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Submission + - Teacher Fired for Refusing to Make Students Buy E-Textbooks (

cultiv8 writes:

Wanting to save his students some money, rather than requiring them to buy an e-book he considered “redundant” and “irrelevant,” he left all texts off his syllabus and is now out of a job because of it. Tracy, who has previously never required books for his Photoshop class, was informed by school administrators that all teachers must require e-book purchases from their students as part of a new school policy. When Tracy refused to adhere to that policy, he received a letter dated last Tuesday, August 10, from school president Gregory Marick, who issued this ultimatum: "As you have been previously informed, you are required to utilize an eBook from the listFailure to comply with this directive will result in your immediate termination of employment for insubordination." The teacher refused, and was fired August 14.


Submission + - Facebook Blocking Anonymous Video

cultiv8 writes: I recently saw the new What Are We Capable Of video posted by Anonymous and felt compelled to share on Facebook. However, when posting, FB gives the following message:

This message contains blocked content that has previously been flagged as abusive or spammy. Let us know if you think this is an error.

I did a little research and found others reporting the same problem, including claims that comments with "05 What Is The Plan?" are deleted. I would normally rely on analysis from blogs and online news journals to get more info and help form my opinions, but since it hasn't been picked up by any blogs and/or mainstream media, I'm at a loss. So I'm curious Slashdot, is this a case of censorship? Are people filing phony abuse complaints? Legitimate complaints? Is there important information that I haven't come across?

Submission + - Pentagon to treat cyberspace as operational domain (

cultiv8 writes: "Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn unveiled a new U.S. strategy on Thursday for protecting military computer networks, moving away from a passive defense toward treating cyberspace as an "operational domain" in which trained forces defend against attacks."

Submission + - Secret agents raid Apple store webcam 'artist' (

cultiv8 writes: "The US Secret Service has raided the home of an artist who collected images from webcams in a New York Apple store.

Kyle McDonald is said to have installed software that photographed people looking at laptops then uploaded the pictures to a website.

Mr McDonald said he had obtained permission from a security guard to take photos inside the store.

Apple declined to comment. However, the Secret Service confirmed that its electronic crime division was involved."

Submission + - New FBI system IDs people by voice, iris, more (

cultiv8 writes: "Under the system, state and local police officers also will eventually use hand-held devices to scan suspects' fingerprints and send the images electronically to the FBI center. "It's a quick scan to let police officers know if they should let the person go, or take him into custody," Morris said. In later stages, NGI system also will be expanded to include the analysis of palm prints, handwriting, faces, human irises and voices."

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.