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Submission + - Canadian professor denied US entry for taking LSD

iceOlate writes: Vann sez, "Vancouver psychotherapist Andrew Feldmar has been barred from entering the United States. The reason? During a random stop-and-search at a US/Canadian border crossing, a Google search of his name led to his article from the Spring 2001 'Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts.' In it Feldmar describes two acid trips he took under the supervision of his graduate advisor in psychology — in 1967. This turns out to have been enough to earn him a life-time ban under the grounds of 'admitted drug use.'

"Feldmar *was* told he could apply for a waiver, and that after a year, and at a cost of around $3,500, he had a '90% chance' of its being granted.
"Oh — and he'd have to go through the process each time he wanted to travel to the US."
The Courts

Submission + - Utah Rethinking Anti-Keyword Advertising Law

Eric Goldman writes: "Slashdot previously reported on Utah's recent law banning trademark-triggered keyword advertising. This week, a group of technology executives met with Utah legislators to discuss the law, and it looks like the legislature is rethinking its position. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, "Legislative leaders are looking to tweak a troublesome trademark protection program rather than defend it in court, after an unprecedented meeting with Internet power brokers who would prefer the new registry be scrapped.""

Jobs Says People Don't Want to 'Rent' Music 203

eldavojohn writes "PhysOrg is running a piece on a recent speech by Apple CEO Steve Jobs about DRM free music. While we know that Jobs is a self proclaimed proponent of DRM free music who's not all talk, he's now said that 'by the end of this year, over half of the songs we offer on iTunes we believe will be in DRM-free versions. I think we're going to achieve that.' Jobs pointed out what's obvious to us, the consumers, but isn't obvious to the music industry — 'People want to own their music.' He also dismissed subscription based music as a failure, and claimed a lot of other music labels are intrigued by the EMI deal."

Submission + - AT&T CEO Announces Retirement

nehumanuscrede writes: AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre announced his plans to retire at the annual stockholders meeting today.

The official notification follows:

A message from Ed Whitacre

Today at our annual stockholders meeting, I announced my intent to retire as Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer at AT&T Inc., effective June 3.

Also today, the Board of Directors elected Randall Stephenson to succeed me as the new CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Among my last responsibilities as your CEO is to ensure a smooth, seamless and efficient transition. We have a well-planned succession process underway, and we have a steady, experienced management leading the way. Randall and I are committed to making this as transparent as possible for everyone.

You will hear more about this in the days ahead. In the meantime, I want you to know how proud I am of the outstanding job you do every day to take care of our customers and to reward the trust of our owners.

It has been an indescribable privilege to serve as your CEO. Our company is strong and our path forward is clear. The future for the new AT&T is very bright. For now, let's stay focused on the job at hand and continue producing the kind of results that have made us the biggest...and the best... in the world.

Thank you.

Ed Whitacre

Submission + - SCO Given Delisting Notice

SCO Delenda Est writes: "The SEC has given SCO notice that they will be delisted from the NASDAQ if they cannot keep their share price above $1 sometime in the next 180 days. Although they may be able to avoid delisting for a while, their small market capitalization will hinder their efforts. Given their other financials, this just goes to show how desperate their current financial situation is."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Feds go after E-Gold

An anonymous reader writes: The inevitable has finally arrived, the feds are going after E-gold and its associated digital currency exchangers. A four count indictment against owners Douglas L. Jackson, Reid A. Jackson, and Barry K. Downey was unsealed today in Washington DC charging them with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, operating an unlicensed money transmitting business under federal law, and transmission of money without a license under D.C. law. It seems E-gold will still honor existing commitments to most small account holders although the DOJ is also seeking to freeze specific large accounts.

From the article:
"The DOJ also obtained a restraining order to prevent the defendants from unloading their assets as well 24 seizure warrants on more than 55 accounts believed to be property involved in money laundering and the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business."

http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/04/27/HNdigita lcurrencycharges_1.html
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/or l-bk-brevardmoney042707,0,5539803.story?coll=orl-h ome-headlines
http://www.pr-inside.com/digital-currency-business -e-gold-indicted-r107629.htm

Student Attempting To Improve School Security Suspended 282

TA_TA_BOX writes "The University of Portland has handed a one-year suspension to an engineering major after he designed a program to bypass the Cisco Clean Access (CCA). According to the University of Portland's Vice President of Information Systems, the purpose of the CCA is to evaluate whether the computers are compliant with current security policies (i.e., anti-virus software, Windows Updates and Patches, etc.). Essentially the student wrote a program that could fool the CCA to think that the computers operating system and anti-virus were fully patched and up to date. 'In the design of his computer program, Maass looked at the functions CCA provides and identified vulnerabilities where it could be bypassed. He wrote a program that emulated the same functions as CCA and eliminated some security issues. He says that the method he chose is "one of six that I came up with." Maass says his intent was not malicious. Rather, the sophomore says he was examining vulnerabilities so that they could be fixed. "I was planning on going to Cisco with the vulnerability this summer," Maass says. '"

Submission + - SCO shipping MPlayer with DLLs

evilviper writes: Everyone's favorite company (SCO) is now distributing everyone's favorite GPL'd Unix video program (MPlayer) for their UnixWare and OpenServer operating systems. With it, they are including numerous codecs in the form of Windows DLLs, from Microsoft, Apple, RealNetworks, and others. This brings up numerous questions about the legality of re-distributing freely downloadable files, and the enforceability of EULAs on the related software. It also raises the question of whether the GPL extends to closed-source, binary code being loaded by GPL'd programs at runtime, such as DLLs or Linux kernel modules.

http://www.sco.com/products/docs/MPlayer%20for%20U W714%20&%20OSR6-FINAL.pdf
http://www.sco.com/support/update/download/release .php?rid=270
http://www.sco.com/support/update/download/release .php?rid=271
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Is Commercialization Killing Open Source?

An anonymous reader writes: IBM, Sun, Novell, and Red Hat all have a very significant open source element to their businesses. In addition to these juggernauts, there is growing investment in open source models. Will money flowing into open source destroy its roots? Mark Hinkle just posted an editorial asking the questions Is Commercialization Killing Open Source? in which he comments on "opensville" and gives some actual investmet data, and a lot of inisght into the growing trend in "open source commercialization".

Feed News: CSSEdit adds 'X-ray Inspector' (macworld.com)

MacRabbit is offering a major overhaul with its CSSEdit 2.5 update -- the CSS page editor now features an X-ray Inspector that integrates CSS files from your Web page and a selection builder that describes styles in plain English.

Feed Mac 911: Avoiding spam (macworld.com)

There are good tools for filtering spam, but what can you do to avoid it in the first place? Nothing will keep you spam-free, but these techniques can help lessen the load.

No problem is so formidable that you can't just walk away from it. -- C. Schulz