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Journal: Ohio recount rigging case goes to court 224

Journal by MarkusQ

The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that the trial of the three election workers accused of rigging the 2004 presidential election recount in Cuyahoga County is finally underway. As you may recall, this was the case where poll workers "randomly" selected the precincts to recount by first eliminating from consideration precincts where the number of ballots h

Security

+ - Hackers steal millions Visa account numbers

Submitted by jackelfish
jackelfish (831732) writes "In a recent report in the Globe and Mail , millions of credit card accounts may have been compromised after hackers stole customer information last year from computer systems of TJX Cos. . The problem was tied to the computer systems that process and store information about customer transactions involving credit cards, debit cards, cheques and merchandise returns — some of them going back to 2003. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the U.S. Secret Service have been called in to investigate."
Space

+ - China Criticized for Anti-Satellite Missile Test

Submitted by Davemania
Davemania (580154) writes "Has the race for militarization of space begun ? It was recently reported that China has successfully shot down a satellite with a ballistic missile, despite International condemnation , China is keeping quiet on its space ambition.

From the article

"The Chinese military used a ground-based missile to hit and destroy one of its aging satellites orbiting more than 500 miles in space last week — a high-stakes test demonstrating China's ability to target regions of space that are home to U.S. spy satellites and space-based missile defense systems. The test of anti-satellite technology is believed to be the first of its kind in two decades by any nation and raised concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. satellites and a possible arms race in space. China's action drew sharp protests from other nations with satellite programs — a predictable response that experts said dramatically illustrates Chinese willingness to face broad international criticism when it comes to space, which Beijing considers a key part of the push to modernize its military and increase its ability to compete in high-tech warfare. "The U.S. believes China's development and testing of such weapons is inconsistent with the spirit of cooperation that both countries aspire to in the civil space area," National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said yesterday. "We and other countries have expressed our concern regarding this action to the Chinese.""
First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - New opensource, cross-platform Doom Source Port

Submitted by
Ralph Vickers
Ralph Vickers writes "The widely anticipated (throughout the Doom community) open-source cross-platform source port of the classic Doom (and Doom II) has been released in alpha form at http://odamex.net./ Although it remains buggy, it is a step in the right direction for keeping the classic shooter alive as it is the only Doom multiplayer source port that is both open source and in active development. http://odamex.net/ ~The Odamex Team"
Software

+ - Wal*Mart using automated schedules

Submitted by hobo sapiens
hobo sapiens (893427) writes "The WSJ reported that WalMart is going to move to automated schedules for its employees. This means that employees are given, at least according to the article, random schedules and will be expected to work them regardless of inconvenience. Having worked in retail many years ago, I for one can tell you that this is going to be a major headache for these people.

Many of us may write software that tries to make things more efficient, but this is a good example of the human cost of that efficiency. So what do you think? Is this A Good Thing, or is this another case of software just going too far?"

"If a computer can't directly address all the RAM you can use, it's just a toy." -- anonymous comp.sys.amiga posting, non-sequitir

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