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German Gov't Donates 100,000 Images To Wikipedia 113

Raul654 writes "The German Federal Archive has agreed to donate 100,000 images to Wikipedia under the German version of the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License. These pictures cover a period from 1860 to present. This is the largest picture donation ever to Wikipedia, and possibly the largest in the history of the free culture movement." Apparently, this is part of a project which will eventually make 11 million photos available for public use.

Comment Re:Yahoo is not an end-all solution... (Score 1) 112

I think Yahoo has been slowly reinventing themselves in the past two years. To call them "the old web" is rather shortsighted.

Maybe they're not moving as quickly as many people would like, but that's a different institutional issue. Also, consider that Yahoo has a crapload of "old web" customers and users who in many cases are simply averse to change. You can't just one day drop them in a super slick Ajax interface that ties into nine different social sites and expect them to be thankful - because they just don't care about that sort of thing. Microsoft tried that and it didn't work.

Comment Re:Idiots (Score 0, Troll) 223

No, and that's obviously Microsoft's fault.

Remember Blaster, which had a full 40 days or something like that before the exploit was seen in the wild. 10 days is obviously not enough lead time. I personally think we should all be given at least 6 months warning for each vulnerability. Then the attack success rate would plummet to 20% from the 70% it seems to be at these days.

One year would be even better. 365 glorious days to decide whether or not to patch! That would be great.

Mozilla

Submission + - IRS Investigating Mozilla Foundation Status

The Bungi writes: "From TechCrunch comes word that everybody's favorite government agency is investigating the Mozilla Foundation because of their primary source of revenue: their commercial agreement with Google. Revealed in their latest financial statement, it seems that at issue is the Foundation's status as a non-profit entity, based on their claims that said revenue from the Google search defaults in Firefox should be considered "royalties". If the IRS begs to differ with them, the result could be the loss of their status under the tax code, and they would have to pay excise taxes on the $85M they got in 2007 alone. Perhaps not a big deal considering how much money they make off Google, but would they be viewed differently by their users and contributors if they suddenly turn into a corporation?"

Comment Re:Seems to me like a bit of a role reversal (Score 3, Interesting) 543

Now that Microsoft are feeling the pinch of competition

Too bad a large segment of that competition is made up of their own operating systems.

The only trouble Vista ever had was that XP worked well enough for everybody and didn't offer any incentives to upgrade.

But it's not like Apple is taking over the world any time soon.

Security

Submission + - MacBook Air pwned and owned in 2 minutes flat (engadget.com) 1

jdp writes: "From TFA:

And just think — last year you were singing Dino Dai Zovi's praises for taking control of a MacBook Pro in nine whole hours. This year, the PWN 2 OWN hacking competition at CanSecWest was over nearly as quickly as the second day started, as famed iPhone hacker Charlie Miller showed the MacBook Air on display who its father really was. Apparently Mr. Miller visited a website which contained his exploit code, which then "allowed him to seize control of the computer, as about 20 onlookers [read: unashamed nerds] cheered him on." Of note, contestants could only use software that came pre-loaded on the OS, so obviously it was Safari that fell victim here.
Sponsor Tipping Point's Zero Day Initiative blog has more."

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