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Submission + - Google Apps no longer able to process new signups? (google.com)

Gentlewhisper writes: For the past two weeks an increasing number of Google Apps users are not able to get their new accounts setup, or reset their lost administrative passwords. All this is due to what seems to be a broken CNAME verification mechanism. Are you one of the affected users? What's your experience with this issue like? How have you managed to work around this?
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Submission + - Microsoft, Amazon Snag Rigoddamndiculous Patents

theodp writes: Quiz time. True or false: Bill Gates patents Guardian Angels? True or false: Amazon patents 'boxing' videos? As you've probably guessed, both are true! Bill Gates was granted a patent Tuesday for inventing 'a software assisted mind amplifier' — aka Guardian Angel — that protects one from sex offenders, the FBI's most wanted, and bad jokes. Not to be outdone, Amazon scored a patent for sending video clips to customers of their order being packaged for shipment.

Submission + - Google, Microsoft Push Feds to Fix Privacy Laws (wired.com) 1

schwit1 writes: A coalition of the net's biggest online service providers, including Google and Microsoft, are joining with the top internet rights groups to demand Congress modernize the nation's privacy laws.

Among the reforms pushed by the so-called Digital Due Process coalition is a requirement that law enforcement get warrants from a judge when they want to force companies to turn over your e-mails, documents and location data. But despite issuing a clarion call to change privacy laws, none of the companies that are pushing citizens to store more and more sensitive information online announced any change to their own practices.

Comment Re:In 5 years (Score 1) 646

Remember that flash drives still have a limit on the total number of writes; spinning drives don't

Seriously? Spinning drives don't have a limit on the total number of write? You actually believe that? What I think you mean is that spinning drives aren't guaranteed to work for at least a minimum number of writes.

Comment Re:Freedom (Score 1) 246

If that were wholly the case, then why is *BSD not *THE* OS out there used in everything from routers to mobile phones to desktops to servers?

When you simplify it to the terms you're using, things completely break down.

Some things the GPL makes sense for.

Some things BSD makes more sense.

Not everything is or HAS to be with one license.

Everyone should take some serious note here: DarkPlaces is a derivation of the original Quake GPL release with many enhancements. If it has any substantive pieces of Quake code in it, ZeniMax has a MAJOR say in things and nobody's asked if they've blessed their part of this or not.

Comment Re:Google (Score 2, Informative) 232

but Google will not (any time soon) be able to pass up the benefits of such a heavily populated country.

Even when that populated country isn't infected with a consumerist "I like to buy stuff" mentality? (They're not quite there yet, but signs point in that direction, at least in the major metropolitan areas)

I often wonder how much google really stands to benefit. They don't make money by making information accessible and easy to find; they depend on advertising. If people aren't buying things or advertising online, how does Google make their money?

With over 1.3 billion people, even a small percentage is significant. If 75% of China never touched Adwords, the starting crowd is still larger than the US.

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Submission + - Google's New Approach To China is to Serve from HK (blogspot.com)

abs0lutz3ro writes: Google stops censoring simplified Chinese search results on google.cn by redirecting users to google.com.hk, which Google maintains is entirely legal. From the article: "Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over... In terms of Google's wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk." Seems like google.cn got served; from google.com.hk
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Food Activist's Life Becomes The Life of Brian Screenshot-sm 165

krou writes "After food activist and author Raj Patel appeared on The Colbert Report to promote his latest book, things seemed to be going well, until he began to get inundated with emails asking if he was 'the world teacher.' In events ripped straight from The Life of Brian, it would seem that Raj Patel's life story ticks all the boxes necessary to fulfill prophecies made by Benjamin Creme, founder of religious sect Share International. After the volume of emails and inquiries got worse, Patel eventually wrote a message on his website stating categorically that he was not the Messiah. Sure enough, 'his denial merely fanned the flames for some believers. In a twist ripped straight from the script of the comedy classic, they said that this disavowal, too, had been prophesied.'"

Comment Re:Start your own country (Score 1) 641

"What can be more democratic than being allowed to start your own country with your own laws if you don't like your current one?"

Giving your opinion and accepting the outcome regardless of whether you like it or not.

Like posters above have said, don't confuse Democracy with Anarchy.

Anarchy:
"Act[ing] without waiting for instructions or official permission... The root of anarchism is the single impulse to do it yourself: everything else follows from this."

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