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+ - Do you know this sex offender?

Submitted by Marc
Marc (212548) writes "Interpol have turned to the internet community to help find a man who has been photographed sexually abusing twelve young boys. The press release describes how pictures of the suspect were obtained: "Although the original photographs had been digitally altered by him or his accomplices to disguise his face, specialists from the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) in Germany working with INTERPOL's Trafficking in Human Beings unit have been able to produce an identifiable picture." This is the first time Interpol have sought the publics assistance in tracking down a suspect."
Operating Systems

+ - Replacing atime With relatime in the Kernel->

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eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "Our friend Jeremy at the Kernal Trap has has dug up some interesting criticism of atime from god himself, Linus Torvalds. As Linus submitted patches to improve relatime he noted: "I cannot over-emphasize how much of a deal it is in practice. Atime updates are by far the biggest IO performance deficiency that Linux has today. Getting rid of atime updates would give us more everyday Linux performance than all the pagecache speedups of the past 10 years, _combined_." And later severely beat atime about the head with a pointed stick: "It's also perhaps the most stupid Unix design idea of all times. Unix is really nice and well done, but think about this a bit: 'For every file that is read from the disk, lets do a ... write to the disk! And, for every file that is already cached and which we read from the cache ... do a write to the disk!" Well, I guess I can expect my Linux machine to become a little bit faster!"
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Patents

+ - IEEE Required Patent Disclosure

Submitted by Marc
Marc (212548) writes "The Institute reports that the IEEE Standards Association has updated their standards policy to require that "members of an IEEE standards development project reveal any knowledge they may have of patents they or their employer hold on intellectual property being considered for inclusion in the standard." In addition to this "anyone in a standards working group is "encouraged to inform the working group chair" if he or she is aware of any patented intellectual property held by others"."
Privacy

+ - MPAA: Plagarism good, Piracy bad? 1

Submitted by BillGatesLoveChild
BillGatesLoveChild (1046184) writes "The MPAA is fast to complain about their Intellectual Property being violated, but have no qualms about violating the Intellectual Property of others. The SMH reports another case of a Hollywood Studio plagarizing a film as their own. Adam Sandler's I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) is a tale of two firemen who pretend to be gay to get domestic partner benefits. Curiously Paul Hogan's Strange Bedfellows (2004) made three years earlier, is also a tale of two firemen who pretend to be gay to get domestic partner benefits. Universal Studios issued a statement claiming "the similarities are purely coincidental". The producers of "Strange Bedfellows" are amused but not convinced.

This isn't the first time, with similar accusations being made against Spielberg's Julie Newmar (1995) vs Priscilla (1994) and Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" which the courts found was stolen from writer Art Buchwald. Add to that "Hollywood Accounting" fleecing artists (The Forest Gump movie didn't pay the author a cent in royalties), the Record Industry doing the same and the MPAA itself caught yet unrepentant for pirating movies. Before The Senate rushes off to do their bidding, shouldn't the MPAA and RIAA be ordered to clean up their own houses?"

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