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+ - Elgg website is down

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superbrose
superbrose writes "Looks like the popular open source social network platform site, elgg.org is down. I can see the default apache 2 test page and am wondering what is the reason behind this..."

Comment: Health *NOW* (Score 1) 283

by superbrose (#25479825) Attached to: Researchers Developing Cancer-Fighting Beer
From TFA:

"The idea is that it may have greater effects [in beer than in wine]," he added.
"The amount of red wine you'd need to drink to get the same results they get with rats in labs is about half a bottle a day."

So until this beer is in production I will have to endure drinking half a bottle of red wine every day, for health's sake! :p

Government

+ - Government records incorrectly kill off thousands->

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superbrose
superbrose writes "According to msnbc thousands of U.S. citizens have been declared dead wrongfully, due to an average of 35 data input errors per day, committed by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Many other agencies rely on the data provided by the SSA, such as the IRS. People who have been wrongfully declared dead face many problems, such as rejection of tax returns, cancellation of health insurance, closure of bank accounts etc.

"The accuracy of death information is critical to SSA and its beneficiaries, as well as other federal, state and local government agencies," it said in a 2006 report. "Input of an erroneous death entry can lead to benefit termination and result in financial hardship for a beneficiary."
Apparently it is far easier to declare a person's death than it is to correct the mistake.

Social Security says an erroneous death record can be removed only when it is presented with proof that the original record was entered in error. The original error must be documented, and the deletion must be approved by a supervisor after "pertinent facts supporting reinstatement" are available in the system.
It appears that up until mid-2006 death records were openly available, but now they are classified as top-secret."

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Security

+ - World Record 1% of US adults behind bars->

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superbrose
superbrose writes "According to the Baltimore Sun

For the first time in U.S. history, more than one in every 100 adults are in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America's rank as the world's No. 1 incarcerator. It urges states to curtail corrections spending by placing fewer low-risk offenders behind bars.

Using state-by-state data, the report says 2,319,258 Americans were in jail or prison at the start of 2008 — one in 99.1 adults. Whether per capita or in raw numbers, it's more than any other nation.
In contrast, in China there are 1.5 million prisoners and in Russia a mere 890,000."

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Microsoft

+ - EU fines Microsoft 899 Million Euros

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superbrose
superbrose writes "According to an article at Deutsche Welle (Germany's version of the BBC), Microsoft has been fined the record sum of 899 million Euros by the EU.

Microsoft ignored EU anti-trust laws for years and until October 2007 charged its competitors unjustified licensing fees for technical information.

The FT article is available here"
Privacy

+ - UK ISPs to face piracy deadline->

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superbrose
superbrose writes "Despite lots of legal difficulties regarding Internet privacy the UK government is going to punish ISPs for allowing their customers to download illegal music and films:

The government will on Friday tell internet service providers they will be hit with legal sanctions from April next year unless they take concrete steps to curb illegal downloads of music and films. Britain would be one of the first countries in the world to impose such sanctions. Service providers say what the government wants them to do would be like asking the Royal Mail to monitor the contents of every envelope posted.
Apparently there is 'rampant piracy' with more than 6 million broadband users downloading files illegally every year."

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