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Networking

Submission + - T-Mobile Hotspot @Home as GPL violation??

spazoid12 writes: Where's the code?

T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home already brings WiFi VoIP to compatible cell phones, and a recent FCC filing from T-Mobile and Linksys indicates that soon all the phones in your home will be able to get in on the action. The WAP, from Linksys, is the WRTU54G.

From CNET (http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phone-and-smart/t-mobile-hotspot-home/4505-6448_7-32486222.html?tag=txt):
"When you first sign up, you'll receive a complimentary wireless router that's optimized to be used with the Hotspot @Home service. Our review model was a Linksys, which is exactly the same as the Linksys WRT54G, except for a few software tweaks designed by T-Mobile."

I went looking for the source for T-Mobile's modifications but came up with nothing. The Linksys device, as you know, uses GPL code. The T-Mobile modified version of the Linksys device does as well and therefore one wonders if T-Mobile will eventually release the code or remain in violation of the GPL.
Google

Submission + - Google Geek's Famous Photos (nytimes.com)

kiracatgirl writes: Here's a fun story about a relatively unknown Google employee and his hobby — taking photographs of himself with famous visitors to Google's headquarters. His gallery is posted on the walls at Google HQ, but is also available for our viewing pleasure at his online photo album.
Security

Submission + - Bioshock cracked

An anonymous reader writes: In less than a week after the official release first fully-working cracks for popular Bioshock game are circulating in torrent communities. Most effective of cracks completely removes any need for any serial number, registration, or even the presence of the internet connection.

One can't help but ponder did the money poured into the protection scheme, support for the said protection scheme, and backslash caused by inconveniencing users accomplish any of the goals they were aiming for. I myself will be enjoying this title the way God intended — without anyone watching over me, and without my game calling home every 10 seconds.
Television

Submission + - Digital TV switchover in Finland (www.hs.fi) 1

vuo writes: At 04:00, 1 September 2007, all analog television networks were shut down, and the switchover to digital television has been completed. Watching television requires a digital decoder, such as a set-top box, a television with an integrated decoder, or a computer with a digital TV card. Currently, the national broadcasting corporation Yleisradio (YLE), which operates five digital channels, is funded by a television licence fee (208.15 per year per household). However, a consequence of digitalization is that nearly every device with a screen is potentially a television set. Minister of Communications Suvi Lindén has questioned the current policy, and promotes funding of YLE from the national budget and reducing the production of domestic programmes. YLE's director, also a former Microsoft PR director Mikael Jungner (sd.) opposes the plans.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - "Free" wireless broadband sparks "free (pressesc.com)

Enormous Coward writes: "A company that wants to offer "free" filtered Internet over unused TV spectrum band has hit back at criticism that its service is "free as in beer" but not "free as in speech". M2Z Networks (M2Z) today announced that in just the past 15 working days over 1,000 individuals from forty-nine states have written to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting M2Z's pending application. Public Interest Spectrum Coalition (PISC) opposes the application on the grounds that, although M2Z's application could provide significant benefits to the American people, "the proposed license conditions do not adequately ensure that M2Z would operate under open device rules or network neutrality rules of sufficient stringency to confer the full benefits of innovation and free expression to the public.""
Software

Submission + - The Really Fair Scheduler (kerneltrap.org)

derrida writes: "During the many threads discussing Ingo Molnar's recently merged Completely Fair Scheduler, Roman Zippel has repeatedly questioned the complexity of the new process scheduler. In a recent posting to the Linux Kernel mailing list he offered a simpler scheduler named the 'Really Fair Scheduler' saying, "as I already tried to explain previously CFS has a considerable algorithmic and computational complexity. This patch should now make it clearer, why I could so easily skip over Ingo's long explanation of all the tricks CFS uses to keep the computational overhead low — I simply don't need them.""
Security

Submission + - German Govt. Ponders Trojans for Terrorists (bbc.co.uk)

wordsnyc writes: The German government is apparently seriously considering an attempt to infect the computers of terror suspects with phone-home trojans.

According to the BBC:

  German government plans to spy on terror suspects by deploying malicious e-mails have drawn sharp criticism.

The e-mails would contain Trojans — software that secretly installs itself on suspects' computers, allowing agents to search the hard drives.

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is quoted as saying the spyware would be used only in a few cases and for a limited time. ....

According to German media reports, the malicious e-mails could appear to come from different official bodies.

Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries, of the Social Democrats (SPD), has voiced concern about the spyware plans, saying they might infringe privacy laws, the Deutsche Welle news website reports.

Toys

Submission + - Six Great Linux Productivity Apps (obsidianprofile.com)

Obsidian_AL writes: "The author of Obsidian Profile takes a short look into doing some productive work under Linux that involves graphics or web design/development. The article is written more towards web developers and web designers, but some of the applications fall under multiple categories. You've got to have your console, text editors, and some entertainment to stay motivated!"
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Google Earth Flight Simulator (insidedesign.info)

insidedesign writes: "It has been recently discovered by Marco that the newest version of Google Earth includes a Flight Simulator. Though simple in comparison to the full-blow flight simulators available out there, the one available in Google Earth is fun and addictive. Getting started is easy and you can be playing in no time. Simply ensure that you have the newest version of Google Earth, which can be obtained from the Google Earth website, and press CTRL+ALT+A on your keyboard. A dialog will then appear, giving you option of plane (F16 or SR22) and airport. If you own a joystick, have no fear because they are supported! It has even been reported that force feedback is also supported. The game's controls are sensitive so it takes some getting used to. You can see all the available controls here on Google's Flight Controls Help Doc. If you want a quick overview, check out this YouTube video. Good luck flying!"
The Internet

Submission + - Sky outsources e-mail to Google (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Rupert Murdoch owned UK Satellite TV provider Sky has been investing hugely over the last year to rollout a LLU based DSL broadband service, enabling the apparently magical "triple play" that will allow them to compete with the cable guys and incumbent telco BT. They seem to have trumped BT's tie up with Yahoo! by announcing to customers in e-mails this week that they will be outsourcing their e-mail to Google, becoming the latest high profile ISP customer for the Google Apps service, adding 716,000 potential customers to the platform. No news on the financials of the deal have been forthcoming — or in fact, on who is paying who!
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - The truth why Apple is successful in what they do (businesstock.net)

shadowzrevo writes: "The 'Apple empire' once almost collapsed, and it is the iPod brand which brought Apple back to life. Now, Apple company is alive and well, not to mention that it is also very successful in its recent product; such as the iPod, iMac, and the iPhone. However, have you ever wondered how Apple came back with such a big hit? And have you ever wondered why apple is so successful in what they do? Well, it's all about you, and how they treated you!

http://www.businesstock.net/2007/08/31/why-apple-w as-so-successful-in-what-they-do/"

Programming

Submission + - Theo de Raadt Explains License Modification (undeadly.org)

Ray Lai writes: "Theo de Raadt explains the legal ramifications of changing code licenses:

It is illegal to modify a license unless you are the owner/author, because it is a legal document. If there are multiple owners/authors, they must all agree. A person who receives the file under two licenses can use the file in either way.... but if they distribute the file (modified or unmodified!), they must distribute it with the existing license intact, because the licenses we all use have statements which say that the license may not be removed.
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Music

Submission + - UK Performers & YouTube Reach Royalty Deal (monstersandcritics.com)

eldavojohn writes: "YouTube has agreed to pay a blanket fee to the MCPS-PRS Alliance to license more than ten million works of music. While there's no mention of what this flat fee is, it will be interesting to see if this is just a deal too good to pass up or an admission of need to license works from YouTube. It also remains to be seen if licensing these songs will cascade to the users and the content they own on YouTube."
Communications

Submission + - File Sharing advances

sykesm writes: BBC has an interesting article "I was doing research back in 1999 looking at an obscure website called Slashdot," he said. "It was a technology-related news website controlled by volunteers and it actually worked. A few people would post bad things but 99% of users were nice." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6971904.stm The team has created a peer-to-peer system called Tribler in which selfless sharers earn faster upload and download speeds but leechers are penalised.

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