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Submission + - Hypocrisy of Russian Government

reporter writes: "A large group of ethnic Russians living in Estonia rioted after the Estonian government removed a statue honoring the Russia invasion of Estonia decades ago. The Estonian police arrested 600 rioters. According to a report by the Associated Press, "[the Russian government] said the [Estonian] police had used excessive force to crack down on protesters and demanded that Estonia investigate the death of a Russian citizen in the riots." Yet, this same Russian government — just 1 week ago — directed the Russian police to beat the crap out of peaceful protestors in a demonstration organized by Garry Kasparov. How do you say "hypocrite" in Russian?"
Businesses

Submission + - Is Profiting Off of Massacres Okay?

jbash writes: "I have an ethical issue. It seems people are registering domain names like vashootings.com and vatechshootings.com. (Warning: DO NOT click those ads, since they are pay-per-click ads paid to the domain name owners!) Google and Godaddy for their parts are making money off of those domain names too, not just the nice folks who registered them.

Is it wrong of me to think that this is just not right? That something has to be done about this, such as contacting the advertisers? (It was advertisers who got Imus removed, after all.) Or is it none of anyone's business how someone makes his money? And, on the other hand, if domain parking at something like vashootings.com in order to sell ads is unethical, then is it ethical to make documentaries or write books about tragedies? Is that not also making a profit off of suffering?"
Displays

Submission + - Watch your future baby in 3-D

Roland Piquepaille writes: "If researchers from Duke University can successfully install an updated version of a new image-viewing software found on clinical ultrasound scanners, it soon could be possible to see developing fetuses in the womb in living 3-D movies. These 3-D ultrasound imaging systems don't need any additional hardware, except special goggles. But as new monitors able to directly watch stereo 3-D images are now in development, this need for glasses should also been eliminated. Read more for additional references and a stereo image pair showing how this technology can be used."
Security

Submission + - Weak GMail Security

Martins writes: "About a year ago, I was sent an invite to GMail to my email account at the time at Telus. I set the account up but didn't use it immediately. A month later, I changed my ISP and email to Shaw. I then tried to get into GMail but had forgotten my password. I clicked on the appropriate link, and instead of asking me the security question as I'd expected, GMail emailed my password to my old Telus account, which had since been registered by someone else. I've tried contacting Google support to get my account back, even providing them with the original invite email that my friend had sent to me. However, I get back one or two form replies stating that they cannot help me because I don't have the received invite email — the one that has been appropriated by the user @ telus.net. After the form reply, Google tech support ignores my emails. This seems to me to be a huge security risk, what with the transiency of email accounts, to have a forgotten password automatically emailed without a verifying security question first. I was also hoping for better technical support from Google. I don't think my expectations are that unrealistic."
User Journal

Journal Journal: Screwed Via Small Print 3

Seems that EULA's aren't the only places companies try to screw you. A big source of consumer losses are sites that autorenew subscriptions. They get you signed up and then a month or a year later, after you've forgotten about them, the charge shows up on your credit card or PayPal account. This isn't just porn sites, but sites that seem otherwise legitimate. Some understand that the fight over the refund and the angry ex-customer aren't worth the hassle and will process the cancellation of

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