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Submission + - UPC Ireland latest to do a DNS hijacking trial (

CaptSolo writes: UPC Ireland has started a trial of a DNS hijacking "service", in a violation of net neutrality. When users enter a URL for a non-existing domain, they are redirected to a landing page (for example, this). They do provide instructions for disabling this service, consisting of a PDF with screenshots demonstrating how Windows users can change DNS servers.

An example log of a hijacked HTTP request:


Submission + - Cisco, Nokia take aim at net neutrality (

angry tapir writes: "FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced last month that he would seek to develop formal rules prohibiting Internet service providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content and applications. However, 44 companies — including Cisco Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, Corning, Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia — have sent a letter to the FCC saying new regulations could hinder the development of the Internet. A group of 18 Republican U.S. senators have also sent a letter to Genachowski raising concerns about net neutrality regulations"

Submission + - What makes a beautiful machine? 1

Nefarious Wheel writes: "One of the great perks of the company where I work is a huge variety of technical magazines in the coffee room, often having to do with industrial machinery, the aircraft industry, logistics, the world of the intensely practical application. Leafing through these I'm struck by how some very mundane machinery is really very beautiful. I guess form follows function, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but — why are some machines just simply beautiful to look at? Is it a case of things attracting us for monkey reasons, or intelligence crossing the barrier to emotion because of some line drawn by an artist masquerading as an engineer? Why is the nacelle of a commercial jet, a scanning electron microscope, a magnet of the LHC beautiful, when it was designed entirely to suit a practical purpose?"

Submission + - IntelliJ Goes Open Source (

An anonymous reader writes: IntelliJ IDEA, the popular closed-source Java IDE is to go partially open source with the introduction of a new community version Jetbrains have announced. The community addition includes full Java code support — various refactorings and code inspections, coding assistance; debugging, TestNG and JUnit testing; CVS, Subversion and Git support; Ant and Maven build integration; and Groovy and Scala support (through a separate plugin). The commercial Ultimate Edition will add support for features such as Android, GWT, Flex, JEE and OSGi

Comment Re:This is trickier than it sounds (Score 1) 782

It is free as in freedom - you can do whatever you want with it. You may want to compile an app, but nowhere does it say that the tools to compile the app (or the environment where you can run the app) are necessarily free. For example, there are GPL-licensed Windows programs but that does not mean you get Windows to run them in for free.

Comment Re:ID what? (Score 1) 1055

I use VIM (and MacVIM when on Mac), mostly for Python development. What's this "IDE" thing again?


I am wondering, though, what do others use for coding (and for Python coding in particular). Text editors are fine for many tasks, but perhaps there are more complex projects with lots of files which require something like Eclipse, etc. What's your experience w. that?

Comment Re:The OP doesn't know what "clean room" means (Score 4, Informative) 115

Here's the DMCA takedown notice issued to the rtmpdump project:

Note that they are just claiming the ability to download copyrighted content as the reason for takedown (will we see a DMCA notice for IE and Firefox soon?). They might as easily use the same "reason" to issue notices to projects implementing this clean room specification.


Submission + - Music industry threatens legal action to Irish ISP (

An anonymous reader writes: Music industry representatives have sent Irish ISPs notices of legal action if they do not implement a system which would cut off the broadband connections of people found repeatedly downloading music illegally.

Slashdot reported last month that Ireland's Largest ISP Settled With Record Industry. Now they want to build on this and are threatening all other ISPs:

"I would hope that the others ISPs would follow suit," said Dick Doyle, chief executive of the Irish Recorded Music Association, which represents the major labels. "They have seven days to respond or we will go down the legal route."

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