identity0 writes: Reuters and Russia Today are reporting that MasterCard has unblocked donations to Wikileaks, according to a press release. Their Icelandic data center won a lawsuit against the local credit card processor VALITOR, and their MasterCard account has been activated. Wikileaks says Julian Assange's legal defense is paid from a separate fund. Donations to Wikileaks went down 95 percent after the major credit card companies blocked their account in 2010. Their PayPal account is still frozen.
identity0 writes: According to Japan Probe, Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2ch.net, has been charged with drug offenses by Japanese police over a forum post made on 2ch in 2010. He is not even accused of making the post, but of failure to have moderators delete it. The post apparently discussed drugs. 2ch.net (also called 2channel) is Japan's biggest forum, with over a million posts a day, of which the post in question was one. The site inspired image board 2chan.net(but is not directly related to it), which spawned copycat English site 4chan.net. More info at Slashdot Japan if you can read Japanese.
identity0 writes: Mexico City now claims to have the world record for the largest 'zombie walk', with nearly 10,000 dressed as zombies participating. This would break the record of Brisbane's zombie walk with 8,000 participants, and the official Guinness record holder of Asbury Park, with 4,093 zombies. No word on if any brains were eaten or dance moves to 'Thriller' were performed at the event.
identity0 writes: The BBC reports that the Western Black Rhino subspecies in West Africa (Diceros bicornis longipes) was declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Other populations of rhinos remain, although another species is listed as close to extinction. The main culprit appears to be poaching, to quote from the article Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission: "They had the misfortune of occurring in places where we simply weren't able to get the necessary security in place. You've got to imagine an animal walking around with a gold horn; that's what you're looking at, that's the value". A sad day for all of us.
identity0 writes: A recent Slashdot article about heart rate monitors in schools got me thinking about getting one for my own exercise. It turns out there's a wide range of features, from calorie rate, pedometers, GPS, and PC connectivity. Being a geek, I wanted one that would let me look at my exercise data, and I'm curious what experiences Slashdotters have had with them. Some download data to a proprietary application, so I'm wondering if there are open source alternatives or the data format is easily readable. Others upload data to an online app, and I'm wondering if the data can be pulled off the site or it's forever trapped on their servers. While I'm not paranoid about my data being shared or an open source zealot, I would like to know that I can access my data in the future. Whatever method you guys use to monitor your exercise, I'd love to hear it!