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Comment Re:Drive-throughs (Score 1) 435

I've been on a plane where a passenger noticed a brown liquid leaking from the engine just prior to take-off. They pressed the button and alerted the flight attendant who passed it to the pilot. We turned around and went back so that the mechanics could take a look at it. It turned out to be normal condensation draining properly but they did receive the message and act on it.

Submission + - Canonical Begins Tracking Ubuntu Installations (

suraj.sun writes: Canonical Begins Tracking Ubuntu Installations, On a Daily Basis

Just uploaded to the Ubuntu Lucid repository for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (and we imagine it will appear shortly in Maverick too for Ubuntu 10.10) is a new package called canonical-census, which marks its initial release. Curious about what this package provides, we did some digging and found it's for tracking Ubuntu installations by sending an "I am alive" ping to Canonical on a daily basis.

When the canonical-census package is installed, the program is to be added to the daily Cron jobs to be executed so that each day it will report to Canonical over HTTP the number of times this system previously sent to Canonical (this counter is stored locally and with it running on a daily basis it's thereby indicating how many days the Ubuntu installation has been active), the Ubuntu distributor channel, the product name as acquired by the system's DMI information, and which Ubuntu release is being used. That's all that canonical-census does, at least for now. Previously there haven't been such Ubuntu tracking measures attempted by Canonical.



Submission + - Non-fraternization vs. your rights 1

An anonymous reader writes: I have been placed on suspension pending investigation regarding violation of my employer's "no fraternization" policy. During the past 3 days of interrogations I have had many prying, personal questions asked, including whether or not I had sexual relations with another employee who works in the same facility but not on my shift (we are never in the building at the same time). We are considered lower level management of the same level, so union support is out, and have no authority or interaction with one another in the course of business. I have not responded to the allegations and stated that certain things are none of their business and that I am awaiting counsel (which I am).

No proof of any wrongdoing was given, and the source of the allegations is not being revealed.

It is my feeling that my personal life and who I associate with off the clock is my own business as long as it has no effect on my job performance. I am awaiting legal counsel, but I have been told by the company that there is a strong possibility I will not have a job within the next few days, if not sooner.

What are my rights in this situation, can an employer question you about your private life in this manner, and am I obligated to answer?

Submission + - Controversial security paper nixed from Black Hat (

coondoggie writes: "A presentation scheduled for Black Hat USA 2007 that promised to undermine chip-based desktop and laptop security has been suddenly withdrawn without explanation. The briefing, "TPMkit: Breaking the Legend of [Trusted Computing Group's Trusted Platform Module] and Vista (BitLocker)," promised to show how computer security based on trusted platform module (TPM) hardware could be circumvented. "We will be demonstrating how to break TPM," Nitin and Vipin Kumar said in their abstract for their talk that was posted on the Black Hat Web site but was removed overnight Monday. -hat.html"

Submission + - Manners maketh man.

akintayo writes: The New York Times reports that in response to the recent brouhaha, some technology bloggers have suggested raising the level of civility on tech blogs by implementing a code of conduct. Kathy Sierra, a technology blogger and friend of O'Reilly was subjected to threats and insults from readers and other bloggers. In partial response, O'Reilly and others have proposed a code of conduct which could include restrictions like the outlawing of anonymous accounts.

Submission + - Thai government shuts down political chat rooms

patiwat writes: "Less than a week after censoring Youtube, the military government of Thailand has shut down the Kingdom's most popular web discussion board,, for reasons of national security. Other webboards were warned not to allow political messages to be posted, lest they also be shut down. Thailand currently censors over 10,000 websites, including sites of the deposed government and sites containing censorship circumvention software and links anonymous proxy servers."

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