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Submission + - Evidence found in White House E-mail Scandal (lawbean.com)

Spamicles writes: "According to a report issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, at least 88 White House officials used Republican National Committee (RNC) for government business. Law requires emails sent by officials to be stored or recorded. There is evidence that White House lawyers and the Attorney General knew of this but did not act to stop it."

Submission + - Ancestry.com to Add DNA Test Results (lawbean.com)

Spamicles writes: "For less than $200 and a cheek-swiped cotton swab, you will soon be able to add DNA results to family tree Web sites. Ancestry.com plans to launch the DNA testing product by the end of summer, offering customers the possibility of finding DNA matches in the site's 24,000 genealogical databases. By taking a simple cheek-swab test and comparing results against DNA profiles in a test-results database, virtually anyone can uncover genealogical associations unimaginable just a few years ago. Users can easily connect with and discover lost or unknown relatives within a few generations, as well as gain insight into where their families originated thousands of years ago."

Submission + - US Navy OKs Open Source Software (defensenews.com)

encebollado writes: From the article: "The chief information officer (CIO) for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps has decided that the services may use open-source software (OSS), treating it just like commercial-off-the-shelf software."

Submission + - Is cash no longer legal tender? (uic.edu)

An anonymous reader writes: I attend the University of Illinois at Chicago. Last semester my housing arrangements went smoothly. I put down my application fee, and my deposit just fine, got a room for the semester and life went on. This semester, because there was supposedly a large number of students who did not check into their rooms last semester, we were required to make a $100 prepayment, in addition to the application fee and deposit. No problem, I think, I see the university is trying to make a quick buck off people who don't follow through with their plans. Now I do NOT have a checking account, a credit card, or anything. I am one of the few people who do EVERYTHING in cash. I don't trust the banks, I don't trust credit card companies. I also had a trip planned for out of the country, so I get my cash, and on my way to the airport, I stop by the housing office to make my prepayment. They refuse to take cash. They will not charge my university account (so I can pay the bursar or whoever I need to) in cash, and they want a check or money order. Nowhere in their letter did they say that. I fear out of technicality I am going to loose my housing since I cannot get them their money on time because they do not take cash. Is it legal for a state-owned university, let alone any business to not take legal tender?

Submission + - Open Souce Movement May Change Everything (lifehack.org)

crazybilly writes: "Lifehack.org has an article about 'how the open movement will change everything'. After software, the article suggests schools, governement, and money among others.

From the article, "Now consider this: the open-source concept doesnt have to just apply to software. It can apply to anything in life, any area where information is currently in the hands of few instead of many, any area where a few people control the production and distribution and improvement of a product or service or entity.""


Submission + - Google Demands ID to get off Street View (wired.com)

mytrip writes: "EFF privacy advocate and unhappy Street View model Kevin Bankston made good on his vow to try out Google's take-down policy after THREAT LEVEL found a picture of his unwitting mug stalking the sidewalks near EFF's offices. What he learned: Google is happy to remove you from Street View ... provided you give them a wealth of additional information, including a photo of your driver's license.

To request removal of your image from Street View, you must demonstrate that you are the person shown in the panorama you would like removed. We will not take action if you are reporting on behalf of someone else (such as a friend, relative or stranger), except that you may report on behalf of your minor child. To show that you are the person in the image you would like removed, you must provide us with the information specified below. To expedite our ability to process your request, please use the following format on your verification form:

1. Provide your legal name.

2. Provide your e-mail address.

3. Provide the street view address of the Street View image you would like removed.

4. Include the sworn statement: "I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate."

5. Attach a clear, readable copy of a valid photo ID (e.g. driver's license, national ID card, etc). If you are requesting removal of an image of a location, attach a copy of a document demonstrating your association with that location ( e.g. business card or letterhead).

6. Please e-mail your completed verification form, along with the necessary attachment, to maps-legal@google.com within 5 days. If you are unable to upload a copy of your photo ID electronically in an e-mail, you may also fax us a copy of your form and photo ID to (650) 887-0389.

We will temporarily remove the Street View image pending receipt of your ID verification. If we have not received a copy of your photo ID within 5 days, then we will restore the panorama back to Street View. Please note that we will investigate your complaint and take action as needed. We will not contact you unless we need more information to review your request. If you see that the panorama was not removed from Street View, it is likely that it did not meet our conditions for permanent removal.


The Google Team

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/06/want_off_ street.html"


Submission + - Write and Deploy Portlets with Apache Pluto

IdaAshley writes: Portlets are powerful tools for aggregating data from multiple locations, integrating different applications, and providing a collaborative workspace for groups of users. To test portlets in development, Apache Pluto is a good choice. This article teaches you how to install and configure the Pluto portlet container inside the Apache Geronimo server.

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