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Submission + - Disney Cuts Ties with PewDiePie, Top YouTube Submitter, After Anti-Semetic Clips (

jo7hs2 writes: Disney's Maker Studios has cut ties PewDiePie, the YouTube submitter with 53 million subscribers, over anti-Semitic clips the submitter released earlier in the year. The clips, three videos published in January, have since been removed from the channel. According to TechCrunch, "They included one skit in which Kjellberg paid a Sri Lanka-based group of men to hold up a sign that read “Death to All Jews,” while another featured a clip of a man dressed as Jesus saying that “Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong.” Kjellberg used freelance job finding site Fiverr for both clips. He argued that he wasn’t serious with either and instead wanted to show the things people will do for money."

Submission + - US National Weather Service suffered "catastrophic" systems issue today (

jo7hs2 writes: As the Miami Herald reports,

"On a day when a blizzard is pasting Maine and Northern California faces a dire flooding threat, several of the National Weather Service's primary systems for sending out alerts to the public have failed.

As of approximately 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time, products from the National Weather Service ceased disseminating over the Internet, including forecasts, warnings and current conditions."

The systems are back up as of Monday evening.

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Submission + - John McCain's "computer illiteracy not by choi (

jo7hs2 writes: It turns out that the folks behind Obama's recent ad mocking John McCain for not using e-mail failed to properly vet the story. "The day after 9/11, as part of its "get tough" makeover, the Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer, without caring why he doesn't use a computer...From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000): 'McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes.'"

Submission + - Spam from China Health Management Corp

jo7hs2 writes: "In an interesting development, across my dozen or so different e-mail accounts, I am now getting about 90% of my spam in the form of jibberish surrounding an image file that touts the benefits of the stock of China Health Management Corp. I have already started fowarding all the mess to the SEC's enforcement address. My questions for the community are:

1) Is anybody else being deluged by spam from a single source? If so, is it China Health Management Corp?
2) Aside from fowarding the spam to the SEC, should I attempt to contact the company, a Nevada corporation, but with no US address?
3) Any ideas on how to stop it?

Their website is:"
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Submission + - District Court: U.S. Paper Money Discriminatory

jo7hs2 writes: "A federal district court has ordered the Treasury Department to introduce features to allow the blind to distinguish paper currency, after ruling such money discriminatory in current applications.

Electronic devices are available to help blind people differentiate between bills, but many complain that they are slow, expensive and unreliable. Visually impaired shoppers frequently rely on store clerks to help them. U.S. bills have not always been the same size. In 1929, the government standardized the size and shrank all bills by about 30 percent to lower manufacturing costs and help distinguish between genuine and counterfeit notes.

The American Council of the Blind has proposed several options, including printing bills of differing sizes, adding embossed dots or foil to the paper or using raised ink.

What do Slashdotters think would be most advantageous? Braille? Different sized money? Coin options for all paper denominations? Will we see the return of the coin, or the birth of the elusive ridged greenback?

Story at: .html"
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Submission + - US Citizens to be Required ''Clearance'' to Leave

jo7hs2 writes: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed a system which will in essence make it madatory for you to have "permission" before even an American Citizen can leave or enter the country, effectively putting everyone on a no-fly list unless the government says otherwise.

Interestingly, the proposal does not seem to cover personal travel, only that on some sort of carrier like an airline or cruise vessel. While this certainly is concerning, it isn't exactly new, as a passport is already required for circumstances covered under the proposal. cle&sid=3023

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