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Submission + - Managing editor of linuxtoday: Copying is Stealing ( 2

Lord Juan writes: My eyes could not believe when I read the same old tired argument of "Copying is Stealing" we are all used to hear coming from the entertainment industry, coming from the Managing Editor of the Linux Today website. Linux and the entire Free Software ecosystem is based on the idea of Copy and Share. I wouldn't have expected that a Linux related website would take a position regarding the legality or illegality of the entertainment content, but to plainly say that "Copying is Stealing" and use the argument that "Linux and Free/Open Source software are entirely dependent on copyrights, and some FOSS fans get pretty righteous on the subject, especially for GPL violations. And yet when it comes to music, movies, and books some think the same respect for copyrights doesn't apply, and it's OK to collect copies of works without paying for them. We can hardly criticize the RIAA, MPAA, ASCAP, Sony BMG, and all the other hostile, clueless over-reaching forces of darkness without having clean hands ourselves." thus missing the point that the GPL is intended to allow the copying and sharing of the source code by using copyright law against itself, it just something that is beyond my comprehension.

Submission + - Nmap cripples a whole corporate network (

rfelsburg writes: An nmap scan with certain parameters is apparently sufficient to temporarily cripple a whole corporate network. On the Full Disclosure mailing list, a network admin reported that he used the following command to establish the SNMP versions of his routers and servers:

nmap -sU -sV -p 161-162 -iL target_file.txt

where target_file.txt contained his systems' IP addresses. However, the scan caused most of his network devices to crash and reboot, including several Cisco routers. There were very varied responses to his question on the list whether this problem was caused by a DoS vulnerability within the devices or by a flawed configuration.

Feed Engadget: 1&1's 7-inch SmartPad is the most unlikely Android tablet you'll ever see (

We knew at Computex that tablets were on track to completely take over the world, but now it's official: a German internet provider has just revealed that it'll soon be offering a branded tablet PC of its own. You heard right -- a German ISP is making a tablet. The delightfully named SmartPad is a 7-inch, touchscreen-based slate that'll eventually support Android 2.2 (v1.6 will be pre-installed), and there's also inbuilt WiFi and an optional 3G module for those looking to "stay connected." It seems as if the company is still hammering out the final specifications, but we are told to expect an SD card reader (2GB will be included), a USB socket, a 500MHz ARM11 processor, 256MB of RAM and a proprietary app store that'll undoubtedly enrage you. According to the promotional video hosted just past the break, it should ship later this month for precisely nothing so long as you pick up a data plan to go alongside of it. 'Course, getting one outside of Deutschland is another challenge entirely...

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Submission + - Mobile zoo for Q/A?

macguys writes: I work for an organization that supplies automation to a large group of libraries. While we have a robust Q/A process for our sites, it's all done on desktop machines using Firefox, IE, Safari, Chrome, etc. As more and more of our end users are accessing our assets via mobile devices, it seems to me that we should have a formal process for doing Q/A on those devices. I'm working on a proposal that includes buying (and regularly refreshing) a "petting zoo" of mobile devices for developer testing and q/a of our web assets. While my management agrees that this is a good idea, there is concern that we will end up having lots of cell phone contracts for devices that are only used a few times a year.

I'd appreciate knowing how other organizations handle mobile device q/a. How do you decide which devices to test on, and how do you handle having to buy a 1 or 2 year service contract for each device purchased for testing?

Submission + - KDE3 Fork In The Works

nicodoggie writes: A little over two years after Linux desktop users all over the world wailed in disappointment over the sub par KDE 4.0 release, a KDE3 fork, Trinity KDE is coming into being.

Apparently, there is a Live CD of Trinity KDE working on Ubuntu 10.04, but as of today, the Trinity KDE website is still recovering from hardware failure.

Will this project take off? Will KDE3 be back in the mainstream? Or have people moved on?

Submission + - Paris to Install Hydroturbines on the River Seine (

An anonymous reader writes: Paris recently announced plans to infuse its grid with renewable energy by installing eight hydroelectric turbines in the waters of the River Seine. An urban ecology study of the French waterways has already been conducted and has identified four potential sites along the river’s path, and the city is currently seeking proposals from companies to provide possible solutions and technologies. The city hopes to have the hydro turbines installed early next year.

Submission + - The (LAN)Party is over for DFI (

Richard Swinburne writes: "If you've been interested in building PCs and overclocking for more than a few years, the name LANParty probably means a great deal to you. In the early 2000s, LANParty was the archetypal range of overclocking motherboards with eye-catching visual design, unique features and powerful, flexible BIOS controls.

You've probably also noticed that new LANParty boards have become rarer and rarer, and over the last few months, we've been trying to find out exactly what's happening to one of the most famous PC enthusiast brands.

That said, we wanted answers, and so I decided to make a visit to DFI's head office in Taiwan. It's often easier to find the right person to talk to with a visit than on the phone — and you're also a little harder to ignore because you're standing there. Or so I thought."

Submission + - Bangladesh blocks Facebook over Mohammed cartoons 1

lbalbalba writes: Bangladesh has blocked access to Facebook after satirical images of the prophet Muhammad and the country's leaders were uploaded. One man has been arrested and charged with "spreading malice and insulting the country's leaders" with the images. Officials said the ban was temporary and access to the site would be restored once the images were removed. It comes after Pakistan invoked a similar ban over "blasphemous content".
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Submission + - Senators Question Removal of NASA Program Manager 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that one day after the removal of NASA's head of the Constellation Program, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, chairman of the Committee that oversees NASA, and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the committee’s ranking Republican have asked NASA's inspector general to look into whether the NASA leadership is undermining the agency’s moon program and to “examine whether this or other recent actions by NASA were intended or could reasonably have been expected to foreclose the ability of Congress to consider meaningful alternatives” to President Obama’s proposed policy, which invests heavily in new space technologies and turns the launching of astronauts over to private companies. Congress has not yet agreed to the president’s proposed policy, which invests heavily in new space technologies and turns the launching of astronauts over to private companies, and inserted into this year’s budget legislation a clause that prohibits NASA from canceling the Constellation program or starting alternatives without Congressional approval. The manager, Jeffrey M. Hanley, whose reassignment is being called a promotion, had been publicly supported by Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., the NASA administrator, and other NASA officials, but he may have incurred displeasure by publicly talking about how Constellation could be made to fit into the slimmed-down budgets that President Obama has proposed for NASA’s human spaceflight endeavors. “It’s enough for us to be extraordinarily concerned,” said a Congressional staff member, who was authorized to speak only anonymously. “We just want the inspector general to follow the path and report back to us what he’s finding.”"

Submission + - Intel announces low-voltage, 32-nm mobile CPUs (

EconolineCrush writes: Intel has announced a new line of Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage mobile CPUs designed for thin-and-light 10-13" notebooks. Fabricated on the same 32-nm process as the company's flagship Core i7-980X Extreme desktop chip, the new mobile line spans multiple models between budget Celeron and Pentium models and more expensive Core i3, i5, and i7 offerings. Intel claims a TDP of just 17W for the new CPUs, which is less than half the power draw of standard notebook chips. Systems based on the new CPUs are expected to arrive on the market starting early next month.

Submission + - What is the best cross-platform build system?

rippeltippel writes: I write embedded software for multiple linux-based platforms and use different build systems (makefiles, buildroot, ...) to cross-compile software, kernel, and to generate the final rootfs. I would now like to uniform the build system with a tool which is actively maintained and updated, allows to easily add/remove packages and, most of all, to cross-compile the same codebase to different platforms with little effort.
I've seen that there are several solutions available, e.g. PTXdist, CMake, LTIB, T2 SDE, OpenEmbedded, Poky, Bitbake and, of course, Buildroot. From my understanding, some of them are integrated into each other (e.g. OpenEmbedded uses Bitbake) but unfortunately I couldn't find any serious comparison or review of those tools.
What cross-platform build system do Slashdotters reckon to be the most suitable?

Submission + - Hope for multi-language programming?

chthonicdaemon writes: "I have been using Linux as my primary environment for more than ten years. In this time, I have absorbed all the lore surrounding the Unix Way — small programs doing one thing well, communicating via text and all that. I have found the commandline a productive environment for doing many of the things I often do, and I find myself writing lots of small scripts that do one thing, then piping them together to do other things.

While I was spending the time learning grep, sed, awk, python and many other more esoteric languages, the world moved on to application-based programming, where the paradigm seems to be to add features to one program written in one language. I have traditionally associated this with Windows or MacOS, but it is happening with Linux as well. Environments have little or no support for multi-language projects — you choose a language, open a project and get done. Recent trends in more targeted build environments like cmake or ant are understandably focusing on automatic dependancy generation and cross-platform support, unfortunately making it more difficult to grow a custom build process for a multi-language project organically.

All this is a bit painful for me as I know how much is gained by using a targetted language for a particular problem. Now the question: Should I suck it up and learn to do all my programming in C++/Java (insert other well-supported, popular language here) and unlearn ten years of philosophy or is there hope for the multi-language development process?"

DIY Live Photos From ISS 42

leighklotz writes "The international amateur satellite organization AMSAT is reporting live reception of TV images directly from the orbiting ISS via the ARISS-SSTV project. The images are said to be preparations for the upcoming visit to the ISS by Richard Garriot (W5KWQ), which will provide images from space as part of the Windows on Earth project."

Chemist who falls in acid will be tripping for weeks.