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Comment: The Scopes Trial (Score -1) 1100

by jkorz (#29204275) Attached to: Global Warming To Be Put On Trial?

Likening this to the scopes trial is disingenuous and whoever made the correlation first (I heard it on NPR this morning) doesn't know their history.

First off, scopes LOST the trial: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scopes_Trial#End_of_the_trial.

Second, the trial was about "did scopes teach evolution" (which violated the Butler act) not "is evolution true". Now, Clarence Darrow did try to bring in evidence for evolution, but it was disregarded because it was irrelevant.

Comment: Re:not-so-good? (Score -1, Flamebait) 646

by jkorz (#27387189) Attached to: Mixed Outcome of Texas Textbook Vote
If you want us to stay out of the schools, stop funding the schools with tax dollars and let us use our tax money to send our kids to our own private schools. Sound fair? Our small, private, Christian schools outperform your public schools by an order of magnitude the way it is. >Nobody expects the preacher to give equal time to Darwin on Sunday. Again, our religion isn't (and never will be if we have anything to say about it) funded by taxpayer dollars.

Comment: A couple considerations (Score -1) 431

by jkorz (#26665933) Attached to: The Case Against Web Apps
I think that the big reason software is moving toward the cloud is that the SAAS business model is much more friendly than the traditional buy-it-once-use-it-forever desktop app model for a couple of reasons. Not to say that there aren't advantages of the other way, but I can understand why companies want to move toward the web as a platform. 1) You control the machines you are updating. No need to worry about rolling out patches. 2) If you test against IE7, you can be certain that your app will work in the vast majority of cases. You don't have to worry about .net framework versions, 1000 different versions of JRE or if they have applied all their windows updates. 3) You don't have to worry about selling upgrades or extending the maintenance agreement every year to keep the bottom line healthy. Either the company pays up every billing cycle or get their accounts suspended. 4) You don't have to build in license key management or worry about companies making more installations than they have licenses for.
The Internet

+ - Internet Tax Imminent?

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jhigh
jhigh writes "Proposals to tax the Internet are gaining steam as state legislators see a giant pot of money just waiting to be dipped into. "At the moment, states and municipalities are frequently barred by federal law from collecting both access and sales taxes. But they're hoping that their new lobbying effort, coordinated by groups including the National Governors Association, will pay off by permitting them to collect billions of dollars in new revenue by next year.""
Privacy

+ - British civil liberties film is released

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An anonymous reader writes "BBC News has an article about a British film likely to attract the attention of civil liberties supporters. The film, "Taking Liberties", is a documentary about erosion of civl liberties in present-day Britain. From the article:

Director Chris Atkins wants Taking Liberties to shake the British public out of their apathy over what he sees as the dangerous erosion of traditional rights and freedoms. "This film uses shock tactics. We needed to be unashamedly populist... Once you give up traditional liberties such as free speech and the right to protest you are not going to easily get them back," says Atkins.
The film can be seen at cinemas in major cities. Will the film lead to privacy reforms in Britain, or will most of the viewing population just shrug and go home?"
Businesses

+ - Do private companies have to keep their email?

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An anonymous reader writes "So I'm an IT intern at a medium-sized manufacturing business. In short, my superiors have asked me to research if privately-held corporations have to archive all of their email.

Have any laws pertaining to archiving/backing up emails been recently passed or proposed in light of any headline corporate scandals?

Or, more simply put, is it legally ok for employees and administrators at private companies to permanently delete their emails?"
GNU is Not Unix

+ - Novell welcomes, Stallman bemoans, some GPL3 terms

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "While Novell has welcomed the provisions (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2140281,00.a sp) of the fourth, and final, draft of the upcoming GNU General Public License 3.0, which allow it to include technologies under this license in SUSE Linux Enterprise, OpenSUSE and other Novell offerings, Richard Stallman laments in an article he penned (http://gplv3.fsf.org/rms-why.html) that the explicit patent protection users get from the program's contributors and redistributors in GPLv3 does not go as far as he would have liked."
Privacy

+ - Photo Tagging: A Privacy Problem?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Harvard Law Review, a journal for legal scholarship, recently published a short piece on the privacy implications of online photo-tagging. The anonymously penned piece dourly concludes that 'privacy law, in its current form, is of no help to those unwillingly tagged.' Focusing on the privacy threat from newly emergent automatic facial recognition search engines', like Polar Rose but not Flickr or Facebook, the article states that 'for several reasons, existing privacy law is simply ill-suited for this new invasion. First, traditional tort law does not recognize invasions of privacy that occur in public, such as the taking of a photo in any public location. Second, the few public invasions that do constitute torts involve celebrities or other individuals who have commercial interests in their likenesses. Third, courts have severely limited privacy protections in order to ensure that privacy claims do not limit the free flow of ideas.' The article suggests that Congress create a photo-tagging opt-out system, similar to what they did with telemarketing calls and the Do-Not-Call Registry."
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Wireless Networking

+ - The Slurpr - Mother of all Wi-Fi Access Points!

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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten writes "

On June 1, 2007 Mark Hoekstra (geektechnique.org) will preview The Slurpr at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam. The Slurpr is a high speed Wi-Fi broadband router that takes up to six available Wi-Fi channels and combines them into one free and ultra broadband connection. Fast and Free Internet Access with just one box! Now you can enjoy the great advantages and comfort that come with a high speed internet connection, all for free.

The Slurpr automatically connects to the 6 strongest available Wi-Fi channels in your neighborhood to give you unparalleled connectivity. To make this happen, 6 Wi-Fi adapters are combined in one small package. The six extra sensitive antennae give you an even wider range of connectivity.

The Slurpr will be on display and available for pre-ordering at The Next Web Conference.

Technical specs:

The Slurpr consists of a Six-channel wardrive-box broadbandrouter with 6 11/54Mbit fully configurable Wi-Fi connections bundled and redistributed to 9 wired ethernet connections. A 266MHz MIPS CPU with 64MB RAM with Linux installed on a 1GB Compact Flash card powers this extraordinary set-up.

Both the hardware and software of The Slurpr will be released under a Creative Commons license making it easy for users to build their own Slurprs and using and enhancing the software.

More information on:
http://geektechnique.org/
http://www.slurpr.com/
http://2007.thenextweb.org/

How it all started:
http://www.bomega.com/2006/07/31/who-will-build-me -a-wi-fi-canalizer/"
Music

+ - Battle Over RIAA Expert Reliability Continues

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The battle over the "reliability" of the RIAA's expert witness, Dr. Doug Jacobson of Iowa State, continues, with the RIAA defending its expert by arguing that "everyone in his field proceeds the same way he did", to which the defendant responded by reminding the judges of the witness's own testimony that his "method" was invented by himself a year and a half ago, and has never been shared with, much less accepted by, anyone else in the "scientific community".... a prerequisite for admissibility of expert testimony in federal court under the Daubert case."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Win4Solaris? Wow!

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nobu1993
nobu1993 writes "On top of the OpenSolaris and GPL Java moves by Sun, does an integrated Windows capability for Solaris 10 make it a more viable option than Linux as a Vista Alternative? Look at the attention that Apple got with BootCamp. Look at how slow Linux vendors have been to embrace Windows co-existence. Here is the story: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/article/articlevie w/2020/1/7/ Here is the quote from Sun: "The ability for Solaris to host Windows applications is important for our customers," said Marc Hamilton, Vice President, Solaris marketing Sun Microsystems. "Win4Solaris elegantly addresses this need in a way that complements both our Solaris workstations as well as our Sun Ray thin clients. Customers are very excited when they realize they can keep familiar applications and at the same time reduce the vulnerability and cost of their desktop environments." Interesting times, indeed!"

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