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Programming

+ - A Windows-Based Packaging Mechanism

Submitted by
FishWithAHammer
FishWithAHammer writes "As part of my Google Summer of Code project, I'm working with WinLibre to develop a vaguely Debian-esque software download system for Free/open source software on the Windows platform. My reasoning is that open-source software suffers from poor presentation. Most computer laymen, even those aware of open source software, often don't have any idea how to go looking for it — their Google-fu is lacking — but would use it were it easier to access. What I have proposed is both a Debian-style packaging mechanism (capable of using Windows Installer MSIs or not, as the user wishes) and a software "catalog" that takes the best aspects of Synaptic and Linspire's Click-N-Run system. Seamless, simple installation and removal of programs in as straightforward a way as apt-get (there will be a command-line tool as well). I'm posting to Slashdot to get the ideas of you lot who, while you may not be the target audience, can certainly provide insights that can be of value.

There are areas that I'm personally not familiar with, and while I have done some research I would like the opinions of Slashdotters on some others. While at first I intend to set it up so that WinLibre (and I) run only one repository, I am curious as to how this sort of tool could be most useful to network administrators. Customizable repositories will be available; the code will be under the GPL, after all, so it'd be a little hard for them not to be available.

I'm also interested in the ideas of those who might be in a position to roll together packages. I intend to package a number of open-source language interpreters with the core software to allow special pre- and post-install scripts, as well as removal scripts. C#Script, Perl, and Python are definites, as is a Cygwin sh interpreter. We will have some program requirements — chief among them that no registry changes may be made by the program — but some of them, I fear, will require some flexibility; some programs really do require a way to edit the registry, for example, and I am considering offering some sort of tracked way to make registry changes so they can be rolled back on uninstallation of the program.

I'd love to hear what Slashdotters think of this. Think of it as a wishlist, but you don't get any damn ponies.

Ed Ropple (FishWithAHammer)"
Software

+ - PhpBB3 RC1 Released

Submitted by Mia'cova
Mia'cova (691309) writes "phpBB3 RC1 was released today. Version 2 was initially released five years ago in 2002. This marks a major next step in the development of the platform. Some new features include multiple attachments, unlimited subforums, custom bbcodes, a user control panel, jabber notifications, and friend/foe lists. Check out a longer feature list and keep an eye out for your favorite phpBB-powered forums to start getting updated."
Security

+ - Charles Schwab Picture Passwords Debuts, is Hacked

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "At the Internet Identity Workshop, Vidoop announced a picture password scheme that will be used by Charles Schwab. Starting in August, Charles Schwab users will be able to login by choosing the correct image of a pizza or car, using their scheme that is invulnerable to phishing, keyloggers and "all prevalent forms of hacking", according to Vidoop's TV commercial on YouTube. At the same workshop, Harvard researchers announced that they had broken the scheme in a few hours, and they posted a video of the attack. This relates to the Boarding Pass Guy's attack on Bank of America's SiteKey and to a previous Harvard study on SiteKey that shows how easily users get phished."
Nintendo

+ - Man Crushes Testicle With Wii Controller

Submitted by
Bony Tlair
Bony Tlair writes "A Leeds accident and emergency unit reported that a man was admitted to hospital in the early hours of april the 1st with severe injuries to his testical after playing with his Nintendo Wii console in the nude. Doctors reported that he had apparently jerked his Wii so hard he accidently crushed a testicle by jamming the controller against a loose testical. Doctors advised him not play with his Wii again until the swelling went down. http://www.maxitmag.com/game-on/game-articles/man- crushes-testical-with-wii-controller.html"
Music

+ - RIAA Can't Have Defendant's Son's Desktop

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The RIAA's attempt to get Ms. Lindor's son's desktop computer in UMG v. Lindor has been rejected by the Magistrate Judge. The judge said that the RIAA

"offered little more than speculation to support their request for an inspection of Mr. Raymond's desktop computer, based on ... his family relationship to the defendant, the proximity of his house to the defendant's house, and his determined defense of his mother in this case. That is not enough. On the record before me, plaintiffs have provided scant basis to authorize an inspection of Mr. Raymond's desktop computer."
Decision by Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy. (pdf)"
Slashdot.org

+ - Slashdot announces Slashdot Personals

Submitted by
mi
mi writes "After years of development and testing, Slashdot is responding to market demand with today's announcement of free Slashdot Personals (Beta): "We have long felt, this would be a good idea, and today we finally bring it to fruition. We have a strong and loyal community and there is no reason, we should not try to facilitate dating among the members. This is a long-term investment for us — nerds' offsprings will start becoming loyal users as soon as within 10 years," — said Commander Taco..."
Media

+ - Proof Dog can sniff out piracy

Submitted by
rasyadi
rasyadi writes "A few days ago slashdot published article on Dogs Trained to Sniff Out Piracy. Today, Malaysian newspaper reported two specially trained sniffer dogs, used their nose to make the biggest pirated optical discs bust of the year. Quoted from New Straits Times Online:

"Two dogs used their noses to make the biggest pirated optical discs bust of the year on their very first official assignment in Malaysia.
Lucky and Flo sniffed out RM10 million in fake optical discs at a shopping complex here yesterday.
The outing was a resounding endorsement of the decision to bring the Labrador Retrievers here from Northern Ireland to put pirated optical disc operators out of business."

Full news can be found at Hot dogs bust pirates"
Censorship

+ - Teacher Suspended After Pro-gay Article is Printed

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A few months ago, after a student wrote an article for her school newspaper saying that people who are gay should be treated the same as everyone else, the journalism advisor was written up for insubordination. Now she has been placed on paid leave. People planned on attending the school board meeting, but once there, they were informed that they couldn't ask any questions about the situation to protect the teacher. Board president Rev. Stephen Terry said the board could not be swayed in any way before an appeal.

"He said his decision was based on state law, but when Jack Groch, the Indiana State Teachers representative for East Allen, asked what the statute was, he was told he was out of order."
A reprint of the student's original "offending" story can be found on a local news website. The class at Woodlan has stopped publishing their newspaper entirely, and all other schools are having a new policy enforced on them by the school board that states that none of the newspapers are open forum, and that all issues must be approved by the school principal before going to print. One can only wonder whether or not the teacher will be fired in the end."
Space

+ - NASA Confirms Solar Storm near 2012

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "`This week researchers announced that a storm is coming — the most intense solar maximum in fifty years. The prediction comes from a team led by Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). "The next sunspot cycle will be 30% to 50% stronger than the previous one," she says. If correct, the years ahead could produce a burst of solar activity second only to the historic Solar Max of 1958.`

`Dikpati's forecast puts Solar Max at 2012. Hathaway believes it will arrive sooner, in 2010 or 2011.`

Anyone familiar with the Mayan Calendar? December 21, 2012 (13.0.0.0.0 in the Mayan Calendar) Coincidence?"
Programming

+ - phpbb 2.0.* server goes down, comes back up 3.0

Submitted by
FF8Jake
FF8Jake writes "Quoted from phpbb.com:

"After a long time of downtime we are proud to say to be back online. Due to the events we decided to give our previous plans and work a good push and put the new website up instead of reviving the old one. Within this step we also updated the main forums to phpBB3 Olympus as well as using the new phpBB default style, named prosilver."

Looks seckseh. ^_^"
The Courts

+ - Livedoor.com founder sentenced to prison

Submitted by
dido
dido writes "The Mainichi Daily News reports that Takafumi Horie, the founder and former president of Japan's most famed Internet company Livedoor.com has been convicted for violating Japan's Securities and Exchange law, and has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. From the article: 'The Tokyo District Court convicted Horie, 34, the founder of the Internet company, of spreading false information on the stock market about his company in a bid to manipulate share prices and of making false entries in its securities report in violation of the law.'"
Announcements

+ - YouTube Banned Again: Time to RethinkWeb 2.0

Submitted by
vikrantsharma1
vikrantsharma1 writes "After Brazil & Turkey, YouTube seems to have got a similar treatment in Thailand. Beginning past Friday till Saturday evening, YouTube users in Thailand got redirected to website of MICT, the government agency responsible for Internet censorship. The site was later restored. The ban in Brazil and Turkey was lifted only when YouTube removed the videos which lead to the controversy. The kind of reaction YouTube has faced from government and judges looks bizarre.

This series of bans on YouTube and subsequent judgements raises certain concerns in mind about user generated content and the future of web 2.0 companies. The freedom for users and user-generated content around which the entire Web 2.0 concept revolves goes for a toss when sharing and viewing is banned by force. Users should be deciding what should be shared & seen and what not; however, the democracy of Internet takes a backseat when interest of government or authorities comes forward. Like in case of Thailand, Mashable reports that, the ban could be related to clips from a CNN interview featuring Thailand's ex-Prime Minister Thaksin who was ousted by the Thai military. It seems that the current regime is not happy about the media exposure Thaskin is getting.

This does not imply that there should not be any censorship on the content but solutions need to be explored to involve users in filtering objectionable content. Although, the voting system used by Digg and other sites is a similar soulution but that does not seem to be enough. Suggestions are welcome...!

If we look from a Web 2.0 company's perspective, these kind of situations are really discouraging for startups and headache for established ones. When a giant like YouTube could not stand their ground, in a situation which should not have lead to a ban in the first place, what will happen to a smaller companies. Startups, generally, don't feel comfortable entering areas with lot of legal hassles. If these kind of bans keep coming in, not many startups
will dream of getting into video sharing arena.

I will not be surprised if these kind of activities and judgements, which have set a precedent now, are used as weapons by companies to pull their competitors in court or probably getting banned!!!

Let me know your opinion on this and probable solutions to content moderation if any has come to your mind.

http://vikrantweb.blogspot.com/2007/03/youtube-ban ned-again-time-to-rethink.html"

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