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Judge OKs Wiretap Lawsuit Over Google Wi-Fi Sniffing 137

Posted by Soulskill
from the sending-a-message dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Last year Google found itself in hot water after admitting to accidentally collecting payload data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Their admission led to a number of investigations and complaints around the globe, and a U.S. District Court Judge has now denied Google's motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit which alleges the search giant violated federal wiretapping laws. 'Judge James Ware drew a distinction in yesterday's ruling between merely accessing an open WiFi network and actually sniffing the individual packets on that network. In the first case, one is only jumping onto a network to send and receives one own communications; in the second case, one is looking into someone else's communications, and doing so in a way that requires nontrivial technical ability or software.'"

Comment: They say it's blender under GPL and provide source (Score 1) 294

by nathanator11 (#35286408) Attached to: Trying To Lure Suckers, Company Resells Open Source Blender

See the disclaimer page.

IllusionMage is proudly part of the Open Source movement... Main program is based on Blender and released as an open source GNU license... Source code of these content and files is available to be downloaded from here (link to Blender source file).
"Intellectual Property Rights:
Images are either under GPL or released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic. Screenshots are attributed to"


+ - Scientists Warn of California Franken-Storm

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that California's "big one" may not be an earthquake at all, but a devastating megastorm that would inundate the Central Valley, trigger widespread landslides and cause flood damage to 1 in 4 homes costing more than $300 billion in property damage — four times that of a very large earthquake. A team of more than 100 scientists, engineers and emergency planners used flood mapping, climate change projections and geologic flood history to simulate a hypothetical storm so intense that it occurs only every 100 to 200 years with an "atmospheric river" of moisture from the tropical Pacific hitting California with up to 10 feet of rain and hurricane-force winds over several weeks. The simulation is based on a 45-day series of storms that started in December 1861 that turned the Sacramento Valley into an inland sea, pushing California into bankruptacy, forcing the state Capitol to be moved temporarily from Sacramento to San Francisco, and requiring Gov. Leland Stanford to take a rowboat to his inauguration. "We need to recognize that flooding here in California is as much of a risk as an earthquake," says Lucy Jones, chief scientist for the Geological Survey's Multi-Hazards Project. "These storms are like hurricanes in the amount of rain that they produce.""

+ - Duke Nukem comes back from the dead in 3D->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "WIth a gestation period fourteen times that of the most laconically reproducing mammal (the African Elephant), it seems that the next Duke Nukem installment may finally be more than vaporware..."
Link to Original Source

+ - Amazon Unable to get License for Linux Development 3

Submitted by ritcereal
ritcereal (1399801) writes "I recently asked Amazon's Kindle Feedback why they did not support Linux while supporting every other major Operating System. Here's the answer I got:
"At this time, the Linux OS is not supported for Kindle applications or Kindle content. The reason it is unavailable is because we haven't gotten the rights from Linux to do so, we have to work with them in order to get the program up and running, and so far they haven't allowed us to do so. We are always working hard to expand our reading options, and appreciate your feedback."
Apparently Amazon is incapable of obtaining the rights from Linux to make an application? I'm calling bullshit on this, what do you think?"

+ - New mega-leak reveals Middle East peace process->

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "There's been yet another mega-leak, this time of 1,600 papers describing the Israeli/Palestinian peace process negotiations. It's independent of Wikileaks and came to light via al-Jazeera, showing perhaps that the mega-leak meme is here to stay whatever happens to Assange. The papers show a weak Palestinian side offering ever greater concessions to Israel, which flatly rejected this as being insufficient: 'We do not like this suggestion because it does not meet our demands,' Israel's then foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, told the Palestinians, 'and probably it was not easy for you to think about it, but I really appreciate it'."
Link to Original Source

+ - re-designing web pages by pressing one button->

Submitted by colordev
colordev (1764040) writes "This automatic web page face-lifting tool replaces your page's existing palette with nice alternative palettes & some unexpected visual elements. Here is a super-simple 'LIVE' page and here is a demo video showing what kind of instant designing are we talking about. The more simple your page and the server settings are, the better are the chances for successful performance.

as, there's no way Color Machine itself could survive and service a full scale slashdotting,... could you please avoid re-designing all your sites with it tonight, sorry & please."

Link to Original Source

+ - A Causal License For Volunteer Photography

Submitted by nathanator11
nathanator11 (1515859) writes "I did some volunteer photography at the local senior center. I'm giving them the photos I took, but would like to send them with some kind of license, just to make sure that they're used as I expect them to be. Normally, I'd just use the CC BY-NC-ND (attribution, noncommercial, noderivs), but I feel like this should be a little more loose and casual. All I really want to do is make sure that I get credit and that they don't just sell the photos to someone else. Also, I'd like to retain copyright/ownership so that I can use them for other things myself. Can I use the CC license? Should I just tell them to contact me if they want to use the photos for anything other than some things we agree on up front?

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