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Submission + - Texas public charter schools teach creationism (

SeattleGameboy writes: Slate has a fascinating expose on teaching materials used by one of the largest public charter schools in Texas. Not only are they disputing evolution and teaching creationism, but they also twist world history, denigrates feminism and sexual orientation.

With so many tech companies basing their operations in Texas, on wonders how you can find enough workers with critical reasoning skills.

Submission + - Can a Creationist be a effective tech writer? ( 2

SeattleGameboy writes: A well-known tech and culture writer for New York Times and Slate published and article where she announced that she is a Creationist. Do you believe someone who does not believe in science should/can cover tech subjects for magazines and newspapers? Hamilton Nolan at Gawker doesn't seem to believe this is a good idea. Isn't this something like CommanderTaco becoming a fashion editor at Vogue?

Submission + - Online Parody Cartoon Targeted for Prosecution (

SeattleGameboy writes: It seems that Renton (suburb of Seattle) police needs remedial course on US Constitution.

"The Renton City Prosecutor wants to send a cartoonist to jail for mocking the police department in a series of animated Internet videos. The "South-Park"-style animations parody everything from officers having sex on duty to certain personnel getting promoted without necessary qualifications. While the city wants to criminalize the cartoons, First Amendment rights advocates say the move is an "extreme abuse of power."

Submission + - SC Primary - First probable voting machine fraud? (

SeattleGameboy writes: South Carolina sure knows how to pick'em. Alvin Greene is a broke, unemployed guy facing a felony obscenity charge. Oh, he is also the brand new Democrat Senate nominee from South Carolina. Tom Schaller at does a detailed analysis of how a guys like this wins a primary race and much of the signs point to voting machine fraud "Those three are Darlington, Horry and Marlboro, and there are two others, Bamberg and Fairfield, with zero residual GOP votes (i.e., the total number of GOP voters in the county is identical to number cast in the GOP gubernatorial), which McDonald informs me is very, very rare." points out ( that South Carolina uses ES&S voting machines which have had strings of problems before and has no audit trail.

Is this the first documented case of voting fraud via voting machines?

Submission + - Scalpers earn $25 million hacking ticket sites (

SeattleGameboy writes: Online ticket brokers known as 'Wiseguy Tickets and Seats of San Francisco' used bots, server farms, and CAPTCHA hacking to buy vast number of premium tickets (Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, NFL and MLB Playoffs, etc.) and made $25 million in profits.

They wrote a script that impersonated users trying to access Facebook, and downloaded hundreds of thousands of possible CAPTCHA challenges from reCAPTCHA. They identified the file ID of each CAPTCHA challenge and created a database of CAPTCHA “answers” to correspond to each ID. The bot would then identify the file ID of a challenge at Ticketmaster and feed back the corresponding answer. The bot also mimicked human behavior by occasionally making mistakes in typing the answer, the authorities said.

I guess you can break systems like CAPTCHA if want it bad enough.

Submission + - Is a fancy case worth $3000 for a BR player? (

SeattleGameboy writes: Lexicon BD-30 Blu-Ray players is a $3500 high-end audiophile's dream (just read the review here). Only problem; it is just a re-badged Oppo BDP-83 player with a fancier case. Sure, re-badging happens all the time, but they don't usually result in 500% markup (Oppo player retails for $500). Yet another nail in the coffin for how much "audiophile" reviews (and gears) are really worth. Do read the comments section in the review above, it is hillarious!

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