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Comment Re:Grammar Nazis (Score 1) 375

You failed to capitalize 'Slashdot'. The adjective 'previous' doesn't have a noun to modify. You should hyphenate 'spellcheck-running'. Usage of all-caps for emphasis is probably ungrammatical, but I might let that slide. Man, the grammar Nazis are really sliding in quality these days.

Comment Google does it too (Score 1) 95

Ugh, next thing you know Google is going to allow companies to pay to get their site linked when people search things! Seriously. You can already grab a list of who someone follows using the public free API, and it looks like paid content is going to be clearly demarcated, just like with sponsored tweets.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Ron Paul's Racist Past 1

It's been touched on before in various Slashdot discussions, but the mainstream media is starting to pay more attention to Ron Paul, darling of the Internet libertarian set, and the attention isn't very flattering. An article in The New Republic, "Angry White Man" lays out in detail how Paul's newsletters have over the years published a wide variety of paranoid and racist material.


Submission + - Astronauts test sex in space 3

Arevazi writes: The Guardian has a story about a book confirming that US and Russian astronauts have had sex in space for research programmes. The book (The Final Mission: Mir, The Human Adventure by Pierre Kohler) cites a confidential Nasa report on a space shuttle mission in 1996. A project codenamed STS-XX was to explore sexual positions possible in a weightless atmosphere. The result: only four positions were found possible without "mechanical assistance". One of the principal findings was that the classic so-called missionary position, which is so easy on earth when gravity pushes one downwards, is simply not possible.
The Media

Submission + - Promoting vs Describing your stuff on Wikipedia?

Emmanuel writes: An OT email (sorry its not yet up at Google groups) on the FF dev-extensions mailing list led me to this interesting discussion going on at Wikipedia whether the FF CookiePie extension has a right to have a page on Wikipedia. The discussion centers on Notability [defined as "worthy of being noted"]. A user called Veinor who claims to be pioneer in removing spam from Wikipedia has marked the article for deletion. A comparison is being drawn with Greasemonkey on Wikipedia which has passed the Notability test. Join in the discussion at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_fo r_deletion/CookiePie. Anyone is free to contribute. Has Sebastian Wain of nektra.com crossed the fine line between describing and promoting? Note: The Notability guideline is itself under dispute at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Notabi lity. Also check out the Wikipedia policies on Conflict on Interest and Advertising.
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA sues paralyzed stroke victim

Waylon writes: "It seems the RIAA will sue anyone, anywhere, even if you're a paralyzed stroke victim. Yes, Warner Music and the RIAA are suing a retired railroad man in Florida whose left side has been paralyzed by a stroke and whose sole source of income is his disability check. From the article: "Although the defendant John Paladuk, an employee of C&N Railroad for 36 years, was living in Florida at the time of the alleged copyright suit, and had notified the RIAA that he had not engaged in any copyright infringement, and despite that the fact that Mr. Paladuk suffered a stroke last year which resulted in complete paralysis of his entire left side and severely impaired speech, rendering him disabled, and despite the fact that his disability check is his sole source of income, the RIAA commenced suit against him on February 27, 2007.""
The Internet

Submission + - "NO HUNTING" in cyberspace!

AlHunt writes: "According to the AP and our friends at The Globe and Mail, A Texas businessman who wanted to allow computer users to kill from the comfort of their homes has instead spawned dozens of state laws banning the practice.

Mr. Lockwood, 42, said in an interview that he was trying to help disabled hunters when he ... linked a rifle to a digital camera and high-speed Web connection."

Submission + - MPAA Steals Code, Violates Linkware License

MBrichacek writes: "A blogger who wrote his own blogging engine called Forest Blog recently noticed that none other than the MPAA was using his work, and had completely violated his linkware license by removing all links back to the Forest Blog site, and had not credited him in any way. According to Patrick, it isn't something new to find his blogging software being used like this. What he finds really odd is that an organisation whose goal is to "protect" copyrighted creative works has no qualms in, essentially, stealing other people's work."

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