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Submission + - Two-thirds of Lost USB Drives Carry Malware (itworld.com) 1

itwbennett writes: "Antivirus firm Sophos acquired a passel of USB sticks lost by commuters on trains in the Greater Sydney metro area at an auction organized by the Rail Corporation New South Wales. The company analyzed 50 USB sticks and found that not a single one was encrypted and 33 of them were infected with at least one type of malware."

Submission + - Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter arch (federalnewsradio.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "The Library of Congress and Twitter have signed an agreement that will see an archive of every public Tweet ever sent handed over to the library's repository of historical documents.

"We have an agreement with Twitter where they have a bunch of servers with their historic archive of tweets, everything that was sent out and declared to be public," said Bill Lefurgy, the digital initiatives program manager at the library's national digital information infrastructure and preservation program. The archives don't contain tweets that users have protected, but everything else â" billions and billions of tweets â" are there. " ...
"Researchers will be able to look at the Twitter archive as a complete set of data, which they could then data-mine for interesting information."

Government

Submission + - White House Cuts Half of G-Sites (washingtontimes.com)

Endoflow2010 writes: Today it was announced that the White House plans on cutting back on the number of federal government's websites within the next year.
The White House said that having nearly 2,000 websites confuses people.

“With so many separate sites, Americans often do not know where to turn for information,” the office of Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. said in a statement. “The administration will immediately put a halt to the creation of new websites. The administration will also shut down or consolidate 25% of the 2,000 sites over the next few months and set a goal of cutting the number of separate, standalone sites in half over the next year.”

Submission + - SPAM: Rules of Engagement in Libya

An anonymous reader writes: If you don’t know what military rules of engagement are let me run it down for you. Rules of Engagement (ROE) are the guidelines that commanders give to troops who use weapons during combat. Rules of engagement are designed to prevent unecessary killing of civilians, friendly troops, and enemy troops. Rules of Engagement have to be established for each conflict and may change from battle to battle depending on the situation.

The established rules of engagement in Libya are designed to protect the civilian population from the weapons being used by fighters and bombers on the battlefield.

Coalition forces are avoiding dropping bombs on heavily populated areas which is the most basic step which they can take to prevent innocent casualties. They are also being very selective about the type of targets that they are attacking. They are making sure that any target that they hit is strictly military. They have attacked military bases, equipment, troops, and formations. They would be able to do a more thorough job if they loosened up their attack criteria but the emphasis must be on not killing innocent civilians.

This is a very touchy situation and it can get real bad in a hurry if there is an accident which causes the deaths of many civilians. We need to be extremely careful about what and how we are conducting it and we also need to pull all of our custom military ring troops out as quickly as we can.

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The Courts

Submission + - German bloke trademarks "STFU", sues geek-shop (getdigital.de)

An anonymous reader writes: E-Bay seller Thorsten Hermes (link), from Germany, successfully trademarked the well-known abbreviation "STFU" and has now--without prior warning--sent a cease-and-desist letter to the German geek-store getDigital.de (i.e. the German equivalent of thinkgeek.com), forbidding them to sell STFU-T-shirts. Being a small business the store has removed the T-shirts from their assortment. However they are now looking for "moral and financial" support to get the trademark deleted. They also posted the original cease-and-desist letter on their website (in German). RFC
Perl

Submission + - Disarm Internet Trolls - the CBT Approach (shlomifish.org)

Shlomi Fish writes: "The best way to react to people trolling on Internet forums is not to feed them, right? Wrong! "Don't feed the trolls" is also usually ineffective. Luckily, however, there is more effective approach, inspired by the book "Feeling Good" by David D. Burns. Read about it on the "Unarmed but still Dangerous" blog."

Comment OpenHatch, and the "Teaching Open Source" Wiki (Score 2, Informative) 151

OpenHatch was mentioned previously, but I'll mention it again for completeness sake. I'm now getting a "500 Internal Server Error from it." (Slashdot effect). Also, there's a list of projects with mentors on the "Teaching Open Source" wiki. Furthermore, as people noted, most open source projects could use some help and you can approach those that interest you.

Finally, touting my own horn, I'd like to note that I'm willing to mentor people with their first steps in my own open source projects. Hack on!

Open Source

Submission + - Announcing Freecell Solver Enterprise Edition (blogspot.com)

Shlomi Fish writes: "Freecell Solver Enterprises Inc., on behalf of the Freecell Solver development team, is glad to announce the upcoming availability of Freecell Solver Enterprise Edition. In its Enterprise Edition, Freecell Solver will be enhanced to solve generalised Freecell, in which there can be an arbitrary number of card ranks. Since generalised Freecell is NP-complete. This will allow using Freecell Solver's ingenious, cutting-edge algorithms to solve the previously hard, provably NP-Complete problems of the Travelling Salesman problem, Subset sum, Sudoku and Enterprise content management.

Read more on the announcement to learn more about this and upcoming exciting developments."

Comment I'm glad to see that apology (Score 4, Informative) 576

I'm glad to see an apology for Turing's treatment being set straight. Alan Turing definitely didn't deserve the bad treatment that was inflicted upon him for his sexual orientation. He certainly deserves this apology.

One historical note is that several models of computers (or actual computers) preceded the more formal computer science, but naturally, the theoretical work of Turing (and related early CS pioneers such as Alonzo Church), and their rigour should also be highly regarded.

Software

Submission + - Open Source Licenses Wars (shlomifish.org)

Shlomi Fish writes: "There is a new article on my site titled "FOSS Licenses Wars", explaining the features and differences between various the various categories of open-source licenses, and some popular individual one, and that gives some recommendations for which licenses to avoid. I also touch on the aspect of whether use of permissive open-source licenses constitutes a risk to software freedom."
Google

Submission + - Slashdotted Feature Causes AdSense Termination (livejournal.com)

Shlomi Fish writes: "Shortly after the publication of the Slashdotted April Fools' Day feature on my site, Google suspended my AdSense account claiming it posed a "significant risk to advertisers". Read my the link for more information on what I tried to regain access to my lost account, how I was not successful, and how bad Google's AdSense support is. Apparently Google ignores their customers just like most other big corporations."

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