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Comment: Re:Why is the archive worth preserving? (Score 2) 104

by kaputtfurleben (#45358945) Attached to: Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire

It's attitudes like yours that caused so many silent films or early episodes of Doctor Who to be lost to time.

My attitude of asking a question? I didn't say the answer was "nothing," I just wasn't sure what it was. Thankfully ibwolf gave a pretty good answer.

Comment: Why is the archive worth preserving? (Score 2) 104

by kaputtfurleben (#45357585) Attached to: Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire
Aside from the chuckle I get from visiting geocities pages once a decade, what reasons are there for helping to preserve it? Is the preservation of old internet sites anything more than a curiousity that will end up in museums? Is it useful to the human race in some way?
The Internet

+ - Westboro Baptists Stage Fake Anonymous Threat-> 1

Submitted by
lenwood
lenwood writes "Last week there was a story on /. reporting that the hacking group Anonymous was staging an attack against WBC (http://politics.slashdot.org/story/11/02/18/2336216/Anonymous-Goes-After-GodHatesFagscom#comments). Turns out that this was a publicity stunt staged by WBC themselves. Anonymous issued a press release disassociating themselves from this."
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Criminal Photoshops Himself Into Charity Photos In Bid For Leniency 108

Posted by samzenpus
from the shopping-daryl-in-a-crowded-theater dept.
38-year-old Daryl Simon decided it would be a good idea to submit fake pictures of himself at charity events, and forged letters of support from various charitable organizations to the court before he was sentenced for credit card fraud. Unfortunately for Daryl, he is as good at Photoshop as he is at credit card scams, and Judge Stephen Robinson was not amused. Simon was sentenced to 285-months in prison — 50 months more than the maximum under sentencing guidelines. From the article: "Daryl Simon's bald-faced move included sticking a picture of himself into a shot with a physical-therapy patient, then flipping the image and placing it next to a teen student. 'Evidence that his image was inserted and flipped can be seen by examining the single detail on his shirt above his fingers — that detail appears on the left side of the shirt in the top photograph, and on the right side of the shirt in the bottom photograph,' prosecutors wrote."

Comment: Using a fake name has downsides, implausibilities (Score 1) 833

There are a lot of replies about how you don't have to provide your "real" name. However, most people that already play have almost certainly used their real names to create their account(s). And once an account is created, the name on the account cannot be changed. Further, should your account ever be compromised, the only surefire way to recover it is to provide some identifying information, such as a driver's license or birth certificate. If you don't use your own name, you risk losing it to some scammer or javascript exploit, and no way to get it back because your name is not legally "I.P. Freely".
NASA

+ - NASA solar satellite flashes first Sun images->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA today showed off the amazing first pictures of the Sun taken from its 6,800lb Solar Dynamics Observatory flying at an orbit 22,300 miles above Earth. The first images show a variety of activity NASA says provide never-before-seen detail of material streaming outward and away from sunspots. Others show extreme close-ups of activity on the sun’s surface. The spacecraft also has made the first high-resolution measurements of solar flares in a broad range of extreme ultraviolet wavelengths."
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Idle

+ - Canada to Boldly Go...->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The actor that portrayed the original Capt. James T. Kirk could be the next Canadian Governor General. Canadians all over the world could potentially hear a throne speech with Shatner's classic... sp.eaking... style.

So what do you think about Governor General William Shatner?

Of course he'll probably ask everyone to call him Bill."

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Google Enumerates Government Requests 216

Posted by kdawson
from the you-asked-we-told dept.
D H NG writes "In the aftermath of Google's exit from mainland China, it had sought to be more open about what it censors. Google has launched a new tool to track the number of government requests targeted at Google and YouTube. These include both requests for data and requests to take down data. A quick look at the tool shows that Brazil is the top country in both categories (largely because Orkut is popular there), and information for China cannot be disclosed because 'Chinese officials consider censorship demands as state secrets.' As part of its four-part plan, Google hopes to change the behavior of repressive governments, establish guiding principles for dealing with issues of free expression, build support online to protest repression, and better provide resources and support for developing technology designed to combat and circumvent Internet censorship."
Government

EU Piracy Estimates — Just How Inaccurate? 124

Posted by Soulskill
from the pirates-across-the-pond dept.
Last week we discussed news that a US government report questioned the reliability of piracy statistics from the media industry. Reader superapecommando sends in a follow-up written by Glyn Moody that examines a similar problem in Europe. Quoting: "As far as I know, no similar analysis has been carried out for European reports. So I thought it might be interesting to look at one particular European report on the subject — not least because I've heard that its findings influenced some of the MPs voting on the Digital Economy Act. ... the net result of this 68-page report, with all of its tables and detailed methodology, is that four out of the top five markets used for calculating the overall piracy loss in Europe draw on figures supplied by the recording industry itself. Those apparently terrifying new figures detailing the supposed loss of money and jobs due to piracy in Europe turn out to be little more than a re-statement of the industry's previous claims in a slightly different form. As a result, as little credence can be placed in the report as in those criticised by the US GAO."

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