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+ - 22 Million missing emails from Bush Administration->

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GNUALMAFUERTE
GNUALMAFUERTE writes "Twenty-two million missing e-mails from the Bush White House have been found, according to two groups that are settling lawsuits they filed over the issue. A former Bush spokesman, though, dismissed the claim as overblown.

The announcement came from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, both of which were settling lawsuits they filed in 2007 over the failure of the Bush White House to install an electronic record keeping system. The groups said computer technicians uncovered the missing e-mails.

Meredith Fuchs, general counsel to the National Security Archive, said "many poor choices were made during the Bush administration and there was little concern about the availability of e-mail records despite the fact that they were contending with regular subpoenas for records and had a legal obligation to preserve their records."

"We may never discover the full story of what happened here," said Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director. "It seems like they just didn't want the e-mails preserved.""

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Censorship

+ - Australian Internet Filtering Scheme Gets Green Li->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Yes, folks, it's true: the Australian Government, on the back of the technical trials, has declared that it will be introducing legislation to make Internet filtering mandatory for all Australian ISPs. Watch the speed of Australian 'net access slow significantly; innocent websites get blocked; and the bad guys accessing the stuff they want regardless. Sigh. Anybody have a good job going in New Zealand, by any chance?"
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+ - Australian Gov introduces mandatory ISP filtering->

Submitted by Sharky2009
Sharky2009 (1561535) writes "The Australia Government will introduce legislative amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act to require all ISPs to block Refused Classification (RC)-rated material hosted on overseas servers. The introduction of mandatory ISP-level filtering follows the release of the Enex TestLab report which trialed the viability of ISP-level filtering among nine Australian ISPs."
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+ - Manditory Net filter to be introduced in Australia

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "New legislative amendments to be introduced to the Broadcasting Services Act when parliament resumes next year could see all internet service providers block refused classification-rated material hosted on overseas servers.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/isp-filtering-plan-to-go-ahead/story-e6frgakx-1225810665832"
Google

Google Opens Up (Some) Search Algorithms 86

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the nobody-else-has-a-million-servers-anyway dept.
overmars writes "After years of closely guarding the formula for its search algorithms, Google is opening up a little. The search engine company has kept its search formula a closely guarded secret for two reasons: competition and to prevent abuse, said Udi Manber, Google's vice president of engineering, search quality, in a post on the corporate blog. Manber said the blog post is the first part of a renewed effort at the company 'to open up a bit more than we have in the past.' Manber said the most famous part of Google's ranking algorithm is PageRank, an algorithm developed by Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. While PageRank is still in use, it is a 'part of a much larger system,' he said. 'Other parts include language models (the ability to handle phrases, synonyms, diacritics, spelling mistakes, and so on), query models (it's not just the language, it's how people use it today), time models (some queries are best answered with a 30-minutes old page, and some are better answered with a page that stood the test of time), and personalized models (not all people want the same thing),' he said."
Security

+ - WGA rats on aborters

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The new version of Microsofts Windows Genuine Advantage Notification phones home — even if the user chooses not to install it and presses "cancel". heise Security documented the oputbound communication with a packet dump. Microsoft says, they are only doing this "to improve the quality of the WGA for users.""
AMD

AMD's "Frantic Price Cuts" May Pressure Intel 135

Posted by kdawson
from the chips-falling-where-they-may dept.
kog777 writes in with news of a Needham analyst report alerting their clients to a possible price war between AMD and Intel. Analyst Y. Edwin Mok notes that AMD has cut its prices three times in three weeks. He says that Dell has been playing off the two chipmakers against one another to drive costs down. He suggests that bargain-hunting clients avoid both AMD and Intel stock for now. As an aside, Mok notes that so far Vista is not causing a spike in demand for chips. This story hasn't been picked up very widely; other coverage is at Seeking Alpha.
Communications

+ - Realtime visualization streaming global blog data

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mooksha
mooksha writes "A couple of bright Swedes have concocted this amazing screensaver as their Master Thesis project. It is utterly pointless but actually very cool. The treats of a typical screensaver. :)

Blog data is collected from all over the world and streamed in realtime via Amazon S3 to all instances. Data is visualised with OpenGL, and the location of each blog post indicated on the earth using the lat/long of the server. Not very representative, since most large blog tools are hosted in the US. Language detection would have been more appropriate.

See YouTube video of the visualization and it's possible to download the screensaver on www.twingly.se."

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