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Submission + - Petco redefines the definition of a rectangle! (reefcentral.com)

petes97 writes: Trying to purchase an aquarium on a current advertisement I had the occassion to speak with a corporate customer service representative who informed me that "Petco do[es] not consider a square a rectangle" as I attempted to purchase a rectangle with a square base, but rectangular in height, marketed as a "cube." Full recount of the fiasco.
Sony

Submission + - Sony to release new PS2 (efluxmedia.com)

jshriverWVU writes: "In what might be a way to regain some turf in the console war Sony is releasing a revamped PS2 this winter season.

"Sony plans to attract casual and non-casual gamers with a Ceramic White limited edition of PlayStation 2, bundled with SingStar Pop, the second installment in the popular SingStar franchise. Of course, for wannabe artists that would be an incomplete package without the two high-quality USB microphones Sony plans to add to the promotional wrapping.""

Software

Submission + - HTML as a graphic format

An anonymous reader writes: I've discovered WHIPIE.COM a site where you can make a web page using graphic tools quite different from the HTML normal code, I think is an interesting idea. The editor looks very powerful, is based in something called WHIP (Web Human Interaction Pages)
United States

Submission + - General Strike Called For 9/11/2007 In U.S.

cybermage writes: Organizers around the U.S. are working to coordinate a General Strike for 9/11/2007. Their reasoning is as follows: "Since the tragic events of 9/11/01, America has fallen under a spell of fear and deception. The government peddles lies and steadily chips away at our democratic rights. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the Iraq war — mostly civilians. Torture, surveillance, tyranny, empire. Many of us can recognize the fascistic direction of this government. But what do we do?"
Media

Submission + - Chomsky in feature film on Outsourcing to India

agslashdot writes: "Project Outsourced, a 150 minute indie docu on Outsourcing of IT jobs to India, now on Google Video in 6 parts — Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Features Brian Behlendorf ( Apache ), Dr. Noam Chomsky (MIT), Dr. Dennis Dalton(Columbia), Dr. William Easterly( NYU) and a host of economists, programmers & venture capitalists."
The Internet

To Media Companies, BitTorrent Implies Guilt 381

kripkenstein writes "The big media companies immediately assume you are guilty by your mere presence on a BitTorrent swarm, an investigation by a university security worker reveals. Turns out companies like BayTSP (which the media companies employ) will send shutdown notices to ISPs without any evidence of copyright infringment; all they feel they need is an indication that you are reported by the tracker to be in the swarm." From the post: "For my investigation, I wrote a very simple BitTorrent client. My client sent a request to the tracker, and generally acted like a normal Bittorrent client up to sharing files. The client refused to accept downloads of, or upload copyrighted content. It obeyed the law... With just this, completely legal, BitTorrent client, I was able to get notices from BayTSP. To put this in to perspective, if BayTSP were trying to bust me for doing drugs, it'd be like getting arrested because I was hanging out with some dealers, but they never saw me using, buying, or selling any drugs."

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