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Journal: Ron Paul's Racist Past 1

Journal by Infonaut

It's been touched on before in various Slashdot discussions, but the mainstream media is starting to pay more attention to Ron Paul, darling of the Internet libertarian set, and the attention isn't very flattering. An article in The New Republic, "Angry White Man" lays out in detail how Paul's newsletters have over the years published a wide variety of paranoid and racist material.


+ - Astronauts test sex in space 3

Submitted by Arevazi
Arevazi (935715) writes "The Guardian has a story about a book confirming that US and Russian astronauts have had sex in space for research programmes. The book (The Final Mission: Mir, The Human Adventure by Pierre Kohler) cites a confidential Nasa report on a space shuttle mission in 1996. A project codenamed STS-XX was to explore sexual positions possible in a weightless atmosphere. The result: only four positions were found possible without "mechanical assistance". One of the principal findings was that the classic so-called missionary position, which is so easy on earth when gravity pushes one downwards, is simply not possible."
The Media

+ - Promoting vs Describing your stuff on Wikipedia?

Submitted by Emmanuel
Emmanuel (569531) writes "An OT email (sorry its not yet up at Google groups) on the FF dev-extensions mailing list led me to this interesting discussion going on at Wikipedia whether the FF CookiePie extension has a right to have a page on Wikipedia. The discussion centers on Notability [defined as "worthy of being noted"]. A user called Veinor who claims to be pioneer in removing spam from Wikipedia has marked the article for deletion. A comparison is being drawn with Greasemonkey on Wikipedia which has passed the Notability test. Join in the discussion at r_deletion/CookiePie. Anyone is free to contribute. Has Sebastian Wain of crossed the fine line between describing and promoting? Note: The Notability guideline is itself under dispute at lity. Also check out the Wikipedia policies on Conflict on Interest and Advertising."
The Courts

+ - RIAA sues paralyzed stroke victim

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Waylon writes "It seems the RIAA will sue anyone, anywhere, even if you're a paralyzed stroke victim. Yes, Warner Music and the RIAA are suing a retired railroad man in Florida whose left side has been paralyzed by a stroke and whose sole source of income is his disability check. From the article: "Although the defendant John Paladuk, an employee of C&N Railroad for 36 years, was living in Florida at the time of the alleged copyright suit, and had notified the RIAA that he had not engaged in any copyright infringement, and despite that the fact that Mr. Paladuk suffered a stroke last year which resulted in complete paralysis of his entire left side and severely impaired speech, rendering him disabled, and despite the fact that his disability check is his sole source of income, the RIAA commenced suit against him on February 27, 2007.""
The Internet

+ - "NO HUNTING" in cyberspace!

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AlHunt writes "According to the AP and our friends at The Globe and Mail, A Texas businessman who wanted to allow computer users to kill from the comfort of their homes has instead spawned dozens of state laws banning the practice.

Mr. Lockwood, 42, said in an interview that he was trying to help disabled hunters when he ... linked a rifle to a digital camera and high-speed Web connection."

+ - MPAA Steals Code, Violates Linkware License

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MBrichacek writes "A blogger who wrote his own blogging engine called Forest Blog recently noticed that none other than the MPAA was using his work, and had completely violated his linkware license by removing all links back to the Forest Blog site, and had not credited him in any way. According to Patrick, it isn't something new to find his blogging software being used like this. What he finds really odd is that an organisation whose goal is to "protect" copyrighted creative works has no qualms in, essentially, stealing other people's work."

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