To mark the United Nations' first-ever International Day of Democracy, the U.S. State Department launched a YouTube-based video contest on Monday.
Called the Democracy Video Challenge, the contest encourages the submission of three-minute videos that define the concept of democracy.
"The Democracy Video Challenge asks budding filmmakers, democracy advocates, and the general public to create video shorts that complete the phrase, 'Democracy is...'," the contest's official Web site explains. While they don't require entrants to be professional filmmakers, it's pretty clear that they're looking for something more high-end than sitting in front of … Read more
StopForwardingUs is less of a service as much as it is a statement. It lets you send an anonymous, yet polite message to someone telling them to stop sending mass forwarded e-mails to friends, family members, and co-workers.
All you need to do this is their name and e-mail address and it will send the note on. The e-mail that's sent out links up to StopForwardingUs' etiquette page, which smartly points out "our correspondence reflects who we are," which might be a more subtle way of telling your brother-in-law to stop sending you e-mails about Bubble Yum bubblegum containing spider eggs.
The real problem here is that you may not always know how many other people your sender has included in their messages. If they're savvy to the blind carbon copy function on their e-mail client, you could be setting yourself up to be targeted as the person who sent the note, thus rendering the power of anonymity useless.
I've pasted the full e-mail your recipient gets after the jump--with spelling corrections.
The X-47B is expected to be the first tailless UAV jet to operate off an aircraft carrier, which includes catapult launches and arrested landings; to do that it will also need to be capable of maneuvering precisely and autonomous around the flight deck. But none of that is expected to happen until sea trials in 2011.
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Yahoo has revamped Delicious, saying the site for storing, describing, and sharing Web site bookmarks is faster, easier to use, and has better search abilities.
The speedup comes from a new server system that's snappier and more reliable, Yahoo said on its Delicious blog on Thursday. "You may not have noticed, but the old back-end was getting creaky under the load of 5 million users," the company said.
But for me, half the productivity gains will come from a rebranding of the service. No more will my fingers trip over my keyboard trying to type "del.… Read more
John F. Duffy, a professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School, recently wrote that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has increasingly taken stands on patents that "will invalidate many and perhaps most software patents." If only.
Duffy worries that "the PTO's new interpretation of patentable subject matter provides a clear avenue to reject patent applications and to invalid issued patents on all such innovations without regard to how meritorious or creative the innovation is," but he both overstates his case and understates just how important it would be for the … Read more
On Wednesday, an exploit code allowing someone to attack the domain name system (DNS) became available. No one has yet used the code, but the advice is simple: Patch. Now. While most of the burden is on the Domain Name System servers and the various systems that support them, the nature of the flaw is such that desktop clients also need to patch their software as well.
First, to determine whether your DNS system is vulnerable, use either of these tests:
Dan Kaminsky DNS Operations, Analysis, and Research Center
If the test returns a message similar to "Your name … Read more