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The Matrix

Journal SPAM: The Matrix is a system, Neo. 1

"That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it."

Earth

Journal Journal: More Tax Credits for Alternative Vehicles

The IRS has announced the continuation of its very popular plan of tax exemptions for hybrid cars. Traditionally, poor people whom travel by walking, biking, or bus, have been unable to help the environment because they cannot afford a hybrid car with insurance, gas, and maintenance. But now, with help from the IRS, they will be able to subsidize those rich enough to afford hybrid cars. Tax breaks for the rich, and the poor c
Democrats

Submission + - Obama's COB allegedly forged

An anonymous reader writes: An interesting analysis has been released recently of Obama's COB in comparison to others from Hawaii during the appropriate time period. The article is very detailed and technical, including empirical evidence, and as such, while the claims do seem solid, not being an expert in matters of detecting forgeries, I cannot promise accuracy myself, although two other experts have come to the same conclusions. However, if news of this discovery spreads, other experts will evaluate the findings and determine whether the claim stands up to peer review. Now, if it is indeed a forgery, the motive is not clear, and I would not make any judgments myself on the matter. But, if the claims are verified as true, this certainly puts Obama in an uncomfortable position and gives him plenty of explaining to do before the November elections. In fact, for this reason and others, lawsuits are pending against Obama, concerning the legality of his candidacy.
The Internet

Submission + - The Mainstream Media Has Picked Your Candidates

SpicyBrownMustard writes: Above Top Secret has an interesting analysis that compares significant spikes in online news coverage to the advertising budgets of the major candidates: "The U.S. media (broadcast, print, and major online news) has evolved into a sophisticated system that shapes the nature of which topics are important in the culture at large. The system works so well, that it has successfully killed the chances of a political candidate with phenomenal cultural buzz, in favor of candidates who will apparently result in an election race with the highest potential for optimum ratings and revenue." As a lucky-strike-extra, the analysis shows how the media has successfully countered the cultural buzz of candidate phenom, Ron Paul.
Editorial

Journal Journal: Get Out The Vote - an opposing viewpoint 4

Low Voter Turn Out == Higher Quality
Get Out The Vote campaigns are disingenuous at best, and voter fraud at worst. In fact, countries should take pride in having a low voter turn out, because that means they have a more concentrated percentage of concerned citizens, that are doing the voting. Think of the quality difference of Slashdot stories on the
User Journal

Journal Journal: HELP! Annoying Opera cookie slashdot problem 10

When logged into the main page here (slashdot.org), whenver I go to the section pages (i.e., developers.slashdot.org), I end up browsing as an anonymous user, because Opera 9.52 doesn't seem to be sending the cookies for Slashdot.org. This didn't occur in 9.2x or 9.51, but I think I've seen it in other past Opera versions.

Privacy

Submission + - Websites Still Failing Basic Privacy Practices (duracell.com)

DigitAl56K writes: Do you ever find it surprising that large companies still can't get down the basics of privacy and security on the web? Today I went to enter a competition from Duracell to win a Nintendo Wii by filling out an online form that requires entering your full name, address, and date of birth, and then proceeds to submit it via an unencrypted HTTP POST. The ultimate irony? The message at the bottom of the page that reads,

"Trust is a cornerstone of our corporate mission, and the success of our business depends on it. P&G is committed to maintaining your trust by protecting personal information we collect."

Which websites have you found to be lacking in their basic privacy practices?

Microsoft

Submission + - SPAM: Olympics boosted Silverlight, future MS Cloud plan

Anti-Globalism writes: "More than 40 million U.S. viewers have gone to NBC's Olympics site to watch some of the 2,200 hours of live footage from the Beijing games. All those viewers need is a Silverlight player on their browser if they do not have one already.

By building up Silverlight's user base, the world's largest software maker is looking to win over developers who see Web platforms such as Silverlight and Flash as a new way to deliver powerful Web-linked programs incorporating rich graphics."

Link to Original Source
Democrats

Submission + - No Linux allowed for video at the Dem Convention? (demconvention.com)

bucketoftruth writes: If you browse to the Democratic Convention website and attempt to check out any of their upcoming streams you bump into the following artificial limitation:

We're sorry, but the Democratic Convention video web site isn't compatible with your operating system and/or browser. Please try again on a computer with the following Compatible operating systems:
Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or a Mac with Tiger (OS 10.4) or Leopard (OS 10.5).
Compatible browsers: Internet Explorer (version 6 or later), Firefox (version 2), or, if you are on a Mac, Safari (version 3.1) also works.


What reason could they have to block Linux from viewing streaming videos?

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: Polish actors hired to stand in line for iPhones. 2

In Poland, the mobile operator Orange has admitted to hiring actors to stand in line (picture and video) and talk to passers-by in order to hype the launch of the iPhone 3G. Some offered to sell their place for 100-300 zlotys (30-90 euros, 45-135 dollars). Wojciech Jabczynski, a spokesman for Telekomunikacja Polska
Privacy

Submission + - Cops embarass student at assembly using myspace, (coloradoan.com)

An anonymous reader writes: WINDSOR — Students and parents at Windsor High School are outraged after a Wyoming police officer doing a presentation on Internet safety scrutinized individual students' MySpace pages, calling the students' pictures "slutty" and saying their sites invited sexual predators.
Censorship

Submission + - China Blocks iTunes (wired.com)

eldavojohn writes: "If you like iTunes and you are one of the billion people residing in China, you may have noticed that you no longer have access to the eight million songs on it. An album, "Songs for Tibet" was downloaded more than 40 times by Olympic athletes as a sign of solidarity for Tibet's cause. Ironically, this compilation had songs criticizing the 'great firewall of China' and that is the very thing that prohibited these songs from reaching the Chinese public. Artists on the compilation include Alanis Morissette, Garbage, Imogen Heap, Moby, Sting, Suzanne Vega, Underworld and others."

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