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+ - Police called over 11-year-old's science project-> 2

Submitted by garg0yle
garg0yle (208225) writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of "a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics", after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family "get counseling". Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"
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+ - Australia Internet Filter Fails Speed Tests->

Submitted by nathanh
nathanh (1214) writes "The Australian government has completed the trial of its contentious Internet Filter. Not only did it fail to meet the 2008 performance benchmarks — handling only 8Mbps of the 12Mbps required — it falls well short of the planned 100Mbps FTTP. Yet Senator Conroy has deemed the trial "a success" despite widespread opposition from the judiciary, the ISPs, the technical experts, and the citizens of Australia!"
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Israeli Border Police Shoot US Student's Laptop 929

Posted by kdawson
from the no-less-no-more dept.
zerothink writes "American student Lily Sussman, 21, upon entry into Israel from Taba (Egypt, Sinai) caught Israeli border police in grumpy mood — after two hours of questions and searching through her belongings they decided to put three bullets through her laptop. Explanation? 'I'm sorry but we had to blow up your laptop.' Haaretz also covered the story." All three bullets missed the hard disk.

+ - MIT-organized team wins DARPA Network Challenge->

Submitted by tgtanman
tgtanman (728257) writes "A online team organized by MIT has won the DARPA Network Challenge by submitting the locations of 10 8-foot balloons moored at fixed locations across the US. The team organized by the MIT Media Lab (previously discussed on Slashdot) offered $2,000 to the first individual to report each balloon's location and smaller cash prizes to whoever referred them to the team)"
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+ - Australian Government backing down on censorship-> 2

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Combat Wombat
Combat Wombat writes "THE Rudd Government has indicated that it may back away from its mandatory internet filtering plan. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy today told a Senate estimates committee that the filtering scheme could be implemented by a voluntary industry code. Senator Conroy's statement is a departure from the internet filtering policy Labor took into the October 2007 election to make it mandatory for ISPs to block offensive and illegal content."
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World's "Fastest" Small Web Server Released, Based On LISP 502

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the more-tools-in-the-tool-belt dept.
Cougem writes "John Fremlin has released what he believes to be the worlds fastest webserver for small dynamic content, teepeedee2. It is written entirely in LISP, the world's second oldest high-level programming language. He gave a talk at the Tokyo Linux Users Group last year, with benchmarks, which he says demonstrate that 'functional programming languages can beat C.' Imagine a small alternative to Ruby on rails, supporting the development of any web application, but much faster."

Should We Just Call Dog Breeds a Different Species? 497

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the well-technically-but dept.
Jamie found an amusing bit this morning on Scientific American where the author proposes that dog breeds are different species. Now some of you might recoil when you hear this suggestion, but if you read the article to see why he makes this suggestion I suspect you'll crack a smile and appreciate the elegance of the solution.
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+ - Top Canadian Court strikes down detention law

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athar writes "The Canadian Supreme Court, in an unanimous 9-0 decision, struck down the security certificate regime in Canada, whereby foreigners could be detained indefinitely on the basis of secret evidence, with no real ability to challenge their detention. The Court ruled that the regime violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and has given the government one year to rectify the regime. The decision is in stark contrast to the current legal situation in the United States."

+ - Media Players, Linux and Ogg Vorbis

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One Salient Oversigh
One Salient Oversigh writes "I have been able to use Ogg Vorbis files on my iRiver Digital Music Player and easily access it via my Linux o/s (Kubuntu 6.10). iRiver is one of the few companies that have produced players capable of playing Ogg Vorbis sound files, and all that is needed to make the player Linux-friendly is a change of firmware. If anyone is interested in how I was able to do this, check out my story on my blog. Are there others out there who thought they were disenfranchised by the Window-centricity of MP3 players?"

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