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Submission + - Censorship is changing the face of the Internet (bbc.co.uk)

Lucas123 writes: "Amnesty International is warning that the Internet "could change beyond all recognition" because state-sponsored censorship has spread from a handful of countries to dozens of governments that apply mandated net filtering, and because companies such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have remained complicit, according to a BBC story. '"More and more governments are realising the utility of controlling what people see online and major internet companies, in an attempt to expand their markets, are colluding in these attempts,"' said Tim Hancock, Amnesty's campaign director."

Submission + - Pirate Bay founders defendhosting pedophilia site

Jared writes: "Though disagree with its subject matter and opinions, they defend the site owner's freedom of speech. "I have read the material and personally I don't agree. They claim among other things that children can have voluntary love affairs with adults, and that is completely ridiculous. But I believe more in an open debate than in burying our heads in the sand. They have the right to say this," said Svartholm Warg, one of the founders of the Pirate Bay."

Submission + - Belgian biometric security (ucl.ac.be)

jjq writes: "A research team in cryptography from the Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve) disclosed serious weaknesses in the Belgian biometric passport, the only type of passport distributed in Belgium since the end of 2004. The works carried out in Louvain-la-Neuve during the course of May 2007 show that Belgian passports issued between end 2004 and July 2006 do not include any security mechanism to protect the personal data embedded in the passport's microchip. Passports issued after July 2006 do benefit from security mechanisms but these ones are flawed. This means that anyone possessing a little electronic reading device, which is easy and cheap to acquire, can steal the passport content while it is still in the pocket of the victim owners and thus without their knowing. Face and signature are among the data at risk. This news is all the more surprising because Karel De Gucht, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, declared in the Parliament on 9th January 2007 that the Belgian passport benefited from the security mechanisms advocated by the International Civil Aviation Organization. More see http://www.dice.ucl.ac.be/crypto/passport/index.ht ml"

Submission + - China won't license new Internet cafes (holyhell.net)

dteichman2 writes: While regulators investigate the Internet's impact on young people, China will not be licensing any new Internet cafes. Investigators will evaluate cafes and look for those that improperly rent out their licenses or fail to properly register the identities of customers. Government authorities worry that the Web may provide children with access to gambling sites, sexually explicit material, and violent video games. Chinese President Hu Jintao has ordered officials to clean up 'Internet culture.'

Submission + - 2008 Presidential Candidates and Tech Issues

Tokimasa writes: "Following last night's debate with the Democratic presidential hopefuls and tomorrow's debate with the Republican presidential candidates, I noticed that the questions addressed issues that affect the American people as a whole — education, health care, the "war on terror" and combating terrorism, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, China, jobs and the economy, gas prices, and energy.

But what about issues that are important to the technical savvy Americans, including those in technical industries? Issues such as intellectual property reform (especially copyrights and patents), funding for research and development (both private and government led), DMCA, and other topics that might be of interest to engineers and scientists? Why are these topics not discussed (or even mentioned) during a campaign?

Is there any material out there that discusses how each candidate stands on issues that are of interest to certain groups (in my case, engineers and those working in highly technical fields)?"

Submission + - Notorious spammer Robert Soloway arrested

Dave Q. Lintard writes: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/317795_soloway 31.html Federal authorities are accusing a Seattle man of not only sending out millions of spam messages himself, but selling the software for others to do the same and stealing unique e-mail addresses and domain names to further his operation. Robert Alan Soloway, 27, of Seattle will make his initial appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle on 13 counts of money laundering, 10 counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft and two counts of fraud in connection with electronic mail.

Submission + - Vigilante group wreaks havoc on LJ fandom

minkowski writes: "A mysterious group called Warriors for Innocence has approached Six Apart (the company which owns LiveJournal) demanding that certain journals and communities on LJ be terminated. The common trait shared by many of these journals and communities is that they contain fanfiction slash and incest. Of the blogs targeted for termination, most of them have been fandom related. The criteria for getting a journal deleted appears to be very broad. Many blogs have been deleted for merely mentioning the keyword "incest" in the list of interests. A post on this LJ users blog summarizes the rumors and accusations now flying between LJ users who feel betrayed — and Six Apart."

Submission + - Michael Geist Sued for Defamatory Blogroll

An anonymous reader writes: Michael Geist, the well known Canadian law prof and columnist, is apparently being sued for a defamatory blogroll. The suit apparently claims that Geist should be considered the publisher of a libel because his site includes a blogroll that links to a site that in turn links to a site that contains some allegedly defamatory third party comments. At this rate, Slashdot will presumably be sued for linking to Geist who links to a site that links to site that may contain a defamatory comment.

Submission + - How much sleep do you need?

phorm writes: "I was recently having a discussion with a friend wherein we noticed that, although we had been lacking in sleep lately, we were — in general — feeling somewhat less tired. More specifically for myself, I generally end up feeling more alert in the morning, sometimes with a more steep drop-off towards night.

This had led to research over the concept of how much sleep is optimal, and how much is enough. Interestingly, it seems that many who are into heavy fitness schedules (bodybuilders etc) require lesser sleep amounts to maintain an alert state. This would seem to fit with my own observations, in that if I have exercised heavily, I tend to fall into a deeper sleep, within a shorted period of time. However, if I have exercised in a way that has over-strained my body, sometimes extra rest can be required, most likely so that it can "fix" itself.

I have many memories of college wherein intellectual stimulation would also have the same result. Coding would run into the early AM hours, and at some point when my brain was reduced to gelatin I would return home for about 3-6 hours of sleep, and still manage to feel active and refreshed the next day. Coding where I went to bed before my brain gelified might result in tossing-and-turning.

Stimulants, of course, affect either of these situations, but as I'm not much of a caffeine drinker (particularly later in the day), I believe that can be ruled out.

So, how much sleep does a normal slashdotter need before being able to achieve uncaffeinated alertness? What tips and tricks can you recommend to pull a few extra hours out of the day (much like many fitness fanatics do) without sacrificing your health or alertness? How do you trick your body into achieving the almighty "power-nap" or "super-sleep" for quick revitalization?"
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Partial nudity in HALO 2 (PC) forcing recall.

Hushed Casket writes: "It appears that HALO 2 (PC) has it another road bump. Next-gen is reporting that partial nudity has been discovered in the retail version of the game that was originally due out on May 8th.

"It has come to our attention that an unfortunate, obscure content error which includes partial nudity was included in our initial production of "Halo 2" for Windows Vista. As such, we have updated the initial game packaging at retailers with a label, so customers are aware before purchasing the game. Additionally, we've developed an online update which can be downloaded from www.halo2.com to remove the content."
The delays for HALO 2 (PC) mean that Shadowrun (also by Microsoft Game Studios) will be the first Games for Windows — Live launch title coming out on May 29th. Shadowrun is the first cross-platform shooter that allows XBOX 360 and Vista gamers to play with each other over Live. Now HALO 2 (PC) is set to ship from manufacturers on May 31st."

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