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Thailand Cracks Down On Twitter, Facebook, Etc. 130

Posted by timothy
from the and-everybody-loves-the-king dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The ongoing poitical turmoil in Thailand has inspired the country's Ministry of Information, Computers, and Telecommunications to issue a stern warning that all users of the Internet in Thailand must 'use the internet in the right way or with appropriate purpose and avoid disseminating information that could create misunderstanding or instigate violent actions among the public', that 'all popular websites and social networks such as facebook, twitter, hi5 and my space [sic] will be under thorough watch,' and that 'Violators will be prosecuted by law with no compromise.' Thailand has draconian anti-lèse majesté laws which are routinely abused in order to settle political scores and silence dissent, and recently implemented a so-called 'Computer Crimes Act' which appears to be almost solely focused on thoughtcrimes and censorship, rather than dealing with, you know, actual crime. Several Web forums have recently been shut down, their operators charged because they failed to delete 'harmful posts' quickly enough to suit the Thai authorities."
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Turbine Responds To DDO Community Protest 57

Posted by Soulskill
from the that-was-fast dept.
Zarrot writes "Turbine has listened to the community and backed away from the partnership with SuperRewards that we discussed yesterday. Quoting: 'Based on your feedback, we're stepping away from the "Offer" category for now. We'll keep exploring alternate ways for players who want points to get them. We'll also continue to innovate in pricing and accessibility because that's who we are. As of today, the Offer Wall is coming down. We'll collect all the feedback we've received over the last few days and will use it to guide future decisions.'"
Privacy

Canadian Judge Orders Disclosure of Anonymous Posters 250

Posted by timothy
from the or-you'll-get-a-mountie's-hoofprint dept.
debrain writes "The Globe and Mail is reporting that Google and a newspaper called The Coast must disclose all information they have about the identity of individuals who posted anonymous comments online about top firefighters in Halifax. The story in question is titled 'Black firefighters file human rights complaint,' and there are some heated opinions in the comments."
Science

World's Smallest Superconductor Discovered 72

Posted by samzenpus
from the none-more-small dept.
arcticstoat writes "One of the barriers to the development of nanoscale electronics has potentially been eliminated, as scientists have discovered the world's smallest superconductor. Made up of four pairs of molecules, and measuring just 0.87nm, the superconductor could potentially be used as a nanoscale interconnect in electronic devices, but without the heat and power dissipation problems associated with standard metal conductors."

Comment: AhHah! You have a smoking gun! (Score 1) 705

by chazd1 (#29352087) Attached to: The Case For Mandatory Touch-Typing In High School

Let us consider that the schools in which you are talking about having this mandate is in our public school system (AKA Socialized School). Of course this mandate will never happen. It should, but it won't. I bet dollars to donunts our private schools already have made this mandate.

I can't help but think that we may be in a similar situation with health care if that becomes socialized.

How would you like having a claim turned down for a preventative gene test early in life that will be a precuror or something that helps your health success many many years from the date of the test.

Comment: It's the soft stuff on the inside. (Score 1) 216

by chazd1 (#29265891) Attached to: The Myths of Security

It is a common understanding that the weakest link in information security is people. Until we are able to tell what people are thinking and protect ourselves from either their malice or ignorance it will be a problem.

Education of users is clearly a fundemental pillar in information security. I am sure social engineering schemes will continue to improve in their effectiveness in exploiting vulnerabilities.

Working againist this cause is that no one will be able to concretely say that an information security program created revenue (except of security product suppliers). The only real hook that keeps executives funding security is the criminal and civil exposure they deal with. Keeping the execs out of jail is worth funding.

Comment: The Big Media-of-Media Shift (Score 5, Interesting) 94

by chazd1 (#28984973) Attached to: AOL Picking Up Journalists Shed By Conventional Media

I think this is pretty big news.

It seems just like when Virgin Atlanic airlines took advantage of complacent and poorly managed (at the top) Pan Am Airlines and cherry picted talent. Look who is around now. I think we may finally be seeing the shift in media from print to web for newspapers. It is a big ship and it takes time. Industries reinvent themselves, sometimes as other companies.

Comment: Phrasing Please! (Score 1) 119

by chazd1 (#28842169) Attached to: Microsoft Uses Human Computing Game To Tune Bing

The director of this department is Alex Trebeck.

When they happen on an AVI or WAV the score is doubled.

The final round consists of a handwritten query and a wager of how many hits the target query will actually manifest.

It is all so exciting. Exciting enough on which to base a TV show!

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Drive Fast. Take chances.

Comment: Simularities Bizzaro World (Score 2, Funny) 389

by chazd1 (#28718923) Attached to: What If the Apollo Program Had Continued?

We would still be driving around the planet in gasoline driven speedsters.

We would not have not cured world hunger.

We would have more than enough nuclear warheads to destroy the planet.

Wars would not have been abolished.

The 747 wouldn't still be the largest airliner.

Oh yeah.. wait a minute, where have I been?

Comment: it Kant be science (Score 1) 451

by chazd1 (#27832095) Attached to: Classic Books of Science?

C'mon.. from the best selling Author of the Golden Rule. "The Critique of Pure Reason" Immanual Kant

It is not the easiest read, but the discussion of the nature of scientific thought is provoking.

How do you know when it is really science? How can you be so sure? Slash-dotters are so sure.

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/4280

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