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Submission + - Setting up a small ISP? 1

Mike_K writes: I live in a small condo building, and at our recent meeting we discussed the idea of sharing internet between the codos. The only problem is that we would rather not expose those actually providing the service to harassment from RIAA, MPAA, etc. The best idea I can come up with to solve this is to create a small ISP for our building and give everybody a static IP. I know enough about networking to be able to set this up, but I don't know anything about actually setting up an ISP. Can anybody help me with where to start looking? Would this ever be economical? Is there a better way to go? We are located in a big city with Comcast and Verizon being choices for consumer internet, and close to some big schools with lots of bandwidth, if you think that would help.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Amazon Kindle Hacked to Allow Encrypted Mobi Books (techluver.com)

Tech.Luver writes: "Igor Skochinsky didn't take too long to crack Amazon Kindle's DRM. On his 'Reversing Everything' blog he details the workaround to read encrypted Mobi books on Kindle, which involves two Python scripts. In his words, "Well, I've discovered the algorithm used to generate the PID and was able to use it on Fictionwise, but there was another catch. AZW files have a flag set in the DRM info which is not present in books bought from other vendors. After fixing that, I could read the book on Kindle." ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/13/amazon-kindle-hacked-to-allow-encrypted-mobi-books/ )"

Submission + - Western Digitial to cripple sharing media content.

/.Rooster writes: Over at the BBC they discuss plans by Western Digital to prevent the sharing of media files as stored on their network drives regardless of whether the content is original and not copy-protected or not. Is this the future of NAS in a world paranoid about DRM and piracy? How does this help the genuine content producers who want to share their work, and more specifically how does this affect my MythTV setup. I don't envisage it will go down terribly well in the open source community but then just how long will it take to cirumvent the measure and should we all just boycott WD drives from now on?

Submission + - Privacy breach in passport applications in Canada (theglobeandmail.com)

Joanna Karczmarek writes: "Passport applicant finds massive privacy breach while filling out their on-line form at the Government of Canada passport website. From the article: "A security flaw in Passport Canada's website has allowed easy access to the personal information — including social insurance numbers, dates of birth and driver's licence numbers — of people applying for new passports." And it did not require any know-how: "The breach was discovered last week by an Ontario man completing his own passport application. He found he could easily view the applications of others by altering one character in the Internet address displayed by his Web browser." Ooops!"

Submission + - Canadian passport applications easily seen online (consumedconsumer.org)

scorilo writes: "Other people's information can be easily accessed by creating a passport application online and then altering characters in your browser's address bar and going to that URL. The flaw was discovered by Jamie Laning, an IT worker at Algonquin Automotive, in Huntsville, Ontario. The available data includes SINs, driver's licence numbers, mailing addresses, business and phone numbers, federal ID card numbers and even a firearms licence number. Passport Canada claims the flaw has been fixed, but Globe and Mail found that this is not the case. Canada does not have legislation requiring organizations to disclose security breaches, unlike in the US, where a majority of the states have enacted such legislation."

Submission + - Privacy Breach at Canadian Passport Office

An anonymous reader writes: The Globe and Mail is reporting a significant privacy breach in the Canadian online passport system. From the somewhat blurry image provided, it seems that by replacing a URL parameter other applicants personal information, including Social Insurance numbers, Drivers License numbers and addresses, could be seen. Worst of all the passport office refers to it as 'an isolated anomaly', in an otherwise 'very highly secure application' — not likely.

Submission + - Alabama school to be first in US to get XO laptop (al.com)

CountryGeek writes: "Birmingham city schools will be the first in the nation to receive laptop computers designed for children in third-world countries under an agreement completed over the weekend, Mayor Larry Langford announced Monday. Langford signed a purchase agreement for 15,000 laptops from One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit foundation whose goal is to provide every child in the world with access to technology."

Submission + - Candian Passport Website Privacy Breach (theglobeandmail.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Online passport applicants, using the Canadian passport website, can view other applicants' personal details by merely replacing a character in the URL of their own application. This level of security, from a government website entrusted with such sensitive personal identity information, is shocking — especially when you consider passports are supposed to provide a means of identification, not identity theft.

Submission + - British Village Requests Removal from GPS Maps (nytimes.com) 6

longacre writes: "The tiny village of Barrow Gurney, England has asked GPS map publisher Tele Atlas to remove them from the company's maps. The reason: truck drivers using GPS navigation devices are being directed to drive through the town despite the roads being too narrow for sidewalks, and causing numerous accidents. At the root of the problem lies the fact that the navigation maps used by trucks are the same as those used by passenger cars, which don't contain data on road width or no truck zones. Tele Atlas says they will release truck-appropriate databases at some point, but until then they advise local governments to make use of a technology dating back to the Romans: road signs."
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Klausner sues iPhone for $360M over voicemail

Stony Stevenson writes: Klausner Technologies said on Monday the company had filed a $360 million suit against Apple and AT&T over voicemail patents that Klausner claims the Apple iPhone infringes. New York-based Klausner said the lawsuit also names Comcast, Cablevision Systems and eBay's Skype as infringing its patent for "visual voicemail." The plaintiff seeks an additional US$300 million from the three. The suit alleges asserts that the defendants' Internet-based voicemail products and services violate a Klausner patent. It seeks damages and future royalties estimated at $300 million, according to the press release.

Submission + - Canadian Songwriters Call For Legalized P2P

An anonymous reader writes: Michael Geist is reporting that the Songwriters Association of Canada is calling for the complete legalization of peer-to-peer music file sharing. The SAC proposal envisions a monthly $5 ISP charge in return for unlimited access to music online.

Submission + - Half of Americans now have home broadband access

An anonymous reader writes: Nearly half of all Americans have broadband Internet connections in their homes, largely because of increasing use among minorities and the poor, according to an annual survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The number of home broadband users nationwide now equals the total number of Americans with any type of Internet connection in 2000, the first year the survey was conducted. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/070507-broad band-access-in-american-homes.html

Submission + - Alternatives to Google?

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that more and more, we're hearing stories about Google that put its "don't be evil" philosophy into question. The problem, however, is that Google is very good at the services it offers. What other alternatives do the slashdot crowd use? Is there another search engine that comes even close to Google for relevancy, that at the same time is no more doubtable in terms of business ethics? What about a free email provider that offers comparible storage and reliability, not to mention free POP access?
I'm perfectly willing to explore alternatives, but I've been using Google for such a long time now that I barely know where to start looking. I can't imagine Yahoo! is much a better company (maybe I'm wrong?), and I don't want to go with Microsoft's offerings. Surely there have to be other worthwhile choices?

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