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+ - XBMC4Xbox 3.3 Released-> 4

Submitted by ExoBuZz
ExoBuZz (223063) writes "Dust off your old Xbox!

After a years development, the most popular home theatre software for the original XBox has reached a new milestone with the release of version 3.3. Improvements include the Confluence Lite skin (as with XBMC), updated playback code and ffmpeg libraries, better support for upgraded 128MB Xboxs, HLS streaming support, improved MythTV support, as well as many other improvements and changes. Full details in the release announcement."

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Power

+ - Internet Dismantling State Church in Finland->

Submitted by Agnostic
Agnostic (451529) writes "The Freethinkers of Tampere, who advocate separation of state and church in Finland, created a web site in 2003 to assist people in resigning from the church. The Web site became a big success, as 80% of all resignations in 2006 went through the web site. This article covers the decline of Finnish state church and its current status. Resigning from the church is as easy as filling one web form, and hence resignation rates have been increasing rapidly for several years. Finnish state church has many privileges set in law, including that every company has to pay taxes for the church. It can collect membership taxes through state officials, and avoids paying several taxes."
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The Internet

+ - Internet Secularizing Finland->

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Agnostic
Agnostic writes "The Finnish State Church enjoys special privileges written into law, including taxing companies and citizens, and so forth. This article will argue for separation of state and church in Finland. This article is a continuation for an earlier article published in Slashdot. The membership decline of the State Church has become more rapid in 2007 due to an Internet site helping citizens to resign from the church. This was made possible by a law passed in 2004 that allows a citizen to resign from the state church by sending just one email. This year, 61% of all resignees are under 30 years old, which implies a dim future for the church if the trend continues."
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Encryption

+ - Finnish court rules CSS "ineffective"

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In an unanimous decision released today, Helsinki District Court ruled that Content Scrambling System (CSS) used in DVD movies is "ineffective". The decision is the first in Europe to interpret new copyright law amendments that ban the circumvention of "effective technological measures". The legislation is based on EU Copyright Directive from 2001. According to both Finnish copyright law and the underlying directive, only such protection measure is effective, "which achieves the protection objective." http://www.turre.com/blog/?p=102"
Microsoft

+ - OOXML another step closer to become ISO standard

Submitted by Hymer
Hymer (856453) writes "Network World has a story about the MS OOXML way to bacame an ISO standard. From the article: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that Open XML had moved to the next phase of review by being included on the ISO's 5-month ballot, which was sent out Monday and is due to close Sept. 2. The voting will be followed by an ISO Ballot Resolution meeting."
Security

+ - 5 Steps to Ending the Sabotage of Corporate Data

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It is essential that adequate controls are put in place to ensure that sensitive data is protected from abuse. Many organisations are under the misapprehension that there is simply no effective method to secure digital assets from systems administrators and therefore simply live with the risk. But the reality is actually the opposite. Many have implemented solutions that guarantee that no matter how resourceful or determined someone may be, the organisation can remove this risk. At a minimum the following list can serve as a useful guideline on how to do this."
Businesses

+ - Where are the Women?

Submitted by TechEGrl
TechEGrl (666) writes "A recent article in CIO Insight says there's a decline in the number of women going into technology careers. But it stops short of actually answering the question why. A similar article on Forbes.com shows that fewer women are reaching the boardroom — and says that nominating committees "need to be more imaginative and flexible about recruiting women."

Any thoughts on the reason for this decline?"

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles

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