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Communications

Submission + - The end of l33t speak on forums-> 3 3

arcticstoat writes: "Software developers create a 'StupidFilter' to block out phrases like 'OMGZ hax!!!111one' from forums. Once the software has been installed on a webserver, it will scan posts before they are published for nonsense terms including 'OMG!!' and 'LOL', blocking the worst offenders with a message that says 'This comment is more or less unintelligible. Please try to restate it.'"
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Submission + - long necks, small heads, bug eyes, large foreheads

nibbles2004 writes: "Producers of the new Star Trek movie are to hold an open casting session for people with "unique" features to appear as extras in the film. The studio said it was interested in people with unique characteristics like "Producers of the new Star Trek movie are to hold an open casting session for people with "unique" features to appear as extras in the film. The studio said it was interested in people with unique characteristics like "long necks, small heads, bug eyes, large foreheads and oversized ears". ". http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7083123.stm"
Communications

Submission + - OpenMoko anonnouces price, realease date->

andyfrommk writes: "The openmoko project has annouced pricing and a release date

Starting July 9th, we will launch openmoko.com and start taking orders.
We're going to sell the Neo Base for $300. The Neo Advanced will be $450.

The Neo 1973 is certainly a worth a look if your in the market for a phone"

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The Courts

Submission + - Supreme Court Ruling May Hurt Internet Sales

i_like_spam writes: Without the costs associated with brick-and-mortar establishments, Internet retailers have been able to offer deep discounts to on-line consumers. But this may change. In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court today overruled a 96-year-old antitrust law that prevented the setting of 'price floors' by manufacturers. Under the ruling, manufacturers will be allowed to force price minimums upon distributers and retailers. This may make Internet discounts a thing of the past.

From Atty. Pete Barile:

Importantly, this case points a dagger at the heart of the most consumer-friendly aspects of the Internet. The Internet has shifted power to the consumer in two ways. First, it allows consumers to search for and gather information in a cost-effective, efficient manner. Second, it provides a low-cost means of retailing, making it easy for discounters to offer products to the public. This combination squeezes excess profits and inefficiencies out of product prices. Retail price maintenance seeks to short circuit this extremely consumer friendly process. By setting minimum prices, manufacturers can build in excess margins for themselves and for their favored retailers — prices that consumers have no choice but to pay.

"It might help if we ran the MBA's out of Washington." -- Admiral Grace Hopper

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