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Submission + - Divorce Blog Becomes 1st Amendment Challenge

Time Slows Down writes: "Normally a divorce case playing out in Vermont Family Court, would be of little interest to anyone but the couple involved but the court has ordered the husband to stop posting blog items about his wife and their crumbled marriage turning an ordinary divorce into a much broader battle over free speech on the Internet. The husband posted what he calls a fictionalized account of the marriage on his blog late last year. His wife complained to the judge overseeing their divorce, who ordered the husband to take down "any and all Internet postings" about his wife and their marriage pending a hearing next month. Her husband says the order amounts to prior restraint, a rare restriction of speech before publication, and a violation of his constitutional right to free speech. "It's a whole new area for the law to contend with," says one First Amendment scholar. "It's a byproduct of the digital world meeting the ancient world of romance, and the law is struggling a lot to find the right balance.""

Submission + - 1

cnettel writes: It's that special time of the month when every MS sysadmin gets a warm fuzzy feeling. It's Patch Tuesday! But, who cares about a remote execute vulnerability in the TCP/IP stack of Windows (XP and up, the critical one is in the IGMP support), when there is an update that improves disk performance in Vista? Now, let's see if the remaining copy time can get from infinity to something low, like negative...

Submission + - The setup behind ( 1

Toreo asesino writes: Jeff Alexander gives an insight into how some of the main websites in Microsoft are run ( and Interesting details include having no firewall, having to manage 650Gb of IIS logs every day, and the use of their yet unreleased Windows Server 2008 in a production environment.
United States

Submission + - Americans are getting fatter and dumber (

coondoggie writes: "Ouch. Those are fighting words in some circles and just plain rude in others but they didn't stop Democratic White House hopeful Mike Gravel from making that assessment of the folks who might consider electing him their next leader.The verbal evaluation gushed from an online debate mashup yesterday that featured all of the Democratic presidential candidates. Comedian Bill Maher served up "wild card" questions on issues such as whether marijuana should be legalized. It was on one of Maher's questions that Gavel unloaded. Maher told Gravel that obesity rates are up and reading levels are down and added that the "definition of a friend is someone who tells you the truth." Gravel replied that he was willing to be honest with the American people. "I'm prepared to tell you that Americans are getting fatter and dumber," the former Alaska senator said. "I have no problem saying that."No truth to the rumor that Julie Brown's song "I like em big and stupid" was playing in the background."
XBox (Games)

Submission + - MS says: Linux is inappropriate language

mocm writes: "The Inquirer has a story about a guy who wanted to use "linux" as his XBox Motto and got the message that this is inappropriate language. I tried it myself and got the same result. It seems that "linux" is on the same level as "sucks" and "baka" which it also won't accept. It will accept "linuxx" though and also "msbaka""
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Humor: SciFi Villain's Speech At End Of Movie/Game (

JohnnyNutty writes: "A monologue by a sci-fi villain trying to explain his actions to the heroes who have cornered him at the end of any movie/book/video game. "Did I really give the Galtarions the access codes to the American nuclear arsenal because they offered me a life of exalted riches and comfort as the pet of the Emperor-God? Or did I do it because I was young and stupid?" "

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