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Submission + - Linux kernel adopts code of conduct->

Motor writes: In a move aimed a solving a non-problem, the Linux kernel mailing list has adopted a code of conduct. The Linux kernel is one of the most successful pieces of software ever. It's built on a process that deals with a staggering number of changes to a stable product on a daily basis. Despite this huge achievement — based on the simple idea of being honest and direct — they have had to give in to the pressure from serial complainers and introduce a complaints procedure.

What will this mean for the Kernel? In my experience once this kind of HR gets hold, it's used by those who have little or nothing to contribute in order to raise their profile and/or get revenge on anyone who proves them wrong. Right now, all you need to contribute to the Linux kernel is a PC, talent and the will to do it. Once this gets hold you'll be signing agreements and consent forms, attending sensitivity training and disciplinary meetings because someone was 'triggered'.

But... maybe you have more positive experiences?

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Submission + - Google Announces Android 5.1->

An anonymous reader writes: Google has officially announced Android Lollipop 5.1. This is a small update to the mobile operating system. The main features include support for multiple SIM cards, high definition voice calls on supported devices, and the ability to joining Wi-Fi networks and managed Bluetooth pairings through Quick Settings. The biggest features is "Device Protection." They say, "With Device Protection, your lost or stolen device will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account — even if someone resets your device to factory settings. This feature will be available on most Android phones and tablets shipped with Android 5.1 in addition to Nexus 6 and Nexus 9."
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Submission + - British Porn-Censoring MP Has Website Defaced With Porn

twoheadedboy writes: Claire Perry MP, who has been the main driver of the UK government's plans for default blocking of pornography, has had her website plastered in porn by hackers. But the story only just begins there. Notable blogger Guido Fawkes, otherwise known as Paul Staines, posted on the matter, only to later be accused of sponsoring the hacking himself. During some back and forth over Twitter, it appeared Perry was "confused", as she said Fawkes had posted a link to the defaced page, when he had only shown a screenshot of the site. Given the backlash against the government's plans to censor porn and its technical fallacies, the event could be particularly embarrassing for Perry. She is not commenting on the matter, whilst Staines has threatened to sue unless Perry offers a retraction of her claim he had anything to do with the hack.

Submission + - DMCA Safe Harbor May Not Apply To Old Copyrighted Works

tlhIngan writes: On Tuesday, the New York appellate court denied Grooveshark the DMCA safe harbor protection on songs like Johnny B. Goode. What happened was due to an oddity in the law, the DMCA does not apply to state-licensed copyrighted works (those copyrighted before February 15, 1972). What happened was Congress overhauled copyright law to make it a Federal matter, but all works prior to that date still come under common-law and state statutes. The end result is that Grooveshark does not have DMCA safe harbor protection for older works and may be sued for copyright infringement (barring other agreements, e.g., UMG and YouTube), even though they fully comply with the DMCA otherwise, taking down copyrighted materials. Grooveshark is a "music locker" service allowing users to upload music for others to listen to.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 3

Do you go buy a gasoline car and spend your time trying to convert it to diesel and bitch that fuel system cant take it or that it doesnt' have glow plugs?

More like only being able to use fuel from a single Microsoft gas station. Not that the fuel is anything special, but their pump is the only one that knows the magic hand shake to open your car's tank. This is all to protect your car's engine from bad quality fuel, of course.

KDE

Submission + - Amarok 2.6 Music Player Released-> 1

jrepin writes: "KDE is proud to announce version 2.6 of Amarok music player. While it brings a reasonable set of new features, the focus of this release was on bug fixing and improving the overall stability. The new features are a complete overhaul of the iPod, iPad and iPhone support including solid support for device playlists; transcoding for iPod-like and USB Mass Storage devices; the Free Music Chart service is now activated by default; embedded cover support for Ogg and FLAC files; and album art support for tracks on the filesystem and USB Mass Storage devices."
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Submission + - Digia to acquire Qt from Nokia->

sandels writes: Helsinki, Finland and Santa Clara, US — August 9th 2012, Digia, the software powerhouse listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki exchange (DIG1V), today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Qt software technologies and Qt business from Nokia. Following the acquisition Digia becomes responsible for all the Qt activities formerly carried out by Nokia. These include product development, as well as the commercial and open source licensing and service business. Following the acquisition, Digia plans to quickly enable Qt on Android, iOS and Windows 8 platforms.
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Submission + - Scientists Discover a Nasal Spray That May Restore Peace in Warring Relationship

An anonymous reader writes: A spritz up the nose may help restore happiness to fighting couples living together, according to scientists studying the effects of a nasal spray containing the hormone oxytocin. Scientists found that a sniff of the "cuddle hormone" oxytocin makes women calmer and friendlier and men more sensitive and positive during argument.

Submission + - Valve Removes Right for Class Action Claims from EULA-> 2

trawg writes: "Valve have joined the list of companies that have altered their terms and conditions to prevent users from filing a class action suit. Their official statement says that such claims "impose unnecessary expense and delay" and are "designed to benefit the class action lawyers". A new arbitration process is also included, in which Valve will reimburse costs (under certain circumstances) when dispute resolution can't be solved through their normal support process."
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Apple

Submission + - Samsung's legal fillings show pre-IPhone designs

parallel_prankster writes: In it's legal fillings for the case against Apple Corp. Samsung has shown that it was considering putting to market in the summer of 2006, six months before the unveiling of the iPhone, a number of phone designs that have been claimed by Apple as stolen from the Iphone. It extends to more than just the hardware — Samsung was also working on interfaces that looks remarkably like iOS (actually, that look remarkably like PalmOS) — in the summer and fall of 2006. Again, before the iPhone was released. Samsung is being accused of stealing, even thought the company was clearly working on what it supposedly stole before the iPhone was even released. Samsung's phones bear more resemblance to its own pre-iPhone designs than to the iPhone, yet Apple and its supporters still insist Samsung is a thief. Another article on this is available here .

Submission + - Teenager arrested in England for criticising Olympic athlete on Twitter-> 14

An anonymous reader writes: A teenager from Dorset, England was arrested for sending a Twitter message to Olympic athlete Tom Daley saying: "You let your dad down i hope you know that." Police arrested the 17 year old boy as part of an investigation into "malicious tweets" after Daley and his team mate missed out on a medal. Daley's father died from cancer last year.

While it is rarely used and the police have not indicated whether they are pressing charges, the Communications Act 2003 s.127 covers the sending of improper messages. Section 127(1)(a) relates to a message that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character. Shaun duffy was convicted and sentenced earlier this year under Scots law.

I look forward to tens of thousands of arrests across England over the next few days as all public remarks which may cause offence, regardless of their target, are investigated by the law.

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Linux

Submission + - Valve Software Confirms Work on Steam Client for LInux->

oakgrove writes: "Valve Software today in a new blog devoted specifically to Steam on Linux called Steam'd Penguins has confirmed that for more than a year a Steam client has been in the works for Ubuntu Linux. Also, in the blog post it has been confirmed that a working port of Left for Dead 2 is currently fully playable."
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