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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.'
Wireless Networking

Submission + - A technology report from San Diego fire shelter

netbuzz writes: "Retired journalist and mobility expert Jim Forbes is among the quarter-million San Diego-area residents driven out of their homes by the horrific wildfires. Forbes has taken the opportunity to "fire blog" from his shelter and discuss via e-mail with Network World how his personal technology and the shelter's wireless networks are holding up under the strain. "The shelter set up a dedicated computer room with an 802.11 a,b, and g network which worked like a charm," says Forbes.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/20911"
Wireless Networking

Submission + - SPAM: Cisco gives WiMAX big boost via $330M buyout

alphadogg writes: The rumors were right: Cisco has signed a deal to buy WiMAX radio vendor Navini Networks for $330 million. The buy is a milestone and it changes the competitive landscape, says Daryl Schoolar, senior analyst, networking group, In-Stat, a market research firm. "First the ITU [International Telecommunications Union] accepts WiMAX as a 3G standard, and now one of the largest networking vendors in the world shows its faith in the technology and in business models behind WiMAX."
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Music

Submission + - Oink.cd, shut down ! (ifpi.org)

mvictoras writes: The biggest music private tracker shut down! Ifpi.org reports, 'British and Dutch police today shut down the world's biggest source of illegal pre-release chart albums and arrested a 24-year old man in an operation coordinated between Middlesbrough and Amsterdam. The raids, which were coordinated by Interpol, follow a two-year investigation by the international and UK music industry bodies IFPI and BPI into the members-only online pirate pre-release club known as OiNK. OiNK specialised in distributing albums leaked on to the internet, often weeks ahead of their official release date. More than 60 major album releases have been leaked on OiNK so far this year, making it the primary source worldwide for illegal pre-release music. The site, with an estimated membership of 180,000, has been used by many hardcore file-sharers to violate the rights of artists and producers by obtaining copyrighted recordings and making them available on the internet. It is alleged that the site was operated by a 24-year-old man in the Middlesbrough area, who was arrested today. The site's servers, based in Amsterdam, were seized in a series of raids last week. OiNK's operator allegedly made money by setting up a donations account on the site facilitated by PayPal. Cleveland Police and the FIOD-ECD SCHIPOL branch of the Dutch police undertook the raids, supported by Interpol, as part of a carefully-planned international investigation with anti-piracy investigators from IFPI and BPI.'
Censorship

Submission + - Interpol Raids Oink.cd (bbc.co.uk)

Faust writes: A flat on Teesside and several properties in Amsterdam were raided as part of an Interpol investigation into the members-only torrent website OiNK early Tuesday morning as part of a two-year investigation by music industry bodies the IFPI and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The site has a claimed 60 major leaked pre-release albums this year alone and the bust is being touted as a victory against the "biggest source of illegal pre-release chart albums".

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