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Submission + - US Senate and House Servers down 1

ctmurray writes: After Obama's speech tonight my wife tried calling our rep and her voice mailbox was full. She tried to get to the House and Senate web pages to email our rep and got a "not available" screen. She also tried calling the Capitol switchboard and you get a busy signal.

Submission + - Amazon taking down erotica, removing from Kindles (

ctmurray writes: The independent writers who publish on Amazon report erotica books containing incest are being taken down with no explanation by Amazon. Selena Kitt writes " I want to be clear that while the subject of incest may not appeal to some, there is no underage contact in any of my work, and I make that either explicitly clear in all my stories or I state it up front in the book's disclaimer. I don't condone or support actual incest, just as someone who writes mysteries about serial killers wouldn't condone killing. What I write is fiction."

Kindle's own TV ad features a book that has a story line of sex between a 19 yr old and their stepmother, defined in some states as incest ("Sleepwalking" by Amy Bloom). There are other books such as the Bible that describe incest. Please read the blog post for some insightful thoughts and post suggestions on what can be done to keep Amazon off the slippery slope.

Submission + - Comcast hit with second major outage in 8 days (

ctmurray writes: Comcast cut off the upper midwest from the internet last night for 4 hours due to a DNS breakdown (including me). And this was the second outage for the same reason in 8 days, with the east coast going down on Cyber Monday. Apparently I could have surfed if I had known to switch to OpenDNS or Google's DNS, but there was nothing on the TV and Comcast phones were tied up. Not knowing this was widespread I ran through the standard song and dance of unplugging the modem and my wifi unit and waiting for them to reset. I had to call friends and do a survey to determine this was widespread. I know this is old news but I could not find any comments on /. I think the comments by /. ers would be interesting.

Submission + - Google employees get 10% raise (

ctmurray writes: From the article: "Just six weeks after Google and five other technology firms agreed to scrap secret no-poaching agreements to avoid a Justice Department antitrust suit, the company has given all its employees a 10% pay rise to stop them from jumping ship.

Was it a coincidence, or should Google employees be sending Attorney General Eric Holder a giant thank you card? That’s the question being asked by some tech-watchers on the west coast and antitrust lawyers in D.C."

I wish my employer felt so compelled by my mobility to give me a big pay raise.


Submission + - 22 million missing Bush emails found! (

ctmurray writes: Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mails from the administration of President George W. Bush and the Obama administration is searching for dozens more days' worth of potentially lost e-mail from the Bush years, according to two groups that filed suit over the failure by the Bush White House to install an electronic record keeping system.

The article goes on to describe to say the tally of missing e-mails, the additional searches and the settlement are the latest development in a political controversy that stemmed from the Bush White House's failure to install a properly working electronic record keeping system.

Earlier /. had a discussion on the Obama White House opposing the lawsuit that lead to this discovery.

Submission + - Don't accidently hit the buy button ( 1

ctmurray writes: The highly anticipated "Selected Nuclear Materials and Engineering Systems (Part 4)" has been published. The reviews on Amazon are mostly glowing (and funny). Just be careful to not accidentally click on the buy button — the book sells for $6,270.

I had to sell my car and take out an equity loan on my house to buy this book, but it was worth every penny. The previous volumes built to almost unbearable tension, leaving many questions unanswered. Would breeder reactors survive competition from newer technology? Would the nuclear waste problem be solved in our lifetime?

Submission + - YouTube seems to be down - strange error message

ctmurray writes: YouTube has an strange server error message currently. "500 Internal Server Error. Sorry, something went wrong. A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation. Also please include the following information in your error report: " followed by a long column of code.

Submission + - Did someone try to steal Goldman Sachs' secrets? (

ctmurray writes: "Did someone try to steal Goldman Sachs' secret sauce?

While most in the US were celebrating the 4th of July, a Russian immigrant living in New Jersey was being held on federal charges of stealing top-secret computer trading codes from a major New York-based financial institution--that sources say is none other than Goldman Sachs.

The allegations, if true, are big news because the codes the accused man, Sergey Aleynikov, tried to steal is the secret code to unlocking Goldman's automated stocks and commodities trading businesses. Federal authorities allege the computer codes and related-trading files that Aleynikov uploaded to a German-based website help this major "financial institution" generate millions of dollars in profits each year.

Above from Reuters. Last week GS dropped off the NYSE programmed trading list, which is unusual since GS is one of the largest programmed traders. This created quite a bit of concern but no one knew why. GS basically had to stop trading entirely since a competitor with your secret algorithms could "trade against" GS to cause them to loose money."


Submission + - Google founders' mentor Rajeev Motwani dies

ctmurray writes: "Stanford professor Rajeev Motwani, early Google advisor, found dead in home swimming pool

Associated Press
Last update: June 8, 2009 — 8:04 AM

ATHERTON, Calif. — Rajeev Motwani, a well-known Stanford University computer science professor who advised one of Google's creators, was found dead in his swimming pool.

Stanford University said the 47-year-old professor apparently drowned on Friday at his home in Atherton, and his friends told the school news service he did not know how to swim.

Motwani's work using algorithms to search vast computer databases, like the Internet, is celebrated in Silicon Valley.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wrote on his blog that Motwani's counsel played a big role in his research, education, and professional development."

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