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Education

Submission + - A New Resource for Teaching about Evolution (mcgill.ca)

Jason R. Wiles writes: "The McGill Journal of Education, a long-standing, internationally respected, and fully peer-reviewed journal, has just released a special issue dealing with the teaching and learning of biological (and geological & cosmological) evolution. The issue, freely available online, features articles, opinions, and reviews by well known experts on evolution education. PZ Meyers of Pharyngula calls it a "must-read for science educators"."
Networking

Submission + - Brazilian police arrests top Cisco execs

An anonymous reader writes: According to various Brazilian news agencies, top executives from local Cisco operation have been arrested today in what was called "Operation Persona". There's evidence of huge tax fraud (at least R$1,5B, roughly US$830M) involving Cisco (mostly) and others companies. Hardware was imported below its price to evade customs taxes. There's already many links covering this story, as it's still developing (just portuguese for now, sorry).
The Internet

Submission + - Australian On-Line Poll Based Senator, Dangerous?

exeme writes: The 2007 Australian election was recently announced and a new completely on-line based political party is running for election to the Australian Senate. Senator On-Line will give Australian residents eligible to vote a chance to vote in on-line polls for every piece of legislation that comes to the Senate. The senator will then blindly vote in accordance with the majority.

The party has no position on anything until it is voted on and has been approved by the Australian Electoral Commission as a legitimate party. The party will be running two candidates in each Australian state.

It's a new and interesting idea, but is giving the unwashed masses the chance to vote on party positions in this way a wise idea or something fraught with danger?
Spam

Submission + - Story on spammer Alexey Tolstokozhev a fake (taint.org)

wolfeon writes: "The story http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/11/2157244 posted today is a fake, sorry. After doing a simple google search, the facts were very clear on the following, http://taint.org/2007/10/11/203243a.html Please ignore the story and lets move on, this is a very bad practical joke. I was very excited and happy until I performed a google search and looked on the ROSKO list.

The story originated from this site, http://loonov.com/russian-viagra-and-penis-enlargement-spammer-murdered.htm The creation date of loonov.com is "11-oct-2007". Did anyone else see this before making comments or giving a thumbs up on firehose?"

The Internet

Submission + - AT&T issues formal 'censorship' mea culpa

netbuzz writes: "AT&T this evening has issued new terms of use language that it hopes will cap a firestorm of protest over the original version that appeared to give the company freedom to pull the plug on anyone who had the temerity to criticize AT&T or its affiliates. Whether you believed that threat to be real or overblown, the new language would seem to put the issue to rest.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/20460"
Microsoft

Submission + - Mom blasts Ballmer over kid's crappy Vista OS (computerworld.com) 6

Lucas123 writes: "While on stage at a Gartner's ITxpo conference today, Ballmer got an ear-full from the mother of a 13-year-old girl who said after installing Vista on her daughter's computer she decided only two days later to switch back to XP because Vista was so difficult. Ballmer defended Vista saying: "Your daughter saw a lot of value"; to which the mother replied: "She's 13." Ballmer said that Vista is bigger than XP, and "for some people that's an issue, and it's not going to get smaller in any significant way in SP1. But machines are constantly getting bigger, and [it's] probably important to remember that as well." Says the mother: "Good, I'll let you come in and install it for me.""
Music

Submission + - Radiohead's "In Rainbows" pre-release e-ma (blogspot.com)

routerl writes: "Rolling Stone reported on this about a week ago, and the album's website has been up for a while. Then, at 4:26 pm, I received (as I'm sure did many others) the following e-mail:

THANK YOU FOR ORDERING IN RAINBOWS. THIS IS AN UPDATE.

YOUR UNIQUE ACTIVATION CODE(S) WILL BE SENT OUT TOMORROW MORNING (UK TIME). THIS WILL TAKE YOU STRAIGHT TO THE DOWNLOAD AREA.

HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE DOWNLOAD:

THE ALBUM WILL COME AS A 48.4MB ZIP FILE CONTAINING 10 X 160KBPS DRM FREE MP3s.

MOST COMPUTERS NOW HAVE ZIP SOFTWARE AS PART OF THE OPERATING SYSTEM; IF YOUR COMPUTER DOES NOT, YOU NEED TO GET WINZIP OR ZIPIT INSTALLED PRIOR.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THEM HERE:

PC: http://www.winzip.com/ MAC: http://www.maczipit.com/

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS DOWNLOADING YOUR FILE, PLEASE CONTACT OUR DOWNLOAD CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM AT downloadinrainbows@waste.uk.com

Solely as an experiment (I intend to buy the album at least once more), I paid zero pounds. But, sure enough, the DRM free MP3s would still be available, accompanied by friendly assistance with compression formats (not every Radiohead fan reads /.)."

The Courts

Submission + - What does a download cost a record company?

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Why are the record companies being so secretive about their costs in connection with downloads? The RIAA is fighting hard to keep that information secret, even though a Judge ruled last November that defendants are entitled to try and prove that the damages the RIAA is looking for are unconstitutionally disproportionate to "actual damages". Obviously the expense data is needed to compute "actual damages". The issue takes on heightened importance from the revelation last week that the RIAA isn't just seeking $750-per-song-file, but $750 to $150,000 per song file, from file sharers, in a case where it actually got a jury to award $9250 per song file."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Canadian Mint claims IP rights to words "one c 1

knorthern knight writes: A weird intersection of copyright/trademark with Canadian politics. Short background. Various Canadian cities and municipalities have launched a publicity/lobbying campaign seeking a fixed take from the GST (Goods and Services Tax, a national Canadian sales tax similar to European VAT). The amount sought is 1 cent for each dollar of the purchase price. This is summarized by the slogan "One Cent of the GST NOW". Acoording to this press release, the Royal Canadian Mint (the federal agency that prints Canadian paper currency and stamps Canadian coins) has demanded royalties for use of the phrase "one cent", and the image of the Canadian penny. The Royal Canadian Mint, a corporation of the federal government, has now demanded that the City of Toronto pay $47,680 for the public education campaign. Included in this amount is a request for $10,000 for the use of the words "one cent" in the campaign website address (www.onecentnow.ca) and the campaign email address (onecentnow@toronto.ca), and an additional $10,000 for the use of the words "one cent" in the campaign phone number (416-ONE CENT). The remaining $27,680 has been assessed against the City for the use of the image of the Canadian penny in printed materials such as pins and posters.
Enlightenment

Submission + - Feds challeng California's Medical marijuana. (yahoo.com)

dnormant writes: The founder of an Oakland food factory that laces everything from cookies to barbecue sauce with marijuana surrendered Thursday to face a federal drug charge. California law has legalized marijuana use to treat medical conditions, but federal law bans the plant's use for all purposes. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that federal law trumps state law when it comes to medical marijuana.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071005/ap_on_fe_st/pot_candy_bust;_ylt=AgaP90iLVzLlhf32KRa3OnMZ.3QA

United States

Submission + - Texas Lawmakers Steal Votes (youtube.com) 4

absentmindedjwc writes: "It appears lawmakers in Texas frequently walk around the house floor casting votes for members who are not at their seat. Some members are seen on video casting as many as 4 votes. One member goes on camera to justify this practice as necessary in order to allow fellow house members time for lunch and personal time.

Watch the video and determine for yourself if you think these people are doing this as a "favor" for their colleagues, or if they might just be stealing votes."

Power

Submission + - Change Google Background Color To Save Energy?

i_like_spam writes: Recent commentary at Nature Climate Change describes an on-going debate about the energy savings associated with the background colors used by high-traffic websites such as Google and the NYTimes. A back of the envelope calculation has suggested energy savings of 750 Megawatt hours per year if Google switched their background from white to black. In response, a new version of Google called Blackle was created. However, other calculations by the Wall Street Journal suggest minimal energy savings. Who is right in this debate? Should web designers also consider potential energy savings when choosing colors for their sites?

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