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+ - 30 years in the slammer for pharmacy spammer->

Submitted by teutonic_leech
teutonic_leech (596265) writes "Internet users can count on a few less e-mails about cheap Viagra and Cialis showing up in their junk mail folders, as well-known spammer Christopher Smith has been sentenced to 30 years in jail by a federal judge. The judge referred to the 27-year-old online drugstore owner as a "drug kingpin" when issuing the sentence, according to the Star Tribune. The sentencing is among the longest convictions related to Internet pharmacies in recent history, said Smith's attorney."
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Software

+ - a real telemarketer filter

Submitted by hate-those-telemarketers
hate-those-telemarketers (666) writes "I just had one of those telemarketers call me despite being on the do-not-call list. There's still organizations that don't need to adhere to that list. Having googled the caller-id I came accross http://www.whocalled.us/ that seems to be a very comprehensive database of annoying caller-id's calling. What's even better is that in the "about" tab there's a script for asterisk to check all calls against that database. This is like a IP-list for spammers only for real telephony. Fantastic. I've implemented this and now I wish I weren't on the do-not-call list to see telemarketers deal with the very annoying Telemarket torture script that can be found on this site: http://www.voip-info.org/wiki/view/Asterisk+Telema rketer+Torture woo-hoo!!!"
Security

+ - Should We Rebuild America with Minneapolis Bridge?-> 2

Submitted by mattnyc99
mattnyc99 (1008511) writes "The tragic collapse last night in Minneapolis of a truss bridge—one that the U.S. Dept. of Transportation found "structurally deficient" two years ago—raises an important issue beyond just the engineering of one single span. As national security expert Stephen Flynn pleads in an op-ed on American infrastructure in the wake of yesterday's disaster, "The blind eye that taxpayers and our elected officials have been turning to the imperative of maintaining and upgrading the critical foundations that underpin our lives is irrational and reckless." Do we need to start spending to rebuild America?"
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Businesses

+ - What is the job path to CTO?

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Mavenj
Mavenj writes "I have been working in IT for over 10 years, and have worked most everything where you have to be technical and work with the customer, from support to implementation. Recently I finally finished my Master in Information Systems, and would like to put that oh so expensive degree to work for me. The job I am looking for would be something that requires technical ability, but is also focused on the business end, and managing the technology in the business (think CTO) What kind of jobs do people start out in to end up as CTO? Does Business Analyst set a good framework of skills and experience or should I be looking at other job titles? How have other people gotten there?"
Software

+ - Interesting mobile touch screen adaption

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A paper was recently published about Shift at the Computer Human Interaction Conference earlier this month. The authors [Daniel Vogel, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto and Patrick Baudisch, a research scientist at Microsoft Research] developed the technology to solve several problems with mobile-phone touch screens, and also created a short video with a demonstration of how Shift works. Shift builds on existing technology already developed and known as Offset Cursor. Offset Cursor displays a cursor just above the spot a user touches on the screen. That allows users to place their finger below the item they wish to choose so that they can see the item, rather than hiding it with their finger."

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