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Privacy

+ - Bill would let ID theft victims seek restitution->

verybadradio writes: "A bipartisan bill that would let victims of identity theft seek restitution for money and time they spent repairing their credit history was introduced on Tuesday in the Senate.

The legislation would also give federal prosecutors more tools to combat identity theft and cybercrime, according to sponsors Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Republican Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania."

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Networking

+ - P2P Network Now 50xs Faster->

verybadradio writes: "Your P2P downloads may be getting much faster if this interview is correct. China's Kaiser Kuo claims that Blin.cn is 50 times faster than BitTorrent and when downloading the show 24 season 6 he was able to start watching it with 2.2% downloaded after only 3 minutes, and all in DVD quality."
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Biotech

+ - DNA Discoverer Claims Africans Are Not Intelligent 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: Nobel laureate James Watson, the co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, has made controversial remarks about race and intelligence in an interview with The Sunday Times. Watson is 'inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa' because 'all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really'. He said he hopes that all races are equal, but 'people who have to deal with black employees find this not true'. He also writes that 'there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so'. In reply, a British politician has said, 'It is sad to see a scientist of such achievement making such baseless, unscientific and extremely offensive comments.' Watson is promoting his memoirs, entitled 'Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science'.
The Internet

+ - 'Adjusted' Exchange Rates with PayPal 1 1

incith writes: I recently went to send some money to a friend via PayPal, and noticed they were informing me that 1 Canadian Dollar is equal to 0.99 U.S. Dollars. I went off to check Google and Yahoo Exchange, both reporting that 1 CAD = 1.02 USD roughly. There are some articles I found as well while googling, others who have noticed this. Back when the dollar was still only worth .67 or so and PayPal was reporting it to be .61 roughly. The fellow in question lost nearly $300 just due to the exchange rate PayPal was giving him and the amount he was sending. How much money could PayPal be saving by cutting a cent or two off the exchange rate they give you, and how much are we as customers losing?
Education

+ - Are interactive whiteboards a Good Thing?->

samdutton writes: "Interactive whiteboards are now installed in almost all primary and secondary schools in the UK — and that probably goes for many other countries as well.

Teachers and kids seem to love them — but are interactive whiteboards really better than blackboards, non-interactive whiteboards and 'Big Book' learning? Given the high cost of purchase, installation, maintenance and replacement — do they give value for money?

...and is it OK that (in rich countries, at least) more and more of life, including school, is now a televisual experience?"

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Microsoft

+ - Dutch Advocacy Group Demands Vista Ban->

verybadradio writes: "Responding to over 5,000 complaints the Consumers' Association (Consumentenbond) has called on consumers when purchasing a new computer to explicitly ask for the operating system Windows XP. New PCs come standard with Windows XP's successor Windows Vista but there are many complaints about this system."
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