toadlife (301863) writes "NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes in his forthcoming book Murdoch's World that Fox News' public relations staffers used an elaborate series of dummy accounts to fill the comments sections of critical blog posts with pro-Fox arguments. A former staffer told Folkenflik that they had personally used "one hundred" fake accounts to plant Fox-friendly commentary. Fox PR staffers were expected to counter not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them. One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account." Link to Original Source top
toadlife (301863) writes "PC-BSD, an operating system based upon FreeBSD 6 which is targeted at the desktop is now being "acquired" by privately held San Jose, Calif.-based enterprise hardware solution provider iXystems for an undisclosed sum. The new parent company for PC-BSD is expected to help further drive and support the adoption of PC-BSD.
"Well, we acquired Intellectual Property and Copyrights related to the development of PC-BSD and associated domains as well as the brains behind the operation," Matt Olander of CTO iXystems told internetnews.com.
"You can't really "acquire an open source project", but you can fund development, provide equipment and testing, etc."
Kris Moore, founder of the PC-BSD project explained that technically PC-BSD also had a business side to it (PC-BSD Software), which owned the name and trademarks.
"However, critical aspects such as source and such will still stay BSD licensed," Moore told internetnews.com.
IXystems expects to recognize a return on investment from its acquisition of PC-BSD by helping to increase BSD adoption, distribution, and development of both PC-BSD and FreeBSD. Olander figures more adoption should eventually increase demand for certified and tested server and storage hardware platforms.
I have two 40 foot tall Modesto Ash trees in my front yard. Many people I've talked to don't like Modesto Ash trees, with their shallow sidewalk-eating octopus roots and their large, dry, frail branches that tend to fall off at the most random of times, but I love them. They provide a ton of shade, and if pruned properly are very aesthetically pleasing.
Every year these two trees drop about a trillion (give or take a hundred billion) leaves on my yard. The trees stock up on enough ammunition over the summer to blanket my entire front yard with six inches of leaves...a few times over.
A couple of weeks ago, I got out the mower and sucked up all of the leaves on the lawn. I had to empty the mower bag about eight times and completely filled up my green waste container. It took me about three or four hours. One day later, my lawn was covered with leaves again.
I broke down and bought an electric blower at the local Sears outlet store. The price tag said $69.99 which seemed very reasonable. When the sales person rang it up the total was just over $50.00. It must have been one of those "guess what's on sale" sales...or something.
That Sunday, while all of the NFL games that I could care less about were on TV, I went out side and blew all of the leaves in my yard into the street.
Today, I noticed that the street sweeper had come by and sucked up all of the leaves I had blown into the street. I also noticed that my lawn is covered with leaves again.
Next weekend while all of the NFL games that I don't care about are on TV, I'm going to get out my blower...
Lately, I've noticed that somebody has been following me around and using all of their mods points to mod all of my posts down. As the down-mods always come five at a time, I'm pretty sure one person is responsible.
I'm going to take the formation of my one-man fan club as a sign that I'm doing something right.