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Comment Re:In other words (Score 1, Offtopic) 565

I'm close with you on this. I have believed for a while now that the American Dream is revenge. We love revenge as a society.

Maybe humans love revenge as a species. I don't know, I'm not travelled enough to really speak about other cultures.

But from winning the lotto and quitting your job with a big "fuck you guys" to postal workers going postal, to columbine, to "nuke the entire middle east" and how we treat criminals (we want punishment a lot more than we seem to want rehabilitation), we have a guttural response to everything. We have been hurt, and thus we will seek to hurt. Perhaps we aren't strong enough (money, influence, physical strength, etc) to take our revenge, but some day... some day we'll be the badass who will lay the smack-down.

I'm going to go back to lurking for another year or so now.

Music

Submission + - DIY preamp comparable to high end studio equipment

fortunato writes: "A user on the Tweak Hardware forums (moniker Owel) has designed a studio quality DIY preamp he calls the SC-1. If you are handy with a soldering iron its a very low cost way for anyone with a home music studio to build a professional quality preamp! Flat response from 10Hz to almost 300kHz (much higher than human hearing). Anyone who does any recording professionally or as a hobby should certainly check this out.

The original forum thread about it with a nice history of its development is here:

http://studio-central.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=45 853

and the new official support forum for it is here:

http://fivefishstudios.com/forum/"
Announcements

Submission + - July 11th, Fairuse Day is here (fairuseday.com)

ezelkow1 writes: Today is International Fairuse Day. The official story here gives a brief mention of some of the big hitting fairuse topics that have come about this year. A more in depth article at Ars Technica has interviews with the movements founder as well as information from the founder of the United States Pirate Party which is also supporting the event.
From the interview:
As for how to make the best of Fair Use Day, founder Eric Clifford told Ars that users should "enjoy fair use in any way that you can," but he added that "the problem is that the legal ways to exercise fair use is diminishing."

Music

Submission + - Universal Music Declines new long-term iTunes Deal (reuters.com)

alexmogil writes: "Universal has opted not to sign a long term deal with Apple for digital music distribution. Previously, Universal signed a two year and then a single year extension, but now has opted to decline a new two year deal opting to go month-to-month — potentially allowing Universal to sign new deals with other online vendors, or none at all. Universal is the largest music company and produces one out of every three albums sold in the US."
The Internet

Submission + - A reprieve for Internet radio?

westlake writes: "In the wake of Internet Radio's Day of Silence, SoundExchange has proposed a temporary $2500 cap on advance payments "per channel/per station." The Digital Music Association responded immediately in its own press release that it would agree to this, but only if the term for the new arrangement were extended to 2010 — or, preferably, forever. SoundExchange and DiMA Negotiating New Minimum Online Radio Fees On another front, SoundExchange seems aware in its PR that it will have to concede something more to the non-profit webcaster, if it is to avoid Congressional action."
Privacy

Submission + - Police Chief Wants Surveillance Cameras In Homes

An anonymous reader writes: "I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?" Chief Harold Hurtt told reporters Wednesday at a regular briefing.

Full story here.
Software

Submission + - Gaim renamed to 'Pidgin'

edmicman writes: "Gaim has posted an update that explains in part why the 2.0.0 version has been in beta for such a long time:

Many years ago when this project was first started, it was called "GTK+ AOL Instant Messenger." AOL naturally complained, and Mark Spencer changed the name to "Gaim." AOL was appeased, and no one really ever heard of it because there were very few users back then. A few years later AOL trademarked "AIM," and started referring to their IM services using that name. They complained. The issue was brought up on Slashdot, and the Gaim developers at the time got some legal support. That legal support advised that the ongoing discussions with AOL be kept confidential until fully settled, and so it remained. The public thought the issue had gone away then. It sorta did, in that AOL stopped responding to Gaim's legal support for a while.


At long last, I am pleased to announce that we have a signed settlement and can release our new version. There is one catch however: we have had to change the project's name. After a long, and unfortunately secret debate (as we could not say why we were looking at a name change, we ended up just doing this ourselves), we settled on the name "Pidgin" for gaim itself, "libpurple" for libgaim (which, as of 2.0.0 beta6, exists), and "Finch" for gaim-text. Yes, the spelling of "Pidgin" is intentional, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pidgin.
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Software

Submission + - AOL sues, Gaim is now Pidgin

Pat J writes: Gaim has announced that the reason for the long awaited 2.0.0 release has been an ongoing discussion with AOL over rights to the name AIM. Today, they announced on their blog that Gaim 2.0.0 will now be called Pidgin and will be released within a week or so. http://gaim.sourceforge.net/index.php?id=177.
Security

Asus.com Compromised With Exploit Code 117

Juha-Matti Laurio writes in with news that the Web site of ASUSTeK Computer (asus.com) has been compromised to spread exploit code. The original report from Kaspersky Lab claimed that the compromise lead to code exploiting the recently patched Microsoft Windows Animated Cursor (.ANI) 0-day vulnerability, but sans.org found no evidence of this. Apparently a malicious iframe was added to one of the machines in asus.com's DNS round-robin.
The Courts

Submission + - Gaim threatened by AOL, changes name to Pidgin

Vorratt writes: "Under threat of legal action by AOL, the instant messaging client Gaim is now ... Pidgin. This is also why there haven't been any non-beta releases in a while, apparently, and they "hope to have the final Pidgin 2.0.0 release late this week or early next." It's good to see that open-source projects and big, mean ol' corporations can still come to (reasonably) civil agreements with each other."
Software

Submission + - Gaim Forced to Change Name

Thib writes: Gaim has settled out of court with AOL over the trademark "AIM", and as a result has been renamed Pidgin. The threat of lawsuits has been secret and is described in a news post to the new Pidgin website. The developers announced that they will finally be able to come out of 2.0.0 beta limbo where they have been for years. From the article: "On legal advice, we have refrained from any non-beta release during this process as a show of good faith, and to keep AOL from giving up on it. Again, on legal advice, we have also kept this information closely controlled. At long last, I am pleased to announce that we have a signed settlement and can release our new version." Gaim-text has also been renamed Finch, and libgaim has been renamed libpurple.
Windows

Unofficial Win2K Daylight Saving Time Fix 299

Saturn2003a writes "Microsoft has stated that they will not be offering a patch for the new US Daylight Saving Time for Windows 2000 and earlier. Only customers with an extended support agreement can get a Hotfix from Microsoft. To get around this, IntelliAdmin has created an unofficial patch (source code provided) that will fix Daylight Saving Time on Windows 2000 and Windows NT machines."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - World of Warcraft now the size of New York City

DeadBugs writes: "World Of Warcraft has passed 8 Million subscribers. This would put it on par with the population of New York (the largest city in the United States). With the first expansion coming out since the game was released, the game could easily pass 10 million people.

From the press release: "Since debuting in North America on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular MMORPG around the world. Today, World of Warcraft is available in seven different languages and is played in North America, Europe, mainland China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.""

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