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Comment Re:Wondering... (Score 1) 115

I dare you to pick five cities, of random size, and look up their library websites. I guarantee you at least four of them will be poorly laid out, with broken links, and at least one will have eye-bleeding banners in fantastic 1996 style. The fifth will be seamless, make sense, and (hopefully) work in multiple browsers. The fifth will be the one who had an actual webmaster, instead of "well Jill here is under 30 so she knows something about computers."
United States

Submission + - ACLU sues Boeing subsidiary over torture cases

moderatorrater writes: The ACLU is suing a subsidiary of Boeing for helping the CIA abduct and torture people. From the article:

"Publicly available records demonstrate that Jeppesen facilitated more than 70 secret rendition flights over a four-year period to countries where it knew or reasonably should have known that detainees are routinely tortured or otherwise abused in contravention of universally accepted legal standards," the suit states.
The Internet

Submission + - Smarter People Welcomed

Anonymous Coward writes: "A website called Chegg.com has made a killer online gaming application that works like a scavenger hunt, but for smarter people. Users are required to be logged in during the start of the hunt, usually at 4PM PST, and then you are offered a box that asks you to play. From there users are taken from questions about What Steve Job's Favorite Food Is to "What Color Stripes is the Star Wars Kid wearing in his infamous Video?" The hunt isn't just straight forward upfront trivia, in fact, some of the clues take users on a challenging and mind numbing hunt that can require code-breaking and investigative skills. So what makes this unique, interesting and exciting? It works, and they do it everyday and the website is legit, ad free and its free to use, its easy to get involved and sooner or later you will get sucked into a team of nerd thugs trying to dominate the web-osphere. Oh, yes if you do get all the clues right and are among the first you will win things like, Nintendo Wiis, Creative Zens and other techie stuff. This is no BS, in fact here are photos of users posting their prized winnings: http://www.chegg.com/forum-viewthread.aspx?t=4502"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Manitoba Natives seeking cellphone signal tolls

Dysantic writes: Seems that up here in Canada, the Manitoba First Nations want to charge a toll for cellphone signals that cross their lands. Considering the amount of bombardment that each square metre of our planet receives from other signals emitted from satellites and other sources, if they win this battle, are they next going to demand compensation for TV signals, radio signals, and even GPS signals...?

From the article: "Manitoba First Nations are seeking compensation from Manitoba Telecom Services for every cellphone signal that passes through First Nations land, saying the airspace should be considered a resource like land and water. At a recent economic development summit, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs resolved to negotiate revenue sharing with MTS for transmissions signals that cross the land, water and air space of their reserves and traditional territories. "[The request is] based on the understanding that we do have some fundamental rights as indigenous people to land, water and airspace," said Chief Ovide Mercredi of the Grand Rapids First Nation. "When it comes to using airspace, it's like using our water and simply because there's no precedent doesn't mean that it's not the right thing to do," he said. Mercredi says that signals over a significant area of the province would be affected, noting that the Cree Nations claim rights to a large portion of the north."

Submission + - Using File-sharing to launch a DDoS attack

astro128 writes: They [Athina Markopoulou and colleagues at the University of California in Irvine] created modified versions of BitTorrent files, and their own "tracker" a computer, which stores the databases that peers use to find one another on the network. Then, using 25 bogus files, they were able to trick more than 50,000 computers into cooperating within a few hours. "We needed to do some hacking in the BitTorrent code," says Karim El Defrawy, a member of Markopoulou's group. "But anyone with some small programming experience could do this."

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