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Submission + - Computer Specialist barred from flying for T-shirt

Proud like a god writes: As reported by the BBC The 55-year-old computer specialist, Allen Jasson, who lives in London, said he was sticking up for the principle of free speech when he was stopped as he was about to board a flight from Melbourne to London last Friday. He was wearing a T-shift features an image of President George W Bush, along with the slogan "World's Number One Terrorist".

After clearing the international security checks at Melbourne Airport, he reportedly approached the gate manager to congratulate him on the company's new-found open-mindedness. At that point, Mr Jasson was ordered to remove the T-shirt after being told it was a security threat and an item which might cause offence to other passengers.

"I am not prepared to go without the t-shirt. I might forfeit the fare, but I have made up my mind that I would rather stand up for the principle of free speech," he told Australian media.

A Qantas spokesman defended the airline's decision, saying: "Whether made verbally or on a T-shirt, comments with the potential to offend other customers or threaten the security of a Qantas group aircraft will not be tolerated".

What suprises me is that airlines still justify these policies, and is there more than a correlation between us nerds and an interest in Free Speech?
Microsoft

Microsoft Launches Comical Effort to Fight Piracy 332

theodp writes "A week before the release of Vista, Microsoft is expanding its fight against software piracy with a new educational effort that includes comics. Making its U.S. debut Monday, the Genuine Fact Files campaign aims to make Microsoft's message more accessible to a broader audience. BTW, Vista's Software Protection Platform (SPP) can put unvalidated copies of the software into a reduced-functionality mode. From the article: 'Microsoft plans to draw attention to it through banner ads on its Web sites and promotional material that it will hand out through partners. By using comics, the company aims to make the message more accessible to a broader audience. They are black and white, in a style similar to newspaper comics.'"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Explaining short-lived jobs on a resume?

n7ytd writes: Since taking a new job in 2006 and finding out it's not what I expected, I am spitting out resumes to find a new gig. I've been wondering how to explain the short time I've been in this job to prospective employers. Have fellow Slashdotters found this to be a challenge in the past, or it is par for the course and no big deal? As someone interviewing, would the 6-month position I've had with my current employer cause you concern?
Biotech

Submission + - Something in Your Food is Moving

Dekortage writes: "The New York Times has a report on probiotic food: food that has live bacteria in it. From the article: "[for Dannon's] Activia, a line of yogurt with special live bacteria that are marketed as aiding regularity, sales in United States stores have soared well past the $100 million mark.... Probiotics in food are part of a larger trend toward 'functional foods,' which stress their ability to deliver benefits that have traditionally been the realm of medicine or dietary supplements.""
Linux Business

OSDL and The Free Standards Group to Merge 97

Andy Updegrove writes "On Sunday afternoon, the Free Standards Group (FSG) signed an agreement to combine forces with Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) to form a new organization — The Linux Foundation. The result of this consolidation will be to dedicate the resources of the combined membership to 'accelerate the growth of Linux by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms.' Jim Zemlin, currently the head of FSG, will lead the new organization as its Executive Director. The new organization will continue to support Linux in a variety of ways, including by providing economic support to Linus Torvalds and other key kernel developers, managing the Linux trademark, and providing legal protection to developers through such initiatives as the Open Source as Prior Art project, the Patent Commons, and the Linux Legal Defense Fund. All in all, a tall order, but eminently possible given its membership: The Linux Foundation's founding members will include every major company in the Linux industry, including Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC, Novell, Oracle and Red Hat, as well as many community groups, universities and industry end users."
Announcements

Submission + - Three UK cancels roaming costs in 7 countries

pieggi writes: I report you an article seen on 21talks.net (http://21talks.net/voip/3-roaming-fees) via voipblog.it:
"British mobile provider 3 has made an impressive step into the deregulation of the telecoms market. It abolished roaming charges for its UK customers in seven nations, meaning its UK users won't be charged for calling or receiving calls or text message on their regular cellphone when on trip."

The seven countries are Italy, Australia, the Republic of Ireland, Austria, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark.

The article links also a BBC article http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6263699.stm
Encryption

Submission + - The Truth Behind SSL usenet access

Anonymous Coward writes: "There is a lot going on in the usenet industry these days. A lot of providers worked hard to increase their retention and are closing up on Giganews' 90 days.But Giganews wasn't sleeping at all, they were just working on other things — SSL access to their servers! Since other providers are joining the trend of usenet ssl access, we think it's time to clear up some questions..Continue Reading"

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