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Comment Re:Aha! (Score 1) 120

The IT department here used on of those "perpetual motion" drinking birds to test the video conference system. A week before the big meeting, they set up the link between our Boston office and our London office, put a drinking bird in front of the camera, and made sure that the connection remained stable enough that it wasn't going to drop during the three hours that we really needed it.

Comment Pictures of your data center (Score 3, Interesting) 531

I always get jealous of IT folks when I see that they get to work with racks of equipment. It seems to me like it is building with Lego blocks for a living.

In addition to software installation and security, our IT folks plan out the hardware with the power and cooling requirements. I would have been fascinated by this stuff as a kid (and I still am).

Google

Submission + - Google goofs up Firefox's anti-phishing list (google.com)

Stephen writes: "While phishing is a problem, giving one company the power to block any site that it wishes at the browser level never seemed like a good idea. Today Google blocked a host of legitimate web sites by listing mine.nu. mine.nu is available as a dynamic dns domain and anybody can claim a sub domain. All sub-domains are blocked regardless of whether phishing actually occurs on the sub-domain or not. Several Linux enthusiast sites are caught up in the net including Hostfile Ad Blocking and Berry Linux Bootable CD."
Google

Outcry Over Google's Purchase of Doubleclick 242

TheCybernator writes to mention that several activist groups have cried out in protest of the Google buyout of Doubleclick reported in recent news. "'Google's proposed acquisition of DoubleClick will give one company access to more information about the Internet activities of consumers than any other company in the world,' said the complaint lodged with the Federal Trade Commission. 'Moreover, Google will operate with virtually no legal obligation to ensure the privacy, security, and accuracy of the personal data that it collects.' The complaint was filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center along with the Center for Digital Democracy and the US Public Interest Research Group, all of which are involved in online privacy issues."

Is Wikipedia Failing? 478

An anonymous reader writes "A growing number of people are concerned about where Wikipedia is heading. Some have left Wikipedia for Citizendium, while others are trying to change the culture of Wikipedia from within. A recent essay called Wikipedia is failing points out many of the problems which must be solved with Wikipedia for it to succeed in its aim of becoming a reputable, reliable reference work. How would you go about solving these problems?"
The Internet

Wikipedia Blocks Qatar [Updated] 204

GrumpySimon writes "Wikipedia has blocked the entire country of Qatar from editing pages. Whilst the ban is due to spam-abuse coming from the IP address in question, the fact that this belongs to the country's sole high-speed internet provider has the unintended consequence of stopping Qataris from editing the wiki. The ban has raised concerns about impartiality — the majority of Al Jazeera journalists operate out of Qatar, for example. This raises a number of issues about internet connectivity in small countries — what other internet bottlenecks like this exist?" Update: 01/02 13:32 GMT by Z : Jim Wales wrote in the comments that the story is 'completely false'. Either way, the ban has been lifted and anonymous editing is once again possible from Qatar.
Security

Submission + - Burglar turns child porn collector in

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that a burglar was outraged when they found child pornography on a computer in a house they were robbing. They gave a tip to police, and the child porn collector has been arrested, but the burglary case remains unsolved.
Bug

Submission + - Thunderbird devours your mail - forever losing it.

niekvs writes: Ever since Thunderbird's latest update (1.5.0.8) was released a few weeks ago, a very nasty bug was introduced - and sadly enough the Mozilla team isn't hurrying to release a patch, leaving millions of users exposed. I noticed this problem by accident, when i realized that Thunderbird was downloading far more mails than were showing up in my inbox. The first few days i wasn't paying much attention to it, because sometimes 70% of my mail is automatically redirected to my spam box anyway, but at some point i started actually counting the mails by hand and found out that a large portion of mails just didn't show up, even though they were downloaded. I then followed Mozilla's recommended practice of compacting my mailboxes, to no avail. Desperate, i searched Google for help, and found out that a lot more users were experiencing similar issues (1) (2) with the latest update. The bad thing: compacting actually permanently deletes the missing messages (that are likely mostly spam, but can also be legit). If you haven't done this yet, you should downgrade back to the previous version, 1.5.0.7, exposing yourself to some security issues, but at least having peace of mind that you receive all your mail, and won't receive any angry mails from friends or colleagues asking why you haven't returned their important questions yet. Please read the comments in the bug report for more information. This issue seriously broke my confidence in this program, especially considering that Mozilla appears in no rush to release an update, and are still distributing the buggy version weeks after discovery. In my opinion, this is a much more serious problem than whatever obscure security bug they were trying to fix in this version. Most people probably won't even realize something is wrong, because the mails simply never show up...
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Make's Open Source Gift Guide Needs Your Help

bjepson writes: "The Make Magazine Open Source Gift Guide is off to a great start, but we need your help. We've put together our picks of interesting open source hardware projects, open source software, services, and things that have the Maker-spirit of open source. And we're not done, post in the comments on what you think should be in the Open source gift guide and we'll add it! Just stick to the same format we did: name, link, and a couple sentences."
Google

Gaia Project Agrees To Google Cease and Desist 323

Dreben writes "Gaia, an opensource project to develop a 3D API to Google Earth, has decided to comply with a request from Google. The search giant's Chief Technologist, Michael Jones, contacted the project with a request to cease and desist from all past, present and future development of the Gaia project. Amongst other things, they cited 'improper usage of licensed data,' which Google licenses from assorted third party vendors. They are going so far as to request anyone who has ever downloaded any aspect of Gaia to purge all related files. From the post to the freegis-l mail list: 'We understand and respect Google's position on the case, so we've removed all downloads from this page and we ask everybody who have ever downloaded gaia 0.1.0 and prior versions to delete all files concerned with the project, which include source code, binary files and image cache (~/.gaia).' How does such a request, likely to have turned into a demand, affect fair usage? While the API is intended to interface with the the Google Earth service, Google Earth is nothing without the data. Yet at the same time, Google openly publishes their own API which uses the same data in the same manner."
Mozilla

Submission + - ThunderBird 1.5.0.8 fails to show, deletes, e-mail

An anonymous reader writes: ThunderBird, the open source e-mail application, contains a mail handling issue (BugZilla, please change your referrers) which is causing some e-mails to fail to display. The e-mails have been received, but as they are invisible they may as well not have been. In addition, the recommended practice of compacting folders will cause the invisible e-mails to actually be deleted permanently. The issue, which was discovered well over 2 weeks ago, has been patched for the 1.8.0 branch of ThunderBird — but there has been no word of an official new release or patch before the regularly scheduled December release of version 1.5.0.9.
Emulation (Games)

Submission + - US Copyright Office grants abandonware rights

reagor writes: http://www.joystiq.com/2006/11/23/us-copyright-off ice-grants-abandonware-rights/ joystic.com Here's something abandonware enthusiasts can be thankful for: the Library of Congress yesterday approved six exemptions to US copyright. The one most pertinent to gamers is that, for archival purposes, copy protection on software no longer being sold or supported by its copyright holder can be cracked.
Google

Submission + - Google pressures google earth client offline

cycoj writes: Recently some some Russian developers reverse engineered the Google Earth protocol and released an open source client. As of today the source code is not available anymore and the page states the following:

"25 November 2006, we've got the letter from Michael Jones, the Chief Technologist of Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Local search, requesting us to cease reverse engineering and improper usage of licensed data that Google Earth use. We understand and respect Google's position on the case, so we've removed all downloads from this page and we ask everybody who have ever downloaded gaia 0.1.0 and prior versions to delete all files concerned with the project, which include source code, binary files and image cache (~/.gaia)." Is Google starting to "do evil"?

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