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Spanish TV Channels Vandalize Wikipedia

denebian devil Re:Good Ol' Unreliable WikipediaBS (182 comments)

Or, you know, not: ert

"BEFORE YOU POST HERE: Please realize that this user was NOT blocked for vandalism, joking, or 'poking fun at Wikipedia'. This user was banned for violation of Wikipedia's Username policies which state that "Names of well-known living or recently deceased people" are inappropriate and should be indefinitely blocked until confirming evidence (in this case, from Stephen Colbert or Comedy Central) shows that this is, in fact, Stephen Colbert. Although Mr. Colbert 'made the edits on national television', he was also joking and it is not at all certain if he was in fact the person who made the edits attributed to this account. Until the blocking administrator (Tawker) receives word from Stephen Colbert or Comedy Central that this is Mr. Colbert, this account will remain blocked."

about 7 years ago



denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes " has obtained a copy of updated US Army rules (pdf) that force soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages without first clearing the content with a superior officer. Previous editions of the rules asked Army personnel to "consult with their immediate supervisor" before posting a document "that might contain sensitive and/or critical information in a public forum." The new version, in contrast, requires "an OPSEC review prior to publishing" anything — from "web log (blog) postings" to comments on internet message boards, from resumes to letters home. Under the strictest reading of the rule, a soldier must check with his or her superior officer before every blog entry posted and every email sent, though the method of enforcing these regulations is subject to choices made by the unit commanders. According to Wired, active-duty troops aren't the only ones affected by the new guidelines. Civilians working for the military, Army contractors — even soldiers' families — are all subject to the directive as well, though many of the people affected by these new regulations can't even access them because they are being kept on the military's restricted Army Knowledge Online intranet. Wired also interviewed Major Ray Ceralde, author of the new regulations, about why this change has been made."

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "In an Editorial/Blog at ITPRO, Davey Winder writes of a keynote speech at Infosecurity Europe by Member of Parliament Derek Wyatt. In this speech, which was about the IT security demands of running the 2012 London Olympics, Derek Wyatt MP dropped the bombshell that IT Security at the Olympics will hinge not on which companies show themselves to be the best in their field or to have the technology that best meets the needs of the Olympics, but rather on whether or not the companies were a 'major sponsor' of the Olympics. So who has bought their way into being the security experts of choice, and with whom our security and that of the visiting millions will rest? Visa."

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "The Bush administration is checking the accuracy of a watch list of suspected terrorists banned from traveling on airliners in the U.S. and will probably cut the list in half, according to the head of the TSA. However, "Even cutting the list in half is "nice but not all that meaningful," said Barry Steinhardt, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. He noted that various estimates of the list's size, which is classified, have ranged from 50,000 to 350,000 names. "Cutting a list of 350,000 names is not all that impressive," Steinhardt added. In addition, the Homeland Security Department launched a new program for passengers who feel wronged to try correcting the list. The program begins February 20."

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "The communications director for Montana's lone congressman, Todd Shriber, solicited the services of two members of he falsely believed to be criminally minded hackers-for-hire. His goal: jacking up his college GPA. Rather than hack Shriber's GPA, the two individuals — "Lyger" and "Jericho" (a.k.a. "security curmudgeon") — posted the 22 e-mail exchange online. The aide has since been fired. Schreiber even has (for the time being, at least) his own Wikipedia page."

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "Two studies have been released that found the amount of damage that can result from prolonged listening to portable music players is dependent on the quality of headphones used. The first study, by Cory Portnuff and Brian Fligor at Harvard Medical School, determined that "in the ear" headphones (earbuds) are slightly louder than "over the ear" headphones at the same volume levels. In separate a test, Fligor and Terri Ives from the National Balance Institute found that the type of headphone's will affect the volume that a listener sets to block out background noise.

Portnuff and Fligor also developed an interesting tabel showing just how much listening is safe for various types of headphones at different percentages of volume control. For all headphones tested, listening at 10-50% of full volume can allow for limitless listening per day without risk of damage. On the other hand, listing at full volume allows for a range of only 3-18 minutes of listening per day before there is risk of damage. The iPod stock earbuds performed about in the mid-range for those headphones tested, and actually performed slightly poorer when compared to "average" earbuds."

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "Cambridge University scientists have made all of Darwin's works available free online. From the article: "The collection brings Darwin's breathtaking range of writing together for the first time, with 50,000 pages of searchable text, and tens of thousands of images, many from previously unpublished manuscripts, together with notebooks, diaries and original publications such as The Origin of Species, The Voyage of the Beagle (the Journal of Researches) and The Descent of Man. Audio versions of key works will be free to download at the project website,""

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "Rumors are flying about a forthcoming 100GB HDD upgrade for the Xbox 360, but Gizmodo is not impressed. From the Giz: "it's obvious that this was an attempt by Microsoft to steal Sony's and Nintendo's thunder. We don't blame them. But to successfully get our attention, you need more than rumors and leaked pics of a hard drive. Here's our list of what we think the 360 needs to trump the PS3 and Wii onslaught.""

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "On the heals of's press conference trying to clean up its image, Visa has suspended its credit card service to From the article:

"[Allofmp3 is] no longer permitted to accept Visa cards," said Simon Barker, a Visa International spokesman. "The action we've taken is in line with legislation passed in Russia and international copyright law."
Almost simultaneously, has announced that it is shifting over to an ad-supported model. For those who don't want to (or can't) buy allofmp3's DRM-free music, they are providing DRM-laden music that can be played only within a restricted player provided by the website.

Do these changes herald an end for allofmp3, and possibly to the dream of widespread, legal, DRM-free music downloads?"

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "Judge Ronald Freeman has observed two hours of gameplay of Bully by a Take Two employee who used cheat codes to move through the game quickly to show the Judge a sample of the game's content. From his observations, the Judge has declined to restrict the sale of Bully in Florida. Arstechnica reports:

After the court session concluded, Jack Thompson told Ars Technica that the proceedings were a travesty. He characterized the judge's viewing of footage as nothing more than a couple of "Take Two operatives" showing the judge everything in the game they wanted him to see. "I may be full of crap about this game, and I may be wrong, and that's fine. But there's such a thing as due process," said Thompson. "And I was denied due process in court today."

Thompson was so upset he reportedly wrote a scathing letter to the Judge in response to the Judge's ruling.

A more detailed first-hand account of the courtroom proceedings is available on the Destructoid website. Thompson's only recourse now appears to be appeal to the third district court, however by the time he can do so, the game will have already been shipped."

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "A new technology is to be trialled in Debrecen Airport in Hungary that will involve tagging all passengers with high-powered RFID tags. From the article:

People will be told to wear radio tags round their necks when they get to the airport. The tag would notify a computer system of their identity and whereabouts. The system would then track their activities in the airport using a network of high definition cameras.

"[The tags] have got a long range, of 10m to 20m," said Dr. Paul Brennan of University College London's antennas and radar group which developed the tags, "and the system has been designed so the tag can be located to within a metre, and it can locate thousands of tags in one area at a given time."

The system is being touted for "Improving airport efficiency, security and passenger flow by enhanced passenger monitoring."

BBC is also reporting this story, and brings up such hurdles to the project as "finding a way of ensuring the tags cannot be switched between passengers or removed without notification." As for any mention of the "hurdle" of people's rights, the article vaguely and briefly states that "The issue of infringement of civil liberties will also be key," but doesn't bother to go into any pesky details."

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "Gizmodo reports that GameStop and EB Games stores will begin accepting limited pre-orders for the Nintendo Wii console on Friday, October 13, on a first come, first served basis, with limited supply. They expect to reach their limit within minutes. From the article:

A $50 reservation deposit is required, which can be funded with cash, credit or trade. As we cannot control production and shipping issues by the manufacturer, a reservation deposit does not guarantee receipt of a system available to purchase at launch. Reservations/Purchases are limited to 1 per household.
You can also read about it from the EBGames and GameStop websites. Get them while they last, at least for those of you in Sweaty Crack, ND who won't be able to find one in stores on Nov. 19th."

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "According to InformationWeek, Qualcomm and Mozilla have joined forces to turn Eudora into an open source e-mail client based on Mozilla Thunderbird code. The first open-source Eudora will release during the first half of 2007. This announcement comes at the same time as Qualcomm's release of its last commercial version of Eudora, 7.1 for Windows and 6.2.4 for Mac OSX, which is being offered at a reduced price of $19.95. According to the Eudora FAQ:

Why is Eudora moving to an open source development platform?
QUALCOMM has decided not to remain in the email market because it is not in alignment with the core business or strategic goals. By moving Eudora to an open source product, QUALCOMM can exit the Eudora business while still supporting Eudora users and advancing the Eudora e-mail client at a faster pace than before, through the power of the open source development community.
It's interesting that they are making an effort to convert Eudora to open-source as a means of exiting the email market rather than as a means of stepping further into it."

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "The Washington Post reports that an Australian computer programmer claims to have found the missing "a" from Armstrong's famous first words from the moon in 1969. From the article:
Some historians and critics have dogged Armstrong for not saying the more dramatic and grammatically correct, "One small step for a man . . . " in the version he transmitted to NASA's Mission Control. Without the missing "a," Armstrong essentially said, "One small step for mankind, one giant leap for mankind."

The famous astronaut has maintained he intended to say it properly and believes he did. Thanks to some high-tech sound-editing software, computer programmer Peter Shann Ford might have proved Armstrong right.
So for all you Slashdot grammar Nazis, there appears to be one less phrase for you to nitpick. But don't fret. You can always argue over my use of the word "less" rather than the word "fewer.""

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "Businessweek reports that Toshiba is recalling 340,000 laptop batteries made by Sony Corp. because of problems with recharging them, the latest in a string of embarrassing defects and production glitches for Sony. The recall affects 100,000 batteries for laptops sold in the United States, 45,000 in Japan, and the remainder in other parts of the world, Toshiba Corp. spokesman Keisuke Omori said Tuesday. The Toshiba recall involves battery packs for Dynabook and Satellite models made from March through May this year, and they will be replaced for free, Omori said. The batteries sometimes stop recharging or run out of power, but no injuries or other accidents have been reported, he said."

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "In a press release today, SpiralFrog announced that it has signed an agreement with EMI Music Publishing to authorize SpiralFrog's use of EMI's vast catalog of musical compositions available for legal downloading in the United States via SpiralFrog's advertising-supported service. The agreement with EMI Music Publishing, whose catalog is the largest in the world, is the first agreement SpiralFrog has signed with a global music publishing company. It follows SpiralFrog's ground-breaking agreement with Universal Music Group, announced last week. The two music industry leaders' combined rights bring the catalogs of hit artists such as Sting, Nelly Furtado, Jay Z and Kanye West to SpiralFrog. You can find a list of musicians signed to EMI or one of EMI's subsidiary labels here on Wikipedia."

denebian devil denebian devil writes  |  about 8 years ago

denebian devil (944045) writes "According to the New York Times, Apple Computer said yesterday that the chief executive of Google, Eric Schmidt, was joining its board. The announcement signals closer professional ties between Apple's chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, and Mr. Schmidt, who oversaw Google's rise to become the most-used Internet search engine. CBC News in Canada believes that this union creates a high-profile link between two of Silicon Valley's most prized companies as they try to expand their recent successes and topple Microsoft Corp. as high technology's kingpin. "The timing of this appointment is certainly interesting in terms of corporate governance," said American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu. "Being able to attract a guy like Eric Schmidt certainly has to be viewed as a positive.""


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