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Submission + - Pentagon Hacker Demands Government Payback (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: Pentagon hacker, Gary McKinnon has called on the newly-elected British government to put its money where its mouth is and tear up his extradition order.

US prosecutors have been trying to get McKinnon before a New Jersey court for seven years after they caught him hacking into US military and NASA computers for evidence of UFOs.

David Cameron, the newly elected Prime Minister, and Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, had both voiced their support for McKinnon's campaign against extradition. Other ministers in the coalition government had branded the extradition unjust. Clegg had even joined McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp on a protest march.

Operating Systems

Submission + - Create virtual machine image of OS on hard disk 1

skristir writes: I have a couple of old clunker boxes on which I run Windows NT and Windows XP. They are around because I have s/w and data on them that I still need. Having upgraded to a reasonably powerful Linux (Ubuntu) machine, I was hoping that I could create virtual machine images from the hard disk and then de-commission the old hardware. I do have the original install disks, but I am not interested in re-installing all the s/w on a virtual machine. What would be the point of that?! Can anyone suggest how one would go about converting existing s/w on a hard disk into a virtual machine image? I looked at Xen and Virtual Box but not enough information is available. VMWare wants my money but I still don't know if it can do what I want....
Education

Submission + - Call To Halt Donations To Stop Wikipedia Deletions 4

ObsessiveMathsFreak writes: "Howard Tayler, the webcomic artist of Schlock Mercenary fame, is calling on people not to donate money during the latest Wikimedia Foundation fund-raiser, in protest at the "notability purges" taking place throughout Wikipedia, where articles are being removed en-masse by what many see as overzealous admins. The webcomic community in particular has long felt slighted by the application of Wikipedia's contentious Notability policy. Wikinews reporters have recently begun investigating this issue, but are the admins listening? Is Deletionism becoming a dominant ethos on Wikipedia? Are the right people holding the reigns?"
Caldera

Submission + - Via Groklaw Court Rules: Novell owns the UNIX (groklaw.net)

RobertLTux writes: "Quoth PJ
"Court Rules: Novell owns the UNIX and UnixWare copyrights! Novell has right to waive!
  Dated: Friday, August 10 2007 @ 04:52 PM EDT
Hot off the presses: Judge Dale Kimball has issued a 102-page ruling [PDF] on the numerous summary judgment motions in SCO v. Novell. Here is what matters most:

        [T]he court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights.

That's Aaaaall, Folks! The court also ruled that "SCO is obligated to recognize Novell's waiver of SCO's claims against IBM and Sequent". That's the ball game. There are a couple of loose ends, but the big picture is, SCO lost. Oh, and it owes Novell a lot of money from the Microsoft and Sun licenses. "

anybody got a good recording of TAPS?"

Operating Systems

Submission + - Judge Kimball rules; Novell owns Unix copyrights (groklaw.net)

Eggplant62 writes: "In his most damaging ruling yet, Judge Kimball today released his ruling in the SCO v. Novell case, saying that it is his belief that after examining the all the documentation and motion practice and after the hearings earlier this year on various summary judgment motions, the jist is: "[T]he court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights." Of course, Groklaw is covering the story and broke the news just over a half hour prior to this submission.

There is also a ruling in SCO v IBM on summary judgment motions but the actual rulings are yet to become available. Keep your eyes peeled."

Security

Submission + - Debian remote vulnerability, 35 days & running

An anonymous reader writes: About a month ago, Lighttpd version 1.4.15 was officially released with two important security patches (1, 2). Debian was initially quick to pick up on this version, in fact they did so more than 35 days ago for their work-in-progress "unstable" project. But the official stable distribution of Debian is STILL vulnerable. A bug report tagged "remote root" has been left unanswered for more than a week.
Security

Submission + - The Ten Most Frequently-Guessed Passwords

darkreadingman writes: "IT people often create their own security problems by choosing administrative passwords that are easily hacked. Here's a list of hackers' ten most frequently-guessed passwords, along with some suggestions on better ways to create and maintain strong passwords. http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=117 988&WT.svl=news1_1"
Space

Submission + - 'Dead' Rocket Explodes In Orbit

Jacob writes: "A rocket which malfunctioned during launch a year ago recently exploded in orbit over Australia, and a number of amateur astronomers, including Rob McNaught (discoverer of Comet McNaught) were able to photograph the explosion and the resulting debris. NASA are now tracking over 1000 fragments, meaning that this has produced more space junk than China's recent ASAT test, it's possible that the fire and explosion were triggered by an encounter with space junk in orbit, and it's also possible the new junk cloud could impact other satellites in the future."
Data Storage

Submission + - Everything You Know About Disks Is Wrong

modapi writes: "Google's wasn't the best storage paper at FAST '07. Another, more provocative paper looking at real world results from 100,000 disk drives got the "Best Paper" award. Bianca Schroeder of CMU's Parallel Data Lab paper Disk failures in the real world: What does an MTTF of 1,000,000 hours mean to you? (pdf) crushes a number of (what we now know to be) myths about disks such as:
  • vendor MTBF validity
  • "consumer" vs "enterprise" drive reliability (spoiler: no difference)
  • RAID 5 assumptions
A good summary of the paper's key point is at StorageMojo."
Movies

Submission + - Blu-ray set to win format war in Australia

curmi writes: "According to The Age, Blu-ray looks set to win the format wars in Australia. One major retailer has decided to stock Blu-ray titles exclusively, and with HD-DVD stand-alone players almost non-existent in the country, HD-DVD looks set to lose out. With the PS3 set to launch next month down under, it is expected that blu-ray movies sales will improve still further."
The Courts

Submission + - Julie Amero wrongly convicted? The spyware defense

Anonymous Howard writes: Substitute teacher Julie Amero faces up to 40 years in prison for exposing kids to porn using a classroom computer, but the facts strongly suggest that she was wrongfully convicted. Many issues remain, from the need for an independent computer forensics investigation and the presence of spyware and adware on the Windows 98 machine, to bad or incomplete legal work on both sides of this criminal case. It appears that spyware caused Julie Amero's conviction. She will be sentenced on March 2, 2007. This is a new development from the previously story on Slashdot.
Nintendo

Submission + - First Wii mod chip that plays imports

Zeno McDohl writes: "Previous mod chips for the Wii would not boot games from other regions, but the WiiKey is claiming to do just that. Various sites have started shipping the mod chip today, and it seems that this mod chip is also upgradeable via a disc. It remains to be seen if Nintendo will release new firmware in attempt to hinder this, though."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - NZ copyright bill submissions close on Friday!

Clarke writes: "Thanks to the lobbying efforts of the RIANZ (our local RIAA clone) New Zealand is about to get a DMCA-style copyright law. This will emasculate Fair Use and turns DRM removal into a criminal act — so removing the infamous Sony rootkit from your PC will get you a criminal record, 5 years in jail and a $150,000 fine.

For the first time, the parliamentary committee considering the bill is allowing online submissions from anyone in the world: http://www.clerk.parliament.govt.nz.clients.interg en.net.nz/OnlineSubmission/Submission.aspx?id={A23 4B182-C669-4F08-BFD6-4C4BF4F495E1}

Can you please please please let people know it's not too late to kill or amend this stupid piece of legislation by making a submission. The full text of the bill can be found here: http://www.knowledge-basket.co.nz/gpprint/docs/bil ls/20061021.txt"

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