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I've seen a few people link to this. I think it's something everyone on LJ ought to know, so I'm passing it on.

LiveJournal's DDoS and Russian Politics

Joie
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The NY Times has an online game where you can choose what spending to cut or taxes to raise in order to balance the US Federal Budget: Fun for the whole family! XD

I fixed that sucker in less than 15 minutes. OH, IF ONLY IT WERE REALLY THAT EASY!

Joie
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This article about the closing of a 120-year-old girls' reform school provides some interesting food for thought on how the status of girls (and teens in general) has changed over the years:

It was common practice for much of the facility's history to lock up young abuse victims rather than their abusers.

Joie
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Long but worthwhile read: The Trolls Among Us

Here's a sample:

But even if we had the resources to aggressively prosecute trolls, would we want to? Are we ready for an Internet where law enforcement keeps watch over every vituperative blog and backbiting comments section, ready to spring at the first hint of violence? Probably not. All vigorous debates shade into trolling at the perimeter; it is next to impossible to excise the trolling without snuffing out the debate.

ETA: Of course, I don't endorse trolling, and I find the examples in the article pretty disgusting. But how and why trolling occurs in this frontier land called the Internet is a topic that fascinates me. The article also brought to mind The Msscribe Story. I half expected her to be one of the examples used in the article, but I suppose she didn't quite rate The New York Times.

Joie
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I normally read patterico.com for the insightful political commentary, but today he has an entry that, while not political in the least, is well worth reading:

Putting Things in Perspective

Read it. It isn't long, and I think you'll find it worth your time.

Joie

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