Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Censorship

+ - AtomicMPC Forums Ban Linking to Other Forums

Submitted by
(SF)exlex
(SF)exlex writes "The popular forums for the Australian magazine AtomicMPC, a Haymarket Media publication, have banned linking to any other forums on the internet as described in their updated FAQ: ""Linking to any competitor site for the explicit purpose of recruiting new members is not allowed. It's simply bad form. We respect what you give, please respect what we provide. Linking to a competitor site that contains information related to the conversational topic at hand is fine. Acceptable examples: Posting to another tech site that has information not found on Atomic, or a game site that has exclusive information. Sending a PM to any member with the aim of recruiting for another site similar in forum content to Atomic is not allowed, and really is just plain bad manners. If you receive such a PM please report it to the moderators. These rules also apply to links in your sig."" In enforcing these rules members have been forced to remove any links to their personal websites in their sigs if they have a forum."
OS X

+ - Mac developer deletes home directory of pirates

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "http://www.versiontracker.com/php/feedback/article .php?story=20070207124614786 A program called display eater is eating the home directories of people using known pirated serial numbers. The home directory would be most simialar to the windows directory on a pc. The developer admits that there are several illegal cd-keys that unlock his demo program and that using such keys will "erase something". Many mac users and developers are expressing anger at such a move."
Music

+ - Boycott the RIAA in March

Submitted by
bblboy54
bblboy54 writes "Gizmodo has declared March the month to boycott the RIAA. Sound The Sirens and p2p.net have both already shown their support for this.
From the article:
Gizmodo is declaring the month of March Boycott the RIAA month. We want to get the word out to as many people as humanly possible that we can all send a message by refusing to buy any album put out by an RIAA label. Am I saying you should start pirating music? Not at all. You can continue to support the artists you enjoy and respect in a number of ways."
Education

+ - Wikipedia banned as source by history department

Submitted by hrvatska
hrvatska (790627) writes "An article in the New York Times reports on a ban by the history department at Middlebury College on citing Wikipedia in papers or exams. The ban came after a number of students used inaccurate information from the same article on an exam. The ban is being actively debated at the school, and does not apply to all departments. Jim Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, is quoted as saying "Basically, they are recommending exactly what we suggested — students shouldn't be citing encyclopedias. I would hope they wouldn't be citing Encyclopaedia Britannica, either." The article does not say whether or not the history department permits Encyclopaedia Britannica to be cited as a source."
Science

World's Largest Tropical Glacier Vanishing 462

Posted by Zonk
from the no-rest-for-the-chilly dept.
Socguy wrote with a link to a CBC article about the rapidly disappearing Peruvian glacier known as the Quelccaya ice cap. The world's largest tropical glacier was a hot topic this past Thursday at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Glaciologist Lonnie Thompson, and a team of Ohio state scientists, produced the stunning news that Quelccaya and similar formations are melting at a rate of some 60 metres per year. While polar ice caps have commanded attention in the discussion of global warming to date, these tropical caps are crucial to the well-being of ecosystems relying on an influx of mountain stream fresh water.
Censorship

+ - The Chinese Internet Crash of 2007 - Calamity or C

Submitted by
Tom Carter
Tom Carter writes "http://www.nowpublic.com/the_chinese_internet_cras h_of_2007_calamity_or_capitalism "Even multinational conglomerates Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, who are already struggling in the Asian market, are now regularly met with "cannot display" time-out errors. Conversely, China's e-commerce giants just don't understand what all the fuss is about.""
The Courts

+ - GPL click-through licenses?

Submitted by Kuciwalker
Kuciwalker (891651) writes "It seems that every other open-source program I download includes the GPL as a click-through license during the install. What's the point of this? If the GPL is a distribution, not use license then I don't do anything by agreeing to it during installation. Are we just so acclimated to clicking "yes" to an EULA, or are there valid legal reasons it's put there?"
Biotech

+ - Search for New Autism Genes

Submitted by
iuvasago
iuvasago writes "The largest search for autism genes to date, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has implicated components of the brain's glutamate chemical messenger system and a previously overlooked site on chromosome 11. Based on 1,168 families with at least two affected members, the genome scan adds to evidence that tiny, rare variations in genes may heighten risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). [Read More] from Physorg.com"
Emulation (Games)

+ - CoHEmu receives cease and desist from NCSoft

Submitted by
Malign
Malign writes "The CoHEmu (now known as CoXemu) Project received a cease and desist order from NCSoft today. The cease and desist can be found here: http://www.tonster.com/ncsoftceasedesist.pdf The CoHEmu Project is an open source City of Heroes and Villains server emulator written in C++. The topic in their project IRC channel reads: "cohemu site shut down" Apparently, the webhost that powered the project forum was taken offline by the ISP and the server maintainer had to call them and explain what was going on to get it back on the net. The project source code was completely open, but NCSoft accused them of using copyrighted material. They also warned of possible outcomes if the content was not brought down such as court and heavy fines of approximately $100,000 USD. Another emulation project bites the dust to the will of corporations."
Programming

+ - How do you change careers into programming?

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "I have worked in tech support for the last several years, but find myself wanting to move on to something else — programming. I've written some small programs in my limited spare time but nothing particularly impressive; just functional stuff to make my life easier. I've spent a lot of time recently working through programming books, and feel I'm ready to make the switch in my career. That said, I don't have a CS degree, and find that responses to my resume have been along the lines of "Thanks, but we aren't hiring for tech support positions." Surely someone from the slashdot crowd has been in the same position — what would you recommend?"
Networking

+ - How much storage do you "control"?

Submitted by linkedlinked
linkedlinked (1001508) writes "While looking for some old backups with a friend, we started talking about storage space, and how so many of our random files wind up in obscure places. We realized that each of us has "access" to a pretty sizable heap of storage (for college kids). I would guess that, between ftp accounts on friends' servers, random school storage space, root access to a few work servers, and my own half-dozen computers and servers, I probably have near 5-6 TB of usable storage. Out of curiosity, we decided to ask Slashdot- legality aside, how much storage space could you feasibly dominate on a whim?"
The Almighty Buck

+ - RIAA hires DJ's, then sends in the SWAT team

Submitted by
cancan
cancan writes "The NY times is carrying an article about how the RIAA is hiring hip hop artists to make mix tapes, and then helping the police raid their studios. In the case of DJ Drama and DJ Don Cannon (myspace warning), they were raided by SWAT teams with their guns drawn. The local police chief said later that they were "prepared for the worst." Men in RIAA jackets helped cart away "evidence"."

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.

Working...