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Submission + - Taken Down Thanks to MPA (

dsavi writes: The International Music Score Library Project's website (A library of public domain scores and recordings of classical music) has been taken down by GoDaddy per a DMCA takedown request from the Music Publisher's Association. According to the MPA, a score of Rachmanioff's Bells is under copyright in the US, while according to IMSLP it is most definitely not. A DMCA counter-notice has been issued to GoDaddy by IMSLP, unfortunately there is a ten-day waiting period before the domain can be restored. While the domain is down, the music library can still be accessed at Anyone who is interested in helping with counter-suing the MPA can email imslproject at yahoo dot ca.

Submission + - Sony's New root kit in FW 3.56 (

JonChance writes: Vagabundo posts:
Apparently, examination of the OFW has found a new feature that will allow Sony to download and run code when you login to PSN. The code they can run is obviously to check for CFW or whatever, but the code could change to check for anything really.

And with the current state of PS3 security there is the possibility that others might be able to run their code on your PS3 without your knowledge.

I don't run CFW and I'm pretty pissed about this. What they are doing might be illegal in the EU.

Feed Engadget: Android Honeycomb port for Nook Color gets graphics acceleration, first demo vid (

Can't wait until February 2nd to see more of Android 3.0 in action? That's not a problem, as today we've got a whole 129 seconds of video showing Google's latest mobile software doing its thing on the Nook Color. The OS was ported to B&N's tablet on Friday, when we were promised further work would be taking place over the weekend to enable hardware acceleration of the GUI, and what do you know, that goal has been achieved with plenty of Sunday to spare! Most core functionality is still not available, but the delicious Honeycomb interface is very much in effect. Jump past the break for the eye candy feast.

[Thanks, Jules]

Continue reading Android Honeycomb port for Nook Color gets graphics acceleration, first demo video

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The Courts

Submission + - FCC Wants Net Neutrality Suits Stopped

adeelarshad82 writes: The FCC moved to dismiss the net neutraliy challenges filed by MetroPCS and Verizon, claiming they were "filed prematurely." Verizon and MetroPCS have both sued the FCC, arguing that the commission did not have the authority to hand down its December net neutrality rules. The FCC maintains that it does indeed have the right to regulate broadband, thanks to provisions in the Communications Act.

Submission + - Microsoft Research takes on Go (

mikejuk writes: Microsoft Research has used F# and AI to implement a consumer-quality game of Go — arguably the most difficult two-person game to implement.
They have used an interesting approach to the problem of playing the game which is a pragmatic cross between tree search with pruning and machine learning
to spot moves with a "good shape". The whole lot has been packaged into an XNA based 3D story based game.

Submission + - Is HULU blocking Linux clients now? ( 1

WolphFang writes: "I was watching the Anime, Vandread, when the video sequence suddently became:

Hi! We notice that you are trying to access Hulu from Boxee. It's not
available, but we're working hard to bring our Hulu Plus subscription
service to Boxee! Stay tuned for updates."


Submission + - Microsoft Patents FUI Computing

theodp writes: Not sure what the folks at La Leche League will make of this, but Microsoft Research has made it possible for a mother to surf the web while nursing her newborn, thanks to its newly-patented 'foot-based user interface' (FUI?). 'In addition to causing health problems,' explains Microsoft in the patent, 'the traditional keyboard and mouse interface can be simply inconvenient in certain situations as well. In one instance, a mother with a baby in her arms is unable to easily perform simple tasks, such as checking email, on a computer.' Users of the 'Foot-Based Interface for Interacting With a Computer,' however, will be able to move their feet and step on the floor a la DDR to execute various commands, such as deleting email or scrolling down the screen. Due to the usual foot-dragging on the part of the USPTO, the patent — filed for in 2006 — was essentially obsolete by the time it was issued on Tuesday, a week after Microsoft's Kinect launch.

Submission + - ISP drives music label to ditch download action (

nk497 writes: The Ministry of Sound music label is blaming UK ISP BT for forcing it to hold off on sending letters demanding £350 in payment to those suspected of downloading its music illegally. BT has demanded guarantees that the customer IP data it hands to rights holders under court order for such anti-filesharing action will be kept safe and not used to abuse its own customers. Getting that through approval courts has taken longer than expected, and the ISP deletes all data after 90 days as part of its privacy policy, meaning 20,000 of the 25,000 IP records the label was seeking access to have been deleted. "The safeguards we aim to establish via the court are on the security of data handling, a threshold for providing a customer’s details based on a minimum number of separate incidents, the tone of contact with broadband subscribers and a reasonable approach to financial compensation sought,” BT said in a statement. The move is an indirect win for Anonymous. The hacking group took down the website of law firm ACS: Law, which also sends out such letters using BT customer data, leading to a data breach. That data breach was the impetus behind BT demanding better control of how its customers' data was used, which in turn lead to the delays that saw the MoS-related records deleted.
Open Source

Submission + - LSE contractor ‘suspended’ after huge (

DMandPenfold writes: An IT contractor has reportedly been suspended by the London Stock Exchange following a huge network hit between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

The network was floored, knocking a key Linux trading platform out of action and bringing a halt to the largest technology transformation at the exchange in 25 years.


Submission + - ITC deals Apple a setback in Nokia patent case (

FlorianMueller writes: In February, Apple asked the US International Trade Commission to ban the entry of several Nokia products into the US market because of patent infringement. In a pre-trial hearing that started this week, the ITC staff presented an analysis according to which "the evidence will not establish a violation ... as to any of the asserted patents", reports the IDG News Service. However, most media reports don't mention that this relates to only four of the patents Apple asserted against Nokia. The case hit a fork in the road back in April. Nokia's alleged infringement of five other patents now forms part of the case Apple filed against HTC. Even if those four patents turned out invalid (or valid but not infringed), Apple could still prevail over Nokia. Also, not counting the patents the ITC views skeptically, Apple has 24 different patents in play against HTC and Motorola. Android has become a popular target of patent suits.

Submission + - Anonymous Takes Down US Copyright, Hadopi Tomorrow (

eldavojohn writes: According to several sites, yesterday the group known as Anonymous successfully took down, the main page of the United States' Copyright Office. This follows attacks on the Ministry of Sound website, the RIAA this last weekend and for tomorrow (the fifth of November) word is that yet another DDOS attack will occur — probably against the French site Hadopi. It would appear that Operation Payback is in full swing and even Gene Simmons will tell you resistence is futile.

Submission + - Shuttle launch delayed again, possibly until Dec. (

An anonymous reader writes: NASA engineers worked overnight trying to fix the electrical problem that forced the launch of space shuttle Discovery to be delayed again.

Mission managers will meet later Wednesday to figure out if a launch on Thursday is even possible.

The tentative plan is to have Discovery lift off Thursday at 3:29pm. If that does not happen it would be rescheduled for Sunday. If it cannot launch Sunday then it will have to wait until December.

NASA engineers have a lot of work their hands Wednesday morning. Discovery has an electrical issue that forced officials to postpone its liftoff which had been rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The main problem is a misfiring circuit breaker.

"The signature coming out of that circuit showed another little glitch that was a little unexpected that we haven't seen before," said Mike Moses, Pre-launch Mission Management Team.

The breaker routes commands from the main engine's computer to the backup engines. A minor glitch, NASA says Discovery could fly with on its final mission, but they would rather be safe than sorry.

Replacing the circuit breaker would cause an approximately one month delay.

"We are getting really close to having a full understanding of the problem, but we need to polish it, we need to organize and we need to make sure that we are not wrong about it," said Moses.

Another reason mentioned for the wait was lack of rest for the astronauts.

"A lot of the decision tonight, in my mind, was based on crew fatigue. If we had pressed on to all the discussion necessary to get the flight ready, we probably would've gotten there but it would've taken several hours," said Mike Leinback, Shuttle Launch Director.

NASA officials will gather together at 2:00pm Wednesday to make up their minds about a possible launch set for Thursday.


Why can't we stop being cowards and just launch the damn thing.

Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Boonana Trojan Horse for Mac OS X Spreads (

Orome1 writes: SecureMac has discovered a new Trojan horse in the wild that affects Mac OS X, including Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6). The trojan horse, trojan.osx.boonana.a, is spreading through social networking sites, including Facebook, disguised as a video. The Trojan is currently appearing as a link in messages on social networking sites with the subject "Is this you in this video?" When a user clicks the infected link, the trojan initially runs as a Java applet, which downloads other files to the computer, including an installer, which launches automatically. When run, the installer modifies system files to bypass the need for passwords, allowing outside access to all files on the system.

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