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Comment Re:No offense... (Score 1) 1117

Do you honestly think the school is giving away laptops out of the good of their heart? Sorry, the students are getting these because they will be required to do work on them. That may seem like it's no big deal to you but as an 11th grader with a really stupid/crazy IT admin, we can't even get to Google Images here (or any search engine other than google for that matter). In google, the safesearch is turned all the way up, and still I'de say a good 90% of what we can even see on the search list is blocked by a company called lightspeed. This renders all of the school computers basically useless and nobody wants to even attempt doing their schoolwork on them anymore. I don't have a problem with this so I just don't use the computers because I'm lucky enough to have a high-speed connection at my home. We live in an area with no broadband and pretty much the only fast connection most people can access is at that school. It's really shameful that they let a Christian extremist set up our filter. She has even stated in an email she sent to every teacher in the school that her #1 priority wasn't the students, it was keeping the network safe she was threatening to take away teacher computer privileges for letting kids use flash drives to move their work between computers. To add insult to injury, we have several networked hard drives that the students are no longer able to use because she says it's a "security risk". The teachers have no way around the filters and we can't even use the run command on these things (I use run to open word, paint, etc,. so I don't have to click around). In case I haven't got the point across these computers are WORTHLESS. If they were to give us laptops with the same ridiculous policies, not only would I remove them, I would teach everyone I know how to do the same and tell them to teach everyone they know.

Comment Re:Affecting other ISPs (Score 1) 413

I've also noticed my latency TRIPLE based on pinging Google (from 30ms average to 100ms average). I've been checking my equipment for malfunctions for days and have been unable to find any. I use a small ISP that is not involved with Sprint or Cognet, I hope the FCC gets involved in this.

95 Of Every 100 Windows PCs Miss Security Updates 126

An anonymous reader writes "From Computerworld today: 'Nearly all Windows computers are likely running at least one unpatched application and about four out of every ten contain 11 or more vulnerable-to-attack programs, a vulnerability tracking company said today.' The new data comes from Secunia's free security-patch scanner the Secunia's PSI. The complete data run-down is available here."

Submission + - Mandatory internet filters to protect children ( 5

CaptainDefragged writes: Just announced on the Australian ABC News site Senator Conroy says it will be mandatory for all internet service providers to provide clean feeds, or ISP filtering, to houses and schools that are free of pornography and inappropriate material. ... Senator Conroy says anyone wanting uncensored access to the internet will have to opt out of the service, and will work with the industry to ensure the filters do not affect the speed of the internet.
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Submission + - Fox News Excludes Ron Paul from Presidential Debat (

kaynaan writes: Fox News has excluded Ron Paul from participating in the last debate the weekend before the primary election begins. The debated occurs on January 6, less than one day after two back to back Republican and Democratic debates are being held at the same location. IANAL but isn't this going too far even for FOX ??

Submission + - Film Pirates for a Better Tomorrow

hydrarchist writes: The League of Noble Peers has just released a follow-up to their documentary, Steal This Film (about piracy conflicts and culture in Sweden.) Unsurprisingly, the new documentary is called "Steal This Film 2, The Dissolving Fortress" , and tells a tale inserting wherein p2p users join a historical thread disturbing power through communications shifts throughout the ages, starting with the printing press. They're also looking for contributions, financial and in-kind, to their media effort. It is also available on the The Pirate Bay where it currently has nearly 3,500 seeds!

Submission + - 3 heads are better than (

toby1 writes: Niiiice ... 3 cards in SLI giving 2.8 times the performance of a single card — but can we believe the hype?

Submission + - Court Allows Company To Copyright Cease & Desi (

An anonymous reader writes: Techdirt has the news of a lawsuit where a company was allowed to claim copyright on a cease-and-desist letter that an anonymous blogger had posted to a blog. The company then used the DMCA to not just get the C&D taken down, but to try to find out the identity of a *different* anonymous blogger that it was accusing of libel. This could create chilling effects for anyone who tries to post a cease-and-desist letter online, as you might now face copyright violation charges on the C&D in addition to whatever the C&D was originally for.

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