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Submission + - Multiple ways to view the August 1 solar eclipse ( 2

TaeKwonDood writes: "Got some old CDs lying around? You can view a solar eclipse. Welder's glasses and black and white film too. There are plenty of ways to safely view a solar eclipse and you can find the spectral responses of commonly available solar filters here. Finally, a use for your old floppy disks! (You can make a pinhole proejctor too, but that will cost you some geek cred)"

Submission + - Comcast Blocking all SMTP 7

JoeRandomHacker writes: Comcast has long blocked outgoing traffic on port 25, forcing users to go through their mail servers, on the grounds that it causes too much spam, but allowed incoming traffic on port 25 for those wishing direct email delivery. Today I found that even port 25 on their mail servers was rejecting traffic, and no incoming mail has gotten through. Online chat with Comcast customer support indicates that this is a new policy, and all users are forced to go through port 587 and use authentication for email. I didn't get a specific answer on incoming email.
So much for having my own private webmail (via Squirrelmail), free from the control of corporate giants. Time to see if Verizon can do better over FIOS.

Submission + - Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else ( 1

Brian Knotts writes: " reports that congressional Democrats have introduced a bill creating a new corporate welfare program, which would force colleges into subscribing to music services, or else lose $100 billion of federal financial aid programs.

Unsurprisingly, the MPAA is on board with the bill.

"We very much support the language in the bill, which requires universities to provide evidence that they have a plan for implementing a technology to address illegal file sharing," said Angela Martinez, a spokeswoman for the MPAA.


Submission + - Law firm says copyright prevents viewing HTML (

Greg Beck writes: "This law firm's website contains the following terms in its "User Agreement":

"We also own all of the code, including the HTML code, and all content. As you may know, you can view the HTML code with a standard browser. We do not permit you to view such code since we consider it to be our intellectual property protected by the copyright laws. You are therefore not authorized to do so."

It also prohibits linking to the site without permission, quoting anything from the site, or referring to the site owner by name."

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