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Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 578

by NJVil (#24545737) Attached to: The Flat Earthers Are Still With Us

The problem is that they do join school boards and force the teaching of their ideas in public schools. Just as non-mechanics have no authority in an auto shop (and can, in fact, put real mechanics in danger) and non-programmers have no authority when coding (and can, in fact, undo weeks worth of work with their incompetence), flat earthers and other related idiots simply have no business being anywhere near a school where they can and will taint the atmosphere with their willful ignorance. It's one thing to teach children to question; it's something else to abuse children by filling their minds with total rubbish to the point where they have no solid grasp of reality to recognize nonsense when they hear it.

Hardware Hacking

+ - Church of Scientology website attacked by hackers-> 3

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DragonFire1024
DragonFire1024 writes "Wikinews has learned that according to an Internet posting made just over 24 hours ago, the Church of Scientology's website is being attacked by hackers, causing the site to shut down.

The attack was launched on Wednesday by a user labelled "Anonymous", on the website "Insurgency Wiki", a spinoff of 4chan. The "History" section of the site explains, in a satirical fashion, that the incident was prompted by the Church of Scientology's attempts to remove a promotional video featuring Scientologist Tom Cruise from YouTube. Though YouTube is complying with the Church of Scientology's requests to take down the video, other sites such as Gawker.com have stated that they will keep hosting the video.

Writing in a blog post, Matthew Ingram of The Globe and Mail dubbed the ongoing conflict involving the Church of Scientology's attempts to remove the Cruise video from the Internet: "Scientology vs. the Internet, part XVII". He characterized the conflict between the Church of Scientology and anonymous posters of the Cruise video as "another small skirmish in a war that Scientology has been waging for almost 15 years, since the early days of newsgroups such as alt.religion.scientology, which posted internal church documents in 1994. Lawsuits have been filed, mailing lists have been shut down, homes of discussion group participants have been raided and their computers seized — an all-out war."

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Church_of_Scientology_website_being_attacked_by_hackers"

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Google

Google Reader Begins Sharing Private Data 313

Posted by kdawson
from the thought-it-was-your-data-eh dept.
Felipe Hoffa writes "One week ago Google Reader's team decided to begin showing your private data to all your GMail contacts. No need to opt-in, no way to opt-out. Complaints haven't been answered. Some users share their problems, including one family who says they won't be able to enjoy this Christmas because of this 'feature.' Will Google start doing this with all their products? You can check a summary of complaints in my journal here or browse the whole thread in Google Groups."
United States

+ - U.S. House says the Internet is terrorist threat

Submitted by
GayBliss
GayBliss writes "The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 1955) last month, by a vote of 404 to 6, that defines the Internet as a terrorist tool that Congress needs to develop and implement methods to combat. The first 3 "findings" pretty much sums it up:

`The Congress finds the following:

`(1) The development and implementation of methods and processes that can be utilized to prevent violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence in the United States is critical to combating domestic terrorism.

`(2) The promotion of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence exists in the United States and poses a threat to homeland security.

`(3) The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens.
The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote. So where do you suppose they are going with this? Should we wait around to find out, or is it time to call your congressman?"
Censorship

+ - Linux Users Can't Sell On eBay-> 2

Submitted by bobintetley
bobintetley (643462) writes "Many Linux/Firefox users are reporting problems uploading images to eBay. Having tested this myself, it is indeed completely broken. Why eBay would break standard HTTP uploads by using IE specific javascript to "check the file exists" boggles the mind. This problem has been reported to eBay since late October, but so far with no resolution. eBay have since stated that only IE is supported. I guess when you have no real competition you can pull stunts like this."
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Space

+ - Obama to cut NASA budget for education

Submitted by mknewman
mknewman (557587) writes "MSN is reporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's education policy is causing a stir ... but not all in a good way. Advocates for space exploration are noting with dismay that he'd take billions of dollars from NASA to pay for the educational programs he'd like to expand.

The shift from exploration to education came last week when Obama talked up his $18 billion education plan during a New Hampshire campaign swing. Actually, the reference to NASA comes at the end of a 15-page document laying out the details behind the plan (PDF file):

"The early education plan will be paid for by delaying the NASA Constellation Program for five years, using purchase cards and the negotiating power of the government to reduce costs of standardized procurement, auctioning surplus federal property, and reducing the erroneous payments identified by the Government Accountability Office, and closing the CEO pay deductibility loophole. ..." http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/11/26/481595.aspx"
The Internet

+ - Wikipedia Cabal Confirmed- don't be 'disruptive'->

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wikiwhistleblower
wikiwhistleblower writes "Not-so-secret cabal made even less secret by the antics on Wikipedia, plus you can now be blocked just for "creating controversy." And don't think you can be private if you use an alternate account, because admins could link it to one which contains your real name, with no warning."
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Software

+ - BSA Bully Over Small Businesses, Becomes RIAA-2-> 2

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Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "Michael Gaertner worried he could lose his company. A group called the Business Software Alliance was claiming that his 10-person architectural firm was using unlicensed software._______________ The alliance demanded $67,000 — most of one year's profit — or else it would seek more in court. "It just scared the hell out of me," Gaertner said._______________ Targeting small businesses is lucrative for the Business Software Alliance, the main copyright-enforcement watchdog for such companies as Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc. and Symantec Corp._______________ Of the $13 million that the BSA reaped in software violation settlements with North American companies last year, almost 90 percent came from small businesses._______________ Gaertner, who worried his BSA encounter would crush his business, wants to rid himself of the Autodesk, Microsoft and Adobe software involved in the case."It's not like they have really good software. It's just that it's widespread and it's commonly used," he said. "It's going to be a while, but eventually, we plan to get completely disengaged from those software vendors that participate in the BSA."_______________ ( http://techluver.com/2007/11/25/piracy-fight-makes-enemies-bsa-bullying-over-small-businesses/ )"
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The Almighty Buck

+ - BSA Piracy Fight Makes Enemies of Entrepreneurs ->

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vaporland
vaporland writes "An analysis by The Associated Press reveals that targeting small businesses is lucrative for the Business Software Alliance, the main copyright-enforcement watchdog for such companies as Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec and Apple. For example, BSA claimed that a 10-person architectural firm in Galveston, Texas, was using unlicensed software, and demanded $67,000 — most of one year's profit — or else it would seek more in court.

The AP found that, of the $13 million that the BSA reaped in software violation settlements with North American companies last year, almost 90 percent came from small businesses. The BSA considers software pirated if a receipt cannot be produced, no matter how old it is, and even if a company possesses the original media. MPAA, RIAA take note!

The BSA generally demands at least twice the retail price, charging the "unbundled" price for software that may have originally come bundled with a computer, like Microsoft Office.

Kudos to the AP for uncovering this story (and the story of Comcast's P2P IP "traffic shaping") and explaining it in a way that the common businessman can understand."

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United States

+ - A New France is Born->

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reporter
reporter writes "According to a report by the "Times Online", President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed changing the work rules for public-sector employees so that they meet private-sector standards in France. For example, railroad operators can currently retire on a full pension at the age of 50 (which corresponds to roughly 32 years of employment if you began work at the age of 18). Other employees can retire on full pension after 37.5 years of work instead of the usual 40 years. Sarkozy has prosposed requiring that everyone work, at least, 40 years. Well, his proposal triggered a nasty response from the unions. According to a report by the "International Herald Tribune" and another report by the Associated Press, France is entering its second week of nationwide strikes, which are primarly affecting the transportation sector.

In the past, the public tended to support the strikers, but now most French people are condemning them for being a bunch of spoiled brats. Today, "despite freezing weather, about 10,000 people marched in Paris to demand that railroad workers return to work and that the government not back down from its efforts at reforms."

Are we seeing the birth of a new France, returning to its rightful place as an economic and cultural superpower? Vive la France!"

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Privacy

+ - Japan to start fingerprinting foreigners again

Submitted by
rabiddeity
rabiddeity writes "If you're planning to visit Japan sometime in the near future, you may want to reconsider. Last year, Japan's parliament passed a measure requiring foreigners to submit their fingerprints when entering the country. The measures, which apply to all foreigners over 16 regardless of visa status, take effect tomorrow. The worst part: the fingerprints are stored in a national database for an "unspecified time", and will be made available to both domestic police and foreign governments."
The Courts

+ - FBI Doesn't Tell Courts About Bogus Evidence

Submitted by dprovine
dprovine (140134) writes "According to a joint investigation by series of articles in The Washington Post and 60 Minutes, a forensic test used by the FBI for decades is known to be invalid. The National Academy of Science issued a report in 2004 that FBI investigators had given "problematic" testimony to juries. The FBI later stopped using "bullet lead analysis", but sent a letter to law enforcement officials saying that they still fully supported the science behind it. Hundreds of criminal defendants — some already convicted in part on the testimony of FBI experts — were not informed about the problems with the evidence used against them in court. Does anyone at the Justice Department even care about what effect this will have on how the public in general (and juries in particular) regards the trustworthiness of FBI testimony?"
Music

+ - Universal Offers Classical, Jazz Catalog DRM-Free-> 3

Submitted by Mode_Locrian
Mode_Locrian (1130249) writes "Gramophone Magazine reports that Universal Classics and Jazz will be making its entire catalogue available for sale in DRM-free form. While Universal stresses that this will be a trial run, it certainly looks like a step in the right direction. Now, if only they'd offer downloads in formats other than mp3..."
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Anime

+ - Comcast targets unlicensed anime torrents-> 3

Submitted by
SailorSpork
SailorSpork writes "According to the linked thread on the forums of AnimeSuki, a popular anime bittorent index site, Comcast has begun sending DCMA letters to customers downloading unlicensed (meaning that no english language company has the rights to) fan-subtitled anime shows via bittorrent. The letters are claiming that the copyright holder or an authorized agent are making the infringement claims, though usually these requests are also sent to the site itself rather that individual downloaders.

My question is have they really been in contact with Japanese anime companies, or is this another scare tactic by Comcast to try and reduce the bandwidth use of their heavier customers now that their previous tactics have come under legal fire?"

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