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More Details Emerge On Domestic Spying Programs 282

The feed brings us this NYTimes story giving new details on the telecom carriers' cooperation with secret NSA (and other) domestic spying programs. One revelation is that the Drug Enforcement Agency has been running a program since the 1990s to collect the phone records of calls from US citizens to Latin America in order to catch narcotics traffickers. Another revelation is what exactly the NSA asked for in 2001 that Qwest balked at supplying. According to the article, it was access to the company's most localized communications switches, which primarily carry domestic calls.

Feed Wired: Hans Reiser Murder Trial Zeros in on Odd Behavior (wired.com)

Week 5 in the Hans Reiser murder trial concludes with witnesses testifying the Linux programmer was acting strangely following his wife's disappearance. Nina Reiser, who was divorcing her husband, was last seen at his house. A neighbor said he saw Hans Reiser washing his driveway, wearing thick clothes on a warm summer night days after the woman vanished.


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Submission + - Should Wikipedia Allow Mathematical Proofs? (wikipedia.org) 4

Beetle B. writes: "An argument has arisen over whether Wikipedia should allow pages that provide proofs for mathematical theorems (such as this one).

On the one hand, Wikipedia is a useful source of information and people can benefit from these proofs. On the other hand, how does one choose which proofs to include and which not to? Should Wikipedia just become a textbook that teaches mathematics? Should it just state the bare results of theorems and not provide proofs (except as external links)? Or should they take an intermediate approach and formulate a criterion for which proofs to include and which to exclude?"

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