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NTP Pool Reaches 1000 Servers, Needs More 230

hgerstung writes "This weekend the NTP Pool Project reached the milestone of 1000 servers in the pool. That means that in less than two years the number of servers has doubled. This is happy news, but the 'time backbone' of the Internet, provided for free by volunteers operating NTP servers, requires still more servers in order to cope with the demand. Millions of users are synchronizing their PC's system clock from the pool and a number of popular Linux distributions are using the NTP pool servers as a time source in their default ntp configuration. If you have a static IP address and your PC is always connected to the Internet, please consider joining the pool. Bandwidth is not an issue and you will barely notice the extra load on your machine."
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Complaint Dismissed as "Boilerplate"

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The decision many lawyers had been expecting — that the RIAA's "boilerplate" complaint fails to state a claim for relief under the Copyright Act — has indeed come down, but from an unlikely source. While the legal community has been looking towards a Manhattan case, Elektra v. Barker, for guidance, a case in which amicus briefs had been submitted by various industry groups and the US Department of Justice (see case file, and from Warner v. Cassin, a similar motion in the same Court's Westchester division, the decision instead came from Senior District Court Judge Rudi M. Brewster of the US District Court for the Southern District of California, in a decision denying a default judgment (i.e. the defendant had not even appeared in the action). Judge Brewster not only denied the default judgment motion but dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim. Echoing the words of Judge Karas at the oral argument in Barker , Judge Brewster held (pdf) that "Plaintiff here must present at least some facts to show the plausibility of their allegations of copyright infringement against the Defendant. However, other than the bare conclusory statement that on "information and belief" Defendant has downloaded, distributed and/or made available for distribution to the public copyrighted works, Plaintiffs have presented no facts that would indicate that this allegation is anything more than speculation. The complaint is simply a boilerplate listing of the elements of copyright infringement without any facts pertaining specifically to the instant Defendant. The Court therefore finds that the complaint fails to sufficiently state a claim upon which relief can be granted and entry of default judgment is not warranted.""
United States

Air Force Mistakenly Transports Live Nukes Across America 898

kernel panic attack writes "Surely the late Stanley Kubrick is somewhere smiling at this one. has a story about a B-52 Bomber that mistakenly flew 6-nuclear tipped cruise missles across several states last week. The 3-hour flight took the plane from Minot Air Force Base, N.D, to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Aug. 30. The incident was so serious that President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates were quickly informed and Gates has asked for daily briefings on the Air Force probe, said Defense Department press secretary Geoff Morrell."
United States

Journal Journal: A Modest Proposal: Prevent Copycats 12

Everyone from Hugh Hewitt to Sarah Brady have said that the news should not have published the pictures and audio and video from Cho, the VT shooter, because it might encourage "copycats."

I think this principle should be generalized. All news about crazy people harming others should be suppressed, that others do not follow in their footsteps.

Hence, from this day forth, I propose that the news media do not report on anything government is doing.

The Internet

Wikipedia Releases Offline CD 221

An anonymous reader writes "WikipediaOnDVD, with cooperation with the Wikipedia community, has released its first offline test version. The articles were selected by Wikipedians and reviewed for accuracy, vandalism, and importance. Nearly 2,000 core Wikipedia articles will be sold on compact disc to give people without a net connection access to highlights of the popular web resource. The CD can be purchased or downloaded online via their site or the torrent."
The Internet

Submission + - EU Moving to Ban Online "Hate" Speech

WED Fan writes: "Several members of the EU parliment are moving to ban online hate speech.

Calls on providers in somewhat vague language to make provisions against "hate pages" part of their standard terms and conditions

ISP's will be required to police the pages deemed as "hateful". Someone should remind them that freedom of speech must cover even the most unpopular of ideas, lest the slippery slope silences or makes criminal anyone with a dissenting opinion."

Submission + - Http:BL Returns Control of Websites to Web Admins

An anonymous reader writes: Project Honey Pot has been tracking spammers and harvesters for nearly two years. For all of that time, the front page of the site has promised that they would help "stop spammers before they even get your address." Today they made good on that promise with the launch of http:BL . Much like DNSBLs that protect mail servers (e.g., Spamhaus or SURBL), the new service allows website owners to query against the data gathered by Project Honey Pot's vast network of traps. Website administrators can then make decisions as to what visitors are allowed onto their site, blocking known email harvesters, comment spammers, or other malicious robots. They've published an API for the new service as well as opened an Apache module (mod_httpbl) that leverages the service for public beta testing.
XBox (Games)

Two 360 Titles Lose Their Exclusivity 77

While for the most part we've been hearing about formerly PS3-exclusive games heading to Microsoft's console, as the PS3 begins to get some momentum up in the marketplace we'll start to see the opposite happening. The first converts are the titles Kane & Lynch (a stealth shooter), and Crossfire (a co-op military shooter). Both are now slated to launch on the PlayStation 3, as well as the Xbox 360. Opposable Thumbs reports: "'[SCi Entertainment's] Board believes that a release of these products simultaneously on all three platforms (PS3, Xbox 360 and PC) including the two next generation platforms will benefit the long term revenue potential for these two strong franchises rather than releasing different versions at different times.' It's hard to say that this move is all that surprising. We've said time and time again the high development costs of current generation software are going to lead to an increase in the number of cross-platform software, as extending the possible player-base for a title is crucial for profit. From the looks of these two games, this is a solid win for the PS3: two more quality games to add to the growing list of the PS3's star software."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Software Piracy in India

Greg writes: "Getting pirated software in India is as easy as buying a burger from McDonalds. There are small shops set up in every major city which sell everything from the latest games to software. The pricing is standard for all software's a DVD of Windows Vista and Visual Studio costs the same."

Submission + - Andersen v. RIAA Now Up for Dismissal Decision

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The counterclaims (pdf) in Atlantic v. Andersen, for Electronic Trespass, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Invasion of Privacy, Fraud, Negligent Misrepresentation, the tort of Outrage, Deceptive Business Practices under Oregon Trade Practices Act, and Oregon RICO, first reported in October, 2005, are now being challenged. The RIAA has moved to dismiss the counterclaims (pdf) brought by a disabled single mother in Oregon who lives on Social Security Disability and has never engaged in file sharing, this after unsuccessfully trying to force the face-to-face deposition of Ms. Andersen's 10-year-old daughter. Ms. Andersen's lawyer has filed opposition papers (pdf)."

Submission + - Recording Industry vs The People

Dimentox writes: The RIAA and Ms. Andersen have finally squared off over the counterclaims in Atlantic v. Andersen in Oregon, with the RIAA moving to dismiss Ms. Andersen's counterclaims. Ms. Andersen has interposed counterclaims for Electronic Trespass, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Invasion of Privacy, Fraud, Negligent Misrepresentation, the tort of Outrage, Deceptive Business Practices under Oregon Trade Practices Act, and the Oregon RICO statute. The RIAA has moved to dismiss the counterclaims. Ms. Andersen opposes the RIAA's motion. More at

Next-Gen Processor Unveiled 183

A bunch of readers sent us word on the prototype for a new general-purpose processor with the potential of reaching trillions of calculations per second. TRIPS (obligatory back-formation given in the article) was designed and built by a team at the University of Texas at Austin. The TRIPS chip is a demonstration of a new class of processing architectures called Explicit Data Graph Execution. Each TRIPS contains two processing cores, each of which can issue 16 operations per cycle with up to 1,024 instructions in flight simultaneously. The article claims that current high-performance processors typically are designed to sustain a maximum execution rate of four operations per cycle.

Comment Re:ya but (Score 1) 852

>I'm not much of a PC gamer these days, but unless Linux gets real support (not Cedega, nor Wine, >nor any other form of emulation/non-native method) of WoW, there's no reason for me to drop my XP >box. not to be picky, but wine is native. Wine Is Not An Emulator (W.I.N.E.). Wine can run games at native speeds, so what is the problem really? I have heard that Wow isn't that hard to install in linux. If that is the only thing holding you back, why not spend a little time to drop the habit forever? That said, I would welcome the day that games are made for both Linux and Windows.

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