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News

+ - Pay or else, News Site Threatens-> 5

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WED Fan
WED Fan writes "An Up State NY news blog says users who read beyond a single page of an article must pay up or they will be tracked down:

A subscription is required at North Country Gazette. We allow only one free read per visitor. We are currently gathering IPs and computer info on persistent intruders who refuse to buy subscription and are engaging in a theft of services. We have engaged an attorney who will be doing a bulk subpoena demand on each ISP involved, particularly Verizon Droids, Frontier and Road Runner, and will then pursue individual legal actions.

They don't have a pay wall. If you go beyond page 1, you owe them.

So, is this like going into a grocery store and eating the food and the manager hauling you up to the check out to pay for what you ate? Or, is it like picking up a discarded paper on the ferry and the guy at the news stand demanding that you pay him?"

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Microsoft

+ - Linus: MS Hatred is a Disease

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WED Fan writes "Linus Torvalds has given an interview commenting on Microsoft's recent and on-going contribution of code. In it, he takes a pretty sharp crack at some in the Open Source and/or free software movements:

I may make jokes about Microsoft at times, but at the same time, I think the Microsoft hatred is a disease.

He also decries those bent on hatred and exclusion:

There are 'extremists' in the free software world, but that's one major reason why I don't call what I do 'free software' any more. I don't want to be associated with the people for whom it's about exclusion and hatred.

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Government

+ - Dallas City Gov: Black Hole is Racially Charged

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WED Fan writes "A lack of basic scientific understanding, easily obtained from the Discovery Channel, and an ease of taking offense has turned a Dallas City Council meeting into a battlefield when a white member used the term "Black Hole" when refering to a particular city office.

County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.
Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections "has become a black hole" because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.
Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud "Excuse me!" He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a "white hole."

This is oddly like the Washington, DC incident where a government worker was forced to resign for using the word "Niggardly"."

Hardware Hacking

+ - Open Source Hybrid

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WED Fan writes "Looking over various commercial hybrids that are on the market like Prius. And some up and comers like the Tesla and Venture Vehicles, are there any open source projects for the 100 MPG hybrid, electric drive 2 seater?

I would imagine a U-Build-It design, with customizable energy consumption controlled by a set of microcontrollers (my person fave being the Atmel family), with a project price point somewhere under $15,000, and capable of being licensed for the U.S. Interstate system."
Government

+ - Global Warming: Junk Science Proven

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WED Fan writes "Just when you thought is was ok to believe the junk science, along comes NOAA showing that the ice is building up in the artic. One of the signs of the global climate change was the loss of artic ice.

NEW evidence has cast doubt on claims that the world's ice-caps are melting, it emerged last night.

Satellite data shows that concerns over the levels of sea ice may have been premature.

It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects of global warming.

But figures from the respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that almost all the "lost" ice has come back.


For the defense of the "junk science" statement:



EcoWorld: What is your criticism of the IPCC?
Pielke: Mainly the fact that the same individuals who are doing primary research into humans' impact on the climate system are being permitted to lead the assessment of that research. Suppose a group of scientists introduced a drug they claimed could save many lives: There were side effects, of course, but the scientists claimed the drug's benefits far outweighed its risks. If the government then asked these same scientists to form an assessment committee to evaluate their claim (and the committee consisted of colleagues of the scientists who made the original claim as well as the drug's developers), an uproar would occur, and there would be protests. It would represent a clear conflict of interest. Yet this is what has happened with the IPCC process. To date, either few people recognize this conflict, or those that do choose to ignore it because the recommendations of the IPCC fit their policy and political agenda. In either case, scientific rigor has been sacrificed, and poor policy and political decisions will inevitably follow.
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Television

+ - New Star Trek 1

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WED Fan writes "The new fan/cast effort Star Trek: Of Gods and Men has debutted their first 26 minute act.

Many second line players have taken part along with a couple of fan film actors from Star Trek: The New Voyages. The story can be viewed as a sequel to the ST:TOS episode "Charlie X". The last two acts will "air" shortly.

The first 26 minutes shows much possibility, but also shows some of the problems with the fan film venue. Dialogue, which in Star Trek was already stilted, becomes even more stilted. Yet, the effort is credible."
Microsoft

+ - MS: New VS to be allowed for Cross Platform

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WED Fan writes "Aiming at being a "kinder gentler Microsoft", the company has announced that it will allow developers to use Visual Studio to develop for cross-platform solutions.

In what amounts to a monumental reversal of policy, Microsoft said Monday in a press release — so it's in writing — and publicly at TechEd in Barcelona that it's changing its licensing terms and will no longer restrict developers "to building solutions on top of Visual Studio for Windows and other Microsoft platforms only."


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Microsoft said it plans to create one of its shared source licensing programs for the Premier-level partners in its VSIP program so they can see VS IDE source code for debugging purposes and to simplify the process of integrating their products with the thing.

The move obviously suggests that Microsoft is under increasing pressure from the open source movement and is acting to protect its precious developer base.
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Enterprise Search for Free

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WED Fan writes "Microsoft is releasing their Search Server 2008 as an "Express" flavor ("express" has recently become the Microsoft label for "Free").

Previously, users had to pay through the nose for this functionality in Sharepoint Services.

Introducing Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express
Search doesn't have to be complicated. You can deliver Search to your organization quickly and easily for free with Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express.
Easy to configure, easy to maintain.
Go from downloading to searching in minutes with a streamlined installation experience, making it easy to get an enterprise search infrastructure running in your environment quickly.
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United States

+ - Cyber War: Pearl Harbor 2.0

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WED Fan writes "China has prepared what the Pentagon is refering to as Pearl Harbor II. A simultaneous attack on the Pacific Fleet and cyber-attack meant to cripple the U.S. and pacific allies ability to respond. This was sussed out by British Signals Intelligence, and President Bush confronted Chinese President Hu Jintao about it in a recent meeting.

The plan has been uncovered by signals intelligence specialists at Britain's Government Communications Headquarters and at the equally ultra-secret National Security Agency base at Menwith Hill near Harrogate in the north of the country.
Using a state-of-the-art software program called Moonpenny, the specialists have tracked the activities of the Chinese People's Liberation Army scientists based at their underground headquarters in the Western Hills outside Beijing. The scientists have been briefed to achieve "electronic dominance" not only in the Pacific but over all China's global military rivals in the U.S., Britain, Russia and South Korea.
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Toys

+ - Treehugging Hotrod Geekdom

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WED Fan writes "The Portland Raceway is seeing an increase of a new hybrid, that is, a hybrid of NW enviromentalist, mixed with geek, and a heaping spoonful of redneck.

Computer geeks, tree-hugging environmentalists driving electron-powered vehicles, soon could challenge world's fastest-accelerating vehicles in the $1 billion drag-racing industry


Smoking the competition is a 1972 Datsun B210 called White Zombie, in fact, it is smoking some pretty hot competition

When the starting light flashed, the Datsun, known as White Zombie, shot silently past the Corvette and kept widening the lead as the two cars faded into the distance. "Oh man, right off the [starting] line he had me," said the Corvette's owner, Robert Akers, shaking his head.


With NASCAR, LeMans, and F1 driving some pretty nifty innovation that filters down to the consumer, perhaps Electric Dragracing will improve the breed to make electric vehicles popular enough actually buy."
Security

+ - U.S. Government: Single Security Configuration->

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WED Fan writes "The U.S. Government is pusing for a single security configuration for workstations to replace hundreds of configurations for XP and Vista workstations. The new configuration was designed and implemented by the USAF.

The move is supposed to be completed by February, when a directive from the White House's Office of Management and Budget goes into effect, forcing government agencies and military branches to conform to a Windows security configuration designed for the Air Force two years ago. As of June 30, all federal software contracts must specify that applications run optimally on the configuration.


There is sure to be push back from Department/Command CIO's because a single configuration may not necessarily take into account specific needs.

Yet going to a single configuration could eliminate more than 80% of government agencies' known PC vulnerabilities, estimates Clint Kreitner, CEO of the Center for Internet Security, who worked with the National Security Agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other agencies to develop the spec, known as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration. A single configuration would make patching easier and bring laggard agencies up to a higher security standard.
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Movies

+ - Valkyrie: Germany Stifles Free Speech

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WED Fan writes "Love him, or hate his "religion"/religion, Tom Cruise is about to make a movie about an important part of WWII history, and the Germans are stopping him.

Defence Ministry spokesman Harald Kammerbauer said the film makers "will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult".


As much as Scientology is controversial, this is much like saying, "Spielberg can't make a movie as long as he a jew."
Space

+ - Private Funds For Time Travel->

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WED Fan writes "A University of Washington researcher who couldn't find funds the old fashioned way, from the Government, has raised funds from private parties to continue with his back in time studies.

He is studying the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox. Basically, using spooky action, he wants to be able to use entangled pairs to send messages, not only through space, but also in time.

As the evidence for this has accumulated, several fairly contorted and unsatisfying efforts have been aimed at solving the puzzle. Cramer has proposed an explanation that doesn't violate the speed of light but does kind of mess with the traditional concept of time.


Question: How do you know where to find and "listen" to the right entangled particle to receive a message from the future? Or, in that vast amount of noise, if you don't know someone is sending a message, how do you know its there?"

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