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+ - Call centre workers allowed 12 seconds to pee!->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Australian ISP Netspace is being targeted over it's alleged call centre tactics and staff treatment. An ex-tech support employee with an axe to grind has released an internal email to Australian papers detailing the restrictions being placed on workers. Workers have been told they are not allowed to leave their desk more than 4 times a day, and have just 12 seconds to finalise a call before answering their next call."
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Nerds for Sale->

Submitted by conlaw
conlaw (983784) writes "As reported in today's Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/25/AR2007092501136.html), the members of the LUG group at Washington State University hopes to hold a "nerd auction." The idea is to trade their computer skills to sorority girls in exchange for a makeover and, possibly, a date.

The president of the LUG, Ben Ford, stated that "The problem is that we're all still nerds. Let's face it, guys. If anyone's going to bid on us, we'll need some spicing up," he wrote. "And who better to help with that than sorority girls who like nothing better than a makeover?""

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Communications

+ - Have stolen items let you know where they are...->

Submitted by THX-92116
THX-92116 (1162109) writes "In response to his store's goods walking out the door, the proprieter bugged some of the items with GPS devices, allowing cops to recover the stolen goods, and identify a suspect. Just another example of how technological advances can impact our society and judicial system. How long will it be before high-cost items and appliances (bicycles, plasma tv's, designer sun glasses) can let you know where they are, and send that info to your cell phone? "Phone Home" indeed!"
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Censorship

+ - Swedish cops come to the defence of the Pirate Bay->

Submitted by Da Massive
Da Massive (559116) writes "Swedish police are expected to decide later this week whether a criminal case is warranted against 10 major music and movie companies over their alleged efforts to disrupt the Pirate Bay, one of the largest file-sharing search engines. If Swedish police decide to pursue a criminal complaint, the Pirate Bay will be spared the time and expense of pursuing its own civil suit against the companies, Peter Sunde, one of a small circle of volunteers in Sweden that runs the Web site, said on Tuesday. http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;955069824"
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Slashback

Journal: Slashdot - Are you getting paid to read it? 3

Journal by Ash Vince

After reading the Media Defender email leak recently it got me wondering as to how many other companies actually pay their employees to read slashdot. In the case of media defender it seems as though they pay staff to read it but probably don't mind them posting the occasional comment as at one point they talk about a comment being friendly and ask if it was one them posting it.

Upgrades

+ - Replacing a Voice Mail System

Submitted by
mikey1134
mikey1134 writes "I am a Network Technician for medium-sized business firm in the north-eastern US. I have been charged with creating a backup to our voicemail system. The current implementation is a Lucent Intuity Audix system running on SCO Unixware system (let the joking ensue) The system is no longer supported by the installers and the only choice offered for a redundant system is a complete replacement with a price tag upwards of $20,000. We are looking at replicating the current system, but hardware for it (PXO, cards etc.) is hard to come by. I've considered suggesting something like Asterisk but I've never personally seen a voicemail-only implimentation. Can anyone point me in the right direction for either keeping the old system going (new hardware, etc.) or failing that, suggestions for a drop-in replacement system, preferably utilizing free software."
Privacy

Skype Linux Reads Password and Firefox Profile 335

Posted by samzenpus
from the to-send-better-ads dept.
mrcgran writes "Users of Skype for Linux have just found out that it reads the files /etc/passwd, firefox profile, plugins, addons, etc, and many other unnecessary files in /etc. This fact was originally discovered by using AppArmor, but others have confirmed this fact using strace on versions 1.4.0.94 and 1.4.0.99. What is going on? This probably shows how important it is to use AppArmor in any closed-source application in Linux to restrict any undue access to your files."

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