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Submission + - South Africa to switch to open source

Tech writes: The Mail & Guardian is reporting that the South African government has approved a policy and strategy to implement free and open source software in government departments. A project office will be set up by April to ensure smooth implementation of Foss throughout the country.
The Media

Submission + - DRM gives "unprecedented choice" to consum

Accommodate Students writes: "In response to one of the ever increasing number of online petitions to the Prime Minister, the UK Government has declared that

DRM does not only act as a policeman through technical protection measures, it also enables content companies to offer the consumer unprecedented choice in terms of how they consume content, and the corresponding price they wish to pay.
The original petition gained 1,414 signatures; the BBC is covering the story."

Submission + - Thwart Spammers Thru Honeylists

Anonymous Coward writes: "While reading an old post about email address harvesting on Slashdot, I came up with an anti-spam idea. Let's all put a huge list of fake email addresses on our web sites. The list of fake email addresses can be used to automatically block emails sent by spam bots. This is sort of like fighting fire with fire. Would it work?"

Submission + - Force i-flex stockholders to sell to Oracle: US gv

An anonymous reader writes: "http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News_By_ Industry/Infotech/Software/US_seeks_Indias_help_to _crack_i-flex_code/RssArticleShow/articleshow/1654 093.cms": In this report in Economic Times that also appeared in newspaper's Bombay print edition today on front page, US commerce secretary Carlos Gutierrez wants Indian government to "force" unwilling shareholders of Bombay headquartered financial software developer i-flex to sell their holding to Oracle!

Submission + - Two novae at dawn

Auke Slotegraaf writes: "Earlier in February, a nova erupted in Scorpius, and then flared up to naked-eye brightness. It is still (Feb 22) visible, and can be seen in the morning sky before sunrise. Then on the 19th, a second nova erupted, just 3 degrees away from the first! It is currently visible in binoculars. It is still unclear how bright the second one may become, but chances are we will have TWO naked-eye novae a cosmic hair's breadth apart! A finder chart of the two novae is at http://www.psychohistorian.org/astronomy/news/2007 0222-v1281-scorpii.html"

Submission + - Google launches hosted Apps for the enterprise

Rob writes: Search giant Google will today launch is much anticipated attack on Microsoft's desktop applications monopoly with the delivery of a hosted applications service for enterprises. Google Apps Premier Edition brings together the company's email, calendaring, instant messaging and voice over IP applications with its word processing and spreadsheet functionality and email for mobile devices. It is available as hosted service costing $50 per account per year, and also offers 10GB of storage per user, application programming interfaces for business integration, and 99.9% uptime guarantees, as well as 24-hour, seven-day support, and Google's advertising tunred off by default.

Submission + - Antioxidant buzz

sciencebase writes: "Bees making honey from honeydew rather than nectar produce a sweet material that has greater antioxidant properties than nectar honey, according to a study of 36 honey samples from Spain with different floral origins. The study published this month in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture could point to a way to improve the health benefits of this natural sweetener."

Submission + - Google Apps for $50

An anonymous reader writes: Informationweek are reporting http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jh tml?articleID=197007903 the release of Google's business oriented apps (Premier edition) for $50 per user per year. For the money, you get 10Gb storage and an assurance of 99.9% uptime and 24x7 support

Submission + - Google Apps goes premium

prostoalex writes: "Google Apps for Your Domain is going premium as custom 10 gig Gmail box, Google Calendar, GTalk instant messenger, Writely, Google Pages, Google Custom home page iGoogle and Google SpreadSheets for $50 a year per employee. CBS Marketwatch is calling it the "boldest move yet to challenge Microsoft Corp.'s flagship Office brand of business computer programs." The New York Times also provides some details on competitive pricing: "By comparison, businesses pay on average about $225 a person annually for Office and Exchange, the Microsoft server software typically used for corporate e-mail systems, in addition to the costs of in-house management, customer support and hardware, according to the market research firm Gartner.""

Submission + - ESR had enough with Fedora, moved to Ubuntu

sufehmi writes: "After almost losing his data because of a minor update from Fedora, ESR finally call it quits. In his posting on fedora-devel@, he lambasted on the purist attitude of the Fedora project, while losing touch with the reality.

I've moved away from Fedora once I realized that security updates are not going very well for older versions, endangering my computers; especially after the Fedora legacy project folded up.

Personally, I think it's possible to find a middle-path; where a Linux distro is both free (as in freedom) and Just Works (tm) for your average John Doe."
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Apple and Cisco agree to share iPhone name.

Sometimes_Rational writes: Cisco Systems and Apple have settled their disagreement on the trademark name "iPhone," which has been
brewing since Steve Jobs announced Apple's phone in January. According to the press release:

Under the agreement, both companies are free to use the "iPhone" trademark on their products throughout the world. Both companies acknowledge the trademark ownership rights that have been granted, and each side will dismiss any pending actions regarding the trademark. In addition, Cisco and Apple will explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications. Other terms of the agreement are confidential.
It is not known if there was a monetary settlement as well, though experts say there usually is one, according to this article in the NY Times.
It would now be appropriate for Steve Jobs to put this song on his phone's playlist.

Ex-judge Gets 27 Months on Evidence From Hacked PC 610

netbsd_fan writes "A former California judge has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for possession of illegal pornography, based entirely on evidence gathered by an anonymous vigilante script kiddie in Canada. At any given time he was monitoring over 3,000 innocent people. The anonymous hacker says, "I would stay up late at night to see what I could drag out of their computers, which turned out to be more than I expected. I could read all of their e-mails without them knowing. As far as they were concerned, they didn't know their e-mails had even been opened. I could see who they were chatting with and read what they were saying as they typed."

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