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+ - And the geeks shall inherit the Earth (for now).

the_humeister writes: There's a new piece on CNN about geek as chic in pop culture now:

In the 25 years since "Revenge of the Nerds" debuted at movie theaters, geek chic has grabbed hold and catapulted the brilliant, yet often socially inept, into the realm of — dare it be said — the hip and the cool. "It is definitely hot right now in pop culture," said Benjamin Nugent, author of the "American Nerd: The Story of My People."

Even Slashdot gets a mention:

Rob Malda, creator-director for the site SlashDot, which bills itself as providing "news for nerds," said society couldn't help but take notice after "the nerds of the '70s and '80s became the driving influencers of technology in the '90s."

"Some of those nerds got rich, others gained tremendous influence, and some became household names," said Malda, who embraces being a nerd. "So I don't know if it 'fascinates' people, but the mainstream became aware of them because in many ways, a small number of them hijacked the means of communication and business. It's hard to ignore that."

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+ - School presidents want to lower drinking age.->

the_humeister writes: Looks like there's a contigent of college presidents who think it's a good idea to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. It's one of those things that never made much sense to me: you can die for your country, smoke cigarettes, buy porn, vote, etc. at age 18 but can't drink alcohol.
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+ - New Jersey bans sex offenders from using internet

the_humeister writes: According to the AP, New Jersey has just enacted a new law restricting internet access to sex offenders. Now this wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing save for the fact that "sex offender" now covers such a wide range of actions such that getting caught urinating in public can get you such a label.

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