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Comment Chinese approach adopted by Vancouver Olympics (Score 1) 242

Check out the six pages of license agreement for tickets for Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Amongst a whole raft of prohibitions "...Ticket Bearer [shall not] engage in political, commercial, advertising or other promotional activities. Ticket Bearers may not ... wear or bring political, advertising or other promotional or other commercial items or clothing into a Venue. Entry to a Venue will not be granted to any Ticket Bearer who is wearing or carrying any form of political, commercial, advertising or promotional message. Religious and racial propaganda and demonstrations are prohibited inside or in proximity to a Venue perimeter. Violators will be subject to removal from a Venue without a refund... prohibited items and activities : smoking, broadcasting or recording through the use of cellular and beverages...prescription-strength medicines...banners, flags... signage of any nature, skis, snowboards, bicycles, balls, Frisbees, helmets (e.g., motorcycle, bicycle, sport, etc), and noisemaking devices..."

PEBKAC Still Plagues PC Security 300

Billosaur writes "ARS Technica is reporting on a study release by McAfee and the National Cyber Security Alliance (as part of the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness Month) that suggests when it comes to PC security, the problem between the keyboard and the chair is even worse. PEBKAC has always been a problem, but the study highlights just how prevalent it has become. 87 percent of the users contacted said they used anti-virus software, while 70 percent use anti-spyware software. Fewer (64 percent) reported having their firewalls turned on, and only 27 percent use software designed to stop phishing attempts. Researchers were allowed to scan the computers of a subset of the users, and while 70 percent claimed to be using anti-spyware software, only 55 percent of the machines of those users scanned showed evidence of the software."

Know How To Use a Slide Rule? 388

high_rolla writes "How many of you have actually used a slide rule? The slide rule was a simple yet powerful and important tool for engineers and scientists before the days of calculators (let alone PCs). In fact, several people I know still prefer to use them. In the interest of preserving this icon we have created a virtual slide rule for you to play with." Wikipedia lists seven other online simulations.

Submission + - Internet security to rely on white lists

An anonymous reader writes: The CBC is running a story on how Internet security applications such as virus scanners will rely on white lists in the future instead of black lists as is done today, and will only allow software in the list to run on the computer.

The solution, according to Symantec's Canadian vice-president and general manager, Michael Murphy, is to reverse how protection against such attacks is provided. Under the current system, a security firm discovers a new threat, adds it to its black-list database and updates its customers' anti-virus software to combat the problem. A "white list" would instead compile every known legitimate software program, including applications such as Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, and add new ones as they are developed. Every program not on the list would simply not be allowed to be function on a computer.
The article goes on to mention how cooperation with many parties in the industry, including open source developers, would be required in order for this system to function as desired. With thousands of open source applications available, will such a white list implementation be more efficient than the black list, assuming the white list is fair to all open source software that wishes to be on the list?

US Register of Copyrights Says DMCA Is 'Working Fine' 224

Linnen writes "CNET writer Anne Broache reports that the head of the US Copyright Office considers the DCMA to be an important tool for copyright owners. '"I'm not ready to dump the anticircumvention," [Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters] said in response to a question from an audience member who suggested as much. "I think that's a really important part of our copyright owners' quiver of arrows to defend themselves." The law also requires that the Copyright Office meets periodically to decide whether it's necessary to specify narrow exemptions to the so-called anticircumvention rules. (Last year, the government decided it's lawful to unlock a cell phone's firmware for the purpose of switching carriers and to crack copy protection on audiovisual works to test for security flaws or vulnerabilities.)'"

Submission + - First 787 pictures

Planetes writes: "There are pictures on the web of the first "fully" assembled 787 being rolled out of the Everett plant across the freeway to the paint shop. I say fully assembled because it's really only the outer shell and doesn't include a large percentage of the wiring and avionics yet. First 787"
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Red Hat Beats Estimates

head_dunce writes: "After these last few months of Microsoft, Novell, and Oracle unleashing some serious business battles against Red Hat, the question has been if Red Hat could survive. Today Red Hat announced profits were up 17% year-over-year which may finally answer the question: Linux is ready.

It was really interesting to watch an open source company fend off big money in these last few months. I think one of the most unique strategies I saw was the Red Hat Challenge which a good friend of mine participated in. Overall, Matthew Szulik posed the question to 344 teams of grad students across the world: "What do we do now?!?!" (Not in those exact words, but you get the idea.) Almost as if the open source idea has evolved to involve more than just the open code but now also includes business strategies. Hats off to Red Hat — keep it up guys!"

Submission + - The point of the status meeting

An anonymous reader writes: The company that I work for just finished up a phase of testing that was pretty intensive and required a lot of hours to complete on schedule. Each day we had a status meeting that consisted of twenty people sitting in a room and listening to one person talk about their progress or issues from the previous day. Most of the time the status discussed only helped about one or two people in the room while the rest of us just wasted an hour in which we could have been making progress. We ended up finishing our testing two months later than scheduled and I wonder if we didn't waste 100 man hours a week for six months on status if we would have met our goal. My question is how does your manager or company get status about an important phase in the software development cycle without sacrificing the productivity of the entire team?

Submission + - Canada to build 40MW Solar Power plant

IceDiver writes: According to an article in the Toronto Star ( an Ontario company has been given approval to build a 40MW solar power plant near Sarnia in Southwestern Ontario. This is enough power for about 10,000 homes. The plant will cover 365 hectares (1.4 sq. miles) and is to be operational by 2010. OptiSolar, the company building the plant, claims to have developed a way to mass produce the solar panels at a dramatically reduced cost, making the plant competitive with other forms of power generation.

Submission + - Warner rejects Jobs on DRM.

massivefoot writes: "Warner Music has rejected the suggestion from Steve Jobs that DRM should be removed from music downloads. In an open letter this week, the Apple boss had said that removing such software would also allow greater usability for customers, as any online music store would be able to sell songs that would work on all players. "This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat." said Mr Jobs. Warner Music, the world's fourth largest record company, seems far from convinced."

Submission + - EMI Considering Selling Entire Collection as MP3s

BobbyJo writes: According to the Wall Street Journal [subscription required], EMI has been pitching the possibility of selling its entire music collection to the public in MP3 form, without all of the pesky DRM protection that we are all such big fans of. According to the article, several other major music companies have considered this same route, but none as far as EMI. From the article:

The London-based EMI is believed to have held talks with a wide range of online retailers that compete with Apple's iTunes. Those competing retailers include RealNetworks Inc.,, MusicNet Inc. and Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks. People familiar with the matter cautioned that EMI could still abandon the proposed strategy before implementing it. A decision about whether to keep pursuing the idea could come as soon as today.
The Courts

Submission + - Russian copyright law war - in fact and fiction

destinyland writes: "Another scorching attack on copyright law. "America became an industrial power by being a pirate nation," argues Cory Doctorow, challenging the "information feudalism" now foisted on developing countries. (Russia escaped communism only to be required to again procure licenses for their digital presses.) Cory incorporated his grandmother's nightmarish memories about the Siege of Leningrad into a searing science fiction story about a pirate nation suffering a fierce attacked for ignoring world copyright law. Of course Cory is distributing the story free on his Creative Commons web site."

Is Interoperable DRM Really Less Secure? 189

Crouch and hold writes "Are closed DRM schemes like FairPlay more secure than interoperable ones? Based on the number of cracks, it doesn't look like it. 'When it comes to DRM, what history actually teaches us is that one approach is no more secure than the other in practice, as they relate to the keeping of secrets. Windows Media DRM has had fewer security breaches than Apple's FairPlay, yet WM DRM is licensed out the wazoo: there are more than a dozen companies with WM DRM licenses.'"

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