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Askmum writes "Dr. Jacob Goldman, founder of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center died in Westport, Conn., on Tuesday, December 20 at the age of 90.
Dr. Goldman was a physicist by training and led Xerox's founding of the Palo Alto Research Center which was the birthplace of many of today's computer technologies like the GUI, the WYSIWYG editor and ethernet networking on which the current computing world is built." Link to Original Source top
Askmum (1038780) writes "The Dutch justice department has created an "internet filter" to prevent access to child porn sites. But it will not disclose which sites are on the list, making it unclear if there may be other sites banned too. The reason given for not disclosing the list is because "the justice department has no access to this information". Makes you wonder who controlls this list then. And it makes you think of the Australian internet ban list, which featured a lot of unrelated sites." Link to Original Source top
Askmum (1038780) writes "A proposed new law allows Dutch civil servants to enter homes and private properties without search warrant. In the fight against misuse of public funds, such as disability benefit, old age benefit and child benefit, the government proposes a new law bypassing the necessity for a search warrant to enter private property. The social security office can decide for themselves if they want access to search private property to catch people receiving benifits to which they are not entitled. Refusing access for such a raid can result in immediate cuts in social allowances. Reason given for this law is "to keep up the support of social securities" in the community. It is seen as a "preventative law", where the possibility of losing social allowances is deemed to be enough repression for people to cooperate." Link to Original Source top
Askmum writes "While Microsft has been granted and been reaffirmed a patent on FAT in the US, the German Patent Federal Court ruled that the patent is invalid in Germany, because it is "not based on inventive activity".
Askmum (1038780) writes "A few days ago, a Dutch citizen, going by the alias of "Oversight" on the Dutch forum Fok! tested the Dutch government by requesting an ID-card while supplying them with a photo of himself dressed (and face-painted) as the character "The Joker" from Batman movies.
There is a law in the Netherlands that states the rules a ID-photo have to comply to. Amongst others, your head should not be covered and the face has to be recognizable.
There are exceptions to these rules for religious reasons, so that muslim women do not have to take off their Niqaab or Burka on the photo (which does make a person unrecognizable).
This possiblity to effectualy be disguised on the photo on your ID-card (and as a result also on your passport or drivers license) resulted in public outcry, questions asked in the parliament and eventually in comment from the local government that the ID-card had to be returned because the request was made under false pretense (Oversight said it was his belief to be dressed a the Joker).
As there is no such law that the government can force a Dutch citizen to hand over his ID-card, Oversight has refused this and wrote an open letter to the mayor of is town and to politicians asking about his rights."