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Submission + - Outsourced, anonymous voter suppression calls (cnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On election day 2002, computerized hang-up calls orchestrated by the Republican Party jammed phone lines set up by the New Hampshire Democratic Party and the Manchester firefighters' union. The 2004 and 2006 elections saw similar shenanigans, leading to a FBI investigation of voter suppression calls in Virginia. A recent CNET editorial explores some scary future scenarios where political parties have outsourced their dirty-tricks to offshore companies in India and the Philippines. The main result of this, is that as phishers have already discovered, putting 8 thousand miles between the criminal and their victim can make investigation and prosecution next to impossible.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft must abandon Vista to save itself (neowin.net)

Technical Writing Geek writes: "While Vista was originally touted by Microsoft as the operating system savior we've all been waiting for, it has turned out to be one of the biggest blunders in technology. With a host of issues that are inexcusable and features that are taken from the Mac OS X and Linux playbook, Microsoft has once again lost sight of what we really want.

As we're more than aware, Vista Ultimate comes at a premium. For an additional $160 over the Premium SKU price, Ultimate gives you a complete backup and restore option, BitLocker Drive encryption, the ever so popular Windows Fax & Scan, and the "Ultimate Extras." But what started with a promise of "Extras" by summer, quickly turned into an apology from Microsoft and the eventual release of DreamScene and Windows Hold 'Em (among others) today. And while each of the "Extras" runs just fine, Microsoft's "Extras" blunder is just another reason why the company must abandon Vista before it's too late.

http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=42814"

Space

Submission + - Google to Announce $30,000,000 Lunar X-Prize

chroma writes: "News has been leaked of the Google Lunar Prize. This new X-Prize contest is expected to be announced today at 2 PM Eastern Time. The news was leaked on a Huffington Post blog posting, though it was later redacted, presumably because the official announcement has yet to happen. You can still see the remnants of the original post on Google. The scoop: $30 million to the first private organization to put a rover on the moon."
Software

Submission + - Universities move to GMail, GoogleApps (arstechnica.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "According to ArsTechnica, five U.S schools have begun using GoogleApps on campus. The switch is partly due to the request from students for better mail systems, namely, GMail. The author speaks with IT Professionals at a few of the Universities, as well as a student, to get the inside scoop on why schools are making the move to GoogleApps."
The Media

Submission + - Fox News smears rivals on Wikipedia (geeksaresexy.net)

boyko.at.netqos writes: "Changes made to Wikipedia from an IP Address that resolves to Fox News, show a pattern of smearing Fox's rivals, including Al Franken, Keith Olbermann, and CNN, while removing damaging or embarrassing information to it's own reporters. GeeksAreSexy.net pores through the changes to produce a comprehensive list of what Fox News allegedly changed.

An example of the changes:

From: "Many groups and commentators, including [[Media Matters for America]], and liberal broadcasters [[Al Franken]], and [[Keith Olbermann]], have claimed that Hume distorted Roosevelt's views."

To: "Many groups and commentators, including [[Media Matters for America]], and liberal broadcasters [[Al Franken]], and [[Keith Olbermann]], have claimed that Hume distorted Roosevelt's views in an attempt to ride Mr. Hume's coat tails in the ratings race as Mr. Hume hosts the highest rated political program on cable television.""

PC Games (Games)

Journal Journal: Travelling Tech + World Of Warcraft = BAN

My buddy for many years received bad news today. His World of Warcraft account, with multiple level 60 characters, is banned. Why? They cite logs that show logins from multiple IP's all over the place in the last few months. The kicker: they ban it just before the expansion, but release the ban on opening day. He buys, installs, and activates BC. He logs in for a few hours, and then gets kicked out. Email arrives: they have re-reviewed and decided the ban is valid, after he spent his $40 on the

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