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Submission + - Yes Men Extol Vivoleum in Canada (news24.com)

mdsolar writes: "The Yes Men have struck again, explaining to a gathering of oil folks in Canada that ExxonMobil has a plan B. Because fossil fuel use could lead to calamity, their new renewable product, Vivoleum, brewed from corpses, will be all the more abundant and this will keep the fuel flowing. Photos of the event are also available."
Networking

Submission + - Using OpenDNS to filter out porn sites (washingtonpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Post has a blog entry today about use of OpenDNS to block porn sites from one's computers at home (e.g. to keep children from accidentally going the wrong place).

It is an interesting approach, one that some Corporate IT Departments might want to consider. This approach also doesn't raise broader political issues of censorship.

The Internet

Submission + - Big problems continue to dog electronic voting (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "The electronic voting technology seems to be stuck in a quagmire it just can't get out of. A couple stories this week point up the gravity — or anti-gravity of the situation. First off the Government Accountability Office said that despite spending $30 million over the past six years to establish a secure way for US service men and women as well as civilians living abroad to vote electronically, no system is in place and won't be for the major election in 2008. Then we have the mess surrounding The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act, which at its core addresses security and reliability flaws in electronic voting machines. HR 811 has created a typhoon of opinion, replete with a high FUD factor even though it really hasn't had a meaningful Congressional vote. This week Rep. Dennis Kucinich announced plans to drop his support of Congressman HR 811. The Ohio congressman said he plans to re-introduce "The Paper Ballot Act," (HR 6200) a bill he filed in the last Congress, requiring the hand counting of paper ballots in Presidential elections. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1627 1"
Businesses

Submission + - NDAs... are they really worth it?

Vijay writes: Maybe I've been drinking too much FOSS Kool Aid, but I do ponder the relevance of NDAs. With situations like The Consumerist being told that some pretty straightforward items described were proprietary secrets and the Fantastic Four reviewer losing his job, is it seriously worth it for these companies to be so aggressive with their legal departments? If the legal departments were looking to pursue NDA violations for non-obvious things, that is one situation... but for issues such as telling consumers that they need to search and compare for deals on the Dell site, or to tell potential movie-goers that the Fantastic Four may not live up to its hype... c'mon — gimme a break! The backlash from consumers against these businesses is going to be much worse than any harm that was done by the purported NDA violators.
What do fellow slashdotters think?
Full Disclosure: I recently lost my job for discussing with a client an obvious flaw in my employer's software which the client has repeatedly asked about.

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