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FCC Chair Genachowski Resigns; What Effect on Net Regulation? 42

New submitter RougeFemme writes with news of Friday's announcement that FCC chairman Julius Genachowski will step down in the next several weeks (also at Politico), and asks "Obama promised us the continuation of a free, open Internet. Will the resignation of the FCC chairman have any affect on that 'net neutrality'?"

Comment Re:Twitter-shaming. (Score 1) 1145

The girl involved in the Steubenville rape case I mentioned in my previous post was threatened with death and physical harm on social media for the 'harm' she was doing to the local football team by pursuing charges.

And many of these threats were made by girls, two of whom were subsequently charged for it.

Open Source

Ask Slashdot: Where to Host Many Small, Related Projects? 69

MellowTigger writes "I work at a non-profit organization. I am looking for a site where we can register an account under our group's name, then spawn multiple projects to solicit programmer help for our organization. The current projects that we have in mind are small and probably not of interest to the wider world, although one very large project is possible. I need a site that emphasizes our non-profit as the benefactor rather than the wider world, since most projects are so specific that wider applicability seems slim. We would need help with various technologies including at least Powershell and SQL. At the moment, my available options emphasize individual projects of public interest, so we would have to spawn multiple independent projects, seeming to spam the host with 'pointless' minor tasks. We already have technical people seeking to donate time. We just need a way to coordinate skill matching, document sharing, and code submission out on the web. What do you suggest?"

Comment Re: First strike (Score 5, Interesting) 418

I've already seen similar shit in my area where an ISP claims you have a "virus" and pulls your plug if you use more data than your average grandma.

This is actually a soft warning tactic I've encountered in many corporate and education scenarios. They'll identify folks using a lot of transit, and send them a notice along the lines of "hey, we noticed you're using a lot of bandwidth... Maybe you've got a virus or something?" These notices work particularly well in cases where someone's been found to be downloading gigs of porn on the office computer, etc. The user realizes he's being watched, says "yeah! that must be it! I gotta virus!" and suddenly the behavior stops.

I'm not defending the ISP you mention, just saying this tactic is pretty common. It's their way of asking you to knock it off, without accusing you of anything.

Comment Re:More Likely (Score 1) 239

That's what it sounds like to me, too. An identity thief wouldn't be having all of these email notifications etc. being sent to the victim's address, he'd have created an account on Yahoo or something to receive those messages without the victim knowing. The porn site registrations are a pretty good sign that this is "revenge spam." Someone just wants to annoy the heck out of submitter.

As an aside, anytime Apple updates their Terms of Service on an iOS device, there's always a button for "Send these terms via email." That form performs no check on a) whether the address entered belongs to an Apple ID, or b) whether you've already emailed the terms. So, you can easily have Apple spam someone's mailbox with as many copies of their TOS as you're willing to waste time on. Last time I did this, each click of the send button actually generated two emails... One about the TOS and one about the game store, or something.

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