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SCOTUS says government employees aren’t protected by First Amendment

“It’s a very frightening signal of dark times ahead,” said Tom Devine, legal director for the Government Accountability Project.
This 5-4 ruling basically shows that if you tattle on your employer, you will not be protected for whatever fraudulent act your employer might be committing. In this case, your employer would happen to be the government itself.

Stephen Kohn, chairman of the National Whistleblower Center, said: “The ruling is a victory for every crooked politician in the United States.”

Everyone knows that the government is one of the most inefficient and most corruptible forces of power. Without the protection for whistleblowing, there will be a lot more gender discriminations and other acts to follow since there is no way to file a lawsuit against the government without whistleblowing protection.
Dark times indeed.
Slashdot < SFGate

DivX for Mac 6.5

DivX? For Mac? Amazing. Get it here now. DivX is a compression method for video. The suite itself gives drag-and-drog tools to create DivX videos.
LifeHacker < VersionTracker

Windows Vista Ultimate will cost more than Xbox 360

Maybe not, but this is a scary thought.
The rumor mill has it priced at $450 US. Office 2007 Ultimate is priced at $649 US. If these prices hold true, that means that you can essentially trade in your Xbox 360 premium to get Vista. Uhh…. no. We think most people would rather stick with Windows XP if they must, and keep their 360.
Engadget < ITWire

StarOffice and OpenOffice macro virus found

A new macro virus, written in StarBasic, has been found to effect StarOffice and OpenOffice. Purely a proof-of-concept virus, StarOffice.Stardust.A has no malicious payload and only loads an image from the attacked computer. This is one of the first viruses targeted at the Microsoft Office suite alternatives. This news of this Stardust was released by Kaspersky Labs.
Via SecurityFocus

Da Vinci’s “The Adoration of the Magi” reveal hidden images underneath

With the latest contraversies surrounding the movie, The Da Vinci Code, what better time to unveil that there were sketch images under The Adoration of the Magi by the master himself.
Through multispectrum imaging, they found that there were sketches of an elephant, dueling knights, and other images that were sketched out underneath the painting. It seems that those that commissioned the painting were not happy with Leonardo’s symbolism of war and peace that were based on images from the prophet Isaiah.
Via Times

US Marshals switch to Red Hat

Switching from Sun Microsystems and SCO Unix, the U.S. Marshals are switching databases for all 94 of their offices and expecting savings from $50,000 to $100,000 a year. Another agency that is moving towards Linux because of cost savings. Note that the support also had a lot do with it with Sun only supporting SCO for five years while Red Hat would support for eight.
Via TechNewsWorld

htaccess file generator

Sometimes, it’s just a pain to remember all the things that should go into an .htaccess file. Never fear! Here is a .htaccess file generator. Just point and click the features you want, enter in the data you need, and voila! A generated htaccess file customized for your needs!
If you don’t know what a htaccess file is, you can find out everything at Apache, the most used web server in the world.
Via cooltips.de

Repairing Windows XP in Eight Commands

Sometimes, Windows hoses up for whatever reason (yes, this does happen!). If so, don’t sweat just yet. There’s a good way to recover even though you can’t boot in because the bootloader is corrupted. Just grab yourself an XP cd and do a recovery with this tutorial.
It’s actually fairly straight forward. If it still is broken after running these commands… well. That’s about when you should start sweating if you actually backed up your data or not.
Via ShortMedia

Poke

Poke is a cheat utility that is offered for free for Windows games. It basically scans memory so that you can look in your saved game for your “money/health/experience” or whatever else that is dynamic. If it’s a unique number, you can probably edit that number to cheat in the single player game(s).
This definitely helps via the role playing type games, but should work with any game that stores saved points in memory (pretty much all games).
Via Codefromthe70s

AntiVir Personal Edition Classic

Another free for non-commercial and home use anti-virus suite. AntiVir Personal Edition Classic is supported on Windows and Linux, and provides coverage on both shielding and scanning. Provided by Avira GmbH, a German antivirus corporation. Try it today!
Via Avira