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Submission + - Call centre workers allowed 12 seconds to pee! (

An anonymous reader writes: Australian ISP Netspace is being targeted over it's alleged call centre tactics and staff treatment. An ex-tech support employee with an axe to grind has released an internal email to Australian papers detailing the restrictions being placed on workers. Workers have been told they are not allowed to leave their desk more than 4 times a day, and have just 12 seconds to finalise a call before answering their next call.
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Submission + - Nerds for Sale (

conlaw writes: As reported in today's Washington Post (, the members of the LUG group at Washington State University hopes to hold a "nerd auction." The idea is to trade their computer skills to sorority girls in exchange for a makeover and, possibly, a date.

The president of the LUG, Ben Ford, stated that "The problem is that we're all still nerds. Let's face it, guys. If anyone's going to bid on us, we'll need some spicing up," he wrote. "And who better to help with that than sorority girls who like nothing better than a makeover?"


Submission + - Have stolen items let you know where they are... (

THX-92116 writes: In response to his store's goods walking out the door, the proprieter bugged some of the items with GPS devices, allowing cops to recover the stolen goods, and identify a suspect. Just another example of how technological advances can impact our society and judicial system. How long will it be before high-cost items and appliances (bicycles, plasma tv's, designer sun glasses) can let you know where they are, and send that info to your cell phone? "Phone Home" indeed!

Submission + - Swedish cops come to the defence of the Pirate Bay (

Da Massive writes: Swedish police are expected to decide later this week whether a criminal case is warranted against 10 major music and movie companies over their alleged efforts to disrupt the Pirate Bay, one of the largest file-sharing search engines. If Swedish police decide to pursue a criminal complaint, the Pirate Bay will be spared the time and expense of pursuing its own civil suit against the companies, Peter Sunde, one of a small circle of volunteers in Sweden that runs the Web site, said on Tuesday.;955069824

Submission + - Replacing a Voice Mail System

mikey1134 writes: "I am a Network Technician for medium-sized business firm in the north-eastern US. I have been charged with creating a backup to our voicemail system. The current implementation is a Lucent Intuity Audix system running on SCO Unixware system (let the joking ensue) The system is no longer supported by the installers and the only choice offered for a redundant system is a complete replacement with a price tag upwards of $20,000. We are looking at replicating the current system, but hardware for it (PXO, cards etc.) is hard to come by. I've considered suggesting something like Asterisk but I've never personally seen a voicemail-only implimentation. Can anyone point me in the right direction for either keeping the old system going (new hardware, etc.) or failing that, suggestions for a drop-in replacement system, preferably utilizing free software."

Submission + - Apple acquires CUPS ( 1

mikesd81 writes: "Michael R. Sweet, the creator of CUPS, has posted on the CUPS website that:

"Apple Inc. acquired ownership the CUPS source code and hired me (Michael R Sweet), the creator of CUPS.

CUPS will still be released under the existing GPL2/LGPL2 licensing terms, and I will continue to develop and support CUPS at Apple. ""


Skype Linux Reads Password and Firefox Profile 335

mrcgran writes "Users of Skype for Linux have just found out that it reads the files /etc/passwd, firefox profile, plugins, addons, etc, and many other unnecessary files in /etc. This fact was originally discovered by using AppArmor, but others have confirmed this fact using strace on versions and What is going on? This probably shows how important it is to use AppArmor in any closed-source application in Linux to restrict any undue access to your files."

Submission + - Mark Shuttleworth Interview on Dell, Ubuntu 7.10

An anonymous reader writes: Phoronix has interviewed Mark Shuttleworth about the recent Dell-buntu PCs, Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon", the Microsoft Novell pact, and other Linux topics impacting desktop users. From the interview:

Phoronix: The GNOME project has an ambitious goal to achieve 10% of the global desktop market by the year 2010. Where do you see Ubuntu and the Linux desktop in general evolving in the next three years and do you feel that this goal is realistic?

Mark: That's again a really interesting question. I think in some parts of the world they will exceed that and in other parts of the world they won't exceed that so it's very much going to be a question of geography. At Ubuntu we have a really good relation with both the GNOME and KDE project. If anything, we see ourselves as a way for them to get to a wider audience and try to make it easy for them to collaborate with us and to collaborate with each other and Ubuntu being a common touch point as they both have an interest in getting the most out of Ubuntu. I think the answer is no in total, but certainly by 2010 I expect that in some countries GNOME will achieve its 10% goal.

Submission + - Google's New Page Design: Sign of Things to Come?

tct25 writes: "This is an interesting development. With CEO Eric Schmidt in Seoul for the SBS Digital Forum, Korea's Google users have been treated to an entirely new style of Google search page. This leaves us wondering if this is a sign of things to come over and According to a report today from the AP, "Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt said Wednesday his company is committed to expanding its presence in South Korea, a market that has proven a challenge for the world's No. 1 search engine.""

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