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Submission + - AltSlashdot is coming ( 2

Okian Warrior writes: I've just now registered "".

I intend to run a site much like Slashdot used to be — better articles, less decoration and less "in your face" functionality. I'm revewing and getting comfortable with slashcode right now.

I'm looking for volunteers to help with setup and running the site. If the site becomes profitable, I intend to hire from the pool of volunteers. If you've ever wanted to participate in a site like Slashdot, here's your chance!

I'm particularly in need of people who can: .) Set up and manage a high-traffic site (servers, load-balancers, data sites, &c) .) Edit story submissions .) HTML, CSS, and script creation/bugfix/repair

Contact me if interested

John (at) AltSlashdot (dot) org


Submission + - Robotic Telepaths Select Between Food and Drugs, D (

brilanon writes: "So we have an evolution lab called Critterding where robotic shapes evolve to locomote and seek food using an eye, in a simple physics sandbox. Neural nets are designed by natural selection to respond to vision and move around in a competition to get food the fastest. No scores are kept, the critters' only goal is to reproduce and propagate their design. In this way you can slowly grow intelligent software controllers for your robots, resilient homing programs that socialize and paint, on a telepathic digital backstore that interconnects their brains like Rupert Sheldrake's morphic fields.

Sheldrake is a contemporary of Terence McKenna whose ideas about the role of drug foods in the emergence of language, spirituality and art influenced my decision to make critterdrug significantly. My program implements some ideas of both thinkers on evolution and biology. So it stands apart, but Critterding has moved on too and is worth trying on its own. Good luck, flamoot"


Submission + - Lunar Base Foe Romney Endorsement by Lunar Base Su (

MarkWhittington writes: "Mitt Romney has infamously suggested that the idea of lunar colonies is "zany" and his ridiculed Newt Gingrich's idea of building a lunar base by 2020. However Romney has been endorsed by a group of aerospace heavyweights, including Apollo moonwalker Gene Cernan and former NASA administrator Mike Griffin, many of whom have previously supported the idea of lunar bases."

Submission + - Microsoft ad photoshops out black guy... and Apple (

Geoffrey.landis writes: "Various tech blogs are buzzing over the fact that a Microsoft Ad in Poland used photo-manipulation techniques to alter the photograph by replacing the face of a black man in a conference room with a Caucasian face.

Even more amusing to me, however, is the notebook computer that the guy's using-- sleek white case, connectors on the side... yep, it's a MacBook.

But the distinctive Apple logo is airbrushed out.

(Also covered in news articles from: Information Week. Daily tech and many other places)."

Feed Techdirt: Lawyers Work Hard To Protect Us From Grand Theft Auto's Hot Coffee Mod. Your Cut (

Over two years ago, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas got into a bit of hot water over the "Hot Coffee" mod that allowed players to unlock a hidden mini-game that would then show characters engaging in (gasp!) consensual sex. Considering that the rest of the game was completely awash in acts of violence, which garnered it the appropriate "M" rating, all of the hubbub that arose over the mod seemed overblown, ultimately culminating in a class-action lawsuit against the game's publisher, Take-Two. Consumerist points to the recently released details of the settlement. What do you get? $5, if you don't have the receipt for the game -- for those that are more diligent about filing away their 2 year old video game receipts, $35. The lawyers' take? A cool million. In any case, here's some free advice for the much-anticipated next release in the Grand Theft Auto series, avoid lawsuits and don't hide the sex in the game this time.

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Submission + - Creationist museum facing extinction 2

gattaca writes: ""A Texas museum that teaches creationism is counting on the auction of a prehistoric mastodon skull to stave off extinction. The founder and curator of the Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum, which rejects evolution and claims that man and dinosaurs coexisted, said it will close unless the Volkswagen-sized skull finds a generous bidder. "If it sells, well, then we can come another day," Joe Taylor said. "This is very important to our continuing."""
Social Networks

Submission + - Making your Facebook profile worthless (

Dick Kennedy writes: We all know Facebook won't let you quit: you can deactivate an account, but not erase it. Many of us, who value our privacy, think this is disgraceful and arrogant. Facebook seems to think it owns us. But why worry? Just make sure all the information they have about you is false.
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Submission + - Scientists Discover the Undead in the Tropics (

inghamb87 writes: "From educational films like 28 Days Later and Dawn of the Dead to Max Brooks' historical work World War Z, we as a people have never been more informed or ready to fight a slow moving horde of the brain eating undead. But it turns out we may be erroneously fearing a human zombie horde while the real living dead may inhabit our walls, basements, and spaces under the refrigerator."

Submission + - USPS Allowed My Dangerous Package

Daniel writes: "Went to use the new Automatic Postage System at my local USPS. I had a teller walk me through the process.
You know how they always ask, "Any dangerous, explosive, chemical....items ?" I read the statement and checked yes. The teller told me I was wrong, and to try again. I think the Unibomber would have had a lot easier time just taking his packages into the Post Office himself. In this day and age, I can't believe he wasn't slightly suspicious that I knowingly admitting to something dangerous in my package."

Submission + - EMI music forces NZ National Party to recall DVDs (

RincewindTVD writes: Music 'similar' to Coldplay's Clocks has forced promotional material from NZ's National political party to be recalled, including DVDs sent out and online media.

Musicologist Dr Graeme Downes notes that the song Clocks and hte music in the promotional material are very similar and that he would not be willing to help defend the copyright infringement claims.

It looks like the Auckland artist and the production company that made this for the National party might be in a bit of hot water over this.

Forced recall details here:

Earlier details including notes from a musicologist here:

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Linux Business

Submission + - SCO = Link directory? (

tom66 writes: "It seems a recent change has become apparent: on the footer of SCO's homepage there are a collection of text-based ads for SCO's so-called 'partners': "SCO Partners click here to get free Search Engine Optimisation and Internet marketing services via an online IT software services directory plus affordable website design provided by Top100 and the internet marketing company. " Is this an attempt to cover the costs now SCO has filed for bankruptcy? Or is this a just a security breach?"

Submission + - Porn to be blocked by Australian Goverment (

wallior writes: In a bid to swing voters, John Howard is promising $189 million (AU) on 'cleaning up the internet'. Blocking pornography, removing terror sites and scouring MySpace and Facebook for online predators. Also included will be free internet blocking tools available for all families. The presentation was primarily aimed at Christian voters.

"...the federal Government will enter an unprecedented partnership with service providers to filter pornography at the source..."

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