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It's time to retire the mom test

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linux.com: One of the more humorous ad series today is the Geico "caveman" commercials, featuring a caveman complaining about the stereotype of something being "so easy a caveman could do it." Since we don't have to worry about offending cavemen (or cavewomen), companies can safely poke humor at that demographic group and not worry about alienating anyone. However, you might want to think twice about saying "it's so easy your mom can do it."

Off Topics

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  • Tales From The Tech Side (or...would you like valium with your cube?)

  • Diamond goes head to head against Nvidia
  • Isn't It Time We Forked the Concept of a Computer?
  • Thoughts about Captchas: Today animated GIFs, tomorrow Flash videos?

Linux Corporation scam targets the unwary

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linux.com: Be on guard against alleged representatives of Linux Corporation offering to buy your photos -- it's a scam. That's the message that Indian models and photographers should take to heart, if the experiences of Rohan Patwari and Praveen Toshniwal are any indication.

Beware of Skype

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freesoftware mag: On Sunday, August 5, 2007 Bush signed the revised Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) into law, in which the U.S. Congress spinelessly caved in and gave legal authority to the Bush administration to continue to intercept and spy on electronic communications. Then, on Thursday, August 16, 2007 the whole worldwide Skype network goes down. Coincidence?

Ubuntu founder advises SA on IT strategy

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tectonic: Speaking in a keynote address at the Govtech conference in Cape Town this morning, Mark Shuttleworth discussed strategies that government should take on in developing IT locally.

I survived the Peruvian quake

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Richard M. Stallman: On the evening of August 15 I was answering email in the offices of COSOLIG, the free software organization of the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Lima. I was just about to do a batch mail transfer when the earthquake began. It was strong enough to shake my body in an interesting way, but insufficient to damage a concrete building, or even to make a bookshelf fall over.

Thirteen Blog Clichés

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coding horror: I started out in early 2004. As a result, I've developed some rather strong opinions about what makes blogs work so well, and what makes blogs sometimes not work so well. I'd like to share some of the latter with you today, in a piece I call Thirteen Blog Clichés.

Dear Linux Journal: News Flash- Women Are People

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Carla Schroder: This just keeps getting worse. Please tell me how anyone could think this is a good idea: "Me and my husband’s gonna be bringing you tech tips just about every month now….I don’t know nothing about Linux. Chester, he’s the smart one…”

Information sharing at the NSA (video)

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linux.com: The topic of information sharing among US intelligence agencies, the FBI, and other federal agencies has attracted attention since 9/11. At Defcon XV, I had the opportunity to ask Tony Sager, chief of the National Security Agency's Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group, about information sharing within the agency.

"Fake Steve Jobs" is Daniel Lyons, in case anyone wants to sue

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groklaw: The New York Times has the news that Fake Steve Jobs, the anonymous blogger pretending to be Apple's Steve Jobs, is actually Daniel Lyons of Forbes. Why am I not surprised?

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