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UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game 598

Posted by timothy
from the thought-police's-little-helper dept.
magic maverick writes "Reuters reports that three men were arrested for posting anti-Semitic comments on Twitter following the English Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United in October, police said on Friday. 'Two men, aged 22 and 24, were arrested on Thursday in London and in Wiltshire, while a 48-year-old man was arrested at his home in Canning Town in London last week on suspicion of inciting racial hatred. The investigation following the match on October 6 was triggered by complaints about tweets that referred to Hitler and the gas chambers.' I guess it goes to show, you'd be stupid to use your real name or identifying details on Twitter. Perhaps the British should also work on reforming their laws on free speech (or lack thereof)."
Education

Texas School Board Searching For Alternatives To Evolutionary Theory 763

Posted by Soulskill
from the guns-evolved-from-the-jesus dept.
An anonymous reader writes "[Ars Technica] recently reviewed the documentary The Revisionaries, which chronicles the actions of the Texas state school board as it attempted to rewrite the science and history standards that had been prepared by experts in education and the relevant subjects. For biology, the board's revisions meant that textbook publishers were instructed to help teachers and students 'analyze all sides of scientific information' about evolution. Given that ideas only reach the status of theory if they have overwhelming evidence supporting them, it isn't at all clear what 'all sides' would involve."
Google

French Telecom Claims To Have Forced Google To Pay For Traffic 207

Posted by Soulskill
from the setting-a-precedent dept.
Dupple writes "The head of French telecoms operator Orange said on Wednesday it had been able to impose a deal on Google to compensate it for the vast amounts of traffic sent across its networks. Orange CEO Stephane Richard said on France's BFM Business TV that with 230 million clients and areas where Google could not get around its network, it had been able to reach a 'balance of forces' with the Internet search giant. Richard declined to cite the figure Google had paid Orange, but said the situation showed the importance of reaching a critical size in business. Network operators have been fuming for years that Google, with its search engine and YouTube video service, generates huge amounts of traffic but does not compensate them for using their networks. An editorial piece at GigaOm says Google is abandoning its principles and giving Orange 'the incentive to demand the same from other content providers.'"
Medicine

Doctors Transplant Same Kidney Twice In Two Weeks 130

Posted by samzenpus
from the reduce-reuse-recycle dept.
kkleiner writes "Twenty-seven-year-old Ray Fearing suffered from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a common type of kidney disease, and needed a new kidney. His 24-year-old sister, Cera Fearing, wanted to give him hers. The transplanted kidney immediately began to grow diseased, so doctors removed it. But then something happened that, according to the doctor who performed the procedure, had never been done before. The unhealthy kidney was removed from Ray, and replanted into another patient, and the kidney became healthy and has remained in this second patient ever since."

Comment: Re:Much needed catalogging (Score 1) 113

by Skywings (#39608055) Attached to: CPU DB: Looking At 40 Years of Processor Improvements
I must confess, I never proof read my own writing and often I will think faster than I can type. The result is that I occasionally drop a word or two. What I meant to say there was "On a slightly different note." But I don't think the loss of that one word changes the meaning of the sentence a whole lot as that phrase was a bit superfluous anyway.

Comment: Much needed catalogging (Score 4, Insightful) 113

by Skywings (#39606853) Attached to: CPU DB: Looking At 40 Years of Processor Improvements

Technology, as it is today, is all too fleeting. New technology is being pushed out at an ever increasing rate with the new products quickly supplanting the old. The old is then quickly forgotten. I applaud the effort of this group in its work to keep a living record of the heart of the machines that have been the core of most of lives for almost half a century.

On a slightly note, I believe we need better cataloging of technology in general as many old file are effectively being lost due the technology require to read them no long exist. Of course this raises further questions of how to maintain such cataloging as the cataloging infrastructure ages so that the data doesn't get lost. Oh what a vicious cycle it is.

Comment: Re:Or you never visualized them in the first place (Score 4, Insightful) 845

by Skywings (#38324926) Attached to: Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?
Believe it or not it is something I and many others do every. Sure we crank everything though spreadsheets and all sorts of other tools, but its always easy to place an extra zero, drop a zero or transpose number. At least if you have a ballpark figure you know if something is an order of magnitude off it can't possibly be right.

Comment: False positive and false negatives (Score 0) 231

by Skywings (#38309874) Attached to: Cnet Apologizes For Nmap Adware Mess
While it is good to see a detected false positive rectified it is a situation that should not have happened in the first place. When governments tread down the dangerous road of censorship it is better to err on the side of false negatives than false positives. False negatives do not hurt anyone if the rate is low enough but a false positive can generate much notoriety for the government. It makes the government seem unusually cruel and overbearing and gives the impression they are trying to exert tight and almost claustrophobic control over the population. Erring the other way can make a government appear more benevolent and will appear to be looking out for the best interest of the people and so what if they miss a few, the government is trying its best.

Comment: Re:who still uses telnet? (Score 1) 238

by Skywings (#35019316) Attached to: Hackers Bringing Telnet Back
I wouldn't have imagined that in this day and age there would many servers out there still with an active telnet service but I do know that a few ADSL modems out there and the odd network attached device. If you run a server and you leave your servers wide open you are asking for trouble. I've learned my lessons the hard way as I blundered my way into setting up my own LAMP based webserver and leaving openings wider than the Grand Canyon. When you're 15, a little knowledge can me dangerous. To cut a long story short, a lot of data was lost and a lot of time was wasted getting thing back up and running. Dumb things I did included opening up telnet to the world, trivial passwords, same passwords used everywhere and allowing root to login from telnet.
Image

Inmates Escape As Guard Plays Plants Vs. Zombies 87 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the prioritizing-priorities dept.
dotarray writes "Everybody knows that there's a certain risk one takes when playing addictive, engrossing games can be trouble when you're meant to be doing something else. The prevalence of awesome games on the iPhone hasn't helped that risk. A Plants Vs. Zombies loving police officer has learned this the hard way after an escape."
Image

Son Sues Mother Over Facebook Posts 428 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-your-family-status dept.
Most kids hate having their parents join in on a discussion on Facebook, but one 16-year-old in Arkansas hates it so much he has filed suit against his mother, charging her with harassment. From the article: "An Arkadelphia mother is charged with harassment for making entries on her son's Facebook page. Denise New's 16-year-old son filed charges against her last month and requested a no-contact order after he claims she posted slanderous entries about him on the social networking site. New says she was just trying to monitor what he was posting." Seems like he could just unfriend her.

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