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Submission + - Wikileaks releases their cache of US Iraq War Docs ( 3

Caelesto writes: Today around 21:00 GMT, Wikileaks declared an end to their media embargo of over 400,000 Iraq War documents after Al Jazeera released their story 30 minutes ahead of schedule. These documents, which have been kept under wraps by Wikileaks for months, may reveal tortures and murders ignored by coalition forces during the fighting and occupation in Iraq. The pentagon maintained that releasing these documents represented a danger to US troops, but already dozens of news outlets are scrambling to report on what could be a devastating blow to the US Armed Force's already tattered image.

Submission + - Integrating a free CMS in to commercial web sites.

azbot writes: I work in the IT Development for a smallish ISP of around 80k+ customers. We have several customer-centric websites with mixed static/dynamic content. All our dynamic systems are run under a typical LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySql & Php) setup.

I have been given the task to asses the feasibility of incorporating an off-the shelf, free content management system (budget constraints!) to essentially replace the static content and perhaps some of the dynamic content too. My manager has shortlisted a selection of CMS packages based what he perceived to be market leaders which includes: Drupal, Joomla! and WordPress. And our final selection of probables includes these three leasers and also eZpublish. My manager cites the source of this information as

Neither myself or my manager have a massive amount of experience with free CMS systems, however I have had to use Wordpress in the past; and from my little experience, doubts arise when thinking about having to maintain custom versions of these CMS packages. I'm also concerned about over/undershooting the mark so far as requirements go.

Our main motivations are to reduce the amount of changes in our weekly releases, and also to push content responsibility to the people who actually want the changes (and make the time consuming mistakes that our development team has to rush to fix). The system will have to integrate in to our current legacy PHP scripts, so there will probably need to be a mix of dynamic CMS pages along with our already dynamic "customer account" related pages.

I would like to know if there are any obvious choices we have failed to include in our short-list and if there is any slash-doters here that have fallen in to similar circumstances and can offer any sage advice?

We have already attempted to trim a little fat and our list of essential (must-have) features includes:

* Document Management (aka Versioning): The Cms maintains a version history and audit trail for all content.
* Content Virtualization (aka Sandbox): Content providers can view the final results of their changes without having to publish and without affecting other users who may also be making similar changes.
* Searchable Content Back-end: Content providers and administrators can search the content repository.
* Shopping Cart
* Support for small screen devices
* Meta-tag Support: Setting up page titles, descriptions & keyword tags is a user interface operation, not coding.
* Wysiwyg Content Editor: The integrated editor, if it exists, does not display mark-up tags.
* Rtf/.doc support (aka Word import): Content can be created/edited in Microsoft Word and imported into the Cms.
* Workflow/Event Messaging (aka Content Approval): Before an item of content can be published it must pass through a series of pre-defined steps. At each step the system will notify those responsible for progressing the work.
* Role-based permissioning (aka Granular Privileges): Content providers can be allocated roles (eg. author, reviewer, editor) and the functionality available to them is constrained by the role under which they have logged in.
* Browser-based Content Provider UI
* Browser-based Administration UI
* Expandability (aka plug-ins)
* Integrates with non-Cms applications i.e. a logical separation of Cms controlled files and those of other applications
* Ldap Integration
* Adherence to Web Standards
* Cheap (aka Open Source)

We also are looking specifically at LAMP infrastructure to save too much re-skilling of our development team (but we remain open minded).
United States

Submission + - W.Va. voters say machines are switching votes 1

iminplaya writes: Three Putnam County voters say electronic voting machines changed their votes from Democrats to Republicans when they cast early ballots last week.

This is the second West Virginia county where voters have reported this problem. Last week, three voters in Jackson County told The Charleston Gazette their electronic vote for "Barack Obama" kept flipping to "John McCain".

Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood said on Saturday that he is upset there are "so many negative stories out there and not enough positive ones. We want people to vote. People need to know the facts...

Wood said, "Voting machines are very reliable. I hate the fact that stories like this are printed. It makes everybody get scared."

I would think so...

Submission + - Yahoo caught censoring Open Source ( 5

An anonymous reader writes: Amanda Kerik responded to a problem that a user was having with their Windows machine that since they had to do a re-install they might as well install Ubuntu Linux.

She got a message back from Yahoo claiming that such a comment was in violation of its Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. It deleted her answer and warned her not to post anything like that again ..

Feed Science Daily: Climate Pollution From Aviation Increasing (

EU environment ministers have failed to seize a key opportunity to curb emissions from the aviation sector through the European Emissions Trading Scheme, WWF said at the conclusion of the EU Environment Council in Brussels. Scientists estimate that the effect of aviation emissions on the climate is up to five times the impact of emissions occurring on the ground.

Submission + - BBC censors Bhutto interview: "Bin Laden is de ( 1

SonicSpike writes: "According to an interview Bhutto says that Bin Laden was murdered. Oddly enough the BBC censored the video:

Here is the source video:

Here is the BBC version:"

The Internet

Submission + - Investigating the scum of the internet ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: While investigating a domain that is being squatted, I came across this site that has well researched reports about the biggest typo/domain squatters, fake registrars, and domain kiters. In one report they investigate Unasi, a typo-squatter who owns "2.5-5% of all domain names in existence, with not a single domain being used for a legitimate website." They follow the convoluted trail left by the scum of the Internet, showing the extent of their operations and tracking down the real people behind the scams. If you have ever done a domain lookup and found moments later the domain name was taken (like I have), these people are likely to blame. Perhaps calling attention to their operations will add to the mounting pressure for ICANN (allowing fake registrars), Google (supporting parking with AdSense), and/or the government (not prosecuting the interference with interstate commerce and registering trademarked names in bad faith) to do something about these sleazy practices.

Submission + - Running MS Office 2003 on Linux with Wine 0.9.52 (

twickline writes: "This is a Office 2003 on Linux with Wine 0.9.52, Guide with lots of nice screenshots and tips. The long standing error"Microsoft Office (Word or Excell) has not been installed for the current user. Please run setup to install the application" has now been properly fixed as of Wine 0.9.52 in addition to many other fixes and enhancements. If you currently use Office 2003 on Linux via Wine this should be considered as a major upgrade."
America Online

Submission + - What exactly is "open" about ODP?

ProfessorMonkhouse writes: The Open Directory Project, a.k.a. DMOZ, shines of obscurity. Processing a url request can take "from weeks to years"; inquiries as to the status of a url request are not allowed; and if your url inclusion request is declined, (or accepted, for that matter) no notification is sent back to the applicant. Thus, there is simply no way for a webmaster to know whether enough years haven't passed yet, or whether the url was rejected, or why. The decisions are made anonymously by Editors. Editors are accepted or rejected anonymously by Meta-Editors. If your application to become Editor is declined, no reason is given, except a standard email that simply lists the many possible reasons. Editors can be anonymously fired by Meta's, no reason given, such as after The Cunctator wrote to Slashdot. And threads at their forum which are critical of DMOZ, such as Something's a little off in Denmark are promptly labelled "non-constructive" and locked... Apparently since the acquisition of ODP by Netscape, and of the latter by AOL, all decision making power is concentrated in the few employees who draw a salary from AOL. The question is, what's AOL planning to do with all that power?

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