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Sci-Fi

+ - Standards, Virtual Worlds and The Big Question->

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Andy Updegrove
Andy Updegrove writes "Has it ever occurred to you that while you've read articles theorizing about how gravity relates to other forces, you've never read even one that pretends to explain what gravity actually "is," or why it exists? That's because no one has a clue — we can observe and describe its effects, but we don't know why it affects things at all. As we begin to create virtual worlds, we have the opportunity to create our own virtual physics, which our un-real creations have no choice but to obey, no matter how arbitrarily we set the rules. As these virtual worlds become more real, it can leave an uncomfortable feeling that perhaps the rules that control our world are only artificial constraints as well. Maybe we can't explain gravity because there is no explanation to be found, now or ever — its just an arbitrarily defined standard imposed by...who?"
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Networking

+ - Proof that women hate men.->

Submitted by
mikeeusa2
mikeeusa2 writes """"Mary Winkler Could Only Serve 60 Days(This is the woman who shot and killed her preacher husband in the back with a shotgun).

Daringest on Sat, 2007-06-09 03:49. informs us:

The trial of Mary Winkler is saddening and disappointing, but it's not surprising. Women get away with murder probably everyday.

The foreman was on the jury this Friday morning on CourtTV. According to him the women on the jury wanted to acquit the murderess. He, the jury foreman, was disappointed by the verdict but said the decision was a compromise since the ten women on the jury wanted to set her free.

Lisa Bloom, host of the CourtTV program and daughter of famed misandrist Gloria Allred, said the defense attorney was smart to keep the platform heels next to the defendant when she was on the stand. Apparently, Mz. Bloom thinks this helped the female jurors to sympathize with and exonerate the murderess. If a man wants his wife or girlfriend to wear heels, he deserves to be killed.

When a man gets married, he gives his wife the right to take his life, as well as his rights and property.

What's interesting is that in another case some months ago, a man was sentenced to eight (8) years in jail for trespassing in a women's apartment and trying on her underwear. So women believe a man who tries on her underwear should be jailed for eight years but a woman has a right to kill a man just because she feels like it. Where's the "equality" here?""""

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Privacy

+ - Which ISPs Are Spying on You?->

Submitted by firesquirt
firesquirt (968557) writes "In an article from WIRED http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/20 07/05/isp_privacy The few souls that attempt to read and understand website privacy policies know they are almost universally unintelligible and shot through with clever loopholes. But one of the most important policies to know is your internet service provider's — the company that ferries all your traffic to and from the internet, from search queries to BitTorrent uploads, flirty IMs to porn."
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Censorship

+ - Slashdot is filtered in Iran !

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "It is a while that slashdot is filtered in Iran and other interesting and scientific sites are becoming banned one after another .People in Iran are used to see their favorite sites banned without any logical reason . It seems that a robot which is sensitive to specific words is used to control the passing traffic without any human supervision and there are no places to complain about or no one is going to be responsible about it. The main purpose of censorship was said to be stopping people's access to pornographic and political sites , The number of dedicated hosts in European countries are increased which are just used for VPN connections. In Iran, people simply know how to tunnel using softwares like VTUND and OpenVPN and where to buy VPN accounts . What they are doing is hiding their head under snow and claiming nothing's going on."
Sci-Fi

+ - Israeli scientists create cyborg brains->

Submitted by
Roy van Rijn
Roy van Rijn writes "Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel have demonstrated that neurons cultured outside the brain can be imprinted with multiple rudimentary memories that persist for days without interfering with or wiping out others. The israeli scientists have taken a crucial first step in showing that a network of neurons outside the body can be stimulated to create multiple memories that they sustain for days."
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Announcements

+ - Archaeologist claims to have found HMAS Sydney->

Submitted by Mendy
Mendy (468439) writes "Tim Ankers, a British archaeologist claims to have found the wreck of the HMAS Sydney, lost during World War 2. He says that he's done this using software he wrote called Merlindown which can analyse satelite photographs to "peer 75m into the earth and 16,000 metres beneath the seas". The Times has a little more information here"
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Networking

+ - Ndiyo low-cost ($10?) terminal starter kit launch

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h00manist
h00manist writes "Ndiyo, the project to build the lowest-cost-ever computer/terminal, made a one-chip prototype, and now has finally launched a sample starter kit. The kit includes 5 ethernet-connecting Nivo terminals, which can be added to a PC to create a 6-user system. Each Nivo is capable of supporting a standard LCD monitor at resolutions up to 1280x1024 and 24-bit colour depth."
Security

+ - The difference between script kiddies and hackers?

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "I know Wikipedia has definitions for both terms, but I want the Slashdot community's opinion: What is the difference between a so-called "script kiddie" and a bona fide "hacker?" It seems that if you crack wifi using readily available tools, you're a script kiddie. If you use the Metasploit framework, you're a script kiddie. At what skill level or accomplishment can one truly be called a hacker?"
Republicans

+ - Anonymous Senator Blocks Open Government Act

Submitted by
Josh
Josh writes "An anonymous Republican Senator has placed a secret hold on the Open Government Act. Ironically, the purpose of this act is to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act. It is a shame that Senators are taking such a cowardly route to avoid a floor debate on this important legislation. The Seminal explains a plan to use the power of the Internet to determine which Senator is at fault. The plan involves using dispersed knowledge and resources to contact the 46 Republican Senators who aren't cosponsors to ask them if they placed the anonymous hold. A centralized tally is being maintained at this link. The American people deserve to know which Senator is responsible for this."
Operating Systems

+ - Review: Linux System Administration

Submitted by
Bob Uhl
Bob Uhl writes "I've just finished reading O'Reilly's latest GNU/Linux title, Linux System Administration (full disclosure: I was sent a reviewer's copy). Bottom line up front: it's a handy introduction for the beginner GNU/Linux sysadmin, and a useful addition to an experienced sysadmin's bookshelf.

The book is essentially a survey of various Linux system-administration tasks: installing Debian; setting up LAMP; configuring a load-balancing, high-availability environment; working with virtualisation. None of the chapters are in-depth examinations of their subjects; rather, they're enough to get you started and familiar with the concepts involved, and headed in the right direction. I like this approach, as it increases the likelihood that any particular admin will be able to use the material presented. I've been working with Apache for almost a decade now, but I've not done any virtualisation; some other fellow may have played with Linux for supercomputing, but never done any web serving with it; we both can use the chapters which cover subjects new to us.

I really like some of the choices the authors made. A lot of GNU/Linux 'administration' books focus on GUI tools — I've seen some which don't even bother addressing the command line! I've long said that if one isn't intimately familiar with the shell — if one cannot get one's job done with it — then one isn't really a sysadmin. Linux System Administration approaches nearly everything from the CLI, right from the get-go. Kudos!

The authors also deserve praise for showing, early on, how to replace Sendmail with Postfix. In 2007, there's very, very little reason to use Sendmail: unless you know why you need it, you almost certainly don't. Postfix is more stable and far more secure.

Another nice thing is how many alternatives are showcased: Xen & VMware; Debian, Fedora & Xandros; CIFS/SMB & NFS; shell, Perl, PHP & Python and so forth. One really great advantage of Unix in general and GNU/Linux in particular is choice — it's good to see a reference work which implicitly acknowledges that.

The authors are also pretty good about calling out common pitfalls — several got me, once upon a time. It'd have been nice to have had a book like this when I was cutting my teeth...

Lastly, I liked that the authors & their editor weren't afraid to refer readers to books from other publishers, in addition to O'Reilly's (uniformly excellent) offerings. Not all publishers would be so forthright; O'Reilly merits recognition for their openness.

The book's not quite perfect, though. I wish that PostgreSQL had at least been mentioned as a more powerful, more stable (and often faster in practice) alternative to MySQL, and one doesn't actually need to register a domain in order to set up static IP addressing. Still, these are pretty minor quibbles.

I'd say that the ideal audience for this book is a small-to-medium business admin who'd like to start using Linux, or who already is but doesn't really feel confident yet. It covers enough categories that at least a few are likely to be relevant. Even an experienced admin will probably find some useful stuff in here."
Google

+ - AdSense Disabling Arbitrage Accounts by June 1st

Submitted by
shird
shird writes "Reports of google trying to clean up its search results by cracking down on dubious Web sites that contain little content but lots of ads, sometimes known as "Made for AdSense" (MFA) sites, have been reaching the media. The Jensense blog reports "Numerous AdSense publishers have been receiving emails from Google the past couple of days stating that their use of their AdSense account is an unsuitable business model and that accounts would be disabled as of June 1st, giving publishers about two weeks notice to prepare for the loss of the AdSense accounts." Google regularly bans and rejects AdSense accounts in violation of the TOS, however this change appears to be affecting a much larger quantity of MFA sites profiting from the imbalance of AdWords costs vs AdSense profits. Currently being discussed over at WebMasterWorld."
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+ - Jack-in-the-Box Sued Over An(g)us Beef Ads

Submitted by
theodp
theodp writes "CKE Restaurants has filed a lawsuit to stop Jack-in-the-Box from running TV ads that suggest Carl's Jr. and Hardee's use cow anus to make Angus beef hamburgers. In one ad, executives laugh hysterically at the word Angus. In another, the Jack-in-the-Box mascot is asked to point to a diagram of a cow and show where Angus meat comes from. 'We talked about but stopped short of doing a spot on [McDonald's] Angus Pounder,' said the ads' director."

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