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Submission + - College Fires Teacher Who Says Bible Isn't Literal-> 1

Stanislav_J writes: A community college instructor in Iowa claims he was fired after he told his students that the biblical story of Adam and Eve should not be literally interpreted.

Steve Bitterman, 60, said officials at Southwestern Community College sided with a handful of students who threatened legal action over his remarks in a western civilization class Tuesday. He said he was fired Thursday.

"I'm just a little bit shocked myself that a college in good standing would back up students who insist that people who have been through college and have a master's degree, a couple actually, have to teach that there were such things as talking snakes or lose their job," Bitterman said.

One expects to read about this sort of thing at church-affiliated schools, but at a state-run community college? Are we really reaching a point in this country where everything said and taught in an academic setting must be weighed against the possibility of offending Christian fundamentalists? Are supposedly secular educational institutions more and more downplaying or even censoring truth and reality at the behest of a group of people who believe that ancient mythology negates and supercedes the disciplines of science, history, and reason?

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Submission + - Microsoft Infected by Zero Day Bug

wITzards_of_oz writes: "Found something unusual while doing a search for 'server 2003' on the Microsoft
web site ...

Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition: White Papers
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition is designed to help your
midsize and large business ... Your organization's program membership ends
in 732906 days. Learn how to re-enroll to continue ...

Let's see, 732906 days divided by 365 days/year is 2007 years!
Searching for the term '732906' on all of results in 2,708 hits!!!
looks like the zero-day bug has thoroughly infected Microsoft-!!"

Submission + - Making the Case for Firefox 1

TwilightSentry writes: "I'm a student in a small private high-school (~500 students) with a network of mostly Windows computers (We've got some Macs and a Linux server). Our IT administrator favors IE over Firefox, primarily because it can be controlled through Active Directory. I've shown him Firefox ADM, which allows such control of Firefox, and espoused the benefits of AdBlock Plus and Firefox's greater security (Along with the thousand-eyes, fewer bugs idea). His response has been that ads are blocked by our web-filter, and as Firefox and IE7 now pretty much have UI parity, there wouldn't be enough improvement for users to justify taking the time to implement the change.

So, I ask the Slashdot crowd: How would you justify such a switch to your IT admin., if at all?"
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Redirecting iPhone clients with Apache rewrite mod->

brs3rkr writes: Just built a cool version of your website for the iPhone? Well if you are running apache you can redirect your iPhone clients using the rewrite module. This is a how to post on how to do that.
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Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Woz attacks Jobs about early iPhone price cut->

fdmendez writes: "Apple cofounder, Steve Wozniak, criticized Apple CEO and cofounder, Steve Jobs, today for his decision to cut the price of the iPhone so early.

'Nobody expects a product to drop that much in price in such a short time,' says Woz, 'Steve Jobs and everyone expects technology to drop in price. The first adopters always pay a premium. I am one of them. I am used to that. But that one was too soon, too harsh.' Wozniak further criticized Apple in its decision to issue $100 Apple Retail Store credit cards, which, he says, is very optimal to the company.

Although he is unhappy about the recent price cut, Wozniak is still a fan of the iPhone and Apple in general."

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PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Good games for babies and toddlers?

CastrTroy writes: "I have a 16 month old girl, and another baby one on the way soon. I've been looking for some good keyboard bashing games for her to play. She shows a lot of interest in the computer, since we spend lots of time on the computer. I've been able to find a lot of flash games, and I have some old windows 3.1/95 software which works quite well, but most of them have the problem that my daughter eventually finds a way to escape the game and start affecting the rest of the computer. Are there any games, that block out all keys so that she can just bash the keyboard, and we don't have to keep pulling her away from the keyboard every 30 seconds while we get her back into the game. The usual culprits are the windows key, alt+tab, Windows+L, alt+F4 and many of the other key combinations that will kick her out of the game. Something free would be nice, but we're planning on having 3 kids, so I'd be willing to pay for a game if there was any that actually provided what I was looking for. I'm not so worried about her messing up the computer, but the problem is more that once you leave the game, things get a lot less interesting, and hitting all the keys stops doing interesting stuff, and she tends to get frustrated when we keep pulling her away to get back in the game."

Submission + - Is the Storm Botnet Much Smaller than Predicted?->

SkiifGeek writes: "After finally adding detection for the Storm / Nuwar family of Trojans to the Malicious Software Removal Tool, Microsoft have published information about the number of affected systems identified, and the apparent botnet change that followed the update to the MSRT.

The numbers aren't what most people would expect, with Microsoft estimating the Storm botnet at only half a million machines."

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Submission + - Microsoft Office 2007 VS OpenOffice v2.0 and Micro

chewjekhui writes: "Hi, welcome to the full review of Microsoft Office 2007. I would discuses about all the features of Office 2007. I would divide the article into a few parts. Each part would compare features of PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2003 and their rival's OpenOffice. Visit ce-2007-vs-openoffice-v20.html for the full review"

[A computer is] like an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy. -- Joseph Campbell