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Comment Re:Welcome to the USA (Score 4, Insightful) 296

Indeed. If I were among these 84,000 site owners, I would be talking to a lawyer about a very large libel suit.

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should at least now make clear that all those sites were unrelated to that kind of activity. A very simple way of doing this that costs next to nothing is by publishing a list of those 84,000 domains at their own site saying they had nothing to do with it. That way, site owners could link to that page and clear their reputation.

Comment Malaria has already been successfully eradicated (Score 1) 832

Malaria has already been successfully eradicated following a test on Moheli Island off the east coast of Africa, where the disease was endemic, by a Chinese team who used nothing but artemisinin combined with another drug as a mass treatment to 40,000 people.

Submission $942 for a favicon->

doperative writes: "In an office in London, a web designer uses a larger version of a web logo to create a "favicon" [for] the Information Commissioner's Office website.. what's been generated has to be created against a set of "functional specifications" laid out in the contract for the job .. getting everyone involved to approve the favicon that has been created means .. charges about £500; add VAT at the rate prevailing in 2010 and you reach £585 ... link
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Submission Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical? 3

theodp writes: 'Except for a few odd jobs,' wrote an advice seeker to The Ethicist (NYT), 'I had been out of work for nine months when I was offered a job setting up an [IT] offshore help desk. Would it be ethical to accept the offer?' Randy Cohen, who pens The Ethicist column for the Times, not only advised the job seeker that it was indeed okay to help co-workers lose their jobs, but also seemed to suggest that it would be unethical for him not to offshore the jobs, saying: 'Some people feel we have a greater ethical duty to those closest to us — our neighbors — but in an era of global trade and travel, that is a recipe for tribalism and its attendant ills.' The job seeker, who noted his father's auto-industry job was outsourced, chose to ignore Cohen's ethics advice — as well as his own wife's — and declined the job out of principle. He continues to seek work. Comments?

Comment Re:Hacking Facebook to Plant Evidence (Score 1) 191

Maybe I didn't explain it well. If Facebook posts are being used as evidence to incriminate someone, then by hacking that someone's account and posting illegal stuff on his/her behalf, that someone could get into a lot of trouble. How can Mark Zuckerberg prove he didn't post himself that ‘social business' stuff linking to Nobel Price winner Muhammad Yunus? What f it had linked to illegal stuff, is he responsible for that, since it originates from his account?

Submission Passwords Reset->

sticks_us writes: Providing a model for responsible security practices (unlike a certain other recent example), this weekend SourceForge did the right thing. All registered users received this email early this morning:

We recently experienced a directed attack on SourceForge infrastructure ( and so we are resetting all passwords in the database — just in case.

Our investigation uncovered evidence of password sniffing attempts. We have no evidence to suggest that the sniffing attempt was completed successfully. But, what we definitely don’t want is to find out in 2 months that passwords were compromised and we didn’t take action.
So, we’ve invalidated all account passwords, and to access the site again, everyone will need to go through the email recovery process and choose a shiny new password.

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Submission The Internet Running Out of IPv4 Addresses->

OneThousandOneWebs writes: According to several measures by experts, the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority), an ICANN-operated organization which administers the Internet's IP address infrastructure and root servers, has run out of IPv4 address blocks to assign to RIRs (Regional Internet Registries).

What does all mean to the average user? What are the consequences, if any? It sounds a bit like the 2k scare.

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