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Comment Backup Homework (Score 1) 1117

Make it mandatory that students back up their homework on a thumb drive.

No excuses for missing assignments & you can reimage a computer at a drop of the hat.

Webfilter hard core porn & leave it at that. Any other behavior needs to be addressed as a issue with that behavior. Not make it a special "computer crime".

The Internet

Scientology's Credibility Questioned Over Video Channel 450

stonyandcher writes to share that the Church of Scientology has come under fire for some items on their recently launched video channel. Most notably, claims have been leveled that dignitaries in one of their videos were faked and at least one of the people featured in the video is claiming their statements were taken out of context.
Government

Submission + - Church of Scientology violates Federal Law (rapidshare.com) 5

FreedomToThink writes: "This is a very long story I'm sure the editors will have fun with, but I couldn't see how to cut it down at all.

On the eve of the Ides of March protest, from the source of the recent 'Anonymous' submitted CCHR leak on wikileaks, comes this message

"Dear $cientology,You attempt injunctions.I respond.Shall we continue the game? Much Love, DEEP CLAM"

Included was yet another PDF this time including yet more emails leaked from a Church of Scientology front group.

Vote Rigging?

From: "Mike Kaplan" <mkaplan@tampabay.rr.com>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Subject: Fw: RE-ELECT FRANK HIBBARD, MAYOR OF CLEARWATER
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 11:53:07 -0400

See below. Everyone in Clearwater MUST vote. Every vote will be needed to be
sure Hibbard gets re-elected. The alternative is Rita Garvey who is an SP.

— Original Message —
From: Shelly <mailto:shelly.bauer@Earthlink.net> Bauer
To: Shelly Bauer <mailto:shelly.bauer@earthlink.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 8:09 AM
Subject: RE-ELECT FRANK HIBBARD, MAYOR OF CLEARWATER

DO YOUR PART
RE-ELECT FRANK HIBBARD
MAYOR OF CLEARWATER
VOTE!!!
JANUARY 29TH
TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED!

Lunch with your preferred Presidential candidates for a high price?

ONE SEAT LEFT

I have arranged a private one-hour luncheon with Ron Paul on 11/28 in St.
Pete when he will be in town for the CNN/YouTube Republican debate.

This luncheon is reserved for $1000+ donors to Ron Paul's presidential
campaign. 19 people so far have paid and confirmed and will have the honor
and pleasure of having lunch and communicating with Ron Paul directly.


From the head of the "Non Proffit" CCHR Bruce Wiseman

Go the the HELP committee website. The link is here.
http://help.senate.gov/About.html
Here you will see the names of the Committee members on the left hand
side
of the page. Please go to the individual websites of the Republican =
members
(this will take just a bit of leg work on your part by putting their =
name
into Google) and calling their office or sending a fax to them (email is =
the
least effective) stating your opposition to S. 1375 The Mother's Act.


Currently, the law prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one "which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."

An OCMB (Operation Clambake Message Board)regular adds :

I downloaded myself a copy and started looking through them. I found an interesting one on pages 47-48.
http://rapidshare.com/files/99292051/CCHRLeak3.pdf.html

Karin Pouw of OSA of CofS writes a message.
It's forwarded by Michael Genung. He's the guy who runs ACSR, Association for Citizens Sociel Reform. http://www.citizensforsocialreform.org/ ["CSR Background and Philosopy: CSR was founded in 2001 by a group of Scientologists and other like-minded individuals concerned with the escalating social ills in society. CSR's purpose is to work with in the field of public policy to bring about more effective and humane solutions to these social ills of illiteracy, criminality substance abuse and general decay of character."]

Then it's forwarded by Doyle Mills, of LEAF fame (Letters to the Editor Attack Force).
Then it's forwarded by Mary C. (possibly one of two Mary C's I'm thinking of, but unsure).
Then it's forwarded by Mike Kaplan, another person who runs an email list and forwards CCHR type stuff to CofS members.

If that ain't stringing a line from the CofS to CCHR and the CofS front group ("grassroots") movements, then I don't know what is!


Apologies in advance as the Enturbulation servers will not be up to a slashdotting so the Coral Cache link is here Enturbulation Discussion (already cached for you)

ANYONE CAN REPORT TAX FRAUD DIRECTLY TO THE IRS : http://www.irs.gov/compliance/enforcement/article/0,,id=106778,00.html It does require that you print out and mail in an actual hardcopy, but it does not require you to identify yourself.

Just a casual user passing on a message from the Enturbulation forum, this is already out there, there's no reason to attack the messenger."

Censorship

Submission + - Prosper "P2P Lending - Web 2.0" Censors Di (prospers.org)

Greebo writes: "Prosper Marketplace Inc., aka Prosper, previously discussed here, is a nearly 2 year old Peer-to-Peer lending site that touts itself as a proponent of the "Web 2.0" concept "taking the systems that operate our markets and society out of the hands of the elites and putting them into the hands of the masses". Yet, while they profess to be leaders of the power to the people movement, they blatantly censor open discussion by the masses they claim to be empowering. This week they launched a new blog site which openly fools comment posters into thinking their comment has been accepted, by deceptively using cookies to fake submission acceptance.

What is Prosper? The concept is simple: Don't make borrowers go to banks for money — create a community network where individuals can get loans from individuals. Prosper serviced the loan and linked borrowers to lenders.

Obviously, a concept like this would be exploitable — but for two years, the lending and borrowing community at Prosper has diligently worked to make the Prosper concept work. Lenders and borrowers alike would discuss the loans available for bidding, offer advice to financially strapped borrowers on how to fix their finances and credit reports, and point out listings that were particularly good or bad looking. Most importantly, Lenders could get true numbers from other Lenders and see that the risk involved in Prosper was hardly as safe and secure as Prosper would have you believe.

For nearly two years, Prosper supported this discussion by allowing them to take place on their own forums. However, just after Thanksgiving, Prosper shut down the old forums (partial archive available here) and replaced them with fully moderated forums. At first, while under full moderation, Prosper allowed through most posts, whether pro- or con- Prosper. This didn't last long — pretty soon Prosper deleted anything remotely negative and stopped allowing most posts through. For a while, Prosper was even openly changing posts that pointed to an un-moderated off-site discussion forum to redirect back to their own site (a move which earned accusations of deliberate mis-representation of poster's remarks by Prosper). When called on it, they stopped the practice, and then deleted all posts referring to it from their site, as if it never happened.

This week, however, they've gone a step further in their efforts to keep the "peer" out of peer-to-peer lending. They opened a new http://blog.prosper.com/" target="_blank">blog site to talk about how wonderful Prosper is, and they openly invite comments. When you post a comment, it LOOKS like your comment has been accepted. However, if you dig just a little, a review of your cookies will show that you have a new cookie for blog.prosper.com, and your comment is actually stored there. Delete the cookie, and your comment vanishes! It's another way to keep anything negative from getting posted, while ingeniously fooling the poster into thinking that Prosper is allowing their comments to be heard.

Relevant links: http://www.prosper.com/ P2P "Web 2.0" so-called proponent http://www.prospers.org/forum — Open forum discussion of Prosper (registration required)"

Power

Submission + - Ice Block Air Conditioning (yahoo.com)

JumperCable writes: The AP has an interesting article on the use of ice blocks as air conditioning in New York high rises. The concept is pretty basic. Overnight during off peak energy pricing hours & during the coolest part of the 24 hour day, the system freezes water in storage tanks into giant blocks of ice. These storage tanks are located in the basement (coolest location). They are frozen with ethylene glycol.

Given that most of the brown outs occur during the summer months due to high electric demand for air conditioning, I wonder how much of an effect this system would have in reducing brownouts if it's use was more wide spread. The article mentions it is only cost efficient for large companies. But how much of this is profit padding? Couldn't a smaller system be worked out for home use? CALMAC is one of the producers of these systems.

Patents

Submission + - EFF: Patent Busting -- Prior Art Needed for VOIP

JumperCable writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is seeking to bust an overly broad patent by a company called Acceris. Acceris claims patents on processes that implement voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) using analog phones as endpoints. These patents cover telephone calls over the Internet.

Specifically, the claims describe a system that connects two parties where the receiving party does not need to have a computer or an Internet connection, but the call is routed in part through the Internet or any other "public computer network". The calls must also be "full duplex", meaning that both parties can listen and talk at the same time, like in an ordinary phone call.

To bust these overly broad claims, we need "prior art" — any publication, article, patent or other public writing that describes the same or similar ideas being implemented before September 20, 1995.
Announcements

Submission + - Architect Claims to Solve Pyramid Secret

Alreadybutnotyet writes: A French architect claimed Friday to have uncovered the mystery about how Egypt's Great Pyramid of Khufu was built — with use of a spiral ramp to hoist huge stone blocks into place. The construction of the Great Pyramid 4,500 years ago by Khufu, a ruler also known as Cheops, has long befuddled scientists as to how its 3 million stone blocks weighing 2.5 tons each were lifted into place.
Music

Submission + - RIAA Can't Have Defendant's Son's Desktop

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA's attempt to get Ms. Lindor's son's desktop computer in UMG v. Lindor has been rejected by the Magistrate Judge. The judge said that the RIAA

"offered little more than speculation to support their request for an inspection of Mr. Raymond's desktop computer, based on ... his family relationship to the defendant, the proximity of his house to the defendant's house, and his determined defense of his mother in this case. That is not enough. On the record before me, plaintiffs have provided scant basis to authorize an inspection of Mr. Raymond's desktop computer."
Decision by Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy. (pdf)"
Software

Submission + - STS - Slashdot Technical Support?

An anonymous reader writes: I love Slashdot even though I don't have an account. And I know that I am not alone in either respect :-)

I would actually like to suggest a feature for Slashdot that I think is a good idea. There are many question and answer support sites for different technologies, Linux distributions, programming languages, database server software, you name it.

Wouldn't it be cool if Slashdot had one for everything under the sun? I've been Googling my ass off trying to find an answer to an NFS problem with no success. I am thinking of of a page with different categories and subcategories for users to post questions about whatever is bugging them.

Maybe answering and resolving other users questions could count for karma, registered users could create categories, etc...

Maybe it's already been suggested but anyway...

Submission + - What Programming Languages Should You Know?

nitsudima writes: David Chisnall posits that the more programming languages you know, the better. The point is not to stuff your head with language rules. Rather, he explains how being able to read multiple languages, even if you never code in them, can help you to select the best possible tool for each coding need — and understand the limitations of the tools you're using.
Upgrades

Submission + - Impact from DST?

Lokatana writes: "Managing the email environment for a large financial institution, I've spent the last month and a half working to prepare for the adjustments to Daylight Saving Time. There has been a large amount of effort communicating to users, upgrading old blackberries, and patching servers and workstations. Now that we're here, and the changes have been made, the silence so far has been deafening.

Is this another Y2K, and the hype has been overstated, or have all of our preparations paid off? What are others in the community experiencing in their workplaces? Is there anyone out there who did not prepare for DST, and if so, what kind of impact are you seeing today?"
Businesses

Submission + - How do you score the One Job?

dmayle writes: "We all know how to look for a new job. Polish up your resume, look at the job boards, beg your old college roommate, etc., it's not easy, but it eventually works. What do you do, however, when you want a specific job? How do you go about making the contacts necessary and getting through the recruiting process for your dream job? What if your dream job is in another town, or another state?"

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