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Software

Submission + - UK's Conservative Party Pro OSS

Paul Giannaros writes: "The UK's Conservative Party website top story states that 'an incoming Conservative government would create a level playing field for open source software in the UK', following the Conservative Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's speech on recasting the political settlement for the digital age.
He talks about the importance of the 'equality of information' that the Internet has provided, social networks and their use in society, and open source, saying 'it is estimated that the Government could save at least 5% [£600m] of its annual IT bill if more open source software was used as part of a more effective procurement strategy'. He also briefly discusses 'the lack of open standards in government IT'."
User Journal

Journal Journal: One man, one Hero- tells the Corporations NO!

Bad fishing and environmental econazi rules have hit the fishing fleet in Coos Bay hard. Very hard. To the point where many fishermen are essentially homeless- unable to pay for both house and boat. And they're in serious financial trouble- many are 90 days behind in dock fees. An eastern corporation, the Port of Charleston, owns the marina in Coos Bay, and in keeping with their Eastern Rich Yachtyard values, they've sent orders to start foreclosing on boats that are behind in moorage rent p
United States

Submission + - Congressman: colleges are nests of piracy

Prescott writes: Hollywood's congressman, Rep. Howard Berman of California, has announced that his subcomittee will be accelerating its hearings on piracy at American colleges. More troubling, he is getting ready to go after what he is calling the 'hypocrisy' of American colleges and Universities. 'Unfortunately, many schools have turned a blind eye to piracy,' Berman said. 'I don't doubt that there are legitimate issues that universities must grapple with, including privacy and cost concerns. However, when a university such as Purdue tells the AP that it rarely even notifies students accused by the RIAA because it is too much trouble to track down alleged offenders — such inaction is unacceptable.'
Bug

Submission + - Physics falling into own black hole

dspart writes: "At the risk of blowing my own trumpet, I'd appreciate feedback on a couple of thoughts re. the future of physics, computer science and AI. They're itemised on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Dspart, but to summerise: (1) String theory is going nowhere; all kinds of attempts are being made to shoe-horn new observations into accepted theories, resulting in complex proposals which maintain causality from one observer's POV but not others' POVs. (2) There seems to be a much better model to explain the universe."
Operating Systems

Virtualization Is Not All Roses 214

An anonymous reader writes "Vendors and magazines are all over virtualization like a rash, like it is the Saviour for IT-kind. Not always, writes analyst Andi Mann in Computerworld." I've found that when it works, it's really cool, but it does add a layer of complexity that wasn't there before. Then again, having a disk image be a 'machine' is amazingly useful sometimes.
Enlightenment

Submission + - A Cure for AIDS (but only on Thursday)

Dekortage writes: Yahya Jammeh, the president of Gambia, claims he can cure people infected with HIV/AIDS — but only on Thursdays, and only if they stop taking anti-retroviral (ARV) drug therapy. At least, that's what Spiegel International and The New York Times are reporting this morning. From the article: "Jammeh explains that the method, based on the healing properties of seven herbs and Koranic prayers, is 'foolproof.' While he prefers to perform the healing sessions in public in front of TV cameras, he's willing to grant religious and social dignitaries private audiences." Apparently thousands of infected Gambians believe him and are waiting to be cured.
Security

Submission + - Rinbot Shuts Down Anne Arundel County, Maryland

An anonymous reader writes: According to the Washington Post:

Typewriters were dusted off, hand-held radios were tested, and Anne Arundel County employees reported having to walk between offices rather than sending e-mails yesterday after a virus led to the shutdown of more than 2,500 computers.

The fast-spreading virus infected as many as 200 county computers Wednesday, and technicians shut down the entire network for Anne Arundel offices for more than 24 hours.

For details, see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic le/2007/03/08/AR2007030802012.html
Upgrades

Submission + - TiVo abandoning subscribed users, update too hard?

jbridges writes: TiVo claims it's too difficult to upgrade Series 1 TiVos to correct for the new Daylight Savings rules.

Series 1 TiVos run on standard Linux, and use software for Daylight Savings.

Series 1 DirecTiVos (same platform, made for DirecTV) have had their software upgraded with the DST Fix.

Series 1 TiVos will still function partially, but will have the wrong date/time during the time between old DST and new DST. This will cause all manual season passes to break, and make the manual guide wrong.

This is getting close to boat anchor mode... time to upgrade to a DVR PC?

Discussion at the TiVo Community about the Non-Upgrade

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