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3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession 804

Posted by samzenpus
from the step-away-from-the-candy dept.
theodp writes "A third-grader in a small Texas school district received a week's detention for merely possessing a Jolly Rancher. Leighann Adair, 10, was eating lunch Monday when a teacher confiscated the candy. Her parents said she was in tears when she arrived home later that afternoon and handed them the detention notice. But school officials are defending the sentence, saying the school was abiding by a state guideline that banned 'minimal nutrition' foods. 'Whether or not I agree with the guidelines, we have to follow the rules,' said school superintendent Jack Ellis."

Comment: Beyond State Power (Score 1) 257

by the darn (#27079083) Attached to: Utah Trying To Restrict Keyword Advertising ... Again
I'm usually quite the defender of the idea that the 50 states are the incubator of ideas for governing, each an experimental sandbox, the synthesis of which over time leads to good policy on a national level. However, I find it hilarious and stupid that we must endure presumptuous state governments attempting to regulate the internet, something that transcends borders. I look forward to a day when Congress of the Supreme Court sees fit to bar these petty potentates from imposing their will on the whole of the web-using world.

Comment: Re:Process should be fair. (Score 4, Insightful) 257

by the darn (#27078931) Attached to: Utah Trying To Restrict Keyword Advertising ... Again
Nonsense; more than one advertiser can buy "Toyota" as a keyword, while there is only one Toyota.com. There's nothing wrong with presenting alternatives when someone is looking for something; search is not an exact science anyhow, and many results end up being something other than what you're looking for. A Chevy dealer could buy the keyword and run an ad promoting the Malibu as an alternative to the Camry or such.

+ - Original Beta Release->

Submitted by SF:kso512
SF:kso512 (1484203) writes "0.1.0b Complete. This is the first public release of the GNUMP3d Webmin module. With this Webmin module, you can control the GNUMP3d daemon. GNUMP3d is a fantastic way to stream music files from a central server to many clients."
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Announcements

+ - Dell plans to sell its PCs at Wal-Mart

Submitted by
DJAdapt
DJAdapt writes "In a departure from Dell's approach of selling machines only directly to customers, a Dell spokesman said Thursday that the computer maker will begin selling two of its Dimension desktop computers in about 3,000 Wal-Marts beginning June 10. Dell spokesman Dwayne Cox said the Wal-Mart deal "represents our first step" into global retail. "Customers want more and new ways to buy our products, and we plan on meeting their needs on a global level," Cox said. "Offering Dell Dimensions in Wal-Mart is a great example of this approach.""
The Media

+ - Jack Thompson sends Latest Appeal To VA Tech PD

Submitted by
Game Almighty
Game Almighty writes "Hey Slashdot, Game Almighty is following Jack Thompson's continuous attempts to connect the Virginia Tech Shooting with "hyper-violent" games, like Counter-Strike and Doom. This time we've secured a letter that Mr. Thompson has sent to VA Tech PD. Sample paragraph: "Earlier this week, Thompson sent an open letter to Bill Gates condemning Microsoft for publishing Counter-Strike and alleging that the company could be "potentially legally liable the harm done at Virginia Tech." Now, it appears that Thompson is pushing the Counter-Strike issue even further with a letter sent today to Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum..." http://www.gamealmighty.com/story-individual/story /Jack_Thompson_Sends_Latest_Appeal_to_VA_Tech_PD Thanks for any links! Riley Munoz -Community Manager www.GameAlmighty.com"
Quickies

+ - Kids test theory of relativity in a mini-van

Submitted by
Matthew Sparkes
Matthew Sparkes writes "Tom Van Baak and his three young children performed an impressive experiment on the theory of relativity. The group took a van equipped with 3 atomic clocks up Mount Rainier, near Seattle, for a couple of days camping. Because of the altitude, and therefore speed difference, they could calculate that there would be a time dilation of +22 nanoseconds between the two vans clocks, and some left at their house. If everyone's dad was like this then the world would be filled with theoretical physicists."
Mozilla

+ - Get your Firefox add-ons while you still can

Submitted by
PetManimal
PetManimal writes "Mozilla is getting ready to relaunch the Firefox website on Monday, and when it does, several thousand extensions will be culled from the list. From the article:

... The site will drop marginal add-ons, as well as those no longer maintained by their creator or not updated for the browsers and e-mail clients now in use. A couple of hundred extensions will remain on the site after Monday.
"
Linux Business

+ - Virgin America debuts in-flight Linux

Submitted by
emarmite
emarmite writes "Virgin America are currently having problems getting off the ground. When/if they do, every seat (including in coach) will have its own linux-based PC with a 9" screen, plus wireless broadband if you really have to use that MacBook. Some cool features: a 'food' button (to order drinks & snacks) and a selection of ported Linux games, including Doom. You can sign a petition protesting the Department of Transportation's (DOT) decision to refuse Virgin a permit on the grounds it's foreign owned. As we all know, we can't trust those pesky Brits with implementing the necessary security, and besides, they can't afford the lobbyists."

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