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George Washington Racks Up 220 Years of Late Fees At Library Screenshot-sm 146

Everyone knows that George Washington couldn't tell a lie. What you probably didn't know is that he couldn't return a library book on time. From the article: "New York City's oldest library says one of its ledgers shows that the president has racked up 220 years' worth of late fees on two books he borrowed, but never returned. One of the books was the 'Law of Nations,' which deals with international relations. The other was a volume of debates from Britain's House of Commons. Both books were due on Nov. 2, 1789."
Enlightenment

Submission + - Is Ritual Child Abuse Just a Hoax?

An anonymous reader writes: Do we only see what we want to see? Or do we only see what we are shown? Many admit to knowing there is both good and evil on this earth, but it appears we feel that evil exists only in individuals or small pockets of like-minded people, never can we conceive, it seems, that evil may be pervasive, systematic and organized. I know, in this day and age, the debate about evil is long, does it exist and what constitutes evil versus lifestyle choice. Ive always figured in the end it is only my own actions I will have to be responsible for, so I try not to judge others, but I have to state that I find the ritual torture, molestation and often, murder of children to rest fully in the realm of evil.

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/52590
The Internet

Submission + - Open Letter To Google 1

sobolwolf writes: I am sick to the death of trying to register a domain and finding that someone is add squatting on it. If there is one thing that I hate more than spammers, it's domain squatters. For added salt to the wound, our "do no evil" friends at Google seem to condone the practice, even encourage it.

If there was not monetary gain from doing this, it wouldn't happen. So on behalf of myself and the multitudes that want to register a domain name for a legitimate reason I ask that Google stop to allow their ads to be displayed in such a fashion.
The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia Ruled By Lord Of The Universe (theregister.co.uk)

milsoRgen writes: "The Register is reporting, one of Wikipedia's top 3 contributers, Jossi Fresco. Is quietly suppressing negative views regarding Prem Rawat by editing views disagreeable to the ex-guru. Prem Rawat is consider by many to the leader of a cult, and it has been established Jossi has close ties to him. The most interesting part is that Jossi Fresco is also the one in charge of the Conflicts of Interest Notice Board."
Social Networks

Submission + - 'Anonymous' declares online war on Scientology (computerworld.com.au)

Cruiseship writes: A mysterious anti Church of Scientology group is using YouTube and other social networking sites to gather people for a day of action against the church this Sunday, February 10. The group known as "Anonymous" has released three videos on YouTube in the past fortnight that seek to discredit and "dismantle" the church. It's next phase to is muster support for a day of mass protest at Scientology offices world wide. http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;632197333;fp;16;fpid;1
Government

Submission + - British Village Requests Removal from GPS Maps (nytimes.com) 6

longacre writes: "The tiny village of Barrow Gurney, England has asked GPS map publisher Tele Atlas to remove them from the company's maps. The reason: truck drivers using GPS navigation devices are being directed to drive through the town despite the roads being too narrow for sidewalks, and causing numerous accidents. At the root of the problem lies the fact that the navigation maps used by trucks are the same as those used by passenger cars, which don't contain data on road width or no truck zones. Tele Atlas says they will release truck-appropriate databases at some point, but until then they advise local governments to make use of a technology dating back to the Romans: road signs."
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Germany developing $1.75 Bil particle accelerator

SK writes: "Scientists from over the world are headed to the German city of Darmstadt to kick off the construction of a new 1.2 billion Euro particle accelerator. They plan to use the facility in an effort to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang. The scientists hope to create situations similar to the Big Bang in a controlled environment to figure out what actually happened and discover new data about the birth of our universe."
Books

Submission + - Book copies Wikipedia; Publisher aggressive on IP. (wikipedia.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Two pages of a book, Black Gold: The New Frontier in Oil for Investors, consist of a direct copy from the English Wikipedia article on the Khobar Towers Bombing. The book is published by John Wiley and Sons, the same publisher who, earlier this year, threatened a blogger with legal action over a clear case of fair use commentary.
Space

Submission + - Why ISS Computers Failed (ieee.org) 1

Geoffrey.landis writes: "It was only a small news item four months ago: all three of the Russian computers that control the International Space Station failed shortly after the Space Shuttle brought up a new solar array. But, why did they fail? James Oberg, writing in IEEE Spectrum, details the cause."
Biotech

Submission + - 60 grams of fat for breakfast! (cnn.com)

sobolwolf writes: The people who brought you the Monster Thickburger and the 1,100-calorie salad are at it again — this time for breakfast.

"We don't try to hide what these are," a Hardee's spokesman said of the 920-calorie breakfast burrito.

Hardee's on Monday rolled out its new Country Breakfast Burrito ("country breakfast bomb") — two egg omelets filled with bacon, sausage, diced ham, cheddar cheese, hash browns and sausage gravy, all wrapped inside a flour tortilla. The burrito contains 920 calories and 60 grams of fat.

In 2003 the chain introduced a line of big sandwiches, including the Monster Thickburger. The 1,420-calorie sandwich is made up of two 1/3-pound slabs of beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese and mayonnaise on a buttered bun.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocate for nutrition and health, has called the Hardee's line of Thickburgers "food porn."

Feed Techdirt: YouTube Announces Tool For Angry Copyright Holders (techdirt.com)

After many many months of saying the company was "working on it," Google has finally released the details of its tool to help angry copyright holders deal with their content being shared on YouTube. The tool doesn't sound all that surprising. Basically, the company tried to build its own version of Audible Magic's famed "magic bullet" approach to stopping unauthorized sharing. Of course, Audible Magic's solution has run into problems when people realized it doesn't work very well, and you have to wonder how well Google's homebrewed solution will work as well. It's not an easy problem to solve, and going back to the original Napster (which tried to add its own similar filter), people quickly find ways around the filters. There are two noteworthy things in the Google announcement. First, it requires copyright holders to upload their own copies so that Google can match them to the content on the site, and it offers the copyright holder a variety of options beyond just "block any copies." That's where it gets a little interesting. Copyright holders can also choose to leave the content up, but place ads on it, with a split of the ad revenue going back to the copyright holder. In other words, Google is at least encouraging copyright holders to consider that simply taking down the infringing content may not make as much as sense as trying to make money off of it. Somehow, we doubt that too many copyright holders will sign up for this "leave it up, but with ads" program, but perhaps we'll be surprised.

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