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+ - LG is spying on their Smart TV users->

Freggy writes: An anonymous blogger found out that his new LG Smart tv was spying on him. Using a packet sniffer on his router, he discovered that the television sends the channels being wachted every time when switching channels. Also when watching movies stored on a USB disk connected to the television set, the complete file name being watched and sometimes all file names in the directory, were transferred to LG servers. When asked about this, LG just referred to the T&Cs of the device and did not give any other comment.
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Comment: Yet another? (Score 1) 46 46

I started mapping wifi networks with openwlanmap, which will likely be used by GNOME, a few weeks ago. Now it seems like Mozilla products will use their own database. Why cannot projects just work together, so we have 1 good database used by all FLOSS applications?

+ - Belgian telecom operator victim of "state-sponsored cyber espionage"->

Freggy writes: The Belgian telecom operator Belgacom has been a victim of "international state-sponsored cyber espionage". A complex unknown virus capable of intercepting international calls from Belgacom subsidiary BICS was found on computers. It is being suggested that the NSA is behind the virus. Belgacom has filed a complaint and the Belgian government, Belgacom's largest shareholder, has condemned the espionage.
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Comment: Beware of more of this stuff on XDA (Score 4, Insightful) 226 226

The problem is that xda is full of this kind of crap. Kernels which disable fsync (libEAT-MY-DATA, anyone?), exotic I/O schedulers and CPU governors, overclocking processors and other hacks... Very often, they do not have any measurable effect, or even cause new problems, such as freezes, hangs, sleep of death,...
Science

+ - Activists destroy scientific GMO experiment->

Freggy writes: "In Belgium, a group of activists calling themselves the Field Liberation Movement has destroyed a field which was being used for a scientific experiment with genetically modified potatoes. In spite of the presence of 60 police officers protecting the field, activists succeeded pulling out the plants and sprayed insecticides over them, ruining the experiment. The goal of the experiment was to test potato plants which are genetically modified to be resistant to potato blight. It's a sad day for the freedom of scientific research."
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Comment: Not a stupid rumour, but reality (Score 1) 4 4

Here's a reference: http://www.informaticien.be/news_item-7978-L_administration_wallonne_interdit_Firefox.html Also confirmed by the Belgian IT newspaper DataNews, which quotes the manager of the IT department responsible of this decision: http://www.datanews.be/nl/90-9-26228/article.html?cid=rss#90;9;26228
Technology (Apple)

+ - Apple locks out competitors from trailers site

Freggy writes: Since a few days, Apple has been deliberately locking out people using other movie player than Quicktime from their trailer site, even if they are technically capable of playing the movie fine. This change has affected amongst others the multimedia framework Gstreamer, which is used by the popular Totem video player.
Mandriva

+ - Mandriva 2009 Spring released->

Frederik writes: "Mandriva just released the 2009 Spring version of its distribution. Highlights of this new version include vastly improved boot times thanks to Speedboot, KDE 4.2.2, GNOME 2.26.1, XFCE 4.6 and LXDE desktop environments, a completely rewritten Mandriva Security Centre and improved firewall and network configuration tools, OLPC Sugar environment, QT Creator development environment, Songbird audio player, ext4 support and many more. Check out the release tour and release notes for more information or immediately start downloading it."
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Microsoft

+ - Mandriva: An open letter to Steve Ballmer->

Freggy writes: "The Nigerian government recently chose the Intel Classmate PC and Mandriva for an educational project. The PC will be used in local Nigerian schools by teachers, parents and students all over the country. The Classmate PC was selected by the Nigerian government in spite of a competitive offer by Microsoft, because of its openness and customization possibilities. Now it seems the Nigerian government is replacing Linux by Windows on the Classmate PC, although they payed for the Mandriva software. Mandriva CEO François Bancilhon has written an open letter to Steve Ballmer complaining of Microsoft's "unethical" behaviour. The letter remains pretty vague though, so we can only guess what really happened."
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