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Comment: Just because SONY stopped to support Linux boot ? (Score 1) 534

by Schwarzy (#34703738) Attached to: Playstation 3 Code Signing Cracked For Good

I remember that cracking PS3 got a huge soar when SONY killed Linux support with a firmware update.

I wonder if current motives are still Linux booting. If this is the case, SONY executives are truly dumb.

Does someone knows what are (practical) counter measures sony have against secret key leak ?

+ - Firefox forbidden by the public services of Wallon 4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The public services of Wallonia (one of the three Belgium regions) now forbid the use of Mozilla Firefox on corporate computers. They argue Mozilla Firefox contains "a" security vulnerability (despite the 3.5.3 version seems not to have one) and make the use of the old and freaky Internet Explorer 6 mandatory."

TwIP - An IP Stack In a Tweet 81

Posted by timothy
from the small-is-good dept.
Adam Dunkels writes "Inspired by the Twitter-sized program that crashes Mac OS X, I just wrote a really, really rudimentary IP stack called twIP, small enough to fit in a Twitter tweet. Although twIP is very far away from a real IP stack, it can do the first task of any IP stack: respond to pings. The entire source code can be found in this 128-character-long tweet. For those who are interested in low-level network programming, a code walkthrough with instructions on how to run the code under FreeBSD is available here. The FAQ: Q: why? A: for fun."
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RIAA Exec Moves Over To Gaming Industry 66

Posted by timothy
from the shake-your-moneymaker dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The same RIAA executive who defended a $222,000 verdict over 24 song files at an academic conference back in March, Kenneth Doroshow, is leaving the RIAA and joining the Entertainment Software Association ('ESA'). As I said on my blog, if Mr. Doroshow 'accomplishes for game manufacturers what he accomplished for the recording industry, I would say the industry's prospects are bleak.'"

France Bans TV Shows For Babies 8 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the teletubbies-are-dead-to-me dept.
France's broadcast authority has banned the marketing of TV shows to children under 3, to protect them from the potential of developmental problems. The ruling also mandates that French cable operators airing foreign channels with programs for babies have to broadcast warning messages to parents. The messages will read: "Watching television can slow the development of children under 3, even when it involves channels aimed specifically at them." I guess there won't be any French contestants in this year's Baby Fear Factor.

Engadget: In case you missed it: new MacBooks and MacBook Pros come stacked with Penryn CP->

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Filed under: Laptops

If you weren't quite over the edge about your new purchase (and after the hum-drum boosts, you may not be), maybe this succulent yet blatant tidbit of info will knock you into the abyss: the new lineup of MacBooks and MacBook Pros do indeed contain Intel's fancy new Penryn CPUs. What does that mean? Longer battery life, less lap-searing heat, and you basically become a super-king if you buy one. Oh, did we mention success and riches beyond your wildest dreams? No... wait... those are for Steve Jobs.

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+ - Slashdot praised as succesful web 2.0->

Submitted by Optikschmoptik
Optikschmoptik (971793) writes "Discussing user-generated content systems, Slate names Slashdot and Helium as better Web 2.0 designs than the comparable and ostensibly more democratic Digg and Wikipedia. Slashdot wins this round thanks to its comment moderation:

The moderation system at the tech blog Slashdot is perhaps the best example on the Web of a middle way. Slashdot, which draws on links submitted by readers, ordains active contributors with limited power to regulate comments and contributions from other users. Compared with Wikipedia, which requires supreme devotion from its smaller core of administrators, Slashdot makes it easy to become a moderator. Giving large numbers of people small chunks of responsibility has proven effective in eliminating trolls and flame wars in the comment section.
Yeah, so it's not perfectly effective, but in general the comments here are easily better than on Digg. I remember reading, about a year and a half ago, that /. was almost dead, and that Digg was the future. Maybe it's my age, but I've noticed digg headlines get less engaging and more base, while /. continues to maintain its potency at wasting my time. I also have my suspicion that I could actually prevent links from hitting the digg front page by submitting them before 'top submitters' get around to them."

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Engadget: Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro get refreshed with faster CPUs, multi-touch->

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Filed under: Laptops

digg_url = '';Aw snap. It finally, really happened... kind of. Apple has just dropped a nasty refresh on its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, knocking the processor speeds up, and giving the Pros that tasty multi-touch the MacBook Air has been sporting. Still, they couldn't break off an even slightly new form-factor for us? Both lines appear to be sporting Intel's downsized new Penryn chips, which should make your lap and / or battery quite happy. Right now we're seeing updates to the GPU memory, an LED backlight (option!) for 17-inchers, as well as LEDs on all the rest of the Pros (sorry again MacBookers). New specs on the MBPs include a CPU boost to a base speed of 2.4GHz all the way up to 2.6GHz, that suspiciously new 3MB or 6MB L2 cache on the CPUs, added RAM to the graphics cards (up to 512MB for the higher-end 15-inch, and all 17-inch models), and of course the new trackpad. On the MacBook front, things look even more familiar, with only minor bumps to speed (2.1GHz up to 2.4GHz) and CPUs. Both new lines get hard drive increases, with the MBPs rocking 200GB or 250GB options, while the MBs range from 120GB all the way up to 250GB. Ports, weight, and size all appear to be just the same for both lines, undoubtedly to the chagrin of many readers.

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+ - Claws Mail drops ClamAV plugin

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Colin Leroy
Colin Leroy writes "Claws Mail, a lightweight and extensible mail user agent, recently released version 3.3.1. This bugfix release comes without its antivirus plugin based on ClamAV: Claws Mail's licence is GPL version 3 since September 2007, and ClamAV's libclamav is released under the GPLv2 strictly.
According to the Software Freedom Law Center, this incompatibility could only be resolved by relicensing either Claws Mail or libclamav, which was impossible to both teams."

+ - AMD Releases 3D Programming Documentation->

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Michael Larabel
Michael Larabel writes "With the Free Open Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) starting today, where John Bridgman of AMD will be addressing the X.Org developers, AMD has this morning released their 3D programming documentation. This information covers not only the recent R500 series, but goes back in detail to the R300/400 series. This is another one of AMD's open source documentation offerings, which they had started doing at the X Developer Summit 2007 with releasing 900 pages of basic documentation. Phoronix has a detailed analysis of what is being offered with today's information as well as information on sample code being released soon. This information will allow open source 3D/OpenGL work to get underway with ATI's newer graphics cards."
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