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+ - Nokia to replace 43 Million Batteries->

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mysqlbytes (908737) writes "According to a recent post on the BBC's website, Nokia has admitted to a problem in the BL-5C batteries made by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006. For some of us, it means longer battery life with a new lease of life. And for some of us, no more burnt legs :) See the article here, and you can check out the product advisory here: https://www.nokia.com/batteryreplacement/en/"
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Security

+ - A Web Application Exploitation Expose->

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twistedmoney99 (1045980) writes "Installing an insecure web application is dangerous for the website operator, its visitors, the hosting provider, as well as any other clients of that provider. In an expose of one such web application, Seth Fogie walks through the testing of a commercial application (EZPhotoSales), gaining access to sensitive data, bypassing applications protections, finding permanent cross-site scripting bugs, gaining shell access, and obtaining access to the web pages and scripts of all the other clients of the hosting provider. If you are a user of this software, the article does include a few tips on how to secure the application. Ironically, the application developer did take measures to protect their intellectual property using ionCube (a PHP encoder) — if only the same efforts were made to protect the customer."
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The Media

+ - Bloggers Consider Forming Labor Union->

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truthsearch writes "In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards. The effort is an extension of the blogosphere's growing power and presence, especially within the political realm, and for many, evokes memories of the early labor organization of freelance writers in the early 1980s. There's decidedly less support for a union movement among conservative bloggers."
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Comment: Re:Albums I would buy if they weren't "protected" (Score 1) 548

by Stonehead (#13613940) Attached to: Artist Suggesting Ways Around Copy Protection
Oh, the list is *very* long. I boycot copy controlled CD's since 2003 or so. Some of my friends do so, too. It's mostly EMI who is the bad guy, here in The Netherlands. Sony/BMG dropped copy control here last year, but apparently they want to lose money again.

To give an idea, on the top of my head:

Athlete - Vehicles and Animals
Audio Bullys - Ego War
Ben Kweller - On My Way
Chemical Brothers - Singles 93-03
Chemical Brothers - Push the Button
The Divine Comedy - Absent Friends
Doves - Lost Sides
Doves - Some Cities
Ed Harcourt - From Every Sphere
Ed Harcourt - Strangers
Fischerspooner - Odyssey
Gisli - How About That?
Goldfrapp - Supernature
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (single)
Idlewild - Warnings / Promises
Kraftwerk - Minimum-Maximum
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Mando Diao - Bring 'em in
Mando Diao - Hurricane Bar
Phoenix - Live! Thirty Days Ago
Placebo - Once More With Feeling
Royksopp - Sparks (single)
Royksopp - The Understanding
Sarah McLachlan - Afterglow
Supergrass - Road To Rouen
The Ark - In Lust We Trust
The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
Thrills - So Much For The City
Thrills - Let's Bottle Bohemia
Zero 7 - When it falls
Zoot Woman - Grey Day

Those are the ones I *know*. In a record store, I don't even look further when I see the copy control logo, and I curse the record company.

I even contacted a representative of EMI once, offering him real money for ANY kind of way in which he could have me play The Doves' newest record on my Sun Ultra 5. It has a cd-player which refuses copy controlled CD's, and of course it doesn't play WMA either. His final mail told me that EMI would "improve" the copy control in the future, but not lose it. I was deeply disappointed.

However, it seems that EMI doesn't add copy control to CD's with extra content (for example a video clip). They are real CD's. Some festival samplers aren't protected either. In those ways, I've been able to pay for at least some normal EMI content. I let my money vote.

I am sure there is still a market for CD's which were previously released under copy control. But I wonder who will re-release all those music that I wanted to have in these last years.

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