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Submission + - March is Boycott the RIAA Month

A Name Similar to Di writes: Sick of the RIAA's actions against consumers, Gizmodo has declared March Boycott the RIAA month

Gizmodo is declaring the month of March Boycott the RIAA month. We want to get the word out to as many people as humanly possible that we can all send a message by refusing to buy any album put out by an RIAA label. Am I saying you should start pirating music? Not at all. You can continue to support the artists you enjoy and respect in a number of ways.

Submission + - Mozilla Patches Major Firefox Security Flaw

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla Corp. today released updated versions of the Firefox browser, v1.5.0.10 and v2.0.0.2, for Windows, Mac, and Linux, that close a major security flaw called the location.hostname vulnerability. The fix stops hackers from being able to tamper with how websites are displayed. The location.hostname issue allowed malicious website operators to manipulate authentication cookies for third-party sites, changing how sites looked or worked. The updates are available on Mozilla's Firefox download site.
The Courts

Submission + - ESA Uses U.S. Law To Target Mod Chips in Canada

CanuckGamer writes: "Michael Geist is reporting that the Entertainment Software Association is targeting mod chips in Canada by claiming that U.S. copyright law applies north of the border. An ESA lawyer has tried to import the U.S. Grokster case into Canada, which Geist argues should be subject to a claim of copyright misuse and reveals the ESA's double talk on mod chips and copyright reform."

Submission + - FutureLink founders attack Microsoft over cover up

thefickler writes: The founders of a failed ISP, FutureLink Online, have issued a statement attacking Microsoft, alleging that Microsoft is trying to hide a multi-million dollar law suit that they have launched against it.

"This is more than a modern-day David vs. Goliath. It's a story of how corporate cannibal Microsoft stole the American Dream from us and then dragged us through 10 years of litigation," said Futurelink cofounder Farina.

Feed Lawmaker Probes TSA Website Gaffe (

A service intended to help innocent travelers get off the No Fly List instead sent their personal information unencrypted to a Virginia company. Following a Wired News report, a congressman asks the TSA to explain itself. By Ryan Singel.


Submission + - Use Linux, Lose an Election

johnlittledotorg writes: "Rob Enderle has written a piece on Cuba's increasing adoption of Linux that represents an astounding achievement in the art of sowing FUD:

If I'm running against an incumbent (who probably has no clue about software at all) and I know some organization under them deployed Linux and that it is being positioned as anti-U.S., might I not use that in the election? "Ladies and gentlemen I promise that under my administration we will not implement products like Linux that put the nation at risk, which contribute critical technology to the terrorists, and embolden our enemies."
What next Rob? A bounty on Osama bin Linus? Please tell us how to we can stamp out this threat to our nation. Oh, all we have to do is install Windows Vista? Sweeeeet."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Anti-Bear-Suit Man selling latest creation on ebay

An anonymous reader writes: Troy Hurbutise is [url= r-designed-by-Troy-Hurtubise_W0QQitemZ190079888295 QQihZ009QQcategoryZ25552QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQc mdZViewItem]selling[/url] his new protective suit, the "Trojan," on ebay. From the article: "Though the armor built specifically for the Trojan, named Shadow Armor, in not present throughout the suit, it is being sold with the suit for the buyer to reproduce at will. The Armor is a level three light/hard armor that weighs a mere 26 ounces per square foot and is a mere 2/8 of an inch thick. The successful bidder will own full rights to the formula, a sample piece, layering system and materials used. The successful bidder will have exclusive rights to the "Shadow Armor" alone, but Mr. Troy Hurtubise will retain the right to reproduce the exoskeleton of the Trojan suit itself." Aside from the bad grammer in the posting, I think this would be a good value for the dictator of any small country wishing for better protected enforcers.

Journal Journal: Eco-disaster! HP uses Vista to enforce product obsolesence.

HP Printer and Scanner owners should beware of buying a new Vista PC or upgrading to Vista.
Douglas Adams had it wrong when he predicted that the alien archaeologists would find a shoe layer, they are more likely to find a Vista induced Printer and Scanner layer! A large number HP printer and scanner owners that have chosen to upgrade to Vista will receive the following message when attempting to download Vista drivers for their Scanners and Printers:
"We are sorry to inform you that

Submission + - Report: Jobs Backdated Pixar Options

narramissic writes: "While he was chairman of Pixar, Steve Jobs may have improperly backdated stock-option grants. From the article: 'Jobs approved a March 2001 employment contract with Toy Story director John Lasseter that granted Lasseter Pixar stock options priced in December 2000, three months before the contract was signed and when the stock price was at its lowest level of the year.'"

Submission + - Does Richard Stallman Hate Fair Use?

a_quietamerican writes: "According to Robin Good at the MasterNewMedia blog, Richard Stallman is refusing to let him and others post videos of his speeches to YouTube or any other service that doesn't support Free Software. This raises some serious questions about Mr. Stallman's commitment to Fair Use according to the ACT Blog. According to ACT:

Intelligent people can disagree over the scope of Fair Use, but there is NOTHING more clearly covered than public speeches and is the basis by which journalists and bloggers do their jobs. Yet, Stallman is quite clearly arguing that Fair Use doesn't apply to his speeches and he has the power to dictate how you can watch/listen to them.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Half-Life 2: Episode 2 delayed to end 2007

Wowzer writes: "EA and Valve today announced the naming and product configurations of Half-Life 2's The Black Box and The Orange Box, while at the same time confirming another worldwide release date delay from summer 2007 to winter 2007. From the article: "The Black Box will ship for the PC, and includes Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2. The Orange Box will ship for the PC, PS3 & Xbox 360, and includes all the content of The Black Box, plus the original Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One." If you thought the delay was the only bad news, then artwork fans haven't seen the ugly new boxart yet."
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Ordered to Pay P2P Defendent's Legal Fees

inetsee writes: "The RIAA has been ordered to pay legal fees to a defendant who won a lawsuit brought against her by the RIAA. Debbie Foster was sued by the RIAA for copyright infringement. She refused to settle, the case went to trial and the case was dismissed last summer. Now Judge Lee R. West of the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma has ordered the RIAA to pay "reasonable attorney fees in this action under paragraph 505 of the Copyright Act". The legal fees are expected to total $50,000 or more."

Submission + - European theater chains boycotting movies

S.R. writes: A handful of European theater chains — two each in the U.K. and Germany — are boycotting 'Night at the Musuem' and 'Eragon.' The reason? The relatively short window between the theatrical and DVD releases. 'Night at the Museum' is set for a DVD release 13 weeks after its debut, and the theater owners are blaming the short windows for the decline in theater attendance. But their problems are much bigger than that. 'Tickets are expensive, lines can be long, while popcorn and pop cost an arm and a leg. Perhaps most irritating, movie starting times are treated as mere suggestions by cinemas who use advertised start times to launch a barrage of previews and advertisements upon their audience. Once the movie starts, we are then treated to whispered conversations and cell phone usage.'

Submission + - NVIDIA responds to complaints about Vista drivers

Not Straight writes: NVIDIA has issued an official response to the widespread complaints about the gaming performance of their GeForce cards under Vista. They're 'aware' of and monitoring, but they have no plans to remove the Designed for Vista and Ready for Vista labeling from their products as requested by the site. Furthermore, they don't have a firm timeframe for delivering fully-compatible drivers. 'Over the coming weeks NVIDIA and our partners, along with the industry will continue to update Windows Vista drivers to ensure maximum performance on 3D applications and add feature support.' Until then, it looks like most gamers with GeForce cards will be best served by sticking with Windows XP.

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