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Comment Re:Pioneer and Voyager Comps Receive Uplink Update (Score 1) 903

And then they must be incitements to violence.

You make a good point. I didn't consider it fully enough, it seems. While I don't doubt that shouting that in a fundamentalist church can be reasonably expected to cause violence, the phrase itself is definitely not a call to commit a violent act; rather it is someone expressing themselves (albeit in a rather unusual manner).

Regardless of the circumstances, if the people then attack you they are committing a crime. Ironically, the government would never prosecute someone in that situation, even if their statement fulfilled the Brandenburg v. Ohio test. They would probably instead offer you immunity in return for being the star witness :-)


Submission + - The defination of censorship

jafo_2001 writes: After this weekends discussion of "censored" news items, here is a story about true censorship. It seems that it is hard to keep taking over business and opressing people with that pesky press. The answer, close the opposition" and investigate anyone else who complains.
The Internet

Submission + - Website Design That Works

kevin Gallagher writes: "Before you even think about opening Dreamweaver or your favourite html editor and start designing your site there are a few things I believe you need to do first. I am going to describe how to increase your work flow and give you some general tips and tricks that will speed up the design of your website project and help to get it showing up in search engines quicker .In future articles I will be going into greater detail of some of the topics I describe here. Now let's get started.

Purchasing and optimising your domain name.
The first thing you need to consider is your domain name. I suggest that you don't just use your company name, i.e. if your company makes tartan paint and your company name is "Hamish Paints" don't go for the obvious choice of I would try and come up with a keyword rich domain name. Some search engine optimisers (SEO) would say that having keywords in your domain name doesn't make any difference to your listings but I disagree. Google will highlight your keywords in the search engine results page (SERPS), which leads me to believe that keywords do hold some weight, and besides it will make it clearer to the searcher what your site is all about.

What are keywords?
Keywords from a search engine optimisation (SEO) stand point are the key -words that are used to optimise your website for better listings on search engines. These are the words or phrases people are typing into the search bar of Google etc to find websites relating to what information or products they may be looking for.
Go to and — two great websites where you can learn more about keywords and SEO.

How do I find and choose my keywords?
To find keywords that people may be using in search terms the first port of call should be the overture keyword selector tool and you can access this tool at or If you want the UK results, here you will find an excellent tool for discovering keywords. All you need to do is type in words or phrases that are going to be related to your website and overture will show you related searches that include your term andhow many times that term was searched on the last month. Now you can get an idea of what keywords you should be including in your domain name.

Please note that search engines don't like long main names so try to keep it as short as possible. Other great resources for keywords are: nal

As we all know all the good domain names have been taken and it's almost impossible to get one-word domain names these days, so be inventive if you get stuck. I always find it helpful to visit and use the thesaurus to come up with names maybe I hadn't thought of.
Now that you are armed with a killer domain name you can go to / and check its availability.

Try and get the domain name extension of the country your company resides in as it makes it clear where you're from. I know most people want to get a .com but if you are in the UK I believe a better extension would be as it shows where your from. This will also help in the SERPS when people are searching for websites in the UK you don't want to be competing with websites outside of your country if you can help it.

Building a holding page and creating a site map.
Now that we are sorted with our domain name and hosting the next step involves creating a holding page and submitting a sitemap to Google. First of you need to create your holding page, it's a good idea to create a holding page so your domain can build up some respect with search engines, you don't want to wait until your website goes live before submitting it to search engines.

Designing a holding page.
Keep it simple and describe all the services and products you may be offering in your site. Don't forget to use keyword rich text in your title tag, description tags, and body text. Use the keywords you discovered in "how to find and choose keywords" section. This is good practice for when you design your website proper but you have to remember this page will be unlikely to be viewed by many people however this isn't the purpose of your holding page.

A good idea here would be if any visitors did visit your site perhaps they would like to know when your website goes live or maybe they will have questions. I would therefore suggest you add a simple contact form asking for their name and email address to notify them when the site will be live or to answer any questions they may have. You could even use them to do some usability testing and describe in more detail the coming sections. Name it index.html or index.htm and put it in the root folder of your site and upload it to the server.

Creating a sitemap for Google.
A Google sitemap is xml document that contains information of every page on your website (not to be confused with a sitemap html page on your website). You need to upload this to the root folder of your server so that Google can access it and help index your website quicker and easier. You can create a Google sitemap with very little effort online by going to and follow the online instructions. Once you have created your site map you can go to and follow Google's instructions for adding a site map. You will find this service very easy to use and invaluable in getting your website listed properly on Google. Remember to update your sitemap xml document when your website is finished and every time you make changes to your website so that Google can index your new pages. Doing this now will save you time and effort later.

Now submit your website to the major search engines — right?
Wrong! It's a misconception that you need to submit your website to search engines. Please please don't pay anyone to do this, as it's not necessary. (Are you listening all you black hat SEO companies, shame on you). As you have created a sitemap in Google this is more than enough to get yourself listed in the search engines. The search engines will actually come looking for your website in due course. Engines like Google and Yahoo serve listing to lots of other sites. or more information on this visit hart.htm. The one place you must submit your website is the Open Directory or DMOZ for short as this is where all the major search engines get their directory listings from. For more information on submitting your website to DOMOZ visit

Creating a rough draft of your site.
Now its time to start designing your site. Before we go ahead and start creating a website in Dreamweaver we will need to get the layout and design in place first. If your want a easier way to design your site and your are not familiar with Dreamweaver or technically minded you can always use website builder software to create your website. I would recommend this if you are just starting out, as this is a quick and simple way to get your website up and running. For information on using website building software visit However if you want to get your hands dirty read on.

The Pen is mightier than the mouse.
The first draft of your website should be on paper. Illustrate where your are going to put everything on your final page, including images, text and links, and name them for quick reference. This will save you lots of time later on in Dreamweaver. You can even sketch out a sitemap of all the pages in your website showing what page links to what.

Creating a png file.
Now that you have a rough copy of your layout go ahead and open fireworks or image ready and start creating your site as a png file. Here you can start creating your logo and graphical elements you plan to use. You can create your navigation and add your menus and text so that you can easily refer back to them once in Dreamweaver. Layout everything as it would look like in a browser.This is a good idea as it's easy to make changes unlike in Dreamweaver where changes can be time consuming. Go ahead and save your page as png file.

Well that's it folks for part one In part two I will be creating a site in Dreamweaver, discussing cascading style sheets, usability, accessibility and validating your work to comply with W3G standards.
Please feel free to distribute this article on your website. All I ask is that you place this link in your page:
website design by Kevin J Gallagher
I hope you find this article useful.
Thank you and good luck."

Submission + - Seismic Retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge

Mark of THE CITY writes: Seventy years after it was opened, and ten years after the seismic retrofit project started, the Golden Gate Bridge faces five years of additional retrofit work. The San Francisco Chronicle has the story here. As the iconic nature of the bridge requires no changes to appearance, this is particularly tough.

Submission + - 14-yr-old girl's self portrait stolen for porn DVD

titaniumdoughnut writes: "14 year old girl's self portrait stolen from Flickr and used as cover for porn DVD "Body Magic." TVX Films refuses to acknowledge infringement, claiming to have purchased the image from an unknown stock company and business partner of 25 years, and later blames girl (now 17) for putting her photo on Flickr in the first place. U.S. lawyers requesting £50,000 to take up case.


The DVD continues to be sold and marketed with the photo in question attached. DVD info claims that all models featured are over 18."

Submission + - New Zealand rejects Office for Macs.

An anonymous reader writes: The NZPA is reporting that the New Zealand Ministry of Education has declined to renew a licensing deal for MS Office on 25,000 Macintosh computers in the countries schools. The Education Minister, Steve Maharey, has even gone to suggest schools use free alternative NeoOffice. However a school Principal has spoken out against the decision, claiming the NeoOffice website warned users to expect problems and bugs, saying: "That's not the sort of software we should be expecting kids in New Zealand to be using."

Submission + - Hard drive failure greater thant vendor estimates.

Agent2592 writes: "Here is a very interesting article on a study about hard drive failure. Notable from the article: -Hard drive failure rate is much higher that what the vendors suggest -SCSI/FC discs ("server class"), contrary to common perception DO NOT have a significant advantage over PATA/SATA ("desktop class") when it comes to failure rate. -Operating temperature and failure rate DO NOT have a significant correlation. In other words discs kept at a lower operating temperature fail just as much. (RAPID & frequent temperature change do have an impact) -There is NO reliable predictor of failure. (SMART included)"

Submission + - Creative to charge for EAX via Audigy on Vista

Shemmie writes: "Creative Labs, after months of silence, have come out and stated they will extend ALchemy support to Audigy soundcard users — for a price.

Microsoft removed hardware DirectSound in Vista, leaving only a software emulation — and so ALchemy is used as a method of converting calls to the DirectSound API used by games into OpenAL calls — re-enabling EAX sound in games.

Creative have finally agreed to support Audigy users using Vista as a games-machine — as long as they are willing to pay for the "low-cost upgrade" to re-enable previously free features."

Feed Warning: Don't Spam This Scot (

An unsolicited marketing message irritates an Edinburgh man and earns its sender a lawsuit -- and a $1,445 fine for damages. Is your inbox a gold mine? By the Associated Press.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Apple Launches Product Launching App

Jerry Rivers writes: The Onion ( has a "scoop" on a new Apple product called iLaunch, which Steve Jobs says will "revolutionize" the process of unveiling new products throughout the world. From the article, "Described in its patent filing as a 'hype-generating mechanism with fully integrated Mac compatibility,' the iLaunch is powered by Intel dual-core processors optimized to calculate a product's gravitas. Apple claims the iLaunch can garner the same amount of press attention as a major scientific discovery, high court ruling, celebrity meltdown, or natural disaster at 200 times the speed of a traditional media-fostered launch."

Submission + - DefectiveByDesign open letter to Steve Jobs

SanityInAnarchy writes: "We all remember Steve Jobs' blog entry calling for a world without DRM. DefectiveByDesign is sending him an open letter suggesting that he show us how serious he is. From the article:

You can set the ethical example and be the first "major" to drop DRM, by freeing independent artists.... You can set the example in the arena of video and movies. Disney can be the first "major" to drop DRM. You have the direct power to do this.
You can sign the letter as a petition. Their goal is 1000 signatures by April 1."

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