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Submission + - Democrat candidate uses rifle to attack GOP leader

Anon E. Mouse writes: Given the level of hysteria that is constantly being whipped up by the Democrats, many have worried for a while that someone is going to get hurt. Cases of voter intimidation and violence against Republican campaign headquarters were widely reported during the last election cycle. A Democratic poster recently went to the home of a Republican campus leader and assaulted him, resulting in criminal charges.

Most recently, a Democrat and former political candidate named Matthew Hunter Kramer has been arrested for threatening the executive director of the Republican Party of Nevada with a rifle, tearing photos of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney off the wall of the party's headquarters, threatening staffers at the Republican Party's office, and "warning that he would be back if President Bush vetoed an emergency war spending bill being considered by Congress."

It's no secret that Democrats are trying to force their way back into power. But bullying with rifles — as well as "swords, knives, a flare gun, a shotgun and shells," which also were found in Kramer's car, ups the ante considerably. I'll say it again: if the Democrats keep up their campaign of hate, someone is going to get hurt.
The Courts

Submission + - MicroSoft sues LinuxFest NW

Anonymous Coward writes: "With LinuxFestNW, (http://www.linuxfestnorthwest.org/) scheduled to start this Saturday, April 28th, in Bellingham, WA., M$ took an unprecedented step to stop the conference in its `backyard'. A spokesperson for M$, who declined to be identified, told us that their beef wasn't with Linux, but instead was about the lunch menu to be served on Saturday and Sunday.

M$ claims to have a patent on macaroni and cheese mixed with ketchup, and the trademark, `Southwest Style Mac&Cheese'. "It's an egregarious violation of our intellectual property", the spokeperson says. Not only are they using the term `west', but there are several references in their flyer about 'mac', and their use of 'mouse' is an obvious pointer to cheese.

The two-day Linux festival has offered to change their luncheon menu to BBQ'd fresh salmon but thinks that the use of `west' in linuxfestnorthwest is fair usage. M$ counters with the suggestion that BBQ salmon contributes to global warming, making Linux fair game for Sheryl Crowe. Karl Rove declined to comment on this breaking news story."
Mozilla

Submission + - Must-Have Extensions for Thunderbird 2.0

Operator writes: While Firefox has been in the spotlight for some time now, Thunderbird has yet to enjoy the same wide adoption or glowing praise despite being an excellent email client. It's no surprise that a popular topic has been Firefox's best (and worst) extensions while Thunderbird add-ons have gone largely unnoticed. In celebration of the recent release of Thunderbird 2.0 here are the best extensions for the program along with some honorable mentions.
Education

Submission + - pc games in languages besides english

devinv writes: I'm trying to improve my Spanish by playing video games in Spanish, but it's hard to find out which games are available in Spanish, aside from buying them. I'm wondering if anyone has found a convenient source for this kind of information, or has tried this and can comment on its effectiveness.
United States

Submission + - Articles of Impeachment Submitted Against Cheney

Watson Ladd writes: Dennis Kucinich has reveled his articles of impeachment for Cheney. They are for lying about Iraq's prewar nuclear abilities, lying about the relationship between Saddam and Osama, and for trying to do the same to Iran. The text of the charges and a ton of supporting material are available here.
Networking

Submission + - A full VoIP PBX in a USB memory stick

RogerMo writes: Looks like VoIP has a new form factor with a business bundling an asterisk deployment into a live-USB linux memory stick. From the site: " The VoIP TelePort is a voice over IP business phone system built into the form factor of a USB memory stick. This exciting new product brings the power and features of an expensive enterprise PBX into a small handheld USB memory stick. Plug-in the VoIP TelePort into any modern desktop, laptop or server with a USB port and you will have a full VoIP phone system."
Software

Submission + - Convert DVD to iPod

www.sothinkmedia.com writes: "Sothink DVD to iPod Converter, a powerful and easy-to-use DVD to iPod Converter software, helps you rip DVD or convert DVD to iPod video in MP4 format and provides fast speed, excellent quality, and best stability. It is also easier, faster and produces better video quality than any other software.
You can rip DVD to iPod video with a few clicks by wizard. The interface is also designed to be very intuitive and friendly. Before start conversion, you can select and remove movies, videos, audios and subtitles to convert DVD to iPod videos/movies. You can rip the separated contents in a DVD (such as movies, clips, and extras) into one iPod video, or convert and save them respectively. You can also adjust volume control for audio and the volume can range from -5 to 30db. With Sothink DVD to iPod Converter, you can automatically add the created iPod videos into your iTunes library after the conversion. Users can customize the conversion settings freely, or choose from the pre-defined configuration profiles conveniently in DVD to iPod Converter application. Its converting speed is much higher than other iPod DVD software. All the DVDs that are readable and playable on your PC can be ripped or converted into your iPod by Sothink DVD to iPod Converter. The converted movies will always maintain the best picture quality.
Free download Sothink DVD to iPod Converter now to convert DVD to iPod video and experience the excellent performance yourself!"
Biotech

Submission + - New Fuel Cell Technology Cuts Emisions by 90%

imamac writes: A new fuel cell technology promises to reduce caol emissions by 90%. This staggering number is even more important when you realize that about 83% of CO2 emissions came from burning coal. Whether you believe in man-made global warming or not, this technology certainly can't hurt.
Education

Submission + - Encouraging Students to Drop Mathematics

Coryoth writes: "The BBC is reporting that students in the UK are being encouraged to drop math at the senior levels. It seems that schools are seeking to boost their standing on league tables by encouraging students not to take "hard" subjects like mathematics, in favour of easier subjects in which they are assured good grades. The result is Universities being forced to provide remedial math classes for science students who haven't done math for two years. The BBC provides a comparison between Chinese and UK university entrance tests — a comparison that makes the UK look woefully behind. Is the UK slipping behind in science education?"
Security

Submission + - Sweetening the Honeypot

ancientribe writes: Will honeynets go mainstream? Dark Reading reports on some new, free tools and services aimed at making honeynets more feasible and attractive to organizations looking for additional security. The Honeynet Project is set to roll out a new global distributed honeynet next month plus the necessary tools to participate in it, and there are some new client-based honeynet services from a related honeynet organization in New Zealand aimed at organizations that can't or don't have the resources to run their own such "lure" machines.

http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=122 352&WT.svl=news1_4
Security

Submission + - Anti-Spam CAPTCHA Inspired by Andy Warhol

An anonymous reader writes: Tired of 'typing the garbled letters below' every time you create an online account or submit a comment? You might be done with scrambled letters quite soon, thanks to two students at Brigham Young University. Recent research has shown that computers are better than humans in filling out some forms of visual CAPTCHA. Inspired by this problem, the BYU students created a new form of visual CAPTCHA, bearing a striking resemblance to the postmodernistic works of Andy Warhol. To demonstrate the CAPTCHA, an interesting anti-spam app allows users to post their email address on their blog, webpage, social network, etc., without running the risk of having their email address spam-harvested. Visitors to the site/blog/etc must first successfully pass a CAPTCHA before being presented with the user's actual email address.

The Warhol Proof is available for use free of charge for any purpose at http://warproof.com.

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