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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet 986

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the freedom-of-the-press dept.
An anonymous reader was the first to write with news that Groklaw is shutting down: "There is now no shield from forced exposure. Nothing in that parenthetical thought list is terrorism-related, but no one can feel protected enough from forced exposure any more to say anything the least bit like that to anyone in an email, particularly from the U.S. out or to the U.S. in, but really anywhere. You don't expect a stranger to read your private communications to a friend. And once you know they can, what is there to say? Constricted and distracted. That's it exactly. That's how I feel. So. There we are. The foundation of Groklaw is over. I can't do Groklaw without your input. I was never exaggerating about that when we won awards. It really was a collaborative effort, and there is now no private way, evidently, to collaborate." Why it's a big deal.

Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses? 383

Posted by timothy
from the hash-of-full-name-plus-birthday dept.
New submitter matteocorti writes "I work at medium-sized university and we are considering reducing the number of domains used for email addresses (now around 350): the goal is to have all the 30K personal addresses in a single domain. This will increase the clashes for the local part of the address for people with the same first and last name (1.6%). We are considering several options: one of them is to use 'username@domain.tld' and the other is to use 'first.last@domain.tld.' The first case will avoid any conflict in the addresses (usernames are unique) but the second is fancier. Which approach does your organization use? How are name conflicts (homonyms) solved? Manually or automatically (e.g., by adding a number)?"

Comment: Re:Which holiday? (Score 1) 304

by hesiod (#42337465) Attached to: How Far Are You Traveling For the Holidays?

I say Happy Holidays if I want someone to have happy holidays. I say Merry Christmas if I want them to have a Merry Christmas and then contract AIDS while being raped by rabid gorillas on New Years Day, which happens to be another upcoming holiday... I mean New Years, not Gorilla Rape Day: that's no fun at all.

Comment: Re:A very unusual toad (Score 1) 121

by hesiod (#41856281) Attached to: Artificial Misting System Allows Reintroduction of Extinct Toad

I don't think you can argue that building dams is a requirement of survival. It is disconnected from evolution.

It is certainly not disconnected from evolution: they started doing for some reason, and continued to do it as they evolved. Maybe at some point it WAS a matter of survival, such as lowering down-stream water levels so larger water predators couldn't swim up-stream to get at them.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky