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Comment Well, it IS the evil empire and all. (Score 0, Flamebait) 964

Ok, honestly, is anyone actually surprised by anything these guys do anymore? I mean, c'mon, if it makes them a buck they'll do it. Be it trying to drive competition out of business, stealing good ideas from smaller companies and screwing them up, etc. Seriously, it wouldn't surprise me if they tried to patent the use of a mouse if they could. I mean, MS didn't get the name "evil empire" by being ethical.

Comment Don't try too hard (Score 1) 1354

The first mistake you're making is that you're trying to meet women. Every girlfriend I've ever met I've met when I wasn't looking for one. For example, my current one I met while in training for the National Guard, in a 90% male environment. The last one I had I met as a co-worker in an auto shop, also a primarily male environment. Yet 9 times out of 10 when I deliberately go looking for female companionship I come up empty. If you go out like you are now, you'll stink of desperation, and that is quite possibly the biggest turn-off there is. Just find some RL stuff you enjoy, and go do that. Hell, even just playing online can sometimes lead to a relationship. A good friend of mine met an incredibly hot girl, who he moved in with later, playing WoW. The trick is just be yourself, be honest and open, and most importantly, be patient. Stuff happens, you just have to jump when the opportunity presents itself.

Submission + - Wikipedia shuts centiare shut down again

Garrett Minks writes: "If last years altercation between wywikibiz founder Greg Kohs and Jimmy Wales wasn't enough a select group of super users on wikipedia have recently decided to systematically erase any notion of the site even though it is in clear violation of policy to blank discussions and proposals without consensus. Proof of misconduct is very difficult for the lay user to find but a long time wikipedia user has uncovered how the hive really works when faced with something it deems unencyclopedic. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedi a:Administrators'_noticeboard/Incidents&diff=13418 4688&oldid=134184582 Is this incident trivial, maybe. But maybe it also shows the secret autocracy behind the "free encyclopedia any one can use". Most will follow Dorothy and pay no attention to the man behind the screen but a select few insiders are beginning to see the site crumble."

Submission + - Email snafu sends Bush DOJ emails to Greg Palast

destinyland writes: 500 of Karl Rove's email messages were mistakenly sent to WhiteHouse.org, who forwarded them to investigative reporter Greg Palast. The DOJ emails were reviewed by a law professor who confirmed they discussed "an illegal way of getting rid of black votes." Palast has just come forward with the information, which affects 4.5 million voters, and in a new interview explains how it sheds a new perspective on the Department of Justice scandal.

Submission + - MS to provide unique email ids for every Indian

nachiketas writes: "The Financial Express is reporting that Microsoft has offered to provide custom email ids for all Indians (http://www.financialexpress.com/latest_full_story .php?content_id=164991) through its Windows Live Hotmail Service. From the article: "The company has already provided an id for residents of Lokhandwala in Mumbai, called www.lokhandwalarocks.com at which users can have their id and use all features of Windows Live Hotmail, a Microsoft press release said. "This is Microsoft's first step towards customising email for consumers in India. We aim to deliver an email id for every Indian which reflects their identity and personality," Jaspreet Bindra, Country Manager of Microsoft Online Services Group, said." What next from Google?"

Submission + - Open Source Helps Find Missing Girl

Cris writes: "An on line community has gathered around helpfindmaddie.wiki-site.com, a site dedicated to join efforts to help find misseed 4 y.o. Madeleine Mccann.

The aim of this 'wikipedia' like style is to propose tasks that eventually would be performed by someone able to do it.

The site administrators encourage the use of open source software to accomplish this. For instance, they propose Gimp for image editing of Maddie pictures, Blender for 3D models creation, Hamachi for setting up a VPN, and VLC and Icecast for media streaming. Check it out!"
The Internet

Submission + - Nominet shuts down deleting.co.uk

Anonymous reader writes: "Nominet the .uk internet registry on Tuesday shut down http://www.deleting.co.uk/ the only UK drop list service. A statement on the website reads "the site was found to be in breach of the Domain Availability Checker (DAC) contract". However the decision has caused an outcry in the secondary domain name market community. A 16 page thread on Acorndomains http://www.acorndomains.co.uk/drop-catching-domain -names/18389-deleting-co-uk-rip.html suggests Nominet is being "bombarded" with complaints from members who believe the decision is harming their businesses. One upset member wrote on his blog http://www.internetentrepreneurs.co.uk/node/33/ "I'm surprised and saddened by the action taken by Nominet to close down the service". It is believed the initial complaint about the website which has been online since August 2003 is linked to Andrew Bennett the website owner being elected to Nominet's Policy Advisory Body (PAB) in March 2007 http://www.nominet.org.uk/policy/pab/election/."
United States

Submission + - Did the NTYimes violate the DCMA?

An anonymous reader writes: The weekly Circuits e-mail asks the following question.

Q & A

Free Software to Play DVDs


I would like to watch DVDs on my computer with a program that works better than Windows Media Player. Are there any free ones available?

The answer to this question does not appear at the paper's web site (login required).

Today's printed paper tells us to to try AVS DVD Player and VLC media player. Will the Times be called to task for encouraging us to watch DVD's with unlicensed software?
User Journal

Journal SPAM: Dr. Laura son linked to lurid Web page 10

Dr. Laura son linked to lurid Web page
Site contained violent, sex-oriented images one official called 'repulsive'

By Matthew D. LaPlante
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 05/19/2007 12:15:45 AM MDT

The soldier son of talk radio relationship counselor Laura Schlessinger is under investigation for a graphic personal Web page that one Army official has called "repulsive."

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