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+ - Photo. Experts Say 'Stop Deleting!'

Submitted by
Ant
Ant writes "This ABC News story says that look through any old photo album and you'll find them: wonderfully terrible family photos./photographs — the crying baby, the poorly lighted shot, the out-of-focus family, the off-center portrait. But digital cameras are changing all that, and some say family photography is becoming a lost art... Seen on Blue's News."
The Internet

+ - Web site allows users to keep track of their moods

Submitted by
jbrodkin
jbrodkin writes "This is a story about a Web site created by a Carnegie Mellon student allowing people to track their moods throughout the day by choosing colors and words that describe their emotions. The site tracks peoples' moods over time and allows them to share their moods with friends and family. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/020607-moodj am.html"
Security

+ - Bruce Schneier mulls psychology of security

Submitted by
bednarz
bednarz writes "Cryptography expert Bruce Schneier says security decisions often are much less rational than one would prefer. He spoke at the RSA conference about the battle that goes on in the brain when responding to security issues. From the article: The primitive portion of the brain, called the amygdala, feels fear and incites a fear-or-flight response, he pointed out. "It's very fast, faster than consciousness. But it can be overridden by higher parts of the brain." The neocortex, which in a mammalian brain is associated with consciousness, is slower but "adaptive and flexible," said Schneier, designed to work toward confronting fear and making decisions to promote security. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/020707-rsa-s chneier.html"
Red Hat Software

+ - Swedish Armed Forces Chooses Red Hat

Submitted by FFFFHALTFFFF
FFFFHALTFFFF (996601) writes "Bussines Wire are reporting that Swedish Armed Forces made a decision to migrate its Windows NT servers replacing for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. According the release the main reason to migrate is "... primarily based on its advanced security features, but additionally the strong support, ease of migration and compatibility with existing in-house software were important factors". The full press release can be read here."
Windows

+ - OEM Vista Activation Tested

Submitted by
VistaVic
VistaVic writes "Ever since Microsoft first announced plans for an updated user license on the retail versions of Windows Vista, debate has been raging as to what would happen with the OEM versions. OEM operating systems are popular with enthusiasts because of their lower prices but if Microsoft would not allow them to transfer the license to a new PC (or a heavily upgraded PC) then the OEM license wouldn't be of much use. PC Perspective has taken one of the early OEM versions that was released last week and put the activation to the test and found that indeed they could move the license to another PC after activation, but it required a call Microsoft's activation center."
Announcements

+ - Scientist Develops Caffeinated Baked Goods

Submitted by Zephyros
Zephyros (966835) writes "The AP is reporting on a scientist who has found a way to get caffeine into donuts, bagels, and other baked goods without the bitter flavor. Each piece has as much caffeine as two cups of coffee. No word on when or where they will be available, but for those of us that just don't get the same kick from the morning cuppa that we used to, this may be another tasty delivery vector to look forward to for that jump-start."
Music

+ - Dutch might implement a tax on music downloads

Submitted by
sheean.nl
sheean.nl writes "The Dutch technology news-site Tweakers.net is reporting that the two major Dutch parties are considering implementing a "compensation-fee" (Dutch) on downloads of music via the internet.

According to the parties, record companies should accept that music is being downloaded from the internet without being paid for. As a compensation measure, a levy could be put on all internet subscriptions.

Dutch politician Van Dam (Labour party) considers the fight against the illegal spreading of music-files via the internet a lost one. "We must be realistic." Van Dam is interested in the idea of compensating musicians and authors for their loss of income. A prerequisite is that record companies accept that music is being spread via the internet and must thus reduce the use of DRM and other security measures.

The Christian-Democrats also consider the idea. According to Christian-Democrat Van Vroonhoven, many internet-users are using their connection to download files from the internet without paying for it. Because of this, she too is in favour of this proposal, as long as users no longer have to pay for separate downloads as well.

The two parties are currently still working on forming a coalition after the elections of last November."
Programming

+ - Designing the "Ultimate" Plugin Model

Submitted by Lucy Krawski
Lucy Krawski (666) writes "Plugins are an important part of any system or platform, allowing end-users to freely extend and modify the behaviour of a system in whatever way they choose — if they're rightly implemented. "The Ultimate Plugin Administration Interface" is attempting to create a spec for a plugin model that implements some of the more advanced features that allow a plugin system to check for updates to plugins, automate the upgrade process, allow for clean and unified installs/uninstalls of plugins and/or all associated data. It seems like an ambitious project, but I'm not sure just how well the ideas will translate into code in the real world. If it works it could be the beginning of a very interesting open source plugin model for future projects, that might minimize compatibility issues and address some of the inherent difficulties in extending platform functionality."
Privacy

+ - Goodbye PDF Tracking

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The PDF tracking company "RemoteApproach.com" silently vanished this week. Last year, in a storm of press, they announced their flagship product, which Adobe destroyed a few months afterwards with the introduction of inbuilt blocks on tracking. All this week, their domain has had no DNS records... The domain owners homepage carrys an ironic picture of the back of him; walking away...

Even more Ironic perhaps, is that this tracking was promoted as a copyright protection tool (which it kindof actually is), and Adobes removal of this from their own PDF product is more or less the exact same criminial offence against the DMCA that Adobe themselves complained about when they had Dmitry Sklyarov thown in jail for... you guessed it... removing copyright protection from PDF files..."
Space

+ - The Mystery of Saturn's Atmosphere

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "Scientists are being forced to rethink theories on why Saturn's upper atmospheric temperature is hotter than can be explained by absorbed sunlight. From the article, "This unexplained 'energy crisis' represents a major gap in our understanding of these planets' atmospheres," the scientists write. "We need to re-examine our basic assumptions about planetary atmospheres and what causes the observed heating.""
Education

+ - Professors want to ban Wikipedia

Submitted by
Inisheer
Inisheer writes "History professors at Middlebury College are tired of having all their students submit the same bad information on term papers. The culprit: Wikipedia — the user-created encyclopedia that's full of great stuff, and also full of inaccuracies. Now the the entire History department has voted to ban students from using it. Other professors agree, but note that they're also enthusiastic contributors to Wikipedia. Read the full story here"
Windows

+ - What Content Will Be Crippled When Output in Vista

Submitted by
NSIM
NSIM writes "Given all the badly informed speculation/FUD that's been on Slashdot about DRM in Windows VISTA, I though the following QnA from Chris Lanier at Microsoft might be of interest as it covers exactly is and is not supported and contrasts it with the way XP works today.

The article can be found at:

http://msmvps.com/blogs/chrisl/archive/2007/01/25/ 519180.aspx"

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