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+ - Hushmail Gives Email Data to Feds->

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oostevo writes "According to Wired, Hushmail, who claim that "not even a Hushmail employee with access to our servers can read your encrypted e-mail, since each message is uniquely encoded before it leaves your computer" have given unencrypted email to investigators following a court order from a Canadian court in a steroid-related investigation.

In Hushmail's defense, however, it would seem that they were compelled to exploit a security vulnerability to steal user's passphrases and decrypt their mail. They also have been very frank in discussing the situation and their response [pdf link]."

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+ - Creationists Launch Peer-Reviewed Journal

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oostevo (736441) writes "CNet is reporting that the Institute for Creation Research has started to solicit papers for the International Journal for Creation Research, which is, in effect, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, where all papers must support the idea of a young-earth. Says the call for papers, the IJCR is "a professional peer-reviewed online technical journal ... for the publication of interdisciplinary scientific research from the perspective of a recent Creation and a global Flood within a biblical framework." It also states that papers "must be from a young-earth perspective and aim to assist the development of the Creation Model of Origins."

Their call for papers can be found here, their instructions for authors can be found here, and their review "process" is here (all PDFs)."

+ - US Patent Office To Try Wiki Style Patent Reviews

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bendodge writes "From the Washington Post:

The Patent and Trademark Office is starting a pilot project that will not only post patent applications on the Web and invite comments but also use a community rating system designed to push the most respected comments to the top of the file, for serious consideration by the agency's examiners. A first for the federal government, the system resembles the one used by Wikipedia, the popular user-created online encyclopedia.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton