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Submission + - NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development (

An anonymous reader writes: After ten years of development focused on improving and simplifying Linux networking, NetworkManager 1.0 was released. NetworkManager 1.0 brings many features including a increasingly modernized client library, improved command-line support, a lightweight internal DHCP client, better Bluetooth support, VPN enhancements, WWAN IPv6 support, and other features.

Submission + - OkCupid and MetArt Now Take Bitcoin (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: OkCupid, the best way to meet singles online (in my experience), and MetArt, the aspirational, high-fashion label of porn, have both adopted bitcoin for premium subscription services. Venture Beat is hurting its head over the development, rejecting the idea as nonsensical. "Bitcoin users are probably the last people who would be into online dating — but don’t tell that to OkCupid," a VB blogger seemed to grab out of thin air. Now listen, I do consider myself an outsider, a dweller in the margins of society, and I have explained the concept of bitcoin to an unbeknownst internet date or two. Yet I disagree with the idea that the ordinary bitcoin player would have no interest in online dating. I personally know a handful that are interested and have online dating profiles.

OkCupid daters might largely be unknowledgeable of bitcoin, or how to use it, but I can only see the sites' provision of the new payment method as an integral milestone in the currency's mainstream proliferation.


Submission + - Statisticians Investigate Political Bias on Wikipedia

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Global Economic Intersection reports on a project to statistically measure political bias on Wikipedia. The team first identified 1,000 political phrases based on the number of times these phrases appeared in the text of the 2005 Congressional Record and applied statistical methods to identify the phrases that separated Democratic representatives from Republican representatives, under the model that each group speaks to its respective constituents with a distinct set of coded language. Then the team identified 111,000 Wikipedia articles that include “republican” or “democrat” as keywords and analyzed them to determine whether a given Wikipedia article used phrases favored more by Republican members or by Democratic members of Congress. The results may surprise you. "The average old political article in Wikipedia leans Democratic" but gradually, Wikipedia’s articles have lost the disproportionate use of Democratic phrases and moved to nearly equivalent use of words from both parties (PDF), akin to an NPOV [neutral point of view] on average. Interestingly some articles like civil rights tend to have a Democrat slant, while others like trade tend to have a Republican slant while at the same time many seemingly controversial topics such as foreign policy, war and peace, and abortion have no net slant. "Most articles arrive with a slant, and most articles change only mildly from their initial slant. The overall slant changes due to the entry of articles with opposite slants, leading toward neutrality for many topics, not necessarily within specific articles.""

Submission + - The Netherlands rejects ACTA (

Peetke writes: The Dutch House of Representatives unanimously accepted motion to urge the Cabinet to reject ACTA (if they ever get the change to do so; it may already end in the European Parlement). Additionally an even stronger motion was accepted to reject any future treaty that may harm a free and open Internet. This is a good day for the Internet.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Lack of Modpoints? 6

Are there less mod points floating around today? I haven't seen many +5's at all lately. Is it just me?


Submission + - IBM and Novell strengthen Linux ties

Robert writes: IBM and Novell have rekindle their long-term Linux relationships with deals to push IBM software on Novell's desktop and server operating systems among a number of announcements from both companies at Linux World. Novell may have flirted with Microsoft in recent months but its long-term commitment is to IBM, which invested $50m in Novell's as part of its $210m acquisition of SUSE Linux back in 2003.

Submission + - AT&T Censors Pearl Jam anti-Bush Lyrics on Web

ChazeFroy writes: During Sunday's live webcast of Pearl Jam's Lollapalooza show, AT&T censored anti-Bush lyrics sung by Eddie Vedder. Vedder sang 'George Bush, leave this world alone' and 'George Bush, find yourself another home' to the tune of Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall'. AT&T attributed it to a mistake by the webcast vendor. However, net neutrality advocates are citing this as a prime example of how AT&T and other providers can censor whatever they want, even though they say they would never do that. To quote 'AT&T's actions strike at the heart of the public's concerns over the power that corporations have when it comes to determining what the public sees and hears through communications media. Most telecommunications companies oppose "net neutrality" and argue that the public can trust them not to censor. What happened to us this weekend was a wake up call, and it's about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band.'

Submission + - DARPA announces Urban Challenge teams (

jazz11man1 writes: Today, DARPA announced the 36 teams (pdf) that will be able to compete in the National Qualifying Event (NQE) for the Urban Challenge. They also announced that the competition will be held at an army training facility in Victorville, CA. Of the 36 teams that compete at the NQE from October 26-31, 2007, the top 20 will continue onto the final event on November 3.

Submission + - Carmack's Rage, plus games for the Wii & DS

ILikeRed writes: In a Quakecon 2007 interview, John Carmack introduced his new high end game Rage, and then went on to call the Wii "a spark of newness". He talks about creating a Quake Arena themed game for the DS, and porting Orks & Elves to the Wii. He was less than happy with current cell phone hardware and Java however.

Submission + - The 11th Hour

Blog 11th Hour writes: "Leonardo DiCaprio's "The 11th Hour" is a feature length documentary concerning the environmental crises caused by human actions and their impact on the planet. "The 11th Hour" documents the cumulative impact of these actions upon the planet's life systems and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity. With the help of over fifty of the world's most prominent thinkers and activists, including reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, "The 11thHour" documents the grave problems facing the planet's life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans' habitats are all addressed, and their causes rooted in human activity. The combination of these crises call into question the very future not of the planet, but of humanity. However, the most powerful element of "The 11th Hour" is not a portrait of a planet in crisis, but the offering of hope and solutions. Scientists and environmental advocates such as David Orr and Gloria Flora paint a portrait for a radically new and exciting future in which humanity seeks not to dominate the earth's life systems, but to mimic them and coexist. "The 11th Hour" calls for a future now within our grasp that is both sustainable and healthier. The film was directed by sisters Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners. They state, "We made this film as call to action, especially to young people. They are the ones who have the power to reshape the future. We must begin now." They have established,, as a place for people to gather and effect change. "The 11th Hour" will be released in New York and Los Angeles on August 17th and then begin wider national release on August 24th."

Journal Journal: Stem Cell Fraudster May Have Actually Made Breakthrough 206

Woo Suk Hwang's career swung from fame over his lab's claim of the first stem cells from a cloned human embryo to humiliation when the results were found to be fake. New research at Harvard on Hwang's cells has found that they are actually parthenogenic lines derived from eggs -- perhaps a more important and difficult achievement than what he had been claiming!

Submission + - Diebold Source Code Reviewed, Found Vunerable (

Shteven writes: The state of California has managed to independently review Diebold's source code for vulnerabilities. From the article:

"The software contains serious design flaws that have led directly to specific vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit to affect election outcomes," read the University of California at Berkeley report, commissioned by the California Secretary of State as part of a two-month "top-to-bottom" review of electronic voting systems certified for use in California. The assessment of Diebold's source code revealed an attacker needs only limited access to compromise an election.

Feed The Register: AK47: the open-source weapon that took the world by storm (

More like communism than Linux

Feature Sixty years ago, a former tank sergeant named Mikhail Kalashnikov submitted an assault-rifle design to the Red Army for trials. It was selected as the new personal weapon for most Soviet soldiers, and designated Automat Kalashnikova 1947 – AK47 for short. That designation went out of official use in 1959, but to this day “AK47” is probably the world's most widely-known gun name. Just as open-source Linux - the "communist" software, according to Steve Ballmer - has made Linus Torvalds famous, the genuinely communist open-source AK has given Mikhail Kalashnikov a profile at least as high. The AK47 and its successor designs are the most widely-used firearms on the face of the planet.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.