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Submission + - Think you know Borderlands? You don't know jack! (blogspot.co.nz)

MadMikey1990 writes: "Borderlands 2 is only a few weeks away and promises to bring even more bad-assery than ever before. The original Borderlands was a great game. Borderlands had a truly unique visual style and gameplay, that mixed action with rpg. The game really came into its own when played with a friend — or three. What's more, there were literally thousands of guns to collect and shoot. Of course all of these features are returning in the sequel, but just about everything has got an overhaul. For returning veterans, Borderlands 2 plans to teach you a thing or two. For newbies, listen up! This is Borderlands 2 in a nut shell."

Submission + - ACTA in Europe - The beginning of the end? (computerworlduk.com)

WhyNotAskMe writes: "the European Parliament's INTA committee gets it. Last week, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliment came out with its draft opinion (short pdf) of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). It was an eye opener. Its conclusion was that it feels compelled to call on the Committee on International Trade to withhold its consent to the agreement.

Glyn Moody of ComputerWorld UK sums it up his latest ACTA update. This is the clearest and most rational analyses of the problems with ACTA that I have seen to date. It is like a breath of fresh air.

Did you know that ACTA is so worrysome that even Amesty International has felt compelled to weigh in on the issue? They urged the EU to reject international anti-counterfeiting pact. "Implementing the agreement could open a Pandora's box of potential human rights violations. Worryingly, ACTA’s text does not even contain references to safeguards like ‘fundamental rights’, ‘fair use’, or ‘due process’, which are universally understood and clearly defined in international law,”.

In the USA, Senator Wyden has demanded that ACTA go Before Congress. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, MPAA Chief Dodd Hints At Talks To Revive SOPA

There is an election coming up in the USA. Is there some way these issues can be pushed to the fore? A way to force every candiddate to take a stand on copyright issues? In the Chris Dodd discussion linked to in the paragraph above, people are so angry the tone is scary. The question is, are they angry enough to show up with pickets at every candidate rally? Can internet freedoms be made into The single biggest issue of election?

Politicians are skilled at discerning the will of the people when their attention is properly focused and they are encouraged to do so. We must give them that encouragement and focus, by whatever means we have at our disposal. We must demand a moratorium on secret and fast-tracked negotiations while governments consult the people they represent. It's the democratic way.The power of the corporate lobbies needs to be curbed and their voices muted. The people must be heard. Legislation crafted to respect the will of the majority will garner their respect and consequently, will be easier to enforce. Please see our manifesto."

User Journal

Journal Journal: Any pitfall for using G-Wan ? 1

Have been looking for a replacement for my old - and I mean, ***OLD*** apache server - I come across G-Wan

Couldn't find any G-Wan info on Wikipedia nor on /. - all I could locate is stuffs on G-Wan's own site, some mention on wikivs, a few benchmarks done by people I don't know ...

The benchmarks do look impressive

So ... is there any pitfall replacing Apache with G-Wan?

Submission + - Caller-ID Scams on the Rise (usatoday.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Cyberthieves are stepping up phone-calling scams that pilfer the accounts of consumers who bank online. And many such calls are linked to Caller ID spoofing, which causes the recipient's phone to display a Caller ID number that appears to originate from a trusted party. In the second half of 2011, Pindrop Security detected more than 1 million fraudulent calls, including 189,439 in December, a 52% surge from July, according to a first-of-its-kind report released Thursday.
Transportation

Submission + - Born to Remain 4

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Americans are supposed to be mobile always pushing on to a new horizon in search of opportunity. In “The Grapes of Wrath,” young Tom Joad loads up his jalopy with pork snacks and relatives, and the family flees the Oklahoma dust bowl for sun-kissed California. But Todd and Victoria Buchholz write that sometime in the past 30 years, Americans — particularly young Americans — have become risk-averse and sedentary with the likelihood of 20-somethings moving to another state dropping well over 40 percent since the 1980s. "For about $200, young Nevadans who face a statewide 13 percent jobless rate can hop a Greyhound bus to North Dakota, where they’ll find a welcome sign and a 3.3 percent rate," write the Buchholzs. "Generation Y has become Generation Why Bother." The most startling behavioral change among young people is that an increasing number of teenagers are not even bothering to get their driver’s licenses. Back in the early 1980s, 80 percent of 18-year-olds proudly strutted out of the DMV with newly minted licenses, but the number has now dropped to 65 percent. "In the mid-’70s, back when every high school kid longed for his driver’s license and a chance to hit the road and find freedom, Bruce Springsteen wrote his brilliant, exciting album 'Born to Run,'" write the Buchholzs adding that although it’s easy to blame the high cost of cars or gasoline, Comerica Bank’s Automobile Affordability Index shows that it takes fewer weeks of work income to buy a car today (PDF) than in the early 1980s, and inflation-adjusted gasoline prices didn’t get out of line until a few years ago. "Maybe it’s time to yank out the power cords, pump up the flat bicycle tires or even reopen Route 66 — whatever it takes to get our kids back on the road.""

Submission + - Bankruptcy Lawyers Predict Student Debt 'Bomb' (thenewamerican.com) 1

MrCrassic writes: "From the article:


As more and more young people graduate from college with mounds of unresolved loan debt, financial experts and bankruptcy attorneys are calling the progressively worsening dilemma the "next debt bomb." According to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), 81 percent of bankruptcy lawyers report that the number of prospective clients with student loan debt has increased "significantly" or "somewhat" in the past few years.

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Linux

Submission + - Razor-Qt: A New Qt-Based Desktop Environment? (razor-qt.org)

aglider writes: Phoronix has an interesting piece of news about a new emerging desktop environment. And it's Qt based!
From the project home page:

Razor-qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast desktop environment based on Qt technologies. It has been tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface. Unlike most desktop environments, Razor-Qt also works fine with weak machines.

Someone has already tagged Razor-Qt as

a KDE ripoff

What we have so far is version 0.4 as announced on a blog and, very important, a number of easy ways to install and test it on a few main Linux distributions. Maybe time has come for something really new in the desktop environment arena almost completely occupied by GNOME and KDE.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Handling and cleaning up large perso

txoof writes: "I have a personal email archive that goes back to 2003. The early archives are around 2 mega bytes. Every year the archives have grown significantly in size from a few tens of megs to nearly 500 megs from 2010. The archive is for storage only. It is a mirror of my Gmail account.
The archives are both sent and received mail compressed in a hierarchy of weekly, monthly and yearly mbox files. I've chosen mbox for a variety of reasons but mostly because it is the simplest to implement with fetchmail.
After inspecting some of the archives, I've noticed that the larger files are a result of attachments sent by well meaning family members. Things like baby pictures, wedding pictures, etc.
What I would like to do is from this point forward strip out all of the attachments and only save the texts of the emails. What would be a sane way to do that using simple tools like fetchmail?"
Cloud

Submission + - Facebook Apologizes For Vanity URL Mistake

An anonymous reader writes: The Facebook Page of the German drug maker Merck KGaA, facebook.com/merck, was recently transferred to its US-based rival Merck & Co. The unexplained move prompted an unusual November 21 filing by Merck KGaA with a New York state court. In it, Merck KGaA sought to force Facebook to explain how it lost the Page, the ability to administer it, and why it was transferred to Merck & Co. Facebook has now admitted responsibility, saying the issue came down to a mistake.

Submission + - UN Bigwig: 'The web" should have been patented and (boingboing.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Cory Doctorow over at BoingBoing has unearthed an amazing video where the head of WIPO, the UN agency responsible for "promoting" intellectual property, suggests that Tim Berners-Lee should have patented HTML and licensed it to all users. Amazingly this is done on camera and in front of the head of CERN and the Internet Society, who look on in disbelief.

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