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$10 Million Lawsuit Against Wikipedia Editors "Stragetically" Withdrawn 51

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First time accepted submitter The ed17 (2834807) writes with new developments in the $10 million defamation lawsuit against a few Wikipedia editors. From the article: On the same day the Wikimedia Foundation announced it would offer assistance to English Wikipedia editors embroiled in a legal dispute with Yank Barry, the lawsuit has been dismissed without prejudice at the request of Barry's legal team — but this action is being described as "strategic" so that they can refile the lawsuit with a "new, more comprehensive complaint."

Comment: Re:Violation Video? (Score 1) 228

by Ichijo (#47486483) Attached to: Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

I think you're narrowly defining "speeding" to mean "exceeding the posted speed limit." Using a more broad definition that includes the reasonable and prudent speed under the given conditions (visibility, weather, road condition, etc.) and following distance (i.e. tailgating or not), you will find a wealth of data that shows that speed does indeed contribute to the rate of collisions.

And of course the amount of damage in a collision is proportional to the square of the velocity.

Comment: Re:Violation Video? (Score 1) 228

by Ichijo (#47485917) Attached to: Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

It has been documented that these cameras cause more rear end collisions because of this fact.

That's because of people speeding. The faster you drive, the less time you have to react to the light changing or the driver in front of you stopping. In fact, the time you are given to react can even be negative if you drive too fast.

Therefore, if safety is the goal (big if), red light cameras should also be speed cameras. Without people speeding as they approach traffic lights, there will be far fewer rear end collisions and far fewer red light infractions.

+ - Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove Of Private Data->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Point-of-sale systems aren't cheap, so it's not unusual for smaller merchants to buy used terminals second-hand. An HP security researcher bought one such unit on eBay to see what a used POS system will get you, and what he found was distrubing: default passwords, a security flaw, and names, addresses, and social security numbers of employees of the terminal's previous owner."
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+ - Sony Forgets to Pay for Domain, Hilarity Ensues->

Submitted by Dragoness Eclectic
Dragoness Eclectic (244826) writes "Early Tuesday, gamers woke up to find out that they couldn't log in to any Sony Online Entertainment games--no Everquest, no Planetside 2, none of them. Oddly, the forums where company reps might have posted some explanation weren't reachable, either.

A bit of journalistic investigation by EQ2Wire came across the explanation: SOE forgot to renew the domain registration on, the hidden domain that holds all their nameservers. Oops! After 7 weeks of non-payment post-expiration, NetworkSolutions reclaimed the domain, sending all access to Sony's games into an internet black hole this morning. Sony has since paid up, but it takes a while for DNS changes to propagate around the world. SOE's president, John Smedley, has admitted that the expiration notices were being sent to an "unread email" address. Good job, guys."

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+ - Australian Electoral Commission refuses to release vote counting source code->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Australian Electoral Commission has been fighting a freedom of information request to reveal the source code of the software it uses to calculate votes in elections for Australia's upper house of parliament. Not only has the AEC refused an FOI request for the source code, but it has also refused an order from the Senate directing that the source code be produced. Apparently releasing the code could "leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation"."
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Comment: Re:this is a good thing (Score 1) 230

by Ichijo (#47442861) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

Rather than pushing others down, they pull others up by creating jobs and demand.

It takes two people to create a job: one to offer the position, and one to accept it. Otherwise, the job hasn't really been "created." Proponents of trickle-down theory usually seem to ignore this fact.

Meanwhile, those who offer the positions are greedy and are always trying to pay as little as they can get away with, so I wouldn't consider them to be any more virtuous than those who accept the positions.

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