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+ - GNU GPL DMCA Violation? - Enchanted Keyfinder-> 4

Submitted by sag47
sag47 (1992890) writes "Currently Enchanted Keyfinder, which is a fork of Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder, is under attack with a "DMCA counternotification".

On February 8th, 2011 an email was received stating:
"Hello,

After taking down Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder from sourceforge few months ago it is now again available:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/keyfinder/

As owner of MJB KeyFinder project I request removal of this project from sourceforge, according to GPL it is owner's choice to decide whether to leave it open-source or not."

End of email.

I am the guy who forked the project. I downloaded the Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder sources when they were licensed under GNU GPL (I still have them) before the project was sold and close-sourced. I created a fork and re-released a new project also based on the GNU GPL v3 license.

I'd like everyone's opinion on this: Am I still within my right as a FOSS developer? I mean LibreOffice forked from Open Office and Icinga forked from Nagios. I need help spreading the word about this so please help me.

How is this a DMCA violation?

Sam Gleske"

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Communications

+ - 'Zombie' Satellite Returns to Life->

Submitted by realperseus
realperseus (594176) writes "The American telecommunication satellite, Galaxy 15, has been brought under control after spending most of the year traversing the sky, wreaking havoc upon its neighbors. The satellite is currently at 98.5 west (from 133 west). An emergency patch was successfully uploaded, ensuring that the conditions which caused it to "go rogue" will not occur again. Once diagnosis and testing have been completed, Intelsat plans to move the satellite back to 133 west.""
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Firefox

+ - Microsoft tries to help Firefox with HTML5 video

Submitted by Eric
Eric (666) writes "Microsoft has updated its Windows Media Player plug-in for Mozilla Firefox so as to enable H.264-encoded video on HTML5 by using built-in capabilities available on Windows 7. The HTML5 Extension for Windows Media Player Firefox Plug-in is free to download but it's release is quite controversial. Even though Firefox is a big competitor to Microsoft's own Internet Explorer, the software giant has decided it's for the best if Firefox can play back H.264.

Here's the current state of HTML5 video: Microsoft and Apple are betting on H.264, Firefox and Opera are rooting for WebM, and Chrome does both. Although Internet Explorer 9 supports H.264, excluding all other codecs, Microsoft says it is making an exception for WebM, as long as the user installs the corresponding codec. At the same time, Microsoft is still pushing H.264 support and its first target is Mozilla."
Transportation

+ - A Giant Cargo Ship's Pollution = 50 MILLION Cars->

Submitted by thecarchik
thecarchik (1520545) writes "One giant container ship pollutes the air as much as 50 million cars. Yes, that's 50 million. Which means that just 15 ships that size emit as much as today's entire global "car park" of roughly 750 million vehicles. Among the bad stuff: Sulfur, soot, and other particulate matter that embeds itself in human lungs to cause a variety of cardiopulmonary illnesses. Since the mid-1970s, developed countries have imposed increasingly strict regulations on auto emissions. In three decades, precise electronic engine controls, new high-pressure injectors, and sophisticated catalytic converters have cut emissions of nitrous oxides, carbon dioxides, and hydrocarbons by more than 98 percent. New regulations will further reduce these already minute limits.
But ships today are where cars were in 1965: utterly uncontrolled, free to emit whatever they like. Just one of many statistics: A car driven 9,000 miles a year emits 3.5 ounces of sulfur oxides--while the engine in a large cargo ship produces 5,500 tons."

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+ - DRM Is Toxic To Culture->

Submitted by
WebMink
WebMink writes "Digital Restriction Methods (DRM) aren't just a nuisance that treats all customers as if they had stolen what they actually paid for. They also threaten our future cultural heritage. It's possible that you think that unauthorised use of copyrighted music, films and books is such a serious problem that it's worth giving away a little of your convenience and freedom in exchange for stopping it. This article lays out the issues and sounds the alarm that we need to act before ACTA makes this worse permanently."
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The Internet

+ - Pigeon flies past broadband in data speed race-> 1

Submitted by arkenian
arkenian (1560563) writes "Its not quite IP over pigeon, but UK had a race between pigeons and broadband connections. Ten USB key-laden pigeons were released from a Yorkshire farm at the same time a five-minute video upload was begun. An hour and a quarter later, the pigeons had reached their destination in Skegness 120km away, while only 24% of a 300MB file had uploaded. Campaigners say the stunt was being carried out to illustrate that broadband in some parts of the UK is still "not fit for purpose"."
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+ - First Sale Doctrine already lost on housing 3

Submitted by robert bitchin'
robert bitchin' (765408) writes "The recent concern about the loss of the first sale doctrine for software has already struck gold in a related development in the building industry. Housing developers are creating covenants on properties allowing them to request fees whenever a property is re-sold. And you thought you only had to pay your real estate agent!"
Hardware

+ - Small Plug-in solar panels coming out in 2011

Submitted by KindMind
KindMind (897865) writes "Clarian Power, a Seattle startup, is promising "plug-in" solar panels at $600 to $800 installed per panel for homeowners and small businesses. A typical installation is three panels, at around $2400 installed. These generate about 200 watts a panel, so a three panel systems would be 800 watts A single panel would save 30 to 40 kilowatt hours per month, translating to around $50 a year in energy cost savings. The estimated payback for a setup like this is estimated at four years, with tax credits and rebates taken into account. This is a supplemental power system, for replacing outside utility power, not for selling back to the utility company. The target date to have these for sale is sometime in 2011."
Space

+ - Incoming! The Sun Unleashes CME at Earth->

Submitted by
astroengine
astroengine writes "It's been an exciting day on the sun. This morning, at 08:55 UT, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) detected a C3-class flare erupt inside a sunspot cluster. 100,000 kilometers away, deep within the solar atmosphere (the corona), an extended magnetic field filled with cool plasma forming a dark ribbon across the face of the sun (a feature known as a "filament") erupted at the exact same time. It seems very likely that both eruptions were connected after a powerful shock wave produced by the flare destabilized the filament, causing the eruption. A second solar observatory, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), then spotted a huge coronal mass ejection (CME) blast into space, straight in the direction of Earth. Solar physicists have calculated that this magnetic bubble filled with energetic particles should hit Earth on August 3, so look out for some intense aurorae, a solar storm is coming..."
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Google

+ - Google Chrome now has resource-blocking adblock->

Submitted by
MackieChan
MackieChan writes "It seems to have slipped under the radar, but Google Chrome now has resource-blocking abilities, and may have had the ability for some time. Using the "beforeload" event on the document, an extension can now intercept resources from loading. Adblock for Chrome has already added it, and I expect the other 'ad-blocking' extensions have as well. Before you start praising Google, however, its the WebKit team that deserves your credit; one chromium developer responded to praise by stating '... thank Apple — they added it to WebKit, we just inherited it.' Firefox vs Chrome just got a bit more exciting."
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Google

+ - Google Receives Last Shipment of Nexus One Smartph->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google's experiment in direct-selling nears conclusion as the company's online store received its last batch of Nexus One smartphones this week. Once this batch is out, the only way to get the phone is through a hardware partner like Vodafone or KT. Developers in need of a Nexus One for testing the newest versions of Android (over-the-air updates are handled by Google in the Nexus One's case) can still buy the phone through Android Market Publisher page."
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