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Submission + - Arizona Ponders FCC Decency Standards for the Classroom (volokh.com) 1

einhverfr writes: "Eugene Volokh has posted an interesting discussion of a bill that has been introduced in Arizona, which would tie public school educator conduct to the FCC standards or decency for radio and television. The bill is essentially a three strikes system, firing teachers if they violate FCC standards three times.

While the goal of the bill may seem reasonable, the details strike me as silly. What do you think?"

Databases

Submission + - 10 Underrated Features of PostgreSQL (blogspot.com)

einhverfr writes: Chris Travers writes, "Here are a list of features which I think are generally underrated in PostgreSQL and why. Many though not all of these are being used in the development version of LedgerSMB, and more of these will likely be used as time goes on either by the main software or by addons."

What do you think? What PostgreSQL (or other RDBMS) features are heavily underrated?

Databases

Submission + - LedgerSMB 1.3.0 Released (ledgersmb.org)

einhverfr writes: "LedgerSMB 1.3.0 has been released after several years of development, and sporting important database changes, an enhanced security framework and more.

The new release features role-based permissions management, separation of duties, fixed asset management and depreciation, and much more. This has been billed as the most significant release of this open source financial accounting and ERP package to date.

One unique feature of LedgerSMB 1.3.0 is the emphasis on both encapsulating accounting logic in stored procedures, and also making these procedures discoverable, allowing for looser ties between the application and database logic than has been the case in the past."

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Submission + - Obama Administration to Seek Encryption Backdoor M (nytimes.com) 1

einhverfr writes: "From a New York Times article (free registration required etc):

Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is "going dark" as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

Their solution? Require all software to be subject to federal wiretaping capabilities. In particular:

Developers of software that enables peer-to-peer communication must redesign their service to allow interception.

Is this even possible? Presumably "peer to peer communication" would include things like email. Even if it is possible, this strikes me as an unbelievably bad idea."

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