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Submission + - National Do Not Call Registry offline during government shutdown

GJSchaller writes: During the past few days, I've noticed an upswing in the number of robocalls coming into my cell phone. I'm used to this cycle — a caller sets up shop, robocalls its list, and eventually gets shut down and / or moves to a new location and phone number only to start over. But this time, the frequency of the calls was much higher — 5-6 times a day from the same robocaller, sometimes within 10 minutes of each other. And when I went to https://www.donotcall.gov/ to report the number, I was greeted with the following message:

Due to the Government shutdown, we are unable to offer this website service at this time. We will resume normal operations when the government is funded.

I am left to wonder if this is coincidence, or if the perps are taking advantage of the shutdown to make calls without being reported?

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Submission + - Hacking Education: A Contest for Developers and Da (donorschoose.org)

GJSchaller writes: Ten years ago, a teacher in the Bronx launched DonorsChoose.org. Since then, more than 165,000 teachers at 43,000 public schools have posted over 300,000 classroom project requests, inspiring $80,000,000 in giving from 400,000 donors.

We've opened up that data, and invite you to make discoveries and build apps that improve education in America. Help to shape your school system's budget by revealing what teachers really need. Build the first mobile app for hyper-local education philanthropy. We've got a list of suggestions to help get you thinking.

We hope to build a community of developers and data crunchers, so we're launching a contest!"

The "Big Winner" gets to Meet Stephen Colbert, accept a trophy from him, and attend a taping of The Colbert Report with three of his or her friends!

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