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Comment: Re:"Must accept harmful interference..." (Score 5, Informative) 158

by Tom Hek (#46202795) Attached to: L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says
Switching transformers that are out on the market nowadays put out all sorts of crap, including noise on those frequencies. In Europe, police in the Netherlands and other countries search for illegal marijuana growers by scanning the RF band for strange noise from the transformers used for the lamps, sometimes they even get discovered by the cable companies that get complaints about channels not working or with a fuck load of noise, etc.
Television

+ - ATT Announces CruiseCast In-Car Satellite Service

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T already provides customers with Highspeed Internet, TV at home, Landlines, and cellphones but they also want to provide you with in-car satellite TV service with their new CruiseCast service. CruiseCast was announced by AT&T at CES this year and according to AT&T the service will be launching as early as this Spring. CruiseCast will have around 20 channels of programming initially with up to 20 satellite radio stations to choose from as well. Some of the programming that the service will deliver will include programming that family members of all ages enjoy at home, which will include Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Discovery Kids, Animal Planet, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network Mobile, USA, COMEDY CENTRAL, MSNBC, CNN Mobile Live and CNBC."
Sun Microsystems

+ - OpenSolaris Distros Explored->

Submitted by Nate2
Nate2 (666) writes "While Sun continues to push OpenSolaris as an alternative to Linux and *BSD, hobbyists around the net are making their own spin-offs from the Unix flavour. Linux Format has a look at some of the most notable, including MilaX, Belenix and Nexenta. Is more distros merrier, or should the community be careful to avoid presenting new users with a bewildering array of respins?"
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Security

+ - Australia's Internet Filtering Trial is now live

Submitted by candreacchio
candreacchio (1418793) writes "iinet have recently put into play the controversial internet filtering system for all australian customers. It's bloody annoying as it is slowing down my internet by up to 60%... Switching isp's in the morning... if you have any websites you want me to check out to see if they are blocked or not... post them in the comments."
Programming

+ - Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The 2009 CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors is a list of the most significant programming errors that can lead to serious software vulnerabilities. They occur frequently, are often easy to find, and easy to exploit. These vulnerabilities frequently allow attackers to completely take over the software, steal data, or prevent the software from working at all."
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Operating Systems

+ - Mark Shuttleworth on code, money and Ubuntu->

Submitted by
hermanhere
hermanhere writes "The NYTimes just ran an in-depth article on Mark Shuttleworth and his evangelism for the Linux based Ubuntu operating system, referring to him as "the charismatic 35-year-old billionaire from South Africa who functions as the spiritual and financial leader of this coding clan." Some highlights and extracts from the article: — Ubuntu has emerged as the fastest-growing and most celebrated version of the Linux operating system in the four years since its establishment. — More than 10 million people are estimated to run Ubuntu today. — Close to half of Google's 20,000 employees use a slightly modified version of Ubuntu, playfully called Goobuntu. — Ubuntu emerged as a sort of favoured nation for those idealistic software developers who viewed themselves as part of a countercultural movement. "It is the same thing companies like Apple and Google have done well, which is build not just a community but a passionate community." — 38,000 volunteers have signed up to translate the software into different languages. — The Macedonian education department relies on Ubuntu, providing 180,000 copies of the operating system to children, while the Spanish school system has 195,000 Ubuntu desktops. In France, the National Assembly and the Gendarmerie Nationale, the military police force, rely on Ubuntu for a combined 80,000 PCs. — Shuttleworth claims to be worth US$1 billion. — Canonical, the outfit behind Ubuntu, generates annual revenue now creeping toward $30 million making it self-sustaining."
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Censorship

+ - Aussies attack govt plans to filter peer-to-peer->

Submitted by mask.of.sanity
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "A move by the Australian government to stamp-out illegal file sharing via its national Internet content filtering scheme will be impossible, experts say, without blanket ban on peer-to-peer traffic.

Communications minister Stephen Conroy issued the furtive announcement last month in a government blog that ISPs may be required to block illegal file sharing in peer-to-peer networks — used by the likes of LimeWire, Kazaa and BitTorrent clients.

"Technology that filters peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic does exist and it is anticipated that the effectiveness of this will be tested in the live pilot trial," Conroy wrote in the blog.

The announcement follows criticism that Web filtering will not block the large amount of illegal material distributed across peer-to-peer networks.

Industry experts say a blanket ban on peer-to-peer will crush innovation."

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Hardware Hacking

+ - Students Design Open Source Video Card 1

Submitted by acronica
acronica (840954) writes "With the Open Graphics Project advancing slowly a few students picked up the idea to do it all smaller, faster, and more importantly, cheaper. From the site; "We'd love to have an OGD1 card and are amazed by it's specifications, but for us and a lot of people, this card is simply too much. So that's where this card comes in, to give you all the fun of developing on programmable hardware, designing video cards and architectures, for a price that won't hurt your wallet." Will this make way for open source enthusiasts to build a true open source system?"

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