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Comment: Re:Picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue... (Score 1) 631

by lordharsha (#32332984) Attached to: Emergency Dispatcher Fired For Facebook Drug Joke

Speaking of mafia, are the brave men and women of the Police and Fire Department prohibited from playing Mafia Wars since, in their own words, it "is blatantly inconsistent with the mission of the Police Department that employs her."

And another thing, do they need to report which of their friends do play the game to the City Overlords too? Hell, are they fired for cultivating personal friendships with possible mafia members?

Editorial

+ - FDA Warning on E-cigarettes is dishonest 1

Submitted by Pessimist+Cynic
Pessimist+Cynic (666) writes "...according to Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, president of the American Council on Science and Health. The FDA had first issued a warning saying that e-cigarettes are just as evil as their (what they're now being called) analog counterparts, the tobacco cigarettes. People that have already quit smoking with the help of e-cigarettes could not believe how the FDA came to the conclusion that propylene glycol + nicotine could be as harmful as the 4700 chemical compounds that can be found in cigarettes. Well, apparently neither can Dr. Whelan believe that, given the editorial she wrote for the Washington Times. Is the FDA afraid they won't be able to tax vaporizing devices as heavily as tobacco cigarettes?"
Sci-Fi

+ - Touchable Holography->

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future.nerd
future.nerd writes "What if we can touch and feel virtual 3D objects? Indeed, a new paradigm will be formed then. A paradigm that will catapult us to the next level of human computer interaction. Get ready for that paradigm because touchable holograms are here. A research team from University of Tokyo is demonstrating a touchable holograph in siggraph2009."
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Privacy

+ - Ubuntu's new Firefox is watching you-> 3

Submitted by sukotto
sukotto (122876) writes "Ubuntu recently released an unannounced and experimental "multisearch" extension to Firefox alpha3... apparently to improve the default behavior of new tabs and of search. In a response to one of the initial bug reports the maintainers mentioned that the extension's other purpose was for "collecting the usage data" and "Generating revenue" [citation] . Since this extension installs by itself and offers no warning about potential privacy violations, quite a few people (myself included) feel pretty unhappy.

There is no way to opt-out other than manually disabling the extension via Tools >> Add-ons."

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Networking

+ - Comcast the latest ISP to try DNS hijacking->

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "In the latest blow to "DNS neutrality", Comcast is starting to redirect users to an ad-laden holding page when they try to connect to nonexistent domains.

I have just received an email from them to that effect, tried it, and lo and behold, indeed there is the ugly DNS hijack page.

The good news is that the opt-out is a more sensible registration based on cable modem MAC, rather than the deplorable "cookie method" we just saw from Bell in a recent slashdot story (http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/pzlZQFaBZBw/Bell-Starts-Hijacking-NX-Domain-Queries).

All you comcast customers and friends of comcast customers who want to get out of this, go to https://dns-opt-out.comcast.net/ to opt out.

Is there anything that can be done to stop (and reverse) this DNS breakage trend that the ISPs seem to be latching onto lately? Maybe the latest net neutrality bill (recently discussed on slashdot: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/OuTwCeuF0MU/Network-Neutrality-Back-In-Congress-For-3rd-Time) will help?"

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