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Comment: Re:Or, if we are about the open source, (Score 5, Insightful) 328

by lurker-11 (#29880715) Attached to: Psystar's Rebel EFI Hackintosh Tool Reviewed, Found Wanting

If someone else tries to make profit off of Apples product without license from Apple, then Apple is absolutely within their rights to prevent it.

It's perfectly legitimate to resell products at a profit without permission or "license" from the manufacturer. That's exactly what any retail store does to make money (in the case where they buy from a distributor and aren't the original manufacturer).

Comment: Re:What about other keyboard manufacturers? (Score 1) 275

by lurker-11 (#28912199) Attached to: Apple Keyboard Firmware Hack Demonstrated

The only way to solve this (partially) with existing hardware would be to block access to hardware devices from applications running as non-root users, which is fundamentally contrary to the desire to get device drivers out of the kernel for stability.

Note that the root user account and the special priviledges usually given to it have nothing to do with kernel mode. Code running as root may be able to get code to run in kernel mode, such as by loading a kernel module (and in theory this priviledge could be given to other accounts as well), but is still running in regular user mode.

Education

+ - Why bicycles are so stable? 1

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "For almost 150 years now, mathematicians have tried to understand why a bicycle could be so stable. Now, researchers of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), working with colleagues from Cornell University and the University of Nottingham, UK, say they've build a model which unravels how a bicycle works. As said a bicycle maker, when designing a bike, only three parameters are used: the general geometry, the distance between the axles, and the angle at which the fork points downwards. The new mathematical model includes 25 parameters and will permit to build bicycles aimed directly at special target groups. Already, a Dutch bicycle manufacturing company is hoping to design better bikes using this model. But read more for additional details and a picture of the bicycle used to calibrate the model."
Communications

+ - Swedish company creates free P2P mobile calling->

Submitted by Chroniton
Chroniton (734481) writes "The Swedish company TerraNet has developed a new cellular technology that enables handsets to form a mesh network independently of towers, and complete calls for free. The goal is to enable calling in "remote areas of the countryside or desert" and "dramatically improve communications in the developing world". TerraNet's website has more information."
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Windows

+ - Black screen of darkness to haunt Vista pirates->

Submitted by jcatcw
jcatcw (1000875) writes "Microsoft's Reduced Functionality mode was explained in an email to OEMs as the consequence of Vista piracy. It includes a black screen after 1 hour of browsing, no start menu or task bar, and no desktop. Using fear as a motivator, the email warns resellers to 'make sure your customers always get genuine Windows Vista preinstalled.'"
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Privacy

Microsoft's Consent-or-Die Patent 179

Posted by Zonk
from the i'm-more-of-a-cake-or-death-man-myself dept.
theodp writes "Maybe you shouldn't get too attached to those new Windows Live services. On Tuesday, the USPTO granted Microsoft a patent for privacy policy change notification, which describes how to threaten users with the loss of their accounts and access to web sites and services should they refuse to consent to changes in a privacy policy. This includes the case where a user might object to allowing personal information, collected earlier with a promise of confidentiality, to be shared in the future with third parties. Also described is a 'Never Notify Me' option so you won't have to 'worry' over privacy policy changes."
Software

+ - No gnu/linux love from ID software-> 1

Submitted by
gnarlin
gnarlin writes "According to golem.de's article (in German) ID software will no longer be porting their games to gnu/linux starting with the new Rage game being developed. Another article at beyond3d has the details in english. Is this due to lack of sales? This seems to be a major blow to gnu/linux gamers everywhere, especially when gnu/linux users are finally getting good Free software drivers for AMD's/ATI's graphic chips."
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Security

+ - Web hosting problems for small companies

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ttsiod
ttsiod writes "My (small) company is selling some of its products and services online. Until now, we had opted for a hosting solution on a USA based provider, since our products are targeting the global market. Unfortunately, we found out (through http://www.myipneighbors.com/) that at least 200 others are hosted on the same IP address — and at least one of them has been hijacked by spammers (or IS a spammer!), resulting in our address being permanently lodged in Spamhaus. Is this a common phenomenon for the Slashdot crowd? We are currently in the process of upgrading to a Virtual Server by the same provider (the IP address will be ours and ours alone); however, we have also experienced DDoS on our server in the past (one of the 200 might have been a target of the Russian bot e-mafia). Can we hope to escape this by using a VS? How often do hosting providers get attacked by the armies of zombie Microsoft-infested PCs? What is the best hosting solution for a small company?"

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