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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally For a More Kosher Internet 430

Hugh Pickens writes "Michael Grynbaum writes that 40,000 ultra-Orthodox Jewish men filed through the gates of Citi Field to discuss the dangers of the Internet. For the attendees, many of whom said they came at the instructions of their rabbis, it was a chance to hear about a moral topic considered gravely important in the Hasidic community: the potential problems that can stem from access to pornography and other explicit content on the uncensored, often incendiary Web. Schlomo Cohen, 24, said he came to Citi Field because the rally was a good way to remind his community to keep temptation at bay. 'Desires are out there,' said Cohen. 'We have to learn how to control ourselves.' The rally was sponsored by a rabbinical group, Ichud Hakehillos Letohar Hamachane, that is linked to a software company that sells Internet filtering software to Orthodox Jews. Those in attendance were handed fliers that advertised services like a 'kosher GPS App' for iPhone and Android phones, which helps users locate synagogues and kosher restaurants. 'No one here is a Luddite who denies the manifold benefits that technology has brought to mankind as a whole,' says Eytan Kobre, spokesman for the event. 'But at a certain point, a mature, thinking individual stops and says, "I've got to make a cost-benefit analysis [of] what ways it is enriching my life, [and] in what ways it is undermining it."'"

Comment Re:Newsflash: they have drug dogs at Mexico-US bor (Score 1) 578

The real news about this and the summary fails to explain is that they can't search your car, vehicle or tour bus without a warrant. What they are doing in these cases is bringing a judge or official with the sheriffs department that can issue warrants on site, and they grant every warrant that the inspectors request. See this previous article about no-refusal DUI checkpoints for an example of how they are skirting due process:

Comment It'll require alot of work to be fair (Score 1) 594

In theory it sounds great. In reality it will be overrun by the people who don't have anything else to fill their time. For example those who are unemployed and not seeking a job may have more time to debate the merits of increasing unemployment benefits and raising taxes to cover those benefits vs. individuals who are working full time. I'm not saying this specific example is right or wrong, but it's clear to see that equal representation is not trivial.

Comment Mod Parent down (Score 2) 310

It is incompatible with all other websites and all other browsers - it only works with the combination of Chrome+Google's own websites.

This is flat out wrong. Just this morning I used Chrome to connect to a test server that was running a node.js implementation of SPDY. I verified the connection using chrome://net-internals. It worked well.

There is nothing in chrome that prevents this from working on other domains/websites.

There is nothing stopping anyone from implementing their own server.

End of FUD.

Comment Re:Persistent myth? (Score 1) 705

OS X is mostly Openstep which is mostly Nextstep which is mostly BSD 4.3 and Mach 2.5.

I don't know what you consider 'Unix' but I would say the best description of OS X is that is closer to BSD than anything else.

Just for fun sometime turn off graphical boot on an OS X machine, and watch the Regents of the University of California message scroll by ;)

Comment Re:Drupal != Pro (Score 3, Informative) 74

I have to assume that you are trolling, or that you haven't really used Drupal.

I've never seen anyone claim that the node system is an ORM, because it isn't. It's just a table(s) in a database, and a module that provides code to manipulate that data, but is not object oriented, nor is it mapped in anyway that resembles an ORM. The mapping to properties->columns is not even, and there is no ability to relate other nodes or objects based on the presence of another table, all of those operations are left as an exercise for the developer needing to implement it. This is why the other statement about 8 tables just to express the relationship between two objects makes no sense.

"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all other causes combined." -- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_