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Government

Submission + - Microsoft's bulk deal with New Zealand Collapses (computerworld.co.nz)

vik writes: "The 3-year whole-of-government deal that Microsoft has been establishing with the New Zealand government since 2000 has collapsed, opening the doors to the wider use of Open Source software in government. The NZ State Services Commission (already a prize-winning user of Open Source) says in a statement that it "...became apparent during discussions that a formal agreement with Microsoft is no longer appropriate". Having lost their discount, individual government departments will now have to put their IT requirements out to tender individually."
United States

Submission + - US 200-year (child)porn sentence stands

An anonymous reader writes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6399471.stm

"The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by a high school teacher from Arizona sentenced to 200 years in jail for possessing child pornography. [..] The state of Arizona argued each image of child abuse was a separate crime so the sentences had to run consecutively."
The Internet

Submission + - The Monty Python guide to social networking

An anonymous reader writes: http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1323.html The more I hear about Ning, the more I keep going back to Monty Python and the Knights that say Ni sketch. It's all very well demanding a shrubbery, or a community for that matter, but just shouting Ning at us isn't to going to make it happen. It will probably have lots of 15 to 25 year olds rolling on the floor with laughter though...

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