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Submission + - Not a Thinkpad 1

An anonymous reader writes: As a very happy Thinkpad T20 user (still working after 7 years) I always planned on replacing it with another Thinkpad T-series. However, Thinkpads are now produced by Lenovo, a Chinese company, and I can't quite bear to buy Chinese while the Burmese military are shooting at monks with the Chinese Government as their biggest backer. Maybe this is silly, as whatever I buy is likely to be made (at least in part) in China... but still, what are my options for something as well built as the Thinkpad T-series?
United States

Submission + - Parts of Patriot Act ruled Unconstitutional (cnn.com)

neapolitan writes: Parts of the Patriot Act have been ruled unconstitutional. This is in response to the FBI wrongly spying on an attorney, with subsequent legal action and criticism of the law that allowed the incorrect surveillance. The summary judgment of Justice Aiken is available.

From the text:
Aiken ruled that FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act], as amended by the Patriot Act, permits the government to conduct surveillance and searches targeting Americans without satisfying the probable-cause standard in the Fourth Amendment.
"Prior to the amendments [to FISA], the three branches of government operated with thoughtful and deliberate checks and balances — a principle upon which our nation was founded," Aiken wrote. But the Patriot Act, she said, eliminated "the constitutionally required interplay between executive action, judicial decision and Congressional enactment."

Google

Submission + - Google sued for $5b for crimes against humanity (theregister.co.uk) 2

mytrip writes: "A Pennsylvania crusader has slapped Google with a $5bn lawsuit, claiming that the world's largest search engine is endangering his personal safety.

With a suit filed in federal court, Dylan Stephen Jayne insists that the company is guilty of "crimes against humanity" because its name turns up when his social security number is scrambled and turned upside down.

By calling itself Google, Jayne argues, Google has exposed him to attack by an army of culturally diverse, net-savvy terrorists. "A person regardless of race or religion that wishes to cause acts of terrorism would look for social security numbers that are made readily available on the public use databases," his suit reads.

And he's adamant that if Google claims ignorance, many people could end up dead or buck naked. "The 'I don't know' defense obviously is a waste of money, time, and puts the lives of Americans and illegal aliens at risk of death or serious undress.""

Google

Google Video Store Shutting Down 155

babbling writes "Google is going to close the Google Video Store, leaving users who bought videos that used Digital Restrictions Management without their purchases. The users of Google Video Store will be compensated with Google Checkout credit, but it seems they will be out of luck if they don't happen to be Google Checkout users."
Security

Submission + - Quantum Network Hacked

An anonymous reader writes: Quantum cryptography uses quantum mechanics to foil eavesdroppers, and it's supposed to be nigh unbreakable. But A team of MIT researchers has successfully hacked a quantum cryptographic network, according to this story on Nature's website. The researchers beat the network at its own game by using the quantum mechanical principle of entanglement.

The technique isn't really practical because it requires the eavesdropper to share equipment with the receiver. Still, it proves that even quantum networks have vulnerabilities.
Security

Submission + - First vulnerability in Vista's Windows Mail

juct writes: "Would you expect that clicking on a link in an email executes a program on your local machine? You'd better — at least if you are using Windows Mail on Vista. The successor to Outlook Express links seamlessly with its predecessor's dubious reputation in matters of security. Under certain cirumstances a click on a link will execute programms without requiring any confirmation. As a hacker namend Kingcope found out, it takes only a link to an executable like "c:/windows/system32/winrm?" and a directory with the same name. heise Security has demonstrated the problem by creating a directory named calc. Although there is no direct attack vector, it makes you wonder what other Vista features are waiting to be discovered..."
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - "Child porn" legal in Belgium

stimpie writes: The Belgium minister of justice Laurette Onkelinx has said in response to raised questions that "child porn" in second life wont be prosecuted.

According to to Belgium law virtual actions with children are not illegal.

A recent conviction in the UK for 'pseudo' child sex pics makes me wonder where this will go.
Google

Submission + - Google Summer of Code applications close today

SigurdMagnusson writes: "Students wanting to be one of the 800 to get paid to work over the summer months and contribute to major open source projects via Google's Summer of Code have until 5pm PDT (i.e. California) on Monday to do so. There's over 100 projects to contribute to, covering a wide spectrum including NMap, GCC, PostgreSQL, OpenMRS and SilverStripe."
The Internet

Submission + - Legal problems for Wikipedia

ToiletDuck writes: "The Wikimedia Foundation has been named in a lawsuit filed by literary agent Barbara Bauer, apparently over her less-than-complimentary Wikipedia biography (mirror). The lawsuit comes in the wake of the resignation of Brad Patrick, Wikimedia's General Counsel and Executive Director. When questioned about Wikipedia's liability in an interview with GC South last year, Patrick stated 'Our belief is that since every post is attributed to an individual, is time-stamped and is retained in the database, the foundation itself is not publishing that content. We view individual editors as responsible and have prominently displayed on every edit page that individuals are responsible for their own contributions. We take the position that we are a service provider and are protected under section 230 [of the Communications Decency Act].' Should Wikipedia be liable for defamatory information added by its volunteer editors?"
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Ubuntu running on the Xbox 360

Anonymous Coward writes: "Cpasjuste has managed to get Ubuntu (comunity developed Linux-based operating system) running on the Xbox 360. It contains all the standard applications such as a WEB BROWSER, spreadsheet software, instant messaging software and more. To get it running King Kong is required as well as the vulnerable kernels. Read more about it here at: http://forums.maxconsole.net/showthread.php?p=4670 13#post467013 The news stub can be found here: http://www.maxconsole.net/?mode=news&newsid=15411"
The Matrix

Submission + - Headhunter Experiences?

An anonymous reader writes: I am currently working as an IT Manager, while I'm happy with my current job and company, due to personal reasons I would like to relocate to another City in another State. As my current company is too small to have branch offices moving within my current organization is out of the question. I was wondering what your experiences have been with Headhunters? Should I consider using one? Or should I go it alone and try to find a new position using the various "Jobs" sites? Assuming I use a Headhunter what criteria should I use to pick one to work with?
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - The End of the Ocarina of Time 2D Project.

Rowan187 writes: "It's been over a year since the announcement of Dampe's project to recreate the entire hit, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, in a 2D RPG. However, the lead developer Dampe' was unfortunately killed in a fatal car accident. This so ends the Ocarina of Time 2D project.

The website has been taken down and there is a forum post to discuss the death of Dampe'

This ends a great project for Zelda geeks everywhere. R.I.P. Dampe'"

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