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Submission + - Eric Raymond on why Stallman is a dangerous fanatic (ibiblio.org)

Frosty Piss writes: According to Eric Raymond, 'RMS made an early decision to frame his advocacy as a moral crusade rather than a pragmatic argument about engineering practices and outcomes. While he made consequentialist arguments against closed source (and still does) his rhetoric and his thinking became dominated by terms like “evil”, to the point where he repeatedly alienated potential allies both with his absolutism and his demand that anyone cooperating with him share it.' Raymond goes on to say, 'By the late 1990s, after having observed RMS’s behavior for more than a decade, I had long since concluded that the Free Software Foundation’s moralistic rhetoric was serving us badly. The problem with it is the same problem with messianic religions in general; for people who are not flipped into true-believer mode by any given one, it will come off as at best creepy and insular, at worst nutty and potentially dangerous (and this remains true even for people attached to a different messianic religion).'
Microsoft

Submission + - Zune HD vs. iPod Touch showdown (pcworld.com)

johnjaydk writes: Get ready for Zune HD versus iPod Touch in a battle set for this fall when Microsoft will take the wraps off of its first touchscreen portable media player (PMP), the Zune HD. Microsoft says this is the first PMP to combine a built-in HD Radio receiver, high-def video output, an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display and Wi-Fi. But will it be good enough to steal the glory from Apple's iPod Touch?
Government

Submission + - H1-Bs Outnumbering Unemployed IT Workers (computerworld.com)

SirLurksAlot writes: According to an article on Computerworld the US government is beginning to raise questions concerning H1-Bs and visa fraud in relation to IT workers. These questions were raised as part of a court filing against an IT firm known as Visions Systems Group in New Jersey. The firm has been indicted on charges of visa fraud, and the government has stated that those involved were "displacing qualified American workers." The government also issued a brief in which it stated that "In January of 2009, the total number of workers employed in the information technology occupation under the H-1B program substantially exceeded the 241,000 unemployed U.S. citizen workers within the same occupation," though it did not provide data to back up that assertion. Meanwhile the Department of Homeland Security is arguing that extending the duration of an H1-B visa from one year to 29 months is necessary to remain competitive.
Security

Submission + - Starbucks, Google Invading Privacy in Korea (koreaittimes.com)

mateomiguel writes: "Starbucks and Google have teamed up to offer free WiFi in South Korea. Google foots the bill for free Starbucks' WiFi and gets users redirected to its Korean language portal after logging into WiFi services. However, before logging in users are required to submit their real name and resident registration number (or foreign registration number in the case of foreigners). This may be too much information to require in order to offer free WiFi access.

There are two twists to the story. Originally, when the service was launched, users only had to use temporary usernames and passwords to log in (http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2898718), but some time since December 2008 it was changed to full legal names and social security numbers.

Secondly, Google Korea just caused a big media stir in April by circumventing a new Korean government regulation that required any web portal which accepted user content (such as comments or videos) to ask for real names and registration numbers of all its users. Google Korea sidestepped this issue on its YouTube Korea site by disabling the ability for users on the Korean YouTube site from uploading content or posting comments. However, users could still access the international YouTube site without problems. This seemed to infuriate the KCC and caused them to start a 'legal review' of Google in order to try to nail them for some sort of violation as revenge. (http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_editorial/350258.html)."

Music

Submission + - RIAA victim Jammie Thomas gets a new lawyer! (p2pnet.net)

newtley writes: "Only days after learning Brian Toder, her previous legal representative, had decided discretion was the better part of valour, leaving her fend for herself against the RIAA, Jammie Thomas says another lawyer has come forward with an offer of pro bono help. He's K.A.D. Camara from Camara & Sibley in Houston, Texas, says Jammie. And, "He's the youngest person in history to graduate from Harvard Law school with honors," she points out. Nor will her trial — or, rather, her retrial — be delayed, as was expected. It'll now go forward in June 15, as slated. "I'm so happy !" — Jammie said. That didn't take long. :)"
Education

Submission + - MIT announces financial aid changes 2

John3 writes: "MIT today announced that they will eliminate tuition costs for families earning less than $75k per year. Harvard, Yale and Stanford had previously announced sweeping changes to their financial aid program, possibly to head off Congressional probes into college endowments. MIT's announcement might put pressure on schools like Columbia and Princeton to make changes as well. With record numbers of students applying to colleges already this year, what impact will all these changes have on the number of applicants in the next few years?"
Education

Male Brains 'Wired for Videogame Obsession' 125

thinkzinc notes a story indicating that, according to a new study, men have a harder time putting down a controller than women do. Researchers at Stanford did brain imaging work on a group of young test subjects while they played a simple PC game. Besides the 'obvious' conclusion that men were more 'aggressive at gaining territory on the screen', the tests also indicated that male brains showed more activity in the reward and addiction components of the brain. "The lead author, Dr. Allan Reiss, noted that most of the video games that are popular with men are territory and aggression-type games. 'These gender differences in the brain may help explain why males are more attracted to, and more likely to become hooked on video games than females,' he said. Other recent surveys indicate that about 40 percent of Americans regularly play games on a computer or console, but young males are two or three times more likely than females to feel addicted to video games, Reiss said. "
Space

Galaxy Sans Dark Matter

ChromaticDragon writes "Astronomers have crunched some numbers on a galaxy to discover that its rotation can be fully explained by the gravity of the observable matter — in effect, this galaxy seems to lack dark matter. This shouldn't come as a total surprise given that one of the stronger observations of Dark Matter was the Bullet Cluster where supposedly a good deal of Dark Matter and good old fashion regular matter had separated."

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