which it describes as a 'pyramid scheme for good.' From their blog: 'The program works by providing a participant — an Advocate — with a personalized web-link. An Advocate shares this link with friends and asks them to click on it, visit darfurwall.org, and donate. The Darfur Wall recognizes the link and awards points to the Advocate ... Like a multi-level marketing scheme, the program creates a network effect. But Advocates is no Amway. One hundred percent of the money it generates supports peace in Darfur.'"

Comment: Re:your country is fucked (Score 1) 815

by Deoxyribose (#17624684) Attached to: Fighting Porn Vs. Ruining Innocent Lives
The point is, it's not that the EU governments are cracking down on anti-semetic views that's worrying (anti-semetism = not good), but more that a precedent has been set where the disputing of officially true information can become a crime.
Here's an extreme example:
You are a member of an oppressed minority.
One day, the government sends troops into your city and 50,000 other members of your group are killed.
The government says that only 100 were killed, by "vigilantes."
You publicly dispute this.
The government puts you in prison.

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