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"Super Monkey" Security Force Used At Commonwealth Games 66 66

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has increased the strength of its monkey security team for the Commonwelath Games. The large langur monkeys are used to scare away smaller, more troublesome primate species from sporting arenas and food stalls. "From tomorrow onwards we will increase the number of langurs from 28 to 38. The additional langurs will take care of the Games venues and other important areas," an NDMC official told the Press Trust of India news agency. Sounds like a good idea until the monkeys learn how to throw barrels.
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UK ISPs Profit From Coughing Up Customer Data 59 59

nk497 writes "ISPs in the UK are charging as much as £120 to hand customer data over to rightsholders looking for proof of piracy, according to the Federation Against Software Theft. While ISPs have to hand over log details for free in criminal cases, they are free to charge in civil cases — and can set the price. 'In 2006, we ran Operation Tracker in which we identified about 130 users who were sharing copies of a security program over the web,' said John Lovelock, chief executive of FAST. 'In the end we got about 100 names out of them, but that cost us £12,000, and that was on top of the investigative costs and the legal fees.'"
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Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It 273 273

An anonymous reader writes "Be careful mentioning Dr. Ann De Wees Allen. She's made it clear that she's trademarked her name and using it is 'illegal... without prior written permission.' She even lists out the names of offenders and shows you the cease-and-desist letter she sends them. And, especially don't copy any of the text on her website, because she's using a bit of javascript that will warn you 'Copyright Protect!' if you right click on a link."
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Frustrated Reporter Quits After Slow News Day 178 178

Norwegian radio journalist Pia Beathe Pedersen quit on the air complaining that her bosses were making her read news on a day when "nothing important has happened." Pedersen claimed that broadcaster NRK put too much pressure on the staff and that she "wanted to be able to eat properly again and be able to breathe," during her nearly two-minute on-air resignation.

Comment Re:Is a company really like a person? (Score 1) 450 450

"...act in it's own best interest with no regard to the well being of others".

When people act like this we call them sociopaths.

Symptoms (courtesy of Wiki) include:

        * Persistent lying or stealing
        * Apparent lack of remorse or empathy for others
        * Poor behavioral controls... threats, aggression, and verbal abuse...
        * Recurring difficulties with the law
        * Tendency to violate the boundaries and rights of others

Successful corporations are "people" with antisocial personality disorder, lawyers, and lobbyists.

Comment Re:Hell Pizza is Awesome! (Score 1) 164 164

Serious answer?

The Kiwi is the NZ national bird. Its distinctive profile has appeared on NZ military uniforms dating back to the Boer War, and WWI. NZ soldiers apparently acquired the "Kiwi" nickname from the uniform patch, and the nickname then spread to mean any New Zealander.

Comment Re:This sounds like the worst job ever... (Score 1) 364 364

Brilliant! You've just inspired me to present a business case to the company for a development project...

Concept: Pornographic image filtering software that can detect and obscure content of purely prurient nature without false positives obscuring content of artistic value.

I'm going to need several really big graphical displays and to amass a very large library of material for testing and comparative analysis of artistic value... and a private office.

Comment Re:Which VERSION? (Score 1) 714 714

#3 may also be called Theistic Evolution.

Although exact definitions of Theistic Evolution do vary the basic idea is that the scientifically identifiable and verifiable process of evolution through mutation and natural selection is the mechanism by which god has caused the current state of life... and leaving abiogenesis aside is completely compatible with #5 (and possibly #4 depending of how much, or how little "guiding" goes on).

While personally agnostic, if I were religious I'd find the idea of a god who created all of the scientific systems we observe at the very beginning of the universe and then let things run to reach this point a far more awe inspiring concept than a young-earth creationist deity who made mud-people 6000 years ago.

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New Hungarian Government OMGs All Gov Sites 59 59

An anonymous reader writes "The new Hungarian government chose to replace the home pages with a 'disclaimer' page on several governmental websites such as ministries or the Foreign Office. The title and the main message is 'OMG,' which is followed by an explanation that the inherited websites 'lack any kind of uniform structure' and this is 'unworthy of Hungary.' Today is the takeover day in most ministries for the new administration."

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