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Maddog's New Hampshire "Unix" Plate Turns 20 212

An anonymous reader writes "Local newspaper talks to Linux International's Jon 'maddog' Hall, who lives in New Hampshire, and who since 1989 has had a 'Live Free or Die' UNIX license plate — a real one, not a conference hand-out — on his Jeep. From the story: 'The day he installed the UNIX plates, he went early to work at DEC's office on Spit Brook Road in Nashua, to be sure to get the parking space right next to the door used by all the Unix engineers. He watched them come in and, one after another, do a double take at seeing the real-world version of the famous fake plate. "People would race in and yell, 'Who is it? Whose plate is it?!?'" Hall said. It was his then and it is his now. After 20 years, one suspects you will have to pry it from his cold, dead fingers.'"

Hosting a Highly Inflammatory Document? 471

IndianaKim writes "I have been asked if I can host or assist in hosting a highly inflammatory document that reflects poorly on a Police Department. I want to help, but I also do not want the headache and possible subjection to search warrants and/or illegal searches. The document is so inflammatory that it could interest the FBI and DoJ and cause them to investigate the government officials involved. I live in the same county, but not the same city, and therefore could be subject to a search (legal or not) by some of these government agencies. I have been asked to host it on a server outside of the US. At this time, I do not have the ability to do that, but I could set it up if I needed to. My question is: would you host it if you were asked? How would you go about protecting the document and yourself?"
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Barack Obama Is One Step Closer To Being President 601

At 3:00 Eastern time on Monday Dec. 15, 538 electors in state capitols across the US cast the votes that actually elected Barack Obama the 44th President. Obama received, unofficially, 365 electoral votes (with 270 needed to win). The exact total will not be official — or Obama officially elected — until Congress certifies the count of electoral votes in a joint session on Jan. 6, 2009. The Electoral College was established in its present form in 1804 by the Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution. Electors are not required to vote for the candidate who won their state — in fact, 24 states make it a criminal offense to vote otherwise, but no "faithless elector" has ever been charged with a crime. "On 158 occasions, electors have cast their votes for President or Vice President in a manner different from that prescribed by the legislature of the state they represented. Of those, 71 votes were changed because the original candidate died before the elector was able to cast a vote. Two votes were not cast at all when electors chose to abstain from casting their electoral vote for any candidate. The remaining 85 were changed by the elector's personal interest, or perhaps by accident. Usually, the faithless electors act alone. An exception was in 1836 when 23 Virginia electors changed their vote together. ... To date, faithless electors have never changed the otherwise expected outcome of the election."

Submission + - Australian judge makes cartoon characters people

drj113 writes: In examining an appeal for a child pornography conviction, an Australian Supreme Court Judge has just declared that "In my view, the magistrate was correct in determining that, in respect of both the commonwealth and the NSW offences, the word 'person' included fictional or imaginary characters ...",27574,24767202-2,00.html

While in this specific case, the characters were clearly children (or are they — the Simpsons is about 20 years old, so Bart has to be about 29 or so now), and we have to be careful to put a line somewhere, but is this right?

The legal declaration that cartoon representations are now people has scary flow on effects.

Where is the line now. If a cartoon character having sex is considered bad, is the extreme case of a cartoon of a simple line and a circle now considered pornographic? OMG! What about ACSII art, where, things are created from characters...

i.e. :-- 0

Is this a person with a long nose with an open mouth, or is it something more extreme?

In case somebody has monitored the above, If the viewer believes that the above picture is pornographic, I warrant that the stick drawing above represents persons over the age of 18 engaging in consenting acts.

Where does it end! Oh that reminds me, somewhere I am sure I have a picture of Fred Flinstone and Wilma. I was never sure how old they actually were? Might have to delete that one now..

Submission + - David Axmark resigns, what is up with MySQL? (

An anonymous reader writes: From Kay Arno's blog we see that David Axmark, MySQL's Co-Founder, has resigned. This comes on top of the maybe, maybe not, resignation of Monty. We saw earlier this year that Brian Aker the Director of Architecture has forked the server to create a web focused database from MySQL called Drizzle. The MySQL server has been "RC" now for a year with hundreds of bugs still listed as being active in the 5.1 version. What is going on with MySQL?

The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn't been asleep.