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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 7 declined, 1 accepted (8 total, 12.50% accepted)

Linux

Submission + - Nokia will use KOffice in Maemo 5 (trolltech.com)

xlotlu writes: "Thomas Zander of Trolltech announced on the Qt Labs Blog that Nokia has created a document viewer based on KOffice 2.1 RC1 for their upcoming Maemo 5 OS.

Dubbed Freemantle, the document viewer is to be released as open source, and will be demoed at the Maemo Summit in Amsterdam (starting on October 9th). Maemo 5 will be first used in Nokia's N900 "mobile computer"."

The Internet

Submission + - Register.com under DDoS attack

xlotlu writes: The Inquirer reported that starting on the night of April 1st, the domain name registrar Register.com was suffering spurious DNS resolving issues (link intentionally left out to avoid slashdotting).

While the company has kept silent during the first day, it now seems they confirmed it's a DDoS attack on their DNS servers.

The media has been silent about it so far, despite the growing angry mob of twitterers and the bitter comments in the original Inquirer article, blaming the registrar for lost business. Speculation as to whom is behind this obviously includes Conficker.
Communications

Submission + - Irish ISPs have a backbone (ispai.ie)

xlotlu writes: The ISP Association of Ireland announced it won't bend over for the local RIAA spinoff, unlike Eircom, Ireland's largest ISP.

The summary on their homepage succinctly states that "This legal action is spurious and there is no evidence of wrong-doing by Internet Service Providers", while the full position statement contains gems such as:

ISPAI is disappointed that the great potential of the internet, to provide opportunities to connect with users in new ways and develop new business models, is being missed by the music recording industry.


Announcements

Submission + - Double-terabyte SD card specification announced

xlotlu writes: The SD Association announced the Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC) memory card specification, supposed to provide up to 2TB of storage, and read/write speeds of 104 MB/s.

SDXC uses Microsoft's proprietary exFAT file system, which is available for licensing under NDA. There are currently no specific patents on exFAT, but its legal status is uncertain since it's based on FAT. The FAT patents have been previously upheld in court.

The Association is already looking forward to the next version of the specification, that will allow for speeds of up to 300MB/s
Censorship

Submission + - IWF removes Wikipedia from blacklist

xlotlu writes: UK's Internet Watch Foundation decided to lift the ban on Scorpions' "Virgin Killer" page on Wikipedia.

Although the Wikimedia Foundation was earlier told the IWF would stick to its initial decision, today's statement shows them reconsidering the consequences of the blacklisting: the scheme employs a few transparent proxies, which effectively reduced most of the UK-originated Wikipedia traffic to a limited number of IP addresses. This in turn forced Wikipedia to protect itself from vandalism by revoking editing rights for those addresses.

Interestingly enough, the IWF decided to keep censoring the offending image if it's hosted in the UK:

Any further reported instances of this image which are hosted abroad, will not be added to the list. Any further reported instances of this image which are hosted in the UK will be assessed in line with IWF procedures.

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