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Comment Re:"...which begs the question..." (Score 1) 341

Wiki list:

A few that stand out as having current use in English, that may differ from their original meanings, (and don't come via Latin, though may come via Hindi, Nepalese, etc.) are: Avatar, Gurkha, Guru, Karma, Loot, Mugger, Punch (the drink), Sulfur, Swastika, and Thug.


"Super Monkey" Security Force Used At Commonwealth Games 66

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has increased the strength of its monkey security team for the Commonwelath Games. The large langur monkeys are used to scare away smaller, more troublesome primate species from sporting arenas and food stalls. "From tomorrow onwards we will increase the number of langurs from 28 to 38. The additional langurs will take care of the Games venues and other important areas," an NDMC official told the Press Trust of India news agency. Sounds like a good idea until the monkeys learn how to throw barrels.

UK ISPs Profit From Coughing Up Customer Data 59

nk497 writes "ISPs in the UK are charging as much as £120 to hand customer data over to rightsholders looking for proof of piracy, according to the Federation Against Software Theft. While ISPs have to hand over log details for free in criminal cases, they are free to charge in civil cases — and can set the price. 'In 2006, we ran Operation Tracker in which we identified about 130 users who were sharing copies of a security program over the web,' said John Lovelock, chief executive of FAST. 'In the end we got about 100 names out of them, but that cost us £12,000, and that was on top of the investigative costs and the legal fees.'"

Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It 273

An anonymous reader writes "Be careful mentioning Dr. Ann De Wees Allen. She's made it clear that she's trademarked her name and using it is 'illegal... without prior written permission.' She even lists out the names of offenders and shows you the cease-and-desist letter she sends them. And, especially don't copy any of the text on her website, because she's using a bit of javascript that will warn you 'Copyright Protect!' if you right click on a link."

Frustrated Reporter Quits After Slow News Day 178

Norwegian radio journalist Pia Beathe Pedersen quit on the air complaining that her bosses were making her read news on a day when "nothing important has happened." Pedersen claimed that broadcaster NRK put too much pressure on the staff and that she "wanted to be able to eat properly again and be able to breathe," during her nearly two-minute on-air resignation.

Comment Re:Is a company really like a person? (Score 1) 450

"...act in it's own best interest with no regard to the well being of others".

When people act like this we call them sociopaths.

Symptoms (courtesy of Wiki) include:

        * Persistent lying or stealing
        * Apparent lack of remorse or empathy for others
        * Poor behavioral controls... threats, aggression, and verbal abuse...
        * Recurring difficulties with the law
        * Tendency to violate the boundaries and rights of others

Successful corporations are "people" with antisocial personality disorder, lawyers, and lobbyists.

Comment Re:This sounds like the worst job ever... (Score 1) 364

Brilliant! You've just inspired me to present a business case to the company for a development project...

Concept: Pornographic image filtering software that can detect and obscure content of purely prurient nature without false positives obscuring content of artistic value.

I'm going to need several really big graphical displays and to amass a very large library of material for testing and comparative analysis of artistic value... and a private office.

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