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Submission + - ZDNet and UEFI Secure Boot FUD (

headkase writes: There is an article countering the FSF's Secure Boot petition over on ZDNet. That article seems to paint Linux users with a broad brush. I don't think that many Linux users are against Secure Boot in itself. Rather we would just like it to be a mandatory part of the UEFI standard that you have the choice to turn it off.

Of course, if you don't wish to ever install Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, or yes, any version of Linux, BSD, or Hackin'Tosh then this is not an issue for you. The question simply is: do you presume to actually own the computer you bought?

The Internet

Submission + - Internet Explorer 9 released (

smash writes: "Whether you hate IE or not, the good news is that IE9 final is finally out. With newer Microsoft produts (eg, Sharepoint 2010, FOPE, etc.) dropping IE6 support the availability of an IE that is finally at least somewhat standards compliant and with improved performance is surely a good thing."

Submission + - Shuttleworth answers Ubuntu Linux's critics (

climenole writes: "Technoromancer wrote: "Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu Linux's founder, maintains that he and Ubuntu are doing right by the Linux community and the even larger open-source community. In recent weeks, Ubuntu has been criticized for not giving Linux enough support. Specifically, the complains have been that Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, doesn't do enough for producing Linux source code.""

Submission + - Ubisoft Says No More Game Manuals ( 1

thsoundman writes: No more manuals? Ubisoft announced last week that they will be ditching the trend of printing instruction manuals for new games under the “green” initiative. While no other publishers have jumped on that “green” train just yet it is likely that others will follow suit.

Printed manuals have been part of gaming since you bought PC games in plastic bags. There have been many stand out eras for manuals such as the NES-era booklets to the manuals that accompanied Electronic Arts vinyl-sized game sleeves. Some may argue that the advancement in on screen contextual commands, first level tutorials have made the manual pointless but is this really the case?


Submission + - Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission (

Stoobalou writes: Sony's latest firmware update comes with a revised End User License Agreement which allows the company to change any part of the console's operating system without notification or permission. You might think you own the console you paid for, but Sony has a very different idea.

Submission + - Final Fight brings restrictive DRM to the PS3

Channard writes: As reported by Joystiq the PS3/Playstation Network version of Final Fight Double Impact features a rather restrictive piece of digital rights management. In order to launch the game, you have to be logged into the Playstation Network and if you're not, the game refuses to launch. This could be written off as a bug of some kind except for the fact that the error message that crops up tells you to sign in, suggesting Sony/Capcom intentionally included this 'feature'. Granted, you do have to log into the Playstation Network to buy the title but as one commentator pointed out, logging in once does not mean you'll be logged in all the time. Curiously, the 360 version has no such restrictions so you can play the game whether you're online or offline.

But annoying as this feature may be, there may be method in Sony's madness. The key difference between buying titles on the 360's Marketplace and Sony's Playstation Store is that buying a title from the Marketplace only usually entitles you to play that title on a single console. A Playstation Network account, on the other hand, can be used to licence up to five consoles, meaning any title purchased from that account can be played on five different consoles. And these consoles can be de-authorised and re-authorised at will, allowing gamers to switch licences around. This has led to a practice known as PSN game sharing, whereby gamers can purchase a title together, thereby paying a fifth of the cost of the game, and still allowing anyone to play the game on their console. Whether this has had any direct impact upon Sony or Capcom's apparent decision to implement this forced sign-in system is unknown. But Final Fight is the first title to feature this system — it'd be interesting to know whether this was done at Sony or Capcom's request.

Submission + - Escapist Website Mass Bans Users Who Mention Adblo ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: One user posted a thread on the forums complaining about an ad. Other users responded that they used adblock so never saw any ads. Down comes the banhammer wiping out several users that have post counts in the thousands and years of membership, just for mentioning the name of the hated extension.

There are no terms of use prohibiting adblock or listing blocking of ads as a bannable offense.

The thread was quickly locked and will probably be deleted.


Submission + - iPhone SDK prevents choice of programming language ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Ars reports that the new iPhone/iPad SDK license agreement prevents the use of any programming language other than Objective-C, C, C++ or Javascript running on WebKit. The license also states that code must directly link against the APIs and no intermediary layers are allowed and that the code must be originally written in the aforementioned languages.

Submission + - Gnome 2.30 Released (

Hypoon writes: The GNOME project is proud to release this new version of the GNOME desktop environment and developer platform. Among the hundreds of bug fixes and user-requested improvements, GNOME 2.30 has several highly visible changes: new features for advanced file management, better remote desktop experience, easier notes synchronization and a generally smoother user experience. Learn more about GNOME 2.30 through the detailed release notes and the press release.

Submission + - "Install Other OS" Feature removed from the PS3 ( 4

Hann1bal writes: The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the “Install Other OS” feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009. This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.

Submission + - 90% of the Universe found hiding in plain view ( 2

The Bad Astronomer writes: "As much as 90% of previously hidden galaxies in the distant Universe have been found by astronomers using the Very Large Telescope in Chile. Previous surveys had looked for distant (10 billion light years away) galaxies by searching in a wavelength of ultraviolet light emitted by hydrogen atoms — distant young galaxies should be blasting out this light, but very few were detected. The problem is that the ultraviolet light never gets out of the galaxies, so we never see them. In this new study, astronomers searched a different wavelength emitted by hydrogen, and voila, ten times as many galaxies could be seen, meaning 90% of them had been missed before."
Emulation (Games)

Submission + - SPAM: New PlayOnLinux helper plugin adds winetricks

twickline writes: "New PlayOnLinux helper plugin adds, Create or Edit PlayOnLinux scripts, Change icons of PlayOnLinux scripts, Rename PlayOnLinux scripts, Create shortcuts on your desktop and in the menu for PlayOnLinux script, Easily use WineTricks with PlayOnLinux prefixes. And so much more... Cedega is now all but dead!"
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Submission + - Canadian Copyright Rick-Roll (

headkase writes: "Via boingboing, Dan McTeague, a Liberal MP from Pickering-Scarborough East seems to think that Canada's copyright laws despite being more advanced than Japan's and the US's according to the World Economic Forum is in need of some MPAA and RIAA reworkings. He is holding a Public Policy Forum which at the moment is very industry centric with the only pro-Citizen representative, Howard Knopf, being removed from the discussion due to pressure from industry groups. Incredibly, Mr. McTeague would also like to pass a law making it illegal to "threaten" politicians with negative publicity if we don't agree with their political positions. With actions like this it seems Canada is also becoming a land where you can get the best laws money can buy."
The Internet

Submission + - Microsoft Misleads on Canadian Copyright Reform

An anonymous reader writes: As the battle rages over a Canadian DMCA, Microsoft Canada has published an op-ed in a political newspaper that Michael Geist describes as astonishingly misleading and inaccurate. Microsoft tries to argue that Canadian copyright law provides no legal protections, even after it received the largest copyright damages award in Canadian history just one year ago.

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