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Comment: Tor router (Score 1) 184

There are a lot of posts here about scary legal problems for the router owner. But what if the routers allowed access to the Internet only through Tor, for example, so the router owner is not in danger of what people do with it? Couldn't the router help by running an internal Tor relay to help that network too?
Government

Leak Shows US Lead Opponent of ACTA Transparency 164

Posted by timothy
from the putting-on-an-acta dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Throughout the debate over ACTA transparency, the secret copyright treaty, many countries have taken public positions that they support release of the actual text, but that other countries do not. Since full transparency requires consensus of all the ACTA partners, the text simply can't be released until everyone is in agreement. A new leak from the Netherlands fingers who the chief opponents of transparency are: the United States, South Korea, Singapore, and Denmark lead the way, with Belgium, Germany, and Portugal not far behind as problem countries."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Open Source FPS Game Alien Arena 2009 Released 142

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-bells-new-whistles dept.
Alienkillerrace writes "The open sourced, freeware FPS game Alien Arena 2009 has been released (Windows and Linux). The improvements to the game engine are very significant, and have surely raised the bar for free games of this genre. All surfaces in the game are now rendered using GLSL, not only improving the visual quality, but the performance as well. Interesting new effects like post-process distortions using GLSL have been implemented, as well as light volumes, better per-pixel lighting (reminiscent of UT3), and shaded water. Equally notable is that the sound system has been completely rewritten using OpenAL, allowing for effects such as Doppler, and adding Ogg Vorbis support. The game is free to play and available for download on its official website. It has a stats system and a built-in IRC client in its front-end game browser."
The Courts

iPhone Antitrust and Computer Fraud Claims Upheld 273

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the everybody-hates-the-big-guy dept.
LawWatcher writes "On October 1, 2008, a federal judge in California upheld a class action claiming that Apple and AT&T Mobility's five-year exclusive voice and data service provider agreement for the iPhone violates the anti-monopoly provisions of the antitrust laws. The court also ruled that Apple may have violated federal and California criminal computer fraud and abuse statutes by releasing version 1.1.1 of its iPhone operating software when Apple knew that doing so would damage or destroy some iPhones that had been 'unlocked' to enable use of a carrier other than AT&T."

Comment: Re:less microsoft bias please? (Score 1) 685

by Moflamby-2042 (#24014145) Attached to: Some Developers Leaving Google For Microsoft
I love how there is an article that has first hand accounts of why actual people are leaving Google to work at Microsoft and there still seems to be argument against Microsoft.

There really is an unsurprising argument against Microsoft to be found here in the article. First, it reeks of propaganda, who else calls a mystery number over 8 people coming back to work at Microsoft an "exodus"? Why is Google suddenly so much worse to work for? Couldn't it simply be related to the latest push to hire workers to bolster Microsoft's search engine development? They have just recently run ads trying to hire disgruntled Yahoo workers too because they couldn't buy them out. It seems a pretty obvious attempt to attract competitor workers, or it's really conveniently timed.

Now a lot of people do frequently rush off to defend Microsoft for some strange reason, often one tied to a paycheck. But for most people, they have an understandably harder time wiping off the "dirty tricks Microsoft has pulled this month" slate and thinking maybe, just maybe, this time there are no tricks involved.
Software

Open Source Growing At an Exponential Rate 146

Posted by Soulskill
from the gaining-ground dept.
sipmeister writes "Two computer scientists who work for enterprise software giant SAP have shown that open source is growing at an exponential rate. Not only is the code base growing exponentially, but also the number of viable projects. Researchers Amit Deshpande and Dirk Riehle analyzed the database of open source startup ohloh.net and looked at the last 16 years of growth in open source. They consistently got the best fit for the data using an exponential model. Relating this to open source market revenue, Desphande and Riehle conclude that open source is eating into closed source at a non-trivial pace."

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