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17-04-2009, 18:50:02

Philosophies and Programming Languages

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Philosophies and Programming Languagesevariste.galois writes "Wikipedia has a special section called, 'Language Philosophy,' in every article for a programming language. This section looks at the motivation and the basic principles of the language design. What if we investigate ...
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17-04-2009, 16:50:02

Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US

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Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the USfantomas writes "The BBC reports that 'US President Barack Obama has announced his "vision for high-speed rail" in the country, which would create jobs, ease congestion and save energy." Can rail work in the land where the car is k...
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17-04-2009, 14:50:02

The Secret History of the FBI's Classified Spyware

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The Secret History of the FBI's Classified SpywareAn anonymous reader writes "A sophisticated FBI-produced spyware program has played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in federal investigations into extortion plots, terrorist threats and hacker attacks in cases stretching back at...
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17-04-2009, 08:50:02

Appeals Court Says RIAA Hearing Can't Be Streamed

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Appeals Court Says RIAA Hearing Can't Be StreamedNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has overturned a lower court order permitting webcast of an oral argument in an RIAA case, SONY BM...
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17-04-2009, 06:50:02

A Monster LED Array For Irresponsible Fun

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A Monster LED Array For Irresponsible FunTesladownunder writes "This huge LED is on steroids and then some. It is intended for use as a streetlight. It has a 7000 lumen output at 100W and will burn a hole in a CD case without focusing. And that's without the infrared that a halo...
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17-04-2009, 02:50:02

Zombie Macs Launch DoS Attack

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Zombie Macs Launch DoS AttackCludge writes "ZDNet has a story (and several related articles) about how Symantec has discovered evidence of an all-Mac based botnet that is actively involved in a DOS attack. Apparently, security on the exploited Macs (call them iBots?) was comprom...
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17-04-2009, 00:50:01

The Long Term Impact of Jacobsen v. Katzer

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The Long Term Impact of Jacobsen v. Katzersnydeq writes "Lawyer Jonathan Moskin has called into question the long-term impact last year's Java Model Railroad Interface court ruling will have on open source adoption among corporate entities. For many, the case in question, Jacobs...
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16-04-2009, 22:50:02

Encrypted But Searchable Online Storage?

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Encrypted But Searchable Online Storage?An anonymous reader asks "Is there a solution for online storage of encrypted data providing encrypted search and similar functions over the encrypted data? Is there an API/software/solution or even some online storage company providing th...
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16-04-2009, 20:50:02

The End of Tax-free Internet Shopping?

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The End of Tax-free Internet Shopping?Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes "If a little-known but influential alliance of state politicians, large retailers, and tax collectors have their way, the days of tax-free Internet shopping may be nearly over. A bill expected to be introduced in ...
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16-04-2009, 18:50:04

Sophisticated Balloons Could Help Steer Spacecraft

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Sophisticated Balloons Could Help Steer Spacecraftcoondoggie writes "Getting spacecraft traveling at hypersonic speeds to slow down and land or achieve a particular orbit on a dime is no easy feat. But researchers are developing a tool that will let engineers model and ultimatel...
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16-04-2009, 16:50:03

Digg Backs Down On DiggBar

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Digg Backs Down On DiggBarBarence writes "Social news website Digg.com has made key changes to its recently introduced DiggBar. The browser add-on had been much criticised for its use of frames to "host" third-party websites within the digg.com domain using an obfuscating short ...
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16-04-2009, 14:50:02

Florida To Build Solar-Powered City

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Florida To Build Solar-Powered CityMike writes "The sunny state of Florida just announced that they will begin construction this year on the world's first solar-powered city. A collaboration between Florida Power & Light and development firm Kitson & Partners, the 17,000...
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16-04-2009, 10:50:02

Bell Proposing Usage Based Billing

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Bell Proposing Usage Based BillingIdiomatick writes "Bell Canada is attempting to impose UBB on it's wholesale customers. As Bell was given a last-mile monopoly in much of Canada by the government they are required to follow rules set up by the CRTC this includes leasing their l...
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16-04-2009, 06:50:01

New Data Center Will Heat Homes In London

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New Data Center Will Heat Homes In London1sockchuck writes "The heat generated by thousands of servers at the new Telehouse West data center in London will soon be used to heat nearby houses and businesses. The Greater London Authority has approved a plan in which waste heat fro...
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16-04-2009, 04:50:01

Academics To Predict Next Twitter and Its Pitfalls

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Academics To Predict Next Twitter and Its PitfallsAn anonymous reader writes "University researchers in the UK have put together a team tasked with predicting the next big thing in terms of communication technologies, in a bid to tackle ethical pitfalls before they become a prob...
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16-04-2009, 02:50:02

Unzipping Nanotubes Makes Superfast Electronics

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Unzipping Nanotubes Makes Superfast ElectronicsAl writes "Two research groups have found a way to unzip carbon nanotubes to create nanoribbons of graphene — a material that has shown great promise for use as nanoscale transistors but which have proven difficult to manufact...
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16-04-2009, 00:50:03

Cinder Mobile OS Lets Users Send More Power To Slow Apps

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Cinder Mobile OS Lets Users Send More Power To Slow Appsalphadogg writes with this excerpt from Network World: "Stanford University researchers are designing an operating system from the ground up to handle the power and security requirements of mobile devices. The Cinder operat...
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15-04-2009, 22:50:05

Time Warner Broadband Cap Trial Rescheduled in Texas

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Time Warner Broadband Cap Trial Rescheduled in Texasjcrousedotcom writes "Time Warner cable apparently has heard that folks aren't too happy with their plan to meter their unlimited connections. From the first paragraph of the article: 'Time Warner Cable's proposed trials of con...
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15-04-2009, 20:50:02

The Rootkit Arsenal

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The Rootkit ArsenalNicola Hahn writes "One of the first things I noticed while flipping through this hefty book is the sheer number of topics covered. Perhaps this is a necessity. As the author puts it, rootkits lie "at the intersection of several related disciplines: computer s...
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15-04-2009, 18:50:01

First Look at Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta

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First Look at Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Betasnydeq writes "InfoWorld's Martin Heller takes a first look at Microsoft's Exchange Server 2010 Beta, noting several usability, reliability, and compliance improvements over Exchange 2007. Top among Exchange 2010's new features ar...
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15-04-2009, 16:50:02

Jack Thompson Spams Utah Senate, May Face Legal Action

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Jack Thompson Spams Utah Senate, May Face Legal Actioneldavojohn writes "Yesterday, GamePolitics ran an interesting story about the Utah Senate President threatening Jack Thompson with the CAN-SPAM Act. You might recall Utah being Jack's last hope and hold-out after being disbar...
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15-04-2009, 14:50:02

Are Human Beings Organisms Or Living Ecosystems?

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Are Human Beings Organisms Or Living Ecosystems?Hugh Pickens writes "Every human body harbors about 100 trillion bacterial cells, outnumbering human cells 10 to one. There's been a growing consensus among scientists that bacteria are not simply random squatters, but organized co...
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15-04-2009, 12:50:03

Curved Laser Beams Could Help Tame Lightning

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Curved Laser Beams Could Help Tame LightningUrchin writes "Laser beams just gained a new property — they can curve through space. That's what happens when ultrashort laser pulses pass through a phase pattern mask and a lens, which together shift the most intense region of ...
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15-04-2009, 08:50:07

World of Warcraft 3.1 Patch Brings Dual-Specs, New Raid

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World of Warcraft 3.1 Patch Brings Dual-Specs, New RaidOn Tuesday Blizzard rolled out the first major content patch for World of Warcraft since the launch of Wrath of the Lich King last November. The 3.1 patch includes the long-awaited dual-specialization feature, which allows p...
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15-04-2009, 06:50:02

Mexican Government To Document Cell Phone Use

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Mexican Government To Document Cell Phone UseAlyssey writes "The Mexican Government wants to have a database to track every cellphone number in the country (in Spanish, Google translation) and whom it belongs to. They want to tie in the CURP (Unique Registration Population Code ...
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15-04-2009, 04:50:02

Tyler Bell On Yahoo's Open Location API

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Tyler Bell On Yahoo's Open Location APIblackbearnh writes "Yahoo! has been working for a while to promote a unified system for referring to places, through their Where On Earth IDs. Using a WOEID, you can query Yahoo's publicly available APIs to find out things like what cities ...
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14-04-2009, 16:50:03

Some of the Weirder Ideas From CHI 2009

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Some of the Weirder Ideas From CHI 2009An anonymous reader writes "Technology Review has a roundup of some of the weirder ideas on show at last week's Computer-Human Interaction conference in Boston. They include a trackball that heats up as you roll over different parts of an i...
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14-04-2009, 14:50:02

PG&E Makes Deal For Solar Power From Space

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PG&E Makes Deal For Solar Power From SpaceN!NJA writes "California's biggest energy utility announced a deal Monday to purchase 200 megawatts of electricity from a startup company that plans to beam the power down to Earth from outer space, beginning in 2016. Solaren would g...
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14-04-2009, 12:50:01

Ponzi Schemes Multiply On YouTube

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Ponzi Schemes Multiply On YouTubeHugh Pickens writes "While it's probably not true that P. T. Barnum was the originator of the saying 'there's a sucker born every minute,' the proliferation of nearly 23,000 Ponzi schemes on YouTube, with an astounding 59,192,963 views, proves th...
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14-04-2009, 08:50:06

South Korean Financial Blogger Faces 18 Months of Prison

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South Korean Financial Blogger Faces 18 Months of Prisoneldavojohn writes "A South Korean blogger named Park Dae-sung has been arrested and charged with destabilizing foreign markets by blogging about declining companies. This is the same blogger who predicted the economic downt...
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14-04-2009, 06:50:02

German Wikileaks Suspension Not Related To Police Raid

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German Wikileaks Suspension Not Related To Police RaidAn anonymous reader writes "Contrary to what we discussed four days ago, Germany's registration authority, DeNIC, did not suspend access to wikileaks.de. After some investigation, Heise found out that the ISP ended the contra...
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14-04-2009, 04:50:02

Was the Amazon De-listing Situation a Glitch Or a Hack?

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Was the Amazon De-listing Situation a Glitch Or a Hack?Miracle Jones writes "As Amazon struggles to re-list and re-rank gay, lesbian, and adult books on their website after massive public outcry against the secretive partitioning process, they are claiming that the entire situat...
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14-04-2009, 02:50:01

Intel Responds To X25-M Fragmentation Issue

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Intel Responds To X25-M Fragmentation IssueVigile writes "In mid-February, news broke about a potential issue with Intel's X25-M mainstream solid state drives involving fragmentation and performance slow-downs. At that time, after having the news picked up by everyone from CNet ...
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14-04-2009, 00:50:01

Wikipedia Community Vote On License Migration

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Wikipedia Community Vote On License Migrationmlinksva writes "A Wikipedia community vote is now underway on migrating to Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike as the main content license for Wikimedia Foundation projects. This would remove a legal barrier to reusing Wikipedia ...
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13-04-2009, 22:50:04

When Politicians Tax Violent Video Games

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When Politicians Tax Violent Video Gamestalien79 writes "Taxing video games has a storied history in state legislatures. The reality is that video games, violent or otherwise, simply make too much money to be stopped. But taxing them is a viable compromise, a 'sin tax' of sorts ...
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13-04-2009, 20:50:05

Flying Micro-robot Takes Off

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Flying Micro-robot Takes OffAndreV writes "A University of Waterloo in Ontario engineering research team has developed the world's first flying micro-robot capable of manipulating objects for micro-scale applications, which include micro-assembly of mechanical components, handli...
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13-04-2009, 18:50:05

Tesla CEO Says Gov't Loan Is 99% Sure and Deserved

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Tesla CEO Says Gov't Loan Is 99% Sure and DeservedN!NJA writes "Two major themes of our time — the desire to achieve energy independence and the furor over public bailouts — have collided in the drama surrounding swanky electric carmaker Tesla. Late last year, a New ...
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13-04-2009, 16:50:08

Google Open Sources Updater

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Google Open Sources UpdaterJamie noticed the news that Google Update is now Open Source. The article acknowledges the privacy and security concerns of an application that is always running in the background of your machine, and authorized to install new software. And Google made...
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13-04-2009, 14:50:05

ISP Capping Is Becoming the New DRM

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ISP Capping Is Becoming the New DRMCrazzaper writes "There's a lot of controversy over ISP capping with Time Warner leading the charge. Tom's Hardware has an interesting article about how capping is the new form of DRM at the ISP level. The author draws some comparison to busine...
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13-04-2009, 12:50:08

UK To Train Pro-West Islamic Groups To Game Google

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UK To Train Pro-West Islamic Groups To Game GoogleHugh Pickens writes "The British government's Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT), a 200-strong Home Office unit created 18 months ago, has said in meetings it wants to 'flood the internet' with 'positive' interpretat...
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13-04-2009, 10:50:03

Game Developers On Gold Selling

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Game Developers On Gold SellingEurogamer has an article which takes a look at how various game companies deal with gold spammers in their games. Some, like Mythic, take a hard stance, literally telling farmers and sellers to "go to hell." Others engage in an arms race to block s...
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13-04-2009, 06:50:02

Grad Student Project Uses Wikis To Stash Data, Miffs Admins

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Grad Student Project Uses Wikis To Stash Data, Miffs AdminsAnonymous writes "Two graduate students at the Ivy League's Brown University built a P2P system to use abandoned wiki sites to store data. The students were stealing bandwidth from open MediaWiki sites to send data betwe...
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13-04-2009, 04:50:02

Volunteers Recover Lunar Orbiter 1 Photographs

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Volunteers Recover Lunar Orbiter 1 Photographsmikael writes "The LA Times is reporting on the efforts of a group of volunteers with funding from NASA to recover high resolution photographs of the Moon taken by Lunar Orbiter 1 in the 1960s. The collection of 2000 images is stored...
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13-04-2009, 02:50:02

Amazon Culls "Offensive" Books From Search System

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Amazon Culls "Offensive" Books From Search SystemMiracle Jones writes "Amazon has instituted an overnight policy that removes books that may be deemed offensive from their search system, despite the sales rank of the book and also irrespective of any complaints. Bloggers such as...
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13-04-2009, 00:50:03

Time Warner Transfer Caps May Inspire Fair-Price Legislation

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Time Warner Transfer Caps May Inspire Fair-Price LegislationTime Warner's recently announced plan to expand their broadband transfer caps to new markets drew heavy criticism, which prompted their attempt to smooth things over with a ridiculously expensive "unlimited" plan. That ...
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12-04-2009, 22:50:03

Can rev="canonical" Replace URL-Shortening Services?

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Can rev="canonical" Replace URL-Shortening Services?Chris Shiflett writes "There's a new proposal ('URL shortening that doesn't hurt the Internet') floating around for using rev="canonical" to help put a stop to the URL-shortening madness. In order to avoid the great linkrot apo...
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12-04-2009, 20:50:04

The Perils of Pointless Innovation In Games

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The Perils of Pointless Innovation In GamesNegative Gamer is running a story discussing the need felt by the major game developers to create the next huge blockbuster, which often leads to innovation and change for their own sake rather than simply focusing on what makes a game ...
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12-04-2009, 18:50:17

Twitter Gets Slammed By the StalkDaily XSS Worm

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Twitter Gets Slammed By the StalkDaily XSS WormCurtMonash writes "Twitter was hit Saturday by a worm that caused victims' accounts to tweet favorably about the StalkDaily website. Infection occurred when one went to the profile page of a compromised account, and was largely spre...
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12-04-2009, 16:50:04

In Defense of the Anonymous Commenter

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In Defense of the Anonymous CommenterHugh Pickens writes "Doug Feaver has an interesting story in the Washington Post 'in defense of the anonymous, unmoderated, often appallingly inaccurate, sometimes profane, frequently off point and occasionally racist reader comments that was...
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12-04-2009, 14:50:03

Use apt-p2p To Improve Ubuntu 9.04 Upgrade

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Use apt-p2p To Improve Ubuntu 9.04 UpgradeAn anonymous reader writes "With Jaunty Jackalope scheduled for release in 12 days on April 23, this blog posting describes how to switch to apt-p2p in preparation for the upgrade. This should help significantly to reduce the load on the...
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