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Comment Re:The simple one. (Score 1) 678

Keeping the computer in the living room doesn't prevent them from stumbling on bad stuff.

The purpose of a good filter is 2 fold:
1. prevent kids from stumbling onto bad stuff.
2. prevent kids them from using the internet to be curious (the parent is paying for the connection and has a right to block or allow whatever they want).

A customizable filter is best: k9 (win/mac). Customizable = if blocked it allows the user to invite the parent to override the block, (and add the site to a whitelist). This way, the kids can still access blocked items.

So who determines what gets blocked? With a customizable filter, it is the parent, and because they are paying for the internet connection, they have a right to control what comes in on the internet connection. When the kids move out and go to college, they are old enough they can make their own decisions.

However, I haven't found a customizable filter and free for linux yet. If you have an extra computer with 2 network cards you can try untangle os a firewall os with content filtering. I will try the opendns suggestions listed below, because it sounds like you can choose what categories are blocked and which aren't.

Submission + - Obama, MediaTech, Inauguration & Clogged Inter (

whtmarker writes: "The Inauguration showcased some new technologies, interesting but not life changing.
From Yes They Can — but So What?.

Barack Obama has made it as clear as a 1080p high-definition image that he intends to be the Digital President.... The intense interest in the [inauguration] clogged the Internets right around the time Obama placed his hand on Abraham Lincoln's Bible, raising new questions about whether streaming media was ready for prime time... Yeah, it's kind of cool to finger-flick from a photo of Obama... but audiences raised on "CSI" software fantasies weren't likely to be overwhelmed by 2-D turned into 3-D turned back into 2-D on your TV, even if your TV is HD.

During inauguration coverage, GeoEye was also featured, which will be a google maps supplier later in 2009."

Comment this made it on slashdot? (Score 4, Informative) 515

The poster said 'i think ubuntu downloads stuff faster than xp but I'm not sure... the RAM is different.'

So how did this make it to slashdot. Its not like anyone but the poster has the identical hardware to run the tests properly.

@poster: If the machines are so 'identical' then swap the memory and run the tests again.

Submission + - new lung disease caused by microwave popcorn fumes (

popcorn popping on the apricot tree writes: "The Associated Press brings us,

A pulmonary specialist at Denver's National Jewish Medical and Research Center has written to federal agencies to say doctors there believe they have the first case of a consumer who developed lung disease from the fumes of microwaving popcorn several times a day for years.
As the first consumer case, does this mean this happens all the time before in industrial settings?"


Submission + - subtract DRM, add 256kpbs tracks = Apple iTunes+

whtmarker writes: "iTunes will continue to offer its entire catalog, currently over five million songs, in the same versions as today — 128 kbps AAC encoding with DRM — at the same price of 99 cents per song, alongside the higher quality iTunes Plus versions when available. In addition, iTunes customers can now easily upgrade their library of previously purchased EMI content to iTunes Plus tracks for just 30 cents a song and $3.00 for most albums."

Submission + - HP Recruiting using Second Life

virtualJobsGetPaidVirtualMoney writes: A Computer Science student graduating with a bachelor's degree looking for a full-time position has been contacted by HP for an virtual interview.

Representatives from Hewlett Packard have released the following opportunity. HP will be interviewing in the virtual world for real-world jobs! This is a first for HP and encourage students to try it out, especially if they are already Second Life players.
Interviewing is already so subjective, would this method of interviewing truly yield a qualified candidate?

Submission + - Total Lunar Eclipse This Weekend

SeaDour writes: This Saturday night, March 3rd, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from nearly all inhabited parts of the world. A great shadow will stretch across the surface of the moon, eventually casting it in an eerie red glow as sunlight filters through our atmosphere onto the lunar surface. Viewers in Europe and Africa will have the best vantage point, able to watch the entire eclipse in action, while observers in most of the western hemisphere can see it eclipsed as it rises just after sunset.

Submission + - Best Buy Confirms 'secret' Website

Iberian writes: confirms Best Buy does indeed maintain a second website for what one could only assume is for fraudulent purposes.

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal ordered the investigation into Best Buy's practices on Feb. 9 after my column disclosed the website and showed how employees at two Connecticut stores used it to deny customers a $150 discount on a computer advertised on

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