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Comment: The presents a prisoner's dilemma (Score 1) 501

If I inform on my neighbors, I won't be suspected of being a terrorist. If my neighbor informs on me, I might be considered a terrorist based solely on that accusation. My neighbor might be thinking the same thing. Whoever informs first has the best chance of not being branded a terrorist. Think it can't happen? Read the Gulag Archipelago
Censorship

+ - Does Marriott Censor Other Hotels Websites

Submitted by section321a
section321a (848754) writes "I travel frequently and usually stay at a Marriott property. Tonite I noticed that I could not access the Hilton Honors page on my iPad while on free wifi. I could access other sites, but not Hilton Honors. I switched to my laptop and the same result. I logged into my VPN connection and was instantly able to access the Hilton Honors website. I'm a loyal Marriott customer, but sometimes need to stay elsewhere. Is Marriott censoring me, or is Hilton blocking me? (I"m so confused) I don't appreciate being censored like this and will seriously rethink my hotel choice in the future. I'm glad its early in the year when I the change makes a difference to my frequent stayer status."
Cloud

+ - Turbotax.com locks out Linux users->

Submitted by whtmarker
whtmarker (1060730) writes "Despite supporting kindle fire and chromebook http://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/online/system-requirements_thickbox.jsp, linux users are finding themselves locked out of the turbotax website. Even two weeks ago, there when was an option to continue into the website, despite using linux thus not meeting the minimum requirements for the site. Dozens of linux users are frustrated http://pastebin.com/JhTAnnxA but this illustrates a general problem of cloud services. You can be locked out of your data and denied service on a whim."
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Programming

+ - What is the best programming language for a 12-year-old to learn? 3

Submitted by wintersynth
wintersynth (915045) writes "My friend is sending his 12-year-old to a tech summer camp and wants to know the best language for him to learn. It looks like Java and Python are the main options, both applied to game programming. There are also classes using the Lego Mindstorm scripting language, and Scratch. Slashdotters, I assume you've run into this question before, and I could use the help. Programming tools have changed a lot since I was learning SmartBASIC on a Coleco Adam as a kid. I want to recommend something that will be powerful enough to show him the unlimited possibilities in programming, but easy enough to maintain his interest and not discourage him. What do you teach your kids? What has been effective?"
Australia

+ - Watch Adobe's CEO refuse to answer Australian pricing questions-> 1

Submitted by daria42
daria42 (866794) writes "If you live in Australia, you might have good reason to be annoyed at Adobe, considering that the company charges up to $1,400 more for its Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign etc) than it does in the US. However, in a press conference in Sydney this morning, the company's global CEO Shantanu Narayen flatly refused to directly answer any questions about the price differential, instead farcically pushing the message that Australians should pay for Creative Suite on a monthly basis instead ('Creative Cloud'). Steve Jobs' comments that Adobe has "turned out crap" as a company since founder John Warnock left might have been quite prescient."
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Android

+ - Brazilians can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded with Android->

Submitted by Andy Prough
Andy Prough (2730467) writes "If you happen to be in Brazil and have 599 reals jingling in your pocket ($304 US dollars or £196), you can buy an iPhone — that runs Android. Gradiente Electronica, which registered the "iPhone" name in Brazil in 2000, has won the right to sell its iPhone Neo One, an Android phone running version 2.3, Gingerbread (http://www.gradiente.com.br/prod/23/smartphone-linha-g-gradiente-iphone-modelo-neo-one-gc-500-sf-dual-chip-android-23-3g-wi-fi-camera-5mp-cartao-2gb-grafite.aspx). Gradiente won the ruling from the Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), despite Apple's argument that Gradiente should lose the right to "iPhone" because it had not used the name between 2008-2012. Apple retains the right to appeal the case, and Gradiente now has the right to sue Apple for exclusivity in Brazil. If Gradiente wins, the only iPhones sold in Brazil would have a picture of a cute green robot on the box cover."
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Crime

+ - Lawmakers Say CFAA Is Too Hard On Hackers->

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GovTechGuy
GovTechGuy writes "A number of lawmakers are using the death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz to speak out against the Justice Department's handling of the case, and application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The controversy surrounding the Swartz case could finally give activists the momentum they need to halt the steady increase in penalties for even minor computer crimes."
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+ - Monsanto takes home $23m from small farmers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Seed giant Monsanto has won more than $23 million from hundreds of small farmers accused of replanting the company’s genetically engineered seeds. Now, another case is looming – and it could set a landmark precedent for the future of seed ownership."
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Microsoft

+ - BYOD nightmare: iOS devices hobble Exchange servers when they synch ->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Microsoft and Apple recommend that businesses deny certain iPhones, iPads and iPods access to Calendar items until the companies can clear up a problem that slows Exchange servers to a crawl when the devices try to synch. The problem reveals itself to end users as an error message when they try to update items with Exchange Server 2010 that says "Cannot Get Mail" and "The connection to the server failed," according to a Microsoft support notification. The only option presented to users is to choose "OK," Microsoft says."
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Security

+ - NASA: huge water loss in the Middle East->

Submitted by dstates
dstates (629350) writes "Water is a huge global security issue. To understand the middle east, you need to understand that the Golan Heights provides a significant amount of the water used in Israel. Focusing on conflicts and politics means that huge volumes of valuable water are being wasted in the Middle East, and this will only exacerbate future conflicts. Water is a serious issue between India and China. And then there is Africa.US food exports are in effect exporting irrigation water drawn from the Ogallala aquifer. Fracking trades water for energy, and lack of water limits fracking in many parts of th world. Think about it."
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Comment: No problem. We'll just put it on the credit card. (Score 1) 391

by section321a (#30491292) Attached to: Obama Backs New Launcher and Bigger NASA Budget
While I love the idea of space exploration, sooner or later our stupid government will either: a) Figure out we're broke, or b) Have their credit card declined. That day is coming. I know people have heard for years and years that the national debt is a problem and we've been able to keep going, but unsustainable trends won't. As a nation, we have incurred massive amounts of debts (public and private) with very little to show for it. The debt did not go toward investment in future growth, it was consumed. We can't afford to spend what we spend on space now.

Comment: Re:Stupid prices (Score 1) 827

by section321a (#29029811) Attached to: US Cell Phone Plans Among World's Most Expensive
The US used to have the same laws, but they were repealed in the 1980's. Opponents of the change knew what would happen and here we are. The American consumer is simply a tool to feed to profit hungry desires of corporate America. (And no, I am not a tree huggin hippy communist. Just a pragmatist that can read and do the math.)

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