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The Courts

US Government: There's Child Porn On the Megaupload Servers Judge! 375

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the depends-on-what-is-means dept.
Fluffeh writes "In the ongoing Megaupload saga, Carpathia, the company that hosted Megaupload, is in a tough pickle. The EFF wants the data to remain on the servers so that users can get legitimate data back, the MPAA doesn't want the servers back, because it will lead to piracy. Megaupload wants to buy the servers to get all the data, but isn't allowed to as that would have the servers leaving the court's jurisdiction. The U.S .Government won't pay Carpathia for the time that the servers are sitting idle and has a new song in its repertoire by announcing yesterday that the servers 'may contain child pornography,' which would render them 'contraband' and limit Carpathia's options for dealing with them."

Comment: It's not that I don't dislike charities... (Score 2, Interesting) 596

by dark_15 (#30552008) Attached to: In 2009, I've donated (or will donate) to charity ...

...But I consider them rather faceless. I instead helped out people I know personally that needed assistance.

Amongst other things I helped some friends haul hay on New Years Day, and then volunteer assisting at their day camp in the summer when their father lost his job and the family lost their mother to cancer. For my brother I helped cover rent for a month until he could get a new job and a decent paycheck.

Do I ever expect or even ask to be repaid? Absolutely not! What many people fail to realize is that the people around you need your help just as much as these charities do. We go so far to save the world, but never think about our brother/neighbor.

The Almighty Buck

Independent Dev Reports Over 80% Piracy Rate On DRM-Free Game 422

Posted by Soulskill
from the trust-rewarded dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Developer 2D Boy has written that they are seeing an 82% piracy rate for everyone's favorite DRM-free physics puzzler, World of Goo . Surprisingly, this rate is in-line with what they were expecting. The article also features a fascinating comparison with the piracy rate of another game that was shipped complete with DRM, at 92%. There seemed to be no major difference in the outcomes of the rate regardless of whether DRM was used or not ... well, no difference other than the cost to implement such nonsense."
Classic Games (Games)

Unreleased Atari 2600 Game Found At Flea Market 253

Posted by kdawson
from the once-in-a-lifetime dept.
VonGuard writes "I was at the flea market in Oakland yesterday when a pile of EPROMs caught my eye. When I got them home I found that they were prototypes for Colecovision games. A few were unpublished or saw limited runs, like Video Hustler (billiards). Others were fully released, like WarGames. But the crown jewel is what look to be a number of chips with various revisions of Cabbage Patch Kids Adventures in the Park for Atari 2600. This game was never released and has never been seen. It was a port of the version for Colecovision, and this lot of chips also included the Coleco version. So now I have to find someone who can dump EPROMs gently onto a PC so we can play this never-before seen game, which is almost certainly awful."
Editorial

+ - Redmondmag Begs Apple to Move into Enterprise IT 1

Submitted by msmoriarty
msmoriarty (195788) writes "Slashdot readers were confused/amused a few years back when the Windows IT magazine I work for, Redmond, told its readers to dump Internet Explorer. Now, our editorial director has written an open letter imploring Steve Jobs to make a serious play for Macs in the enterprise. From the letter:

"I believe Apple is missing out on a golden opportunity...How many IT pros use Macs at home or buy them for the family? Isn't this a perfect target audience?"


He thinks Apple could do well if it takes the right steps (including, he says, bringing back licensing, forging better relationships with Linux desktop vendors and working with IBM). How would you recommend Apple go about it (or should it even try/care)?"
United States

+ - Can the internet enable direct action offline? 3

Submitted by
notque
notque writes "We are sitting in a time with so many political scandals, and some would say an illegal war. You would think that given these facts the United States would be a hotbed of political activity and protest. So far this hasn't occurred, although people continue to do difficult work. There are many websites that attempt to coordinate political activity, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to show for it. Can the internet actually enable direct action offline? What are some ways that this could be carried out? On another website, digg, there was an article concerning a general strike on 09/11/07 that received 4600 diggs, so it seems that people want to do something, but feel isolated and alone. Does the internet help foster this? Noam Chomsky once said, "By margins that are now so overwhelming that it's even front page news, people are strenuously opposed to everything that's going on and are frightened and angry and reacting like punch-drunk fighters. They're just too alone, both in their personal lives and associations and also intellectually, without anything to grasp. They don't know how to respond except in irrational ways. In some ways it has sort of the tone of a devastated peasant society after a plague swept it or an army went through and ruined everything. People have just dissolved into inability to respond." How can individuals help to change this, and is the internet a useful tool for that? Does the internet just stagnate individuals further? Thanks."
Patents

+ - Five Things Every Software Developer Should Know->

Submitted by BBrown
BBrown (70466) writes "Saper Law Offices, the same Chicago law firm that has been mentioned here twice before for their successes against the RIAA, has posted a blog article on the legal issues surrounding software development. The article, titled "Five Things Every Software Developer Should Know", gives a concise but informative legal tutorial on patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Definitely a must-read for anybody involved in a small or personal business doing software development."
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Internet Explorer

+ - Latest IE7 Patch Renders Browser Inoperable

Submitted by
dark_15
dark_15 writes "The latest patch for IE7, which fixed several bugs has apparently introduced a new problem for users. According to Network World, after patching a machine the user is presented with a 'File Download — Security Warning' dialog box when they restart IE7. When a user closes the dialog box, IE7 refuses to start.

The bug shows up when a user has moved their Temporary Internet Files folder from its default location. IE7 does not seem to have the correct permissions to read the Temporary Internet Files folder at the user-specified location. There is some speculation that the phishing filter inside that directory is the root cause of this issue.

Microsoft has responded with two workarounds which involves moving the Temporary Internet Files folder back to the default location, or by resetting the permissions at the new location."
Security

+ - Cisco says FTP feature in IOS is a hacker backdoor

Submitted by
dark_15
dark_15 writes "'Cisco says a flaw in the FTP server utility in its IOS router/switch software could be used as a backdoor by attackers. IOS FTP, which comes disabled by default in IOS, is used to upload IOS software images and other software to routers and switches remotely. However, Cisco says attackers could exploit a vulnerability in the FTP server to gain access to the file system of an IOS-based router or switch and affect configuration settings.'

More details on this advisory can be found here"

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