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+ - Best alternative to HP TRIM Document Management for State Archiving->

Submitted by sethawoolley
sethawoolley (1005201) writes "The Oregon Secretary of State has implemented the HP TRIM Records Management System for state archiving. I personally believe that Free/Libre Open Source Software should be required by all governments to manage their files because proprietary software locks in vendors to expensive government contracts and presents unacceptable risks to losing data, not protecting the privacy of citizen data, and not allowing proper transparency of government actions. Furthermore, the state wants to get other jurisdictions in Oregon switched to using this proprietary solution claiming "economies of scale". I'm working on a set of solutions for an "Open Source Government" and looked at Drupal and Alfresco as possible replacements for HP TRIM in a CMIS compliant setup, as even the White House uses Drupal, among other government agencies. Does the Slashdot community have any suggestions for a free software records management system for state and local agencies that can meet the needs of legal and policy compliance? Any ideas would be appreciated. Full Disclosure: I'm running against the incumbent Secretary as a Green and helped create the Oregon Pirate Party and hope to use the comments in my campaign."
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Television

+ - Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" to return->

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Epeeist
Epeeist writes "In 1980, the landmark series COSMOS premiered on public television. Since then, it is estimated that more than a billion people around the planet have seen the series. Now the Science Channel brings the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning COSMOS back, digitally remastered and with enhanced computer graphics."
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Security

+ - TSA limits lithium batteries on airplanes

Submitted by yali
yali (666) writes "The U.S. Transportation and Security Administration has issued new rules limiting travel with lithium batteries. As of January 1, no spare lithium batteries are allowed in checked luggage. Batteries carried in the cabin are subject to limitations on per-battery and total lithium content, and spare batteries must have the terminals covered. If you're returning home from the holidays with new toys, be sure to check out the new restrictions before you pack."
Math

+ - MIT Student disproves Stephen Wolfram

Submitted by Richard Pritches
Richard Pritches (666) writes "MIT errata expert, Evangelos Georgiadis, attains a milestone by actually disproving 44 conjectures set by Dr Wolfram (owner of the Makers of Mathematica and owner of the new kind of cult ANKS). Paper was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Cellular Automata and has also appeared free of charge at Prof Edwin Clark's Collection of Wolfram's NKS Reviews at the following link http://www.math.usf.edu/~eclark/jca_georgiadis.pdf I believe that this is a nice Xmas present for the ANKOS spirit. Richard"
Education

+ - 'More sex needed' to boost sperm->

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tapiros
tapiros writes "Some men should have sex every day to maximise the chances of getting their partner pregnant, researchers say. It is known for couples with fertility problems to abstain from sex for several days to boost sperm numbers before trying to conceive. However, the Sydney University team, addressing the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference, said this could mean poorer quality sperm. One UK expert said daily sex might be better for men with damaged sperm. The Australian scientists studied 42 men whose sperm had been found to be an abnormal shape when examined under the microscope. They were told to ejaculate daily for seven days, and these samples were compared with those taken from them after three days' abstinence. All but five of the men had less sperm damage in their daily samples compared with the post-abstention sample. Fertility myth Dr Allan Pacey, the secretary of the British Fertility Society, said that while not having sex allowed the numbers of sperm to build up, there was a "trade-off" between quality and quantity. "This research shows that when you put people on a daily ejaculation regime, it reduces the figure for DNA damage. "If you can go from 30% to 20% that is quite a big shift and that should have some implications for fertility. "There are men out there who think, or whose partners think, that limiting ejaculation will make them more fertile. "I remember one couple in which the woman would only let the man ejaculate when she was in her fertile period, so the poor chap was going without for almost a month at a time." that if a couple was initially trying to get pregnant, an interval of two to three days was probably advisable — whereas a man with high DNA damage and a "decent" sperm count should try more often."
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Education

+ - Wikimedia COO a felon-> 1

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ArrayIndexOutOfBound
ArrayIndexOutOfBound writes "physorg.com has an article about Carolyn Doran, COO of Wikimedia. "Before she left [Wikimedia] in July, Carolyn Bothwell Doran, 45, had moved up from a part-time bookkeeper for the Wikimedia Foundation and spent six months as chief operating officer, responsible for personnel and financial management. At the time, she was on probation for a 2004 hit-and-run accident in Virginia that had landed her seven months in prison. Doran had multiple drunken-driving convictions, and records show earlier run-ins for theft, writing bad checks and wounding her boyfriend with a gunshot to the chest.""
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Government

+ - Australia ratifies Kyoto->

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An anonymous reader writes "From BBC news:

Australian Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as prime minister, following a landslide victory in parliamentary elections last week. Immediately after the ceremony, he signed documents to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, reversing the previous administration's policy.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7124236.stm"

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Programming

+ - Moonfall: Lua + CSS->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "CSS Purist might hate this: Simple to use CSS with variables, combining LUA and CSS. A simple LUA domain specific language that generates CSS dynamically as a cgi script or statically for maximum performance."
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Editorial

+ - But Mom! The other 61-year-olds get an allowance!->

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deweycheetham
deweycheetham writes "ROME (Reuters) — A Sicilian mother took away her 61-year-old son's house keys, cut off his allowance and hauled him to the police station because he stayed out late. http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idU SL0288587220070802 The article goes on to say "Most Italian men still live at home late into their 30s, enjoying their "mamma's" cooking, washing and ironing.". Well Pack my bags, I am moving to Italy."
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Windows

+ - Acer CEO Cites Vista as a 'Disappointment'-> 1

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eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "Quite surprisingly the head of Acer, Gianfranco Lanci, has spoken out against Vista saying that the entire PC industry is 'disappointed' with it. He claims not only stability issues but also talks frankly about his number one concern: sales. Is it Microsoft's responsibility to make sure that its operating systems sell computers? I don't think so but Lanci disagrees, while talking about Vista doing nothing for sales: "The entire industry is disappointed by Windows Vista. And that's not going to change in the second half of this year. I really don't think that someone has bought a new PC specifically for Vista." Well, it's clear to me now why PC makers might be shying away from Linux, I've never had to buy a new computer when I upgraded to a new kernel — in fact, my first computer I built in 1999 is still running Linux flawlessly with nothing changed but the hard drive."
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Networking

+ - Setting Up a small linux cluster

Submitted by Davemania
Davemania (580154) writes "I am working for a research group that requires to do a large amount of data analysis (each of these files could be up to 1 gig in size). We're planning on buying up to 10 pc with linux on them to do these scientific processing (matlab, etc ) but what would be the best configuration for these 10 linux boxes ? Preferably, we would like to maintain all the data on one server and send it out to the Linux box for processing automatically. What approach would be the best, clustering ? OpenMosix, Rock Cluster ? or just simply drop files into the share folder and remote desktop in ?"
The Internet

+ - So we just closed all our libraries. Good or bad?

Submitted by
mrcpu
mrcpu writes "Voters in Jackson County, OR just pulled the plug on funding their library system, opting to close all the branches (all built brand new within the last few years, 15 of 'em), rather than cutback. Of course, this has created much division in a couple areas. One is that "I have the Internet, what do I need a library for"? With pro's and con's to each side. The other issue was the funding mechanism, with the loss of some federal funding, the county leaders decided to attempt to strongarm a levy with no backing. But be that as it may, in this day,
and age, are libraries useful? Do we still need them? Do you buy most of your books? Have you been to a non-school/university library recently? Did using a library change your life in any significant way? Or are they an anachronism, and a throwback to a day when information wasn't readily available?"

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