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Comment Re:Hilarious (Score 5, Informative) 160

From TFA:

"The initiative will make use of technology provided by Project Sunblock - a firm used by major brands to stop adverts appearing alongside questionable content such as pirated material or pornography."

"Neither the police or Project Sunblock [are paying the website in question to display the police message." --
Your Rights Online

Submission + - Julian Assange loses extradition appeal at Supreme Court ( 1

sirlark writes: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has lost his Supreme Court fight against extradition to Sweden to face accusations of sex offences. The judgement was reached by a majority of five to two, the court's president, Lord Phillips, told the hearing. Mr Assange's legal team was given 14 days to consider the ruling before a final decision is made, leaving the possibility the case could be reheard.

Comment Won't somebody please think of the adults? (Score 1) 238

These are guidelines, rather than rules, and I suspect they reflect existing policies at individual schools. Unifying standards between institutions is a good thing.

Social media can be put to constructive use through formal pages, groups and so on (as reflected by the guidance) but befriending students online is really not very professional.

Child protection guidelines are fundamentally there to protect children, yes, but let's not forget that they are as much about protecting adults from allegations made by nefarious (or simply misunderstanding) kids by making it difficult for teachers to put themselves in compromising positions.

It's partly for this reason that schools and youth organisations have internal rules and regulations that say, for example, that driving a student home on your own is something you really shouldn't plan to do. Guidance covering responsible use of the Internet is just an extension to this

That said, I think that telling teachers to have "no expectation of privacy" really oversteps the mark.
Open Source

Submission + - Perl Gets $100,000 From a grateful craigslist (

mikejuk writes: The craigslist Charitable Fund has donated $100,000 to the Perl community for Perl5 maintenance and general use by the Perl Foundation.
craigslist gets more than 30 billion views per month and it is mostly written in Perl. The entire architecture of the system is open source — a proxy array based on Perl and memcache and a backend provided by Apache, memcache, MySQL and, of course Perl.
So you could see this as a successful enterprise giving something back to open source — which is how it should be.


Submission + - MIT creates solar cell from grass clippings ( 1

MrSeb writes: "A researcher at MIT, Andreas Mershin, has created solar panels from agricultural waste such as cut grass and dead leaves. In a few years, Mershin says it’ll be possible to stir some grass clippings into a bag of cheap chemicals, paint the mixture on your roof, and immediately start producing electricity. If you remember high school biology classes, you will hopefully remember a process called photosynthesis, whereby plants turn sunlight into energy. Mershin has found a process which extracts the photosynthesizing molecules, called photosystem I, from plant matter. Photosystem I contains chlorophyll, the protein that actually converts photons into a flow of electrons. These molecules are then stabilized, sloshed onto a piece of treated glass, and voila: solar power from grass clippings."

Submission + - 12 Essential Programming Tools For The Mobile Web (

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner provides a tour of 12 worthwhile programming tools to ease the pain of developing apps for the mobile Web. 'Sure, a single stack of code that performs optimally on a variety of platforms and form factors would be the dream, but the reality is a fragmented mobile market in which rudimentary programming tasks can be a challenge. Thankfully, a talented crop of developers are building worthwhile mobile tools and libraries to aid mobile developers — especially those who are targeting the mobile Web.'"

Submission + - OpenStack nixing Microsoft Hyper-V support (

alphadogg writes: Despite Microsoft's stated commitment to Hyper-V in OpenStack, buggy code designed to support the hypervisor will be removed from the next version of the stack, developers decided on Wednesday. An OpenStack developer wrote a patch that removes the Hyper-V support code, and two members of the core OpenStack team have approved the patch. That means the code will be removed when the next version of OpenStack, called Essex, is released in the second quarter. The code would have allowed a service provider to build an OpenStack cloud using Hyper-V.

Submission + - Telecomix Publishes Syria Videos

pafein writes: "Hacktivist cluster and jellyfish lovers Telecomix is pleased to announce the first episode of the Telecomix Broadcast System, an archive of videos from Syria. Weighing it at over 3.6 gigabytes, the 311 videos document the ongoing struggle for freedom in Syria over the last nine months and is the largest such collection to date. Contacted on their IRC network, agents said "Now, you know what's happening there. Stop complaining. Act." and urged Internauts to heed The Pirate Bay's call to build more sites and nets. In past months, Telecomix has been supporting free communication in Syria for several months and found evidence of Western manufactured hardware being used to censor the Internet."

Submission + - Facebook's only weakness: Mobile (

MrSeb writes: "Facebook has filed its S-1 document with the SEC, and as always the Risk Factors section makes for interesting reading. Facebook is worried about the continued growth of its userbase, and retention and engagement of the users it already has. The ongoing battle over privacy and data protection, especially in Europe, is also considered a risk. Believe it or not, with 28.4% of the stock, the fact that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has complete control over key decision making is also listed as a risk factor. The biggest risk by far, however, is mobile. Facebook currently has 425 million active mobile users, and yet it makes no money from its mobile site and smartphone apps. The S-1 states that the number of mobile users is growing faster than desktop users, too. Couple this with the fact that iOS already has Twitter integration, Android has Google+ integration, and Facebook's lack of friends in the mobile OEM/carrier/network space, and you can see how mobile is Facebook's biggest weakness."

Submission + - French appeals court upholds Church of Scientology (

nicomede writes: The French branch of the Church of Scientology has been fined €600,000 for fraud in an appeal trial today. Three ex-members complained to having been pressured into buying courses, books and purfication packages, and having great difficulty to leave the organization. It is not recognized as a official Church in France, but is widely regarded as a sect in this country.
The legal battle is not over yet, as the Scientology intends to put the case before the Cour de Cassation — the highest relevant court in France.


Submission + - UK Government Takes Single Portal To Beta (

judgecorp writes: "The British Government has launched a beta trial of a single portal for public services which reportedly makes heavy use of open source. The site is supposed to save £50 million a year. The number of separate government websites in the UK has gone down from 1700 in 2006, down to 444, with another 243 scheduled to be shut down."

Submission + - A tool for discrete finite state machine modeling (

meliortony writes: "Automatic code generation from functional models is a clear trend in automotive, industrial control and in other industrial sectors. Most of the application descriptions used for code generation often include both data-flow subsystems and finite state automatas. The Data Flow part is typically used to perform filters and control algorithms. Finite state automatas are used to map complex behaviors that are not easily expressed with data flow concepts (as, for example, application modes, alarms, and so on).

The idea of SMCube was the need for a lightweight State Machine editor, simulator, and code generator which could be used in conjunction with ScicosLab and the Scicos-FLEX code generator, allowing the creation of hybrid diagrams composed of both a data-flow part as well as finite state machines."

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