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Submission + - ATI releases new drivers (

jshriverWVU writes: ATI has released new linux drivers version 8.39.4 Some of the issues resolved are: * The kernel module build no longer fails on kernel version 2.6.22. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28556

* Starting AMD CCC-LE no longer fails with a floating-point exception when started in certain configurations. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28557

* When playing videos in I420 color format using the Xv extension and TexturedVideo (the default on R5xx), colors are no longer displayed incorrectly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28558

* Running aticonfig — initial in X with the Vesa driver no longer segfaults resulting in the xorg.conf file not being available. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28559


$298 Wal-Mart PC Has, No Crapware 422

cristarol writes "Wal-Mart has begun selling a $298 PC (Everex IMPACT GC3502). It comes with Windows Vista Home Basic and 2.2, as well as a complete lack of crapware: 'Users accustomed to being bombarded with trialware offers and seeing their would-be pristine Windows desktops littered with shortcuts to AOL and other applications will likely be pleased at their absence from the GC3502.' The machine is targeted at the back-to-school market. The hardware is nothing to write home about: a 1.5GHz Via C7 with 1GB of RAM and integrated graphics, but as Ars points out, it should be more than capable of performing basic tasks." Dell sells a low-end PC through Wal-Mart for $200 more, and one assumes it is loaded with crapware. Anybody know for sure?

Submission + - DLDI for Games N Music Released (

jshriverWVU writes: Chishm the main developer of the dldi interface has released a driver for the Datel Games N Music device. Like other DS homebrew dev's I didnt want to buy a slot one card from some random place in Taiwan. The GnM, for better or worse, lets you play home brew on your DS and is available to anyone near a Best Buy. The only drawback till now is the lack of file system support. So if you needed to write or read files you were out of luck. Though with the new DLDI interface this is no longer a problem. This is great news as it'll open up the homebrew market even more for the DS as the average consumer can pick up this device and most homebrew will support it now.

Submission + - beats US ban on Online Gambling? (

Jared writes: "Bills itself as the world's first "honor-based betting platform" that connects people "who like to bet" and likens the site to "gentleman's bets," calling it "betting," not "gambling. claims that it's a legal service under the premise that bettors are allowed to welch on their bets, meaning that there's no gambling actually taking place. Users are given an eBay-style rating based on whether or not they pay up after losing a bet. Law"


Submission + - Users rage against China's 'Great Firewall'

ParticleGirl writes: "China's list of "restricted" sites is growing longer by the day, and more and more individuals are expressing their discontent. From the article: Liu Bin, an IT consultant with Beijing-based consulting firm BDA, "believes it will take a long time before the government loosens control over Web content, especially because the Internet-savvy middle class is unlikely to take to the streets — like the farmers of Bobai county — over lack of Web access." Will they take to the blogs? Would that make a difference?"

Submission + - On (Mis)Trusting Google Desktop (

rabblerouzer writes: "Highly usable software, such as Google Desktop, can seem revolutionary, but the web-meets-desktop search capabilities are seductively porous and raise huge privacy concerns, says Hugh Thompson [see previous Slashdot submission for more of Thompson's "research"]. Documented flaws demonstrate how attackers can use the tool to access private information on the user's desktop. Worse yet, consider that Google Desktop keeps a sizable index and cache of historical data that by default is unencrypted: It retains previous versions of files, web-based email communications, browsing history, etc. and is largely invulnerable to overwriting and other deletion tools."

Submission + - Kids can't hug anymore (

An anonymous reader writes: VIENNA, Virginia (AP) — A show of affection almost landed a teenage boy in detention.

Hugging was 13-year-old Hal Beaulieu's crime when he sat next to his girlfriend at lunch a few months ago and put his arm around her shoulder. He was let off with a warning, but the cost of a repeat offense could be detention.

A rule against physical contact at Kilmer Middle School, about 10 miles west of Washington, is so strict that students can be sent to the principal's office for hugging, holding hands or even high-fiving.

"I think hugging is a good thing," said Hal, a seventh-grader. "I put my arm around her. It was like for 15 seconds. I didn't think it would be a big deal."

Unlike some schools, which ban fighting or inappropriate touching, Kilmer Middle School bans all touching.

But that doesn't seem necessary to Hal and his parents. They've sent a letter asking the county school board to review the rule.

But at a school of 1,100 students that was meant to accommodate 850, school officials think touching can turn into a big deal. They've seen pokes lead to fights, gang signs in the form of handshakes and girls who are uncomfortable being hugged but embarrassed to say anything.

"You get into shades of gray," Kilmer Principal Deborah Hernandez said. "The kids say, 'If he can high-five, then I can do this.' "

Hernandez said the no-touching rule is meant to ensure that students are comfortable and that crowded hallways and lunchrooms stay safe. She said school officials are allowed to use their judgment in enforcing the rule. Typically, only repeat offenders are reprimanded.


Submission + - The Government Official that fights for IP reform.

had3l writes: Gilberto Gil, the man responsible for Brazil's Ministry of Culture and one of the top-level Brazilian government officials is an example to be followed. He has made it his duty to fight draconian copyright laws: "Digital culture brings with it a new idea of intellectual property, and this new culture of sharing should inform government policies." He has been been advocating the use of the Creative Commons license for a while now, and needless to say, the recording companies aren't happy.
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Submission + - Patent Granted for Fault Injection (

techlists writes: "A Patent on Fault Injection (#7,185,232) has been granted by our friends at the patent office. This could seriously and negatively impact software/hardware testing across the industry. According to the filing, "A method of testing a target in a network by fault injection, "The method may further include, receiving a feedback from the target to determine fault occurrence.". They've been asked to comment, but will they say anything?""
The Courts

Submission + - Court Upholds Expectation of Privacy in Emails

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "A federal appeals court, in Warshak v. USA (pdf), has upheld the principle that email users maintain a reasonable expectation of privacy in the content of their emails, and enjoined the United States government from seizing the contents of a personal email account maintained by an ISP without either providing the account holder with prior and an opportunity to be heard or making a fact specific showing that the account holder maintained no expectation of privacy with respect to the ISP."

Submission + - Feds Need Warrants to Search E-mail

SafteyInNumbers writes: A federal appeals court on Monday issued a landmark decision (.pdf) that holds that e-mail has similar constitutional privacy protections as telephone communications, meaning that federal investigators who search and seize emails without obtaining probable cause warrants will now have to do so. "This decision is of inestimable importance in a world where most of us have webmail accounts," said Kevin Bankston, a staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The ruling by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio upheld a lower court ruling that placed a temporary injunction on e-mail searches in a fraud investigation against Steven Warshak, who runs a supplements company best known for a male enhancement product called Enzyte. Warshak hawks Enzyte using "Smiling Bob" ads that have gained some notoriety. The case boiled down to a Fourth Amendment argument, in which Warshak contended that the government overstepped its constitutional reach when it demanded e-mail records from his internet service providers. Under the 1986 federal Stored Communications Act (SCA), the government has regularly obtained e-mail from third parties without getting warrants and without letting targets of an investigation know (ergo, no opportunity to contest). But a district court held that the SCA violates the Fourth Amendment by allowing the feds to secretly seize e-mail without probable cause warrants. Under the SCA, the government is required to get warrants for any e-mails that have been stored on third-party servers for less than 180 days. (the SCA came into effect long before the days of eternal Gmail storage.) After that, it can use an administrative subpoena or a different court order, provided it notified the target of the investigation. (the feds missed their legally mandated deadline for notifying Warshak by nearly a year.) To make matters more complicated, the government argued that the definition of "electronic storage" in the statute meant the feds only needed warrants when e-mail had yet to be opened or downloaded. "The DOJ reading of the statue in practical terms is that any e-mail you have opened it can obtain without a warrant," Bankston said. But the district court ruled that the Fourth Amendment holds otherwise. And the appellate court affirmed the lower court's decision, agreeing that e-mail users have a reasonable expectation of privacy, regardless of how old their correspondence is and where it is stored. From the decision: "In considering the factors for a preliminary injunction, the district court reasoned that e-mails held by an ISP were roughly analogous to sealed letters, in which the sender maintains an expectation of privacy. This privacy interest requires that law enforcement officials warrant, based on a showing of probable cause, as a prerequisite to a search of the e-mails." To reach its decision, the court relied on two amici curiae that presented compelling arguments for shoring up current privacy law with respect to e-mail. Both the Electronic Frontier Foundation (together with the ACLU and the Center for Democracy and Technology) and a coalition of internet law professors argued that e-mail is a vital form of communication in today's world and its privacy must be safeguarded under the constitution lest society's ability to engage in unfettered debate and discussion be eroded. ourt_s.html

Submission + - Creeper discovers intelligence agencies (

mpawlo writes: Patrik Wallstrom of Gnuheter fame has released his new privacy project Creeper. Creeper is basically a picture you place on your blog, website or bittorrent tracker site. Creeper will check the IP of everyone accessing the blog, web site etc and do a lookup into a predefined database over governmental agencies. The result is aggregated on a publicly accessible web site. Creeper will disclose a lot of interesting information regarding how and when governmental officials use their computers and what they monitor at work.

The project was initiated in Sweden a few weeks ago and has already raised serious concerns over privacy matters in Sweden. One of the three letter combination-agencies was discovered monitoring a password protected piracy bittorrent site, i.e. it hacked the web site and kept track of everything happeningthere. This will probably keep happening for six months or so, until all agencies will learn to cover their tracks and use other IP numbers and so forth. Or perhaps the ignorance will continue... Meanwhile, we can all learn what to expect in terms of surveillance and Big Brother tendencies online.

An independent German "Creeper" should be released any day now ("überwach" it is called and is not related to Creeper). Patrik is willing to offer the code to anyone interested in releasing the corresponding service in other countries.


Submission + - Blair Calls For Chinese Style Net Controls In UK (

QJimbo writes: Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair has savaged online media today in a speech in which he declared war on the free press by hinting at new restrictions on internet journalism and suggested that the media should be brought more into line with the government.
Blair complained that the media was too "feral" (i.e. not tamed by the government) and referring to online journalism stated:
"In fact, the new forms can be even more pernicious, less balanced, more intent on the latest conspiracy theory multiplied by five."


Submission + - Torrentspy court ordered to log users.

palewook writes: "Unsealed on June 8th, a May 29th court decision, reveals Torrentspy is now under court order to keep user logs. The logs will record visitors and track user activity. Ira Rothken, TorrentSpy's attorney, has until June 12th to file an appeal. Torrentspy's Privacy Policy has not been updated to reflect the court order because the site is still fighting the court order."

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