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Submission The State of Star Wars Galaxies - Emulation and The Hope For A Source Release 2

ilikenwf writes: You may have thought that it died long ago, but much has happened since the closure of Sony Online Entertainment's (now Daybreak Game Company's) abandonware MMO, "Star Wars Galaxies" in December of 2011.

Since then many emulators have come and gone with a few staying around; CUEmu, ProjectSWG, and SWGEmu being the most notable. While these emulators are in varying states of completion, they do lack one thing that could help them perfect the true SWG experience they desire to recreate: original source code and/or documentation. As a result of SOE's sale to an investment firm, some within the SWG fandom have started a petition seeking an official release of the SWG server, client, and tool source code.

Also of note, it seems that a 2010 version of the development tools, client, and pdb files for the game were leaked at some point online. Unsubstantiated rumors go on to suggest that persons unknown have a copy of the source code for the server, clients, and tools.

Submission NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day->

ilikenwf writes: A new release from the files obtained by Edward Snowden have revealed that the NSA collects millions of text messages per day. These are used to gain travel plans, financial data, and social network data. The majority of these texts and data belong to people who are not being investigated for any crime or association. Supposedly, "non-US" data is removed, but we all know that means it is sent to a partner country for analysis, which is then sent back to the NSA.
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Submission Announcing Nightingale 1.12.1 - The First Release Since Songbird Discontinued->

ilikenwf writes: The Nightingale developers have announced version 1.12.1 of the media player, forked from the now defunct Songbird (RIP). Improvements include a new localization infrastructure, enhanced stability, battery drain fixes for OS X, Unity integration fixes, libnotify integration, new first run pages, and more (Release Notes). If you already use Nightingale, the automatic update feature should have notified you of the release. If not, get the new version here.
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Submission The Second OS Hiding in Every Mobile Phone->

ilikenwf writes: While any given phone can be running a number of OSes, many if not all of them have RTOS firmware made by one of two manufacturers. The RTOS in both Qualcomm and Infinieon chips have been found to implicitly trust all commands they receive over the air. There are numerous potential exploits, including remote code execution with a 73 byte message. Considering law enforcement and hackers alike can spoof cell towers, there is a potential disaster.
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Submission Former Lockeed Martin Skunworks Engineer Selling Prototype "Spy Rock" on eBay->

ilikenwf writes: For a cool $10,000,000.00, the prototype of a surveillance rock full of spy gadgets could be yours! More importantly, server backups from the gentleman's time at Lockheed are included, being the real valuable in this auction, as it contains schematics and such. The seller seems to think that the current xBee radio products are actually based on his work with Lockeed. The proceeds will go towards legal action the seller is apparently taking against his former employer.
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Submission NSA Confirmed to Monitor 75% of Domestic Internet Traffic, Store Domestic Emails->

ilikenwf writes: Today it has been confirmed that the NSA, contrary to their own word, has the capability to monitor 75% of domestic internet traffic, and stores all domestic emails. So much for their cyber spying programs being limited to suspects and foreign nationals — does this mean they consider every U.S. citizen a criminal? Heap in the fact they're working on a real time facial recognition system to use live with security camera feeds, and you have a situation that makes George Orwell spin in his grave.
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Submission Hackaday For Sale, Editors Seek Crowd Funding to Buy It->

ilikenwf writes: Hackaday's owner, Jason Calacanis, has decided to sell the popular hacking/modding site for around $540,000. Multiple parties are interested; the most promising buyer at the moment appears to be the current editors, who are attempting to buy the site via crowdsourcing and incorporate it under a nonprofit to keep the hacks flowing. One way or another, the site should survive.
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Submission Buy the Wargames IMSAI-8080 And Possibly Impress Ally Sheedy->

ilikenwf writes: Todd Fischer, the man behind this iconic prop from the movie that spawned countless hackers has come forward recently to announce it's sale in the near future. Interestingly enough, it still works, although the disk drive was damaged in shipping after the movie's conclusion, and was trashed.
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Submission POTI, Creators of the Songbird Media Player Are Calling it Quits->

ilikenwf writes: Pioneers of the Inevitable has announced on their blog that they will be folding on June 28. Started in 2007, the company went on to create the Songbird Desktop and mobile players, as well as the Facebook app. Their legacy lives on in Nightingale, an open source fork of the Songbird Desktop player that runs on Linux, Windows and Mac. No word yet on whether or not their currently closed source code will be opened up or not, but their contributions to the world of open source software are appreciated, and won't be forgotten.
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Submission Nightingale Media Player Releases Version 1.12-> 1

ilikenwf writes: Nightingale, the multi-platform open source media player (fork of Songbird, who closed it's SVN to the public) has released version 1.12. Sporting bug fixes, code improvements, new features, and generally better speed and stability, this is the best version to date. Features include a plethora of new and updated add-ons, a fully vanilla XULRunner backend, better usage of system libraries on Linux, and the much desired ability to integrate with Unity and Gnome (PPA and binary packages here).
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Submission Adrian Lamo Discusses His Decision to Expose Bradley Manning->

ilikenwf writes: Whether you agree with his rationale for doing so or not, Adrian Lamo has come forward to discuss his reasoning for exposing Bradley Manning. Manning, now in federal custody, leaked thousands of US intelligence files and documents. Lamo's side of the story shows that he was concerned for Manning's mental health and stability, and for the lives Manning was risking by releasing classified material — Afghan informants, for instance. Either way, this goes to show that if you're going to release stolen/hacked documents, it's best you do it anonymously and don't brag about it.
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Submission Nightingale Media Player 1.11 Released for Linux, Mac, Windows->

ilikenwf writes: "Nightingale is a fork of the Mozilla-based Songbird media player. You may recall the preview release of the Nightingale Media Player back in December. Since then, the project has become version concurrent with Songbird's code, fixed many bugs, and added Macintosh support. This new version is marked with speed and efficiency improvements, and has the newly added features of play queueing, automatic update support, and a refreshed look. The project is still seeking users and fans, as well as people willing to contribute code, bug reports, and documentation. Nightingale's cross platform nature and it's consistency between these platforms makes it an attractive choice for users desiring consistency and familiarity in their media player between all members of the desktop OS trifecta."
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Submission Nightingale Media Player Preview Released->

ilikenwf writes: "You may or may not remember the Mozilla-based Songbird media player, which dropped official Linux support in April, 2010. Since then, the Nightingale community fork has waxed and waned in terms of membership and progress, but thanks to having a completely new dev team has today produced a preview build based on Songbird 1.8.1. The team promises a release of a Songbird trunk based build later this year, with fixes and an upgrade to Gecko 6. Plans to support Linux, Windows, and Mac are in the works, with the preview builds being available only for Linux and Windows at the moment. Aside from trying to pull in refugees from the Songbird community, Nightingale wants more developers to aid in fixing dropped and broken features from Songbird — and to add new ones."
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Submission School Sued for Spying on Students with Laptop Cam->

ilikenwf writes: A student and his family have sued his highschool after he was repremanded for “improper behavior in his home,” using a photo taken from the camera as evidence. Surprisingly, this didn't happen in a more police state nation like England or Austrailia — nay, it happened in Philadelphia, PA. While this may appear to be a cut and dry 1st Amendment (and possible pedophilia) violation, the school is actually backing the actions of the principal.
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Submission PSPP: An Open Source Clone of the SPSS Statistics ->

ilikenwf writes: SPSS is an extremely expensive piece of software. After showing it to a professor and proving that it does all of the necessary statistical functions, I have been able to convince my school to use at least one piece of opensource software over a closed source version that they are currently paying thousands of dollars for. PSPP is fully functional and a GNU project, and I for one am satisfied. It does all of the functions I need to get through my assignments. A demo video is included.
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