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Idle

+ - Star Wars-themed Proposal During Graduation Speech->

DevanJedi writes: He said: ""Where is Rachel? You know which one, Rachel Roy," Gordon said as he began to close his speech. "Rachel, my love for you burns hotter than the two suns that orbit Darth Vader's home planet of Tantuin. You are the most beautiful and interesting person I know and together we can do it.""
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Businesses

+ - China Toy Boss Kills Self After Recall->

DevanJedi writes: "The head of the Chinese toy manufacturer who is at the centre of the big recall committed suicide by hanging himself in his warehouse. It seems like a close friend of his sold him "fake" paint. The most telling quote from the AP article, however, is that "it is common for disgraced officials to commit suicide in China.""
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Books

+ - Harry Potter and a Goblin's Take on Copyright->

DevanJedi writes: "Here's a passage from page 517 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : (Ron's brother Bill is warning Harry against trusting a goblin Griphook.) "You don't understand, Harry, nobody could understand unless they have lived with goblins. To a goblin, the rightful and true master of any object is the maker, not the purchaser. All goblin-made objects are, in goblin eyes, rightfully theirs. [...] They have, however, great difficulty with the idea of goblin-made objects passing from wizard to wizard. [...] They consider our habit of keeping goblin-made objects, passing them from wizard to wizard without further payment, little more than theft." These goblins sound like our friendly neighborhood MPAA/RIAA lawyers!"
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Privacy

+ - FBI Employees Face Criminal Probe Over Patriot Act->

DevanJedi writes: "According to an article at Wired.com, "FBI personnel who used misleading emergency letters to acquire thousands of Americans' phone records are the subject of a criminal investigation [...] The privately disclosed investigation would mark the first time government officials have faced possible prosecution for misuse of Patriot Act investigative tools.""
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United States

+ - Hacktivism Questions for Presidential Candidates 1 1

DevanJedi writes: "I am putting together a questionnaire of issues important to the geek hacktivists for each of the candidates for next years US Presidential Election. Most of the web sites of these candidates do not come close to addressing the issues that are important to us today and will affect society in general tomorrow. Issues of privacy, copyright and fair use, net neutrality, the DMCA, the PATRIOT act will obviously come up, but what are the questions that you would want to put to the people who may have the power to change the rules of the digital game?"
Software

+ - Ten Years of "The Cathedral and the Bazaar"->

DevanJedi writes: "This year, that seminal work by Eric S. Raymond turns ten years old. The book that added to the geek language, changed the browser wars and was printed with an Open Source Document License, is still relevant after a decade and the bazaar development model still powers thousands of software projects."
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OS X

Sun Joins Mac Open Office Development 171 171

widhalmt writes "In a blog post, a developer at Sun Microsystems announces that Sun will help with porting Open Office to Mac OS X. The open source office suite is well known on Linux and Windows, but does not have a native version on Mac OS. For a long time Sun did not want to join the development of that port but now they will actively push it."

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