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Comment Re:Killing myself! (Score 1) 511

I would quit smoking if you'd find out how to cure Social Anxiety Disorder...

I don't mean to appear condescending, but have you tried exercise, specifically aerobic exercise? By try, I mean more than for a few weeks off-and-on. I'm certainly no doctor, but from my own experience, exercise releases endorphins which result in the so-called "runner's high." Not only will you be in better shape, but your fitness will boost your self-confidence and help you interact with other people more easily.

I like to stay away from modern medicine as much as possible because I've been burned by crummy doctors in the past. That's not to say I go with unproven homeopathic treatments either. I stick with what worked for our ancestors -- a good diet and plenty of exercise. Really, the geeky audience on Slashdot should make the connection between a biochemical machine like the human body and a electromechanical system like a computer. If you want optimal performance, it takes hard work. Drugs are an easy way out.


Submission + - Alan Ralsky Facing Indictment (

zentec writes: "The US Attorney's Office has issued a press release stating that they are seeking indictment of Alan Ralsky, his son in-law and nine other people. Described as the bust of a major spam ring, the indictment was listed as one of "largest nationwide" for spamming. Besides Ralsky family members, it seeks individuals in California, Arizona, Russia and Hong Kong.

Ralsky has a reputation as being one of the most prolific and unapologetic spammers in the world."


Journal SPAM: DRM Nightmare - Use HD and Lose Previously Purchased Media 7

Davis Freeberg ran into the nightmare scenario of losing access to his DRM-disabled purchases, simply by upgrading a PC monitor. "I recently purchased a new HD monitor, but when I installed it, I lost the streaming capabilities on Netflix's website. When I tried to troubleshoot the issue, I had to agree to let Netflix "reset my DRM" by destroying my files. Because Hollywood wants to punish people for using techn


Submission + - Spam King Alan Ralsky under indictment (

maxx_entropy writes: Spam King Alan Ralsky under indictment

The U.S. Attorney's Office has scheduled a news conference today to announce the indictment of 11 people in a major Internet spam investigation.
It described the indictment as one of the largest nationwide.
Among the indicted are Alan Ralsky of West Bloomfield, his son-in-law and nine others. They were indicted in Detroit on charges of running an illegal Internet spam operation.


Submission + - When Movies Don't Live Up to the Trailer ( 1

MBCook writes: "David Pogue of the New York Times has published a piece in which he asks "Just how different can a trailer be without becoming false advertising?" He relates taking his children to see Nation Treasure: Book of Secrets, and just how amazingly different it is from the trailers. "On the way home, what [my children and I] discussed wasn't the plot or the shaky grasp of history. It was all the good stuff we'd seen in the trailers (the ads) that weren't even *in* the movie.""

Submission + - Withdrawn SCO-York APA Reveals Irregularities (

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "Groklaw is reporting that there appear to be a number of irregularities in the hastily-drafted SCO-York Asset Purchase Agreement. The agreement, which was originally offered as an emergency plan to sell off all of SCO's assets and keep the liabilities, was ultimately withdrawn, but not without some last-second lawyering by creditors such as Novell. PJ notes that there are a number of highly unusual sections in the agreement, such as one explicitly giving force to oral agreements — something you only do if you want to hide part of the contract from prying eyes, especially when the contract's confidentiality portions survive its termination. Another irregularity is that the company they were going to sell the lawsuit to is specifically identified as being based in Delaware, but the rest was left blank, to be written in later. PJ speculates that SCO hoped to create a shell corporation to sell the lawsuit to so that they could continue litigating. Presumably, bankruptcy is merely a flesh wound to SCO."

Submission + - Microsoft Drops Key Restrictions From Server 2008 (

Channel Guy writes: "According to a report from CRN, Microsoft plans to allow users of the Web server SKU in Windows Server 2008 to run any type of database software with no limit on the number of users, provided they deploy it as an Internet-facing front-end server. The previous limit was 50 users. Microsoft's partners expect the changes to go a long way toward making Windows Web Server 2008 more competitive with the LAMP stack, against which Microsoft has been making headway in recent months."

Submission + - UK Creates Guidelines for Security Tool Ban (

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "The UK Crown Protection Service has just posted guidelines for interpreting the Police and Justice Act 2006 [PDF], which is expected to go into force this May. One of the more controversial provisions is a ban on distributing software that provides unauthorized access to a computer. While they attempt to address some of the concerns security professionals have, it's quite troubling that you can get busted for mere possession of the tools if you have a nebulous "intent" to do something criminal with them. Worse, the test for whether you can make or supply a security tool rests in things like the likelihood of its misuse, commercial availability, and install base. In other words, a legitimate security tool like John the Ripper could have been banned in the UK when it first came out, before its install base grew, just because too many people misuse it and it's given away for free."

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