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+ - Ask Slashdot: With grants drying up, how is a tech non profit to survive? 2

Submitted by helios17
helios17 writes: Non Profits like this have traditionally gotten started from the money grants provide. Most grants award vehicles, computers and even pay for organization rental and utility costs. The problem fledgling and even established non profits are encountering is the dwindling number of grants allowing for Operating or General Support costs. What good is a vehicle received via grant if you can't afford to put fuel in it?

With the number of Operating or General Support grants shrinking and those available funds competed for heavily, should we be looking on line for help? Can efforts like this be a better way to approach it?"

efforts such as this

Comment: Re:Really that big deal? (Score 1) 589

by chip rosenthal (#26382307) Attached to: Obama Recommends Delay In Digital TV Switch
When the government condemns your house so they can build a road over the property, you deserve to be compensated. The government condemned the analog spectrum so they could auction it off. The digital television conversion is a "taking", and the people forced out deserve some compensation for their costs. That compensation is not being paid with tax dollars, but through a portion of revenues from selling off that spectrum.

EFF, Public Knowledge Sue Over Secret IP Pact 104

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong dept.
Cowards Anonymous writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge have filed a lawsuit against the Office of the US Trade Representative in an attempt to get the office to turn over information about a secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement treaty being negotiated to step up cross-border enforcement of copyright and piracy laws. ACTA could include an agreement for the US, Canada, the European Commission and other nations to enforce each others' IP laws, with residents of each country subject to criminal charges when violating the IP laws of another country, according to a supposed ACTA discussion paper [PDF] posted on in May."
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Voting Machines Routinely Failing Nationwide 237

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the to-boldly-die-where-many-machines-have-died-before dept. writes "Voting machines in several critical swing states are causing major problems for voters. A Government Accountability Office report and Common Cause election study [PDF] has concluded that major issues identified in the last presidential election have not been corrected, nor have election officials been notified of the problems. How long can we afford to trust our elections to black box voting practices? From the article: 'In Colorado, 20,000 left polling places without voting in 2006 because of crashed computer registration machines and long lines. And this election day, Colorado will have another new registration system.'"

+ - Democrats Email Unsubscribe Violates CAN-SPAM->

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chip rosenthal
chip rosenthal writes: "In May of this year, the FTC issued guidelines to clarify the CAN-SPAM requirements. The new guidelines require a simple "one click" unsubscribe. Guess who ignores the new rules? That's right, the very politicians that created the law in the first place. Oh, but when they wrote the law they exempted themselves from it. So it's all ok, right?"
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Comment: Re:Getting a Carrier Account? (Score 1) 167

by chip rosenthal (#24639829) Attached to: Debian On the Openmoko Neo FreeRunner Phone
I am using a prepaid T-Mobile account. I just walked into one of their retail stores, opened an account, and got a SIM. For some reason I was unable to activate the SIM card in the FreeRunner, but once I did in another phone it worked fine. I am able to use voice and SMS, but not data. For my purposes that's ok. I'm happy with wi-fi for data.

Computer Science is the only discipline in which we view adding a new wing to a building as being maintenance -- Jim Horning