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+ - UK to imprison for inability to decrypt data

Submitted by mrbluze
mrbluze (1034940) writes "Ars technica has an article describing new laws which come into effect on 1st November in the UK. Up to 2 and 5 years imprisonment can be inflicted on any person who refuses or cannot provide keys or decrypt data as requested by police or military for criminal or anti-terror purposes, respectively. From the article:

The Home Office has steadfastly proclaimed that the law is aimed at catching terrorists, pedophiles, and hardened criminals — all parties which the UK government contends are rather adept at using encryption to cover up their activities.
It refers to a potential problem faced by international bankers who would be wary to bring their encryption keys into the UK. Some how I doubt that is the real problem with the law."
Wii

+ - Your Wii now plays NEOGEO games->

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Wowzer
Wowzer writes "NEOGEO games will now be appearing in the Wii Shop Channel for download. NEOGEO becomes the sixth platform represented in the Wii Shop Channel. The first NEOGEO games include three fighting games that are a mix of familiar franchises and cult classics. The arcade games are: Fatal Fury, World Heroes and Art of Fighting. Each costing 900, no not Dollars, Wii Points and that's $9."
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Emulation (Games)

+ - Transgaming abondoning cedega Or unable to fix WoW-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous
Anonymous (666) writes "Traditionally, TransGaming has responded quickly to WoW patch issues and not only communicated its efforts via its Web site and user forum, but issued a game engine update that fixes the problem within a matter of days. This time around, though, TransGaming representatives have ignored the 2.2.0 patch problems and refused to respond to bug reports and forum posts related to these issues. When I sent TransGaming a press request email asking what was going on, I was not given the benefit of a reply. ........ The only good news is, the latest Wine release solves all of the problems that Cedega has with WoW patch 2.2.0, so you don't need to go running back to Windows just yet, but you do need to install and configure Wine. Hope you're not missing out on any raids in the meantime."
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Debian

+ - Debian refuses to push timezone update for NZ DST->

Submitted by Jasper Bryant-Greene
Jasper Bryant-Greene (666) writes "Although a tzdata release which includes New Zealand's recent DST changes (2007f) has been out for some time, Debian are refusing to push the update from testing into the current stable distribution, codenamed Etch, on the basis that "it's not a security bug". This means that unless New Zealand sysadmins install the package manually, pull the package from testing, or alter the timezone to "GMT-13" manually, all systems running Debian Etch in New Zealand currently have the incorrect time, as DST went into effect this morning. As the last comment in the bug report says, "even Microsoft are not this silly"."
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Biotech

+ - Bringing Patients Back from the Dead-> 1

Submitted by FattyBoeBatty
FattyBoeBatty (458019) writes "Interesting article claiming that patients generally don't die from lack of oxygen — but from the rapid reintroduction of it. Cells without oxygen can conceivably live for upwards of an hour without any damage. While this idea is already proving successful in small ER trials, this may change the way emergency medicine is delivered around the world."
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United States

+ - Font Freedom Day->

Submitted by
TrumpetPower!
TrumpetPower! writes "On September 29, 1988, the Library of Congress Copyright Office issued a notice of policy decision (4 Mbyte coralized PDF) in the Federal Register “to inform the public that the Copyright Office has decided that digitized representations of typeface designs are not registrable under the Copyright Act because they do not constitute original works of authorship.” In observance of Font Freedom day, go ahead and share some of your favorite fonts with your friends — and do so entirely guilt-free!"
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Privacy

+ - Police issue Death Threats to Man with Camera 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Cops in St. Louis have taken objection over a local man filming their abuses of power, and have responded with death threats, and stalking. The guy they're harassing installed a pretty neat video system in his car after having received a speeding ticket that he that was unfair. What he ended up catching on tape was far worse than a speeding ticket. Luckily the news has picked up on it, so he is probably out of immediate danger."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Mark your calendar: Pretend to be a Time Traveler->

Submitted by Iron Condor
Iron Condor (964856) writes "Dresden Codac comes up with this clever idea for a "Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day" (Dec-08) on the Koala Wallop forum.

"Remember, the only real rule is staying in character and try to fit in. Never directly admit you're a time traveler, and make really, really bad attempts at keeping a low profile."
Some of the suggestions include such gems as "Show extreme ignorance in operating regular technology. Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places). Chuckle knowingly at cell phones." or "Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell "NOOOOOOOOO" ".

I figured the /. crowd would be exactly the kind of folks who'd get into that kind of thing (I know that I do)."

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United States

+ - Connecticut Wants to Restrict Social Networking

Submitted by csefft
csefft (1064824) writes "According to the Hartford Courant, Connecticut became the latest state to want to restrict the use of MySpace and other social networking sites. The proposed bill would require that all such sites verify the identity and age of users, as well as get parent's permission for those under 18. Sites that failed to comply would be subject to a $5,000 per day fine. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said of the proposition, "If we can put a man on the moon, we can verify age on the Internet," but quickly followed with the acknowledgement that there is no foolproof method.

Obviously another state's citizens need to be taught the truth of: "Whenever a politician starts talking about 'the children,' keep one eye on your wallet and the other on your liberty." — Anonymous"

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