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by Skiboy941 (#47408581) Attached to: Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public
If I can't download it, then what's the point of this even being posted? Am I really going to have to fly to Britain to read these? Also, It's in Russian. These aren't useful in their current form. "Hi guys! I'm going to leak the TRUTH! But you'll have to be able to know how to read Russian, be in Britain, set up an appointment, and have 2 forms of ID!" Hopefully, some nice person will bother to scan these, just like they did with JD Sallinger's "unreleased" stories.

+ - Osticket 1.7ST (Desoto) released!->

Submitted by themib
themib (315187) writes "After over three years, and 10 interim releases later the osTicket 1.7ST has finally been released. osTicket is a widely-used and trusted open source support ticket system. It seamlessly routes inquiries created via email, web-forms and phone calls into a simple, easy-to-use, multi-user, web-based customer support platform. The new version introduces a host of new features and bug fixes."
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+ - Microsoft to name Windows Blue "Windows 8.1", not Windows 9->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Let’s make no mistake, Windows 8 is the latest Microsoft’s OS, there is an upgrade coming thus far known as “Windows Blue”, and today it's been revealed that Microsoft has decided to officially name it “Windows 8.1” and now Windows 9 as many have speculated."
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+ - Nvidia believes Tegra 5 will outperform a PS3->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "How close to the current generation of consoles are mobile devices? According to Nvidia, the next generation of mobile processors will in fact outperform both a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Going on the performance bump each generation of Nvidia’s Tegra chips has brought so far, he may have a point.

The PS3 is rated at 200GFLOPS, where as the PS4 takes a massive leap forward to 1800GFLOPS. Now if you look at Nvidia’s mobile processors, the Tegra 3 ran at 12 GFLOPS, Tegra 4 is set to bring near 7x increase and will run at 80GFLOPS. So it’s actually quite a confident prediction to make that when Tegra 5 arrives it will easily achieve more than 200GFLOPS of performance."

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Music

+ - EU: Music piracy should not be a concern for copyright holders->

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castrox
castrox writes "Ars Technica writes that the European Commission has published research based on samples from 16,000 users. The research suggests there are no correlation between piracy and decreased sales, but very well the opposite. This leads to the conclusion that music piracy should not be a "concern for copyright holders".

A very popular belief among Slashdotters and others just got handed a official research document (from the EC, no less) to strengthen it! Link to the actual research: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=6084"

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Censorship

+ - Bloggers could face fines for Libel under new UK legislation->

Submitted by Diamonddavej
Diamonddavej (851495) writes "The Guardian newspaper warns that Bloggers in the UK could face costly fines for libel with exemplary damages imposed if they do not sign up with a new press regulator under legislation (Clause 21A — Awards of exemplary damages) recommended by The Leveson Inquiry into press behaviour and ethics. Kirsty Hughes, the chief executive of Index on Censorship, said this a "sad day" for British democracy, “This will undoubtedly have a chilling effect on everyday people's web use". Exemplary damages, imposed by a court to penalise publishers who remain outside regulation, could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, easily enough to close down smaller publishers such as Private Eye and local newspapers. Harry Cole, who contributes to the Guido Fawkes blog says he does not want to join a regulator, he hopes his blog will remain as irreverent and rude as ever, and continue to hold public officials to account; it's servers are located in the US. Members of Parliament voted on Clause 21A late last night, it passed 530 to 13."
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Government

+ - FinSpy C&C Servers Found in 25 Countries Including Canada, Australia, India,->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "FinFisher spyware a.k.a. FinSpy has been updated to evade detection techniques over the last few months and has managed to increase its foothold in as many as 25 countries warn security researchers over at Toronto University’s Munk School of Global Affairs. The team of researchers has been tracking the spyware for over a year now and have found traces of the ‘lawful interception’ tool in as many as 25 courtiers with a total of 36 command and control servers. According to the researchers FinSpy has been changing tactics and behavior over the last few months, since October to be precise, in a bid to evade detection. The new countries that showed up on the list were Bangladesh, Canada, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Serbia and Vietnam. Previous studies pinpointed the spyware in 10 countries."
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+ - Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine-> 1

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langelgjm
langelgjm writes "In a closely-watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court today vindicated the first-sale doctrine, declaring that it "applies to copies of a copyrighted work lawfully made abroad." The case involved a Thai graduate student in the U.S. who sold cheap foreign versions of textbooks on eBay without the publisher’s permission. The 6-3 decision has important implications for goods sold online and in discount stores. Justice Stephen Breyer said in his opinion (PDF) that the publisher lost any ability to control what happens to its books after their first sale abroad."
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Science

+ - Skull Analysis Suggests Inbreeding May Have Been Rampant Among Early Humans->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ancient human skulls unearthed in northern China reveal that inbreeding may have been a common practice among our ancestors, according to new research.
Skull pieces discovered at Xujiayao in the Nihewan Basin of northern China show a now-rare congenital deformation that suggests inbreeding might well have been common among early humans, according to researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Washington University in St. Louis."

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Government

+ - GAO: Flaws in IRS Network Could Put Taxpayer Information in Jeopardy->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) believes that “serious weaknesses remain” in the ways that the Internal Revenue Service handles its internal network, problems that could directly implicate taxpayer data according to a report by the regulatory group.

The 31-page document, “IRS Has Improved Controls but Needs to Resolve Weaknesses,” (.PDF) outlines several problems with the IRS’ system including the way it authenticates users, enforces password complexity, fails to restrict access to its mainframe environment, and fails to keep patches up to date."

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