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Submission + - Most Awkward Museum Exhibits

theodp writes: From paperweights to a Colon Crawl, the Tribune's Steve Johnson takes a look at Chicago's most awkward museum exhibits. 'As a group,' writes Johnson, our leading cultural institutions deliver some of the most meaningful, innovative and intelligent exhibits the museum world has to offer. But nothing is perfect. Lurking in their cavernous halls are also some clunkers. Holdovers from an earlier time that have managed to avoid being replaced or retooled. Homages to industries that have changed since the tribute was paid. Displays designed more to please wealthy donors than the viewing public.' Take Yesterday's Main Street at the Museum of Science and Industry. Please. 'Walk straight through the main rotunda in the South Side's venerable giant, make a left at the still-superb coal mine, and you come upon this grade-school diorama come to life. In the dozen-plus storefronts, there’s no science, little industry and even less lighting.' Anything in your city that should be relegated to the land of yesterday's museum exhibits?
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What Do We Do If SOPA Passes? ( 3

kilo_foxtrot84 writes: The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been causing many Americans no small degree of agita these past few weeks, as the fate of the free internet seems to hang in the balance. While many are fighting the good fight by contacting their congressional representatives (either directly, or with help from sites like, what happens if the unthinkable comes to pass, and SOPA becomes the law of the land?

Submission + - Coders Develop Ways to Defeat SOPA Censorship

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Atlantic reports that one developer who doesn't have much faith in Congress making the right decision on anti-piracy legislation has already built a work around for the impending censorship measures being considered and called it DeSOPA. Since SOPA would block specific domain names (e.g. of allegedly infringing sites, T Rizk's Firefox add-on allows you to revert to the bare internet protocol (IP) address (e.g. which takes you to the same place. “It could be that a few members of congress are just not tech savvy and don’t understand that it is technically not going to work, at all," says T Rizk. "So here’s some proof that I hope will help them err on the side of reason and vote SOPA down." Another group called “MAFIAAFire” decided to respond when Homeland Security’s ICE unit started seizing domain names, by coding a browser add-on to redirect the affected websites to their new domains and more than 200,000 people have already installed the add-on. ICE wasn’t happy and asked Mozilla to pull the add-on from their site but Mozilla denied the request, arguing that this type of censorship may threaten the open Internet."

Comment Re:let's see DRM, high cost of HDD's get in the wa (Score 1) 371

I've used Handbrake in the past, and like their software. I tried using it recently on my new laptop, though, and was having trouble with playing the output. Probably I tweaked some setting wrong... whatever it was, VLC didn't like it. Instead of slogging through and trying to figure it out, I went looking for alternative software. I tried Freemake Video Converter, and it worked pretty well for my needs (i.e., giving me disc-free Wrath of Khan on-the-go).

Comment Re:It's a Bad Idea (Score 1) 76

But today, with computers and intarwebs and such things, these records are free and pretty broadly available. So someone who, say, wants to letter bomb the residents and owners of every apartment in a tri-county area, can do it with virtually no effort or expense.

Not sure this is a very good argument. What's to stop someone from doing the same thing using a local phone book?

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