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The Courts

Fark Seeks to Trademark NSFW 199

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "The term NSFW is about to join the :( emoticon, going from a generic, oft-used internet abbreviation, to one company's exclusive trademark. Fark is seeking a trademark on the use of NSFW to describe naughty online content. Of course, they may face a bit of a battle because more than a few other people are already using the term NSFW to describe their products and services. Not that that's stopped anyone in the past." And, of course, the whole thing could be a big practical joke.
Mozilla

Firefox 2.0.0.11 Released 199

BrianAU writes "Firefox 2.0.0.11 has been released, the Release Notes show the only major change as a correction of a compatibility issue with some websites and extensions as discovered in Firefox 2.0.0.10."
Games

Jack Thompson Facing Disbarment Trial 258

pwizard2 writes "Gamepolitics reports that controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson faces the start of an ethics trial this morning, a process which could ultimately see him disbarred. The review board has set aside the entire week to hear details on the case. 'Over the weekend, Thompson turned to the Florida Supreme Court in an apparent effort to block this morning's trial from moving forward. In one court filing Thompson asserted that he was willing to accept a 90-day suspension of his license to practice law. The embattled attorney claimed that such an offer had been on the table, but that the Florida Bar was now seeking his permanent disbarment.'"

GIMP 2.4 Released 596

Enselic writes "After almost three years since the release of GIMP 2.2, the GIMP developers have just announced the release of GIMP 2.4. The release notes speak of scalable bitmap brushes, redesigned rectangle/ellipse selection tools, redesigned crop tool, a new foreground selection tool, a new align tool, reorganized menu layouts, improved zoomed in/zoomed out image display quality, improved printing and color management support and a new perspective clone tool."
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - The History of the Commodore 64 (gamasutra.com) 1

Matt Barton writes: "I thought Slashdotters might be interested in our History of the Commodore 64, the first in a set of six planned features on gaming platforms at Gamasutra. Bill Loguidice and I look at why the C-64 was so overwhelmingly popular, as both a personal computer and a brilliant gaming platform. We also give advice to modern gamers interested in emulating the platform and playing its games: "The 'Commie' is still the best personal computer ever to grace the living room.""
Software

Submission + - The Road to Mac OS X Leopard

aXUL writes: AppleInsider is printing a new series on the arrival of Mac OS X Leopard, with extensive historical stories behind some of the "300 new features." Articles give examples of other systems that delivered similar features, or acted as ancestors in an illustrated genealogy of tech history that features Apple, NeXT, BSD, Windows, Be, the Amiga, and DOS. Previous articles have covered Finder 10.5, Dock 1.6, Spaces, Time Machine, Mail 3.0, iChat 4.0, iCal 3.0, Safari 3.0, Dashboard, Spotlight and the Desktop, and most recently, an extensive history of Unix servers, and an article today covering directory services, parental controls, and managed preferences/group policy. Required reading for nostalgic nerds!
Music

Submission + - Oink music sharing servers raided, Admin arrested

An anonymous reader writes: "The servers of OiNK.cd — one of the most popular private BitTorrent trackers — are raided and the admin, a 24-year-old man from Middlesbrough, is arrested." Oink is known for being a popular music sharing group. This shows why being popular is not always a good thing. http://torrentfreak.com/oinkcd-servers-raided-admin-arrested/
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Submission + - Note to Criminals: Don't Call Tech Support (arstechnica.com)

Billosaur writes: "Darwin Awards, here he comes: according to Ars Technica, a would-be identity thief did himself in by calling tech support about printer drivers. It seems that Timothy Short hit the mother-lode when he stole a PC and a Digimarc printer from the Missouri Department of Revenue, perhaps with dreams of cranking out thousands of fake ids. Problem: he could not unlock the computer he stole and without the necessary drivers, he couldn't use the printer. Ever resourceful, Short called Digimarc tech support a couple of days later (twice), which brought him to the attention of a Secret Service agent, who recognized his voice from a recording of the calls. Short now faces a $250,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison."
Security

Submission + - SANS reporting ssh brute force attacks (sans.org) 1

HangingChad writes: "Yesterday SANS highlighted 4 separate reports of an increase in ssh bruteforce attacks. From the article: "The isc.sans.org port 22 graph supports this as there has been a large increase in the source hosts seen in ssh scans during this month." There is speculation that this is part of a distributed, coordinated attack. I'm getting hearsay reports from some of my admin buddies that they're seeing ssh dictionary attacks today. Anyone else experiencing unusual ssh traffic the last couple days?"
Media

Submission + - South Africa adopts ODF as a Standard (oss.gov.za)

kmf writes: "ODF has become the STANDARD WAY that the South African Government interacts between Departments and between the Pubilc! Grab the MIOS (MINIMUM INTEROPERABILITY STANDARDS )Policy Document ... South Africa loves Open Source! Maybe this will inspire other Countries!"
Microsoft

Driver Update Can Cause Vista Deactivation 875

KrispySausage writes "After weeks of grueling troubleshooting, I've finally had it confirmed by Microsoft Australia and USA — something as small as swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a total Vista deactivation. Put simply, your copy of Windows will stop working with very little notice (three days) and your PC will go into "reduced functionality" mode, where you can't do anything but use the web browser for half an hour."
Music

Submission + - Brazilian pop music scene thrives on piracy (cnn.com)

langelgjm writes: When people talk about the failing business model of the traditional record company, they often only offer vague suggestions as to how things would work otherwise. But a concrete example of a music scene that thrives on piracy is to be found in Brazil, in the form of tecnobrega. From the article: 'While piracy is the bane of many musicians trying to control the sale of their songs, tecnobrega artists see counterfeiters as key to their success. "Piracy is the way to get established and get your name out. There's no way to stop it, so we're using it to our advantage," explains Gabi Amarantos... Ronaldo Lemos, a law professor at Brazil's respected Getulio Vargas Foundation, an elite Rio de Janeiro think tank and research center, says tecnobrega and other movements like it represent a new business model for the digital era, where music is transformed from a good to a service.'

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