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+ - Conservancy running campaign to write better accounting software for nonprofits-> 1

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "The Software Freedom Conservancy is running a campaign to improve accounting software, especially for nonprofits. To keep their books and produce annual government filings, most NPOs rely on proprietary software, paying exorbitant licensing fees. This is fundamentally at cross purposes with their underlying missions of charity, equality, democracy, and sharing. You can help Conservancy fix this problem by donating now!"
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The Internet

+ - Rep. Massa: metered billing kills jobs ->

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Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes "Congressman: Metered Broadband Kills Jobs & May Violate 1st Amendment

New York Representative Eric Massa came out against metered billing yesterday, issuing a statement that called out Time Warner for limiting consumers' access to broadband. Massa, who represents an area near Rochester, N.Y., where Time Warner has expanded its metered billing trials, seems to agree with my assessment that the Internet is critical to both individuals and economic advancement for the country.

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Security

+ - ChicagoCon in May Teaches Human Hacking to Corpora->

Submitted by ddonzal
ddonzal (943862) writes "Gartner reported in 2004 that the greatest security risk over the next 10 years will be the increasingly sophisticated use of Social Engineering (SE) to bypass IT security defenses. Most have seen the proliferation of SE attacks especially when it comes to phishing and its many variants. And with many high profile cases like Paris Hilton's cell phone, Sarah Palin's email account, Madoff's ponzi scheme and the campaigns of both Obama and McCain being compromised, the predictions are proving to be correct. This leads security professionals into a new world of attacks against which many are not prepared to defend. People are now the target of the advanced hacker, and the cross-hairs are focused squarely on their foreheads... literally. It is only a matter of time before corporations feel the pain of wetware hacking requiring a new approach to testing and defense. There currently is no training that tightly integrates computer security with SE... until now. So in addition to the highly technical content for which ChicagoCon is known, this bi-annual security event is introducing a completely original and relevant 5-Day course, the Social Engineering Master Class, developed and taught by world-renowned social engineers, Chris Nickerson of TruTV's Tiger Team and noted expert and international speaker, Mike Murray. Donald C. Donzal, Editor-in-Chief of The Ethical Hacker Network, said, "Social Engineering has been around for all of human existence and most everyone acknowledges its effectiveness. But no one has taken strides to teach the existing InfoSec community on the hows and whys of incorporating electronically-assisted social engineering attacks into auditing their own organizations much less bolstering their User Awareness Training. With the expertise of Nickerson and Murray at ChicagoCon, corporate security postures will be way ahead of the curve for a true business advantage." http://www.prweb.com/releases/chicagocon/2009s/prweb2226704.htm"
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Supercomputing

+ - Carbon transistors to bring you a supercomputer?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Silicon is so 20th century: enter carbon transistors which promise to turn every computer into a supercomputer. Carbon transistors are 10,000 times faster, way smaller, super lower power and offer the advantages of both silicon and gallium arsenide in a single semiconductor process. Manufacturing carbon transistors is difficult, but now researchers say they have perfected a cheap, easy "stamping" technique using graphene--atomically thin layers of carbon atoms--derived from blocks of readily available graphite."
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Media

+ - Building a Twitter Ad Agency->

Submitted by Anonymusing
Anonymusing (1450747) writes "It was only a matter of time: someone is building a Twitter-based ad agency for entertainment clients. In this nine-minute video interview, Carri Bugbee discusses her award-winning tweeting for the TV show "Mad Men," and how she's using that success to expand her PR business. Still, if you're following a popular person on Twitter — Obama, Brittney Spears, Kanye West, Guy Kawasaki — you're probably reading the tweets of a ghost Twitterer: a paid staffer who tweets in the celeb's name. Not every celebrity pays others to Twitter for them: Shaquille O'Neill notes that "It's 140 characters. It's so few characters. If you need a ghostwriter for that, I feel sorry for you.""
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Power

+ - Can Companies Really Afford Telepresence?->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "Telepresence has been championed as a sustainable-minded practice that can cut down significantly on travel expenditures, but for many organizations the technology simply remains out of reach. High monthly costs, management, and room setup continue to deter companies from deploying telepresence, which if rolled out in earnest stands to cut down significantly on the overall carbon footprint of business. 'The initial setup costs of a telepresence system in two locations equals about 350 one-night trips per room over the lifetime of the telepresence rooms, and the monthly fees equal about 20 one-night trips per month,' InfoWorld reports. Put in other terms, a telepresence system must be used 25 percent of the business day to justify its investment, analysts contend. But interoperability may be the chief hurdle to realizing the environmental upsides of telepresence, as major vendors' appear to be moving slow to standardize their systems to be interoperable with one another, and with the kind of commodity components that will make telepresence affordable on a wide scale."
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Idle

+ - Finally, Sadomasochism Gets Its Own Science Study->

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TaeKwonDood
TaeKwonDood writes "You might think throwing out the occasional titillating article title is part of some grand media strategy. Discover is famous for whoring themselves out for page views with articles like Bizarre Aquatic Creatures Are Secretly Lesbian Necrophiliacs and Scientific American gets into the act with Rough Sex at 40,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which got them additionally ridiculed because that is about 30X greater than the radius of the Earth, but there are occasionally real articles that aren't all tramped up and just happen to deal with sex; some of it even kinky. All of it involving cortisol. The difficulty? Kinky people are okay with being monitored and they don't always realize what 'control' means in a scientific context, but they sure don't like to stick within the study parameters."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Pledges Linux Support for Silverlight->

Submitted by unts
unts (754160) writes "Today Microsoft has officially delivered version 1.0 of Silverlight, its cross-platform, cross-browser software enabling "rich user experiences" on the web. But it isn't quite as cross-platform as solutions from Adobe and Sun; it lacks Linux support. But in today's announcement, Microsoft has said it'll work with Novell on the open-source equivalent to Silverlight, named Moonlight. Moonlight is an offshoot of the Mono project — a Novell-led F/OSS implementation of the .net framework."
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Handhelds

+ - How to build a cheap flashdrive subnotebook?

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aaaaaaargh!
aaaaaaargh! writes "Now that the EEE PC was raised in price before it even has become available, I was wondering whether I should try to build my own subnotebook out of Ebay'ed stuff and cheap electronic store components. But I'm not sure whether it would be worth it. So does anyone here have an idea? Here are some specs that seem to be desirable:

- display size maximum 12'', preferably 10'', resolution at least 800x600, perhaps higher
- must run Linux or Unix
- flash drive instead of harddisk (at least 8GB)
- WLAN
- longest possible battery life
- 512 MB RAM and expandable
- no special graphics capabilities, but should be able to run Doom
- must be really, really cheap

  What would you recommend? Is building such a thing yourself worth the trouble?"
Media

+ - Survey: Less Than Half of all Published Scientists

Submitted by TJC
TJC (666) writes "An article in the journal Energy and Environment will be published soon that examines the ISI Web of Science database (containing 8,700 journals and publications and all major scientific journals) and concludes that less than half of all climate change papers published from 2004 to February of 2007 agree that man is contributing to global warming. Only one of the 528 papers indicates that global warming will have catastrophic consequences. In other words, there is no consensus on global warming."
The Internet

+ - The Best Website Taglines Around the Internet->

Submitted by Slashdotting.us
Slashdotting.us (666) writes "Quotation from the article: "A tagline can make or break a website (well, maybe not, but it is cool to be dramatic). Below you will find a collection of the best taglines around the Internet. Some of them are funny, some are clever; but all of them deliver the message! Hopefully it will serve as inspiration." Link: http://www.dailyblogtips.com/the-best-website-tagl ines-around-the-internet/"
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