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Submission + - Slashdot removes post about hacked climate emails. ( 6

wulfmans writes: When i checked my Google RSS feeds of Slashdot I saw a story that interested me (
I went to click on it and it gave me a page that said i was not allowed to see the page or the page did not exist. I searched Slashdot but the story has vanished. The story said that the mails leaked to wiki leaks were causing a lot of commotion. Since i was not able to read the full post ( Google only gives me a little bit to see ) I am unable to read about this missing story

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Submission + - DoubleClick Goes MIA at FTC Chief's Old Law Firm

theodp writes: "As FTC Chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras comes under fire for refusing to recuse herself from the agency's review of Google's $3.1B DoubleClick acquisition despite her current and past ties to DoubleClick law firm Jones Day, DoubleClick-related pages and references have been disappearing from Jones Day's website. Although the statement issued by the Chairwoman suggests Jones Day's DoubleClick representation is limited to the European Commission, the Google cache of one MIA document boasts: 'Jones Day is advising DoubleClick Inc., the digital marketing technology provider, on the international and U.S. antitrust and competition law aspects of its planned $3.1 billion acquisition by Google Inc.' Also refusing to recuse himself from the DoubleClick acquisition review is FTC Commissioner William E. Kovacic, whose wife is a partner at Jones Day."

Submission + - EPA's top techie on how to go green (

BobB-nww writes: The EPA is practicing what it preaches by going green with its data centers. The Environmental Protection Agency CIO talks about how this government organization is leading by example.

Submission + - The IRS Will Fax Your Life to Anyone Who Asks

An anonymous reader writes: Apparently, the IRS is more than happy to fax all your private tax information to anyone who calls up and knows a little bit about you. Identification not required. Really scary with all the identity theft going on. You should have to at least fax in an ID.

Submission + - Suggestion for user limits (via limits.conf) 1

Tom Sandholm writes: "I work in a financial shop and have recently been tasked with imposing user limits on applications. We have had occasions where developers posted perl applications that ran away with system resources, like memory, fork bombs, and file descriptor hogs. I've been comparing the default settings from the Slowaris (okay, really Solaris ;-) system the code was ported from, and really can't find a happy middle-ground for the ulimits settings. The perl applications will stream ticker data. I've suggested using the perl bsd module that implements setrlimits, but our developers don't want to self-regulate. So I'm forced to put the hammer down and lock the resources. So gang, what do you think are good base settings for the /etc/security/limits.conf file? I tried locking down rss memory to 4g in limits.conf, but a perl programmer wrote code that brought the virtual memory usage up to 16g. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Happy Holidays!"
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Submission + - The Most Annoying Internet Ads (

Geoffrey.landis writes: "Dancing emoticons, two-stepping cowboys, audacious audio: why are online ads so obnoxious? The answer, according to Tom Spring, is that they work by grabbing our attention. What you call obnoxious, they call "effective marketing." Spring makes his top-ten list of the most annoying online ads, that "make you long for the days when the most pesky ads promoted an X-10 wireless camera.:"

Submission + - Undiagnosed brain injury hidden legacy of Iraq (

G4Cube writes: The Guardian in England has the following story: The Ministry of Defence is conducting a major study into brain injury in troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan amid fears that thousands of soldiers may have suffered damage after being exposed to high-velocity explosions. The US army says as many as 20% of its soldiers and marines have suffered "mild traumatic brain injury" (mTBI) from blows to the head or shockwaves caused by explosions. The condition, which can lead to memory loss, depression and anxiety, has been designated as one of four "signature injuries" of the Iraq conflict by the US department of defence, which is introducing a large-scale screening programme for troops returning from the frontline.
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Submission + - Know Any Hardware Needing Better Linux Support? (

Dev Null writes: "The Linux device driver project has hit something of a snag. They have lots of developers, but few devices to work on, so they're looking for input concerning which devices aren't well-supported in Linux. If any Slashdotters know of devices that could use better support, they can help out by listing them on the project's wiki."

Submission + - Cloak and Dagger at (Mozilla/Adobe) 1

An anonymous reader writes: At The Ajax Experience conference, it was announced that an ECMAScript4 white paper had been released. The implication being that the white paper was the upcoming spec, which is untrue. Not to mention this is not an official ECMA site, but a site run by only some of the members from the ECMAScript4 group. These facts were later revealed by another concerned ECMAScript4 member. He encouraged any interested parties to read the proposed feature white paper, join the discussion mailing list on that site, and share your opinions for (or against) the desired features. This seems a little `cloak and dagger` of those running the site, who desire serious changes and are unfortunately Mozilla, Adobe, and others. The concerned individual suggested that they simply create a new language with a new name, as there are that many fundamental differences. Many of us are very concerned that the language we love is being rewritten under our feet.

Submission + - Kansas denies coal plant permit citing GW ( 1

mdsolar writes: ""The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Thursday turned down a permit for twin 700-megawatt coal-fired generators that a group of electric cooperatives is seeking to build near Holcomb in southwest Kansas" reports the NYT. Rodrick L. Bremby, the Secretary of the Department, cited the recent SCOTUS decision that carbon dioxide may be regulated as a pollutant."

Feed Science Daily: Bacteria Use Plant Defense For Genetic Modification (

Bacteria that cause tumors in plants modify plant genomes by skilfully exploiting the plants' first line of defense. Utilizing the plant's own proteins, bacterial genes infiltrate first the nucleus then the plant genome, where they reprogram the plant's metabolism to suit their own needs. This research was published in Science.

IBM Seeking 'Patent-Protection-Racket' Patent 169

theodp writes "Wikipedia defines a protection racket as an extortion scheme whereby a powerful non-governmental organization coerces businesses to pay protection money which allegedly serves to purchase the organization's 'protection' services against various external threats. Compare this to IBM's just-published patent application for 'Extracting Value from a Portfolio of Assets', which describes a process by which 'very large corporations' impress upon smaller businesses that paying for 'the protection of a large defensive patent portfolio' would be 'a prudent business decision' for them to make, 'just like purchasing a fire insurance policy.' Sounds like Fat Tony's been to Law School, eh? Time for IBM to put-their-money-where-their-patent-reform-mouth-is and deep-six this business method patent claim!"

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