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OS X

Submission + - Daylight Saving Time and Mac OS X

MHouser writes: MacFixIt has a pretty comprehensive summary of how the Daylight Saving Time changes coming this Sunday (March 11th) will affect Mac OS X and some Mac applications. There are fixes for older versions of Mac OS X (which Apple didn't patch) and older versions of Office (which Microsoft didn't patch). There's also a way to check if your Mac is currently compliant with the new DST change.
Games

Submission + - FFXI scanning running processes

zefrer writes: "Several users have noticed suspicious activity from the MMORPG Final Fantasy XI Online after their recent update(March 7th).

Apparently, unlike Blizzard and WoW, Square Enix, the makers of the game did not notify the users of this change, nor did they change their privacy policy to reflect this change. Upon investigation, a privacy conscious user was told that POL, the program used to login to the game which is what does the "checking" of your processes, does these checks in line with Paragraph A1 from their Privacy Policy which states that:

"During registration, we ask you to provide us with certain information that personally identifies you (referred to herein as "Personal Information"). Personal Information may include your name, date of birth, telephone number, mailing address, E-mail address, and credit card account information, as well as any other information that may be used to identify you."

Obviously there's nothing stated in that paragraph about the client being allowed to scan running processes on your computer and send back information without your knowledge or consent."
Music

Submission + - NetTunes set to redefine music 'sharing'

kaizendojo writes: "Robert X. Cringely writes in this week's Pulpit about a music sharing site that is based in part on an idea he had years ago, and then revisted in a later article. "The new service is called NetTunes (it's in this week's links) and was built, according to lead developer Robert Stromberg, by combining my ideas with his. The major difference between NetTunes and Snapster is that while Snapster was based on joint ownership of the music, NetTunes is based on a music-lending model. There is nothing in U.S. copyright law that says you can't lend your DVD or CD to a friend or neighbor to watch or listen to. They aren't supposed to copy it, of course, but the concept doesn't preclude multiple physical copies (backups are allowed, remember, as is redeployment on other media like tapes or iPods) so much as multiple simultaneous USES of the content. So if you lend your copy of Led Zeppelin IV to some buddy with a hot date, you'd better not play it that evening at your home, that is unless you bought a second physical copy of the record or CD. NetTunes virtualizes the whole music-lending function. You join the service, then either upload your music just like to any other music locker service, or you just register the albums and songs you own and link to them through NetTunes in much the same way that you did in the pirate heyday of Napster, the original P2P music-sharing sensation." Sounds interesting, but how long will this be stay under the RIAA's radar? My guess would be they are already preparing legal briefs as we speak..."

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