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+ - New York may ban iPods while crossing street

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "New Yorkers who blithely cross the street listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone could soon face a $100 fine. New York State Sen. Carl Kruger says three pedestrians in his Brooklyn district have been killed since September upon stepping into traffic while distracted by an electronic device. In one case bystanders screamed "watch out" to no avail. Kruger says he will introduce legislation on Wednesday to ban the use of gadgets such as Blackberry devices and video games while crossing the street. http://today.reuters.com/news/articleinvesting.asp x?type=bondsNews&storyID=2007-02-07T163322Z_01_N07 401762_RTRIDST_0_NEWYORK-IPOD-PICTURE.XML http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/tech/20070207-0 833-newyork-ipod.html"
PC Games (Games)

+ - Half-Life 2: Episode 2 delayed to end 2007

Submitted by
Wowzer
Wowzer writes "EA and Valve today announced the naming and product configurations of Half-Life 2's The Black Box and The Orange Box, while at the same time confirming another worldwide release date delay from summer 2007 to winter 2007. From the article: "The Black Box will ship for the PC, and includes Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2. The Orange Box will ship for the PC, PS3 & Xbox 360, and includes all the content of The Black Box, plus the original Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One." If you thought the delay was the only bad news, then artwork fans haven't seen the ugly new boxart yet."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun Not Moving to GPL version 3

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "It doesn't look list Sun is going to automatically move to GPL version 3 for either Java or OpenSolaris.
"I've got no intention of removing CDDL from OpenSolaris as it has been an ideal license for OpenSolaris," Sun Microsystems' Chief Open Source Officer, Simon Phipps told internetnews.com. "The CDDL is doing a fine job with that community. The role of the license is to empower the innovator and the CDDL is demonstrably doing a good job of empowering OpenSolaris.""
The Courts

+ - RIAA Ordered to Pay P2P Defendent's Legal Fees

Submitted by
inetsee
inetsee writes "The RIAA has been ordered to pay legal fees to a defendant who won a lawsuit brought against her by the RIAA. Debbie Foster was sued by the RIAA for copyright infringement. She refused to settle, the case went to trial and the case was dismissed last summer. Now Judge Lee R. West of the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma has ordered the RIAA to pay "reasonable attorney fees in this action under paragraph 505 of the Copyright Act". The legal fees are expected to total $50,000 or more."
The Internet

Canadian Government Rejects Net Neutrality Rules 287

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the never-ending-struggles dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Canadian Press reports that the Canadian government appears ready to reject net neutrality legislation, instead heeding the arguments of large telecommunications companies . Michael Geist has posted transcripts of the documents which can be summarized as the government thinks that blocking or prioritizing content is acceptable, it knows that this runs counter to recommended policy, and it doesn't care because it plans to the leave the issue to the dominant telecommunications providers."
Security

+ - One Laptop Per Child Security Spec Released

Submitted by juwiley
juwiley (666) writes "The One Laptop Per Child project has released information about its advanced security platform Bitfrost. Could children with a $100 laptop end up with a better security infrastructure than executives using $5000 laptops powered by Vista? "What's deeply troubling — almost unbelievable — about [Unix style permissions] is that they've remained virtually the only real control mechanism that a user has over her personal documents today...In 1971, this might have been acceptable...We have set out to create a system that is both drastically more secure and provides drastically more usable security than any mainstream system currently on the market.""
Upgrades

+ - Ideal Linux System for Newbies?

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spiffyman
spiffyman writes "In the next year, I'll begin advanced work in mathematics. I'm already doing it with logic. I'll also be upgrading my desktop box. In light of the advantages of Linux and FOSS in the sciences/mathematics, I want to convert from a Windows system to a dual-boot one. Primary tasks aside from math/logic activities will include learning intermediate programming, web maintenance, some computational linguistics (in Python), and LOTS of LaTeX work for my publishing activities. What do Slashdot readers recommend in terms of hardware, OS, software, and perhaps reading for a quasi-power Windows user to convert to an all-Linux system? Assume no previous experience with Linux. Cost is an issue but not a deal-breaker."
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Boston Globe to Blogger — "Stop Using Opera" 465

Posted by kdawson
from the what-part-of-'modern'-do-you-not-understand dept.
PetManimal writes "Mac Daniels of the Boston Globe weighed in on a prickly debate involving the updated local mass transit website. The Globe's advice to one complainer named 'derspatchel': Stop using Opera. Derspatchel's response is to go medieval on Daniels' ass, and ask the question: Why should Opera users give up their browser? Quoting: 'I don't give two whoops about the "percentage of the Internet population" or whatever. I don't care if a website works on someone else's choice of browser; I care if it works or not on my choice of browser. It's a modern browser, it's in active development, and it's free. Once dev stops on the Opera browser and the last version becomes outdated and unable to support newer Web innovations, then I'll "stop using it." How's that, Chuckles?'" After a day the transit authority took the new site offline to "improve performance," reverting to the old version.

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