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Comment Re:Blasphemy isn't a crime in India (Score 1) 796

So is the US, what's your point?
The link says :
"Since Hinduism, India's dominant religion does not have the concept of blasphemy;[20][21] such laws are absent in tradition. In 1860, the British repealed blasphemy laws so that Christian missionaries could proselytize"
It goes on to mention hate speech laws applicable to religion, but that's quite different from blasphemy.

Comment Blasphemy isn't a crime in India (Score 1) 796

There is no crime of 'blasphemy' under Indian law, so I fail to see how this man could be charged with that. I couldn't find any mention of his arrest in the India media, although it might be that the blog referred to in TFA might have caught on to the news early. On the other hand it could be a matter of a group of 'rationalists' getting carried away after being threatened with arrest by some religious freaks.
The Courts

Submission + - Time zone Database Suit Dismissed (

2br02b writes: Last September a lawsuit was filed by Astrolabe against the maintainers of the tz database. The lawsuit was based on the claim that the database, which is used by Unix/Linux based operating systems, includes information from an atlas in which Astrolabe claimed to own copyright. The EFF's position has been that facts are not copyrightable. The EFF today announced that the lawsuit has been dismissed, with Astrolabe, apologizing and agreeing to a 'covenant not to sue' going forward

Comment More details from an author (Score 5, Informative) 124

One of the paper's authors has posted more details on his blog here

We do not have a conclusive explanation for the origin of these sequences. They may be from novel viruses. They may be ancient paralogs of the marker genes. Or they may be from a new branch of cellular organisms in the tree of life, distinct from bacteria, archaea or eukaryotes. I think most likely they are from novel viruses. But we just don't know.

Social Networks

"David After Dentist" Made $150k For Family 234

It turns out recording your drugged child pays pretty well. 7-year-old David DeVore became an overnight sensation when his father posted a video of his ramblings after dental surgery. To date that video has made the DeVore family around $150,000. Most of the money came from YouTube, but the family has made $50k from licensing and merchandise. From the article: "The one seemingly minor decision to make the video available all over the Internet set off a whirlwind of changes for the DeVore family. Within just four days, 'David After Dentist' received 3 million views on YouTube and the younger David quickly became an Internet celebrity. His father quit his job in residential real estate (did we mention they live in Florida?), and the family started selling T-shirts featuring cartoon drawings of their son post-dental surgery."

Air Canada Ordered To Provide Nut-Free Zone 643

JamJam writes "Air Canada has been told to create a special 'buffer zone' on flights for people who are allergic to nuts. The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that passengers who have nut allergies should be considered disabled and accommodated by the airline. Air Canada has a month to come up with an appropriate section of seats where passengers with nut allergies would be seated. The ruling involved a complaint from Sophia Huyer, who has a severe nut allergy and travels frequently. Ms. Huyer once spent 40 minutes in the washroom during a flight while snacks were being served."

IDEs With VIM Text Editing Capability? 193

An anonymous reader writes "I am currently looking to move from text editing with vim to a full fledged IDE with gdb integration, integrated command line, etc. Extending VIM with these capabilities is a mortal sin, so I am looking for a linux based GUI IDE. I do not want to give up the efficient text editing capabilities of VIM though. How do I have my cake and eat it too?"
Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."

Submission + - Debian 5.0 released

2br02b writes: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.0 was released on February 14th, 2009. after 22 months of constant development. The former testing build "lenny" is now the stable build. This version is the first to ship Java-based applications in the main repository

Gaming Patents From Years Past 15

The Technologizer has collected a series of electronic gaming patents spanning from 1969 to 1989. The list includes devices such as the Atari joystick, Simon Says, and Nintendo's Game Boy. It also has a variety of less popular devices, at least some of which should be familiar to anyone who was gaming back then. Here's one description: "A game machine has a plurality of targets which unpredictably come out and disappear from their corresponding holes at the surface of a table on a game stand. A player can only strike targets which are positioned above the surface thereof. A main shaft is provided with the target on its upper end and is supported by bearings in such a manner that it can rotate and move up and down. A plunger disposed at the periphery of the main shaft is magnetically attracted by an electromagnetic solenoid. When raised, the main shaft always faces a predetermined direction due to an action of permanent magnets. Hitting of the target can be detected by monitoring abrupt large fluctuations in the current flowing through the solenoid during a period of time that the target is caused to appear above the table." The game? Whack-a-mole.

Submission + - US Bridge Team to be blacklisted for antiBush sign (

An anonymous reader writes: In a fight reminiscent of the brouhaha over an anti-Bush statement by Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks in 2003, a team of women who represented the United States at the world bridge championships in Shanghai last month is facing sanctions, including a yearlong ban from competition, for a spur-of-the-moment protest.

Feed How To Evade Turkey's YouTube Ban (

Turkey banned YouTube for hosting videos "insulting the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk." Here's a technical guide to evading the cultural censors. In 27B Stroke 6.

The Courts

Submission + - Blizzard officially files against WoW Glider

Marcus Eikenberry writes: "Blizzard and Vivendi ( ) today filed against MDY Industries ( ) and Michael Donnelly in the state of Arizona USA. Blizzard is seeking injunctive relief and money damages against MDY. What that means is they want him to stop the production of WoW Glider and they want him to pay them damages. Blizzard believes that Glider infringes on their intellectual property. They believe Glider allows players to cheat, giving them an unfair advantage and that they believe Glider encourages Blizzard customers to breach their contracts for playing the game. Last they claim that Glider is designed to circumvent copyright protections. Blizzard officially files against WoW Glider (Previous Story):WoW Glider vs. World of Warcraft in United States District Court"

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