jo7hs2 writes: Microsoft has clarified/backtracked the policy on the Windows Insider Program and Windows 10 licenses. If you have an XP/Vista/non-Windows system without a Windows 7/8.1 license, you will only get to keep what is in essence beta software at all times, i.e. the "preview" builds going forward.
jo7hs2 writes: It turns out that the folks behind Obama's recent ad mocking John McCain for not using e-mail failed to properly vet the story. "The day after 9/11, as part of its "get tough" makeover, the Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer, without caring why he doesn't use a computer...From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000): 'McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes.'"
jo7hs2 writes: "In an interesting development, across my dozen or so different e-mail accounts, I am now getting about 90% of my spam in the form of jibberish surrounding an image file that touts the benefits of the stock of China Health Management Corp. I have already started fowarding all the mess to the SEC's enforcement address. My questions for the community are:
1) Is anybody else being deluged by spam from a single source? If so, is it China Health Management Corp? 2) Aside from fowarding the spam to the SEC, should I attempt to contact the company, a Nevada corporation, but with no US address? 3) Any ideas on how to stop it?
jo7hs2 writes: "A federal district court has ordered the Treasury Department to introduce features to allow the blind to distinguish paper currency, after ruling such money discriminatory in current applications.
Electronic devices are available to help blind people differentiate between bills, but many complain that they are slow, expensive and unreliable. Visually impaired shoppers frequently rely on store clerks to help them. U.S. bills have not always been the same size. In 1929, the government standardized the size and shrank all bills by about 30 percent to lower manufacturing costs and help distinguish between genuine and counterfeit notes.
The American Council of the Blind has proposed several options, including printing bills of differing sizes, adding embossed dots or foil to the paper or using raised ink.
What do Slashdotters think would be most advantageous? Braille? Different sized money? Coin options for all paper denominations? Will we see the return of the coin, or the birth of the elusive ridged greenback?
jo7hs2 writes: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed a system which will in essence make it madatory for you to have "permission" before even an American Citizen can leave or enter the country, effectively putting everyone on a no-fly list unless the government says otherwise.
Interestingly, the proposal does not seem to cover personal travel, only that on some sort of carrier like an airline or cruise vessel. While this certainly is concerning, it isn't exactly new, as a passport is already required for circumstances covered under the proposal.