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+ - Flickr users revolt vs. filtering of "unsafe&#->

Submitted by A concerned citizen
A concerned citizen (666) writes "Following on from Flickr censoring one user, and China censoring Flickr, the Yahoo owned website have now begun forcefully filtering out photos deemed as "unsafe" for users in Singapore, Germany, Hong Kong and Korea. Judging by the number of protest photos showing up in their "interesting photos from the last 7 days" (about 1 in 5), this revolt could rival the recent AACS key debacle."
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Security

+ - FBI's operation against Bot Masters

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Aditi.Tuteja
Aditi.Tuteja writes "FBI have put charges against three people for violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Under cybercrime initiative, called Operation Bot Roast, which has identified more than a million PCs infected with bot software.

Securityfocus reported that the U.S. Department of Justice have joined hands with Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University and the Botnet Task Force, their aim is to disrupt the operations of bot masters that compromise their victims machines to use for sending spam or attacking other computers."
United States

+ - Paper trail and open source software vote imminent->

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Spamicles
Spamicles writes "A vote is imminent for the bill that is a direct response to problems that occurred during the 2006 elections. This legislation would create a paper trail for elections, require a manual audit of every federal election, and open the source code of voting software in certain circumstances. The bill currently has 216 co-sponsors and is expected to be brought to the floor of the House and passed any day."
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Linux Business

+ - Another Linux Vendor Signs Patent Pact with MS

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RLiegh
RLiegh writes "This article at Yahoo! news talks about the latest in a growing list of patent agreements reached between Microsoft and vendors. In a deal struck between Linspire (nee' "Lindows") and Microsoft, Linspire will be granted license to use True Type Fonts and "various code" that would allow for Linspire users to talk voice on Windows Live Messenger as well as the usual patent protection for Linspires' customers. In return, among other things, Linspire will make Microsoft's search engine the default search on PCs shipped with their OS.

Kevin Carmony, the CEO for Linspire, approached Microsoft a year and a half ago, according to the article."
The Courts

+ - No anonymity for Colorado P2P defendants->

Submitted by
Pablo Saga
Pablo Saga writes "From Internet Cases: Finding that the RIAA and other record companies might not get access to precious data including the names, addresses and MAC address of unknown defendants in a new file sharing case, a federal court in Colorado has allowed the service of a special subpoena on Qwest so that the defendants can be tracked down. Colorado file sharers beware!"
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Linux Business

+ - Linspire and MS enter a new major partnership->

Submitted by
XdevXnull
XdevXnull writes "Microsoft has put up a page on their website outlining some details of their major new partnership agreement with Linspire. On the surface, it appears to be very much similar to the Novell agreement, but includes some interesting developments for the future of Linspire's eponymous distribution: Ms-compatible voice messaging for Pidgin (formerly gaim), Windows Media 10 (DRM anyone?), True Type font support, enhanced OOo/MS Office interoperability, and Microsoft's Live Search will be the default web search engine. The first three will be available in the commercial version of Linspire 5 with purchase of a "patent SKU".

This latest news will likely raise a lot of controversy, but my guess is that to anyone who would really be upset about these things, the Linspire distribution is largely irrelevant in any case."

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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Signs Deal With Linspire->

Submitted by
arnieswap
arnieswap writes "Through this deal, Micrsoft has once again sent the message that GNU/Linux infringes upon its patents, and if you want to stay away from any legal troubles, sign deal with Microsoft. The software giant recently made a statement that GNU/Linux infringes upon 235 of its patents. Through the agreement, Microsoft and Linspire have developed a framework to provide patent covenants for Linspire customers."
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Software

+ - Computer vision for people with regular computers?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "So I finally got myself a nifty little webcamera, and naturally, the first thing I did was to look around the wide internets for cool computer vision things to do with it. I know the computer vision field has come pretty far, and I found what looks to be an excellent open source computer vision library (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?grou p_id=22870) but for the life of me I cannot seem to find nifty apps, hacks and tricks to do with my web camera. So I Ask Slashdot — where are my face recognizing,
gesture interpreting, image vectorizing applications?"
Microsoft

+ - It's Microsoft and Linspire this week->

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AlexGr
AlexGr writes "From an InteropNews.com article: Microsoft and Linux desktop provider Linspire announced a broad interoperability and technical collaboration agreement that also includes intellectual property assurances. Through this agreement, the companies will work to advance office document compatibility, enhance instant messaging interoperability and reinforce existing collaboration on digital media. In addition, Linspire will be providing its customers with the option of acquiring a patent covenant from Microsoft for customers operating the Linspire desktop. http://www.interopnews.com/microsoft-linspire.html "
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Enlightenment

+ - Giant Dinosaur Bird Discovered->

Submitted by Cyclist110
Cyclist110 (666) writes "The BBC has the story of the discovery, in Inner Mongolia, of a Dinosaur bird twice the size of a man and weighing in at over 3000 lbs. From the article: "Chinese researchers uncovered the fossilised remains of the flightless giant in the Erlian basin in Inner Mongolia. The researchers had originally thought they had found the bones of a tyrannosaur — the group of dinosaurs to which T. rex belongs — due to their large size."

Sure hope the Creation Museum has some PlayDough left over."

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