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+ - Fox TV Shows Get Pay Wall ->

Submitted by derGoldstein
derGoldstein (1494129) writes "According to the Wall Street Journal: "Fox Broadcasting plans to make its recently-aired TV episodes available on the Web only to paying subscribers... Beginning in mid August, new episodes of Fox shows, including "Glee" and "Family Guy," will no longer be available to watch for free on Fox.com or video site Hulu until eight days after they debut, Fox says""
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Android

+ - BASIC for iOS, Android and WebOS->

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GLBasic
GLBasic writes "With the GLBasic release v10, users can write Apps for any important platform, finally. With the latest addition: Android devices, GLBasic is the most widespread BASIC available. The language is very clean, easy to get started yet powerful enough for games already featured as "new & noteworthy" on the iOS App Store.
Best of all, it's free for 2D programs running on Windows, Linux and MacOSX."

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Electronic Frontier Foundation

+ - EFF's MyTube Upgraded for Drupal 6->

Submitted by presca
presca (1930744) writes "MyTube, a Drupal module written by Tim Jones at EFF, has been upgraded to work in Drupal 6 with a number of new features. It works by replacing all embeds/iframes with user-activated, locally-hosted thumbnails. Written in 2008, the module was originally only implemented for Drupal 5. Two years later, the module was picked up by the Ohio State University Open Source Club, and is now released. MyTube was also converted into an input filter.

From the article,

Students at the Ohio State University Open Source Club have made some excellent and much-needed upgrades to EFF's MyTube software .Now, after months of work, Brian Swaney and other students at the Ohio State University Open Source Club have launched a new version of MyTube. Site administrators will find that protecting their users with this new version is far easier, more versatile, and less buggy than before.

EFF has been using a Drupal 5 backport of the updated version for the past week at their site, and they say "it's already saved us time and made our jobs easier."."
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Firefox

+ - First Look: Firefox 4 Beta 1 Shines on HTML5->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a first look at Firefox 4 Beta 1 and sees several noteworthy HTML5 integrations that bring Firefox 4 'that much closer to taking over everything on the desktop.' Beyond the Chrome-like UI, Firefox 4 adds several new features that 'open up new opportunities for AJAX and JavaScript programmers to add more razzle-dazzle and catch up with Adobe Flash, Adobe AIR, Microsoft Silverlight, and other plug-ins,' Wayner writes. 'Firefox 4 also adds an implementation of the Websockets API, a tool for enabling the browser and the server to pass data back and forth as needed, making it unnecessary for the browser to keep asking the server if there's anything new to report.'"
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+ - Uses for an old, but never used computer cluster 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I recently started working with a biological research group. Around 4 years ago they purchased a computer cluster that has either 6 or 8 nodes, each with a single processor (~1.5 GHz) and 2GB of RAM. They purchased the cluster with the intent of using it to power through proteomics database searches using a proprietary software package, only to realize that they'd need a separate (expensive) license for each node of the cluster. So now it's 4 years later and it's never been used. At this point I know nothing more about the hardware. I am by no means a computing/networking expert, but I am probably more comfortable tinkering than anyone else in the group. I'd like to hear some brilliant /. ideas for how I can implement this cluster so we can get some use out of it. Isn't it possible to run it as a single virtual machine, thereby only needing one copy of the software license?"

+ - Miguel de Icaza, Microsoft MVP?->

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heffel
heffel writes "Yep, it's true. The open-source rabble-rouser who was prevented from hosting a session inside Microsoft's 2005 Professional Developer Conference has been accepted into the ranks of the company's "Most Valuable Professionals" less than five years later. He announced the news on his blog."
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+ - EFF Petition for real net neutrality->

Submitted by jbezorg
jbezorg (1263978) writes "Electronic Frontier Foundation is soliciting for signatures. Here's their pitch.

Buried in the FCCs rules is a deeply problematic loophole. Open Internet principles, the FCC writes, "do not...apply to activities such as the unlawful distribution of copyrighted works."

For years, the entertainment industry has used that innocent-sounding phrase "unlawful distribution of copyrighted works" to pressure Internet service providers around the world to act as copyright cops to surveil the Internet for supposed copyright violations, and then censor or punish the accused users.

From the beginning, a central goal of the Net Neutrality movement has been to prevent corporations from interfering with the Internet in this way so why does the FCCs version of Net Neutrality specifically allow them to do so?

Go to the Real Net Neutrality petition to tell the FCC that if it wants to police the Internet, it first needs to demonstrate that it can protect Internet users and innovators by standing up to powerful industry lobbyists. Sign your name to demand that the copyright enforcement loophole be removed.

Here's the EFF petition.

And here is the FCC documentation FCC 09-93: In the Matter of Preserving the Open Internet Broadband Industry Practices ( ref and footnotes excluded )

Page 51 ~ 139. Third, we propose that broadband Internet access service providers would not violate the principles in taking reasonable steps to address unlawful conduct on the Internet. Specifically, we propose that broadband Internet access service providers may reasonably prevent the transfer of content that is unlawful. For example, as the possession of child pornography is unlawful, consistent with applicable law, it appears reasonable for a broadband Internet access service provider to refuse to transmit child pornography. Moreover, it is important to emphasize that open Internet principles apply only to lawful transfers of content. They do not, for example, apply to activities such as the unlawful distribution of copyrighted works, which has adverse consequences on the economy and the overall broadband ecosystem. In order for network openness obligations and appropriate enforcement of copyright laws to co-exist, it appears reasonable for a broadband Internet access service provider to refuse to transmit copyrighted material if the transfer of that material would violate applicable laws. Such a rule would be consistent with the Comcast Network Management Practices Order, in which the Commission stated that providers, consistent with federal policy, may block . . . transmissions that violate copyright law.

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Television

+ - NBC Universal gone from iTunes Store->

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setteB.IT
setteB.IT writes "On December 1st, as announced three months ago, NBC Universal TV channels (Bravo, mun2, NBC, NBC News & CNBC, NBC Sports, Sci Fi, Sleuth, Telemundo and USA) disappeared from the networks available on US iTunes Store's TV shows. As noted before from setteB.IT some shows broadcasted in US from these channels are still available on US iTunes Store because they are produced from other Hollywood studios, like 20th Century Fox, ABC/Disney, Viacom... NBC Universal has recently opened NBC Direct and Hulu (with Fox) to distribute the shows over the web. Here is the article on setteB.IT in Italian and here the automatic translation from Google."
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Privacy

+ - EFF Releases Software to Spot Net NonNeutrality->

Submitted by DanielBoz
DanielBoz (991592) writes "In the wake of the detection and reporting of Comcast Corporation's controversial interference with Internet traffic, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published a comprehensive account of Comcast's packet-forging activities and has released software and documentation instructing Internet users on how to test for packet forgery or other forms of interference by their own ISPs."
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Cellphones

+ - Verizon's "Open Network" is Not Really tha->

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saccade.com
saccade.com writes "TechCrunch is reporting that Verizon's "Open Network" is not really so open. Reporter Erick Schonfeld "...asked Verizon whether any of the new apps developed for the bring-your-own devices would also be available to its existing customers who bought their phones through Verizon. The answer for now is, 'No.' Although a spokesperson tells me that they are looking into it. Unless it figures that out, Verizon is not really building an open network. It is building a two-tiered network: One for its preferred customers who play by its rules (i.e., its current 64 million subscribers), and one for the rabble not satisfied with its choice of phones and apps.

...If there is no crossover capability on the apps, then the "open" part of Verizon's network will be barren. The appeal of developing an open app for Verizon would be to gain access to those 64 million subscribers. Nobody is going to go through the trouble of creating apps just for the handful of people who want a CDMA phone that Verizon does not already sell. Making the whole open network even less appealing will be the fact that these phones are not likely to be subsidized by Verizon, and thus far more expensive.""

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Music

+ - EMI may cut funding to IFPI, RIAA-> 1

Submitted by Teen Bainwolf
Teen Bainwolf (666) writes "Big Four record label EMI is reportedly considering a big cut in its funding for the IFPI and RIAA. Each of the labels reportedly contributed over $130 million per year to fund industry trade groups, and EMI apparently believes that money could be better spent elsewhere. 'One of the chief activities of the RIAA is coordinating the Big Four labels' legal campaign, and those thousands of lawsuits have done nothing but generate ill will from record fans, while costing the labels millions of dollars and doing little (if anything) to actually reduce the amount of file-sharing going on. In fact, the RIAA freely admits that the legal campaign is a real money pit, and EMI's new ownership may be very leery of continuing to pour money down that particular rat hole."
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Nintendo

+ - Greenpeace Gives Nintendo Zero Score ->

Submitted by Memroid
Memroid (898199) writes "According to Gamasutra, "Environmental watchdog group Greenpeace has released its latest Guide to Greener Electronics, detailing the environmental responsibility of global consumer electronics companies, and given Nintendo the first zero grade in the history of the report.

Of the video game hardware-related companies ranked in the report, Sony scored second highest, at 7.3, while Microsoft received 2.7 points. The scale ranges from 0.0 to 10.0."

An overview of the report is available on the Greenpeace website."

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