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Submission + - Police raid home of 9-year-old Pirate Bay user, seize 'Winnie the Pooh' laptop (bgr.com) 1

zacharye writes: Copyright enforcement might be getting out of hand in Scandinavia. As anti-piracy groups and copyright owners continue to work with authorities to curtail piracy in the region, police this week raided the home of a 9-year-old suspect and confiscated her “Winnie the Pooh” laptop. TorrentFreak reports that the girl’s home was raided after local anti-piracy group CIAPC determined copyrighted files had been downloaded illegally at her residence. Her father, the Internet service account holder, was contacted by CIAPC, which demanded that he pay a 600 euro fine and sign a non-disclosure agreement to settle the matter. When the man did not comply, authorities raided his home and collected evidence, including his 9-year-old daughter’s notebook computer...

Submission + - ISPs in Great Britain censoring Wikipedia (wikinews.org) 5

Joshua Zelinsky writes: "Wikipedia is being . censored by a variety of ISPs in Great Britian. The activity was first noticed when it appeared that almost all edits from Great Britain were coming through only a handful of IP addresses. This created serious problems in preventing vandalism from Great Britain. It then emerged that this was due to the system being used by ISPs to censor Wikipedia. At present it is not known in full which pages are being censored. However, at least one page which is being censored is a page is Virgin Killer about an album from a German heavy metal band which has a naked young girl on the cover. Individuals in Great Britain attempting to access the page report that they are simply getting error messages and not even being told that the page is being censored. Some commentators have already started referring to the Great Firewall of Britain."

SGI Releases OpenGL As Free Software 167

StoneLion writes "Since its release, the OpenGL code that is responsible for 3-D acceleration on GNU/Linux has been running on licenses that were accepted by neither the Free Software Foundation (FSF) nor the Open Source Initiative. Today, however, the FSF has announced that the licenses in question have been rewritten, the problems resolved, and the code freed. Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF, says, 'This represents a huge gift to the free software community.'"

Feed Techdirt: Comcast Will Fire Employees For Admitting That Comcast Uses Sandvine? (techdirt.com)

We still can't figure out why Comcast doesn't just come right out and admit what it's doing in jamming certain kinds of traffic. It's not like it's a secret any more -- and the longer Comcast tries to play dumb on this, the worse it looks for the company. The oddest part, though, is that Comcast won't even admit that it's using Sandvine's traffic shaping equipment -- even though Sandvine clearly lists Comcast as a customer and has used them as a reference customer in news articles. Even worse, though is that Comcast has apparently now issued a bunch of ridiculous talking points to customer service reps about this issue. Apparently, the customer service folks are being told that if they deviate from the script, they risk getting terminated. The script even includes how to respond to a point blank question about Sandvine, refusing to admit what appears to be public knowledge at this point. It's not at all clear what Comcast thinks it gains in acting this way. It seems to have only made an awful lot of customers quite angry at the company. Lucky for Comcast, though, that the US broadband market is such a disaster many customers have nowhere else to go.

Submission + - Gen Y -- tech savvy but ... (computerworld.com)

jcatcw writes: "Young people aren't choosing computer science majors because they take technology for granted — it's something to use not something to make a career. "By and large, this generation is very fluent with technology and with a networked world," according to James Ware, executive producer at The Work Design Collaborative LLC, a Berkeley, Calif., consortium exploring workplace values and the future of the workforce. That future may be in managing technology, which requires skills today's college students don't have: writing, critical thinking, hard work and just plain showing up. One of their primary concerns is a flexible schedule and healthy work/life balance."

Submission + - Start-up warms up personal robots (news.com)

Tjeerd writes: ""A Silicon Valley start-up is developing a hardware and software development platform for personal-assistant robots, autonomous boats and unmanned cars. The privately funded company, quietly started almost a year ago by eGroups founder and veteran Google architect Scott Hassan, plans to make its robotics software open source. That way, it hopes to draw a community of developers to build applications in these respective fields.""

Submission + - AMD DTX Open Standard SFF Design Details Emerge (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "When AMD first revealed their plans for the DTX open industry standard, the intent of that early briefing was to explain AMD's vision for interoperable small form factor systems. As it stands today, most SFF systems from large companies like Dell and HP are proprietary designs. On the do-it-yourself front, we've got form factors like Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX and SFF barebones systems from major players like Shuttle, Asus and MSI. However, for the most part you can't take parts from one company's SFF design and use it in another's. Today AMD provided more details and a specific design example of the DTX small form-factor standard. This HotHardware article showcases a prototype system built on a low power AMD Athlon 64 BE-2350 processor and 690G chipset motherboard with integrated graphics. Maybe the HTPC just took a small step toward standardization?"

Submission + - Acrobat Reader8.1 released for Linux (adobe.com) 1

gnufied writes: "Adobe released Adobe Reader 8.1 for *nix platforms after some good 4 months from release on Windows platform. You can download it here .

Although their work is commendable, but its not clear what policy Adobe is following when it comes to GNU/Linux as a desktop platform. Can we ask Adobe, why it was delayed by 4 months and why PhotoShop et.el is not yet available on free operating systems? Now that Apple has become new Microsoft with more control over data and media, that was ever seen previously, its going to be tough for people who want freedom and choice.And whats really sad is its adored by many of our heroes (http://www.paulgraham.com/mac.html, http://www.loudthinking.com/)

Without support from Vendors like Adobe, GNU/Linux will be hard pressed to become a desktop alternative(although its for me since last 4 years). This also brings the question that, "does proliferation of non-free software on a free operating system, misses the whole point?". In other words, "Will you be using Adobe Reader on GNU/Linux and not feel DIRTY?".

Also, does availability of non-free and may be somewhat superior solutions on GNU/Linux platform will slow down the momentum behind alternative free softwares. Will it affect, softwares like, http://okular.kde.org/, http://gimp.org/ http://inkscape.org?"

Feed Engadget: Asus' Eee PC 701 exposed in Russian review (engadget.com)

Filed under: Handhelds, Laptops

Well, would you take a look at this. Turns out, 3DNews somehow managed to get their palms around (and within) Asus' Eee PC 701 for a hands-on review. Granted, a heap of the writeup was a bit hard to grasp without understanding Russian (or being a master in deciphering broken translations), but we were able to notice that their sample unit boasted a 900MHz ULV Intel Celeron M processor, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, a seven-inch 800 x 480 resolution display, Ethernet, a 56k modem, and 802.11b/g. Additionally, the wee machine was even put through a series of benchmarks, so if you're interested in digging through an early review (or just want to brush up on your Russian), head on over to the read link -- but for those just yearning for a few more pics, they're posted after the break.

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Submission + - Drawing on Air

Roland Piquepaille writes: "In a recent article, PhysOrg.com reports that a team of computer scientists at Brown University has developed Drawing on Air, a haptic-aided interface to help artists to create 3D illustrations while wearing a virtual reality mask. 'The technique introduces two new strategies, using one hand or two hands, to give artists the tools they need for drawing different types of curves, and for viewing and editing their work.' The researchers hope that these techniques will improve the precision with which scientists can interact with their 3D data using a computer. This also would help artists to illustrate complicated artistic, scientific, and medical subjects. Read more for additional details and several pictures made with this system, a bat flight, a bearded man and a Swahili bride."
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Submission + - Terabyte hard drive put to the test

EconolineCrush writes: "As a technical milestone, Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 hard drive is undeniably impressive. The drive is the first to pack a trillion bytes into a standard 3.5" form factor, and while some may argue the merits of tebi versus tera, that's still an astounding accomplishment. Hitachi also outfitted the drive with 32MB of cache—double what you get with standard desktop drives—making this latest Deskstar a leader in both cache size and total capacity. That looks like a great formula for success on paper, but how does it pan out in the real world? The Tech Report has tested the 7K1000's performance, noise levels, and power consumption against a whopping 18 other drives to find out, with surprising results."

Submission + - Overclocking Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600

Tim Smalley writes: "Bit-Tech has taken Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 for a spin on two motherboards to find out if it could be the next Athlon XP 2500+ in the eyes of overclockers. From the article: "What's clear from our experiences is that the Core 2 Quad Q6600 seems to be that new "bang for buck" processor that, with a little bit of overclocking, is going to net you performance that is going to at least match the Core 2 Extreme QX6850, if not surpass it by some margin.""

Journal Journal: Acer: "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista

<b>"The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista,"</b> Acer President Gianfranco Lanci told the Financial Times Deutschland. Acer, which is the world's fourth largest manufacturer of PCs, is the first major PC manufacturer to accuse the software titan of having failed to remove major flaws in its new operating system Vista. Mr. Lanci heads the Taiwanese IT group, which generated annual sales of 11.3 billion US dollars and ranks fourth on the list of the world's largest PC ma

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