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The Courts

+ - Persecution of Human-Rights Activists in Russia->

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reporter
reporter writes "According to a disturbin report recently published by the "Christian Science Monitor", the Kremlin continues to persecute human-rights activists long after the fall of the Soviet Union. In just the past week, the bullet-riddled bodies of 2 prominent human-rights activists have surfaced: they are Natalya Estemirova and Andrei Kulagin. Estemirova advocated human rights for all Chechens. Kulagin advocated humane treatment for prisoners."
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Government

+ - IP Enforcement Treaty Still Being Kept Secret

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "More than a thousand pages of material about Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), are still being withheld, despite the Obama administration's promises to run a more open government. The EFF and Public Knowledge filed suit in September of 2008, demanding that background documents on ACTA be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). "We are very disappointed with the USTR's decision to continue to withhold these documents The president promised an open and transparent administration," said EFF Senior Counsel David Sobel. Publicly available information about the treaty shows it could establish far-reaching customs regulations over Internet traffic in the guise of anti-counterfeiting measures. Additionally, multi-national IP industry companies have publicly requested that ISPs be required to engage in filtering of their customers' Internet communications for potentially copyright-infringing material, force mandatory disclosure of personal information about alleged copyright infringers, and adopt "Three Strikes" policies requiring ISPs to automatically terminate customers' Internet access upon a repeat allegation of copyright infringement. "What we've seen tends to confirm that the substance of ACTA remains a grave concern," said Public Knowledge Staff Attorney Sherwin Siy. "The agreement increasingly looks like an attempt by Hollywood and the content industries to perform an end-run around national legislatures and public international forums to advance an aggressive, radical change in the way that copyright and trademark laws are enforced.""
Linux Business

+ - French National Police Dump Windows for Linux

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nandemoari
nandemoari writes "By gradually migrating to a complete open source desktop and web applications, Gendarmerie Nationale, the French national police force with 105,000 employees, has saved millions of euros. The move cuts Microsoft out of the equation, helping the French national police force slash its IT costs by 70 percent. Most of the money saved was on proprietary software licenses, beginning in 2004. Previously, the acquired Gendarmerie Nationale acquired 12,000 to 15,000 licenses annually. Gendarmerie National's decision to adopt a strictly open-standards IT policy began in 2002 with the intention of improving interoperability between other police forces and custom agencies."
Debian

+ - Debian to Replace GLIBC with EGLIBC->

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mallumax
mallumax writes "Debian has decided to replace GLIBC with EGLIBC primarily due to hostile maintainers of GLIBC (mainly Ulrich Drepper). The EGLIBC is a variant of the GLIBC which stays source and binary compatible with the original GLIBC. It has better support for embedded architectures, Support for building with -Os, Configurable component, Better testsuite for optimized or biarch packages and a stable branch with fixes for important bugs.This might be the start of an exodus from GLIBC and its fate is atrting to resemble that of Xfree86. The abrasive attitude of GLIBC maintainers has been source of much criticism but this is the first time that a mainstream distribution is willing to abandon GLIBC, which is one of the most vital components of any distribution."
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Role Playing (Games)

+ - A History of Rogue ->

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blacklily8
blacklily8 writes "Gamasutra has published our History of Rogue: Have @ You, You Deadly Zs. Despite only the most "primitive" audiovisuals, Rogue has continued to excite gamers and programmers worldwide, and has been ported, enhanced, and forked now for over two decades. What is it about Wichman and Toy's old UNIX RPG that has sent so many gamers to their deaths in the Dungeons of Doom, desperately seeking the fabled Amulet of Yendor? In this article, we cover the history of the game, including the Epyx failure to make a ton of cash selling it in 1983. We also discuss roguelike culture and development."
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NASA

+ - Astronomers Announce 5-planet System

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An anonymous reader writes "Astronomers have detected a record-breaking 5th planet orbiting the star 55 Cancri. This planet orbits within the Habitable Zone, where water could presumably exist, but it's probably another gas like Saturn, so any liquid water would have to be on a moon. There's still a big gap between this planet and the outermost planet where no planets detected yet, so there could yet be a rocky planet in the system."
Music

+ - More RIAA Foolishness

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budohorseman
budohorseman writes "In an article posted on The Motley Fool financial web site titled Piracy 101: A Lesson in Suboptimal Lawsuits, Alyce Lomax covers the recent RIAA attempts to get colleges and universities to help them track down file sharing. She also goes on to describe how the RIAA sidesteps the DCMA, attempts to use 1984 laws that apply to cable companies and how it's costing the RIAA millions, all while alienating their strongest consumer base."
Music

+ - OiNK BitTorrent site raided, closed->

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Gossi
Gossi writes "OiNK, one of the largest invitation only BitTorrent sites on the internet, has been raided by police in the UK and Amsterdam, reports the BBC. From the article — "A 24-year-old man from Middlesbrough was arrested on Tuesday morning. [..] At the same time his employer — a large multi-national company — and his father's home were also raided." Unsurprisingly, the site is now offline."
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