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The Military

Military Personnel Weigh In On Being Taliban In Medal of Honor 171

SSDNINJA writes "This is a feature from gamrFeed that interviews nine US service members about playing as the Taliban in the upcoming Medal of Honor. One soldier states that games like MoH and Call of Duty are 'profiteering from war.' Another says, 'Honestly, I don't really see what the whole fuss is about. It's a game, and just like in Call of Duty, you don't really care about what side you're taking, just as long as you win. I don't think anyone cares if you're part of the Rangers or Spetznaz, as long as you win.' An excellent and interesting read."

Submission + - Privacy International Releases 2007 Report (

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "Privacy International has released their report on privacy for 2007, which includes a color-coded world map that highlights the countries with the best privacy laws, the privacy-hostile countries being in black. While many of the overall rankings may come as no surprise, it does highlight some of the more obscure abuses. For example, Venezuela requires your fingerprints just to get a phone and South Korea requires a government registration number linked to your identity before you can post on message boards. Makes you wonder who is Number One?"
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Submission + - What's Your Worst Boss Story?

greysky writes: While reading The Crazy Boss Hall of Fame today I started thinking about all the strange bosses I've worked for over the years. None of them compared with this guy:

Rickover grilled McGowan, a recent top graduate from Ole Miss, about how many dates he had a week. Five, McGowan guessed. "How long did the dates take?" Rickover asked. Three hours, he replied. That's 15 hours a week, Rickover barked. What a waste of time. Why don't you take three women out at once and spend only five hours a week on dates?
What's your worst boss horror story?

Submission + - Linux advice for Charity?

An anonymous reader writes: I am not a Linux Master. But I AM sufficiently gullible to believe everything the Masters say about its superiority, so when my brother (who runs a charity for Down's Syndrome young adults) asked about setting up a dozen little 'computer education' networks (six 'office' PCs and a file server) in each of the 12 homes he runs to give the attendees some computer skills, I suggested he think about Linux. Now he has asked me what he should use! Has anyone got any proposals for either design or software? He will be using donated old commercial hardware, so the desktops may all be different, and wants to provide an office/spreadsheet/DTP experience for low or no cost. The design needs to be simple, robust, and able to be supported by a charity worker with limited IT background.
The Internet

Submission + - crackdown on cyber-bullying of teachers urged

mid-devonian writes: The UK government Education Secretary will today plead that video-sharing sites have a moral obligation to pull down offensive clips that humiliate teachers in-front of their class. Increasingly, the video capability of the modern cellphone is being used as an anonymous weapon in the age-old battleground between unruly pupils and their hapless teachers. One recent posting on YouTube showed a pupil run up behind a teacher at the blackboard and pull his trousers down as the class bursts out laughing.
The Internet

Bloggers Propose Code of Conduct 199

akintayo writes "The New York Times reports that in response to the recent brouhaha, some technology bloggers have suggested raising the level of civility on tech blogs by implementing a code of conduct. Kathy Sierra, a technology blogger and friend of O'Reilly was subjected to threats and insults from readers and other bloggers. In partial response, O'Reilly and others have proposed a code of conduct which could include restrictions like the outlawing of anonymous accounts."

Submission + - Why high level languages are potentially dangerous

insane_coder writes: "The Insane Coding Blog has a nice story up about wether one can trust their applications. An interesting point from the article: "Not using a high level compiler or virtual machine gives us a layer of security in that it would be harder for one to pass out an 'evil compiler' that would understand what the developer was trying to do and instead have it do something malicious." If you're wondering where your 'evil compiler' would come from, "If you're using a Linux distro which offers binary packages, what really stops a package maintainer from compiling a modified application and putting that in the distro's repositories?""

Submission + - Gmail accidentally disables accounts

rockypg writes: "Gmail seems to have disabled several accounts, accidentally. Affected users are seeing cryptic messages about "lockdown on sector 6". What's interesting is that several users posting on that thread are complaining that important client information or presentations are locked up in their Gmail accounts and that their business is affected due to the outage."

Submission + - Software Calculator?

An anonymous reader writes: There are simple software calculators like the calc.exe and Abakus and there are more complex/expensive alternatives like matlab and Mathematica. I'm looking for a more friendly and/or more useful software calculator. Not too particular about software licenses or cost, i'm just looking for alternatives. What would you recommend for graphical or text based software calculator?

People Don't Hate to Make Desktop Apps, Do They? 233

Annie Peterson writes "Paul Graham has been making the argument that desktop development is dead — That's his premise for declaring Microsoft dead as well, and he claims that no one out there likes to develop for the desktop anymore. But that's not true, or is it? Desktop development is easier, faster, more productive, and infinitely more enjoyable — right? The question is, since web apps were originally built on desktop applications themselves, have the tables flipped? Or is it just wishful thinking?"

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