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Submission + - Apple Unable to Find iPhone Partner in Europe? (

pete314 writes: "A article claims that European mobile operators are unwilling to concede to Apple iPhone partnership demands. Several operators went as far as to say they "will never offer the iPhone." In the US Verizon has reportedly passed on the device, and AT&T is rumored to have engaged in a revenue sharing deal that includes monthly payments to Cupertino."
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Submission + - Yes Men Extol Vivoleum in Canada (

mdsolar writes: "The Yes Men have struck again, explaining to a gathering of oil folks in Canada that ExxonMobil has a plan B. Because fossil fuel use could lead to calamity, their new renewable product, Vivoleum, brewed from corpses, will be all the more abundant and this will keep the fuel flowing. Photos of the event are also available."

Submission + - Using OpenDNS to filter out porn sites (

An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Post has a blog entry today about use of OpenDNS to block porn sites from one's computers at home (e.g. to keep children from accidentally going the wrong place).

It is an interesting approach, one that some Corporate IT Departments might want to consider. This approach also doesn't raise broader political issues of censorship.

Data Storage

Submission + - Personal Data Backup

Machitis writes: I along with a group of close friends are considering ways to backup all of our important data, including all the normal small files, but also many gigabytes of pictures, home video, etc. We all have a lot of data and not a lot of money, so we've been considering sharing some sort of online backup solution. We would like not only to automatically backup designated files but also to have access to them from anywhere on the internet if the need arises. We've looked into some companies that offer online backup, but the ones we've looked into were either too expensive or didn't offer the features we would like to have. We've started to consider the possibility of a do-it-yourself approach, with a primary server sitting at my apartment and a secondary at another person's place that would synchronize with the primary for good data safety. Does Slashdot have any recommendations on implementation, software, services — DIY or otherwise?

Submission + - Sony apologises to Manchester Cathedral (

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC reports that Sony has apologised to Manchester Cathedral for using images of it in the PS3 game "Resistance: Fall of man", but is going to take no further action.

Submission + - w3af, much more than metasploit for the web (

webSecurity writes: A new and interesting open source project was released last Sunday, it's a web application attack and audit framework that allows users to create a site map, find vulnerabilities and exploit them! It's completely written in Python and extended using plugins, more information can be found at the project main site at

YouTube to Host Presidential Debate 180

skotte writes "Wired is reporting that July 23 at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, Anderson Cooper will host presidential debates in which debaters are asked 20-30 questions culled from a specially designated section of YouTube, where the voting populace can post questions directly. You and I (assuming you're American, probably) can ask questions ourselves, not just a reporter in a crowd. Candidates won't know which questions they are being asked, and the video selection process will remain a complete secret. Interesting, but also the slightest bit scary."

Comment Outcast by friends and family (Score 5, Interesting) 1060

Also, keep in mind that a lot of them don't like to rock the boat of their personal lives. Saying you don't believe in god is a good way to distance yourself from your family and or spouse -- so many either lie, or, more likely, just avoid thinking down that path a lot because it has no positive benefit.

I strongly agree with your statement. Many of my classmates don't like to speak with me, or even "look down" on me for my un-Christian views. In addition, I've had multiple girls refuse to date me simply because I'm not Christian. Although one could argue that the girls are using that as an excuse to just not date me, I'm talking about the cases when I've become very close to the girl, and the next logical step would be to date.

Whatever the case may be, I certainly have heard people at least claim that they don't want to spend time/go out/talk with me because I'm not Christian. People think it's wrong to discriminate based on race, but when discrimination occurs based on religion (on a small scale, I'm not talking about the holocaust), it's suddenly justified because that's part of the religious doctrine?

I used to be Christian, and at my church, we were told as kids to only have close friends with people within the church. Having friends with anyone else would supposedly cause us to turn away from the "truth" and fall into temptation.

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