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Submission + - BBC creates 'Perl on Rails' 2

Bogtha writes: Long-time users of Perl for their public websites, and having successfully used Ruby on Rails for internal websites, the BBC have fused the two by creating a 'Perl on Rails' that has the advantages of rapid development that Rails brings, while performing well enough to be used for the Beeb's high-traffic public websites. This is already powering one of their websites, and is set to be used in the controversial iPlayer project as well.
Social Networks

Submission + - Blame the people, not the technology

Stop+A writes: A small town outside St. Louis has passed a law making "Internet harrassment" a crime.

Lori Drew created a Myspace page, pretending to be a teenage boy. Her daughter and a young girl, Megan Meier, up the street had been friends. Lori used the fake boy to win the confidence of Megan Meier, pretended to be Megan's boyfriend, and then started insulting and fighting with Megan. The parting shot was, "the world would be a better place without you."

Megan committed suicide.

An adult and a 13 year old get in a fight, who wins?

The "adult" used technology to mask the fact it's an adult and a 13 year old having a fight.

'But a St. Charles County Sheriff's Department spokesman, Lt. Craig McGuire, said that what Ms. Drew did "might've been rude, it might've been immature, but it wasn't illegal." '

Harrassment is harrassment, perpetrated on the Internet or face to face. Why does a law have to be specifically crafted to cover the Internet?

Link to NYT story: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/28/us/28hoax.html?em&ex=1196485200&en=9a2ec5851f9a17ca&ei=5087%0A (free registration required...)
Link to STLtoday.com story: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/columnists.nsf/leonardpitts/story/E688A4158E429E618625739E006D43A9?OpenDocument
The Internet

Submission + - EFF fires an upper-cut at Internet traffic futzers (networkworld.com) 1

coondoggie writes: "Looking to keep the pressure on Comcast and any other ISPs who might be messing with Internet traffic, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today has released software and documentation instructing 'Net users on how to test for packet forgery or other forms of interference by their own service providers.The EFF also published what it calls a comprehensive account of Comcast's packet-forging activities. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/22375"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Universal's CEO on Digital Media, and the Shmoo (wired.com)

Smordnys s'regrepsA writes: Wired has a great little interview with one of the big men of the Entertainment Industry, Doug Morris.

"There was a cartoon character years ago called the Shmoo," he says in a raspy tenor. "It was in Li'l Abner. The Shmoo was a nice animal, a nice fella, but if you were hungry, you cut off a piece of him and put onions on it, and if you wanted to play football you just made him like a football. You could do anything to him. That's what was happening to the music business. Everyone was treating the music business like it was a Shmoo."

"There's no one in the record company that's a technologist...we didn't know who to hire. I wouldn't be able to recognize a good technology person — anyone with a good bullshit story would have gotten past me," Morris explains.


Submission + - Linux Users Can't Sell On eBay (ubuntuforums.org) 2

bobintetley writes: Many Linux/Firefox users are reporting problems uploading images to eBay. Having tested this myself, it is indeed completely broken. Why eBay would break standard HTTP uploads by using IE specific javascript to "check the file exists" boggles the mind. This problem has been reported to eBay since late October, but so far with no resolution. eBay have since stated that only IE is supported. I guess when you have no real competition you can pull stunts like this.

Submission + - Did iTunes Kill the Record Store?

An anonymous reader writes: Record stores across America are turning up dead, including more than few established, high profile chains. Who killed the record store? Was it the iPod, iTunes Store, or is the real killer still on the loose? Did iTunes Kill the Record Store?

Submission + - USD $1000 bounty for porting WebKit to GNUstep

Yen-Ju Chen writes: "Jesse Ross said:

I would like to start a bounty for the port of WebKit to GNUstep. In order to receive the bounty, the following requirements must be met: — The port should use the latest code (as of 2006.02.28) from the WebKit Subversion repository as located at http://webkit.org/ — All patches must be submitted back to the original codebase. We would like to avoid a fork by getting GNUstep support in WebKit proper. — Along with the port of WebKit itself, the potential bounty recipient must also include a GORM palette for embedding web views in GNUstep applications. Upon completion of the above items and a code review by selected third-party developers, the bounty will be disbursed within 60 days after code delivery. The amount of the bounty is $500 USD — if others would like to offset some of my personal cost, or contribute to the bounty, please contact me and I will coordinate the transactions.
and Peter Cooper followed

It's going to be a non-trivial activity, so I've offered to match his $500. I'm in favour of having some sensible sunset clause on the bounty, but I'll leave that to Jesse to think about.

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