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Journal: People who told you to "sit up straight" were wrong...

Journal by Firefalcon
The BBC has an article about research from the Radiological Society of North America, which proves that advice to "sit up straight" is wrong:

"Sitting up straight is not the best position for office workers...the best position in which to sit at your desk is leaning slightly back, at about 135 degrees."

So next time you are told to sit up and stop being lazy, you can point out that you are in fact sitting correctly (as for disproving being lazy, you're still on your own on that one).
Spam

Journal: SpamAssassin Rules Emporium Offline

Journal by Firefalcon

SARE, the SpamAssassin Rules Emporium where Spamassassin users can download useful anti-spam rule sets, has been down since yesterday (2007-06-07). (View rulesemporium.com via GoogleCache).

In the Spamassassin Users mailing list, one user suggested that it was related to the fact that surbl.org was also down, as was www.uribl.com, the latter of which, at the time of writing, is now showing an Apache default page saying "It works!".

According to a diary entry by Bojan Zdrnja at The SANS Institute, spammers have been carrying out a DDOS against these sites and also against Spamhaus (which appears to be weathering the storm better than the others).

"Yet Another Ninja" requested in a reply that users disable the downloading of Spamassassin rules from rulesemporium.com until further notice (RDJ = Rules Du Jour - described here).

Update 2007-06-09: URIBL is back online...

The Courts

Journal: Legal threat to wiki directory listing site

Journal by Firefalcon
In case this submittion doesn't make the cut: The BBC reports that a business listings website (Coral Cached) set up by a father and daughter in the UK has been threatened with legal action by directory firm Yell, who publish the Yellow Pages in the UK, Yellow Book in the USA, and TPI in Spain.

Yell's demands are that:
  • the Yellowikis site is shut down
  • control and ownership of the domain name is passed to Yell
  • compensation is paid to Yell for loss of profits
  • the founders agree never to set up another competitor to Yell

Is this another attempt by a company to claim trademark of a generic word or part of one (Yellow/Yell) and prevent it's use (like Microsoft and Windows), or is Yell just using any excuse to drive out a competitor?

One possible reason that things aren't going according to plan is that there never was a plan in the first place.

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